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Ex-StudioCanal exec replaces Audio Network boss

Music licensing business Audio Network has hired Robb Smith as CEO, with the former MGM, StudioCanal and Universal exec filling a role vacated by Chris Blakeston.

Robb SmithSmith (pictured) has started in the new London-based role. He replaces Chris Blakeston, who Audio Network said this morning left in April. He remains an advisor the company said.

Blakeston took the CEO position last July, when Audio Network cofounder Robert Hurst vacated the role, remaining on the company’s board.

Other recent exec changes at Audio Network saw chief strategy officer Juliette Squair leave to join rights trading platform TRX.

Speaking about Smith’s appointment, Andrew Sunnucks, co-founder and chairman of Audio Network, said: “He has a comprehensive knowledge of our core customers as well as a detailed understanding of the changing media landscape.

“He is passionate about music and shares our ambition to make Audio Network the best option for music users and composers alike.”

Smith added: “Audio Network is a company whose passion for creating world-class and authentic music for creative communities everywhere is truly inspiring. I look forward to working with its team of dedicated music aficionados and being able to contribute my experience to expand and develop the company further. “