IODA founder Kevin Arnold is a terminal music fan and music technology geek. In 1993 he created the seminal indie rock music festival Noise Pop in his adopted hometown of San Francisco, and for the past 11 years has watched it grow from a one night shindig to an internationally renowned sprawling week-long celebration of quality music, film, and independent culture. Noise Pop has become an institution in the Bay Area, and continually strives to foster the growth of local up-and-coming musicians while showcasing the best of regional and national independent music.
Somewhere in there he got a computer day job, worked his way through a stint at database technology leader Oracle, and eventually ended up at the online music company Listen.com. As Director of Data Services for Listen, he was able to combine his loves for music and technology by guiding the growth and development of Listen's complex music metadata database systems, data integration tools, and music royalty data warehouse. While the prospect of creating compelling legal music services that catered to individual tastes in new ways was exciting, the realization that they would be focused overwhelmingly on major label music wasn't.
In 2004 Kevin was invited to join the Advisory Board of the Future of Music Coalition, a forward-thinking not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the media, policymakers, and the public on issues at the intersection of music and technology, and collaborating on creative solutions to challenges in this space.
With IODA, Kevin brings this dedication to music and the prosperity of the independent community together with a unique understanding of the digital music world and the technical knowledge to build a solution that can benefit the independent rightsholder community at large as well as the growing digital music industry.
Greg Bettinelli is Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy at Live Nation, responsible for strategic direction and key business partnerships for the Live Nation's ticketing and digital businesses. He has been with Live Nation since 2008.
Prior to joining Live Nation, Greg held a number of leadership positions at eBay, including Sr. Director of Business Development at StubHub, where he led business development, partnerships, sales and seller development, including spearheading StubHub's landmark relationship with Major League Baseball. Before transitioning to StubHub from eBay, Greg led eBay.com's Event Tickets and Media businesses (including half.com). Greg was the eBay business leader who led eBay's acquisition of StubHub in 2007.
Greg's extensive background includes senior positions at HealthAllies, Inc, merchant bank Stephens & Partners and Santa Anita Park.
Greg received a Bachelor or Arts in Political Science from the University of San Diego and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Josh Brooks is Vice President of Marketing and Content Development for MySpace.com, the leading social networking and lifestyle portal on the Internet. Boasting more than 155 million members and over 40 billion page views per month, MySpace is part of a global community with localized sites in the UK, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Canada and New Zealand as well as local language sites in France and Germany.
Crucial to the site's growth are the media partnerships, content acquisitions, original content development and strategic planning that Brooks executes and oversees. Entertainment vehicles, stunts and events in music, television, film, comedy, gaming and other emerging lifestyle fields are just some of MySpace’s growth areas. Most recently, Brooks spearheaded the launch of the MySpace Film channel through a partnership with the Beastie Boys as well as the launch of the MySpace Comedy with Pepsi and a strategic relationship with The Improv. Recent programming highlights include franchises such as MySpace Secret Shows (music), The List (music), Black Carpet Screenings (film) as well as the largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken by MySpace, the Rock for Darfur program (philanthropy).
Prior to joining MySpace.com, Brooks was a personal manager at both The Firm and Spivak Entertainment, for gold and platinum music clients that including Queens of the Stone Age, The Distillers and A Perfect Circle. Additionally, Brooks developed innovative marketing tools to extend the artists profile in the marketplace through ticketing, licensing and merchandise concepts. Building the foundation for his strength in new media technologies, Brooks was one of the founding partners of Fanscape, an online/offline marketing company and pioneers in grassroots online marketing.
Since site inception in January 2004, MySpace has grown exponentially with an average of 250,000 new users signing up daily. By integrating web profiles, blogs, classified listings, entertainment content, photo galleries and user forums, MySpace has created a community where users can do everything from plan their weekends to connect up with friends to discover new music. According to comScore Media Metrix, MySpace is now the #1 ranked domain on the Internet* in terms of page views and includes more than 3 million bands that use MySpace’s music channel to upload tracks, list tour dates and engage with fans.
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.
As the first TV journalist to interview rapper Chamillionaire before going multi-platinum, the first to debut indie rock band The Silversun Pickups on television and the first to share hosting duties with singer/songwriter Moby, Douglas Caballero has gone beyond the fluff of traditional hosts by thoughtfully engaging with musicians and by truly living the experiences of music fans worldwide. As a journalist, he has filled the void in quality music reporting by discovering bands on the rise and telling untold stories of well-known artists.
As the host of "The Current Fix" and "The Fix Extended Play," Caballero has many years of experience interviewing and interacting with artists and musicians. Although he has not formally spoken at an event, his experience working in journalism and at Current TV has enabled Caballero to become comfortable in front of the camera, as well as in front of large audiences. He is especially passionate about discussing his role as an ambassador of Current TV’s "rock journalism" program, "The Fix Extended Play," and create "television’s first music blog" with "The Daily Fix."
Growing up in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of The World," Caballero credits his parents for his love of music, which continued to grow throughout college, where he hosted The Juke Joint radio show at the University of Texas. It was in college where Caballero became friends with Alex Simmons, co-creator of "The Daily Fix" and "The Fix Extended Play," and the two began their TV production partnership.
Aaron is the Vice President of Business Development at Mozes. Prior to joining Mozes, he spent six years in management roles at Citadon, an on-demand provider of web-based collaboration solutions backed by Warburg Pincus and Insight Venture Partners. At Citadon, Aaron oversaw customer service and managed infrastructure operations, overseeing two global datacenters that supported customers such as Ikea, General Motors and GE. Prior to Citadon Aaron was a Field Engineer for Minneapolis-based Vital Images, the leading provider of 3D medical visualization and analysis software. Aaron holds a master's degree in GIS and bachelor's degree in Geography, Mathematics and Chemistry, all from Minnesota State University, where he also played intercollegiate football and baseball.
Integrating his widespread digital authority in music, mobile, IPTV 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 Alice Cooper 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.
In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Digital Development & Distribution for EMI Music (home of artists including Coldplay and the Rolling Stones), Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide for this “big four” record company, which includes labels such as Capitol, Virgin, Angel/Blue Note, Parlophone and Chrysalis. During that time, 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.
In addition to seeking out, evaluating and executing business opportunities for the company on a global basis, Cohen served as both a strategist and key decision-maker for EMI’s global new media 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 new media consulting operations, DMN Consulting and Consulting Adults, attracting clients such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Universal Studios, DreamWorks Records, Liquid Audio, Wherehouse Records/Checkout.com and various other entertainment, technology and new media organizations. Cohen also held senior management positions at both Warner Bros. Records and Philips Media.
A 30-year industry veteran, Cohen was recently elected Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas board, and currently chairs MidemNet, an international music/technology conference convened in Cannes each year. Cohen also serves on the NARAS (Grammy) Los Angeles chapter Board of Governors as well as the national Trustee Board, the Board of Directors for the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, co-chairs the new media arm of the T.J. Martell Foundation, and lends his time and talents to music & technology education efforts such as the Grammy In The Schools Program.
As BMI's Vice President, New Media and Strategic Development, Richard Conlon is responsible for the company's New Media and Strategic Development initiatives. An expert in global digital media, he leads a team that manages performance royalty revenue streams in the digital world, across all new media applications. The group spearheads analysis, planning and strategic development for BMI’s future directions in the media and entertainment worlds.
Under his direction, BMI licenses a wide variety of leading digital media properties including Yahoo, MSN, AOL, Napster, Rhapsody and others; in addition to mobile entertainment, podcasts, social networks, online gaming and other digital properties. It also offers the industry’s first online licensing utility, the Digital Licensing Center, offering totally electronic click-through copyright licensing agreements.
A BMI executive for over 14 years, he holds a Masters Degree from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. and B.A. in English from Boston College.
Founding Band Member, The Presidents of the United States of America
Dave Dederer’s professional and civic lives span a wide range of activities and interests related to media and the arts. When asked to describe himself, he is known to say, "I’m multi-untalented."
