Entertainment Execs, Artists “Deeply Disappointed” After Lorde Cancels Israel Show


In the wake of Lorde canceling her show in Tel Aviv due to pressure from activists urging boycotts of the country, a number of artists as well as entertainment industry executives from CAA and WME have come forward to express their own “anti-boycott.”

A release from the Creative Community for Peace obtained by Deadline, said they are “deeply disappointed that Lorde canceled her show in Tel Aviv after receiving pressure from the radical boycott Israel movement. Artists should never become beholden to the political views of a small but loud minority.”

The release goes on to say that the movement is a “political movement ultimately aiming to extinguish the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people” rather than a movement for human rights.”

Lorde isn’t the first to cancel her show as a result from pressure from the boycott group. She follows artists like Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Thurston Moore, and Lauryn Hill who have also canceled their shows. However, Radiohead, Nick Cave, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and others who chose to rebuff the boycott.

That said, a list of entertainment execs and artists along with more than thirty thousand people have signed an anti-boycott petition that will “continue to work for a more peaceful future for Palestinians, Israelis, and the entire region.” Some of the names are listed below.

Jason Adelman, head of brand strategy and business development, Habana Avenue

Orly Adelson, former president of ITV Studios, America

Marty Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studios

Craig Balsam, co-founder of Razor & Tie Entertainment

Richard Baskind, partner and head of music at Simons Muirhead & Burton

Aton Ben-Horin, global head of A&R a Warner Music Group

Steven Bensusan, president of Blue Note Entertainment Group

Adam Berkowitz, co-head of the television department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Josh Binder, Davis Shapiro & Lewit LLP

David Byrnes, partner of Ziffren, Brittenham, LLP

Civia Caroline, president of Clic Entertainment

Josh Deutsch, chairman/CEO of Downtown Records

David Draiman, musician

Craig Emanuel, partner of Loeb & Loeb LLP

Ron Fair, record producer and former chief creative officer and executive vp of Virgin Americans

Erica Forster, director of business development at Zngine

Gary Foster, principal of Krasnoff Foster Productions;

Daryl Friedman, chief advocacy and industry relations officer of The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs on the Hill

Andrew Genger, Red Light Entertainment

Gary Gersh, president of global talent at AEG Presents

Jody Gerson, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group

Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications of Time Warner Inc.

Daniel Glass, president and founder of Glassnote Entertainment Group

David Glick, founder and CEO of Edge Group

Trudy Green, Trudy Green Management/HK Management

Larry Katz, entertainment attorney

Zach Katz, chief creative officer of BMG Chrysalis, North America

Amanda Kogan, WME

Rick Krim, west coast president of Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Colin Lester, CEO of JEM Artists

David Levy, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)

David Lonner, CEO of Oasis Media Group

Ben Maddahi, president of Unrestricted

Scott Packman, esquire

Donald S. Passman, partner of Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown, Inc.

Dean Raise, manager at C3 Presents

David Renzer, chairman of Spirit Music Group and former chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group

Hanna Rochelle, founder and president of Lyric Culture

Rick Rosen, head of the television department at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)

Steve Schnur, worldwide executive and music president of Electronic Arts

Sam Schwartz, co-principal of Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency

Ben Silverman, chairman and co-chief executive officer of Propagate Content

Ralph Simon, chairman & chief executive officer of Mobilium Global Limited

Jeff Sosnow, SVP artist and reportoire at Warner Music Group

Gary Stiffelman, partner of Greenberg Traurig LLP

Aaron Symonds, film composer

Traci Szymanski, president of Co-Star Entertainment/Isrealife Media Group

Adam Taylor, president of APM Music.

Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series at Amazon

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