The Walt Disney Internet Group has announced two promotions in its domestic mobile publishing division, which includes labels mDisney and Starwave Mobile. Trish Halamandaris has been elevated from director to vp marketing and carrier sales, and Stan Liu has been promoted from director to vp mobile content development. Halamandaris was director of marketing and carrier sales, North American mobile, at WDIG. Liu was director of mobile content development, North American mobile, at WDIG. … Concrete Pictures has added Kevin Lahr to its team of producers. Lahr was executive producer at Public Broadcasting Service.
Brahmstedt White Noise has added composers Justin Asher and Annie Holoien. Asher is based at the company's Los Angeles office, while Holoien is in Minneapolis. Holoien has been in several bands, most recently the Soviettes. Asher engineered, played on and produced records for the labels Touch and Go, Koch International, Island/Def Jam, Tzadik, Knitting Factory and Munich Europe and worked at Slogan Music. … The Pearl, the newly constructed concert venue at the Palms in Las Vegas, announced Andrew Hewitt and Live Nation as official booking agents. … Hal Espinosa has been re-elected president of Professional Musicians Union Local 47. He and almost all of his slate will return for two-year terms, including vp Vince Trombetta; secretary/treasurer Serena Kay Williams; trustees Michael Grego, Donald Muggeridge and Judy Chilnick; and directors Pam Gates, Leslie Lashinsky, Bonnie Janofsky, Marl Young and Greg Huckins. Before taking the helm at Local 47, Espinosa played trumpet in Las Vegas show bands, on many TV shows, recording and movie sessions and on bandstands and in theater pits for more than 40 years.
Adriana Ruiz, an account executive at Goodman Media International Inc., has been promoted to senior account executive. She works with Telemundo and its cable affiliate channel mun2, HDNet, Latina and Scholastic Media's "Clifford's Puppy Days" and "Maya & Miguel." … Media Tonic Communications Inc. has hired Jameela Jackson as an account executive in the agency's consumer practice. Jackson brings more than six years of entertainment industry experience working for independent record labels distributed by Sony BMG and Virgin Records, collaborating with such pop/R&B recording artists as Tyrese, Robin Thicke and Brooke Valentine. … Rick Thiedig has joined Channel M as vp finance. Most recently, he was business manager/vp finance at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. … Big Fish has named Matt Baxter to the newly created post of vp multiplatform marketing. He was a supervising producer at MTV News. … Syco has announced the appointment of Simon Jones to senior vp operations and international. In 2002, he was managing director of Fremantle Music TV. In 2003, his role expanded to include senior vp talent at Worldwide Entertainment.
Kate Nelson has been promoted to the newly created position of vp business operations, daytime, at Disney-ABC Television Group. Nelson most recently was director of business development and management at SoapNet. … ReelzChannel has named Dirk Konrad vp finance. Konrad was director of financial reporting at Fox Television Studios.