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Warner Music Group CEO Robert Kinkle was the first major hire

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Robert Kinkle (pictured) has made his first major hire as CEO of Warner Music Group, bringing in a former colleague from YouTube for a newly-created role. Tim Matusch Joins the company as executive VP of strategy and operations and, like Kyncl, will be based out of WMG’s headquarters in New York.

Matusch was previously managing director of strategy and business operations at YouTube, while Kyncl previously held the title of chief business officer. Prior to YouTube, Matusch was a managing director and partner at Boston Consulting Group (he also led his own consulting LLC in New York) and held senior operating positions at AOL.

In an internal announcement, Kyncl noted that he and Matusch will work closely together “to define, facilitate and execute our five- to 10-year vision.” Regarding the role, Kyncl added, “Strategy and Operations is a function that I have seen to add enormous value to a dynamic, fast-growing company like ours… I am a firm believer in growing, growing and expressing the skills within the company myself. Investing in, and growing our knowledge and skills over time. This results in better organized, better informed, more realistic planning.”

+ After a period of about 12 years, Jack Basden Tey is stepping down from his role as senior VP of communications Large Machine Label Group To pursue new initiatives. Details about his next move have not been released.

“The trouble of working with Scott Borchetta [Big Machine chairman] And a company as dynamic as Big Machine Label Group, honestly, there’s no reason to leave,” Bosden said of his decision in the official announcement. “There comes a moment when you realize that you must look for new horizons. You can be very comfortable working with incredible work, these teams and Scott’s many efforts. What I learned in my years in New York is to never stop growing and reaching for new challenges. Big Machine’s culture always encourages me to aggressively move in new directions.”

Basden joins Big Machine from Edelman, where he served as director of public relations in their sports and entertainment division. His experience spans projects such as the reopening of Palomino in Midland, the Academy Award-nominated “Glenn Campbell… I’ll Be Me” documentary, Jennifer Nettles’ “I Can Do Hard Things” video, and Carly Pearce’s Country Music Association and Academy. Country Music Female Artist of the Year campaign.

+ Santa Anna announced a new partnership and independent distribution deal with Listen to the children. Under the new deal, Listen to the Kids’ roster of artists — which includes Yate, Alexander 23 and Sally Sosa, among others — will have access to Santa Anna’s marketing, distribution, legal and promotional support, among other services.

Listen To The Kids was launched in 2020 by founder and CEO Connor Ambrose, who also manages songwriter and producer Omer Fedy. Ambrose will continue as CEO of the label, which will be headquartered in LA.

“Our team – including Ari Konnov, Alana Aksoy, Jack Nunez, Alex Sher and Nanika Sandhu – has helped unique artists reach important milestones early in their careers. Now, as a new partner in Santa Ana, we’re excited to leverage their expertise to build on what we’ve started and support exceptional talent,” commented Ambrose.

+ David Klein has joined Red light management As General Manager. He will be based out of the company’s LA office and report directly to Red Light founder Coran Capshaw and COO Bruce Escowitz.

In his new role, Klein will oversee key relationships and work with Red Light’s current artists including Phish, Luke Bryan, Wayne, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Matthews Band, Lady A, Brandi Carlyle, Lionel Richie and The Strokes. . Prior to this appointment, Klein worked for Live Nation Entertainment, CAA and UTA.

“Many of my charter individuals are working for the company rather than working with the artist. Ultimately, my goal is to help Red Light develop new business between directors and artists and then help the firm coordinate its existing resources,” commented Klein.

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