October 6–7, 2010   |   Los Angeles, CA


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2010 Speakers:

Nic Adler, Owner, The Roxy Theatre

Nic Adler grew up on the Sunset Strip. His father, legendary producer Lou Adler, opened The Roxy Theatre the year Nic was born. After years as a band manager, promoter, and restauranteur, Nic took the helm at The Roxy in 1998. In 2006, Nic found himself and The Roxy at the center of a shaky industry struggling to re-define itself. An entrepreneur and community builder, Nic was drawn to the cutting edge concepts he found in the burgeoning field of social media. In 2007 he launched a blog that went on to win The VH-1 Rock Honors Award for Best Music Venue Website. Always an early adaptor Nic began Tweeting in 2008 and is now the #1 Music Venue on Twitter in the world. Through his bold strategy to communicate openly with his public and listen to their feedback, he has re-branded the 37 year-old club as relevant in 2010 as it was in the 70s. As his social media program grew, Nic began to see the importance of being a part of the larger community of the Sunset Strip and the City of West Hollywood. This led him to becoming an active participant in the Sunset Strip BID Board of Directors and a regular at City Council meetings where he is leading efforts to bring the community together. He was also reaching across the great divide among local businesses on the Sunset Strip to create a cross promotional marketing machine and creative planning committee called The Social Strip. Now featured in The New York Times, Mashable, The Los Angeles Times, and cover stories on Venues Today and Nightclub and Bar, Nic Adler is reinventing his club, his street and eventually his city using the fundamental concepts of community building inherent in social media.
Rick Alden, CEO, Skullcandy

Rick Alden is the CEO of Skullcandy and founded the company in 2003. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he has always maintained a passion for action sports and believes that “no good idea ever came from behind a desk.” In 2003, Alden formed Skullcandy with the goal of designing products that offered a solution and that also fit into his active lifestyle. It was never Alden’s intention to be a ‘one product pony’, coming from the snowboard & skateboard industries, he set out to develop core audio products that would speak to this heavy iPod & cell phone using demographic. Five years after the first round of trade shows, Alden has created 35 skews of headphones that are now on the market under the Skullcandy name.
Brock Batten, Co-Founder & Creative Director, MobileRoadie.com

As co-founder and creative director of MobileRoadie.com, Brock Batten applies his broad skill set to everything from branding and marketing strategy to user experience and product development. With 10+ years of interactive design, branding, and art direction, including four years as Creative Director at Santa Monica based interactive agency Fluidesign, Brock’s work has been honored with numerous awards, a Webby, among them. His work has also appeared in Communication Arts and Print magazines, design books by Taschen, and broadcast on MTV. When he's not consumed with building and advancing interactive worlds, you might find Brock organizing his impressive sneaker collection, spending quality time with his custom fixed gear bicycle, or reading up on string theory.
Fred Beteille, Senior Director of Strategic Technology, The Harry Fox Agency

In his role as Senior Director of Strategic Technology at The Harry Fox Agency (HFA), Fred Beteille acts as a liaison between the business development and technology teams in support of the company’s strategic imperatives. Beteille is responsible for ensuring that HFA remains ahead of the technology curve, specifically in the area of managing Intellectual Property. He reports to Lou Trebino, Chief Information Officer, with a matrix reporting relationship to Maurice Russell, SVP – Licensing, Collections and Business Affairs.

Prior to this role, Fred served as Director of Business Affairs and Licensing Technology at HFA, where he managed business and technology resources focused on defining, developing and implementing systems to support HFA’s digital and new media licensing efforts. One of Beteille’s vital contributions to HFA was the development of the company’s transactional database, which facilitates automated matching ensuring expedited licensing and royalty administration. Additionally, Fred’s technical expertise has and will continue to play a key role in the acquisition of new business for the company’s Administration Services solutions.

Beteille joined HFA in May 2004 as a Publisher Services Inquiry Agent. His talents were recognized immediately and soon thereafter Fred was promoted to a Senior Licensing Agent. He was promoted again to Manager, Business Affairs and Licensing Technology in July 2007. And in January 2009, Fred’s dedication and commitment were once again acknowledged when he became Director of Business Affairs and Licensing Technology.

Prior to joining HFA, Beteille was a Personal Assistant to entertainment attorney Stuart Silfen, at the entertainment law firm of Frankfurt, Garbus, Kurnit, Klien & Selz. In this position, he worked with high profile clients on contracts and licensing deals. Before moving to Frankfurt, Garbus, Kurnit, Klien & Selz, he was a consultant for the start-up media firm, Syrinx Media Group, Inc.

