Clive Davis Theater Named Best Downtown L.A. Music Venue
Los Angeles Downtown News has named the Clive Davis Theater located in the GRAMMY Museum as Best Music Venue — Small in the Best Entertainment section of its July 18 issue. The theater has recently been the host to performances and discussions featuring Kenny Chesney, Booker T. Jones and Todd Rundgren, among others. The runner-up in the category was Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz bar and grill. Additional L.A.-based arts venues garnering recognition include the Ahmanson Theatre and Walt Disney Concert Hall. (7/22)
Access Industries, WMG Revise Board Of Directors
Following the recent completion of Access Industries' acquisition of Warner Music Group's recorded music and publishing divisions, the company has revised WMG's board of directors, shrinking from 12 to eight members, according to Billboard.biz. Stephen Cooper, a current board member on the Access Industries-invested LyondellBasell, has been named vice chairman, replacing Edgar Bronfman Jr., and Access Industries' Len Blavatnik will serve as vice chairman, replacing Lyor Cohen. Bronfman will retain his position as CEO and will also maintain a seat on the board, Cohen will continue as chairman and CEO of recorded music, and Cameron Strang will continue as chairman and CEO of WMG's publishing division Warner/Chappell Music. Other Access Industries executives joining the board include Lincoln Benet, Alex Blavatnik, Jorg Mohaupt, and Donald Wagner. (7/22)
Apple To Purchase Hulu?
Apple is considering purchasing online video service Hulu, according to a Billboard.biz report. The deal, which is said to be in the early stages, could include a price tag of $2 billion and five years of guaranteed access to Hulu's TV shows, including two years of exclusive access. Other potential companies in the running to purchase the service are Amazon, DirecTV, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. (7/22)
Gatfield Named Sony Music UK Chairman And CEO
Nick Gatfield, former president of A&R labels for EMI North America and the UK, has been named chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment UK, replacing Ged Doherty. Gatfield will report directly to Doug Morris, chief executive officer, Sony Music Entertainment. Prior to working at EMI, Gatfield served as president of Universal Music Group's Island Records. (7/22)