US meeting with current head Roger Ames. According to unnamed
insiders, Hands is close to putting together a provocative new
North American team that includes People Magazine publisher
Paul Caine, Clear Channel Communications NY Programming SVP Tom
Poleman and pop producer/songwriter Billy Mann.
Hits believes that this means Ames is on the way out. But our
sources wonder if this isn't more like the executive advisory council that Hands set up in the UK.
That move did coincide with the exit of several top executives.
There is no comment yet from Ames, Jason Flomm or EMI.
COMMENTARY –Assuming these rumors bear fruit, Hands
should be applauded for bold thinking. But we wish we saw more
names on his lists from inside music – perhaps a bold indie
executive or two or an innovator from the music's growing tech