Executive Turntable: BMG Names Benelux Managing Director, Hallwood Media Hires SVP A&R

BMG has appointed Netherlands-based Levy Isabella as managing director Benelux.

A 16-year veteran of the industry, Isabella joined BMG in 2015, most recently serving as general manager music publishing. His new position will entail further strengthening BMG’s Benelux roster of writers and producers while promoting its music catalog worldwide. He will additionally take on a parallel role coordinating BMG’s publishing A&R in continental Europe.

Isabella played a key part in building BMG’s roster in the region following the company’s 2014 acquisition of Tony Berk and John de Mol’s independent publisher Talpa Music, which formed the basis of BMG’s Benelux operations. In his new role, he will report to Dominique Casimir, BMG’s executive vp repertoire & marketing Continental Europe.

The company also announced that Albert Slendebroek, who has been leading the formation of the BMG’s Benelux operations alongside Berk over the last two years, has been named managing director Scandinavia. He will focus on expanding the company’s business in the Nordic countries.

Neil Jacobson’s new writer-producer management company Hallwood Media has hired Cristina Chavez as senior vp of A&R/management. In the role, Chavez will focus on expanding the company deeper into R&B and hip-hop.

Chavez most recently worked as membership executive in the urban department at ASCAP, where she serviced existing relationships while searching for new talent to join the organization. Before that, she worked for five years at BET, where she oversaw the network’s Music Matters campaign, booked then-emerging artists including Kendrick Lamar, H.E.R. and J. Cole and developed live and touring events.

Fox Rothschild LLP has hired Leron E. Rogers (partner) and John T. Rose (associate) in its entertainment and sports law department out of Atlanta. Both attorneys hail from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

On the music side, Rogers – whom Billboard named to its list of top music lawyers earlier this year – works with artists, songwriters, producers, record labels, publishing and management companies and music industry trade organizations. His practice encompasses complex litigation, business and commercial transaction matters in entertainment, intellectual property and media. He also serves as president of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association.

Rose, also recognized as a top music lawyer by Billboard in 2020, provides counseling on business disputes, litigation prevention and crisis management as well as non-litigation matters for artists, producers and other creators. He boasts high-level experience drafting, analyzing and negotiating agreements involving content and distribution, production, marketing, management, licensing, concerts and more. He has additionally represented clients on various intellectual property matters.

Matt Yazge has been named vp, head of research at MRC Data, a newly-created role. Yazge will oversee all of MRC Data’s research offerings for endemic music, film and TV clients, as well as brands. He will also lead direct commercial engagement and serve as the research subject matter expert to the broader data and sales teams.

Yazge joins MRC from an 18-month stint at Nielsen, where he led the sports sponsorship and esports business. He was a founding member of the Nielsen Entertainment Research team, which developed custom and syndicated offerings in music, film and fashion.

Nineteen-year industry veteran Alicia Jones has been hired as artist manager at River House Artists’ Nashville office. She will oversee management for country music duo Southerland, a recent signee to the company.

Jones has served in roles at Hi-Fi Fusion, Mike Robertson Management, Iconic Entertainment and Dennis Entertainment, where she spent nearly ten years, and worked with artists including Patty Loveless, Wade Hayes and Kelsea Ballerini. She currently serves on the board of SOURCE Nashville and is a member of CMA, ACM and AIMP.