Beteille has a Bachelors Degree in Music Business Management from New York University.
John Boyle, President, Hello Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

He lives in Encino with his wife and two children.
Steve Bradbury, VP, GoTV Networks

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

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

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

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

After graduating from Georgetown in 1992 and a 2-year stint at a now-defunct major accounting firm, Mr. Bronikowski worked as a financial analyst at HBO, evaluating deals between HBO and major satellite distributors and film studios. For the past 8 years he has held a variety of positions at Universal Music Group, including the last five years working in eLabs, Universal's digital music strategy and business development division. Mr. Bronikowski's duties have included cutting strategic partnerships and content licensing deals, vetting new technologies and seeking new avenues to market and distribute the music of Universal's artists. Mr. Bronikowski also holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from NYU's Stern School of Business.
Abe Burns, Head of Digital Media, Career Artist Management (Frontline)

Abe Burns is the Head of Digital Media at Career Artist Management. There he is responsible for setting the strategy and implementing digital marketing initiatives for all artists at CAM including Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, Barenaked Ladies and many more. He is responsible for setting the digital road-map for each artist including the dissemination of content, unique partnerships, identifying viable platforms to gain exposure and increase sales to the development of interactive and engaging means to build user/fan relationships. Recent successes include the launch of the Maroon 5 iPhone & iPad application and unique live broadcast via Livestream and Maroon 5 at the Facebook HQ surrounding the release of their new album Hands All Over. Prior to CAM, Abe was Director of Online Marketing at Variety Magazine where he set digital strategy and implemented digital marketing initiatives for the Variety brand and before that Associate Director, Digital Media Marketing & Promotion at Epic Records (a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment). He began his career at Sony Music’s distribution arm in New York City pushing online initiatives and guerrilla marketing tactics after a background in Music Technology from New York University.
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.
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.
Shannon Connoly, VP, Digital Music Strategy, MTV Networks Music Group

Shannon Connolly is vice president, digital music strategy for the MTVN Music Group. Based in New York, she reports to Dermot McCormack, executive vice president, digital media, MTVN Music & Logo Group. In this position, Connolly oversees strategy and implementation for music projects, partnerships, properties, and original content development on behalf of MTV Networks' music brands, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com, and CMT.com.

Connolly joined MTV Networks in 2005 and held various positions in new business development, digital marketing, and production across MTVN's Global Digital Media and Digital Ad Sales departments. She has partnered with content producers, creatives, start-ups, and brand advertisers to define, build, and grow new multi-platform experiences that include MTV.com's first broadband video channel, Overdrive, a digital television network with the creators of Jackass, the MTV Music vault, and a location-based social network for skateboarders. She also helped shape MTVN's strategy and roadmap for search marketing and social media.

Before joining MTV Networks, Connolly was part of Accenture's Media & Entertainment Strategy practice where she worked on the merger of Sony Music and BMG.

She is a graduate of Columbia University and lives in the Village with her husband and too many records.
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.
Jan D'Alessandro, VP, Business Dev. Gen. Counsel, Topspin Media, Inc.

Jan D'Alessandro, Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel of Topspin Media, Inc. is responsible for crafting and negotiating strategic partnerships with labels, distributors, technology, marketing, management companies, brand advertisers and anyone else interested in helping artists and fans find each other in the digital world.

Jan is a seasoned internet industry executive, who ran West coast business affairs for AOL from 1995 to 2002. At AOL, her responsibilities included developing AOL's music strategy, including the acquisitions of Spinner and Nullsoft, leading many content, commerce and technology deals, and launching the philanthropy portal, networkforgood.org.

Before joining Topspin in September 2009, Jan served as Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel of The Find, Inc., the leading search engine for shopping, specializing in the lifestyle goods category and prior to that, Meez, Inc., a first generation avatar company that recently merged with Pulse Entertainment. She has consulted for many Bay Area media and technology start ups and nonprofits, including MakingOf, Brand Habit, Aware Media, Summer Search and the Just Think Foundation (now One Economy).

Prior to the advent of the internet, Jan was in private practice at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA, and White and Case in New York. She graduated with an AB from Brown University and cum laude with a JD from Georgetown University.

Jan lives in San Francisco with her husband, two children and polar lab puppy. Passions include everything from the 70s, skiing, surfing, film and a small island off the coast of Maine.
John Davi, Director, Engineering, Cisco

John Davi, Engineering Director for the Cisco Media Solutions Group, oversees the development and delivery of the Cisco EOS platform.

Before joining the Cisco Media Solutions Group in 2007, Davi was Director of Product Development for ClickTV, a startup focused on advanced interactions and metadata collection around video.

