Carter is hired by Spotify to be the Global Head of Creative Services. As part of the transition, Carter will also step away from managing Meghan Trainor,
Through Atom Factory, my team will stay in place to run our tech, culture and hustle outlet SMASHD.co as well as launch a brand innovation agency. And through Smashd Labs and Cross Culture VC, I’ll still continue investing in great founders that have the ability to deliver next wave disruption to culture.
Horowitz is promoted to president of Abercrombie & Fitch. Executive Chairman Martinez:
Fran’s merchandising skills and her exceptional leadership, which has inspired associates to focus all their efforts on an intense understanding and commitment to our customers, has ignited a turnaround at our Hollister brand. This promotion provides Fran the opportunity to play an even greater role in our future success as we focus on building shareholder value by positioning each of our brands for sustainable growth.
After more than a decade of visiting as an adjunct senior fellow, Ferguson will leave Harvard University to work full time at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University from July 2016. He says he is attracted by Stanford’s prestige and its proximity to Silicon Valley.
I have always loved that it straddles what can sometimes seem like a chasm between academic research and policy debate…A key point is that there is nothing like the Hoover Institution at Harvard…Sometimes I wish there were Hoover Institutions in all the Ivy League schools…The notion that it is a conservative institution is misleading…It only looks conservative because it is a broad church located in a wider academic diocese that is, in some respects, rather narrow.
[Ferguson is] a first-rate scholar of history and economic history, and a great fit for our mission.
Müller is named Volkswagen Group CEO to replace Martin Winterkorn. His contract runs through the end of February 2020. Until a replacement is found, Müller will continue to be chairman of Porsche.
Kanai will travel into space in 2017 aboard Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. He will stay at the International Space Station for about six months from around November of that year.
I am very proud that I was commissioned for such an important mission. I am determined to work hard through training and aim to proudly report space science and experiment results to the Japanese people in two years through contributions to breathtaking and innovative experiments that will surprise world scientists and researchers.
Biter hires Healy as the CEO for Professional Lien Search. Healy was previously CEO of Novitex Enterprise Solutions, and spent 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service. PLS Operating Partner Biter:
Once PLS surpassed 60 employees, we knew it was time to bring in the big guns. Healy’s impressive resume made him an obvious choice to take the reins. I’m excited to know that our clients will be able to expect better service, faster turnaround times and additional services under Tim’s watch.
The Cardinals hire Welter as a coaching intern for inside linebackers during the preseason and training camp. She has a PhD. in psychology and has played linebacker in women’s football leagues for 14 years. Coach Arians:
Coaching is nothing more than teaching. One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.
Kardashian meets with Wasser, a top Hollywood divorce attorney. While Kardashian and Disick were not married, the couple of nine years shares three young children, Mason, Penelope, and Reign. Sources say she is determined to protect her kids from Disick’s downward spiral, fueled by booze, drugs, and other vices. Sources:
She met with Laura Wasser again, and is going to seek sole custody of the kids. There’s no turning back now and she is going full steam ahead with figuring out an agreement…Scott’s friends don’t think he’ll challenge Kourtney.
Highfield is named vice-chairman of the News Media Association, which represents the national and regional newspaper industry.
Newsbrands are experiencing a renewed surge in confidence as their digital audiences and revenues continue to grow, and the power of print as a highly effective editorial and advertising medium is more widely acknowledged. The NMA has a critical role to play in highlighting the strength and adaptability of of newsbrands – in print and digital – as communications medium.
HarperCollins announces that Witherspoon will narrate Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman. Witherspoon on giving voice to the characters:
As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch,” Ms. Witherspoon said. “I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee’s gorgeous prose can deliver.
Lynch is confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. attorney general. She is the first African American woman to hold the position. Ayotte:
Ms. Lynch is a well-respected U.S. attorney with a proven record and significant experience handling difficult cases. After meeting with her and reviewing her qualifications, I believe she is clearly qualified and has the necessary experience to serve as attorney general.
Kopit Levien is promoted to NYT Chief Revenue Officer. She keeps her existing responsibilities as executive vice president and head of advertising, but adds oversight of the company’s consumer businesses including subscription revenue from The Times’ print and digital publishing services. Thompson:
[Since joining the company two years ago Kopit Levien has] transformed our advertising group and presided over great success in our sales efforts. She introduced Paid Posts, a standard setter in native advertising and has been the architect of a remarkable turnaround in digital advertising. I fully expect that she will provide the same sort of leadership to our marketing group. In addition, like with product and technology, I believe that unifying the responsibilities of advertising and marketing under single leadership makes sense and will enable us to more effectively balance the needs and accelerate the progress of both groups.
Walt Disney Studios is developing a live-action retelling of the animated film Mulan. Disney has already bought the script, and they have hired Benderspink to produce the movie.
Sony Pictures hires Basu to write the script for Metal Gear Solid. The Arads are producing the movie, and Vogt-Roberts will direct. As of yet, a release date hasn’t been set for this movie.
