Digital Music Forum East
February 24, 2011   |  Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City

Phone Registration:
Call 1-310-855-0033 ext. 0

Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York City
February 24, 2011

2012 Sponsors
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Loeb & Loeb


DIY Media

Streaming Partner

Social Media Partner

Media Partners


Boogar Lists


Candian Music Week


2011 Speakers
Carter Adamson

Carter has 15 years of experience in consumer software and web services, in both product and business strategy roles. He was most recently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Atomico Ventures and prior to that he was Head of Product at Skype.


Gabe Adiv
Founder & CEO
TuneUp Media

Music industry veteran Gabriel Adiv founded TuneUp Media in 2007. Prior to TuneUp, Gabe spent five years in sales and channel marketing at Gracenote, the industry leader in global metadata and enriched content solutions. Previously, Gabe spent his career in sales, marketing and business development, playing pivotal roles in several entrepreneurial ventures including WebTV and Coupling his invaluable insight and experience from Gracenote with his undying enthusiasm for music, Gabe has guided TuneUp to Series C funding and exponential growth. As Founder & CEO of TuneUp Media, his involvement ranges from the acquisition of funding, to the oversight of marketing and business relationships, as well as overall product strategy and vision. His leadership, entrepreneurial drive, taste-making instincts and passion for music have paved the way for TuneUp's growing success.


Jay Baage
VP, Content & Business Development
Digital Media Wire

Jay Baage, both a "suit" and a creative, is a Sweden-born media professional, focused on shepherding media and brand properties from an analog to a digital world. Jay plays a key role at Digital Media Wire (DMW), a leading provider of news, financial information and conferences for media professionals. He keeps tabs of the most innovative companies and manages many of DMW’s most significant advertising and sponsorship relationships across its events and publishing properties. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and cover such industries as games, music, film, television, publishing, mobile and internet commerce. He has furthermore transformed the company’s approach to marketing by audience and community development through social media. He has during his career established high-profile strategic partnerships with other leading industry organizations such as PGA, SAG, GDA, CTIA, E3 and Canadian Music Week and connected senior executives in the media and entertainment industries, leading to high level deals.


David Bakula
SVP, Analytics

David Bakula is Sr. VP of Analytics and Client Relations for Nielsen Entertainment. In this role, he leads all analytical initiatives within music for the Nielsen entertainment group. He has 15 years of analytical experience with companies such as Musicland and Universal Music Group Distribution. His core expertise includes strategic planning, business development, business strategy and analysis. Bakula began his career with Musicland Group, Inc. as a Merchandise Planner and Inventory Management Analyst. Following his time at Musicland, he spent eight years with Universal Music Group Distribution’s Sales Analysis team, including the last two years as VP of Business Analysis. He joined Nielsen in August of 2008 and has been working with Nielsen clients to deliver actionable analytics and creative business solutions.


Vince Bannon
VP, Entertainment Partnerships & Development
Getty Images

Vince Bannon started Concert Company Ritual Inc. while in college in Detroit. The company, which owned and operated nightclubs St. Andrew's Hall, The Shelter (featured in Eminem's movie 8 Mile), Industry Asylum, Industry, and Clutch Cargo's, produced over 550 shows a year and worked with Nirvana, The Police, Prince, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Nine Inch Nails, and Guns And Roses, among others. Vince served as President from 1979 to 1993. Vince also helped create the popular music festival, Lollapalooza, during this time.

From 1994 to 2000, Vince was SVP of Artist Development at 550/ Epic Records, where he worked with Oasis, Travis, Macy Gray, Celine Dion, Des'ree, Fuel and more. From 2000 to 2001, in conjunction with Clear Channel, he co-produced the Area One Festival Tour Featuring Moby, Outkast, Paul Oakenfold, Incubus, The Roots, New Order and more, with over 20 shows in 17 markets. He was subsequently head of A+R for Redline Entertainment, a film and music content company wholly owned by Best Buy.

In 2003, Vince became Executive VP of Music Worldwide for is a technology solution for entertainment companies and works with Universal Studios, Paramount, Disney, and Warner Music Group, delivering all their marketing materials and assets to media and affiliates worldwide. In 2004, Getty Images acquired Vince became part of the Getty Images business development team, where he currently is VP, Entertainment Partnerships and Development. Vince has played an integral role in the Michael Ochs' Archive acquisition,

Sony/BMG Archive representation, Led Zeppelin Reunion exclusive deal, British Music Experience deal, the acquisition of Pump Audio and the recent Premium Playlist launch on


Ranj Bath
COO & Co-Founder
Desi Hits!

Ranj has over 15 years of experience at the forefront of digital media technology, most recently as Chief Operating Officer for Desi Hits!, an innovative multi-platform media company that is undoubtedly creating a cultural shift in the digital field and pop culture worldwide. Ranj has been at the center of deals with major US labels Universal, Warner and Sony and South Asian/Bollywood film studios. Most recently, Ranj partnered with Universal Music Group to create the world’s first music label that will nurture and develop global pop icons from South Asia and the large diaspora, making news headlines from New York to Mumbai. Prior to Desi Hits! Ranj held the position of Worldwide Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation where he led the strategy and direction across mobile and digital media programs. He has been instrumental in identifying, creating and delivering new entertainment experiences while driving new business opportunities for brands, advertisers and partners.


Rich Bengloff
American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM")

Rich Bengloff is the President of The American Association of independent Music (“ A2IM”). Rich also serves as a board member representing the Independent music label community on the boards of the SoundExchange and the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies ("AARC"). Rich has spent much of his career in the music and entertainment industry, during the past 20 years having worked at both music labels and music distributors at both independent (RED, Combat/Relativity/In Effect) and major music companies (Sony Music and Warner Music) as well as WNYC Radio, serving as a senior level operations and financial executive. Rich’s perspective on the music industry, and independent music in particular, has been frequently published in both trade (Billboard, FMQB, etc.) and consumer print and digital publications (NY Times, Hypebot, Huffington Post, Daily Tech, etc.). Rich also is often called on to be a panel moderator/speaker at events around the world including events as varied as CMJ, Digital Music Forum East, Midem, SXSW and the inaugural International Creative Industries Summit in Shanghai, China in 2009. Rich has an MBA from Columbia University and, is an adjunct professor of Communications and Media Management at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business teaching the introduction to the music industry course and also teaches the annual NARM/A2IM music business crash course.

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM, is a non-profit trade organization fighting for and protecting the rights of the Independent music label community. A2IM is an organization made up of Independent music labels that have banded together to form a central voice advocating for the health of the Independent music sector. Our membership includes 256 music labels of varying sizes and genres, many owned by artists like Alison Brown and Garry West, Burning Spear, Brett Gurewitz of Epitaph/Anti/Hellcat, the Hanson brothers, Joan Jett, Carol King, Moe, the Skaggs Family, Gillian Welch etc. and many labels located outside of the traditional New York, Nashville, Southern California including Mountain Apple in Hawaii, Barsuk in Seattle, Kill Rock Stars in Portland, Six Degrees in San Francisco, Basin Street in New Orleans, Saddle Creek In Omaha, RhymeSayers in Minneapolis, Red House in St. Paul, Alligator in Chicago, Righteous Babe in Buffalo, and YepRoc in the Carolinas. In addition to our label members A2IM has 123 associate members (those who work with, depend upon, or support Independent music). A2IM’s mission statement is to obtain tangible economic gains for its members via advocacy, commerce opportunities, and member services, including education, most notably the Independent Music Label roadmap and resulting New Media white papers on E-Mail marketing, Direct-To-Fan commerce and social networks. INDEPENDENT LABELS MEAN BUSINESS! A2IM is hard at work every day to improve the business of Independent music companies.


Craig Besnoy
Vice President Business Development
Universal Music Group (UMG)

Craig Besnoy is Vice President Business Development for Universal Music Group (UMG). Since joining UMG in January 2008, Craig has created and maintained strategic partnerships, content licensing, and product and channel development for the distribution of UMG content including a la carte downloads, subscription services, mobile personalization products, and streaming Video on Demand services across a variety of content delivery platforms. Most recently Craig has been developing UMG’s mobile strategy and direct to consumer initiatives which provide artists with technology in order to create direct connections with fans.

Craig is responsible for performing the financial analysis and structuring the business terms necessary to create new opportunities and to grow existing revenues with carriers, content aggregators, retail partners and new technology companies. Across the UMG organization, Craig creates, executes and implements long term growth opportunities by developing new business models, and works with the international division to synchronize deal terms.

Prior to joining UMG, Craig served as Vice President Business Development for Imaginova Corporation, a leading digital media and commerce company for the intellectually curious audience. Craig has worked in the digital music industry for over ten years, pioneering digital business models at companies such as ArtistDirect, and He gained his entertainment experience as an attorney in the film industry working with independent filmmakers and as a financial analyst working for Sony Music. Craig holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Alabama and a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a licensed attorney and CPA in the State of New York.