Dederer is best known as founding member, guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer with The Presidents of the United States of America. The band’s successes to date have included three Top 40 singles; gold, platinum and multi-platinum record sales around the world; two Grammy nominations; theme songs for The Drew Carey Show and the Disney feature George of the Jungle; and countless major media appearances.
Dederer retired from performing with the band in early 2005 but continues his active day-to-day business management role as the band’s entrepreneur-in-residence. In addition to his ongoing duties with The Presidents, since January 2007 Dederer has served full-time as Vice President, Business Development with Melodeo, a Seattle digital media company. At Melodeo, Dederer helped conceive, design and market nuTsie, a fast-growing digital music service for Web and mobile.
Dederer also serves as advisory board member for Seattle startups AudioFuse and Songslide and sits on the boards of The Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy and One Reel (Bumbershoot music festival and Teatro Zinzanni parent organization). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University and completed all studies for a Master’s in Urban Planning at the University of Washington before unexpected rock stardom derailed his thesis.
Brad Duea began his love affair with music as a young child through his sisters’ diverse collection of artists, ranging from Fleetwood Mac and Billy Joel to Van Halen and Devo. Brad has since constructed his personal soundtrack through unique playlists on cassettes, CDs and now MP3s that serve as the backdrop to his daily life.
As President of Napster, Brad oversees all of the company’s international business endeavors as well as all business development activities worldwide, including the development of Napster’s position in the mobile market. Brad also helps define the strategic direction of the Napster service.
Brad has a passion for music and values the Internet’s ability to connect fans with both large and small artists, making his entrance into the digital entertainment world a natural progression. Brad made this transition as Vice President of Worldwide Business Development and Worldwide OEM Sales for Roxio, Inc., where he was responsible for all business development efforts for the company, including international expansion, the acquisition and integration of pressplay (a music subscription joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group), the acquisition and integration of MGI Software (which brought the #1 consumer photo and editing products into Roxio’s digital media portfolio) and the development of strategic partnerships, including those with Samsung Electronics, Intel, Best Buy, Gateway and Dell.
Prior to joining Roxio, Brad was active in both the technology and customer service industries as the Vice President of Corporate Development for PeopleSupport, Inc., a leading provider of integrated e-customer relationship management solutions. While at PeopleSupport, Inc. Brad raised over $50 million in venture financing, and closed strategic partnerships with industry leaders, such as Hewlett Packard and Siebel Systems, Inc.
Brad holds a B.A. in Law and Society, High Honors, from University of California at Santa Barbara, a M.B.A. in Finance and International Business, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the University of Southern California, and a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of San Diego. He is a member of the State Bar of California and served as a corporate lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Century City, specializing in merger and acquisitions for some time.
Brad is a devoted fan of The Cult. Having attended almost every local gig, he fondly remembers one show in particular where the opening act was Guns n’ Roses. Brad also has a weakness for influential bands, such as Gene Loves Jezebel, The Clash and Devo.
Jeff Eglen is a 1984 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Management. Jeff joined Digonex as a strategic consultant in December 2004 after working at Accenture for over 20 years. Over that time, Jeff worked with a number of Fortune 500 clients, governments and alliance partners such as Microsoft, Avanade, eBay, SAP, PeopleSoft and Oracle.
John T. Frankenheimer, Co-chair of Loeb & Loeb LLP, is a partner in the Firm’s Los Angeles office and is also Chair of the Firm’s Music Group. His practice is centered in the entertainment and media industries, with emphasis on both institutional and talent clients. This includes advising on the acquisition, sale and restructuring of companies, including financing, valuation, securitization and due diligence issues, as well as representing companies, artists and executives in all aspects of the music industry, including all forms of talent contracts, distribution, licensing, technology-related issues, publishing, sub-publishing, touring and live events and production activities.
He also represents writers, producers and directors in both film and television. Mr. Frankenheimer’s principal clients include record companies and distributors; multinational and independent music publishers; internationally recognized recording and touring artists; television writers, producers and directors; motion picture writers and producers; new media and technology companies and financial institutions and investors.
Mr. Frankenheimer also works on Internet, wireless and new media projects, representing both major companies and emerging concerns in structuring, financing, licensing and M&A activities. Mr. Frankenheimer speaks regularly at industry and financial seminars, such as UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium, USC School of Law, Forbes CEO Conference and the Billboard Music and Money Symposium, addressing cross-media issues.
As an analyst at JupiterResearch, she covers Music and Media. Her focus is primarily on digital strategies for programmers and marketers of music, which includes digital distribution, Internet and mobile promotion, and audience cultivation.
Prior to this Sonal covered the small and mid-size business market for JupiterResearch. She focused on marketing to the SMB decision makers online including advertising, retailing and providing customer service to this segment.
Sonal has been quoted in major media outlets including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and Entrepreneur.
Sonal joined JupiterResearch with more than seven years of experience in business consulting, most recently from Booz Allen Hamilton.Sonal has a Masters in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She also has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Delhi. Sonal currently resides in NYC.
Albhy Galuten is Vice President of Digital Media Technology Strategy for Sony Corporation of America (SCA). In addition to his technological achievements, Mr. Galuten is a Grammy award-winning record producer, songwriter and arranger.
Mr. Galuten joined SCA in March 2005. His responsibilities include work on technology strategy and due diligence, research & development, relationships with the content industry and the development of standards.
Before coming to Sony, Mr. Galuten was Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology, Universal Music Group. Under Mr. Galuten, eLabs and Universal’s Advanced Technology group provided: strategic advice to senior management in the technology space, performed technical due diligence of software, hardware and business systems, invented technology and filed patents. Under Mr. Galuten, the group also managed standards participation, negotiated technology licenses and provided technical support for lobbying efforts and trade organizations.
Before working at Universal, Mr. Galuten was a Vice President at ION where he created and developed the Enhanced CD.
Prior to working in technology Mr. Galuten was a musician and record producer. In 1978 he won two Grammy awards including Producer of the Year. His original compositions and orchestrations for Film, Theatre and on record have won him a Dramalogue Award and two BMI Awards. During his music career which spanned more than 20 years, Mr. Galuten worked with numerous multi-platinum artists, produced eighteen No. 1 singles, and generated sales of more than 100 million records.
Sony Corporation of America, based in New York City, is the U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, motion picture, television, computer entertainment, and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., and a 50% interest in SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, one of the largest recorded music companies in the world.
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 night club 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.
Gary Greenstein is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions, with specialized expertise in the digital exploitation of intellectual property.
Prior to joining the firm, Gary served as general counsel at SoundExchange, Inc., the sole entity designated by the Copyright Royalty Board to collect and distribute statutory performance royalties for sound recordings, where he was responsible for all corporate matters, including tax, corporate compliance, and governance issues. He also managed license enforcement and developed successful strategies that reduced the infringing activities of music on the Internet and helped to develop industry-wide strategies for litigations before the Copyright Royalty Board.
Gary previously was the vice president of business and legal affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In this role, he negotiated and drafted licensing agreements for webcasters and satellite radio services, managed complex arbitrations before Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels, and prepared proposed legislation, regulations, and congressional testimony.
Before joining the RIAA, Gary was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Arnold & Porter, where he represented Major League Baseball on numerous matters before the U.S. Copyright Office, with a particular focus on satellite and cable television statutory licensing matters. He also served as outside counsel to the RIAA and Universal Music Group, specializing in statutory and non-statutory licensing matters for the use of sound recordings through new digital media.
Prior to his legal career, Gary was the director of planned giving at The Wilderness Society and a fiduciary real estate asset manager at The Boston Company.
As President of Control Room, Aaron Grosky refines the company’s long-term strategic vision, identifies the company’s overall music programming, production and distribution strategies, and serves as primary liaison with key content distributors including MSN, MediaFlo, and MyNetwork TV, as well as artist management and labels.
Previously, as Executive Vice President of Music Programming and Production for Control Room, Grosky identified and executed the company’s long-term programming strategy and led all Control Room productions. Leveraging long-standing relationships with artists, managers and labels, Grosky identified key opportunities with the world’s leading artists, negotiated deal terms with management and labels to maximize the offering for a variety of distribution partners, and oversaw all aspects of production to ensure the highest quality end product for both artists and distribution partners.
