October 7–8, 2009   |   Los Angeles, CA

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Cisco Systems

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Parks Associates

2009 Speakers:

Nic Adler, Owner, The Roxy Theatre

Nic Adler has helmed The Roxy Theatre, a family owned and operated business launched 35 years ago by his father, legendary producer Lou Adler, for over a decade.  He has built upon the venue’s eclectic history of music, comedy and performance art with a forward-thinking, multi-genre aesthetic of his own.  A dynamic entrepreneurial force, Nic has drawn on his experiences as a band manager directing the career of acts like Snot and Shwayze, a DJ, restaurant owner and everything in between to turn the Sunset Strip’s iconic venue into a home-away-from-home for the entertainers who perform there.  At the same time he has extended The Roxy’s familial vibe into the blogosphere with an award-winning website and engaging with social media networks, making it the #1 venue in the world on Twitter.   The Roxy is very active with its neighbors and surrounding community on the world-famous Sunset Strip, making it also the #1 Twitter account in West Hollywood where the club is based.
Jay Baage VP, Content, Digital Media Wire

As VP of Content, Jay wears many hats. He oversees the content in DMW's publications as well as for conferences and other events. Jay furthermore runs the day-to-day operations for the popular DMW news and community site, where he also serves as a Senior Writer. Last, but not least, he works with marketing, public relations and business development across the board for DMW.

Jay got into journalism after high school when he served a year of military service in the Swedish Armed Forces and was selected to join its highly regarded conscript writing staff. He has been hooked on working with media and communication ever since.

Jay now has over 10 years of experience in the media industry serving in a wide range of capacities - from a technology writer and editor at several newspapers and magazines (Reuters, Dagens Industri, Aftonbladet etc.) to working in television (ABC Good Morning America, TV4 Ekonominyheterna), both behind and in front of the camera.

Jay has a Masters Degree in Media, Entertainment and Technology Management from New York University and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Goteborg University in Sweden.

He is a recipient of the Wallenberg Scholarship 2004 and 2006 (Academic Scholarship), The Sweden-America Foundation Fellowship 2005 (Academic Scholarship) as well as awarded a scholarship for being "A Promising New Media Manager" by Swedish Newspaper Publishers' Association 2005 and 2001.

Joakim has a keen personal interest in digital media, music and pop-culture. On his desk, you will find a video iPod, the latest issue of US Weekly and a pair of Cutler and Gross shades.

He claims to listen to music by Paris Hilton only because he "has to be familiar with mainstream music" while heavily promoting new bands from his native Scandinavia like "Peter, Bjorn & John."

Vince Bannon, VP, Entertainment Partnership & Dev., 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 image.net. Image.net 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 image.net. 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 www.gettyimages.com
Hal Bringman, Founder & President, NVPR

As founder and president of NVPR, a digital media consulting firm based in Los Angeles, Hal Bringman is an accomplished marketing strategist that power bloggers like BoingBoing.net called a "Trendspotter" and uber-influencers like Rafat Ali of PaidContent.org called "...a PR pro if ever there was one..." and media stalwart The New York Times referred to as "daring" in a profile crediting his work for launching such digital media juggernauts as MP3.com and Napster, among many others.

“...Mr. Bringman ...helped mold the public image of the music-sharing services MP3.com and Napster…” The New York Times, January 19, 2003.

Long before Steve Jobs ever figured out what an MP3 file was, in 1998, Hal Bringman launched MP3.com as his company’s first client -- and simultaneously introduced digital music to the marketplace. He led the high-profile rise of the company from inception through IPO raising nearly $380m. According to Credit Suisse First Boston, it was the largest independent Internet IPO in history.

Subsequently, he has continually helped usher in new trends and ideas to the masses. The succeeding surge in social networks, user generated content and convergence in general has forever changed the media landscape leading to the current age of transparency that is, paradoxically, an increasingly cluttered and competitive atmosphere. In such a climate, the touch of a master storyteller is needed to transform messaging into something powerful and compelling. Increasingly, the demand for a demonstrated trendspotter and storyteller cannot be overemphasized.

The acumen and instincts to successfully drill down and detect trends, look deeper at consumer needs, and locate any sense of friction and subsequently helping to shape or create solutions—all with an entrepreneurial mindset – drives Hal Bringman’s work.

He has been involved as a communications / strategy advisor in raising more than $1 billion from various methods including IPO, venture capital, and acquisitions.

He is a contributing columnist to Digital Media Wire and works from offices in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires. After winning the inaugural "TV 360" competition at the prestigious Banff World Television Festival, the firm expanded the NVPR ID (www.nvpr.com/id) development team based in Buenos Aires and helps companies revamp websites, develop iPhone apps, web apps, and otherwise build technology solutions to help extend their brand's reach in the digital realm.

In recent months, he has attended digital media events across the globe including, but not limited to MIDEM (Cannes), GSMA Mobile World Congress (Barcelona), CTIA (Las Vegas), OMMA (Los Angeles), Digital Music Forum (New York), Popkomm (Berlin), Web 2.0 (San Francisco), Future of Television (Los Angeles), International Creative Industries Summit (Shanghai), Palermo Valley (Buenos Aires), Wikimedia 2009 (Buenos Aires), nextMEDIA (Banff) and Banff World Television Festival (Banff), among many others.
Josh Brooks, VP, Content & Programming, Playlist.com

Josh Brooks is the Vice President of Content and Programming for Playlist.com, a leading social media network for consumers to discover, organize and share media content across the social Web. Playlist.com has over 47 million registered users and leverages over 55 million user-created playlists to-date.  The viral muscle and reach of these playlists has proven to uniquely enhance the record industry and all media companies in achieving effective promotion, distribution and monetization of their content. According to ComScore Media Metrix, Playlist.com is ranked in the “Top 5” music sites in the world, with over 250mm page views a month and more than 6.5 million monthly unique visitors.  Josh is responsible for overseeing strategy and execution for content programming, media partnerships, branded programming, offline events, label and artist relations. 

Prior to joining Playlist.com, Josh was Vice President at MySpace Music; responsible for developing and launching their business joint venture between MySpace Music, the “Big Four” major record labels and indie labels. Under Josh’s vision and strategic execution, this revolutionary partnership resulted in an unprecedented industry venture between the music and digital media companies.  In addition, Josh oversaw all strategy for media partnerships, content acquisitions, original content development and event planning. Josh also developed and produced notable and brand-defining music, comedy, film and philanthropic franchises for MySpace including: The List (music), Artist on Artist (entertainment), Trailer Park (Film), Operation MySpace (international/military music event), Black Curtin Screenings (film), Secret Standup (comedy) and MySpace Impact (political/non-profit/community). During his tenure at MySpace Music, the site became the #1 online destination for music fans and artists. 

Prior to joining MySpace, Josh was a personal manager, representing Gold and Platinum music artists at the prestigious management companies, The Firm and Spivak Entertainment.  Josh’s extensive client roster has included, Queens of the Stone Age, Tori Amos, The Distillers and A Perfect Circle. Additionally, Josh developed innovative marketing tools and campaigns to raise artists’ profiles in the marketplace through ticketing, licensing and merchandising concepts. Utilizing his knowledge and passion for new media technology, Josh was also one of the founding partners of Fanscape, an online/offline media marketing company and pioneer in grassroots online marketing. 

In addition, Josh also serves as an advisor to Music Relief (501c3) and View2gether.
Aydin Caginalp, Partner, Entertainment & Media Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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.
Claudia Ceniceros, Dir, Business Development, Cisco Media Solutions Group

Claudia Ceniceros, senior director of content strategy and partnerships in the Cisco Media Solutions Group (CMSG), is responsible for building strategic, high-level partnerships between the major Hollywood studios and Cisco. She also has responsibility for European media partnerships, and leads a team focused on similar efforts in Europe. In addition, Claudia is responsible for securing rights to distribute third party, short-form professional content on the Cisco Eos™ platform.

Before joining CMSG, Claudia was in the Cisco Corporate Business Development group under Dan Scheinman and responsible for developing strategic relationships with the entertainment industry for Cisco and its consumer division, Linksys. Claudia was also head of Cisco Corporate Public Relations from 2000-2004.

Prior to joining Cisco, Claudia was vice president of corporate communications for Acclaim Entertainment, a developer and publisher of software for a variety of gaming platforms; vice president of strategic communications at ABC Television Network; and vice president at Robinson firm, where she focused on entertainment and other corporate accounts.

