Discogs announce partnership with Crate Diggers

Discogs, the world’s largest physical database, has recently announced the partnership with the premier vinyl-centric event in the world, Crate Diggers. The acquisition further solidifies Discogs as a leader in the vinyl community. By leveraging Crate Diggers footprint in the vinyl events space, Discogs seeks to bring their community from behind their screens to in the flesh in ten different cities across the globe in 2017.
“We’re often asked if we support record stores and selling offline. The answer has always been yes,” said Chad Dahlstrom, Discogs chief operating officer in a news release. “Through our site vinylhub and now Crate Diggers we can continue to support the sales, and trading of albums live. All of us love to dig records, and we want Crate Diggers to be one of those events diggers can look forward to year after year.”
Originally started three years ago in Portland, Ore., Crate Diggers has quickly expanded to include Los Angeles and Miami, Fla. This year saw the first international Crate Diggers held in Berlin. The event is always free, and the format is simple: Record Fair by day that gives way to a DJ After Party at night. Theo Parrish, Doc Martin, Dam Funk, Rick Wilhite and more have graced the turntables bridging the gap between old school record collectors and new vinyl enthusiasts.
“The vinyl record resurgence shows people are tired of renting their music and are looking for a tangible way to connect with their music if nothing else. Crate Diggers gives music lovers the world over the opportunity to connect in that same way in person, ” said Ronald Rich Jr., Discogs, director of marketing.
Discogs is the user-built database of music; with a catalog of more than 6.5 million recordings and 4 million artists, Discogs is the largest physical music database in the world. In addition, Discogs connects buyers and sellers across the globe. With more than 10 million items available and thousands of sellers, this is the premier spot for new releases to hard to find gems. Download the Discogs App for iOS (HERE) and Android (HERE). More on Discogs at crash-avenue.com/current-roster-2/discogs.

Mitch’s Travel: Halekulani appoints Ulrich Krauer as general manager

Halekulani Corp., which owns and manages both Halekulani and the Waikiki Parc Hotel on Oahu, Hawaii, has appointed Ulrich Krauer to the position of general manager of Halekulani.  Krauer, who has helmed several of the world’s most iconic hotels during the course of his career, will join Halekulani on Aug. 27, 2012, and will be responsible for directing all aspects of day-to-day management and operations of the legendary 453-room property.  This announcement was made by Peter Shaindlin, chief operating officer of Halekulani Corp.
“From its modest beginning as a private beachfront estate to its current incarnation as one of the world’s most acclaimed properties, Halekulani has maintained a steadfast commitment to leadership, excellence and to offering an extraordinary guest experience,” said Shaindlin in a news release.  “I know that Ulrich’s exceptional expertise, professionalism and values will safeguard the Halekulani legacy and ensure that Halekulani continues to represent an incomparable standard of excellence.”
“It is both a privilege and a pleasure for me to take on the role of general manager of Halekulani, a property that is renowned throughout the world for its gracious hospitality, incomparable service and for exemplifying the finest in luxury hospitality,” said Krauer. “I look forward to working with its exceptionally dedicated team of professionals committed to providing guests with an experience and a spirit that is truly like no other.”
Mr. Krauer most recently served as asset manager to Somerset Grace Bay in the Caribbean and, previously, as general manager of Kona Village Resort on the Big Island.  In addition, he has held the position of manager director and General Manager at the St. Regis Monarch Beach and Sonoma Mission Inn in California; Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Texas; Hotel La Samanna in St. Martin, French West Indies and the legendary Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills.  He also served as resident manager at the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and the Grand Bay Hotel Miami.  Mr. Krauer’s international experience includes management positions in five-star properties in Bern, Davos, Locarno, St. Moritz and Vevey in Switzerland; Megeve, France; St. Andrews, Scotland; Costa Smeralda in Sardinia and the luxury cruise ship MS Vistafjord of Norwegian America Lines.
Hailing originally from Bern, Switzerland.  He is a passionate aficionado of Hawaiian culture, culinary arts and wine, and is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast.

Saban Capital Group launches new venture with music executive David Renzer

David Renzer

Veteran music publishing executive David Renzer has joined forces with Saban Capital Group in Los Angeles (SCG) as president of Music Ventures. The company will be investing substantial equity in the acquisition and exploitation of music publishing rights, taking advantage of the consolidation in the industry by offering song writers, artists and important catalogues a forward thinking boutique emphasizing film and television and synchronization opportunities. Saban is already in advanced discussions on a number of potential music rights acquisitions.
Saban has over 40 years of activity in the acquisition and growth of music and media copyrights. Included in the activities of the new music publishing venture will be music publishing rights created as part of Saban Brands television production activities including children’s television programming (“Power Rangers” and others).
Renzer was formerly chairman/chief executive officer of Universal Music Publishing Group, where over the past 15 years, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s more than 50 offices around the globe and had involvement in over 100 music publishing acquisitions including; Polygram, Rondor, Zomba, and one of the industry’s largest acquisitions, BMG Music Publishing. Signings to Universal under Renzer’s leadership included such names as Paul Simon, 50 Cent, Danny Elfman, the catalogues of Jimi Hendrix, Bee Gees, Mariah Carey, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), as well as deals with Warner Bros Pictures/Warner Bros Television, Dreamworks, HBO and many others.
Renzer began his career at Zomba Music Publishing, where he rose to senior vice president and general manager. During his decade-long career there, Renzer helped Zomba achieve ASCAP’s R&B Publisher of the Year and Pop Publisher of the Year awards. While at MCA, the company was ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year.
Renzer’s civic and industry commitments have included sitting on the Boards of ASCAP, NMPA, the International Music Publishers Association, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He has also served as the Chairman of the Music and Entertainment Division of the City of Hope, and founded Songs of Hope, raising over $1,750,000 for the City of Hope Hospital. Renzer received his bachelor of arts degree from New York University.
 “The formation of our Music Venture enables us to utilize our extensive experience in music and media rights as well as leverage our increasing activity in the creation of broadcast properties,” said Haim Saban, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group in a news release. “As the music industry continues its consolidation, we feel it is an opportune time to commit significant investment capital to music rights and we have great confidence that David, with his vast experience, will help us create an exciting new music publishing company together.”
Adam Chesnoff, president and chief operating officer of Saban Capital, says  “Media and music rights have long been at the core of investment activity at Saban Capital Group. By partnering with an experienced and talented executive such as David, we believe we can take an entrepreneurial and opportunistic approach to building a great music publishing company together.”
David Renzer comments: “I’m thrilled to partner with Haim Saban, Adam Chesnoff and the team at SCG in the launch of what I hope will be an exciting, forward thinking, creatively driven home for songwriters, their copyrights and important catalogues. Haim Saban has been one of the most successful entrepreneurs in media with a long activity in and love for music and I could not ask for a better partner.”

Saban Capital Group (“SCG”) is a leading private investment firm based in Los Angeles specializing in the media, entertainment, and communication industries.

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