In addition to his role at Control Room, Grosky was tapped to serve as Global Producer of Talent and Programming for Live Earth, responsible for securing 150 top artists and creating the programming strategy for the nine stages around the world during the 24-hour broadcast across television, broadband, radio and wireless networks.
Prior to his role at Control Room and Live Earth, Grosky spent 10 years in the music and technology industries. He served as the head of Artist, Label Relations and Programming for Virgin Digital, where he helped define a programming voice, secure artist and label relationships, and implement systems for the digital music service in the US and Europe. Previously, Grosky founded Shift, Inc, a media encoding and entertainment networking services company, and held senior positions at RioPort where he oversaw client acquisitions, and Almo Sounds where he managed digital initiatives.
Grosky started his career as a regional sales and marketing rep for Geffen Records in Boston.
Celia Hirschman oversees a wide scope of music business. With 29 years experience behind her, she runs the marketing company she founded, Downtown Marketing. Ms. Hirschman also runs the UK based independent label, One Little Indian, in North America, overseeing the marketing for such artists as Bjork, The Twilight Singers, Pieta Brown, Lloyd Cole and others.
In addition, Ms. Hirschman is a weekly commentator on Los Angeles NPR station KCRW, speaking on issues affecting the music business. Her show, "On The Beat" airs at 4:44 on Wednesdays, right in the middle of NPR’s, "All Things Considered". "On The Beat" is podcast around the world, via KCRW, Itunes, and many other nationally known outlets. Ms. Hirschman also serves as guest host for KCRW’s half hour radio show, "The Politics of Culture" as well as a guest commentator on the National radio show, "Marketplace", and XM’s "Musician’s Radio".
She resides in San Francisco.
Chairman, Warner Music Group’s Cordless Recordings
Jac Holzman founded Elektra Records in his St. John's College dorm room in 1950 and Nonesuch Records in 1964. He signed such legendary acts as The Doors and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to Elektra and discovered folk singer Judy Collins. In 1970 he sold all his music interests to Kinney National Company for $10 million. Soon afterwards Kinney consolidated their label holdings under the Warner Communications umbrella.
Holzman continued to run Elektra until 1973, when he was appointed senior vice president and chief technologist for Warner. Holzman ushered the company into home video and the first interactive cable television system. He was a director at Pioneer Electronics through the 1970s, helping that company, and Warner, adopt the compact disc. He also worked on product planning as a member of the board of Atari, one of the first videogame companies, which Warner bought in 1976.
In 1982, following the murder/death of President and founder, Bob Gottschalk, Holzman became chairman of Panavision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner and helped turn that financially troubled company around. In 1986, he formed FirstMedia, a closely held investment firm specializing in communications. FirstMedia led the acquisition of Cinema Products Corporation, the largest non-camera maker of precision equipment for the motion picture industry which includes the Oscar winning Steadicam camera.
In 1991, through FirstMedia, Holzman acquired the Discovery, Trend and Musicraft jazz labels from the estate of Albert Marx which he refashioned into a fully contemporary label. In 1993, Discovery Records was acquired by Warner Music Group.
After Edgar Bronfman, Jr. and a group of investors bought Warner Music Group from Time Warner in 2004 for $2.6 billion, Bronfman brought Holzman out of quasi-retirement to help revitalize his company, reuniting him with the company that had acquired his previous forays into the music business. Although Holzman's work at Warner Music covers a range from mentoring executives to brokering deals, his main project to date has been the creation of an electronic-only label, Cordless Recordings, which was introduced in late 2005. Its role is to bring out new bands that Warner is interested in but is not certain if they are worth the nearly half-million dollars to cut an album.
He wrote the story of Elektra Records in his book Follow the Music, published in hardcover in 1998 (ISBN 0-9661221-1-9) and paperback in 2000 (ISBN 0-9661221-0-0).
Vikramaditya Jain is a multi-faceted business innovator with a diverse and eclectic professional background. As President for Musicane and myMPO, his is primarily charged with managing finance, legal, business operations and technical development internationally and in the U.S.
In addition to his years with Musicane and myMPO, Jain has extensive experience in corporate operations, logistics, production, shipping, purchasing and sales. He worked with Gemex Trading, a large wholesale retailer in Switzerland developing supply chains, logistics, financial and purchasing models and solutions. Jain also owns garment manufacturing plants in India through Mira Exim Ltd. (miraexim.com) and home textile and clothing brands distributed worldwide.
He has a degree in Economics from Boston University and a degree in Manufacturing Management from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California.
Steve develops and drives content and technology partnerships, product management, and community marketing for imeem.
Prior to joining imeem, he worked in digital media, business development and marketing roles at EMI Music, XUMA, WR & Hambrecht + Co, and Salon.com. Steve has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
As founder and CEO of PassAlong Networks, Dave Jaworski is responsible for ensuring the company offers the best possible experience to the consumer and the richest media platform to its business customers. This involves setting the technical and strategic vision for the company while leading the day-to-day operations.
Jaworski spent the last 20 years in various management positions for technology companies ranging from start-ups to multibillion-dollar corporations.
Early in his career, Jaworski put his computer science degree to good use at a pre-public Microsoft where he spent eight years, receiving the first Bill Gates Chairman’s Award for Excellence. At Microsoft, Jaworski was responsible for 80 percent of the U.S. retail sales budget as well as heading up U.S. sales operations and Microsoft University. He also ran technical teams, including all U.S. systems engineer training and development, and developed international experience while running national sales at Microsoft Canada.
Jaworski went on to launch several successful software companies and to head a technology team that architected and implemented an e-business platform for the sale of music and management of content on the Internet.
In addition to his tech experience, Jaworski has held on-air broadcast positions with AM and FM stations and has extensive production experience
Frank Johnson joined Macrovision Corporation with the acquisition of All Media Guide (AMG). At Macrovision he is responsible for all sales, strategic direction and key business partnerships for the Macrovision Data Solutions group which includes both AMG and TV Guide data products and services. Mr. Johnson joined AMG in early 2006.
Prior to joining AMG, Mr. Johnson worked in several senior management and corporate development roles in the technology and media industry. Most recently, he worked at Knowledge Universe, where he was responsible for developing and initiating strategic opportunities for the portfolio companies, including investment, acquisition and sales opportunities with an extensive focus on new media businesses.
In this role, Kapur will be responsible for spearheading the development and implementation of all global business operations for MySpace’s more than 110 million users worldwide. He will also oversee the growth and expansion of MySpace partnerships across the upcoming Developer Platform and popular features including MySpace Mobile and MySpaceIM with Skype.
"Amit has been a key player in our business strategy since day one and he has pioneered some of the company’s most exciting and innovative ventures," said MySpace’s CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe. "He has the kind of insightful, out-of-the-box strategic thinking that has allowed MySpace to maintain its position as a global leader in social networking and his passion is completely infectious."
Kapur, 26, joined MySpace in 2005 as the company’s first business developer hire. In this early role, Kapur led the advance of the MySpace Mobile product through solidifying landmark partnerships with AT&T (then Cingular) and Helio. Kapur was also responsible for numerous business expansion initiatives such as company’s initial globalization strategy and deal negotiations across various partners.
In 2006, Kapur was promoted to Vice President of Business Development where he was integral to key business relationships and deals for MySpace including the landmark monetization deal with Google, the strategic product partnership with Skype (http://www.myspace.com/myspaceim) to create a new instant messenger client, and the company’s first music licensing pact with Sony BMG.
"In only four years MySpace has become the largest and most dynamic social platform in the world," said Chief Operating Officer for MySpace, Amit Kapur. "This is a critical year in the evolution of the Internet and we’ll be at the forefront—driving innovation and creating forwarding-thinking business models that foster a more personal, portable, and collaborative Web."
Before joining MySpace, Kapur worked in the strategic planning and business development group at NBC-Universal.