Claudia graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago, with a B.A. in philosophy and political science. She has been a frequent speaker at Digital Hollywood and other media industry forums, as well as a board member of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC. able id="table14">
Dalton Caldwell, Founder & CEO, imeem

Music-focused online social network imeem has raised over $50 million in funding from investors including Sequoia Capital and Warner Music Group, according to reports. The company, which counts 30 million registered users, has licenses from all four major labels and many independents to offer free, ad-supported streaming music. While many see social networks as a crucial component in helping indie musicians and record labels win fans and launch careers in the Web 2.0 era, some are skeptical about the company's future. In this rare opportunity to meet imeem's 28-year-old founder, recently featured in BusinessWeek.com's up-and-comers under 30 story, you will get a view of the current inner workings of the digital music industry and what role he would like imeem and other social networks and streaming services to play in the music eco-system of the future.
Mike Cannady, Chief Strategy Officer & CFO, Scratch DJ Academy

Mike serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Scratch DJ Academy (www.Scratch.com)—a leading DJ and music production school founded by Jam Master Jay from Run DMC. Scratch currently has locations in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, where it teaches the art of mixing, scratching, and producing music. Scratch also provides A-List DJ talent for major tours and events, and it executed over 2,500 events in 2008 alone.

Mike joined Scratch during its infancy in 2003, and he has helped build the company from an early stage concept into a high growth and successful start-up. He has launched a wide variety of revenue streams for the company including talent booking, trend research, and now digital applications. Mike is currently overseeing the market launch and development of Cimio, a software application that allows anyone to mix their music like a professional DJ.

Prior to Scratch, Mike was a technology investment banker for Bank of America, where he executed transactions with over $1.0 billion in value. Mike is an amateur DJ, an avid music fan, a newly wed, and a resident of New York City. He also holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia.
Tom Carolan, Founder, Total Live Music

A twenty year music industry vet, Tom worked his way up through Atlantic Records to an A&R position where he became an industry leader discovering and nurturing talents such as Stone Temple Pilots, The Lemonheads, Macy Gray among others as well as serving as Executive Producer for "The Crow" soundtrack. After similar stints at Sony and then back at Warner, in 2004 Tom founded and was CEO of J Rae Entertainment, an innovator in live music capturing and distribution with clients that included Rancid, Hootie and The Blowfish, Ted Nugent, Toots and The Maytals and the Coachella Music Festival. When founding Total Live Music in 2008, the mantra is simply to connect artists and fans through the power of live music.

Top 5 Performances: Nirvana (The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA), Marvin Gaye performing "The Star Spangled Banner" (1983 NBA All Star Game), The Black Keys (Antone's, Austin, TX), Tool (Club With No Name, Hollywood, CA), Jane's Addiction (John Anson Ford Theatre, Los Angeles, CA).
Claudia Ceniceros, Senior Director, Media and Entertainment Partnerships, Cisco Media Solutions Group  

Claudia Ceniceros, senior director of content strategy and partnerships in the Cisco Media Solutions Group (CMSG). CMSG develops and delivers the Cisco Eos social entertainment platform to media and entertainment companies. Claudia is responsible for building strategic, high-level partnerships  with media companies, including the studios, music labels, sports franchises and news organizations. In this role, Claudia was responsible for developing and leading the Warner Music Group/Cisco partnership, announced in August, 2009. She is also co-chair, and co-developer of the Cisco Media & Entertainment Board.

Before joining CMSG, Claudia was Director, business development, in Cisco Corporate Business Development and was responsible for driving content relationships for the consumer division. Claudia joined Cisco in 2000, as head of Corporate Public Relations, and led the group until 2004.

Prior to joining Cisco, Claudia was vice president of corporate communications for Acclaim Entertainment;  Earlier, she was vice president of strategic communications at ABC Television Network; and vice president at Robinson , Lehrer Montgomery/Sawyer Miller firm, where she focused on  full service communications for entertainment and other corporate  clients .

Claudia graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago, with a B.A. in philosophy and political science. She has been a frequent speaker at Digital Hollywood and other media industry forums, as well as a board member of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC.

Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

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.
Richard Conlon, VP, New Media & Strategic Development, BMI

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.
Dave Conway, Founder, Little Radio

Dave Conway is the Founder of Little Radio, Los Angeles' most progressive Internet radio station and music venue. Since it's launch in 2004 Little Radio has been named Best Music Venue by LA's Alternative Weekly Reader's poll and One of America's Best Parties by Spin Magazine. Dave has over 15 years of experience in events and film production, creation and distribution of media content and brand marketing in the music industry. Prior to founding Little Radio Dave was a Music Video Director. Always on the cutting edge, Dave created one of the first hand-picked music aggregates for the Little Radio website in 2005 and his venue was host to the first BarCamp LA. Dave's recent focus has been producing live media content across both online and television outlets to create revenue streams for artists and labels.

Dave's unique insight into the delicate and complicated relationships between radio, venues, labels and bands has made him a passionate advocate for all things independent. He was recently called "the one person bringing the spirit of independent music back to Los Angeles". by Angeleno Magazine. His knack for spotting talent and throwing a great party earned him "Favorite L.A. Trendsetter" by the Alternative Press Readers Poll in 2007.
Chad Cooper, VP of Sales, Marketing and Editorial Content, OVGuide.com

For nearly a decade, Chad Cooper has served as a communications and marketing professional in the technology and Internet sectors. Mr. Cooper spent his career implementing creative and innovative strategies to penetrate influential online communities, print and broadcast media for companies at the forefront of the digital revolution. Since joining OVGuide.com, Mr. Cooper has increased traffic to the site and helped elevate it into one of the most-trafficked locations on the Web.

Prior to OVGuide.com, Mr. Cooper helped manage the world’s largest student film festival while serving as communications and marketing director for Atlanta-based Ideas United. Mr. Cooper was also a marketing communications associate for Continental Resources where he managed several interactive marketing campaigns in the high-tech sector. His resume also includes stints with the interactive consulting firm Atkin Associates, the Virgin Entertainment Group and Gaurdent, Inc (now Verisign).

Mr. Cooper holds a BS in Communications Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Russ Crupnick, VP & Senior Industry Analyst, The NPD Group

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.
Dave Dederer, VP, Bus. Dev., Melodeo/ Founding Band Member, The Presidents of the United States of America

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 include three Top 40 singles; gold, platinum and multi-platinum 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 stepped back from touring in early 2005 but continues his active role as the band’s in-house business manager.  In addition to his ongoing duties with The Presidents, since January 2007 Dederer has worked full-time as Vice President, Business Development at Melodeo, where he is a key member of the team that created the nuTsie product line, a fast-growing suite of digital music services for Web and mobile. 

Johnie Floater, GM, Media, Live365

Johnie Floater serves as General Manager, Media. Media is the alchemy of desired content reaching a targeted audience for brands and organizations that want to connect with them. His role leverages the significant assets of the business, technology, and content components of Live365.

The 365 opportunity combines four of Johnie's personal passions and key business experience: radio, international, public service, and entrepreneurial.

His participation in radio has spanned from his first high school job at a commercial Top 40 station, WLAV AM&FM, to his being the first Business Manager at the respected KCRW, National Public Radio, Los Angeles, to his becoming the General Manager at Radio Express. There, he was responsible for international syndication of network programming from ABC Radio to music and production libraries from TM Century and FirstCom. With 10,000 current radio stations and a platform for ten times as many, Live365 is radio heaven for Johnie.

Although born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Floater developed his solid international foundation while he was a student at UCLA where his classmates hailed from over 45 countries. Radio Express provided Johnie opportunities for business travel to some 40 plus countries frequently. As VP, International at Eagle River Interactive, an early acquisition of Agency.com, he led international strategy from M&A through integration, sales and fulfillment. At one point, he had visa stamps of 64 countries in his passport.

His love for public service began early on with school and club participation to teaching and librarian positions after college. He spent seven years as lead organizer for communities in diverse cities such as Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Santa Monica and was involved with local to national issues including park improvements to a U.S. anti-redlining & disclosure law to food co-ops and community banks. What attracted Johnie to KCRW was its role in providing a wide range of music and topics not carried by the hundreds of other Southern California stations. He sees Live365's global broadcast platform as an inexpensive access to the "airwaves" for all as a core mission of Live365.

Each of the startups Johnie was involved provided him a deep entrepreneurial cross functional experience including strategy, finance, technology, legal, human resources, operations, marketing, and management. As VP, Incubation for the Rare Medium Group, a NASDAQ internet venture and strategy company, he was responsible for over $50M in investments and 250 employees for the group's seven majority held incubators.