Prior to ClickTV, Davi was a founder and CTO of Dallas-based Applied Sports Technology; Director of Product Development at FindLaw (now part of the Thomson Corporation); and Creative Director at AudioBase, a Java-based media-delivery startup in Sausalito, California. He also spent a year as Communications Director for CalCars.org, a nonprofit focused on the advocacy of and engineering development for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Davi received his bachelor's degree in public policy from Stanford University. He currently performs with the Richter Scales, a San Francisco‐based music and comedy group.
David Del Beccaro, President & CEO, Music Choice

David Del Beccaro is President, CEO and Founder of Music Choice, the world's preeminent multi-platform music network. He pioneered innovative ways to produce, program, and deliver video and audio entertainment content to millions of consumers nationwide through their TVs, online and cell phones. As a national authority on music and technology, Del Beccaro has been quoted extensively in The New York Times, AP, Reuters, and Billboard, among others. Del Beccaro founded MUSIC CHOICE in 1986, securing financing for his ground-breaking concept through a partnership of major cable and music companies, as well as Microsoft and Motorola.
Drew Denbo, Director of Business Development, Music,, RealNetworks, Inc.

Drew Denbo, Director of Business Development, Music, RealNetworks, Inc.: Drew Denbo is Director of Business Development, Music, for RealNetworks, Inc. where he focuses on developing distribution partnerships for Rhapsody, Real’s award-winning subscription-based music service, with Consumer Electronics companies. Drew also has extensive experience in music licensing and has executed over 200 label licensing agreements for Rhapsody. Drew has been in the digital music industry for over five years and has also held management and associate roles in companies such as Franklin Templeton and Oracle Corporation. Drew received his BA from Washington and Lee University and is currently completing his MBA at UC Berkeley.
Jennifer Elias, Director, Business Development, Bandcamp

Bandcamp helps musicians sell their music and merch directly to their fans. The site’s clean design, easy-to-use technology, and transparent pricing have attracted artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Zoë Keating, Amanda Palmer and tens of thousands more. For fans, Bandcamp offers a vibrant place to discover new music, share it with friends, and directly support the artists who make it.

Before joining the brilliant boys at Bandcamp, Jennifer was the CEO and co-founder of SmartsCo, a publishing company creating games and guides to learn about wine, food, sex and other of life’s pleasures. She sold the company in 2009, is a winner of the national Make Mine a Million entrepreneurship award, and has developed new products, marketing campaigns and business strategy for businesses and non-profits. Never, ever ask her to sing and expect her to carry a tune.
Johnie Floater, General Manager, Live365

As General Manager, Media for Live365, Johnie Floater is responsible for the marketing strategies and implementation activities for a variety of brands and organizations. Product offerings have ranged from rich media impressions to branded programming and distribution for clients from Walmart to Scion.

Prior to his current position, he was Senior Vice President, Incubation, Rare Medium Group, a New York based venture capital and web services NASDAQ company. At Rare Medium, he oversaw over $50M in portfolio investments in a number of wholly owned companies from web services, telecom, music publication and marketing service investments. He was part of the company's Venture Analysis and Selection team responsible for annual plans, objectives, budgets, and oversight of those funded.

Johnie held a similar role with Eagle River Interactive, an early NASDAQ Internet company, as Vice President Acquisitions & Alliances for the company's international portfolio throughout Europe. This included both company acquisitions and partnerships in France, Germany, U.K, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, from deal identification to integration into the overall company, leveraging the new resources with the company's global clients such as Sony, Disney, and HP among others.

Starting a career in broadcasting as a teenager with a local AM/FM station group as Music Librarian and announcer, Johnie later served as Business Manager of KCRW NPR Los Angeles, creating the stations initial subscription drives, grants and corporate sponsorship activities. While at KCRW he participated in the launch of its first satellite syndication offerings which led him to take his next position as General Manager of Radio Express, the international program syndication arm of ABC Radio, along with global sales representation of other broadcast tools companies including FirstCom, TM Century and others.

Johnie has presented at numerous broadcast and Internet trade shows including NAB, MIDEM, CES, and MIP as well as at corporate conferences for global brands such as Pepsi and Sony. He received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He was Valedictorian for not only his undergraduate, but also his graduate class.
Albhy Galuten, Vice President, Media Technology Strategy, Sony Network Entertainment

Albhy Galuten is Vice President of Digital Media Technology Strategy for Sony Corporation of America (SCA). In addition to his technological achievements, Mr. Galuten is a Grammy award-winning record producer, songwriter and arranger.

