Mila Kunis, Craig Ferguson Raise Funds, Spirits During Red Nose Day Telecast

Craig Ferguson hosted NBC’s second annual Red Nose Day telecast, held at Universal Studios Stage 1 lot on Thursday, and there was no shortage of laughter and applause from the live studio audience as they sat front row to all of the action. “Well, I got my first call,” a boastful Mila Kunis remarked to husband Ashton… Read more »

Massachusetts Court Sets June Date For Dauman Case Against Redstone

Judge George Phelan of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court granted Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s request to expedite the schedule for his effort to have Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone declared incompetent.
The judge today scheduled a hearing for June 7 at 9:00 AM at the court in Canton, which is 15 miles southwest of Boston.
The announcement has no other information about the case, filed by Dauman and Viacom board member George Abrams.
They want the court to rule…


Executive Shuffle: Universal Music Group, Columbia Records

Executive Shuffle: Universal Music Group, Columbia Records

The latest executive shuffles across the music industry…

Universal Music Group (UMG)has hired Gautam Srivastava as Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Srivastava will be based in the company’s Santa Monica headquarters in Los Angeles, and will be responsible for overseeing all UMG’s global human resources operations across over 60 countries.   Srivastava will report to Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group.

Universal Music Group (UMG) has also hired Paulo Lima as president of Universal Music Brazil. Lima will be based in Rio de Janeiro, and will report to Jesús Lopez, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula.


Columbia Records has elevated Erika Alfredson from Senior Director of Marketing for Columbia to Vice President of Marketing at Sony Music US. Alfredson will report to Doneen Lombardi, Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing for the record label.

CÜR Media Inc has promoted Bill Campbell from CUER Media Board member to Chief Strategy Officer. Campbell’s expertise include content licensing, building strategic partnerships for the
distribution of the labels’ content, including subscription services, mobile apps, streaming audio and video services, and cloud-based music services across a variety of content delivery platforms.

Also, for the latest jobs in the music industry, check out Digital Music News’ job board.

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John Ortiz, Aksel Hennie Join J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Thriller ‘God Particle’

John Ortiz and Aksel Hennie have joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller “God Particle” for Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Production will begin on June 10 in Los Angeles with Nigerian filmmaker Julius Onah (“The Girl Is in Trouble”) directing from a screenplay by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung. Paramount has dated the… Read more »

Snapchat May Already Be Bigger than Twitter, Leaked Data Suggests

Snapchat didn’t just file SEC documents for a massive new $1.8 billion round of funding this week, the company also had its pitch deck leaked, revealing some interesting insights into the company’s usage and revenue. Particularly striking: Snapchat may already have more daily active users than Twitter. The pitch deck, which was obtained by Techcrunch… Read more »

Johnny Depp’s Wife Amber Heard Gets Restraining Order Over Abuse Claims As Disney’s ‘Alice’ Bows

Amber Heard has just been granted a temporary restraining order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl Moor against husband Johnny Depp to stay 100 yards away from her, after she accused Depp of domestic violence following an incident in downtown L.A. last weekend in which police were called to the scene but determined at the time no crime had occurred.
The LAPD released a statement soon after the TRO was granted:

“On May 21, police responded to a domestic incident…


Coney Island fireworks 2016 schedule: every Friday & after some Cyclones games

The beach at Coney Island opens this Memorial Day Weekend, and millions will flock to the seaside attraction over the summer. In addition to the rides at Luna Park, Brooklyn Cyclones games, concerts at the soon-to-open Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, and other attractions, there are the free fireworks…

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Twitter Adds Spotify to Tweets, But Only for Song Previews

Twitter has teamed up with Spotify to bring more music to its service: Spotify’s catalog of 30-some million tracks is now available through Twitter audio cards, which show up both in Twitter’s regular timeline as well as within its curated Moments section. However, don’t expect to listen to full albums on Twitter any time soon:… Read more »

Four Tet – “TrackI’veBeenPlayingOnRadio+StuffSeemsNiceThing2DropBecause SmashingItOnInternetShouts2B.UFO+A.Naples”

Four TetFour Tet has officially surpassed 1 million followers on SoundCloud, and to celebrate, he just shared a new one-off track with a humorously length title. Below, behold “TrackI’veBeenPlayingOnRadio+StuffSeemsNiceThing2DropBecause SmashingItOnInternetShouts2B.UFO+A.Naples.” … More »