He has presented at numerous trade and corporate conferences including CES, MIDEM, MIP, and NAB.

Johnie received a BA with dual majors in Mathematics and Psychology from Aquinas College. He also holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He was Valedictorian for not only his undergraduate, but also his business school class.
Jay Frank, SVP, Music Strategy, CMT (MTV Networks)

Jay Frank is Senior Vice President, Music Strategy for CMT. Frank oversees music strategy as it relates to all of the network’s on-air and digital music initiatives across multiple platforms, including CMT’s vast range of properties such as CMT.com, CMT Films, games, touring and other program enterprise businesses.

Frank came to CMT from Yahoo! Music where he was Vice President of Music Programming and Label Relations, responsible for all the company’s music programming, working closely with record labels and managers to oversee artist promotions. While at Yahoo! Music (formerly LAUNCH), Frank was instrumental in growing its audience exponentially to a current monthly audience of approximately 25 million people.

Prior to joining Yahoo! Music, Frank was senior music director at The Box Music Network, managing all daily music activity on the music video network and coordinating programming efforts that resulted in the network's first Emmy award. He has also acted as marketing and A&R for Ignition Records, managed a live music venue, programming broadcast radio stations and creating two local music video shows.

Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and sits on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Country Music. He is also a Member of NARAS, the CRS Agenda Committee, Leadership Music and Leadership Music Digital Summit. His first book, “FutureHit.DNA,” is set to be published later this year.
Justin Gage, Founder, Aquarium Drunkard / Autumn Tone Records

Based in Los Angeles, Gage is the founder of both the influential music blog Aquarium Drunkard as well as Autumn Tone Records. He also hosts, and is the program director, for the weekly Aquarium Drunkard show on Sirius/XM satellite radio. His first book, Memphis And The Delta Blues Trail, was published in May via Countrymen Press.
Eric Garland, CEO, BigChampagne

Eric Garland is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BigChampagne Media Measurement, a privately-held technology and metrics company specializing in entertainment media. BigChampagne provides business intelligence and strategic analysis to the world's largest entertainment companies, major brands and their agencies, and Wall Street analysts. BigChampagne's metrics include online retail (iTunes) and music streaming services, social networks (MySpace, YouTube), Yahoo and AOL, Clear Channel, MTV and through strategic partner Mediabase, radio broadcast. Garland is recognized as one of the industry's leading authorities on the intersection of popular entertainment and technology.

Garland contributes data and analysis to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) flagship publication IT Outlook. His advisory board membership includes the digital initiative of the Recording Academy (The Grammys), where he has served alongside artists Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West. Garland was formally recognized for his outstanding contribution to the Recording Academy in 2007.

WIRED magazine anointed BigChampagne the Nielsen ratings of online music. BigChampagne pioneered the measurement of multimedia content distributed using new platforms (YouTube, BitTorrent) and is today an entertainment industry standard research tool. BigChampagne's chart syndication partners include Entertainment Weekly and E! Entertainment Television. Before co-founding BigChampagne in 2000, Garland was 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."
Scott Geller, CEOZooz Mobile

Scott Geller is the CEO of Zooz Mobile, publisher of the highly acclaimed ZOOZbeat Music reCreation Studio currently available on the iTunes AppStore with over one million downloads to date. He is a lifelong musician, 25-year veteran of the technology industry and a serial entrepreneur with a highly successful track record for growing companies and providing superior investor returns. Mr. Geller was a co-founder and the first CEO of TechBridge, a ten year old non-profit organization helping hundreds of Metro Atlanta nonprofits utilize technology to improve operations. Mr. Geller was also Founder and CEO of 2order.com, a developer of web-based sales software sold to a public company. He started his career in the consulting practice of Ernst & Young after receiving an MS in Computer Science from UCSD and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.
Jordan Glazier, CEO, Eventful

Jordan is CEO of Eventful, the leading service for discovering and promoting local events.

Over 15 million people use Eventful to discover what’s happening in cities and towns worldwide; from concerts and sports to kids events and gallery openings. With over 5 million events to enjoy, Eventful provides the world’s most comprehensive event content.

Eventful’s unique “Demand it!” service enables powerful connections between performers and fans by enabling consumers to influence events by “Demanding” them in their town. Over 75,000 musicians, comedians, politicians and others decide where to appear based upon where they’re “Demanded”. Venues use Demand to decide which artists to book based upon local Demand.

Prior to Eventful, Jordan held executive roles at eBay, ClientShop, GATX and Boston Consulting Group.
Jim Griffin, Founder / Advisor, Choruss / Warner Music Group

For the past year, Jim Griffin has advised Warner Music Group on digital distribution and licensing models with the goal of bringing an end to the litigation that has put a wedge between the major labels and their customers and replacing it with a regular flow of income for right holders. The project known as Choruss, which is being incubated at Warner and is planned to be rolled out as a non-profit with Griffin at the helm, proposes to build a small music-royalty fee into university tuition payments received from students, and, if successful, could be expanded to make ISPs the collector of the fees. In this keynote presentation and Q&A, Griffin will give attendees an exclusive look under the hood of Choruss, an initiative that just could save the music industry. Don't miss the opportunity to hear from and meet the man who CNN Money calls "one of the sharpest minds in digital music."
Alex Hackford, Head of A&R, Sony Computer Entertainment America





Celia Hirschman, Host, KCRW's "On The Beat"

Each week, industry veteran Celia Hirschman hosts KCRW's popular talk show On the Beat, covering the changes and trends happening in the music business. An independent consultant for the music business, Hirschman founded the marketing consulting company Downtown Marketing and also runs the UK-based record label One Little Indian in North America. She works with artists such as Bjork, The Twilight Singers, Lloyd Cole, Daniel Agust, Polly Paulusma, and many others, and has served in senior management at Palm Pictures, Mercury Records and A&M Records. In her presentation, Hirschman will examine the music industry from the perspective of "Artist Development in the Digital Age." This is a special presentation that you will not want to miss.
Kurt Hanson, Publisher, RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter

Kurt Hanson is publisher of "RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter," a daily, web-based publication covering the field of Internet radio. He is also the founder of AccuRadio, an intern-programmed, multichannel Internet radio webcast. Prior to 1998, he was the founder and CEO of Strategic Media Research, which was at the time a leading market research serving the radio industry. Previously, he worked in radio at WOKY/Milwaukee, WLS/Chicago, WLUP/Chicago, and other stations. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Courtney Holt, President, MySpace Music

Courtney Holt serves as President of MySpace Music a landmark joint venture among MySpace, The EMI Group, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony ATV. In this role, Courtney oversees the growth and development of the MySpace Music brand. Courtney brings extensive music industry depth and relationships to MySpace Music, as well as experience and focus on product, promotion, and marketing that will serve to solidify the company’s position as a global leader in the digital music space as well as the platform of choice for artists at every level.

Prior to joining MySpace Music Courtney served as Executive Vice President of Digital Music for the MTV Networks Music and Logo Group where he oversaw all digital initiatives for the company’s MTV, VH1 and CMT music brands, as well as for Logo. In this role, Courtney was responsible for identifying ways to further engage audiences across a spectrum of touch points, expanding the reach of the music brands online and content syndication. He also worked closely with Integrated Marketing and Ad Sales teams to drive new business partnerships and advertising models within the MTV Networks Music & Logo Group portfolio.

Courtney’s team led the way on a number of instrumental initiatives that are providing the audience with the new means to interact with music including the recent launch of mtvmusic.com. He also helped broker the creation of Rhapsody America, a joint venture between MTV Networks and RealNetworks and worked to develop the partnership between Rhapsody America and Verizon.

Prior to joining MTV Networks in 2006, Courtney was Senior Vice President of New Media, Creative and Strategic Marketing at Interscope Geffen A&M. There he embraced emerging technology to break new marketing ground, galvanizing communities of fans around top musical artists.

Beginning his career in the early 1990s as a freelance producer and director of music videos and commercials, Courtney was eventually appointed director of video production for Atlantic Records, where he introduced the concept of shooting live performances for electronic press kits and enhanced CDs and was responsible for some of the earliest artist broadcasts on the Internet. Aware of his accomplishments, A&M tapped Holt in 1996 to serve as their VP of New Media. At A&M, Holt championed the development of DVDs, online viral marketing campaigns, wireless artist channels and interactive music videos in the promotion of artists.