Albhy Galuten is Vice President of Digital Media Technology Strategy for Sony Corporation of America (SCA). In addition to his technological achievements, Mr. Galuten is a Grammy award-winning record producer, songwriter and arranger.

Mr. Galuten joined SCA in March 2005. His responsibilities include work on technology strategy and due diligence, research & development, relationships with the content industry and the development of standards.

Before coming to Sony, Mr. Galuten was Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology, Universal Music Group. Under Mr. Galuten, eLabs and Universal’s Advanced Technology group provided: strategic advice to senior management in the technology space, performed technical due diligence of software, hardware and business systems, invented technology and filed patents. Under Mr. Galuten, the group also managed standards participation, negotiated technology licenses and provided technical support for lobbying efforts and trade organizations.

Before working at Universal, Mr. Galuten was a Vice President at ION where he created and developed the Enhanced CD.

Prior to working in technology Mr. Galuten was a musician and record producer. In 1978 he won two Grammy awards including Producer of the Year. His original compositions and orchestrations for Film, Theatre and on record have won him a Dramalogue Award and two BMI Awards. During his music career which spanned more than 20 years, Mr. Galuten worked with numerous multi-platinum artists, produced eighteen No. 1 singles, and generated sales of more than 100 million records.

Sony Corporation of America, based in New York City, is the U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, motion picture, television, computer entertainment, and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., and a 50% interest in SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, one of the largest recorded music companies in the world. Mr. Galuten joined SCA in March 2005. His responsibilities include work on technology strategy and due diligence, research & development, relationships with the content industry and the development of standards.

Before coming to Sony, Mr. Galuten was Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology, Universal Music Group. Under Mr. Galuten, eLabs and Universal’s Advanced Technology group provided: strategic advice to senior management in the technology space, performed technical due diligence of software, hardware and business systems, invented technology and filed patents. Under Mr. Galuten, the group also managed standards participation, negotiated technology licenses and provided technical support for lobbying efforts and trade organizations.

Before working at Universal, Mr. Galuten was a Vice President at ION where he created and developed the Enhanced CD.

Prior to working in technology Mr. Galuten was a musician and record producer. In 1978 he won two Grammy awards including Producer of the Year. His original compositions and orchestrations for Film, Theatre and on record have won him a Dramalogue Award and two BMI Awards. During his music career which spanned more than 20 years, Mr. Galuten worked with numerous multi-platinum artists, produced eighteen No. 1 singles, and generated sales of more than 100 million records.

Sony Corporation of America, based in New York City, is the U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, motion picture, television, computer entertainment, and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., and a 50% interest in SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, one of the largest recorded music companies in the world.
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."
Jackson Gates, Director, Business Development, Pandora

Jackson Gates is a Director of Business Development at Pandora where he is responsible for partnerships with content providers, automotive manufacturers and consumer electronics companies. Prior to Pandora, Jackson was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Venrock and a venture capital investor with Vulcan Capital and Lehman Brothers Venture Capital. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Tom Gates, Manager, Bill Silva Entertainment

Tom began his career a severe metal-head, spending his first four years in New York as the Metal Dude for Roadrunner Records. One important haircut later, he began working at Arista Records as the Director of Alternative, AAA and Rock Promotion. Over the next four years he would work with such artists as Patti Smith, Santana, Dido, Spiritualized, Annie Lennox, Faithless and many more that have escaped his memory. While consistently in awe of the perfect hit machine that Arista had become, he realized that preparing for board room meetings and discussing Ace Of Base singles was not his “thing”.

He left to join Nettwerk in 2001, where he would spend three years promoting Nettwerk’s management and label clients, including Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Sarah McLachlan and Barenaked Ladies. In 2004 he began managing a Long Island band called Brand New, who would spend the next six years developing a wildly original career, largely based on peer-to-peer networking and a dastardly tour schedule. His other Nettwerk clients included The Format, Jay Brannan, Anathallo and MC Lars.

Gates joined BSE in January of 2010 and works with Christina Perri and Good Old War. He is also pretending to be a third person right now, obviously writing his own bio. He knows that you knew that, despite the deft maneuvering of pronouns.
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.
Fred Goodman, Former Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine, Author

Accomplished business reporting and thoughtful cultural criticism rarely meet, but Fred Goodman works a unique beat. A former editor of Rolling Stone and the author of hundreds of features, his groundbreaking and critically lauded book, The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerce, chronicled the evolution of the archaic underground rock & roll scene of the 1960s into the global record industry. With his newly published Fortune's Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music, and an Industry in Crisis, Goodman casts his eyes again on the recording industry, tracing its catastrophic decline in the Internet era. Fortune's Fool reveals how the record industry came to such dire straits, where Bronfman's attempts to right it have failed and succeeded, and the lessons other industries should learn from the music industry's trials. Don't miss this Digital Music Forum exclusive as Goodman interviews Tom Silverman, founder, chairman and CEO of Tommy Boy Records and co-founder of the independent film and television company Tommy Boy Films about the future of the business.
Aaron Grosky, President, Control Room

As President of Control Room, Aaron Grosky guides the company’s long-term strategic direction across all aspects of the company’s business, including event production, television production, media architecture design, artist and celebrity relationships, sponsorship development, and creative vision.


