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One Liners: AFEM, LIVE, Teenage Fanclub, Ezra Furman

By | Published on Tuesday 5 April 2022

Ezra Furman


Sony Music‘s global podcast division has appointed Serita Wesley to the newly created role of Head Of US Entertainment Podcasts. She has previously worked on and for various podcasts and podcasting companies, including co-founding travel and lifestyle podcast On She Goes.

Silvia Montello has been appointed as CEO of the Association For Electronic Music, basically taking over from Greg Marshall, who has been General Manager of the organisation since 2018. “AFEM has already achieved so much in its first ten years”, she says “and I thank Greg and the team for their incredible work laying the foundations for the association to further extend its reach, efficacy and voice for the global community”.

UK live music industry trade body LIVE – which launched as the sector dealt with the challenges of the COVID pandemic – has appointed a new CEO in the form of Jon Collins, who has previously run trade organisations for the hospitality and related industries. He takes over from Greg Parmley, who previously headed up the live music group within UK Music and then oversaw the establishment of a standalone organisation for the wider live sector.

Ben Todd, who was formerly a Senior Vice President and Head Of Media for the UK and Europe at Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment business, has joined crisis management agency Alder where he will be expanding the company’s unit providing crisis communication and PR services to the entertainment industry.

Kobalt has promoted Nuno Guerreiro to the role of Chief Technology Officer, taking over from Rian Liebenberg. The company’s outgoing CTO “helped Kobalt embrace new technologies and continue to be innovative and a leader in music”, says the firm’s CEO Laurent Hubert”, who adds: “Nuno has been alongside him almost every step of the way, and [this] is fitting for a natural next step for him”.



Teenage Fanclub have posted a new song called ‘I Left A Light On’ ahead of a European tour which kicks off in Glasgow tomorrow. You can check the video for it here.

There’s a new Ezra Furman track online called ‘Book Of Our Names’ which is, she says, a song “about what it feels like to live together under an empire that doesn’t value your lives. I sing it as a jew and as a trans woman, knowing well the stakes and consequences of being part of a hated population. But it is a protest song intended for use by any movement for collective survival and freedom”. Check the lyric video here.

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