John Boyle
The BAM Group

John Boyle is President of Hello Music, the opportunity resource for independent musicians that identifies talented artists and connects them with career opportunities. Joining in July 2010, Boyle will work with Hello Music’s co-founders Zack Zalon and Brendon Cassidy to drive the company’s continued growth by leveraging his over 20 years of experience in artist management, concert promotion and production, and brand partnerships. This will build on Hello Music’s initial opportunity partners such as AudioMicro, Getty Images, GigMaven, LyricFind, MediaNet, Next Big Sound, PlayNetwork, Slacker, Topspin, and TuneCore, providing independent artists a single point of access to the best resources for success.

Boyle has more than two decades of experience as an executive, entrepreneur and branding expert in music and entertainment. While still an undergrad at UCLA, Boyle launched Extreme Consulting, a music marketing and special events concert production company that worked with event and trade properties including the ESPN X-Games, US Open of Surfing, MAGIC (fashion trade expo), Action Sports Retailer (ASR); promoted and produced concerts with acts including No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Run DMC, The Offspring, Widespread Panic, Chemical Brothers, Pat Benatar, and legendary raves Organic and ENIT at Snow Valley Ski Resort in Big Bear, CA.

Boyle also helped launch the Vans Warped Tour in 1994, overseeing marketing during the tour’s first two years. For 12 years starting in 1995, Boyle owned and produced the SnoCore Tour, an annual national concert tour celebrating extreme winter sports, bringing in high-profile sponsors and showcasing then up-and-coming artists as The Black Eyed Peas, Incubus, Sublime, Blink-182, System of a Down, Seether, and many more. He sold SnoCore to Wind-Up Records in 2007.

In 1994, Boyle joined Irving Azoff’s Giant Records and followed that with executive stints in A&R and Marketing with both Virgin Records and Warner Bros. Records. Boyle began managing acts in 2000, signing then-unknown Alien Ant Farm who he took double platinum on their debut album. Boyle then joined Sanctuary Music Group where he signed multi-platinum rapper Xzibit, launching his TV career as star of MTV’s Pimp My Ride and his subsequent film career.

After Sanctuary, Boyle started The Boyle Artists Management Group (The BAM Group), a boutique talent management and entertainment production company that represented more than 20 artists, actors, models and action sports athletes.

Most recently, Boyle took time to earn a dual MBA from Columbia Business School and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, completing the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program in spring of 2009. Since then Boyle had been consulting for Selby Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm whose key investments include Pandora Radio.

He lives in Encino with his wife and two children.


Steve Bradbury
Vlocity Digital

Steve Bradbury is an innovative senior executive with over 16 years of experience across the digital media spectrum. Steve's core value is his ability to optimize and close deals. His career has spanned strategy, business development, business affairs, operations & marketing in both entrepreneurial and corporate environments.

For the past 4½ years, Steve has been the VP, Content Strategy & Business Affairs for GoTV Networks, the premiere mobile media network in the US. GoTV’s programming is accessible in streaming and on-demand formats via carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Alltel, Virgin + int'l carriers), application storefronts (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, WinMo) and online (You Tube, MySpace, Daily Motion, MSN, etc).

Steve has also monetized assets for companies such as Sony, The Improvisation, Engage Games Online, Openwave/IBM and Proprietary Media among many others. His corporate experience includes tenures at MGM Worldwide Television and Universal/MCA TV.

Steve is on the CES Content Advisory Council, moderates panels at major conferences (Digital Hollywood, NATPE, CTIA, etc), speaks to visiting executives (CCTV, Korean Broadcasting), is a board member of the Syracuse University Alumni Association and has led the Hollywood & Digital program at UCLA Extension.


Keith Brannan
VP of Strategic Marketing & Financial Security Planning
Country Financial

Keith is responsible for the Strategic Marketing Division at COUNTRY which includes enterprise strategic planning efforts, distribution strategy, marketing program design, customer and market intelligence, oversight of data warehousing efforts, as well as management of our six sigma and enterprise change management teams. From 2005 through 2007, Keith served within the Marketing Department as the Director of the Financial Security Support Division where he was responsible for the efforts of the Financial Security Office, the Advanced Planning Department, Advice Center and Financial Security Consultants. Prior to joining COUNTRY, Keith held several marketing management positions at, including leading product development and corporate marketing. Brannan also brings marketing and strategy expertise spanning the brokerage, insurance and banking industries gained while working at Andersen Consulting.

Brannan holds a degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He also holds a 6 and 63 designation.


Megan Brown
Talent Negotiations Specialist
Ketchum Sports & Entertainment

With almost a decade of entertainment industry experience, Megan has spent the past four years working as an Account Supervisor in the Talent Negotiations department of Ketchum Sports & Entertainment. Megan is responsible for matching appropriate celebrity and expert talent with PR and marketing campaigns for a wide variety of clients across the Ketchum network including, Kodak, Clorox, Frito-Lay, 7-Eleven, Absolut Vodka, Mattel, Wendy’s, Dreyer’s, Chase, Phillips, Kellogg’s, and Kimberly-Clark.

Prior to joining Ketchum Sports & Entertainment, Megan spent two years working at the William Morris Agency for legendary music agent, Cara Lewis, as well as commercial agent Andrew Muser. Megan also spent her first three years in the entertainment industry working directly for platinum recording artist Fabolous, coordinating his touring schedule, negotiating concert contracts, and helping to execute endorsement deals with companies such as Reebok, Sean John and Boost Mobile.


Craig Bruck
Music Agent
International Creative Management (ICM)

Craig Bruck is a music agent at International Creative Management (ICM), where he oversees touring and concerts for a wide range of pop and rock and roll artists. Craig, an avid rock and roll fan and drummer in the band Tiajuana Caravan, began his career as an agent at Evolution Talent Agency where he played an instrumental role in developing some of the largest touring artists in music history including the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and ‘NSYNC, as well as pop acts such as Hilary Duff, O-Town, LFO, BBMak, Aaron Carter and Lil Romeo at the peak of their careers. In 2004, Craig launched his own talent agency, Bruck Talent, where he helped build the careers of The Jonas Brothers and Teddy Geiger, before joining ICM in 2006. Currently, Craig is based in ICM’s New York office, which boasts a music roster including Neil Young, Muse, the Strokes, Cage The Elephant, Modest Mouse, The Shins and personally oversees touring for Nick Lachey, Parachute, Kat Deluna, Company of Thieves, Hugo, Ian Axel, Damato and Electric Touch.


Aydin Caginalp
Partner, Entertainment & Media

Mr. Caginalp’s practice concentrates on business transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, private equity and general corporate and commercial matters, with an emphasis on international matters, entertainment and new media. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

He has worked extensively in the media and e-commerce field in connection with the acquisition of technology companies, music, broadcast and production companies throughout the world.In connection with Internet activities, he has worked in the establishment of ISP services, search engine companies, e-commerce companies and various initiatives involving delivery of music and entertainment products through the Internet, as well as digital rights management.


Bryan Calhoun
VP, New Media & External Affairs

Bryan Calhoun is the VP of New Media and External Affairs at SoundExchange (, the non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio, internet radio, cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings. The U.S. Copyright Office has entrusted SoundExchange as the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners. Bryan is instrumental in reaching out to artists and rights holders, enhancing and strengthening the role SoundExchange plays in and educating the music business community.

Bryan Calhoun's holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia (recently the cover story in the university’s alumni magazine, Terry). As a disk jockey for the university's radio station and a member of the school's student event programming team, he was already active in the music business upon graduation. Bryan went on to found a concert production company (producing Hip Hop shows in the early 90s with Cypress Hill, Tupac, Digable Planets, and many others) before moving into street promotions and retail marketing. During an active career, Bryan has worked at record distribution companies and done A&R, marketing and business development for major and indie labels.

In 2003, Mr. Calhoun opened Label Management Systems, LLC, whose clients have included MSN Entertainment, G.O.O.D. Music, Disturbing tha Peace, Monster Cable and others. Additionally, he created business tools for indie labels and artists with the Music Business Toolbox ( and Label Management Systems Financial Management Software. In recent years he has focused on new media issues consulting the likes of Kanye West, Ludacris and others including working closely with powerhouse management company Hip Hop Since 1978 (Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Young Jeezy).

Bryan has been influential in advocating for the Performance Rights Act which would entitle artists to be paid when AM and FM broadcasters us their work. He is actively involved in looking at future business models in the music industry contributing significantly to the open financial modeling tool ( which looks at the potential and feasibility for an access to music charge. In addition to his service on the Boards of the Future of Music Coalition and University of Georgia Music Business School, he is a frequent speaker and panelist at music industry events.


Christina Calio
Director, Music Relationships and Strategy, Media and Entertainment Group
Microsoft Corp.