Grosky serves as executive producer for all Control Room programming, including special events such as FIFA World Cup™ Kick-Off Celebration Concert, the 2009 Inaugural Green Ball hosted by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Macy’s Passport and Nokia New Year’s Eve, and all Live Earth productions including the Live Earth events on July 7th, 2007. Responsible for the creative vision, oversight of all production elements, and serving as chief liaison for Control Room constituents from artist, brand, and content partner communities, productions under Grosky’s direction have received high marks in production value, talent procurement, and audience viewership.


In addition to his role at Control Room, Grosky is the Global Producer of Talent and Programming for Live Earth. He is responsible for identifying the creative vision for Live Earth entertainment programming and securing the world’s leading artist and celebrities to make the vision a reality.  Leveraging the production and programming expertise of Control Room, Grosky oversees all on-the-ground production and content distribution deals for Live Earth events worldwide.


Previously, as Executive Vice President of Music Programming and Production for Control Room, Grosky identified and executed the company’s long-term programming strategy and led all Control Room productions.  Leveraging long-standing relationships with artists, managers and labels, Grosky identified key opportunities with the world’s leading artists, negotiated broadcast opportunities with management and labels to maximize the offering for a variety of distribution partners, and oversaw all aspects of production to ensure the highest quality end product for both artists and distribution partners.

 

Prior to his role at Control Room and Live Earth, Grosky spent 10 plus years in the music industry developing an expertise in the burgeoning convergence with technology.  He founded Shift Inc., a consumer-facing digital music conversion, training and consulting company, which he sold to Virgin Entertainment Group in 2005.  Following the sale, Grosky joined Virgin Entertainment Group as the head of the Digital Division where he served as architect of the company’s digital music service including identifying the programming voice, securing the artist and label relationships, and implementing systems for penetration in the US and Europe.

 

As a precursor to the founding of Shift Inc., Grosky held a position as chief of creative services for Almo Sounds, working closely with Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert.  In addition to his role inside the label leading the company’s entre into the digital space, he served as chief strategic advisor to both partners in their efforts to enhance business units and assets outside of Almo Sounds.


He
started his career as a regional sales and marketing rep for Geffen Records and Sony Music in Boston.      
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.
Celia Hirschman, Host, KCRW's "On the Beat"

Celia Hirschman is an independent consultant for the music business. She founded the marketing consulting company, Downtown Marketing, in 1999 and the video promotion company Vis-Ability in 1986. In addition to running Downtown Marketing, Ms. Hirschman also runs the UK based label, One Little Indian, in North America. As a marketing consultant, Ms. Hirschman has worked with Bryan Adams, Martina McBride, Sonia Dada, Cindy Bullens and more. As a video promoter, Ms. Hirschman has worked with labels representing acts such as Madonna, aha, Talking Heads, Aimee Mann, 10,000 Maniacs, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen and many more.

Ms. Hirschman has served as a label executive at several large labels in a marketing and managerial role. Celia was the General Manager of Chris Blackwell's Palm label, overseeing the entire roster. Previously she held the position of VP of Marketing and Artist Development at Mercury Records, and she began her label experience at A& M Records as the Executive Director of Marketing. She started her career in the music business managing seven record stores in California and Hawaii for a large music chain.

Celia has taught music marketing at UCLA and served on the boards of both the East coast and West coast chapters of NARAS. Ms. Hirschman founded and ran two non-profit organizations in the Music Business - Los Angeles Women In Music (LAWIM) and the Music Video Association (MVA).

She resides in New York City.
David Hyman, CEO, MOG

David Hyman, a self-proclaimed music junkie, is CEO and founder of MOG, the premier destination for music fans to learn about and discover music. Before starting MOG, David served as CEO of Gracenote, the world’s largest music database and music-identification service, which sold to Sony for $260 million in 2008. Previously, he was SVP of Marketing at MTV Interactive, and he co-founded Addicted to Noise, the webzine that pioneered multimedia music reporting and around-the-clock music news.

