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February 26-27, 2008   |   Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City

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Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York City
February 26–27, 2008

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102 North End Avenue, NYC
Group Rates:
$349 King/$439 Double
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Group: Digital Media Wire
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Tel. 310-855-0033

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP

Media Partners
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“ We should all thank the folks at Digital Media Wire for putting on these forums and keeping us informed through their daily email newsletter. When I read the daily newsletter and attend these events, I have begun to form the conclusion that we may actually be an industry. ”
– Chris Gorog
Chairman and CEO, Napster

“ DMW conferences are great opportunities to meet new companies and hear about new opportunities. I recommend them highly. ”
– Jonathan Potter
Executive Director, Digital Media Association

“ I just wanted to say thanks for a great event. If you ever need us again, please let me know. Congrats on everything. ”
– Leah Arnold
Communications Manager, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

“ It was a wonderful event. ”
– Sarah B. Deutsch
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Verizon Communications

“ Please let me know if you have anything that AOL Music or I can do for other events. ”
– Mike Rich
AOL Music

“ I enjoyed it and hope to be working with you in the
future. ”
– Elliot Maxwell
Special Advisor for the Digital Economy, U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1998-2001)

“ Very good conference - diverse participants, meaty discussion. ”
– Tolman Geffs
Managing Director, Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc.

“ A rare chance for competitors to gather in one place and collaborate on what’s working and what&rsqou;s not. ”
– NY1 News

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– Michael Gravley
Governor’s Film & Entertainment Industry Liaison, The State of Georgia

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– Mike Yuen
Senior Director, Games, QUALCOMM

“ Fantastic event... ”
– Matt J. Railo
Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

“ I enjoyed the event and appreciated the opportunity to speak. ”
– Thomas Gewecke
SVP, Global Digital Business, Sony BMG Music

“ I had a lot of fun on the panel and thoroughly enjoyed the event. ”
– Thomas Ryan
SVP, Digital & Mobile Strategy and Development EMI Music

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– Brad Duea
President, Napster

“ While some of the other conferences in this space may have more ‘bling’, they don’t have the opportunity for meaningful networking like DMF is able to orchestrate. “
– Jan Eglen
CEO, Digonex Technologies, Inc.

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“The Best Digital Music Event in the
Industry for 8 Years Standing!”

New York City - Feb. 26-27, 2008
2 Days – 70+ Speakers – 500+ Attendees
Innovative Exhibitors - !!Unrivaled Networking!!
Breakfast, Lunch, Reception, Live Music Showcase

Now in its 8th year, Digital Music Forum is the leading event focused on the intersection of technology and music. Join an elite group of over 500 music industry insiders for two days of high level discussions, news breaking announcements and unrivaled networking in the Big Apple. Participants include top major and indie label execs, artists and artist reps, association heads, attorneys, investors and consumer electronics and technology leaders from social networks, payments companies, online retailers, mobile companies, technology start-ups and many more. This is a “must attend” event for anyone interested in the future of the music business. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the industry’s future!

To submit a speaker for this event:
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For sponsorship and exhibitor packages, please contact:
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2008 Speakers

Thomas Hesse
President, Global Digital Business & U.S. Sales
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Gary Shapiro
President & CEO
Consumer Electronics

David Pakman
Michael Robertson
Founder & CEO, MP3tunes
Brad Duea
 Navarrow Wright
President & CEO
Global Grind  
Greg Scholl
The Orchard
Ali Partovi
David Israelite
President & CEO
National Music
Publishers Association
Steve Marks
EVP & General Counsel
Eric Garland
Ted Cohen
Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
MEF Americas

Dave Ulmer
Senior Director, Entertainment Products
Motorola Media Solutions
Jim Griffin
Managing Director, OneHouse LLC
Co-Founder, Pho Group
 John T. Frankenheimer
Chair, Music Group
Partner &
 Loeb & Loeb LLP
Matt Schwartz
Manager, Music Programming
& Business Development
Verizon Wireless   
Jim Donio
National Association of
Recording Merchandisers (NARM)
Michael Petricone
SVP of Gov't Affairs
Consumer Electronics