Christina Calio is the director of strategic music relationships and business strategy for the Media and Entertainment Group at Microsoft. She is responsible for building relationships across the entertainment industry that bring cutting edge content offerings to consumers through products in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business including Zune and Xbox.

Calio has been a leader in Microsoft’s music initiatives since joining the company in 1999, including business development and industry relations for Xbox, Windows Phone, Zune, MSN, and the Windows Media Division.

Calio’s music industry experience runs deep, including a decade of first-hand sales and marketing experience at Geffen Records in Los Angeles where she worked on releases from Geffen, Almo, DGC, Dreamworks, and Outpost imprints for a broad range of artists including Beck, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, and Aerosmith.

Calio earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations from the University of Washington.


Nicole Cifani
Interactive Director, Partner Relations
Yahoo! Music

Nicole is a new media producer, content curator, DJ, geek, travel addict, and general instigator-at-large.

She works at Yahoo! Music as Interactive Director of Partner Relations.

Prior, she was Senior Interactive Producer at KCRW, a world-renowned radio station broadcasting at and from 89.9 fm in Los Angeles, CA. While at KCRW, Nicole handled content management and page buildouts at She oversaw social media initiatives leading to over 30,000 friends, followers, and fans of the station.

As an Associate Producer at the now-defunct Ten Music, Nicole performed music searches and worked with major advertising agencies to produce original music for brands like Grey Goose, Oil of Olay, DirecTV, Mercedes, John Frieda and the NHL. She worked with top-tier music producers including the original Black Eyed Peas, The Transcenders, RedCola, and The Rondo Brothers.

Nicole’s forte as a producer is fusing music and new media to generate original content and cross-marketing opportunities. She’s handled A&R brand work for online campaigns for Target and Toyota, and helped to produce online initiatives with cutting-edge interactive shops like Hello Design.

With a B.A. in Information Communication Processes from Ohio State University and an M.A. in New Media from Emerson College, Nicole’s background runs the gamut from writing to producing, brainstorming to analyzing original content. Graduating in the top three of her class, Nicole’s Master’s Thesis and art installation on dominant ideology was selected to be published by the college.

As a music lover, Nicole grew the Revolutions radio program broadcast on WERS Boston by bringing in over a 75% increase in semi-annual listener contributions and over 5,000 listeners nightly. She hosted an electronic music show for two years and acted as music director of the RPM genre. The station, as acknowledged by the Princeton Review, is the top college radio station in the country.

Beginning with a 4-6am on-air stint at WBGU then shortly thereafter taking a position as show host and Production Coordinator for – one of the first college radio stations to stream online – Nicole landed at KCRW in Santa Monica, CA in 2004 where she worked with DJ, Music Supervisor and cultural tastemaker Garth Trinidad on his evening music program. Today, she’s a music curator and DJs under the name Stranger Danger at venues including The Greek Theatre, The Hammer Museum, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and the Cooper Design Space.

At Yahoo! Music, Nicole works closely with content providers to secure features and exclusive content for the site. She also programs audio & video content for the site’s 300+ music channels.

Nicole is a Contributing Writer to tastemaking sites Indie Shuffle, Seen All Over, and Championic LA. Most recently, she traveled to Argentina with TOMS Shoes in celebration of their One Millionth Shoe Drop, acting as Brand Ambassador on behalf of AT&T.

She continues to work with The Daily Swarm, a directory of music news sources and headlines; Flavorpill, a daily guide to quality cultural events in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and London; and Made This For You, a place to discuss, collaborate and implement various design solutions for social change.

She volunteers with the Step Up Women’s Network, A national network of women dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls, and is a passionate supporter of 826LA, The Wonder of Reading, and Hollywood Arts.


Ted Cohen
Managing Partner
TAG Strategic

Integrating his widespread digital authority in music, mobile, Connected TV and product & service development, Ted Cohen is the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic.

In an industry that's been slow to embrace change, Cohen is the exception to the stereotypical music-exec rule. Of course, when you start a career on the road with The Sex Pistols, Prince and Van Halen, you're more primed for the unexpected.

Known throughout the technology and music industries as being "part ambassador and part evangelist," Cohen was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the Rhapsody subscription service and the iTunes Music Store were built.

TAG Strategic, launched in 2006, is the premier digital entertainment consulting firm providing expert strategy, market intelligence, product ideation, business modeling and business development services to multinational companies and select emerging businesses. TAG accelerates business development for its clients and delivers market leadership and sustainable, defensible advantage in the dynamic and rapidly evolving global market place. TAG’s clients have included, among others, Coca-Cola, SanDisk, Gibson Guitar, Verizon and LimeWire.

In his previous role as Global SVP of Digital for EMI Music (home to such artists as Coldplay and the Beatles), Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide for this "big four" record company, which includes labels such as Capitol, Virgin, and Angel/Blue Note. During his tenure, EMI led the industry by embracing and exploiting new technologies and business models such as digital downloads and online music subscriptions, custom compilations, wireless services, high-definition audio and Internet Radio.

At EMI, Cohen served as both a strategist and key decision-maker for EMI's global digital and anti-piracy efforts. He worked to establish company-wide digital policies, which have provided EMI's artists and labels a substantial advantage in the digital music arena.

Prior to his role at EMI, Cohen served as Executive Vice President of Digital Music Network Inc., where he co-founded and served as Chairman of the groundbreaking Webnoize conferences.

Cohen also led two highly successful digital consulting operations, DMN Consulting and Consulting Adults, attracting clients such as, Microsoft, Universal Studios, DreamWorks Records, Liquid Audio, Napster, the RIAA and various other entertainment, technology and digital organizations. Cohen also held senior management positions at both Warner Bros. Records and Philips Electronics.

A 35-year industry veteran, Cohen served as Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas board, and has chaired MidemNet for the past 11 years, the international music/technology conference that convenes in Cannes each January. Cohen also has served on the NARAS (Grammy) Los Angeles chapter Board of Governors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Neil Bogart Memorial Cancer Fund and the board of, an amazing effort to put computers in the hands of all U.S. students. He also lends his time and talents to music & technology education efforts such as the Grammy In The Schools Program, co-chairs the Grammy Technology Committee and is involved with MusiCares.


Richard Conlan
SVP, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media

As Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, Richard Conlon heads up BMI’s marketing, advertising, media relations, and planning efforts, along with its New Media and Strategic Development Group, which manages the development of revenue streams for BMI’s songwriters and music publishers in the digital world across all new media applications. The group also spearheads analysis, planning and strategic development for BMI’s future directions in the media and entertainment worlds.

Under his direction, BMI’s New Media group has created agreements for a wide variety of leading digital media properties including Yahoo, MSN, AOL,, Napster, Rhapsody and others. In addition, the team has negotiated royalty agreements with leading mobile entertainment providers ranging from carriers to aggregators for mobile TV, ringback tones and other entertainment and information services delivered to cell phones.

An executive with BMI for over 15 years, Conlon holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and B.A. in English from Boston College.


Jenny Connelly
Vice President of E-Commerce
Live Nation-Ticketmaster

Jenny Connelly is currently the Vice President of E-Commerce at Live Nation-Ticketmaster, managing digital sponsorship and search marketing for the concert and ticketing company. She has a dual background in product management and marketing, with an emphasis in B2C web e-commerce. Previously she was VP Product Management & Marketing at (an IAC company) where she managed all product strategy, project management and customer acquisition, as well as Shopzilla where she managed the product roadmap for the web’s top comparison shopping site. Jenny lives & works in Los Angeles; she attended the University of California at Berkeley.


Russ Crupnick
President, NPD Entertainment
The NPD Group, Inc.

Russ Crupnick provides expert media commentary and executive-level guidance, industry analysis and overall strategic value to The NPD Group's clients in the music and film/video industries. Steeped in the entertainment sector, with more than twenty years of experience in the development, management and application of consumer tracking panels, Crupnick has appeared as a commentator for broadcast news outlets and has been extensively quoted on industry trends in the print media as well. He is also a sought-after speaker at a host of industry conferences and trade shows. Crupnick has served NPD as president of the Behavioral Tracking business unit, and as VP of Corporate New Business Development. Prior to NPD, he held several positions for ACNielsen, including VP/group director of the Homescan Consumer Panel unit and VP/director within Nielsen's Category Management team.


Matthew DeFilippis
Vice President, New Media & Technology

American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)

Matt is a 15-year veteran of new media licensing. He is responsible for ASCAP’s day-to-day new media licensing operations and strategy, and serves as principal negotiator and business analyst. He was a founding member of ASCAP’s New Media department and co-authored the industry’s first Internet performance license in 1995. Since then, he has completed thousands of license agreements with companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 to nascent start-up. His music licensing experience also includes reproduction and distribution, having served as Strategic Planning Coordinator for the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and its licensing subsidiary, The Harry Fox Agency (HFA), from 1998 to 2001. He has represented his employers at scores of conferences and industry forums. Matt has a B.A. from Columbia University.