Finding himself at the intersection of music and technology, David is a frequent speaker at conferences such as CES, SXSW, and Digital Hollywood. In 2008, he founded Musica Tecnomica, a regular gathering of music-focused innovators in San Francisco.
Jack Isquith, SVP, Digital Music,Warner Bros. Records

Jack Isquith is the executive director of Music Industry Relations for AOL Music and the AOL Radio Network, managing AOL’s relationships with more than 100 labels, managers and artists. In this capacity, he and his team are responsible for securing and developing exclusive music programming for AOL's network of leading music properties available on the AOL service and on the Web on properties including aolmusic.com, Winamp, Netscape Music, CompuServe Music and AIM Music. Mr. Isquith is also executive producer for AOL Music’s popular original music programs AOL Music Sessions, intimate in-studio performances and interviews, and AOL Music LIVE! events, exclusive live concerts. In a year since taking on the executive production of AOL Music’s events, Mr. Isquith has helped secure such A-list artists Usher, Rod Stewart, Avril Lavigne, and Toby Keith and execute productions that are played in excess of one million times in one week following each show.

For the Sessions program, Mr. Isquith has focused the team on bringing in top level talent and capturing performances that showcase unique takes on artists’ strengths in an intimate setting. Prior to joining AOL Music, Mr. Isquith served as the first head of Talent & Label Relations for CDNOW, an e-commerce music website where he directed the companies efforts to acquire exclusive content and develop programming. Mr. Isquith had transitioned to the online space building upon a career spanning more than 15 years in the music industry where he was a recognized leader in artist management and marketing for leading artists and labels. As an artist manager at Rebel Waltz, Mr. Isquith worked with artists including No Doubt, Offspring and Social Distortion. Through the 1990s, he held various senior-level positions in Promotion & Marketing at A&M Records and Epic Records, developing and leading radio and marketing campaigns for such platinum-selling acts as Sheryl Crow, Sting, Living Colour, Soundgarden, Blues Traveler and more. Mr. Isquith attended the London School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York, Albany.
Luke Kallis, VP of West Coast Sales,VEVO

Luke Kallis is Vice President, West Coast Sales of VEVO, the web’s number one premium music video and entertainment service with over one billion worldwide streams and nearly 60 million unique visitors in the U.S. and Canada each month. Created in partnership by Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and Abu Dhabi Media Company, VEVO operates independently with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco.

Based in Santa Monica, Luke Kallis oversees and manages VEVO’s West Coast Sales force. Since his arrival at VEVO, Kallis’ team has closed deals with over 50 partners including all of the major Hollywood studios.

Kallis has been on the cutting edge of interactive sales and advertising since 2000, having recently been Executive Director of Entertainment Sales at MySpace. During his tenure at MySpace, Kallis also helped pioneer and manage numerous integrated marketing campaigns for films such as High School Musical 3, The Twilight Saga and the Transformers films among many others. Before MySpace, Kallis was Director of Sales at Facebook, where he notably brought new brand advertisers into the company as its first West Coast sales representative.

Kallis has also held sales positions at IGN Entertainment and Salon Media Group.
Larry Kenswil, Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb LLP

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

From an 18 year entrepreneurial and creative background, Claes was the Founder and CEO of the international award winning new media consultancy Hyro during the late 90’s consulting with brands such as American Express, Coca-Cola, CNBC, 2000 Olympics, Orient Express, Telstra and Pizza hut.

Claes also produced and creatively directed numerous international award winning “branded entertainment” project including VRA and VRLX, together with some of the most exclusive and exotic destinations on earth and brands such as Mercedes, Qantas and Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Claes was a founding member of the BCMA (Branded Content Marketing Association) in London in 2002. Claes was consulted with many international media and entertainment companies in relation to branded entertainment projects.

Claes is also a founder of Australian based brand strategy company Cocojambo, which has featured in Newsweek, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Sydney Morning Herald and several publications, books and tutorials in relation to branded entertainment.

Claes studied Arts at Lunds University Sweden, Leadership at London Business School UK and an executive MBA at BGSB/QUT in Australia.
Cecily Mak, VP & General Counsel, Rhapsody Internationa, Inc.

Mak provides strategic counsel and legal direction across Rhapsody’s entire business, from its corporate & business development activities to its label relations and music publishing efforts. In addition to structuring, negotiating and drafting in and outbound content and technology licensing agreements for the company's digital music business, she provides regular counsel to various teams with regard to the company's product innovation and development.