Steve Jang
CMO & Head of Bus. Development
Maria C. Thomas
SVP, NPR Digital Media
Mark Ghuneim
Gary Greenstein
Of Counsel
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Celia Hirschman
KCRW's On The Beat
Rich Bengloff
Ned Sherman
CEO & Publisher
Digital Media Wire
Aydin Caginalp
Partner, Entertainment & Media Group
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Gerd Leonhard
Sonific LLC  
Maria Egan-Cohen
Columbia Records 
Rachna Bhasin
VP, Business Development
Jon Potter
Executive Director
Digital Media Association  
Kelli Richards
President & CEO
The All Access Group

Aram Sinnreich
Founder & Managing Partner
Radar Research
Frank Rose
Contributing Editor
Wired Magazine  
Mike Rich
AOL Entertainment &
AOL Black Voices

Peter Rojas
CEO & Co-Founder
Matt Mason
The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Reinvented Capitalism
Edith Bellinghausen
SVP, Digital Business
Razor & Tie
Matt Laszuk
Iris Distribution  
Dorrian Porter
Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn
Bluhammock Music
Mark Fischer
Fish & Richardson P.C.  
Jeff Zakim
Senior Director -
& Internet Marketing
The Blue Note Label Group

Robert Driscoll
Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP  
Brian Young
Fifth Generation Systems
Ray Farrell
SVP, Business Development & Label Relations
RoyaltyShare, Inc.  
Cecily Mak
Sr. Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs
David Del Beccaro
President & Founder
Music Choice  
David Card
VP, Research and Senior Analyst
Jupiter Research
Daniel Werner
Epic Records
John Fleckenstein
SVP of International
BMG Label Group

Syd Schwartz
SVP, Digital Strategy
Capitol Music Group  

Maurice Russell
VP, Licensing & Label Relations
The Harry Fox Agency

Chris Phenner
SVP, Business Development
Doug Perlson
Elliot Mazer
Multi-Platinum Producer/Engineer (Neil Young, Janis Joplin, etc) / Founder,
Left Turn Music


Amaechi Uzoigwe
Definitive Jux

Marty Lafferty

 Allan Klepfisz
Chairman & CEO
Shahi Ghanem
Benjamin Campbell
OurStage, Inc.
Shahi Ghanem
President & CEO
Alan Cohen
VP, Strategic Business Development
Guitar Center
 Mike Bebel
President & CEO
Ruckus Entertainment, Inc.

Benjamin Masse
President & Founder
Double V3
Vicki Saunders
Director, Music Marketing & Promotions
TouchTunes Music

Julie Florida
Attorney, Entertainment & Devices, Legal & Corporate Affairs
Microsoft Corporation 

Glenn Otis Brown
Strategic Partner Developer
Jim Cooperman
Wind-Up Records

Mitchell Wolk
Ted Mico
Head of Digital
Interscope Geffen A&M 

Bobby Rosenbloum
Shareholder, Co-Chair, Ent. Practice - ATL; Int. Property & Tech.; Tech., Media & Telecom
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Allen Kovac
Tenth Street Entertainment

DAY 1 – Tuesday, February 26

11:00am – 1:00pm
Exhibitor Set-up

1:00pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 1:45pm
Welcome, Introductions & Opening Remarks

Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire
Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic / Chairman, Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas

1:45pm – 2:45pm
PANEL 1: The State of the Digital Union

This panel of industry experts will discuss the hot button issues of day, including the debate over digital music pricing, ad-supported music models, online and mobile music product offerings and business models, next generation devices and the future of digital rights management. What is the current state of the online and mobile music markets and where is the industry heading?

Brad Duea, President, Napster
Greg Scholl, CEO, The Orchard
Mike Rich, SVP & GM, AOL Entertainment and AOL Black Voices
David Del Beccaro, Founder & President, Music Choice
Ted Mico, Head of Digital, Interscope Geffen A&M
Glenn Otis Brown, Strategic Partner Developer, YouTube
Moderator: Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic / Chairman, MEF Americas

2:45pm – 3:45pm
PANEL 2:  Social Networking & Music Discovery:
What It All Means for Music Businesses
Talk about the future of music these days and the discussion often turns to names like MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, imeem, Bebo, Pandora, iLike, and others in the social networking and online music discovery space. Hard to remember that these are companies who didn't exist until just a few years ago. What are these companies doing vis-a-vis music? Who is benefiting from services like these? How is the popularity of these services impacting traditional radio? What are the legal challenges facing online services? Are social networking and online music discovery a revolution with lasting effects on the music industry or a passing fad? These experts will consider what role social networking and music discovery services will play in the future of the music business.