Throughout his career and as a veteran of the recording music industry, Courtney has earned recognition for embracing technology and changing the way labels traditionally promoted artists. His strategic initiatives helped usher in a new era of music marketing, which continues today. His vision is to continue shaping the way artists connect with their fans and ensuring that music lives across multiple platforms by further cultivating the sense of community that already defines and differentiates the MySpace Music experience.

Courtney earned a BS degree in Film from Boston University in 1990. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Christian Jorg, Head of Digital, Island Def Jam Music Group / UMG

Barry comes to Artist Direct after 5 years as the head of National Lampoon's media and entertainment division, spearheading the National Lampoon Online Comedy network and full-time channel on XM Radio. ARTISTdirect Internet Group owns and operates consumer-facing digital media properties reaching over 12 million (comScore) unique users per month, including the flagship ARTISTdirect.com, UBL.com and the ARTISTdirect Network of sites. Prior to National Lampoon, Barry has held senior level roles at a range of leading media companies, including About.com (now part of the New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT)), for which he was senior vice president; ASG Entertainment, where he was interim COO; internet video pioneer FasTV, where he was a co-founder and headed content and marketing; Ketchum Communications (now part of Omnicom (NYSE: OMC)), where he established the multi-divisional Ketchum Interactive; Compendia Media Group, the bankruptcy-court reorganized Platinum Records, for which he headed marketing and business development; and TV syndication innovator LBS Communications.

Lawrence Kenswil, Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb

Lawrence Kenswil's practice focuses on media and entertainment matters with special emphasis on transactions in the music and emerging media space. He has formulated business strategy for emerging products, technology and distribution methods for Universal Music, as well as founded and ran the label's internal unit dedicated to exploring, developing and evolving global business and new technology strategies. Mr. Kenswil has supervised industry-wide negotiations, including compulsory license arbitrations for webcasting, satellite radio and mechanical licensing. He also has experience negotiating and drafting agreements including artist deals, label deals, publishing agreements, live venue agreements, merchandising and sales agreements and corporate acquisitions and mergers. Mr. Kenswil has been interviewed and quoted in many publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Reuters.

James Lamberti, VP, Marketing & Artist Services, Topspin

James joined the Topspin executive team as Vice President of Marketing and Artist Services in January 2009.  As an 18-year veteran of research, analytics, and digital marketing, James helps define Topspin’s world-class direct-to-fan music marketing, management, and distribution platform through feedback gathered directly from artists and music industry partners.  James also oversees an artist services team that helps Topspin users maximize direct-to-fan revenue, educate the industry, and build best practices that drive the 21st century music industry. 

Before joining Topspin, James honed his professional skills with comScore, Tickets.com, The Clorox Company, and Information Resources learning all facets of marketing research, marketing, product development, and database management.  In his most recent position as Senior Vice President with comScore, James spent 8 years leading the development of the firm’s qSearch™, Video Metrix™ and Ad Effectiveness capabilities into industry-leading data and analytics tools widely used by hundreds of clients around the globe. 

James is regarded as one of the industries authorities on digital marketing frequently quoted by leading news organizations such as the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, NPR, BBC, and Wall Street Journal to name a few. 

James is also an avid music fan who spent nearly a decade as a rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist with the San Francisco rock quintet Blueland, which signed to indie label Popmafia Records run by Arne Frager out of the famous Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito, California.  Combining his love of music, personal perspective as a signed artist, and professional background creates the perfect match for both Topspin and James. 

Short and Sweet:

3 Axioms of 21st Century Music Biz:  Data is my A&R agent, Viral Marketing is my radio promotion, Direct-to-fan is my retail store.

Alf LaMont, Director of Marketing and DevelopmentThe Comedy Store

Having started in the mail room of a talent agency, Alf LaMont slogged his way through the Hollywood machine finding his career in talent representation begin to take a back seat to his love of the internet. He started a personal blog in 2004 while working on the desk of a particularly awful Agent and after working in management for three years and achieving the heights of Jr. Manager at a prestigious firm, Alf found himself leaning more and more towards digital media as a primary source of income. In 2007 he began consulting on online trends and memes to production companies and studios, but returned to full time management of talent where he went directly to streamlining and perfecting the firm's online capabilities. In 2008 he was approached by Pauly shore (Yes, THAT Pauly shore) to head up the marketing and development for the family business. Since then he has created one of the the most robust social networks of any comedy club in the U.S., as well as garnering national attention for his creative use of social media to revitalize his company and brand. His work has been featured on Comedy.com, Comedy Central Insider, and Fifteen Minutes Media where he was referred to as a "Rising star of Social Media". He has happily drunk the Kool-Aid and is currently exploring the ethics of Social Media marketing on his blog. He has found kindred spirits along the Social Networks of the Sunset Strip and is proud to be a part of such a sucessful and progressive partnership. Alf also hates writing in third person.

Barry Layne, COO, ARTISTdirect
Barry Layne is Chief Operating Officer of ARTISTdirect Internet Group, one of the longest-standing and best-known music portal's on the internet today.

He has a proven background in creating and leading businesses at the intersection of the media, entertainment and technology worlds. 

Prior to ARTISTdirect, Barry spent five years leading National Lampoon, crafting and leading its media and entertainment businesses. In that time, he was involved in the creation, branding, production and release of over 30 motion pictures, television series for cable and syndication, the comScore rated #1 National Lampoon Humor Network, XM's National Lampoon Comedy Radio service and a dozen other business ventures.

Barry's background includes co-founding the market-leading FasTV internet video venture, heading corporate, strategic and business development for About.com, being part of the banktruptcy turnaround team for the old Platinum Records (recast as Compendium Entertainment) and a number of other successful senior roles and ventures.
Benjamin Lebrave, Founder, Akwaaba Music
Benjamin Lebrave is the founder of Akwaaba Music, an equitable content owner, producer and digital platform focused on the music and cultures of Africa and its diaspora. Between jobs managing business development and content acquisition for the Digital Music Group and Believe Digital, both top US and European aggregators, Lebrave ventured out to Africa to feel the pace of music and media production there.

The continent is teeming with increasingly affordable home studios and video editing units, young artists are shaping up new genres, yet the technological divide is strong, internet access is scarce, and hardly any of the music is available via most modern distribution channels. Hence a strong need for an expert digital media link: Akwaaba bridges the gap with contemporary African music and video content globally, for consumers first, via its digital label and website, but also media professionals, as a full-fledged licensing agency.

Over the course of the last 2 years, Lebrave has signed over 50 recording artists from 14 countries, for exclusive worldwide distribution and licensing representation. Akwaaba follows an equitable model: 50% of its net revenue is sent to the licensee, often to the artist directly. This model, and more importantly the broad range of sounds in Akwaaba's catalog, have already gathered strong support from industry peers, tastemakers and the broad public.

Prior to his experience with digital music, Lebrave represented top independent French
and European labels and artists in the US, while also developing his own career as a successful DJ and event producer in Los Angeles. Lebrave still DJs today as BBRAVE, his first Akwaaba European tour starting right after the conference.

Lebrave was born and raised in Paris, France, he grew up in a bilingual environment, and graduated with a double MS in Economics and Statistics from ENSAE / Paris Tech (National School of Statistics and Economic Administration), one of the most prestigious graduate schools in France. Multilingual and well-traveled, Lebrave has learned how to expertly navigate African content and integrate it into the digital media space.
Lina Lecaro, Columnist, LA Weekly

Covering music, nightlife, fashion and pop culture for over 20 years in Los Angeles, Lina Lecaro has not only managed to maintain a career as a successful journalist and tastemaker within the ever-changing new media landscape, she’s flourished as part of it. Navigating the fickle world of entertainment -both popular and underground- while learning how to increase presence within both the blogosphere and social networking arena, as it pertains to her LA Weekly column, Nightranger (a national favorite on the Village Voice Media publication’s website as well as the local print edition’s music section), has been challenging in some ways, but also exciting and enlightening. Things have definitely changed since she got her BA in Journalism back in ‘95. The digital music revolution has not only altered how we get it, but how we learn about it, and music sites such the Weekly’s popular West Coast Sound blog (which she also contributes to regularly) aim to be a big part of it. Two years ago, she added a weekly online slideshow to LAWeekly.com, with photographs adding a visual element to her column coverage. The writer, photographer, and sometime DJ, has been published in LA Times, Los Angeles, Angeleno, Paper, Flaunt, Urb, BPM, Hollywood Life and websites such as LA.com. She’s been in charge of the Arts and Entertainment chapter for Random House’s Fodor’s Travel Guide to Los Angeles for the last 10 years, and is currently working on a book about LA’s Best Dive Bars. 
David Leibowitz, Chairman, Sir Groovy

David E. Leibowitz is Chairman of Sir Groovy, a music synchronization technology
platform and licensing solution connecting TV Producers, Music Supervisors,
Filmmakers and Advertising Executives to premium label music worldwide.