Mak is an intellectual property and entertainment attorney with senior in-house and top-tier law firm (transactional and litigation) experience. She has been with Rhapsody since 2004, initially as part of RealNetworks and then in connection with Rhapsody America, its joint venture with Viacom’s MTV Networks. She played a key role in Rhapsody’s spinoff into an independent company in early 2010.

A fifth-generation San Franciscan and a graduate of the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, Mak is a frequent public speaker and regular contributor to a range of music magazines, legal periodicals, and releases from the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers. In addition, she co-authored “Music Law in the Digital Age,” a book released in early 2010 by Berklee Press, the publishing arm of the Berklee College of Music, and currently teaches Digital Media Law at UC Hastings.
David Marcus, SVP, Strategic Initiatives, Warner Bros.

David Marcus is currently the Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Warner Bros Records, where he leads the growth and development of non-traditional businesses including merchandising, touring, ticketing, e-commerce, fan clubs, interactive marketing and technology.

Prior to joining WBR, Marcus served as Senior Vice President of Music for Ticketmaster, where he helped to build and lead a global that helped artists use the Ticketmaster platform to maximize ticket sales, price tickets more effectively, and sell recorded music, VIP packages, fan club memberships, and merchandise. His team supported these programs through innovative partnerships with companies including Apple iTunes, American Express, Target, iLike, and Facebook. During Marcus' tenure, Ticketmaster's business grew from providing services to a handful of tours in 2005 to servicing more than 150 tours in 2008.

He also served as Managing Director for Treble Music Marketing, which provided business development and strategic marketing services to companies seeking opportunities in the live, recorded, and digital music industries, including AOL MusicNow, Yahoo Music!, MusicMatch, and Jeff McCluskey and Associates, among others. Prior to that he was VP of Business Development and Legal Affairs for Radiowave.com, Inc., and a principal at the Entertainment and Intellectual Property Group, a law firm based in Chicago.

A graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, at UC Berkeley, Marcus began his career as an intellectual property attorney with O'Melveny & Meyers in Los Angeles.
Ted Mico, EVP, Interscope A&M Geffen

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.
Samantha Murphy Singer/Songwriter, The Highway Girl

Google singer songwriter and the first name you’ll find is Samantha Murphy. For over five years, Samantha has been establishing herself as not only a singer songwriter, but also the place to go to hear other great singer songwriters. With her popular Internet show The Highway Girl, Samantha features a different artist from a different city and venue each week as she tours. Past guests include Juliette Lewis, Aimee Mann, Martha Wainwright, Juliana Hatfield, Teitur, Inara George and others.

Samantha is in demand as a speaker and has moderated and been a panel member at many conferences such as the Consumer Electronics Show, SXSW, Digital Music Forum West, Future of Music Coalition Summit, College Broadcaster’s Inc. and MEISA’s National Conference. She has taken part in symposiums on behalf of Princeton University and has been quoted in major press publications such as Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com and NPR.

Samantha’s independently released debut CD, somewhere between starving & stardom, was voted as a top 10 for Village Voice’s Annual Pazz & Jop Poll by Michael Ross, who calls it “…a perfect pop record.”

Performing professionally since she was six years old, Samantha has worked with Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Five for Fighting, Kylie Minogue and Erikah Badu as well as having appeared on TV shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Samantha's latest endeavor is The Highway Girl, an Internet TV show on the convergence of music and technology. In 2008, the company was accepted into the prestigious Techstars program in Boulder, CO.

Samantha’s single “Days Like This”, Produced by Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall/James Morrison), was pre-loaded into RCA’s line of MP3 players, shipped to Wal-Marts across the USA and Canada.

Samantha has just released a cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire (in conjunction with Limelight and Tunecore), from her forthcoming music collection Some Assembly Required.
Vickie Nauman, VP, North America, 7digital

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

Vickie Nauman most recently led the global content strategy and partnerships for Sonos, the wireless digital music system for the home, and ran the consultancy CrossBorderWorks. Prior work includes creating the online strategy and service for boutique Seattle music station KEXP, content development for RealNetworks/MusicNet, marketing in the National Public Radio network, and Procter and Gamble. Nauman has a broad network and experience in Europe, China, and North America, and earned a 2006 MBA through the London School of Economics, New York University, and HEC-Paris, in the collaborative executive program TRIUM.
Brad Navin, CEO, The Orchard

Brad was appointed to Chief Executive Officer of The Orchard in February 2010. Prior to being named CEO, Brad served as Vice President and General Manager, where he oversaw global marketing, licensing, operations, and was responsible for the implementation and supervision of the company’s global business strategy. Before joining The Orchard, Brad served as a senior executive at Digital Club Network and was also an artist manager at Invasion Group Management.
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.
Michael Papish, Product Development Director, Rovi Corporation

Michael serves as a product development director of Rovi Corporation. He is responsible for leading the Rovi search and recommendations R&D team and helping guide the strategy for recommendation technology in Rovi-powered user experiences. Prior to Rovi, Michael was CEO and co-founder of MediaUnbound, Inc. (the assets of which were acquired by Rovi in March 2010).