Mark Fischer, Attorney, Fish & Richardson
Steve Jang, CMO & Head of Business Development, imeem
Benjamin Masse, President & Founder, Double V3
Ali Partovi, CEO, iLike
Maria Thomas, SVP, NPR Digital Media
Navarrow Wright, President & CEO, Global Grind
Moderator: Eric Garland, CEO, BigChampagne

3:45pm – 4:15pm

4:15pm – 5:15pm
PANEL 3: The Future of Mobile Music
This panel of mobile insiders will discuss the latest developments in the mobile music market, including mobile marketing initiatives, portable devices and other mobile-related innovations and revenue-generating opportunities such as music videos, full-track streaming of music, ring tones and “ringbacks.” What mobile innovations are having the greatest impact on the way consumers discover, purchase and listen to music, network with fans and artists, learn about concert information and release dates from their favorite artists and interact during the concert experience?  What are the developments that will shape the industry in the years to come?

Rachna Bhasin, VP, Business Development, Dell-ZING
Dorrian Porter, CEO, Mozes
Matt Schwartz, Manager, Music Programming & Business Dev, Verizon Wireless
Dave Ulmer, Senior Director, Entertainment Products, Motorola Media Solutions
Chris Phenner, SVP, Business Development, Thumbplay
Moderator: Aydin Caginalp,
Partner, Entertainment & Media Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

5:15pm – 5:45pm
Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Interviewed by: John T. Frankenheimer, Chair, Music Group/Co-Chair, Loeb & Loeb LLP

5:45pm – 6:45pm

Live Music by American Babies

DAY 2 – Wednesday, February 27

9:00am – 9:30am
David Pakman
, CEO, eMusic
Interviewed by: Frank Rose, Contributing Editor,

9:30am - 10:30am
PANEL 1: Top Digital Media Trends Impacting the Music Business

This panel of innovators, creators and thought leaders from music, technology and Web 2.0 companies look ahead at what we can expect in technological innovation in the years to come. What trends will have the greatest impact on the future of the music business? How can music businesses plan to capitalize on these developments?

Jeff Zakim, Senior Director, E-Commerce & Internet Mktg, The Blue Note Label Group
Gerd Leonhard, CEO, Sonific LLC

Alan Cohen, VP, Strategic Business Development, Guitar Center
Brian Young, SVP, Fifth Generation Systems
Syd Schwartz, SVP, Digital Strategy, Capitol Music Group
Moderator: David Card, VP, Research & Senior Analyst, Jupiter Research

10:30am – 11:00am
Sponsored by:


11:00am – 11:30am
Gary Shapiro, CEO & President, CEA

11:30am – 12:30pm
PANEL 2: The Copyright Debate:
Is the System Broken? If So, How Do We Fix It?"

This panel of music and copyright experts will discuss the top legal and policy issues facing the music industry today. Why do so many in the industry feel that the current copyright system does not fairly protect their interests? What needs to happen so that artists can live off their creativity, labels and publishers can see a fair return on their investments, technology companies have an incentive to innovate and receive a fair share of the pie and music fans can satisfy their current hunger for and exploration of new and/or alternative music?

David Israelite, President & CEO, National Music Publishers Association
Steve Marks, EVP & General Counsel, RIAA
Jonathan Potter, Executive Director, Digital Media Association
Michael Petricone, SVP, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
Moderator: Gary Greenstein, Of Counsel,
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

12:30pm – 2:00pm

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Michael Robertson, Founder & CEO, MP3tunes / Founder,
Interviewed by: Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse LLC / Co-Founder, Pho Group

2:30pm – 3:20pm · TRACK 1
Global Music Marketing in the Digital Age
Technology has created new opportunities and challenges for artists and labels to market their music and promote and sell music and tours. Successful worldwide interactive marketing efforts now require a deep understanding of web site analytics, email and mobile marketing, social networks and online communities, e-commerce, search engine marketing and web site optimization. This panel will discuss global marketing in the digital age with a focus on how to utilize digital tools to better connect with fans and promote, produce and create new revenue opportunities for artists and labels.

