CenterStaging taps COO

Schmidman will manage online portal, rehearsals.com

Paul Schmidman has been named chief operating officer of CenterStaging Corp., where he will manage the company’s online portal, rehearsals.com.

Schmidman will lead and manage the development and management of CenterStaging and rehearsals.com’s worldwide studio services and high-definition digital strategy, oversee and manage day-to-day companywide operations and create viable new-media products and services. Further, he will work to enhance the company’s position in the entertainment world and the Hollywood community.

Schmidman was most recently AOL’s senior VP, executive corporate relations, office of the chairman and CEO. During his tenure, he delivered strategic entertainment initiatives and relationships that enhanced AOL’s position in the entertainment world. He was key in getting AOL involved in Live 8 and the creation of Network Live.

He will be based at the CenterStaging headquarters in Burbank, Calif.

Rehearsals.com shows exclusive footage of acts in private rehearsal sessions. Among the acts featured are Tom Petty, the Panic Channel and Pussycat Dolls.

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