Stephen Dupont
Director of Sales

Dupont serves as Gracenote’s Director of Sales for the U.S. and Canada, where he oversees the direction and implementation of marketing and sales strategies with leading digital media software and service companies, such as Clear Channel, Bose, AOL, MetroLeap and Univision. With more than 17 years of experience in identifying and employing effective sales programs that deliver notable results, Dupont has an in-depth knowledge of the digital entertainment, technology and media markets and the key players that drive innovation.

Prior to Gracenote, Dupont was the Director of Sales at Andante Corp. and played a critical role in the growth of the company’s streaming media service. Dupont previously held the positions of Director of Sales at Red Rose Music and as Director of Technology at Broad Street, where he led the creation and marketing of the Red Rose music site as well as produced webcasts and interactive projects at Broad Street for major corporate clients such as Vivendi Universal and Microsoft.

Dupont’s love of music began when he studied music at the University of Memphis and Juilliard and performed for 15 years as a professional opera singer, including at The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and the Paris Opera.


Mark Eisenberg
Digital Media Executive & Consultant
LatticeWorks Media

  Mark Eisenberg is a digital media consultant providing services to both major media companies and start-up ventures in the areas of premium content acquisition and distribution, social media and collaborative-community content creation and consumption.

A veteran of the digital music space, Mark most recently served as Executive Vice President and Head of Business & Legal Affairs for the Global Digital Business Group at Sony Music Entertainment, a post he held since March of 2006 and for which he oversaw the company’s worldwide digital licensing activities. Mark was the lead negotiator and digital deal-making architect at Sony Music since the inception of the digital age in the late 1990’s, and was responsible for licensing music and artist personae rights, together with spearheading countless IP-based initiatives for a wide array of evolving digital distribution platforms and outlets, including fixed-online and wireless-mobile delivery -- and incorporating both consumer-pay and ad-supported business models. Transaction partners included the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Google/YouTube, VEVO, Yahoo, AOL, Facebook, MySpace, Real Networks, Rhapsody, Napster, Clear Channel and MTV/Viacom.

Throughout his 16-years at Sony, Mark helped formulate new digital media initiatives, serving as General Counsel and Senior Vice President/Head of Content Acquisition and Distribution Strategies for 550 Digital Media Ventures, a wholly-owned digital media investment and incubation company. He has also participated in third party ventures and business alliances and worked closely with domestic and international trade organizations such as IFPI and RIAA in developing policy for new technology and electronic music distribution. Mark served as a founding member of YouTube’s Content Partner Advisory Board and has worked extensively with record labels’ creative and marketing arms to forge cutting-edge digital distribution and marketing paradigms.

Prior to his tenure at Sony, Mark practiced law at the New York firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher and subsequently at the entertainment firm of Gold Farrell & Marks, where he worked on music, copyright and other IP-intensive matters. Mark is a graduate of NYU School of Law and Brandeis University.


Ron Faris
Director of Brand Experiences
Virgin Mobile USA

Ron Faris is Director of Brand Experiences at Virgin Mobile USA. He is responsible for managing Virgin Mobile’s largest brand marketing programs, including lifestyle marketing, events and sponsorships, branded entertainment, and cause-related marketing initiatives (including The RE*Generation, Virgin Mobile’s pro-social initiative committed to ending youth homelessness). Most recently, he was responsible for managing and executing Virgin Mobile’s sponsorship of The Monster Ball Starring Lady Gaga. Prior to that he conceived and launched the 2009 Virgin Mobile “FreeFest”, the largest free concert in the country designed to relieve those most distressed by the economy. The Virgin Mobile Festival, now the largest on the East Coast as it enters its sixth year, has boasted the largest acts in the nation, including Kanye West, Bob Dylan, Foofighters, and The Who, and The Police. Before that, he was responsible for managing Virgin Mobile’s sponsorship of “The Circus Starring Britney Spears”. Since Sprint’s acquisition of Virgin Mobile, Ron has also absorbed all brand experiences for Boost Mobile and manages the lifestyle marketing and brand programs across both brands.

Prior to joining Virgin Mobile, Ron was director of strategic partnerships at Atari, the video game company. There, he was instrumental in building content licensing deals focusing on mobile platforms, interactive TV, and in-game music development. Ron also served as brand director, building robust multi-platform marketing programs for games such as “The Matrix: Path of Neo”.

Ron began his career working at Accenture for six years in their telecommunications and media & entertainment consulting practices. He then joined Scient Corporation (now Razorfish) where he spent four years managing digital marketing initiatives, including the re-launch of several web portals in the financial services sector.

Ron is a native New Yorker and an award-winning short filmmaker. His films and documentaries have exhibited at several film festivals and cable networks, including HBO. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Danielle, his daughter, Austen, and his son, Roscoe.


Eric Garland
CEO & Founder

Eric Garland is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BigChampagne Media Measurement, a privately-held technology and market research company specializing in online media, with a focus on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. Garland is recognized as one of the industry's leading authorities on the global file sharing phenomenon. His report last year to the California State Senate was the basis of the Associated Press story "Analyst: Internet file-sharing bigger than record business." Most recently, Garland contributed data and analysis to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) flagship publication "IT Outlook 2004" and Forrester's research report "From Discs to Downloads." BigChampagne's customers and subscribers include MTV/Viacom, major record labels, commercial radio stations, artists, managers and other music industry professionals. BigChampagne's chart syndication partners include Premiere Radio Networks (a division of Clear Channel Entertainment), Entertainment Weekly and E! Entertainment Television. Before co-founding BigChampagne in 1999, Garland was an associate with global management consulting firm Towers Perrin in the Communication and Measurement practice where, according to WIRED, "he spent much of his twenties dashing through airports and hotel restaurants telling people how to run their businesses."


Mark Ghuneim

As CEO of Wiredset, Mark Ghuneim is a new media visionary with expertise in social engagement, technology and behavioral trending as well as marketing for music, television and brands. Mark launched Wiredset in 2004 as a futuristic digital agency with the ability to incubate, create and execute all aspects of digital marketing. Recognizing the need for real time actionable data for his clients, Mark oversaw the development of a proprietary online tracking service that allows for unparalleled visibility into user behavior and market intelligence across a myriad of internet categories such as social networks, search engines and video sites. With headquarters in New York City and offices in L.A. and Seattle, Wiredset services top entertainment properties such as HBO, MTV, Bravo, Comedy Central, ESPN, Oxygen, Atom Films, Virgin Records, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, and leading consumer brands such as Apple, Microsoft, Puma and Armani Exchange. Prior to starting Wiredset, Ghuneim spent 16 years with Sony Music USA, where he was most recently Senior Vice President for Online Services. In that role, he created and implemented online marketing campaigns and was responsible for Sony Music's online sales. As Senior Vice President of Online & Emerging Technologies for Sony's Columbia Records Group, Ghuneim was instrumental in the careers of artists such as Destiny's Child, Jeff Buckley, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Billy Joel. Mark has pioneered innovations in new media as the music industry has evolved during the past three decades. Before joining Sony, Ghuneim was Director of Press and Video Promotion for the legendary independent label Beggars Banquet Records. In the nascent days of music video, he was program director and production manager at the New York City video nightclub Private Eyes. Ghuneim frequently moderates panels at top industry gatherings and guest lectures at universities such as NYU's Stern and School of Music in New York City and UCLA in Los Angeles. He has worked as a mentor with the Center of Communications. His work in the Information Securtity Space was feature in Time Magazine and cited by the head of the FBI in addressing national infrastructure vulnerabilities. He has worked with NYCLU and ACLU addressing surveillance in public spaces and Ghuneim’s photographs have appeared in publications such as New Musical Express and the British Music Weekly. Known to many online as Mediaeater, Ghuneim reads 10 print newspapers each morning and 100s online each day in his RSS reader. He resides in the tranquil West Village in Manhattan.


Vincent F. Iwinski
Manager, Umphrey’s McGee
VIP Management

Vincent Iwinski manages the award winning Umphrey's McGee, a Chicago based rock sextet whose approach to music-making and marketing have been praised by Billboard, Rolling Stone and Time Magazine. In their 13 year career, they've played over 1200 concerts to nearly 2 million people and sold over 1.5 million tracks.

Vincent grew up in Chicago, attended the University of Notre Dame, where he met his close friends who would become his business partners and the members of Umphrey’s McGee. Vincent began managing Umphrey’s McGee in 1998 as a sideline to his growing career in computer networking. Taking a chance on his passion, Vincent quit the corporate world in 2001 and began managing Umphrey’s McGee full time. Since then, he has taken the band from a local Midwestern act to an international touring entity who also headline many of the major festivals in the United States. Over the years, Vincent has become one of the most forward thinking managers of a true DIY success story, building the bands businesses in publishing, web development, marketing, album releases and distribution, concert and festival production, merchandise creation and fulfillment, TV and radio placement, and much more.