Kapur received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Larry Kenswil is EVP of Business Strategy for Universal Music Group. He was previously President of Universal eLabs, a division of Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group (UMG) dedicated to exploring, developing, and evolving global business and new technology strategies to expand the role of music in consumers' lives. Mr. Kenswil headed eLabs from its founding in January 1999. Previously, he was UMG's Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. Mr. Kenswil sits on the Board of Directors of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and, previously, the Board of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). He is active in government affairs on behalf of the music industry, having testified before both congressional and administration committees. Mr. Kenswil holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.S. from Boston University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
Bob Kohn is co-founder, Chairman and CEO of RoyaltyShare, Inc. Kohn is a leading expert on music licensing and intellectual property law & policy. He is the co-author of Kohn On Music Licensing. In 1998, he founded EMusic.com, Inc., the pioneering MP3 music-download service, which was acquired in 2001 by Vivendi Universal. Kohn previously served as senior vice president and vice chairman of the board of Borland Software Corporation and was an associate attorney at the entertainment law firm of Milton A. "Mickey" Rudin.
Kohn is a frequent lecturer and panelist at industry conferences and has made numerous appearances on television news programs as an authority on copyright and entertainment law.
David E. Leibowitz is Managing Partner of CH POTOMAC, a strategic services firm working with companies at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology. Mr. Leibowitz brings more than thirty years of experience in business, law and policy issues facing the entertainment, new media, consumer electronics and information technology industries.
Among other activities, Mr. Leibowitz serves as Executive Vice President of Gotuit Media and as a senior advisor to Motorola, Musicane, National Datacast, and Sir Groovy. In recent years, Mr. Leibowitz served as Chairman of Ezmo, an independent online social music subsidiary of FAST Search and Transfer (now part of Microsoft) and as an advisor to BMI, Gibson Guitar, Haystack Media, Peppercoin and others in the content and technology industries.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Leibowitz co-founded VERANCE and served as it Chairman. VERANCE is the preeminent audio watermark technology provider offering innovative technology solutions to protect, manage, and monitor audio and audiovisual content, including in theatrical release and the Blu-Ray format. Before that, Mr. Leibowitz was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), responsible for business, policy and legal issues facing the industry with particular emphasis on how to position the industry to best utilize new physical formats and electronic delivery platforms.
Prior to his work at the RIAA, Mr. Leibowitz was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley Rein & Fielding representing a number of Fortune 100 media and entertainment companies, television personalities, and a major league professional baseball team. Mr. Leibowitz also has served as Policy Planning Advisor to the Register of Copyrights, and as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami Law School, and at the Communications Law Institute of the Columbus School of Law (Catholic University).
Founder, HEAR Music
In 1990, MacKinnon founded Hear Music, an innovative music retailer focused on supporting emerging artists and driving music discovery. In 1999, MacKinnon sold Hear Music to Starbucks and, as Vice President, Music & Entertainment for Starbucks, developed the company's strategic music platform, featuring CD compilations, joint-venture recordings (including the triple-platinum, Grammy award-winning Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company), the development of the Hear Music Coffeehouse concept, and in-store CD burning stations. MacKinnon secured innovative joint-venture relationships with labels and artists, releasing Rolling Stones Rarities 1971-2003, Herbie Hancock Possibilities (featuring Sting, Christina Aguillera and John Mayer) and the the Hear Music Debut series featuring Sonya Kitchell and Antigone Rising. MacKinnon also secured several landmark recordings exclusively for Starbucks, including Bob Dylan’s Live at the Gaslight and Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill Acoustic. Starbucks released over 200 Hear Music compilations under MacKinnon’s direction, including the critically acclaimed Artist’s Choice series, Opus Collections and Hear Music Playlist.
In fall 2006, MacKinnon joined (RED) as President of (RED) Content. In addition to his work on strategy and business development for (RED), MacKinnon has created the first ever (RED) proprietary property - designed for people to receive music from artists they love and artists they will discover through (RED). By applying the (RED) idea to music, this new model will create a lasting revenue stream for artists and labels and buy much needed ARV drugs for those living with AIDS in Africa.
MacKinnon, recognized industry wide for his creative approach to presenting music of all genres, has brought along his signature curating style to (RED). A passionate believer in the power of discovery and the need for an authentic platform for emerging artists, he has architected the new (RED) service to create an enduring relationship between artists and fans.
MacKinnon has always worked at the intersection of business, content and technology – working to improve the way artists and fans make connections.
Trevor Madigan, a wireless industry executive, currently serves as Americas Manager of Nokia Entertainment & Services business, based at Nokia North America headquarters in New York.Trevor’s responsibilities include driving Nokia’s Entertainment business and partnerships across the Americas which includes Nokia Music, Nokia Gaming (N-GAGE), Video and personal media sharing. Prior to his current position, Trevor headed Nokia Music in the US and additionally led business development for Multimedia Experiences to North American operators. Trevor is a graduate of the London School of Economics & Political Science, Business Studies program and undergraduate from University College Dublin.
David Marcus is Vice President, Music at Ticketmaster, the world’s leading ticketing company. Mr. Marcus is responsible for developing and deploying unique platforms and partnerships that help its concert clients sell more tickets, capture market value and connect artists with their fans.
Prior to joining Ticketmaster in 2005, Mr. Marcus served as Founder and Managing Director for Treble Music Marketing, a consultancy that provided business and marketing development services to clients including Yahoo! Music, Musicmatch, AOL/MusicNow and Jeff McClusky & Associates, among others. Prior to that, he held the post of Vice President of Business Development and Legal Affairs for RadioWave, a Motorola venture that provided interactive technologies to broadcast radio and new media companies. Mr. Marcus’ legal experience includes his practice with the Entertainment & Intellectual Property Group in Chicago, and the law firm O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Marcus earned a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Entertainment Committee, past Council Member for Arts 4 Learning, a not-for-profit organization that connects Chicago Public Schools teachers with exemplary arts-in-education programs, and a Governor on Steppenwolf Theater’s Auxiliary Council.
David Marcus is based in Ticketmaster’s West Hollywood, California corporate headquarters.
Chris is the Director of Partner Development for YouTube. In this capacity, he is responsible for spearheading YouTube's content and syndication partnership efforts as well as strategic partner development in the areas of music and gaming.
Chris has played an integral role in YouTube's development since being hired as the compay's first executive in 2005. Before joining YouTube, Chris helped build the leading online music subscription service, Rhapsody (RealNetworks). While at Rhapsody, Chris headed up record label relations and distribution partnerships for the company.
Previously, he was an early employee of Yahoo!, where he was instrumental in growing the company's communications and finance business units into undisputed market leaders. Chris also worked in Hewlett Packard's ISP market development group, and for BankBoston, where he oversaw media and communications financings for Fortune 500 clients. Chris began his career at Fidelity Investments.
Chris holds a CFA certification, an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont.
In May 2007, Chairman Jimmy Iovine appointed Ted Mico Executive VP of Digital for the Interscope/Geffen/A&M label group. Mico is responsible for the business development of the group’s new ventures, plus digital strategy and operations of all IGA initiatives.
Previously, Mico was Senior VP of Strategic Marketing at Capitol Records., where he was responsible for all non-traditional revenue streams. He and his department oversaw all corporate alliances, plus digital, mobile and merchandising initiatives. Mico also assisted in the branding and positioning of all Capitol artists, including campaigns for Coldplay, Radiohead, and The Beatles.
Prior to joining Capitol Records, Ted Mico was the Senior Vice President, Programming and Marketing for LAUNCH/Yahoo Music where Mico oversaw all the marketing, content development of the LAUNCH/Yahoo Music brand. This included supervising a staff of 80 across three business units (TV, a radio Network, plus the dot com destination) from IPO on the NASDAQ thru to its acquisition by Yahoo two years later.
Mico has been Executive Producer at Virgin Records from 1997-1999, reporting to the Vice Chairman of Virgin Records worldwide.
Mico was also founder and CEO of The Mixed Media Works marketing company based in LA and NYC whose clients included Lollapalooza, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, and The Rolling Stones (for whom he has worked as a marketing consultant for over 16 years). He is the author of three books. Before moving to the U.S., Mico was Features Editor for Melody Maker. A native of the UK, Mico still occasionally follows his passion for cricket by working with Mick Jagger on Jagged Internetworks - a venture dedicated to promoting the game on the internet through an alliance with Cricket.org.
