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NEW YORK CITY -- Digital jukebox giant TouchTunes Interactive Networks has named Jim Wilson chief operating officer. Wilson, who will provide general management for the 15-year old high-tech music company, will be headquartered in New York and report to chief executive Charles Goldstuck. He succeeds Steve Brecher, who exited the company in April.
Wilson comes to TouchTunes from Atari, where he was chief executive. Prior to Atari, he had held several senior posts at other interactive entertainment concerns. He was executive-vice president and general manager of Sony's home entertainment business, and president of Universal Interactive, where he built a games company and movie studio-based business model. When Vivendi acquired Universal Interactive, Wilson served as an executive vice-president and GM of Worldwide Studios at Vivendi Universal Games.
The first TouchTunes pay-per-play jukebox went live in 1998. Today, the company's music is available in 60,000 bars and restaurants in North America, and is second only to iTunes in volume of paid music downloads.