Throughout the years, Vincent and Umphrey’s McGee have continued to push the digital envelope by offering new and exciting ways for fans to interact with the band including groundbreaking pre-order campaigns, the Stew Art Series (S2) of interactive concert events and the annual full contact concert event--the UMBowl which has been described as "the ultimate fan concert experience".


Paul Josephsen
Senior Director of Tour Marketing

Josephsen began his career in the entertainment industry at Wiredset Digital Agency where he developed and executed digital marketing initiatives for the entertainment industry. With a passion for technology and artist to fan engagement, Josephsen served as Director of Artist Relations with LightSpeed Audio Labs where he over saw all marketing campaigns, and managed artist and label relationships for the web based start up. Paul currently serves as the Senior Director of Tour Marketing for Eventful Inc. where he oversees Eventful's Tour Marketing division and is responsible for developing national & local marketing campaigns to drive ticket sales for music tours as well as creating digital marketing campaigns leveraging Eventful's Demand It! Service which allows artists to identify key touring markets and make strategic routing decisions.


Andrew Katz
Director of Marketing
Pepsi-Cola North America

Since joining Pepsi in 2002, Katz has been involved in several brand-marketing and innovation positions. Between late 2002 through early 2004, he was associate marketing manager, developing marketing and channel strategy initiatives within Pepsi’s Foodservice division. From 2004 to 2006 he worked as a marketing manager, responsible for various aspects of the Mountain Dew brand including music, online strategy and development, as well as urban grassroots initiatives. He subsequently worked on Innovation for Pepsi’s sparkling beverage portfolio. As Sr. Manager on brand Pepsi, he is currently leading the Pepsi Refresh Project including the digital and social media strategy for the brand and its website and For the first 10 years of his career, Katz worked in account management at several advertising agencies in New York City including Lowe and Deutsch. He received his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and his BA in Political Science from Trinity College.


Larry Kenswil
Of Counsel
Loeb & Loeb LLP

Larry Kenswil founded and for ten years headed up the digital strategy and development unit of the Universal Music Group, eLabs. A long time denizen of the dark world of the major labels, Kenswil also ran Business Affairs at UMG, and served on the Boards of the RIAA, IFPI, and SoundExchange. Despite persistent rumors of an ongoing bout of PTSD from those decades, Kenswil is currently Of Counsel at the law firm of Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles, where he helps those who wish to undertake the shock therapy of learning how to deal with entrenched music interests. He's good at humorous sound bites for the press and conference goers, but he'll never write a book because of his famous habit of never having written anything down.


Adam Kidron
CEO & Co-Founder
Beyond Oblivion


Anu Kirk
VP of Mobile Product

A musician since grade school, Anu Kirk serves as VP, Mobile Product for mobile platforms at MOG.

Previously, Anu was the General Manager of Product Management for Rhapsody, helping to create the Rhapsody service, PC client, and iPhone application.

Anu helped create Wal-Mart¹s digital music services, developed video games, produced several albums, film and TV scores as well as professional audio hardware and software. He also taught a class on 20th Century Music at Duke University for their TIP summer program, and created an educational CD-ROM based on this class.


Eric Klinker
BitTorrent, Inc.

Eric Klinker is the Chief Executive Officer of BitTorrent, Inc. bringing close to two decades worth of networking experience as a technologist and innovator. Eric joins BitTorrent from his previous post as CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Internap, a leading provider of network optimization and content delivery solutions. Previously, Eric worked at netVmg, Excite@Home and the Naval Research Laboratory. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in EE from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.


Lee Knife
Executive Director
Digital Media Association

Lee Knife is Interim Executive Director for the Digital Media Association (“DiMA”) in Washington, D.C. Lee joined DiMA in 2005, when he started as General Counsel to the organization and assumed the role of Interim Executive Director at the end of 2009. DiMA is the ambassador for the digital media industry: webcasters, online media, digital services, and technology innovators. DiMA advocates for business and regulatory environments that support our members’ growth and success, including fair competition, fair royalties, innovation and consumer welfare. DiMA members include Apple’s iTunes, YouTube, Microsoft, RealNetworks, MTV Networks, Live 365 and many others.


Julie Lee
Executive Vice President, Business Development & Business Affairs

Named one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2010), Julie Lee is responsible for defining and executing upon VEVO’s growth strategy with oversight of all business development, business affairs and licensing. She is based in the company’s Santa Monica, CA offices.

VEVO, the leading premium music video and entertainment service with two billion worldwide streams and nearly 60 million unique visitors in the U.S. and Canada each month, was created by Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and Abu Dhabi Media Company.

Prior to joining VEVO in 2009, Lee spent two years as Vice President, Business Development for UMG’s eLabs digital division, where she led development efforts for the music company’s largest partners including Apple, AT&T, WalMart, Best Buy and Napster to deploy new digital products, services and business models. From 2005-2007, Lee was Vice President, Sales and Licensing for Universal Music Mobile, working closely with leading mobile partners including Verizon, Sprint, Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile and Zed USA.

Before her tenure with UMG, Lee was Vice President, Corporate Finance at Gemstar-TV Guide, International, handling mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. She has also held business development and finance posts with Sony Pictures Digital and Global Crossing. Lee began her career at Ernst & Young.

A Phi Beta Kappa member, Lee holds an MA in Economics and a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Evan Lowenstein
CEO & Founder

Evan Lowenstein launched StageIt in Fall 2010 with the goal of creating a web-based platform that would empower artists to deliver and monetize interactive live experiences. While overseeing all aspects of this groundbreaking company as CEO, Lowenstein relies on his nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry as a recording artist, award-winning writer and executive.

Most recently, Lowenstein founded and served as President of HookUp Feed, a premier social networking and mobile marketing company whose clients include The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, American Airlines, Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery. Lowenstein still remains involved with the company as a senior advisor.

Previously, he hosted USA Network’s Character Road Trip, a weekly series providing viewers with a peek into the greatest "characters" the country has to offer. Lowenstein was also a recording and touring artist with pop/rock band Evan and Jaron who scored three Top 40 hits, including the Top 10 song Crazy For This Girl.


Jim Lucchese
The Echo Nest

Jim has worked in digital music strategy and corporate development for about 10 years. Before The Echo Nest, Jim was a music lawyer at Greenberg Traurig, specializing in music and digital media deals. Clients included multi-platinum and independent artists, music publishers, digital entertainment companies and branded entertainment. Prior to GT, Jim held sales and corporate development positions at Hughes, where he managed market development and sales with annual revenues exceeding $20 Million. Jim was also Chief Strategy Officer of Webnoize/DMN, a digital entertainment research and advisory company serving over 500 clients. Jim holds a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center. When he’s not at the Nest, Jim plays drums and still represents a few indie artists pro bono for fun.


Mike Masnick

Mike is the visionary behind Techdirt, building up the core idea into reality and recruiting the management team. In addition to providing the strategic direction for the company, Mike oversees all editorial aspects of the Techdirt’s public and customer sites. Mike's insight into the realms of business and technology are the basis for his frequent posts to the award winning Techdirt blog. The widely followed, often quoted blog was launched in 1997. Prior to founding Techdirt Inc., Mike worked in business development and marketing at Release Software, an e-commerce startup, and in marketing at Intel. Mike has a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and an MBA -- both from Cornell University.


Brian McGarvey
VP, Business Development
Rhapsody International Inc.

Brian McGarvey has been building businesses at the intersection where media, entertainment, mobile and technology converge for more than 20 years.

As vice president, business development at Rhapsody, the leading premium, on-demand music service, Brian builds strategic relationships to bring the award-winning Rhapsody service to more consumers through more devices and channels.

Most recently, Brian was vice president, business development for Zumobi, where he created partnerships for ad-sponsored content on mobile devices.

Prior to Zumobi Brian was vice president, Americas for the mobile division of Vivendi Universal Games where he built and launched the company’s North and South American mobile businesses and previously served as senior vice president, sales at Airborne Entertainment, a mobile content company for major entertainment properties. As director, marketing for Cingular/AT&T Wireless, Brian was responsible for customer acquisition and content partnerships for mMode, the first notable mobile Internet service for consumers. He also held sales and marketing roles at Microsoft, Spry/CompuServe and iCat, and was a dot-com celebrity as CEO and co-founder of the consumer services company,

Brian is a frequent speaker at industry events, including CTIA, Mobile Entertainment Forum, and Digital Hollywood and has been quoted in prominent media outlets and such s ABC World News, Guardian Media and the San Francisco Chronicle. Brian’s first concert was Journey at The Oakland Coliseum.