Co-Publisher, Filter Magazine
A renowned pioneer in the music and entertainment industry, Alan Miller has earned an unrivalled reputation as a dynamic visionary, a driving force, and a touchstone of taste making and trend-setting in a changing landscape over the past decade.
Driven by his long-time passion for music, Alan quickly moved up the corporate ladder at PolyGram Group Distribution and established himself as an innovative marketing mind, a shining light amongst his peers. Throughout the 90’s he was pioneering creative sales and marketing campaigns across the country for artists such as U2, Sheryl Crow, Portishead, and many others. In 1998 he moved to San Francisco to accept a Regional Sales & Marketing role with Geffen Records. The label folded a year later but the experience proved invaluable, giving Alan the opportunity to create Geffen’s first-ever marketing website, and providing the catalyst for future business plans born of inspiration and ideas shared with his now business partner Alan Sartirana.
In 2000, with co-founder Alan Sartirana, Alan launched Filter Music Media Marketing. A creative marketing company born of entrepreneurial spirit, vision, and desire to expose music in new and effective ways, with an unwavering commitment to credibility and integrity. The timing was impeccable. The burgeoning digital music environment was raising big questions for record companies and media players alike. FilterMMM fast-established itself as a cutting-edge and passionate marketing team that artists, managers and labels could turn to for support in getting their music heard in the spirit of true partnership. Uniquely customized marketing campaigns were designed and implemented, organic grassroots initiatives reached previously untapped niche markets, and fresh and innovative methods connected artists to music fans in interactive environments as well as to broader lifestyle, and pop culture partners via more traditional media outlets.
Seven years later, Filter Music Media Marketing/Filter Creative Group continues to thrive. An ever-evolving, multi-platform media company diversifying into magazine publishing, creative agency, record label, and recognized breeding ground for an avid and dedicated community of tastemakers, lifestyle partners, and music fans looking to discover quality in amongst the masses. It has also expanded to include films, art and other products deemed as credible and of interest to their discerning demographic. Music marketing clients have included Radiohead, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Keane, The Beastie Boys, Modest Mouse, and all major and indie record labels. Lifestyle partners and sponsorship clients include Landmark Theatres, Ben Sherman, Diesel, Levi’s, Atari, MTV, Comedy Central, Fox Searchlight, Anthropologie, American Rag, and Puma.
In the summer of 2002, frustrated at the lack of quality magazines available, and aware of a growing audience of discerning music fans looking for an alternative to an unfulfilling mainstream offering, Filter launched, Filter Magazine. A 112-page book dedicated to discovering great music and it’s intertwining with art, fashion and related lifestyle. Twenty five issues later, Filter Magazine has become the fastest growing music magazine in America available at all fine retailers (including Urban Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Virgin Megastore) and distributed internationally (UK/Europe, Japan, Australia/NZ) Lauded for it’s inherent editorial credibility, hand-crafted aesthetic and cutting edge content, cover artists have already included: PJ Harvey, Lou Reed & The Strokes, The Cure, Michael Stipe (R.E.M), Bjork, Beck, and David Bowie.
2004 Filter Magazine spawned Filter mini, a 32 page free version of Filter (Filter Good Music Guide) with all unique content and advertising.
2005 marketed the debut of Filter US Recordings, home to international Norwegian artist Magnet, the UK outfit Amusement Parks on Fire, Australia’s Panda Band and international recording artist Devics.
Google singer songwriter and the first name you’ll find is Samantha Murphy. For over three years, Samantha has been establishing herself as not only a singer songwriter, but the place to go to hear other great singer songwriters. With her popular show The Highway Girl, Samantha features a different artist from a different city and venue each week as she tours. Past guests include Aimee Mann, Martha Wainwright, Elvis Perkins, Cary Brothers, Teitur, Inara George, Jesse Malin, Harvey Danger and Abra Moore. Over a million people have downloaded her program.
Samantha is in demand as a speaker and has moderated and been a panel member at many conferences such as the Consumer Electronics Show, Digital Music Forum West, Future of Music Coalition Summit, College Broadcaster’s Inc. and MEISA’s National Conference. She has taken part in symposiums on behalf of Princeton University and has been quoted in major press publications such as Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com and NPR.
Samantha’s independently released debut CD, somewhere between starving & stardom, was chosen as a top 10 for Village Voice’s Annual Pazz & Jop Poll by Michael Ross, who calls it “…a perfect pop record.” The album contains an all star band consisting of the rhythm section from Alanis Morissette’s multi-platinum debut Jagged Little Pill and Kanye West’s Cellist.
Performing professionally since she was six years old, Samantha has worked with Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Five for Fighting, Kylie Minogue and Erikah Badu as well as having appeared on TV shows ranging from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Australia’s Hey, Hey It’s Saturday.
Recently Samantha filmed a commercial for the Consumer Electronics Association in conjunction with Digital Freedom. The commercial was screened throughout the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, where Samantha also performed and spoke on a panel.
Samantha’s company has been accepted into the prestigious Techstars summer program in Boulder, Colorado. She’s currently being mentored by some of the finest entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the world.
Samantha’s new single and video “Days Like This”, Produced by Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall/James Morrison), is pre-loaded into RCA’s entire new line of MP3 players and has been shipped to Wal-Marts across the USA and Canada. The accompanying EP, Some Assembly Required, will be available in the spring ‘09.
Co-Founder, Second Life
Cory Ondrejka is the senior vice president of digital strategy for EMI Music's digital business. In this position, Ondrejka is responsible for building the digital strategy for EMI Music, driving innovation around new revenue opportunities and building a world-class engineering team for the company. Prior to EMI, he was the co-founder of Second Life where he architected the core code and hired the team responsible for Second Life's growth to over 12 million residents. The ecosystems he helped create led directly to the success of Second Life, as well as the ongoing use of Second Life as a platform for music, education, and business.
Before Linden Lab, Ondrejka traveled an eclectic path from the US Naval Academy and nuclear power to defense contracting and video game development. More recently, he has served as a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California where he taught a course on online communities and coordinated the MacArthur-grant driving research for the Public Diplomacy and Network Culture Project.
Cory holds a B.S. in Weapons and Systems Engineering and in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy.
Mr. Oxenford’s practice focuses on media issues, representing broadcast stations, financial institutions, consulting firms, program providers, trade associations, and others involved in the industry. His practice involves both transactional and regulatory matters, including counseling clients on issues relating to the Internet. He represents the International Webcasters Association, and represented 29 State Broadcast Associations in filing comments before the Copyright Office on the issue of the applicability of Digital Millennium Copyright Act to broadcasters who stream their signals.
He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and received his law degree, with distinction, from Emory University.
David Pakman is a Managing Director of Dimensional Associates, the parent company of eMusic, The Orchard, Dimensional Music Publishing (formerly DreamWorks Music Publishing) and Dimensional Mobile Entertainment. He also serves as President and CEO for eMusic and Dimensional Mobile Entertainment.
Pakman is a pioneer and entrepreneur in the world of digital music. He was the Co-founder and President of Business Development and Public Policy at Myplay, Inc., the broadband application services company founded in 1999 that introduced the “digital music locker” and pioneered the locker category. After selling Myplay to Bertelsmann’s eCommerce Group in 2001, Pakman was named Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Public Policy for BeMusic, a division of Bertelsmann.
Prior to Myplay, Pakman was an early principal force and co-creator of Apple Computer’s Music Group, co-founding the Macintosh New York Music Festival and co-producing the then-largest industry webcast to date, the 1997 GRAMMY Awards. After Apple, he became Vice President at N2K Entertainment. He served as a board member of the Digital Media Association (DiMA) and was co-chair of its licensing committee.
Pakman has advised scores of companies in the digital entertainment space, and remains a board member of Knitting Factory Entertainment, and an avid musician and songwriter. Pakman has spoken at more than 100 events over the past decade, including Plug.in, Webnoize, Digital Hollywood, PFF Summit (Progress and Freedom Foundation), Paul Allen’s conference, Billboard, Winter Music Festival, SxSW, NxNW, AES, NAMM, Leadership Music in Nashville, Macworld, Digital Music Summit, Music 2.0, MobileMusicCon, and more.
