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CAA’s Darryl Eaton, Emma Banks and Rick Roskin

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Talent agency giant Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has named Emma Banks, Darryl Eaton and Rick Roskin as co-heads of global touring.

The trio will take over from Rob Light, the previous incumbent who recently became Los Angeles-headquartered CAA’s managing director.

Banks, Eaton and Roskin will lead the department’s global growth and its more than 340 employees across music, comedy and podcast touring, brand partnerships, tour marketing, private events and crossover opportunities in film, television and books.

Banks co-led the agency’s now 60-person London music office after joining CAA in 2006. Eaton and Roskin became co-heads of contemporary music for North America in 2015, running the day-to-day operations of the North American touring department and supporting more than 100 agents and 280 employees.

“With the most talented team of agents ever at one agency, and serving the most influential artists in the world, we see unlimited opportunities ahead,” the trio said in a statement. “The live business has never been stronger nor had more momentum, and artists have never had more ways to express themselves and grow their careers, making this an absolutely incredible time to help chart CAA’s path for the future.”

Veteran Donaghy departs ASM Global

Geoff Donaghy, the long-time chief executive of ICC Sydney and group director – convention centres at ASM Global (APAC) has announced he will depart his full-time role in August.

Donaghy will stay on as an advisor to the business until the end of the year as ASM Global embeds its succession strategy over the coming weeks.

ASM Global said Donaghy and his ICC Sydney team have secured and operated events that have delivered almost A$4bn in economic impact for the state.

ASM Global (APAC), executive chairman Harvey Lister said: “Geoff Donaghy is one of ASM Global’s longest serving executives having contributed greatly to the establishment of key venues in our portfolio, including Cairns Convention Centre, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, numerous venue management bids globally and of course 10 years of extraordinary success at ICC Sydney.”

Richardson to leave Live Performance Australia

Live Performance Australia’s chief executive, Evelyn Richardson, has announced she will leave her role after almost two decades.

LPA is the peak body for Australia’s live performance industry with around 400 members. Richardson became its chief executive in 2007 after previously holding the same role at Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA)

LPA said it will commence an external search process for its next leader.

Richardson said: “I am deeply grateful for the support of our 400-plus members over many years, through both good times and some very tough years.

“Their resilience, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit has been a strength and reflects the incredible people that make up our live arts and entertainment industry.”

Edinburgh’s new recruits

Two new appointments have been made to the management team of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Creative producer and former artistic director of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Nicolas Zekulin takes the role of head of music programme, replacing former head Andrew Moore. Also, joining the International Festival’s team as head of artistic management is the former director of licensing at Directors UK, Paul Sharp, who takes over from Jill Jones.

has been named festival ticketing manager at Festival Republic. joined the company in 2022 and previously held the position of festival recruitment and ticketing coordinator.

Global arts and culture sector agency Made Media has announced a series of promotions as it forms a new leadership team.

Karan Mahay becomes director of client operations and production, with a remit to oversee all client-facing services and delivery.

Andrew Shuttleworth Fowler is now director of growth and marketing, while Michaela Drapes takes on an expanded role as director of strategy and consulting.

Blackpool Grand’s tribute to Ruth

Blackpool Grand Theatre has announced the death of Ruth Eastwood, its former chief executive.

The theatre said Ms Eastwood died peacefully, aged 62, on May 31, surrounded by her family.

“Ruth Eastwood’s tenure as chief executive from July 2013 to March 2022 marked a transformative period for Blackpool Grand Theatre,” the theatre said in a statement. “Her visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to the arts revitalised the theatre and significantly contributed to the cultural landscape of Blackpool and beyond.”

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