Gerrit Meier
COO, Digital
Clear Channel Radio

Gerrit Meier is the Chief Operating Officer of Clear Channel Radio's digital unit and a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. In this role, he is focusing on growing audience and revenue across the company's network of approximately 900 radio station websites, portable devices via iheartradio and other viral distribution points. Leading industry change in its approach to programming and sales, Clear Channel Radio has evolved from ‘just radio’ to become a content creation and distribution company with unique assets, resources and a differentiated platform that allows competing across all media. Meier oversees the unit’s operations, finance, business and product development functions, including technology, platforms, eCommerce, ad operations, online support processes; all budgetary and financial management, legal and HR. He has been actively involved in the global media and entertainment area for 15 years and has been published by Harvard University and McGraw-Hill on the evolution of the music industry and the topics of digital media distribution and monetization. He holds business degrees from Harvard Business School and the European Business School and lives with his wife and two children in Connecticut. He was previously responsible for EMI Music’s digital business in North America, where he was in charge of defining new business models, negotiating and closing digital deals with retail partners and integrating digital into EMI’s operating units. He also served as Vice President of Global Strategy for the EMI Group where he worked with EMI’s senior management to identify new opportunities inside and outside of the traditional operational scope of a music company. Prior to EMI, Meier headed Corporate Development for BMG Music in North America, where he led the development and management of internal initiatives aimed to accelerate operational improvement and the streamlining of business practices. He also served as Director of Corporate Development (ZU – Zentrale Unternehmensentwicklung) for Bertelsmann AG in Gütersloh and New York. In addition, Meier was a strategy consultant with Accenture’s Media & Entertainment Practice in London focusing on operational and strategic issues regarding the future of the entertainment industry, digital content distribution and converging media technologies.


Thomas Meyer
Marketing Director, Earned Media
Sonos, Inc.

Meyer has lead PR, social and community strategies at Sonos since the company first surfaced in 2004. Before joining Sonos, Meyer spent more than 10 years marketing, promoting and introducing new products and services in the digital entertainment from companies including SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Texas Instruments, Microsoft and more.


Vickie Nauman
Vice President, North America

Vickie Nauman specializes in digital media and content strategy, the intersection of technology and music, and international business development. Nauman is Vice President-North America for 7digital, leading all strategy and business partnerships for the innovative London-based media company. Through online and cloud-based infrastructure, 7digital delivers music, video and ebooks for partners including Spotify, Toshiba, Samsung, Slacker, Pure, Songbird and Phillips, Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music, MTV, HMV, Waterstones, Sony, KitKat, Hugo Boss, Winamp, AOL, and delivered hundreds of millions of digital products in over 25 countries.

Prior to joining 7digital, Nauman most recently led the global content strategy and partnerships for Sonos, the wireless digital music system for the home, which included managing multiple global business relationships and software integrations between content services and the advanced connected device Sonos. Partners included, Deezer, Rhapsody, Pandora, Napster, RadioTime and SiriusXM. Nauman also has the international consultancy CrossBorderWorks, which focused on digital strategy, business planning, and licensing. Prior work includes creating the online strategy and service for boutique Seattle music station KEXP, content development for RealNetworks/MusicNet, marketing in the National Public Radio network, and Procter and Gamble.

Nauman has a broad network and experience in Europe, China, and North America, and earned a 2006 MBA through the London School of Economics, New York University, and HEC-Paris, in the collaborative executive program TRIUM. Recent speaking engagements include SXSW, By:Larm in Norway, and You are In Control in Reykjavik.


Adam H. Parness
Senior Director, Music Licensing
Rhapsody International Inc.

Adam Parness is the Senior Director of Music Licensing at Rhapsody International Inc. where he oversees the company’s music publishing operations. Since joining Rhapsody in 2006, Adam has negotiated and managed the companies’ relationships with thousands of music publishers, licensing agencies and record labels for the award-winning Rhapsody music subscription service as well as dozens of high-profile Rhapsody television campaigns. He additionally manages a broad range of business-related matters including database technology and development, strategic partnerships and audits. Adam received a Bachelor of Music from New York University and is an accomplished musician both on stage with The Border Cops and in the recording studio.


Finbar O'Hanlon

Finbar O’Hanlon began his career as lead guitarist for one of Australia’s most popular rock bands. Those efforts spawned hit records and countless sold out concert dates. Nearly two decades later, although still regarded globally as a guitarist extraordinaire, Finbar’s performance venues these days are the boardrooms and technology laboratories of some of world’s biggest media companies as he introduces the technology he created which is expected to revolutionize the world of digital video and audio delivery and monetization…a technology he calls Linius.

Finbar O’Hanlon is CEO and founder of Linius. With the creation of the Linius enabling technology, O’Hanlon has redefined how video content is delivered, by making it possible now for consumers to get video instantly, anywhere, anytime, regardless of their video device. The Linius system, using a completely new methodology in content workflow, is a unique and patented universal architecture. Linius utilizes any native video player on any device that supports the international standard for web-enabled video (the full ISO 14496-12 MPEG 4 & H264 formats.) Designed to remove the bottleneck in delivering video files instantly to millions of devices globally, Linius provides content owners and aggregators with the simplest, most cost effective way to deliver online video content while improving the security and DRM process. With Linius, the cost and time related to transcoding video files into multiple formats like Quicktime, Silverlight, Flash, etc. is a thing of the past. Linius will substantially increase the speed to market of video content to customers, decrease the transcoding and storage costs associated with making files for different devices, reduce infrastructure and storage costs, massively reduce the time it takes to transcode, and provide content providers and aggregators with a “plug-in” that is flexible enough to work within their current system to enable connection to millions more channel partners, content owners, and advertisers. Additionally, the Linius architecture can enable a content owner, aggregator or entity for the first time to make it possible for consumers to enjoy a “lean back” TV style viewing experience of countless hours of programming stitched together instantly from multiple sources, in multiple formats, from all over the web. True Internet television.

A digital media specialist, product designer, and inventor, Finbar O’Hanlon sits on the Customer Advisory Board of Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW). Also, as the past CTO of Guvera, he was responsible for delivery of all the technology for the new music and content streaming and download site His past clients and strategic partners include Nortel Networks, General Motors, Telefonica, Deutsche Telecom, Bayern Munich, ONO Telecoms, etc...
Matt Ostrower
Artist Partnerships & Programming

As senior manager of artist development, Matt Ostrower is instrumental in driving Pandora's success across multiple elements of ad sales marketing and strategy. With his unique expertise combining new media and a deep knowledge of the music industry, Matt is highly skilled in creating and managing effective campaigns, which ultimately connect artists and brands.

By building and leveraging strategic partnerships with artists, record labels and management, he develops innovative advertising solutions that increase engagement, generate exposure and enhance the user experience. Previously, Matt worked in marketing for WBUR, and with Creative Image Associates who represented Stevie Wonder, Harry Connick Jr. and Train.


David Oxenford
Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

David Oxenford represents broadcasting and digital media companies in connection with regulatory, transactional and intellectual property issues. He has represented broadcasters before the Federal Communications Commission, the courts and other government agencies for almost 30 years. He regularly counsels clients on all aspects of broadcast law including the rules dealing with political broadcasting, multiple ownership, noncommercial broadcasting, technical operations and various aspects of content regulation. He also negotiates purchase and sale agreements and other types of broadcast transactions. In addition to representing broadcasters, he works with many others involved in the industry, including broadcast associations, brokers, bankers, private equity funds, programming consultants, and technology companies.

David also represents digital media companies, including a number of Internet radio companies. He represents these companies before the Copyright Office, the Copyright Royalty Board, and other government agencies, and he advises them on music royalty issues as well as other general business and regulatory matters.

David is the editor of DWT's His updates and advisories on broadcast and Internet topics are regularly published by various associations and trade publications, and he's a regular speaker at state and national broadcast, webcasting, and music conferences and conventions.

David's clients include: Buckley Broadcasting, Connoisseur Media, Drewry Broadcasting, Educational Media Foundation, the Mid West Family Stations, the National Association of Media Brokers, Triad Broadcasting and numerous state broadcast associations.


David Pakman

As a Partner at Venrock in New York, David focuses on early stage venture investing in internet and digital media companies. His active investments include Media6Degrees, Smartling and Crunchyroll. Previously, Pakman was the CEO of eMusic, the world’s leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold. After buying eMusic from Vivendi Universal, in the three years that Pakman ran it, he grew the business by more than 850%, from $7M in revenues to more than $68M. Pakman transformed the business from an obscure also-ran with 50,000 subscribers to the second largest digital music retailer in the world, with more than 400,000 subscribers and more than 12% market share.

Prior to joining eMusic, Pakman was Co-Founder and President of Business Development and Public Policy at Myplay, Inc., the company he co-founded in 1999 in Redwood City, CA that introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category. In 2001, Myplay was sold to Bertelsmann’s ecommerce Group. Before Myplay, he was Vice President at N2K Entertainment, which created the first digital music download service. He also was the co-creator of Apple Computer’s Music Group.

