Peter Mannes Joins CMT As Vice President, Creative Services

CMT has tapped creative and branding veteran Peter Mannes, for the position of Vice President, Creative Services, announced today by Dee McLaughlin, senior vice president Brand Strategy, Marketing and Creative, CMT. Mannes is charged with directing the efforts of the creative team in the creation, planning, development and production of all on and off air production and graphics for CMT. Mannes will be based in Nashville and will report to McLaughlin, effective immediately.

“From award winning promo work, to his successful brand campaign executions, to his vast experience working with other nets, Peter’s broad skillset is exactly the synergy we were seeking ” says McLaughlin.

With over 20 years in the media industry Peter Mannes comes to CMT from Sundance Channel, where he was Director of Brand Marketing. As a creative leader he was responsible for managing the voice of the network across all platforms, including strategic and creative direction of its promotional campaigns. Prior to Sundance, Mannes was founder of Argot Media, a full-service creative production agency where he produced creative rebrands of multiple TV networks, including History Channel, Biography, Bloomberg Television, and Sí TV. Continue reading


Summit Includes Panels, Research, and a CMA Songwriters Series Event with Superstars Wynonna and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, Hit Songwriters Brett James and Dallas Davidson, Hosted by Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Bob DiPiero

The Country Music Association has your passport to reaching and engaging the international marketplace. The Association’s mission is to help expand the format around the world and for the first time, CMA is presenting the International Country Music Marketing Summit, March 1 at Disneyland Paris.

“With immediate and convenient access to Country Music, the world market is fertile ground for our industry and artists,” said Steve Moore, Chief Executive Officer of CMA. “Country artists are selling out major venues; our CMA Songwriter Series is returning to the U.K. and Ireland in February; and new events like the ‘C2C: Country to Country’ Country Music festival at the O2 Arena in London in March are a strong indication of the burgeoning popularity of the music and the need for this type of educational platform across the world.” Continue reading

ole Signs Prolific Crossover Songwriter Frank Myers to Worldwide Administration Deal

ole has signed singer, songwriter and producer Frank Myers, one of the most prolific writers in both country and pop on Music Row, to a worldwide administration deal with step-up to co-pub. The arrangement encompasses existing works under his Meleva Music catalog and Futures.

The single “Piece of Me,” which is featured on the ARIA 2012 Country Album of the Year-nominated, Two Worlds Collide, by Australian country music trio, The McClymonts, is included in the deal. The catalog also includes multiple cuts on upcoming projects for various artists.

ole previously acquired a catalog from Frank Myers, which included Lonestar’s #1 hit single “I’m Already There,” BMI’s 2002 Country Song of the Year, which remained at the top of the country chart for seven weeks, went to #2 on the AC chart and earned Myers the title of Country Songwriter of the Year (with writing partner Gary Baker) from American Songwriter Magazine. Continue reading