He has testified in front of Congress on issues related to music copyright in a digital age, and has published in the American University Law Review. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science Engineering from University of Pennsylvania.
Since joining Dada in 2000 as a Senior Executive, Max Pellegrini has played a key role in the internationalization of the company’s D2C product, dada.net, in the U.S., Spanish and Latin American markets. At the creation of Dada Entertainment, a joint venture between Dada and Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Max was appointed CEO in October 2007. Prior to joining Dada, Max spent seven years in strategic consulting, supporting clients in various industries.
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, privacy 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 1000 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.
Representing America’s leading online media companies as Executive Director of DiMA, Jonathan Potter is actively involved in the development of U.S. and global public policy associated with digital entertainment convergence. He frequently testifies before Congress and speaks at conferences worldwide, and was named one of Washington’s top technology lobbyists by Tech Counsel Magazine. In 2001 Mr. Potter was instrumental in the creation of EDiMA, the European Digital Media Association. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and the University of Rochester.
Russ Rieger, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for SpiralFrog. Rieger brings 25 years of expertise in entertainment marketing and artist management.
Rieger comes to SpiralFrog from Pipeline, the entertainment marketing firm he founded to help major brands take advantage of new media platforms. Rieger oversaw a range of services, including e-commerce, promotion, event marketing, licensing, merchandising and artist relations, for FORTUNE 100 companies such as American Media Inc., American Mortgage Group, CORBIS, DDB Worldwide and GAP.
Prior to founding Pipeline, Rieger was General Manager of Maverick Recording Company, where he led the expansion of the company into a freestanding record label. While at Maverick, he designed and oversaw campaigns for such artists as Prodigy, Alanis Morissette, Michelle Branch, the Deftones as well as “The Wedding Singer,” “Austin Powers” and “Matrix” soundtracks.
He later became Executive Vice President of Artists and Repertoire. During his tenure he Executive Produced and oversaw the multi-platinum, platinum and gold records for “The Matrix” soundtrack, Michelle Branch, Tantric, “Rugrats” soundtrack and Lillix. Rieger was nominated for a Grammy for his work on “The Matrix” soundtrack.
Kelli is a veteran in the traditional music industry as an A&R exec (EMI), and is an early pioneer & veteran in digital music and entertainment as well. She is also a sought after talent producer, having produced a wide range of concerts, award shows, and celebrity fundraiser events over the past two decades. She led music and entertainment initiatives at Apple for over a decade before launching her own company, The All Access Group, a digital music and media consultancy. Her company advises some of the most influential, cutting edge companies in technology and entertainment today.
Kelli is highly artist-centric with a large network of artists, producers, and industry influencers in her extensive rolodex. She has a special passion for enabling established artists to connect more directly with their fans, and to monetize their brands more broadly across the full spectrum of the digital landscape. Kelli is the co-author of two books, including the acclaimed "The Art of Digital Music", and is renowned globally as an expert and speaker on digital media and music convergence.
Jeremy Riney has over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience. His focus has been on internet and music related start-ups (admittedly a web and music nut). During his undergraduate studies, he started a textbook rental business, a online customer acquisition company and an online ticketing business. In his spare time he found time to work for the Disneyland Resort as a tour guide and guest relations host (also a theme park nut). Immediately after receiving his Bachelors Degree in Business Management (Magna Cum Laude), he started Music America Records, which was an online record label and music publishing company. After Music America Records, he simultaneously started Bluewire Connect and Praise Collection. Bluewire Connect provided custom branded social networks to recording artists and then expanded to colleges, universities, companies and organizations. Praise Collection acquired the rights to thousands of hours of rare, live performances featuring some of the world's most famous gospel and country artists including Chet Atkins, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams and many others. The performances were compiled into a subscription DVD service and sold through direct marketing channels. Jeremy started Project Playlist in February, 2006 as a weekend hobby. After launching a MySpace widget for Project Playlist, the site traffic exploded. Recently ranked by Comscore as one of the fastest growing sites on the internet, Project Playlist now has over 28 million registered users (growing at 80,000 new registrations per day) and 25 million playlist widgets embedded all over the internet.
Ian Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Topspin, is a music and technology industry veteran with roots in defining the way artists and consumers promote and experience digital media online. Rogers has been building digital media applications since 1992. He created one of the first music-related Web sites and built many of the original promotional sites for the music and movie industries.
Prior to joining Topspin, Rogers was Vice President of Video and Media Applications at Yahoo!, where he oversaw the strategy for products and services, including the Web-based Yahoo! Media Player and the Web services which powered Yahoo! Music Video applications on sites including Facebook and Bebo. While at Yahoo!, Rogers also served as Director, VP of Product Development, and General Manager for Yahoo! Music, overseeing the development of the world's #1 Music Web site, Music.Yahoo.com as well as LAUNCHcast radio and the Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription service.
Before joining Yahoo!, Rogers was founder, president and CTO of Mediacode, a media software developer which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2003. He was CTO at rVision, one of the first Web design firms until 1998, then was part of Nullsoft, an early leader in the digital music revolution and makers of Winamp, SHOUTcast, and Gnutella. Rogers was the President of New Media for the Beastie Boys' record label and lifestyle brand Grand Royal, where he was responsible for the first same day digital/physical album release.
Michael Romero, Vice President, Mobile Retail Division, joined SanDisk in 2006 as the Senior Director of Global Retail Marketing and Business Development for the Mobile business unit. Romero brings invaluable industry expertise to SanDisk, including his ability to identify emerging mobile product markets and create global marketing campaigns. Romero is currently responsible for all aspects of mobile retail necessary to drive global sales growth, including marketing activities, forecasting, pricing and overall product strategy. A veteran of the electronics industry, Romero began his career in sales in 1987 as a memory and hardware manufacturer professional. Establishing himself as an effective sales leader and manager, Romero joined Avnet, Inc. in 1994, responsible for driving strategic growth, developing technical marketing and building successful business development programs for the organization. Immediately prior to joining SanDisk, Romero was responsible for managing the technology and engineering groups for Avnet Technology Solutions, the second largest operating group within Avnet, Inc.
Mitch Rotter has over fifteen years of experience in the music and entertainment industry. He joined Thumbplay from Infospace Mobile where he most recently served as Director of Content Licensing and Acquisition overseeing all of Infospace's media distribution agreements. Prior to Infospace, Mitch served as SVP of Soundtracks and Music Development for New Line Cinema where among other accomplishments he served as executive producer for the Grammy nominated soundtracks to I Am Sam and Lord of the Rings.
Maurice A. Russell is the Vice President of Licensing and Label Relations, for the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA). Russell oversees the HFA Licensing Department as well as the Label Specialist Program, which seeks to strengthen relationships with key music company personnel to identify recording project priorities and provide faster, more accurate licensing and collection services for the benefit of the distribution companies and HFA’s affiliated music publishers. He reports directly to Michael Simon, HFA’s Senior Vice President Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer.
Russell has broad-based entertainment industry and distribution experience. Before joining HFA in 2002, Russell was the founder and CEO of Machine Enterprises Inc., where he provided commercial artist management and business consulting services to creative enterprises in the media, entertainment and design fields. In this capacity, he also advised firms on structuring operations and new business development strategies.
Prior to that, Russell was Vice President and General Manager of Razorfish Studios, Inc., where he oversaw the fast-growing start-up’s daily operations. In this role, Russell implemented corporate operations, including finance and accounting, business affairs, human resources and facilities and integrated the acquisitions of three entertainment companies.
Russell came to Razorfish Studios from Red Ant Entertainment, where he was the Senior Director, Business Development and Licensing, heading up the special products and licensing department. His responsibilities included marketing recording artists and music to film and television productions, negotiating and drafting recording agreements and licensing of music for online, film, television, compilation albums and all other secondary market exploitations. Before that, he was a Senior Director, Contract Administration at Polygram Records, responsible for supervising the administration of over 250 recording, license and video agreements, as well as tracking options, product delivery and financial obligations.
Russell holds a M.B.A. degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business Administration and a B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University.