Porat is hired as Google’s CFO, two weeks after the previous CFO, Patrick Pichette, announced his decision to retire from the role in a candid memo about work/life balance. She will start May 26. Page:
We’re tremendously fortunate to have found such a creative, experienced and operationally strong executive. I look forward to learning from Ruth as we continue to innovate in our core—from search and ads, to Android, Chrome and YouTube—as well as invest in a thoughtful, disciplined way in our next generation of big bets.
I’m delighted to be returning to my California roots and joining Google. Growing up in Silicon Valley, during my time at Morgan Stanley and as a member of Stanford’s Board, I’ve had the opportunity to experience first hand how tech companies can help people in their daily lives. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get started.
Psaki is named White House communications director. Obama:
Jen worked on both my campaigns, she’s served in the White House, and she’s traveled the world as an adviser to Secretary Kerry. I fully trust Jen — and I am thrilled she’s agreed to come back to the White House as communications director.
Brown is sworn in as governor. She replaces four-term governor John Kitzhaber who resigned earlier in the week.
There is a great deal of work ahead of us, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to it.
Dibley, a popular radio host who had been let go by the sports-talk radio station, returns to 95.7 The Game, according to Matt Steinmetz:
Carter is sworn in as the fourth secretary of defense under President Obama and the 25th overall. He will be contending with spending cuts for the Pentagon. Joe Biden calls Carter:
a thinker and a doer.
Gomez announces her contract with Interscope Records via her Instagram account. Gomez released her final album with her former label Hollywood Records on Nov. 24. Gomez will continue to release new music, but under her new label.
Ring of Honor announces Del Rio (under the ring name Alberto El Patron) will begin working for the company in 2015.
Punk signs with UFC fighting. He is set to make his fighting debut sometime in 2015. At 185 pounds, he will fight as a middleweight. Punk comments:
This is my new career, 100-percent. I’m going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it’s going to be fun. My professional wrestling days are over, it’s awesome to be here. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
Cosby resigns from Temple University’s board of trustees. He had been on the board for more than 32 years. According to a statement released by the university, Cosby stated:
I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees.
Wilson resigns from the Ferguson Police Department, effective immediately, after being told by the department they had received threats of violence if he stayed on the force.
I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.
Lagerfeld designs a Chanel lipstick cake to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Chef Alain Ducasse’s Beige restaurant. The chocolate and caramel cake will be baked by head pastry chef Julien Kientzler.
Collins resigns from his position on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild. SAG/AFTRA rep:
Collins resigned today, prior to his 3-year term coming to an end.
Wyler leaves Google to work with Space Exploration Technologies Corp. In his departure, he takes rights to certain radio spectrum that could be used to provide Internet access. This could hurt Google’s aspirations in this area in the short term, but there are many alternatives to spreading Internet connectivity globally.
WWE announces Regal as new NXT General Manager.
NXT Takeover began to take shape this week, starting with the announcement of NXT’s new General Manager —William Regal! The ring veteran wasted no time in making an impact, signing a huge main event for the live WWE Network special.
Steen officially announces signing with WWE.
I went to the tryout camp and I got through it, and what made me stand out were the promos, where we basically had to sell ourselves verbally. That’s always been one of my strong suits — the way I talk and what I say. I make it count, and I think that went pretty far in getting me to where I am now.
Carter is named drexel University’s Close School’s Dean’s Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship.
TNA announces Zema Ion resigns with the company. The former X-Division champion is now under a multi-year deal.
The former X-Division Champion and incredible talent, both in and outside of the ring, signed a new multi-year deal effective immediately!
Talent Relations announces the signing of Chris Melendez who trained at the Team 3D Wrestling Academy. The former Army Sergeant lost his leg in an IED explosion while deployed in Iraq.
TNA Wrestling is happy to announce the signing of a true American hero! Chris Melendez is a former Army Sergeant, who served his country in Afghanistan and was awarded a Purple Heart. Because of injuries suffered in combat, the brave soldier returned home a single leg amputee. Melendez, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, had another dream to realize when he returned home. He dreamed of becoming a pro wrestler.
WWE officially announces signing of Fergal “Prince” Devitt, who is headed to the WWE Performance Center to begin developmental training.
This is something I’ve been looking forward to since I was maybe four or five years old
Barry McMullin who has previously worked for the NBA and PBA is hired as Senior Vice President of Sales and Partnership. McMullin has more than twenty years of experience in sales and marketing in a variety of sports and entertainment brands. McMullin also held a seat on the 2002 Winter Olympic committee.
Babak Parviz, Google X director and one of the creators of Google Glass, leaves to join Amazon. Amazon and Parviz both decline to comment about his role in the company.
UN Women, the UN’s gender-equality entity, names Watson the new Goodwill Ambassador. Watson will work on the organization’s women’s-empowerment campaign, HeForShe, and is the first to be appointed under the leadership of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under Secretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women. Mlambo-Ngcuka believes that Watson’s “intellect and passion” embodies the values of U.N. Women, and that her experience promoting girls’ education in countries such as Bangladesh and Zambia, will help spread the organization’s mission.
Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role.
Fiorina heads the new PAC called the Unlocking Potentials program, a GOP initiative intended to draw more women to the party during the midterm elections and narrowing the gender gap.
[Fiorina will work to] develop and shape messaging on a wide range of issues that directly relate to independent female voters. . . We have studied the successful campaigns and movements that have applied targeted and personal grassroots efforts to stimulate positive action. They focus on real interactions; door-to-door and person-to-person contacts, and not just television advertising.
Trainor hires Carter as her manager. Carter will co manage with Stiklorius.
Edge and Bono takes on a position with the Fender as it pursues new growth strategies built on fan-engagement.
When a festival-goer wears a Fender t-shirt, they are saying a lot about themselves. They love music, they’re independent-spirited, they’re proud of this truly American company, a nexus of technology and culture which, in the end, can’t be copied no matter how hard the giants try. I’m excited to be part of developing newer technologies with Fender, as well as helping protect the jobs and commitment to excellence of their age-old craft.
Erving and Stiklorius are named co-presidents of Atom Factory by Carter. Carter:
J and I have a long history, dating back to 2000 when we co-founded Erving Wonder Management. He has proven to be an exceptional deal maker and music manager. Ty has been an incredible addition to the team. Her strategic thinking and creativity has given the company and our clients a tremendous amount of added value. I’m looking forward to having the two of them help grow and scale our management business.
Troy and I both grew up in Philly and have been friends since early on in our careers. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and what he has accomplished, and I am looking forward to adding value to the Atom Factory platform; whether it is in branding, technology, or management.
Atom Factory provides an innovative and creative platform for artists to thrive in, and I am pleased to partner with Troy and J to help lead the company in continuing to push the boundaries of what a forward-thinking artist management company can be.
Mayer hires Carter as his manager, the first time Carter’s will work with a major rock artist. A source says they met through mutual friends:
It’s just getting started but great new things will be announced as the year progresses.
Robinson signs with Astralwerks to release his debut LP via the label’s Capitol imprint in the U.S. and via Virgin EMI UK. He joins a roster that includes Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, and Deadmau5:
The thing that was most critical for us in deciding which home to have was that they get the vision. There are a lot of labels out there that want to have the next big EDM thing and that’s totally not what the album is about at all. It kind of lives more in the alternative space than in the dance world. I needed a team of people who had experience with both worlds.
One Direction signs a £10 million (over $17 million) with Cowell’s Syco records that includes two studio albums and a greatest hits collection. The contract will commence after the release of the third album in November and end in 2016.
Stirling signs Carter as her manager. Carter first discovers Stirling through Atom Factory’s Stiklorius, who encourages her boss to check out Stirling’s YouTube channel. He flies to Orlando, FL., to check out one of her gigs, and is impressed by her ability to sell out a 1,200-seat venue without any mainstream radio support. Stirling has more than 2 million YouTube subscribers, a sold-out European tour and has sold 108,000 copies of her self-titled, self-released album. Carter:
By looking at the numbers, automatically you could see this girl knew how to move the needle and understood YouTube was a venue to engage fans both online and offline.
Several companies had approached Stirling about representation:
After every other meeting I remember feeling so confused. But with Atom Factory, they were up to date on current things and trying new stuff all the time, and I felt so creatively alive when I met with them.
Graham joins the board of Watsi after spotting the crowdfunding non-profit on Hacker News and funding it through Y Combinator. Watsi:
We’re thrilled to have PG as our first board member.
Simon Cowell signs Fifth Harmony to his record label Syco Music. Cowell:
I knew from the girls’ first performance at the judges’ homes that we’d done the right thing. The chemistry between the girls both on stage and off is fantastic, and they are incredibly talented.
Minaj joins American Idol as a judge for the shows 12th season.
Dunham signs a more than $3.5 million book deal. After submitting a glossy 66 page proposal to publishers for her collection of personal essays entitled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned, Random House signs Dunham on for the project, buying both American and Canadian book rights. According to the publisher, the book is slated to cover love, friendship, and “frank and funny advice on everything from sex to eating to traveling to work.”
(I am) thrilled to be working with and learning from the brilliant minds at Random House, and to be among their incredible roster of authors. I look forward to digging deep with Andy and co. (book editor) to produce the most thoughtful and personal book I can.
Chopra hires Carter as her manager. Carter:
She’s a triple threat—she has the ability to sing, dance, and act which is a rare trait amongst artists. She will be the first bonafide pop artist to come directly out of India. The primary plan is to let the music speak for itself. Priyanka and Red One made a great record that we think will stand on its own. People won’t buy the music just because she is who she is. We want them to buy it because it’s good. PC’s strength is her work ethic. She’s one of the hardest working artists that I know. I was really impressed by the level of dedication she’s given to the recording process. She’s approached it in a manner that a seasoned artist would approach it.