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Boston University, BS
Film & TV

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Executive Vice President, Digital Media
Director of Video Production
SVP Digital Media, Strategy & Creative
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Courtney Holt

Courtney Holt served as President of MySpace Music a joint venture between MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV. In this role, Courtney oversaw the growth and development of the MySpace Music brand. Courtney brought extensive music industry depth and relationships to MySpace Music, as well as experience and focus on product, promotion, and marketing that will serve to solidify the company’s position as a global leader in the digital music space as well as the platform of choice for artists at every level.

Prior to joining MySpace Music Courtney served as Executive Vice President of Digital Music for the MTV Networks Music and Logo Group where he oversaw all digital initiatives for the company’s MTV, VH1 and CMT music brands, as well as for Logo. In this role, Courtney was responsible for identifying ways to further engage audiences across a spectrum of touch points, expanding the reach of the music brands online and content syndication. He also worked closely with Integrated Marketing and Ad Sales teams to drive new business partnerships and advertising models within the MTV Networks Music & Logo Group portfolio.

Courtney’s team led the way on a number of instrumental initiatives to provide the audience with the new means to interact with music including the launch of mtvmusic.com. He also helped broker the creation of Rhapsody America, a joint venture between MTV Networks and RealNetworks and worked to develop the partnership between Rhapsody America and Verizon. Prior to joining MTV Networks in 2006, Courtney was Head of New Media and Strategic Marketing at Interscope Geffen A&M.

Beginning his career in the early 1990s as a freelance producer and director of music videos and commercials, Courtney was eventually appointed director of video production for Atlantic Records, where he introduced the concept of shooting live performances for electronic press kits and enhanced CDs and was responsible for some of the earliest artist broadcasts on the Internet. Aware of his accomplishments, A&M tapped Holt in 1996 to served as their VP of New Media. At A&M, Holt worked with developing CD-Roms for the label.

Throughout his career and as a veteran of the recording music industry, Courtney has earned recognition for embracing technology and changing the way labels traditionally promoted artists. His strategic initiatives helped usher in a new era of music marketing. His vision is to continue shaping the way artists connect with their fans and ensuring that music lives across multiple platforms by further cultivating the sense of community that already defines and differentiates the MySpace Music experience.

Courtney earned a BS degree in Film from Boston University in 1990. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Recent Milestones

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Company Date Round Size Participants
turntable.fm 9/2011Series A$7M11

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    techcrunch.com [edit]
  1. Turntable.fm Closes That $7 Million Round, Fred Wilson Joins Board (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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