Pakman is a graduate of and a member of the Board of Overseers at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science with a degree in Computer Science Engineering and is an avid musician and songwriter. He serves on the Board of Trustees of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the academic community take full advantage of rapidly advancing information and networking technologies and holds a board seat with the New York Venture Capital Association.

Venrock is a premier venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto, New York, Cambridge, MA, and Israel. Originally established as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family, Venrock continues the eight-decade tradition of partnering with entrepreneurs to establish successful, enduring companies. Having invested $2.5 billion in nearly 450 companies resulting in more than 125 IPOs in 41 years, Venrock’s investment returns place it among the top tier venture capital firms that have achieved consistently superior performance. With a primary focus on technology, healthcare, and energy, portfolio companies have included Adify, Adnexus Therapeutics, Apple Computer, athenahealth, Centocor, Check Point Software, DoubleClick, Gilead Sciences, Idec Pharmaceuticals, Illumina, Intel, Ironwood, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Sirna Therapeutics, StrataCom, and Vontu. For more information, please visit Venrock’s website at

David blogs at and tweets at @pakman.


Michael Petricone
SVP, Government Affairs
Consumer Electronics Association

Michael Petricone is the senior vice president of government affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

In his position, Michael has been responsible for representing the CE industry’s position before Congress and the FCC on critical issues such as digital television broadband, driver safety and home recording rights. Mr. Petricone is a frequent speaker on policy issues impacting the consumer electronics industry, and in 2003 Michael was featured by Dealerscope Magazine as one of the technology industry’s “Top 40 Under 40".

Mr. Petricone received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Tufts University.

CEA represents more than 2,000 U.S. manufacturers of audio, video, accessories, mobile electronics, communication, information and multimedia products that are sold through consumer channels. CEA also sponsors and manages the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest annual trade event showcasing consumer electronics products.


Timo Poijärvi

Timo has over 15 years of versatile experience of combining IT, mobile and entertainment businesses in Europe, currently making waves as Vice President of, a highly innovative content discovery platform start-up enabling music lovers to discover fresh new music the new game-like visual way. Timo co-founded the company and is in charge of the global partnerships with companies like Universal Music.

Timo has has worked years within music business (Sony Music), mobile entertainment (Akumiitti Ltd), usability and user interface consulting (Idean Enterprises) and he’s always been passioned about music, technical gadgets and understanding user experience and communal behaviour within digital domain.


Jonathan Potter
RPG Strategies

Jon Potter is an entrepreneurial attorney and advocate who has been helping clients accomplish business and public policy goals for more than 20 years. In January 2010 Potter launched RPG Strategies, a boutique consulting firm that develops advocacy campaigns and organizations and provides strategic public and government affairs support. From 1998 until 2009 Potter founded and led the Digital Media Association. On behalf of, iTunes, Rhapsody, Pandora and many other members, Potter led successful industry efforts to modernize copyright law and ensure – through negotiation, arbitration, legislation and the SaveNetRadio campaign – fair royalties for Internet-based entertainment services. Prior to DiMA, Potter represented technology companies with regard to copyright and related legislation, including the Audio Home Recording Act, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act and the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act. Potter is an accomplished public speaker who has testified before Congress and regulatory agencies many times. He was named a Top Technology Lobbyist by Legal Times and an “Unsung Hero of the Internet” by Interactive Week magazine.


Adam Powers
Senior Director, Technology
Rovi Corporation

Adam Powers is senior director of technology at Rovi Corporation, where he is responsible for standards and technology initiatives across Rovi's product lines, including on-screen guides, metadata, Internet content and content sharing. Adam joined Rovi in January 2007 after the company had acquired Mediabolic, where he had served as principal engineer and architect for the Connected Platform. Prior to this, Adam was co-founder and CTO of the IPTV home networking company, Coaxsys. He has served as Chair of the Ecosystem Committee of the DLNA, where he led the efforts of the members of the digital living ecosystem in support of the DLNA's charter of enabling content sharing between any variety of consumer devices and customer premises equipment. He is also a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, and participates in standards activities at CableLabs and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Adam attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo for Computer Engineering.


Casey Rae-Hunter
Communications Director and Sr. Policy Strategist
Future of Music Coalition

Casey Rae-Hunter is a musician, recording engineer, music journalist and public policy wonk. He attended university for jazz guitar at 16, but spent most of the 1990s toiling in the indie music trenches, fronting and/or playing guitar for a list of bands too long to mention. He made the transition to studio hermit around 2000. Since then, he has mixed and mastered numerous releases in genres ranging from bluegrass to hip-hop. As a music journalist and critic, Casey has profiled some of the leading figures in both underground and mainstream music, including Antony & the Johnsons, Mike Watt, The Books, Lindsey Buckingham, Animal Collective, Jolie Holland and Built to Spill. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as new business models for artists, telecommunications policy and intellectual property in the digital realm, including appearances at Georgetown Law, CMJ, CES, the University of Maryland Business School, Maryland Lawyers for the Arts, Howard University, SXSW, University of Buffalo and Syracuse University as well as in major print, web, radio and television outlets. He routinely works alongside leaders in the music, arts and performance sectors to bolster understanding of and engagement in key policy and technology issues, and has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community. Casey serves on the Board of Directors of the Media & Democracy Coalition and the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture. He currently records and publishes under the moniker The Contrarian.


Kelli Richards
President & CEO
The All Access Group

Kelli Richards led music initiatives at Apple during her 10 years there where she helped ‘birth’ the whole digital music and entertainment movement. She’s been a successful consultant in the field of digital distribution of music & branded entertainment content for nearly 15 years. She is a sought after thought leader in this space, and facilitates key connections and strategic alliances for her business and celebrity clients to accelerate their results and expanded marketplace success. Simply put, she helps companies and artists who are innovative, disruptive, and game-changing to make money and move markets. Her rich experience working with luminaries and influencers across both entertainment and technology is a unique cornerstone of her success. She is also a certified coach, a published author, and an acclaimed events and awards show producer.


Matt Ringel
Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing
Red Light Management

Matt Ringel passionately believes that today's leading brands can uniquely benefit from the transformative power of music and live entertainment. As Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing, he has the privilege to evangelize that every day. New Era was recently formed by the leadership of Red Light Management as a means to help brands with entertainment strategy, sponsorships, talent partnerships and new business development. Such partnerships and entrepreneurial activities have been a common theme throughout Ringel's career. Most recently, he served as SVP, Strategic Alliances for Live Nation. Working across the full range of Live Nation's capabilities-from concert promotion and venues, to merchandising, to online and social media-Ringel structured strategic partnerships and marketing programs that enable brands to engage the 50MM passionate music fans that Live Nation touches each year. Prior to Live Nation, Ringel founded and served as President of Games Media Properties. A venture of William Morris Agency and Edison Ventures, Games Media was known for its pioneering work in live, online and televised video game competitions. Ringel served as Commissioner of the World Series of Video Games, a global series of competitive gaming events, and as Executive Producer of related programming on CBS, MTV and hundreds of hours of broadband distribution. Ringel started his entertainment career in television and live entertainment. He previously served as President of CAMI Spectrum, the Television and Events Production subsidiary of Columbia Artists, where he developed and produced numerous entertainment properties. Prior to that, Ringel served as a strategy consultant for Monitor Company, where he worked with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations. Ringel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Music from the University of London. A recognized authority on music, gaming and digital media issues, Ringel tweets regularly @mattringel.


Ty Roberts

Ty Roberts is widely recognized as one of the inventors of enhanced CD technology and is accredited with producing the industry's first enhanced CDs. He joined Gracenote in November of 1998 after the company acquired ION, a multimedia and music technology company that he founded in 1993. Roberts serves as Gracenote's chief technology strategist, providing technology direction and overseeing the creation of products and services that leverage the power of the Gracenote database to deliver information services.

While at ION, Roberts produced the recording industry's first enhanced audio CD titles, including David Bowie's "Jump" and "Headcandy" from Brian Eno. He was the company's lead technologist and innovator in adding multimedia content to traditional audio CDs. ION was also widely recognized as a leading provider of enhanced CD production tools utilized by recording and multimedia development companies. In September 1993, Bertlesmann Music Group created the first interactive record label after acquiring a 50 percent interest in ION. Prior to founding ION, Roberts was a founder and senior manager of LightSource, a software development company that produced multimedia and graphics editing software. Previously, he was a senior engineer at Pixar, where he created several award-winning, Apple-based music applications including "Studio Session" and "Jam Session." Roberts is Gracenote's representative to the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), an organization that is chartered with establishing standards for digital music and music playing devices.


