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COMPANY TOWN : Mercury to Name West Coast Manager

Allison Hamamura is about to be named general manager of Mercury Records on the West Coast. Hamamura’s appointment signals the first move by new Mercury President Danny Goldberg to beef up the anemic New York label’s presence in Hollywood. Hamamura, 30, is currently the West Coast vice president of contemporary music at William Morris Agency, where she worked closely with such recording artists as Paul Westerberg and Beck and helped orchestrate the successful Lollapalooza tour.

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