John Rudolph is the CEO of Bug Music, Inc., a leading global independent music publisher and innovator in music business services for over 30 years, headquartered in Los Angeles with offices across the US and Europe. Handpicked by Bug’s founders Dan and Fred Bourgoise for his knowledge of music and writers and his proven, diverse business acumen, John carries on the legacy of one of the world’s most significant independent publishers. With a deep understanding of music publishing, copyright statute, technology and global finance, he is a future focused proponent of publishers and creators rights across the world. Since his tenure at Bug began, John has welcomed many significant publishers and writers, including Jamie Foxx, Evanescence, the Fred Alhert estate, the Woody Guthrie estate, and the Thomas J Valentino production music library.
Born in Chicago and raised in Hendersonville just outside of Nashville, John was first exposed to music through his father, who toured with Woody Herman and Stan Kenton’s bands, among others, in the ‘50s and ‘60s. He began his music career carrying his father’s trombone case to union gigs in the 1970s after his father left the road. From there his knowledge and love of music grew through his father’s work in promotions and radio in Nashville in the 1970s and 1980s, attending over 100 concerts by the age 12, and later working in a Nashville record store for five years throughout high school and college.
In 1989, John began his professional career in corporate finance with IBM and was a member of the LBO team that spun out the Lexmark printer company in a $1.6bn transaction in 1990. In 1991, after experiencing the entrepreneurial latitude within a large, global technology based organization at IBM, he continued to an international accounting and consulting firm, BDO, and was based in Atlanta. At BDO, his clients included a Fortune 500 client as well as middle market service and technology companies and he received awards for productivity and client service.
While at BDO in Atlanta in the early 1990s, John provided consulting and business strategy services to a small, upstart record label, LaFace Records (a joint venture of LA Reid, Babyface Edmonds, and BMG/Arista), that was recognized as a company that revolutionized Urban and Pop music, nurtured creative as well as executive talent, and put Atlanta on the map as the center of Urban music.
After a secondment with BDO in Sydney Australia in 1994, John returned to Atlanta to work as business manager to LA Reid, LaFace Records, Reid’s Stiff Shirt Music/Hitco, and other prominent Atlanta writer, producers and artists. During this time, John managed Stiff Shirt Music Publishing with Grammy winning and chart topping hits as TLC’s "Waterfalls" and Tony Rich’s "Nobody Knows". In 1996, due to the success of Stiff Shirt, he helped Reid’s Stiff Shirt create a joint venture with Windswept Pacific called Hitco Music Publishing, a premier urban music publisher.
From his experience with Windswept in the Stiff Shirt venture, John was recruited by Evan Medow, CEO of Windswept Pacific, and in 1998 was hired as Windswept’s Chief Financial Officer at the age of 30. Beyond the financial affairs, his responsibilities included strategic planning, international consolidation, technology and online markets, and the occasional creative signing. In 1999, John, with his fellow executives, engineered the sale of Windswept to EMI for a reported $200mm in what was one of the largest music publishing transactions at the time.
In 2000 John founded Sherpa Ears, LLC, a technology company based on "Influence Technology" he developed involving social networks and an early predecessor to social networking firms like MySpace and FaceBook. Managing all aspects of the business from technology development to marketing to key partnerships, he assembled the thought leaders in sociology/social networks and music from across North America as advisors.
Out of the ashes of the Internet boom in 2001, John founded and served as the CEO of Music Analytics, the leading strategic advisor to music publishers and record companies. Rudolph developed the firm into a recognized leader in the music and money space with experience in over $3.1 billion in recorded music and music publishing music transactions. Clients included Warner Music Group, Ryko, Leiber & Stoller, Saban Music Group, Dreamworks Music Publishing, Windswept Holdings/Hitco Music, Bug Music, Savoy Label Group/ZelnickMedia, Six Degrees Records, Dominion Capital/Compendia, Carlin America, and various estates, artists, private equity and legal firms, among others.
John assumed the reins of Bug Music as its CEO in July, 2006 committed to Bug’s core ethics of advancing publishers and creators’ rights and the melding of music and technology for the promotion of arts and commerce.
John received his Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and passed the Tennessee Certified Public Accountants examination in 1992. He has spoken at such important events as the Billboard Music & Money symposium (02, 03, 05, and 06), the American Bar Association Entertainment Conference (06) and numerous other music conferences. He is an avid snowboarder and mountain climber, having climbed the highest mountain on five different continents.
Vicki Saunders is the Director of Music Marketing and Promotions for TouchTunes Music Corporation. In this role, Vicki is responsible for developing advertising and artist promotions that leverage the TouchTunes network of 30,000 touch screens nationwide.
Prior to joining TouchTunes, Vicki was the Vice President of Creative Services at SpiralFrog, an ad-supported music service. Vicki has also held senior marketing positions at Conde Nast, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Magazine, Marvel Entertainment Group and The Walt Disney Company.
Vicki has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and currently resides in New York City.
As the visionary behind digital promotions firm Promotional Currency, Barry Schaffer is charged with creating new digital currencies for the promotional marketplace and turning those currencies into powerful, turnkey solutions for the clients he serves.
Since founding the company in 2004, Schaffer has facilitated over 800 digital entertainment promotions for brands and retailers. He has also helped content owners and providers to more fully monetize their licensed content by turning it into digital media and taking it out to the promotional market.
A seasoned veteran of the promotional industry, Schaffer has spent the past 20 years working to elevate promotions through the use of digital promotional currencies and fixed priced strategies. Prior to founding Promotional Currency, Schaffer served as Vice President/General Manager for SCA Promotions, the world’s leading provider of promotional risk. While at SCA, Schaffer launched the company’s telecard division (which represented the first digital currency in the promotional marketplace) and built it into a multi-million dollar enterprise by helping clients grow their businesses through the delivery of high-impact promotions at a fixed cost.
When not at work, Schaffer – a top bridge player – can be found playing the national bridge tournament circuit, and enjoying his new role as a grandfather.
Syd Schwartz is Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy for the EMI Music North America. Syd is responsible for managing the strategic, creative and technical direction of all EMI artist websites, digital platforms and online campaigns, as well as evaluating new platforms and technology for integration into EMI Music's sales, marketing and promotional efforts. Syd is also EMI's "digital evangelist", driving digital awareness and thought process into all departments at EMI.
Prior to EMI, Syd was with Wind-Up Records, where he began in 1995 as Director of Sales & Marketing, but a persistent push to get the company online resulted in his assuming the newly created position of Director of Technology in 1996. He was promoted to Vice President of New Media in February 1998, and Sr. VP of New Media in 2000 where he was responsible for a series of groundbreaking online campaigns for multi-platinum artists Creed and Evanescence. Syd joined the EMI team in the Fall of 2002.
Syd's entrée into the music industry began in high school manning the cash register at Sam Goody (where many-a-paycheck was blown entirely), then managing an independent record store while in college. Upon graduating, Syd landed a job in 1989 as Independent Label Buyer at CD One Stop (now Alliance Entertainment). He became Purchasing/Advertising Manager in 1992, developing the database and inventory control system that would become the All Music Guide. He was promoted to Director of Purchasing in 1994 where he oversaw all purchasing operations for Alliance which had grown to be the largest music one-stop in the U.S.
Syd is a graduate of the State University of New York with a BA in Sociology. Online since 1992, he is an active participant in many online music communities, has written liner notes for the progressive rock group Yes, co-authored a reference book on the legendary jamband Phish, and fondly remembers Prodigy for DOS. Syd is actively involved in the Mockingbird Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to generating funding in support of music education for children.
Ned Sherman is CEO and Publisher of Digital Media Wire, Inc., where he works at the center of the rapidly growing digital media industry. Under his leadership, Digital Media Wire has grown from a small newsletter publisher into a well-respected B-to-B brand that owns and produces five annual conferences - Digital Music Forum, Games & Mobile Forum, Digital Media Conference, Future of Television Forum, Digital Commerce Summit and The Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards (now DEMXPO) - and provides daily news, information and community to 30,000+ executives and professionals at entertainment, media and technology companies throughout the world.
