All Def Media Adds to Executive Suite

Chris Blackwell, Brooke Goldstein and Scott Weintrob - Split - Publicity - H 2018
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The company still has not named a replacement for co-founder and chairman Russell Simmons, who stepped back from his role after sexual assault claims.

All Def Media's new CEO is adding to his C-suite. 

Osman Eralp, who took the post in September after the departure of Sanjay Sharma, has named Brooke Goldstein and Chris Blackwell co-presidents of the digital venture. 

The appointments come about two months after All Def chairman Russell Simmons stepped down from his role with the company after several sexual assault allegations. All Def has yet to name a chairman to replace Simmons, who co-founded the company in 2013.

Eralp's new co-presidents will be charged with helping him grow the business around series and events across the music, comedy and social justice categories.

Goldstein joins All Def from ESP Properties, a WPP company, where she was head of North America sales. The advertising veteran will also serve as chief operating officer, a position that will put her in charge of all revenue growth at the company. 

Blackwell has been with All Def since late 2014, rising up the ranks from social media manager to become the company's head of music and marketing. In addition to serving as co-president, he has added chief digital officer to his title. He will continue to lead music and marketing in his new role. 

All Def has also promoted in-house creative director Scott Weintrob to executive creative director. Weintrob has been with the company since mid-2016, working with partners that include Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures and Blumhouse

"The foundational plan at All Def has always been to embrace and lean heavily into our cultural authenticity, high emotional engagement and sales excellence," said Eralp. "We could not be more blessed than to have recruited and promoted executives who exemplify both functional excellence and a deep knowledge of hip-hop power and evolution today in 2018. Our platforms attract more than 300 million monthly viewers because we are immersed, invested and a genuine part of this culture and community and we deliver the best new and emerging artists in hip hop, comedy and music."

All Def, which counts Greycroft Partners, Shari Redstone's Advancit Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and WPP as investors, produces programming for digital, television and film. The company, which previously went by All Def Digital, has produced such projects as All Def Comedy on HBO and YouTube Red's King of the Dancehall.

After several women came forward with sexual assault claims against Simmons late last year, HBO announced that it would move forward with All Def Comedy, but would remove Simmons' name from the series. 

In late November, Simmons released a statement saying he would step down from his various businesses, including a yoga studio in Los Angeles. "As the corridors of power inevitably make way for a new generation, I don't want to be a distraction, so I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded," he said. "The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward."

Since then, the NYPD has launched an investigation into several sexual assault reports filed against Simmons.