The Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team has hired David Burke (pictured left) as its executive vice-president of sales and business development.
Burke will oversee ticket sales, premium sales, partnership sales, event sales and business analytics departments, with a focus on enhancing fan and partner engagement. He joins the Pirates from Kroenke Sports and Entertainment Group, where he served as executive vice-president and chief strategy officer since 2012.
Livestream company Driift has announced the appointment of Adam Shore (pictured right) as general manager US.
He will be tasked with expanding Driift’s North American operations and developing new partnerships in the market.
Shore joins the firm from Red Bull and the Red Bull Music Academy where he was head of global programming (music) for eight years.
Driift chief executive Ric Salmon said: “We are delighted to welcome Adam to the team. This is a key hire for Driift and an indication of our confidence that unique, high-quality livestream shows are here to stay. As we look to increase Driift’s presence in North America, Adam’s experience and track record of working with artists to create bespoke and innovative live productions will be truly invaluable.”
Elsewhere, Universal Music Japan (UMJ) has hired Rui Suzuki as chief financial officer.
Suzuki will be responsible for all financial operations at Universal Music Japan, effective January 1.
Suzuki joined UMJ earlier this month from personal financial management service Moneytree, where he had served as CFO and director, since 2016, leading their finance, business development and fundraising operations within Japan.
FC Cincinnati has hired Megan Ryan as its new chief marketing officer.
Ryan will oversee the team’s branding, advertising, communications, promotions and marketing, and will report to FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding.
Ryan spent the last two seasons with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, where she served as vice-president of marketing for the Denver Nuggets NBA team. She previously worked as vice-president of marketing strategy for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
Meanwhile, Alan Bergman has been named chairman of Disney Studios Content, where he will help guide the company’s push into the world of streaming and reemergence from a global health crisis that has upended traditional ways of doing business.
“Having worked closely for years with Alan Bergman, an exceptional leader and proven executive, I couldn’t be more pleased to name him as chairman,” said Disney chief executive Bob Chapek in a statement.
Prior to being named co-chairman in 2019, Bergman served as president of The Walt Disney Studios from 2005 to 2019. As sole chairman, Bergman will guide creative, production, marketing and operations for Disney Studios Content.
Lionsgate has promoted Rohit Jain to managing director of South Asia and network platforms, as well as emerging Asian markets.
In his expanded role, Jain will be responsible for developing growth across all of Lionsgate’s South Asian businesses and expanding the Starz premium subscription platform through Asia’s emerging markets.