Constantine Roussos
Founder and CEO
dotMusic (.MUSIC)

Constantine Roussos has long been on the cutting edge of emerging technologies within the entertainment and Internet industry. He is the pioneer and architect behind dotMusic (.MUSIC), the community-based top-level domain name and industry standard for official music websites. Constantine paved the way for the post-dotCOM era and the next-generation of the Internet, by building a home to everything related to music. For the first time, the music industry will have its own exclusive address that gives music entities a unique identity online. Not only does a specialized .MUSIC web address enhance a brand's visibility online, it also ensures that it is associated with a memorable, self-explanatory and trusted badge representing the music community:

Constantine, a musician and singer-songwriter, has been actively involved in the music industry for about a decade. He has been a super-affiliate of brands that include Sony Music, BMG Music, Apple, Amazon, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Napster, Rhapsody and Guitar Center. He has also engineered and produced music records with artists such as Katie Quinlan, Some Change from Us, A Pigeon's Rhythm, A Family of Snail and David Silverman.

Constantine earned a bachelor degree in Business and a minor in music industry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He continued his education at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, becoming a certified music sound engineer. He continued his education at Pepperdine University in Malibu where he earned his MBA. His last educational journey was Harvard Business School at the distinguished Executive Owner President Management (OPM) program.

He has given presentations and spoken at prestigious universities as well as music and tech industry panels around the world, including Harvard Business School, USC, UCLA, NYU, Georgetown University, Pepperdine University, ICANN, Social Media Week, CMJ, Future of Music Coalition Summit, Popkomm and San Francisco Music Tech. He has also received numerous awards, including “Top Business Plan” at USC’s Entrepreneur Program.

Constantine also is the founder and editor of, an online marketing, branding and web development company, with clients such as UFC champion Chuck Liddell. He is considered as one of the top search engine and social media optimization experts. His achievements include creating the most popular Myspace profile with 4.3 million friends, amassing thousands of followers across Twitter and Facebook as well as obtaining top-search engine results for highly-competitive terms such as “music.”

Constantine has also been an active ICANN community participant in regards to the launch of new top-level domains, Internationalized Domain Names and ICANN-policy-making.


Julie Samuels
Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Julie Samuels, a Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focuses on intellectual property issues. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York and as an assistant editor at the National Journal Group in D.C.


Jon Satterley
SVP – New Media & Global Business Development
Roadrunner Records

Jon Satterley has worked in the music industry for over 20 years. From retail, to warehouse pick and pack and a 12 year stint as the head of Roadrunner Records Australia, he now resides in New York as the Senior Vice President of New Media for Roadrunner Records in the USA. Jon's passion is building websites, trying out new ideas online and working with his colleagues on new business strategies to tackle the challenges of the present day industry. Jon also brings strong academic credentials to the table, with an MBA and both Law and Arts Degrees with honors.


Allison Schlueter
VP, Digital Media
Island Def Jam Music Group

Allison Schlueter was promoted to Vice President, Digital Marketing, Island Def Jam Music Group, in May 2010. In her new post, Ms. Schlueter oversees all aspects of digital marketing for artists on the Island Def Jam Roster. In carrying out her duties, she creates and implements online and mobile marketing campaigns, as well as manages relationships with artists, managers and key digital accounts.

Ms. Schlueter joined the Digital Marketing Department of Island Def Jam Music Group in 2005 as Director, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Director. Prior to IDJ, she spent three years at AOL Music as Manager, Label Relations. Ms. Schlueter began her career in the music industry in 1999, as Public Relations/Marketing Assistant for In 2001, she moved to Universal Motown as New Media Coordinator. Ms. Schlueter attended SUNY Binghamton, where she graduated in 1997, with the Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.


Scott Sellwood
SVP & General Counsel

Scott Sellwood brings over ten years of business, legal and practical music industry experience to his position as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Scott is a passionate music fan with wide-ranging experience in licensing, publishing, digital distribution, and live music. He manages the company's legal and business affairs and numerous, business development, direct licensing and publisher relations programs.

A former litigator and counselor for an international array of companies while at Farella, Braun + Martel, LLP and Landels, Ripley & Diamond, LLP, Scott has substantial experience structuring and negotiating complex agreements and implementing strategic business initiatives.

Scott is also a well-travelled musician, having toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe as a long-time member and tour manager of the indie band, Saturday Looks Good to Me (K Records). He continues to advise independent labels and musicians and thus serves as a valuable liaison to the vibrant independent label and artistic community.

Scott is a frequent speaker at industry events and currently serves as the co-Chair of A2IM's Licensing and Publishing Committee.

Scott holds a J.D. and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A., Magna cum Laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Gary Shapiro
President and CEO
Consumer Electronics Association

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing over 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES®.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and the Board of Directors of the Washington Economic Club. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro also has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).

Shapiro leads a staff of 140 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. He has received annual recognition from The Hill since 2006 as a "top lobbyist" in Washington. Also, Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. CEA has won many awards as a family friendly employer and one of the best places in Virginia to work.

Shapiro authored the 2011 bestselling book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort).

Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon.


Ned Sherman
CEO & Publisher
Digital Media Wire

As CEO, Publisher and Executive Editor of Digital Media Wire, Inc., Ned Sherman works at the center of the rapidly growing digital media industry, where he brokers relationships and keeps a tab on the most important developments shaping the industry. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Publisher Ned Sherman is more than the average pundit: He is an attorney and has an inside grasp of what is happening."

Ned has established Digital Media Wire as a leading online media company that provides daily news, information and community to tens of thousands of executives and professionals at entertainment, media and technology companies throughout the world and owns and produces nine annual conferences. The advertising, sponsorship, client, partner and subscriber relationships that Ned has brokered make Digital Media Wire one of the best known media and entertainment industry brands to emerge in the digital age.

Ned is a frequent speaker at industry events in the U.S. and overseas and has been quoted in publications including American Lawyer, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Crain's Mermigas on Media, interviewed and featured on C-SPAN, National Public Radio (NPR), NY1 Evening News and nationally syndicated radio shows, Inside Digital Media and WebTalk, and recognized in the Wall Street Journal.

Before co-founding Digital Media Wire, Ned spent seven years as a corporate and entertainment attorney practicing at several of the leading law firms in the world.

Ned is active in alumni affairs for Brown University and is currently Los Angeles Chair for Brown University's Alumni Interview Program. He has traveled extensively from Europe to Asia to South America to Northern Africa. Ned is married and lives with his wife, son and daughter in Los Angeles, California.


Daren Tsui
CEO & Co-Founder
mSpot, Inc

Daren Tsui is the CEO and co-founder of mSpot, Inc. Tsui founded the company in 2004 with the goal of transforming mobile phones into a medium for rich mobile content that the masses will embrace. Tsui led mSpot's charge to be the first mobile music service in North America to stream a "full format" radio service including news, sports, finance, talk and music channels as well as the first to stream full-length feature films to mobile phones. Today with more than 6 million paying subscribers, mSpot has launched services ranging from radio, music and movies to sports. A veteran of four start-ups, Daren was most recently president and co-founder of SkyGo, a global mobile marketing technology company providing integrated brand and direct marketing services sold to Enpocket in 2003.


Jon Vanhala
SVP Digital & Business Development
Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music Group

Jon creates breakthrough programs for his label and global superstars Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, and many more. He directs all new business development, digital marketing, new technologies, brand integration, and content development at IDJ. Currently creating new innovations in engagement with brands, agencies, and technology partners via social, apps, and content across all screens and platforms.

Over a 17-year career, Jon has moved markets from multiple angles: sales, marketing, brand partnership, and digital innovation. He rose through the Universal ranks to SVP Digital & Strategic Marketing for Verve Music Group, led expansion as SVP Digital Initiatives, Content Development & Sponsorship for music fest startup Festival Network, has led biz dev and marketing for multiple clients in tech and media with his own consultancy, and returned to UMG to lead Digital and Business Development at Island Def Jam. Prior to having a day gig, Jon was a full time working musician/arranger for many years.


George White
Billboard Digital

George White Is General Manager of Billboard Digital, including Billboard Pro, a new service for the developing artist community,,, the Billboard API, and Billboard's Mobile applications.

He previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Product Development at Warner Music Group, where he led the development of the company’s digital and mobile products, working with wireless carriers and digital services to develop new channels for delivering innovative music experiences. Throughout a career at WMG, Atlantic Records, and The Voyager Company, he has worked with a diverse array of artists (everyone from Laurie Anderson and Hootie & the Blowfish to T.I. and Led Zeppelin) to help bring their music to life through web sites, enhanced CDs and CD-ROMs, DVDs, games and mobile applications.


Konny Zsigo
Wireless Developer Agency

Konny Zsigo is president of the Wireless Developer Agency, a mobile marketing agency & pure-play distribution broker of music (ringtones, ringbacks, music videos). WDA also brokers full-length music tracks and albums to several carriers, including Verizon Wireless. As smartphones proliferate, WDA is focusing more and more attention to helping content providers market directly to fanbases, using mobile technology to reach them. WDA is a debt-free and profitable business since 2001, employing a staff of 40 people in East Lansing, Michigan.