The Entertainment Retailers Association held its Annual General Meeting in London yesterday, with renewed optimism and increased collaboration the main themes, with both high street and online entertainment sellers and services feeling somewhat more buoyant of late. ERA, of course, brings together a diverse range of entertainment retail businesses from across the music, video and gaming sectors.
In the formal proceedings of the meeting, big bad Google was elected to the board of the body in its guise as an entertainment provider, with Eduard Castello – Music Content Partnerships Manager for both Google Play and YouTube in the UK and Ireland – representing the web giant within the trade group.
Other new board members included Raoul Chatterjee, who was previously Chair of ERA while at 7digital, and who is now repping his current employer SoundCloud. Meanwhile, newly appointed to the ERA board from the independent sector was Tony Boothroyd, owner of Huddersfield-based Vinyl Tap.
Commenting on the new recruits to her board, ERA CEO Kim Bayley said: “For 29 years ERA has represented entertainment retailing in all its diversity. As we enter our 30th anniversary year, I am delighted to welcome three new and significant members to our board”.[from http://ift.tt/2lvivLP]