Among his other activities, Mr. Leibowitz serves as Executive Vice President of Gotuit
Media (a leading provider of premium metadata based video discovery, advertising,
personalization and monetization technologies to major program networks and sports
leagues), and as Partner in The A&R Channel (a cable VOD service on Comcast available in over 17 million homes). In addition, as Managing Partner of CH Potomac, Mr. Leibowitz is a Senior Advisor to Motorola, National Datacast (a subsidiary of PBS), and Musicane, among others.

In recent years, Mr. Leibowitz served as Chairman of Ezmo (an independent online social music subsidiary of FAST Search and Transfer - since acquired by Microsoft) and as an advisor to BMI, Gibson Guitar, Haystack Media, Peppercoin and others in the content and technology industries.

Mr. Leibowitz also is a co-founder of VERANCE, the preeminent audio watermark technology provider employed by the content industries to protect, manage, and monitor audio and audiovisual content, including Blu-Ray formatted motion pictures, and served as its Chairman and Co-CEO.

Earlier in his career; Mr. Leibowitz served as: Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), responsible for business, policy, legal and standards setting issues facing the industry with particular emphasis on how to position the industry to best utilize new physical formats and electronic delivery platforms; a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley & Rein, representing a number of Fortune 100 media and entertainment companies, television personalities, a major league professional baseball team; and media and CE trade associations; 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).
Nathan Levinson, Marketing Director, The Viper Room

The Viper Room’s digital marketing efforts were virtually non-existent when Nathan Levinson took the reins as Marketing Director in February 2009. Within a few short months, the Viper Room became one of the most active and followed venues online. Nathan was one of spearheads of the popular Sunset Strip Tweet Crawl events. His prior experience includes print and online advertising sales, award-winning freelance copywriting and screenwriting, and marketing studies at Oxford University. He’s also a huge fan
of churros.

Alexander Ljung, Founder & CEO, SoundCloud

Alexander is founder & CEO of SoundCloud, the Berlin based internet start-up that moves music. Prior to SoundCloud he has worked with sound design for feature films, co-authored a book on online sociology, co-founded a consultancy network and kept the dream of one day writing the perfect song alive. He has a M.Sc. degree from The Royal Institute of Technology and plenty of unfinished courses from other universities. He was born in the UK, grew up in Sweden and the Middle East and can now be found in Berlin, Mitte.
Cecily Mak, Assoc. General Counsel & Dir. of Music Licensing, Real & Rhapsody

Cecily Mak is an Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law attorney.  She currently holds the position of Senior Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs, at RealNetworks where she supports numerous teams in connection with the digital music service, Rhapsody.  Cecily has extensive experience structuring, negotiating and drafting various in and out bound content license, technology, development, co-brand, website operation promotional and live recording agreements with record labels, music publishers, search companies, and technology licensors. 

Cecily is a frequent public speaker and regular contributor to a range of publications on the subjects of digital media, music and copyright law including a recently published by the IAEL and presented at MIDEM entitled “Privatizing Copyright Reform in the Web 2.0 Era; The Current Rate of Product and Technology Innovation in the Digital Media Industry Cannot be Supported by Current Legal Paradigms; One Solution: Take Copyright Reform into our Own Hands".  She teaches Digital Media Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is currently co-authoring a book entitled Music Law in the Digital Age scheduled for publication by the Berklee Press in early 2009.

Jeff Marshall, Executive Producer, The Rock Band Network, Harmonix Music Systems

As executive producer for Harmonix, the industry leader in rhythm-based gaming, Jeff has used his diverse background and music industry experience to help launch the Rock Band Network, a ground‐breaking initiative that marks a fundamental shift in the exposure music games can give emerging and established artists by empowering them with the professional tools to self‐publish. 

Relying on his relationships with managers, artists and labels, Jeff works to identify potential content sources for the Rock Band Network and is driving the creation of a new “ecosystem” between content creators and the authors that create gameplay files. He is coordinating the strategic development and execution of promotion and marketing campaigns to key stakeholders. If it touches the Rock Band Network world outside of Harmonix, Jeff has a hand in it. 

Jeff joined Harmonix with a deep and diverse background within the music industry and beyond. He founded and directed the operations of Monolyth Records, one of Boston's most successful independent record labels.  He oversaw operations, created innovative promotions and acted as a talent buyer at many of Boston's top live music venues as Director of Marketing and Live Music Operations for the Lyons Group, including Avalon, Axis, the Paradise Rock Club/Lounge and Bill’s Bar.  He was  a consultant to the Fenway Sports Group for their Boston Celtics and Bruins post-game concert series producing shows with such artists such as All American Rejects, Chris Brown, AKON, Plain White T's, Natasha Bedingfield, Godsmack, Staind , Dropkick Murphy's and more. 

Before joining Harmonix, Jeff spent two years in web TV and social networking as the VP of Business Development and Content Programming for an international, next-generation, new-media start up called Hobnox, which hosted original music, film and lifestyle content. He has been a consultant for Outlandos Music/Music Matters on an extensive new media and online brand development program from a major outdoor retailer and gives back to his community by doing Pro Bono work for the Taproot Foundation.

Ted Mico, Head of Digital, Interscope Geffen A&M

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.
Alan Miller, Co-Owner/CEO Filter Creative Group 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.
John Moakley, EVP, Data Services, Rovi Corporation

John Moakley has served as Rovi's executive vice president of data services since May 2008 when the acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide International by Rovi was completed. From 1999 until May 2008, Mr. Moakley served as senior vice president of data solutions and previously vice president of technology for the Content Infrastructure group at Gemstar. Prior to joining Gemstar, Mr. Moakley was a founding consultant of Compass Consulting Group, a division of Manugistics. He also served as a vice president at the management consulting firm, Herbert W. Davis & Company. Mr. Moakley holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University, and an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.
Brenden Mulligan, Founder & President, ArtistData

In the past 8 years, Brenden Mulligan has seen the music industry from almost every angle. In 2002 and 2003, he produced, promoted, and revived one of Nashville’s largest music festivals, the Rites of Spring at Vanderbilt University. Before graduating, he completed a work study program at Creative Artists Agency, one of the world’s premiere booking agencies. He then moved to Chicago to learned the role of an artist manager and label executive while working with internationally recognized artists at Aware Records and Asquared Management. After Aware and while starting ArtistData, he consulted an online music retailer, as well as numerous independent bands. Brenden has also spent significant time on tour, including a month with John Mayer in 2007 as the road manager for one of his opening acts during a sold-out arena tour.

Since founding ArtistData in 2006, Mulligan has led the majority of the company's business development and product planning, resulting in a rapidly growing user base of over 10,000 artists with virtually no marketing or PR. His work has brought ArtistData from unknown startup to industry leader with its upcoming open application platform initiative. The company has been called one of the best marketing websites for bands and is a finalist in the Chicago Innovation Awards.

Brenden graduated Sigma Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and earning his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL when he has time. He is also an avid traveler.
Jeannie Novak, Founder & CEO, Indiespace

Jeannie Novak is Founder & CEO of Indiespace – one of the first companies to promote and distribute interactive entertainment online – where she provides promotion, distribution, licensing, and project management services to small companies and independent professionals in the music, film, and game industries. Launched in 1994, Indiespace was the first company to sell CDs created by independent musicians through the web. Jeannie is also Lead Author and Series Editor of the widely acclaimed Game Development Essentials series and co-author of Play the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Video Games and several pioneering books on the interactive entertainment industry—including Creating Internet Entertainment. Jeannie serves on the MMOG and Online Excellence committees for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. She has has directed the Game Art Design and Media Arts & Animation programs at the Art Insitute Online  and provided  game course development and instructional services for  UCLA Extension, Art Center College of Design, UC Berkeley, and Santa Monica College.  Jeannie holds a BA in Mass Communication from UCLA and an MA in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at USC. An accomplished musician, Jeannie began playing piano at the early age of 5 and has composed and performed music professionally (piano/voice) since age 12.