As digital media community-builder, Ned has established partnerships with the leading B-to-B media companies and educational institutions, including VNU Business Media, Billboard Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Reed Business Information, Multichannel News, Business 2.0, Business Week, CableFax/CableWorld, VIBE/SPIN, MidemNet, NYU’s Stern School of Business, USC’s Center for Telecom Management and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and hundreds of the leading digital media companies, including Microsoft, Real Networks, Sony Corporation of America, AOL Time Warner, Napster, Yahoo! and many more.
Ned’s background is in law. Before joining Digital Media Wire, Ned spent 7+ years as a corporate and entertainment attorney practicing at several of the leading law firms in the world with an international client base across industries including technology, Internet, media and entertainment.
As a founding member of the iLaw Group in the Entertainment Department at Loeb & Loeb LLP in Century City, he handled complex licensing transactions and financings for media and entertainment clients including Universal Studios and MGM and launched dozens of Internet and new media start-ups. He has counseled company founders from initiation of a business plan to seed, angel, venture capital and later-stage private financings and managed all legal aspects of Internet clients from corporate organization, stockholder relationships, board compositions and dynamics, stock option plans, capital raising and security regulatory matters, Internet law issues, trademark, copyright, content and technology licensing, advertising and privacy issues.
He sits on the Board of Directors of Wild Way, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating environmental awareness and developing educational programs for inner-city and “at risk” kids and has traveled extensively from Europe to Asia to South America to Northern Africa. Ned is married and lives with his wife and son in Hollywood Hills, California.
Neil Smith is vice president of Business Management for Rhapsody America, LLC by a joint venture between MTV Networks and RealNetworks. Neil is responsible for leading the overall sales and marketing efforts for the Rhapsody digital music service, as well as managing Rhapsody’s label and partner relationships.
Prior to joining Real, Neil spent 11 years with AOL, most recently as General Manager of Digital Media Services and Vice President of AOL MusicNow. Neil’s experience at AOL includes key roles within Partner Marketing, Product Strategy , and Business Development.
Prior to his career at AOL, Neil was an Account Supervisor on the Nissan Motors account for Chiat /Day, one of the leading advertising agencies in the world, widely recognized for their innovative approach to brand imagery.
Neil is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Marketing and Management.
Michael Spiegelman is the Senior Director of Music at Yahoo!, where he runs one of the most visited Music websites in the world and a leading source of music videos and Internet radio. While at Yahoo! Music, Michael has been responsible for leading the re-launch of the music.yahoo.com site, adding concert information, music blogs and video playlisting. He served as a leading member of the team that designed and launched the Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription service.
Prior to joining Yahoo! Music in 2003, Michael was a co-founder and Principal at Web Paradox, a web design and development company in San Diego, CA. While there, he was responsible for business development, strategy, client relations and project management. His clients included Verizon, AT&T, Nextel and the US Navy.
Before iXL, Michael was a Senior Strategy Consultant at iXL, a leading Internet consulting and development company, where he provided strategic consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and startups. Michael has also worked at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, where he advised public and private sector clients on business process re-engineering, change management, organizational redesign and technology development.
Mr. Sullivan is a founding member and serves as President and CEO of RightsFlow. Separately, Mr. Sullivan holds a seat at the Board of Directors at World Hunger Year (WHY). He is one of the music industry’s foremost authorities on digital music and rights negotiations – a wide expertise including such areas as: mobile, media, advertising and brand special products. He is a leader in strategic thinking and has been at the forefront of music industry evolution throughout his 17 year career.
Over the past several years, he served as a dual Vice-President of Licensing and Music Services for both The Orchard & eMusic. At eMusic, Mr. Sullivan was responsible for designing and directing one of the largest independent DPD licensing operations in the world. His guidance in this field was crucial to the development of eMusic’s retail strategy, vastly increasing the amount of product available for sale. Additionally, through bulk licensing practices, he was able to simultaneously reduce overhead costs and potential liability.
While at The Orchard, Mr. Sullivan was responsible for the creation and management of Orchard Music Services, a division which included publishing administration, mobile negotiations, mechanical licensing and administration, ringtone licensing and administration, synchronization exploitations, and the creation of new licensing models. His efforts transformed the company into a unique entity in the digital space.
Prior to The Orchard, he was a Strategic Licensing Consultant for Selverne, Mandelbaum, & Mintz, a New York based Entertainment Law Firm. His projects included full licensing services for RoweAmi: negotiating and securing all publishing licenses as well as designing and implementing a licensing department from a start up into a fully functional operational role. In addition, he has worked as a consultant for the law firm Paul Weiss, RealNetworks, and many media and entertainment companies.
From 1999-2004 he served as the Director of Research and Development at the National Music Publisher's Association/Harry Fox Agency (HFA), where he managed industry negotiations, internal corporate policy matters, new media, and public relations for the member organization. While there, he worked on crucial industry issues such as the Supreme Court case of MGM v. Grokster, industry litigation against MP3.com, Napster, and the recent settlement of Bertelsmann with NMPA.
Mr. Sullivan was a key player in negotiating the agreements that permitted the launch the majority of the online music and mobile services that make up the market today.
As Interim CEO of ARTISTdirect, Dimitri Villard oversees the day-to-day business operations of the company including the strategic direction and the development of key industry partnerships and marketing initiatives. Mr. Villard was elected to the Board of Directors as an independent director and became Chairman of the Audit Committee in 2005, after a new management team took control of the publically traded company in 2003 that expanded the company’s core business to a fully ad-supported destination website and built an ad network around it.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Mr. Villard is an accomplished entertainment industry veteran with vast experience that spans music, film and television production and development. Among his film producing credits are: In Love and War, directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O’Donnell (New Line); Once Bitten, starring Jim Carrey and Lauren Hutton (Goldwyn); Death of an Angel (Twentieth Century-Fox), Flight of the Navigator (Disney) and Say Nothing starring Nastassja Kinski and William Baldwin (HBO).
Mr. Villard has also been active in entertainment and media investment banking, as a Director of SG Cowen and, prior to that, Managing Director of Laidlaw. Most recently, he became a member of the Executive Committee of the Tech Coast Angels, the nation’s largest private network of venture capital investors, where he has been investing in and mentoring early stage high technology ventures in Southern California including co-founding Pivotal BioSciences, Inc., a biotechnology spin-out from the University of Southern California Keck School Medicine.
At the beginning of his career,, Mr. Villard founded Jet Set Records, one of the era’s memorable rhythm & blues labels that represented many talented bands, and which was subsequently sold to Bell Records.
Mr. Villard graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University, where he was an Editor of The Harvard Lampoon, and has a M.S. from China International Medical University.
Les Watkins is Vice President of Business Affairs & Business Development at MRI. He is responsible for identifying new business opportunities and cultivating and developing client relationships and strategic alliances. Mr. Watkins is also charged with the negotiation and execution of client service agreements as well as licenses with the music publishing, artist and label communities.
Mr. Watkins is a music industry lawyer with many years of transactional deal-making experience as a record label executive, artist lawyer and artist manager. He served in the Business Affairs and Law Departments of Sony Music Entertainment, in New York and Los Angeles, and at Sony's new media ventures group, 550 Digital Media Ventures.
Prior to joining MRI he was in private practice for preeminent artist representation law firms, such as King Holmes Paterno & Berliner in Los Angeles. Mr. Watkins has published articles in scholarly legal journals on "The Digital Performance Right In Sound Recordings Act Of 1995" (the precursor to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and is a frequent panelist at industry conferences and law schools focused on digital music licensing and payment models. He is a 1989 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University Of Georgia and a 1996 graduate of the University Of Georgia School of Law.
Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January, 2000 and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and record producer with 10 years of experience in the music industry. He has worn many hats, from recording and touring with independent bands, to scoring feature films and running a commercial recording studio. Trained as a jazz pianist, he has played the bassoon, drums and clarinet and his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music. Tim founded Pandora to help talented emerging artists find their audience as well as to help avid music fans discover and enjoy new artists.
Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology. He once had the privilege of studying under the legendary Stan Getz, whose words, "Remember, it's not the mode...it's the mood," still ring true.