RESERVOIR GROWS GLOBAL CREATIVE TEAM AND ANNOUNCES RAFT OF KEY PROMOTIONS
Reservoir announces the expansion of its Creative team, with key promotions and additions to the staff globally.
Donna Caseine has been promoted to EVP – Global Creative Director. Since Caseine joined Reservoir in 2016, the company launched official offices in Los Angeles and Nashville, adding half a dozen new Creative executives to the team, in line with Reservoir’s creative-first ethos. In her new role, Donna will provide global leadership to Reservoir’s Creative staff and provide strategic oversight on the company’s creative and roster direction. In addition to these new responsibilities, she will continue to oversee the development for talent including Ali Tamposi, James Fauntleroy, and Illenium, amongst others.
Annette Barrett has been promoted to Managing Director & Global Strategic Liaison. Barrett has been the Managing Director of Reverb Music since 2001, and following Reservoir’s acquisition of the company, her role has expanded to include the pursuit of intercontinental opportunities for the roster, including Nitin Sawhney, Jamie Hartman, and more. She was also elected President and Chair of the Board of International Music Publishers Forum this year, furthering her commitment to the global independent music community.
Faith Newman has been promoted to EVP, A&R and Catalog Development. Since joining the company in 2011, Newman has brought exceptional talent to the Reservoir roster, including 2 Chainz, Migos, Young Thug, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and most recently Twysted Genius. In addition, she spearheads the company’s pursuit of legacy catalogs, and her passion for preserving and promoting great historic music has led to iconic catalogs such as The Isley Brothers, Hoagy Carmichael, and the Commodores finding their new publishing homes at Reservoir.
Reservoir additionally welcomes David Hoffman to the team, as VP of A&R and Marketing, based in New York. Hoffman spent the last 18 years as Head of Creative Services/A&R at Shapiro Bernstein, where he signed and developed talent including Joywave, Photay, Sego, and Savoir Adore, and looked after the catalogs of David Guetta, Serge Gainsbourg, Dorothy Fields, and AIR, among others. He joins Reservoir following the company’s acquisition of the storied Shapiro Bernstein catalog earlier this year.
Reservoir’s Creative team is now 12 people strong, stationed from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles, looking after the company’s roster of 80 active songwriting and producing talent. Caseine is joined by VP of Creative James Cheney in LA; Newman and Hoffman are stationed in New York; EVP, Creative John Ozier, VP, Creative Greg Gallo, and Creative Coordinator Chandler Cunningham look after activity in Nashville; In London, Barrett is joined by UK Head of Creative Charlie Pinder, A&R Manager Benjamin Akpojaro, and Creative & Administrative Manager Chloe Pullinger; Spek, EVP International and Emerging Markets, helms Reservoir’s Abu Dhabi outpost, overseeing all Creative activity in the MENA region.
“We are so pleased to recognize the incredible contributions that Donna, Annette, and Faith have made to the company, as well as being in the very fortunate position of expanding our team with David,” said Reservoir Founder and CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi. “In addition to sourcing incredible legacy catalogs, this team is unparalleled at attracting active creative talent which fuels our award wins and market share successes and also equips the synch and marketing teams with the newest in contemporary music. These new appointments reflect our long-term vision of being the best independent music company in the industry.”
“Donna, Annette, Faith, David, and our entire Creative team from Nashville to Abu Dhabi are the best at what they do,” added Reservoir President and COO Rell Lafargue. “With a ratio of 12 Creatives to an active roster of about 80 writers, we’ve curated a truly collaborative environment in which our writers can really thrive, providing bespoke opportunities and high-touch attention.”