David Oxenford, Partner, Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP

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.
Ali Partovi, CEO & Co-Founder, iLike

Prior to iLike, Ali established himself as an entrepreneur by co-founding LinkExchange, which was acquired by Microsoft for $265 million in 1998. Ali also co-founded "DrinkExchange," a monthly social event that spread from San Francisco to Washington, London, Tokyo, and Sydney. After leaving Microsoft, Ali co-wrote a feature film and started a band, both of which failed.

In 2002 Ali led the effort to save GarageBand.com from being shut down and has been with the company since. In 2006 Ali recruited his twin brother Hadi to help start iLike, and today they run iLike (which owns GarageBand) together. Ali is an avid music lover and wannabe guitarist.
Massimiliano Pellegrini, CEO, Dada Entertainment

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, 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, 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.
Jonathan Potter, Executive Director, Digital Media Association

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.
Tim Quirk, VP, Programming & Creative, Rhapsody America

Tim Quirk is the Vice President of Programming & Creative for Rhapsody America. He spent more than 10 years as the singer and lyricist for the punk-pop band Too Much Joy, then politely eased his way into music journalism. Tim is also one half of an electro-pop outfit called Wonderlick.



Jaclyn Ranere, Director, Interactive Marketing, The Orchard

Jaclyn Ranere is Director of Interactive Marketing & Corporate Communications for The Orchard.  Jaclyn oversees marketing and promotional activities for The Orchard’s artists and labels globally, as well as worldwide corporate marketing and communications.  When Jaclyn joined The Orchard in 2004 she was responsible for North American online and mobile retail.  Prior to The Orchard, Jaclyn ran a music marketing and video production company that created and used digital media as the central piece of independent artists’ marketing plans.  She has also served as Brand Marketing Manager at eMusic.  Jaclyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Film/TV from Boston University and is a reformed jam band groupie

Kyra Reed, Co-Founder, MarKyr Media

Kyra Reed possesses more than 15 years of experience in Marketing and Social Media. Prior to forming MarKyr Media, Kyra was a New Media Consultant working with clients such as Little Radio, The Monterey Pop Festival, Unsigned Artists, MoPo Productions, The Upsidedown and many other Los Angeles-based independent bands.

Kyra has held Director of Marketing positions at Playback Systems, Norde-Oust, and Turn Events. She was also the Director of Business Development at Amp Studios. Kyra is an avid film lover. She was co-founder of the Ground Floor Cinema, a monthly film festival dedicated to honoring local Pacific Northwest filmmakers.

Kyra is the author of Blog 101, a beginners guide to blogging. Her passionate writings on Social Media PR and Marketing can be found both on her personal blog,

Heidi Richman, Founder, HRMP Lifestyle Marketing & Promotion

Acclaimed “Rock Band Couturier” (Details Magazine) turned "Marketing Diva" (LA Weekly), Heidi Richman has impacted what you wear, the music you listen to, & how & where you do both, for 25+ years. Thrilled when lifestyle marketing became a recognized discipline, this Smith alum's taste-making track record has made her the go-to gal for innovative experiential & cultural branding. With a spot-on read of the paradigm shift within the music industry, she launched HRMP six years ago as a way to provide a 360-degree brand / band / retail / technology interface. She is a frequent speaker/guest lecturer, a practice she plans to further ramp up after her upcoming E! special, & publication of her book, Rock & Roll Graduate School.

Kelli Richards, President & CEO, The All Access Group

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.

John Rubey, President, AEG Network Live

John Rubey, President of AEG Network LIVE, has been a pioneer in bringing digital and electronic media to the forefront of entertainment marketing for more than 25 years.  Rubey has created an innovative approach to the production, promotion and distribution of live niche events around the world, with a successful track record that has consistently and creatively expanded the marketing potential of live events.

As President of AEG Network LIVE,   Rubey initiates and oversees powerfully integrated promotional campaigns that target specific audiences across numerous media platforms. In addition to utilizing proprietary brand-building strategies, Mr. Rubey incorporates broadband, digital cinema and new technological advancements in High-Definition TV into his campaigns, while also employing traditional radio, print and cable television applications, among others.

Under  Rubey's direction, AEG Network LIVE is the industry leader in client-supplied concerts and special events for digital cinema, broadband, television, HDTV, Video-On-Demand (VOD) and Pay-Per-View
(PPV) exhibitions. AEGNL is the leader in client supplied events with more than 125 programs have generated more than $1 billion in measured promotional media and $19.7 million in media value, as well as 813.5 million online impressions and 567 local market radio promotions.

At AEG Network Live, Rubey has worked with clients in the production and promotion of live concert events including Live 8, Operation MySpace - LIVE from Kuwait, Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Beyoncé, John Mayer, The Beatles & Cirque du Soleil, Destiny's Child, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Nelly, Avril Lavigne, Jimmy Buffet, KORN, Kenney Chesney, Gloria Estefan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Prince. Rubey has also been the top provider of music events in cinemas, with more than 75 events since 2000. In addition,  he has worked in the world of sports with marketing of "3D Cinema" events that include the BCS Bowl and NBA All Star Cinema Event. He was also involved in the first endeavors to bring Pay-Per-View to the professional boxing arena with the likes of Mohammad Ali, George Foreman, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.

Rubey earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston, and his Bachelor of Science from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. His productions have won numerous awards, including twenty-one Telly Awards, and he is a member of the Telly Award Silver Council. As a television event pioneer, he has spoken throughout the U.S. as well as in London and Tokyo on the subjects of electronic distribution and media, and the sponsorship of live events.

John Rudolph, CEO, Bug Music, Board Member, NMPA

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.

Maurice Russell, VP, Licensing, Collections & Business Affairs, Harry Fox Agency

Maurice A. Russell is the Vice President of Licensing, Collections and Business Affairs for the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA). In this role, Russell oversees the Licensing and Collections Departments, which together work with licensees such as record labels and digital music services to provide fast and accurate licensing and the collection of royalties on behalf of HFA’s nearly 36,000 affiliate publishers. At the close of 2007, HFA administered nearly 14 million license and almost 1.9 million songs. As part of the Business Affairs team, he works closely with Business Development to implement new licensing opportunities, such as those for ringtones, lyrics, and tablature. He reports directly to Michael Simon, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer. 

Russell has directed the development and launch systems to handle the intake, processing and execution of the over 200,000 physical product license requests received and over 1.5 million digital licenses issued by HFA per year, including eMechanical, HFA’s main online licensing system; eSignature, the electronic approval system; and the enhanced Songfile® application, HFA’s online mechanical licensing tool for smaller quantities of licenses.  Russell has also supervised bulk licensing enhancements, licensing reports and other licensing related technical projects. 

Russell is a sought-after expert on licensing issues. He is the co-chair of the Musical Works Licensing Working Group of Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), which defines and implements solutions for the standardization and exchange of digital data between trading partners. He has also spoken at numerous industry events, including SXSW, Digital Music Forum East and West and the ASCAP Expo.

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.  In his spare time, Russell enjoys composing music.

Mark Shedletsky, VP, Licensing, Collections & Business Affairs, Harry Fox Agency

Mark Shedletsky is a successful entrepreneur with extensive operating experience in the digital, media and entertainment industries. Currently, he is the Founder & CEO of BlueHaze, a San Francisco based start-up providing online and mobile technology solutions for the music industry. Prior to founding BlueHaze, Mark was Head of Consumer Marketing for BitTorrent Inc, the dominant P2P network with over 160 million users worldwide.

Before joining BitTorrent, Mark co-founded and served as Head of Marketing & Brand Partnerships at MTV in Canada, overseeing all consumer marketing and integrated sales activities. In his role, Mark was instrumental in spearheading the most successful channel launch in MTV’s global history. Prior to MTV Canada, he co-founded and was
Head of Marketing at Dose, a multi-platform media company spanning print, web and mobile. Mr. Shedletsky has also held strategic marketing and business development roles at MTV (U.S.), Rogers Media and Universal Pictures. Throughout his career, Mark has fused creativity with strong business acumen to launch successful companies and brands. In 2005, he was profiled as Marketing Magazine's Top 12 Under 30 and has won over 35 creative and marketing awards. Mark earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.

Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire

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.
Rose Slanic, GM, Roadrunner Records Canada

Currently the General Manager of Roadrunner Records Canada, Rose Slanic, has been a part of the Canadian Music industry for over 15 years. Following her position as National Alternate/Rock Promotion & Publicity representative at the now defunct Attic Records, she held a Marketing Manager position at Universal Music Canada where she worked with labels DreamWorks, A&M, Geffen, Roadrunner Records, Metalblade, and domestic artists Theory of a Deadman and Nelly Furtado.

