Global dives into US market with ex-AEG boss Randy Phillips

The UK’s biggest commercial radio operator, Global, has announced its long-rumoured expansion in the US, forming a new 360-rights company headed up by former AEG CEO Randy Phillips.

Global Entertainment will operate from a new Los Angeles headquarters in the US, with a sister London office. It will also house Global’s prominent publishing company, which boasts a roster of writers including Ellie Goulding, Corinne Bailey Rae, LMFAO, The Script, The Vamps and The Vaccines.

The new firm says it will be ‘a trailblazer for the 21st century music and entertainment sector’, featuring label, publishing, artist management, promotion, live concerts, events, touring, branding, sponsorships and marketing divisions all under “one roof”.

Global founder and Executive President Ashley Tabor (pictured) said, “This is a defining moment for Global as we open our first office in the U.S. and create a new type of content company. Our goal is to redefine the possibilities for a 21st century music and entertainment company and I am thrilled to have Randy and the team on board.”

Randy Phillips spent 13 years as CEO at AEG Live, where he promoted world tours by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Rod Stewart, and Prince.

“I’m excited to be leading Global’s growth into the content creation business. This is a real 360 company that offers a vast array of services to artists.”

Randy Phillips

He oversaw the expansion of AEG Live’s Festival Division (Coachella, Stagecoach, New Orleans Jazzfest) and won the NAACP Image Award for producing the prime-time CBS-TV special, Genius: An Evening For Ray Charles. Phillips also produced hit movies featuring Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, as well as managing Rod Stewart, Toni Braxton, Lionel Richie and Usher.

Phillips said “I’m excited to be leading Global’s growth into the content creation business in the form of Global Entertainment. We’ve got an outstanding team of executives in both LA and London and some great signings.

“The vision of creating a real 360 content creation company, that genuinely offers a vast array of services to artists, combined with Global’s financial commitment to its new Entertainment division, is something that attracted me greatly to Global. Everyone talks about doing a 360 company, and we hope to lead the way in this new model of music content generation.”

Phillips has hired a team at Global Entertainment US that includes Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Chuck Ciongoli, formally of Universal music, Chief Creative Officer David Loeffler, and Business Affairs executive Rand Hoffman.

In addition, Executive Vice President and Urban music head Garnett March brings in his own joint venture entertainment company, “The Chemists/Global.”

Global / The Chemists are off and running with their first release, 18-year-old Anthony Lewis from Atlanta, brought to Global by Garnett March.

One track, “Candy Rain,” landed on the Urban Mainstream chart at #11, while the official first single, “It’s Not My Fault,” featuring T.I., is rapidly garnering airplay.

Global Entertainment’s LA office occupies the 21st floor of 1100 Glendon Avenue, Westwood, California and can be contacted at (310) 774-4700.Music Business Worldwide

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