(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
MusicNet has appointed Blair Schooff to director of Partner and Label Relations. He will be responsible for managing the company's UK-based distribution partner and record label relationships and be based in the company's UK office and report directly to Mark Mooradian, senior director, Strategic Planning and Business Development of MusicNet.
"MusicNet continues to strategically expand its presence in the European market place and the addition of Blair underscores our commitment to this region," said Mooradian. "Blair possesses a wealth of industry expertise and we're confident that he will prove to be a great asset throughout the phases our international growth."
Schooff joins MusicNet from AOL Music UK, where he held the position of executive director. At AOL he was responsible for the overall music strategy, label relations and business development, including the launch of AOL Radio with over 100 stations of which 15 were locally programmed by the UK music team. Among other programming initiatives, he also launched Sessions, recording over 75 intimate performances with top UK acts including Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand and The Libertines.
Prior to AOL, Schooff was head of business development, new media for BMG Europe, where he was responsible for online and mobile licensing, clearing BMG catalogue for digital use, and helping create new artist contracts that addressed digital rights. Earlier in his career, he served as head of new media at BMG UK and was responsible for all online marketing, website development for frontline and commercial releases. In addition, he held the position of senior manager in BMG's worldwide marketing group in NYC, where he oversaw international marketing activities as well as developing BMG's click2music web portal across 40 countries.
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