Having experienced much success with Nelly Furtado’s debut “Whoa Nelly,” she went on to work with Furtado’s management company for three years handling the day-to-day activities for several artists including Furtado, k-os , Tamia, Divine Brown, and Fefe Dobson.

Today, as GM of Roadrunner Records Canada, she runs a small office based in Toronto Canada and handles all marketing, sales, digital marketing and distribution, forecasting, budgets, and more for the label.

Roadrunner Records, formed in 1980, and has seven offices around the world, and is the home of some of the best metal, hard rock, and rock bands the world has to offer.  Internationally Nickelback is their most successful signing (currently on EMI in Canada).  Roadrunner Records Canada’s most successful artists are Slipknot, Stone Sour, and Australia’s Airbourne!

Michael Spiegelman, Head of Music, Yahoo!

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.
Erik Steigen, Director, Publishing & Royalties Head of Music, Provident Financial Management

Erik Steigen is Director of the Publishing & Royalties Department at Provident Financial Management (Santa Monica, CA). Provident is a leading U.S. business management firm with offices in San Francisco, Woodland Hills and Santa Monica, providing a variety of financial and strategic services for the entertainment community.
Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO, RightsFlow

Patrick Sullivan is a leading expert in the field of intellectual property and copyright management for both physical and digital media and is the cofounder, President and CEO of RightsFlow. He has been at the forefront of many pivotal industry issues that have helped define and shape the current market for music in a digital era. Patrick’s extensive experience in industry negotiations, licensing and royalty payments, digital content management and distribution as well as legislative and legal affairs makes him a frequent lecturer at corporations, universities, and conferences around the world about intellectual property and copyright. He has been a past presenter at the 2009 World Copyright Summit, NARM, AIMP, Leadership Music Digital Summit, Popkomm, and Digital Music Forum East and West.

Patrick’s firm belief that creators should be paid for the use of their work and his understanding of the complexities surrounding U.S. copyright compliance lead him to cofound RightsFlow in 2007. Together with his cofounder, he helped pioneer a service that offers a single, cost-effective channel through which rights-holders and companies that sell or distribute music can connect, ensuring proper licensing, accurate accounting and timely payment of royalties. Today, RightsFlow is one of the leading companies helping businesses, artists, distributors and labels solve the complex issues of copyright compliance and royalty payment as new methods of consuming music emerge. The company’s proprietary licensing, accounting and royalty payment technology makes it easy for businesses selling or distributing music in a digitally enabled market to be compliant with U.S. copyright laws. RightsFlow also ensures that artists, songwriters and publishers are paid for the use of their music and provides them with an unprecedented level of data transparency. RightsFlow provides service to over 1,500 clients including such marquee companies as imeem, E1 Entertainment (US & Canada), Muzak, INgrooves, CD Baby, IODA, YouLicense, X5 Music Group, Zebralution, Liberation, Disc Makers, Deezer, Cooking Vinyl/Rocket Science, IRIS and Artspages.

Before founding RightsFlow, Patrick served as a dual Vice-President of Licensing and Music Services for both The Orchard & eMusic. Prior to The Orchard, he was a Strategic Licensing Consultant for Selverne, Mandelbaum, & Mintz, a New York-based Entertainment Law Firm. 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.

Patrick is a member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)

Publishing Committee. He is a former Teaching Fellow from New York University (1997-2000) and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at Hunter College’s Film & Media Department, a position he has held since 2003
Francis Ten, Founding Band Member, West Indian Girl

The intelligent intersection of art and commerce: Francis Ten is the true modern musician/entrepreneur renaissance man. Equally inspired making music and making deals, his visionary focus on updated ways of making and marketing music has helped him successfully navigate the harsh and quick-change realities of today's marketplace. 

No stranger to a major label deal, with previous bands signed to Island and Dreamworks, Ten is most well-known musically for co-founding the band West Indian Girl. After a stint on Virgin/Astralwerks, WIG now prefers to embrace the freedom and possibilities that come with multiple indie and remix projects. In 2009 they have released both digital and vinyl on the indie labels Smash Hit, Rong, and Origami. Ten plans to extend this approach with new LA-based side project I Will Never Be The Same. 

Ten hopes that other artists can learn from his example. He believes musicians aren't staying educated enough and are constantly one step behind technology. Anointing himself The Robin Hood for the independent musician, he encourages artists to look beyond the rock star playbook and tech giant sermons, to go forth and create an empowered business model with all the tools at their disposal.

It's no surprise that Ten is comfortable wearing so many hats. Armed with an MS in clinical psych, he left his doctoral program to pursue music. Rounding out his background are stints as a booking agent, tour manager, business manager and web designer. He also co-owns Lusso Lab, one of the country's top boutique photo retouching labs, and can be found in front of the camera pimping Bacardi and Howe Denim. In 2008, he founded The Indie Rock Chess Federation (IRCF), whose ultimate goal is a face-off with The Hip-Hop Chess Federation.

Daniel Tibbets, Executive Vice President & Studio Chief, GoTV Networks

As Executive Vice President and Studio Chief at GoTV Networks, Tibbets brings over 15 years of entertainment programming and producing to GoTV Networks. Tibbets oversees all programming, development and licensing of video content for mobile and broadband, as well as new distribution models.

Prior to GoTV, Tibbets held the position of Vice President at Twentieth Television, and ran FOXLAB, Inc. While at Fox, Tibbets developed the first convergence program to air on broadcast television and is credited with the development of the "mobisode™" including executive producing the first two original content mobisodes™ Love and Hate and Sunset Hotel (winner of the Golden Eagle Award for Excellence) which launched on Verizon's VCAST in February 2005.

Previously, Tibbets served as Vice President, Entertainment for Fireworks Television, where he developed live-action children’s half-hour series’ for Nickelodeon and NBC/Discovery Kids including Strange Days at Blake Holsey High. Tibbets was also responsible for the U.S. sale of the eight-hour miniseries Robocop: Prime Directives to the Sci-Fi Channel as well as the two-hour MOW Stolen Miracle to Lifetime.

From his work at Papazian-Hirsch/Rysher Entertainment Tibbets is credited with the development and sale of the HBO series “ROME” and television films A Mother’s Testimony and Determination Of Death for Lifetime and Face Value for Court TV.

Early in his career Tibbets served as a writer and producer on a number of notable television programs and specials including the Emmy Award winning Streetwise, World Champions of Golf and BuzzTV, and the BBC/PBS mini-series Signs and Wonders starring James Earl Jones.

Tibbets has produced and/or contributed to the production and development of other award-winning, made for television series, including: Martha Stewart Living, Bob Vila, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Psi Factor - Chronicles of the Paranormal, News for Kids, The Extremists, George Michael’s Sports Machine, America’s Most Wanted, Good Day Live, Divorce Court, and many others.

Tibbets has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with an emphasis in International Marketing and business from Arizona State University. Tibbets is on the Board of Advisory for e-card site rattlebox.com.

Daren Tsui, CEO & Co-Founder, mSpot

Daren Tsui is Ceo and co-founder of mobile entertainment company mSpot, Inc., which provides 10 major North American wireless carriers the technology to deliver music, movies, radio and TV to more than six million mobile customers. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, mSpot has been profitable since 2004. Daren was named to the 2008 RCR Wireless Movers and Shakers list, and mSpot ranked 40th on the 2009 Inc 500 list of Fastest-Growing Companies. 

A veteran of four start-ups, Daren was most recently president and co-founder of SkyGo, a pioneer in mobile Internet ad- serving that was acquired by Enpocket in 2003. Enpocket was in turn acquired by Nokia Corp. last year and will serve as the foundation of the manufacturer’s mobile-ad business under Ovi.

Sami Valkonen, Head of Global Business Affairs, Nokia Music

Sami Valkonen’s music industry experience spans more than 25 years and includes practically all aspects of the business. Sami started out as a musician, songwriter artist manager, and concert promoter in his native Finland throughout the 1980s. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 and worked in various executive capacities with BMG through 2001 in Los Angeles, Lisbon and New York, including as Senior Vice President of New Media and Business Development with responsibility for the initial digital downloading trials for BMG in the United States.