John Fleckenstein, SVP of International, BMG Label Group
Mark Ghuneim, CEO, WiredSet
Peter Rojas, CEO & Co-Founder, RCRD LBL
Shahi Ghanem, CEO & President, Brickfish
Doug Perlson, CEO, TargetSpot
Vicki Saunders, Director, Music Marketing & Promotions, TouchTunes Music
Moderator: Celia Hirschman, Host, KCRW's On The Beat

2:30pm – 3:20pm · TRACK 2
PANEL 3: The Kids Are Alright:
The Tween, Teen & College Market for Music

If you've been following the news for the past five years, you'd assume that the tween, teen and college market for music is all but dead, with digital "sharing" killing CD sales and turning the music industry upside down. But research on the spending and consumption habits of Millennials (those born between 1982 and 2000) suggests otherwise. In fact, this generation is spending more on entertainment and digital devices than any generation to precede it. The problem or opportunity, depending on how you look at it, is that they are spending and consuming differently than past generations. This panel will discuss the media consumption habits of Millennials and the opportunity for savvy music businesses and consumer marketers to reach them.

Jim Donio, President, National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM)
Mike Bebel, President & CEO, Ruckus Entertainment, Inc.
Edith Bellinghausen, SVP, New Media, Razor & Tie / Kidz Bop
Matt Mason, Author-The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Reinvented Capitalism
Bobby Rosenbloum, Shareholder, Co-Chair, Ent. Practice - ATL; Int. Property & Tech.; Tech., Media & Telecom, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Moderator: Aram Sinnreich, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Radar Research

3:20pm – 3:50pm
Sponsored by:


3:50pm – 4:40pm · TRACK 1
PANEL 4: Digital Rights and Clearances for Music
Far too often digital music deals get done only to be held up by complicated and time-consuming rights clearance processes. This panel of experts will discuss rights clearance issues for digital music licenses. What are some of the common problems and how can they be avoided?

Ray Farrell, SVP, Business Development & Label Relations,
RoyaltyShare, Inc.
Cecily Mak, Sr. Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs, RealNetworks
Maurice Russell, VP, Licensing & Label Relations, The Harry Fox Agency
Julie Florida, Attorney, Ent. & Devices, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
Moderator: Robert Driscoll, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP


3:50pm – 4:40pm · TRACK 2
PANEL 4: A&R in the Digital Age
A&R is fundamentally changing and the changes are happening fast. There is a growing awareness that labels need to have a digital and mobile strategy that connects with A&R to succeed today. This panel of A&R executives, artist reps and digital execs discuss the future of A&R. What innovative techniques are being used by creative A&R execs that are changing the A&R landscape? How do new technologies affect the A&R process? Do the Internet and digital technologies give artists a better chance to be heard by A&R executives and music supervisors while simultaneously building a fan base?

Maria Egan-Cohen, A&R, Columbia Records
Daniel Werner, A&R, Epic Records
Elliot Mazer,
Multi-Platinum Producer/Engineer/ Founder, Left Turn Music
Benjamin Campbell,
OurStage, Inc.
Allen Kovac, Founder & President, Tenth Street Entertainment

Moderator: Kelli Richards, President & CEO, The All Access Group

4:40pm – 5:30pm · TRACK 1

The Indie Takeover?

The independent share of the global music market has been steadily increasing over the past few years due in great part to the increase of digital distribution and the availability of low cost digital tools for music production, marketing and promotion.  This panel will discuss the role of the Internet, mobile and digital technologies in the growth and future of the independent sector. What are the pros and cons of being an indie in today's market?

Jim Cooperman, COO, Wind-up Records
Amaechi Uzoigwe, Co-founder,
Definitive Jux
Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn, Owner,
Bluhammock Music

Mitchell Wolk, EVP,

Matt Laszuk, President,
IRIS Distribution
Moderator: Rich Bengloff, President, A2IM

4:40pm – 5:30pm · TRACK 2
What’s Next for the World’s First Free and Legal P2P Music Service?
QTRAX's high-visibility launch at Midem raised expectations of an enormous breakthrough for digital music distribution. It also raised some very fundamental questions. Is the music industry ready to allow an ad-supported P2P music service to exist? Will consumer acceptance demonstrate that this is an effective antidote against piracy? Can the service's implementation live up to its leaders' ambitious vision? In this no holds-barred session with the senior executive of QTRAX, attendees will find out what happened and why at QTRAX’s launch, as well as what’s next for this boldly conceived enterprise.

Allan Klepfisz, Chairman & CEO,
Interviewed by: Marty Lafferty, CEO,

5:30pm – 6:30pm
TAG Strategic


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