The ongoing shakeup at Universal Music Group has spread to its legendary Motown imprint, with reports from outlets including Hypebot surfacing that 20 staffers were laid off last week. That’s the majority of the back-office staff, and it means that many of the imprint’s functions will now be folded into the Island Def Jam Music Group. Music will continue to be released under the Motown name, but the label will be downsized significantly, if not, almost completely. Still unanswered is the question of what Universal Motown’s former head, Sylvia Rhone, will be doing in the future. She is said to be in negotiations to start a smaller, UMG-financed imprint of her own.
The staff changes come as part of UMG’s efforts to consolidate back office operations—which include legal, finance, international, and digital—and it means some executives in those functions have been promoted alongside the restructuring. Steve Gawley has been made EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, and George Marolda has been named CFO of the consolidated Motown/Island Def Jam imprint. All Access has a full list of the promotions, as well as the employees who were let go.
New York Times also reported today that New York-based music magazine Spin fired its editor in chief, Doug Brod, and publisher, Malcolm Campbell, on Friday. The company, which was founded in 1985 as a print magazine and has since expanded to online and event territory, has used the opportunity to reshuffle staff. Steve Kandell, former deputy editor, steps up into Brod’s former position, while Mike Albanese, formerly associate publisher and advertising director, becomes Spin‘s new publisher.
In further Spin cycles, Jeff Rogers will join the company as digital general manager, a newly created role. Devin Pedzwater will become the the overall brand creative director, and Charles Aaron, the longtime music editor (who was a speaker at least year’s CMJ Music Marathon panel “Curmudgeons Of Rock”), will become Spin‘s editorial director.