Upon leaving BMG Sami dedicated his attention to the law and pursued entrepreneurial opportunities, including being President of the innovative concert CD venture DiscLive. Before joining Nokia in early 2008, Sami worked as an attorney at the premier law firm of Jenner & Block representing major music and motion picture companies against illegal file sharing sites and in royalty arbitration proceedings.

At Nokia Sami is currently the Head of Global Business Affairs for Nokia Music. Sami and his team are responsible for Nokia’s business relationships with the content industry, including labels, publishers and other stakeholders in the value chain. His team is also responsible for formulating the structural approach to business for Nokia in the quickly evolving music service landscape, as well as contributing to Nokia’s next generation strategic initiatives.

Sami has three post-graduate degrees, consisting of a M.Sc. (econ) from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University.

Brenda Walker, Principal, Rebel Content

Brenda J. Walker is a seasoned creative executive with extensive experience negotiating partnerships, acquiring content, managing talent and crafting marketing campaigns. She is the lead principal of Rebel Content, a marketing and content consulting firm, which works with digital music companies, startups and artists. Brenda produces and hosts Global Soul, a mix of modern lounge music for WOMR in Provincetown, MA.

Previously, she was Director of Content Development for Starbucks Coffee Company, acquiring music for the chain’s stores worldwide. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brenda spent six years as a business development and e-commerce consultant, helping labels, artists and nonprofit organizations launch businesses on the web. Her recording industry experience includes Island Records, A&M/Perspective Records and Virgin Records where she worked as Director of Artists & Repertoire and Senior Director of Marketing & Artist Development, negotiating promotional partnerships with Adidas, Delta Airlines, Compaq and the FIFA Women's World Cup.

A Harvard College graduate, Brenda serves on the board of directors for Seattle’s Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and is a Recording Academy governor, leading advocacy initiatives for the Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Les Watkins, SVP, Bus. Affairs & Bus. Development, Music Reports, Inc.
Les Watkins is Senior Vice President of Business Affairs & Business Development at Music Reports, where he is responsible for cultivating client relationships and guiding the strategic direction of the business.

Mr. Watkins manages the company’s licensing and accounting projects for digital and mobile music services, and he serves as the company’s primary liaison with the record label and music publishing communities.

Mr. Watkins is a music industry lawyer specializing in digital music licensing and payment models. For many years, he served in the Business Affairs and Law Departments of Sony Music Entertainment, in New York and Los Angeles, where he focused on SME´s new media initiatives. Prior to joining Music Reports, Mr. Watkins worked in private practice, including a stint with the preeminent artist law firm of King Holmes Paterno & Berliner.

Mr. Watkins is a frequent panelist at music industry conferences and law schools. He has published articles in legal and music industry trade journals, and has testified before the U.S. Copyright Office on the need for music licensing reform.

Mr. Watkins graduated from the University Of Georgia School Of Law and is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and New York.

Larry Weintraub, Co-Founder and CEO, Fanscape

Larry Weintraub’s 25-years of entertainment marketing experience, has provided him with keen insight into the relationship between the brand and the consumer. His focus in areas including internet strategy, social media, advertising, merchandising, and event management, led him to launch Fanscape, Inc., one of the first online marketing organizations. An accomplished executive and the recipient of several professional and personal awards, Larry is recognized as a leading industry expert.

Larry’s ability to predict the importance of web-based marketing and strategy, along with an entrepreneurial spirit, prompted him to start Los Angeles based Fanscape, Inc., more than a decade ago, where he currently serves as the company’s chief executive officer. Committed to reaching modern consumers through digital tactics, Larry assembled a team of web marketing experts to communicate with this rapidly developing community. His promotional expertise coupled with a creative vision, helped to elevate the company to its current position in the industry as the leading Digital Word of Mouth Marketing Agency.

Before becoming a successful co-owner and CEO of an esteemed and award winning company, Larry was a well-known music industry veteran, specializing in artist management, album production, music marketing and concert promotion. In 1994, he became the Vice-President of Artist Development/Artist Relations at A&M Records, expanding the careers of musicians including Sheryl Crow, Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler, Soundgarden, and more. While at A&M Larry simultaneously operated a personal management firm representing multi-platinum artists Korn, The Offspring and Social Distortion.

As a music fan above all else, Larry recognized a gap in how fans were interacting with the artists they loved. It was his drive to find a way to fill this void that encouraged him, along with partner and current president Terry Dry, to invest years of hard-earned savings, to develop a company that would forever change the way that fans connected with their favorite bands. Fanscape’s origins were marked by the creation of internet-based mailing lists and street teams, along with online grassroots marketing, designed to reach consumers where they were communicating online, but quickly developed into a more far-reaching Digital Word-of-Mouth Marketing organization.

Not long after the initial Fanscape launch, Larry had the foresight to replicate the model that successfully connected musicians and their fans, and apply it to leading brands and their customers. Now more than ten-years later and over 1,000 campaigns, the company continues to be a trendsetter in developing effective digital and word of mouth marketing strategies for entertainment brands, consumer products, wireless companies and major corporations. Fanscape is a member of WOMMA, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association, and a recipient of honors including the 2007 Wommie Award, the October 2007 FWA Award, and a 2008 Webby Award nominee. Though Fanscape services are enlisted by companies like MTV, State Farm Insurance, NBC, Samsung, M&Ms Racing, and GameStop, Larry’s passion for music and fans is still evident today as he continues to work closely with artists and their labels.

Larry graduated from the University of California, San Diego, receiving a degree in Economics. He was twice named “Pollstar Magazine’s Artist Development Executive of the Year”, an accolade granted to him through a peer vote. He is a frequent speaker at industry trade panels including The Bandwidth Conference, South by Southwest, Aspen Live, and YPulse, and is a sought after guest lecturer in many University courses including the esteemed UCLA and Pepperdine School of Business. Larry currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and young son, where he enjoys weekend games of street hockey, listening to his favorite band – Pink Floyd, and catching up on missed episodes of AMC’s Mad Men.

Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Pandora

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.

Dick Wingate, Head of East Coast Client Relations, TAG Strategic

With more than three decades of experience in the music and digital media industries, Dick Wingate was recently named Head of East Coast Client Relations for TAG Strategic, a digital entertainment consulting firm, where he will develop new business opportunities and co-consult new clients. Previously he served as President, Media Development & Chief Content Officer for Nellymoser Inc., one of the earliest providers of rich media mobile services, overseeing content, licensing and business development strategies, and worked closely with media companies such as Sony Music, Warner Music, ABC, MTV and Rodale. He held responsibility for content and programming for Nellymoser’s music discovery services, currently operating on AT&T, Virgin Mobile and Alltel.

Wingate helped pioneer the digital music business during his years as SVP, Content Development, at Liquid Audio, Inc. He played an integral role in bringing the company public in 1999 and was responsible for managing music business development, label relations, affiliate management and content programming.

He licensed the digital catalogs of over 1000 labels, for most of which it was their first digital license, and oversaw the Liquid Music Network, which included Tower Records, Amazon, CDNow, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble and many others.

He has also served as President, Content & Programming for Digital Transaction Machines, Inc., an interactive systems provider for in-store delivery of digital products for clients including McDonald’s and 7-Eleven.

Wingate’s in-depth experience in the recorded music industry includes positions as SVP, Marketing, Arista Records (BMG); SVP, A&R PolyGram Records; Director of Talent Acquisition, Epic Records; and Director of Product Management, Columbia Records. Mr. Wingate started his career at WBRU-FM in Providence, RI, as Music and Program Director while still at Brown University. He has been integrally involved with the career development of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Peter Tosh, Aimee Mann, Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, Robert Cray, Sarah McLachlan and Eddy Grant.

Mr. Wingate was one of the earliest music industry supporters of digital interactive media, and in the early 90’s held the position of VP of Market Development for Intouch Group, developer of the i-Station, the first networked, interactive music- previewing kiosk for record stores.

Mr. Wingate has spoken at numerous industry events, including: CTIA, MEFCON, Digital Music Forum, Billboard Live, Jupiter Plug-In, Webnoize, CMJ, Midem, Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, Business Week, SXSW, Interactive Music Expo and Gavin conferences. He has been the subject of a feature article in the NY Times Sunday Business section, a front page LA Times article as well as quoted in the Wall St. Journal, Time Magazine, USA Today, the NY Times Magazine and Billboard Magazine. In addition, in 2000 he was selected as a representative of NYC’s Silicon Alley to meet President and Mrs. Clinton and five U.S. Senators. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and an advisory board member of numerous companies.