From 2000 to 2010, Michael grew MediaUnbound into a profitable entertainment content recommendation technology company which licensed solutions to Global 1000 companies such as Terra Networks, MTVN/Viacom, Ericsson and Motorola. At MediaUnbound, Michael led the sales and marketing divisions and helped coordinate the melding of computer engineering and human music analysis which underlined the company's technology. Michael co-founded MediaUnbound with friends from school while an undergraduate.

Michael has been invited to speak on and moderate numerous industry panels around the world. He has testified in front of the U.S. Copyright Office on issues regarding webcasting and digital music. Michael serves as a Special Adviser to the Taskforce on Recordkeeping in Noncommercial Webcasting and acts in a pro-bono capacity as policy and technology adviser for WHRB, Harvard's undergraduate radio station. He eventually graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Astrophysics and Philosophy. At the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, his research focus was on supercomputer simulations of large-scale structure evolution in the universe.
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.
Chris Phenner, EVP of Business Development, Thumbplay

Chris Phenner is EVP Business Development at Thumbplay, working since 1995 with software, digital media and online subscription services. Chris is responsible for driving new customers via Integrated Partnerships, including exclusive relationships Thumbplay has with AOL, Clear Channel, Comcast, MSN & iLike, in addition to all mobile app store channels.

Chris also leads content licensing, securing more than 10 million tracks from all major labels, and more than 35,000 independents. Chris leads Thumbplay OPEN, enabling the self-service creation and promotion of mobile content by musicians, visual artists and site developers via APIs, feeds and widgets, driving over 10,000 partners to Thumbplay.

Prior to was Director of Business Development at Audible, Inc., Business Development Manager at CNET Networks' Download.com and Director of Business Development at Napster (1.0). Chris was also business development manager at RollingStone.com and in marketing with Spyglass, Mosaic's original licensor.

Chris has a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University, and an MBA from a dual-degree program with U.C. Berkeley and Columbia University, and is the original author of the "business development" article on Wikipedia.
Jeff Pollack, CEO of Global Media & Entertainment, Pollack Media Group

Jeff Pollack is the CEO of Global Media & Entertainment for Pollack Media Group, one of the music industry’s top prognosticators of musical trends. His insight and revelations play a large role in determining what consumers see and hear over the airwaves. In the past 25 years, PMG has grown into one of the largest music and media advisory firms with worldwide clients including MTV, VH1, CMT, National Geographic, Microsoft, Harpo Inc., movie studios, radio stations, magazines, digital media businesses and more.

Jeff served as Creative Music Consultant for the MGM TV series "Fame L.A.” which garnered an Emmy nomination for its theme song; on-air music correspondent for "Good Morning America”; Executive Music Consultant on Pavorotti's televised concert event for Bosnian war victims featuring U2 and others; Co-producer of "Net Aid", the largest Internet event in history; Executive Producer of Quincy Jones' Lincoln Memorial pre-inauguration event, "Call to Reunion" on HBO; Co-Executive Producer of Billboard Music Awards honoring George Harrison; Executive Producer of "Love Rocks,"; EIF’s Humanitarian Award honoring Bono, with performances from No Doubt, Lauryn Hill, R.E.M., Cher, Drew Carey, Ray Romano, Kevin Nealon, plus guest appearances from Tom Cruise and Kevin Spacey.

As a producer, Pollack Media Group has participated in some of the largest music events of the past decade including Live 8, U2/Green Day’s Music Rising performance at the NFL's reopening game at the Superdome, Live Earth, 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, Movies Rock, 70th Anniversary of the Apollo Theatre and many others.

Jeff has also worked on over 30 films as a consultant and music supervisor, four of which received best song Oscar nominations, the latest being the Academy Award winning ‘Crazy Heart’.

Since 1992, Jeff has additionally been a credible and objective source for the entertainment industry by providing his music preview of the hottest new bands and artists to radio and TV networks, radio stations, artist management, studios, agents and other key execs in the music and media business.

He also is one of the founders of the Big Bang Conference, a high level gathering of industry leaders focusing on the latest developments in the digital media and music space, as well as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on the music industry.
David Porter, CEO & Founder, 8tracks
David Porter is founder and CEO of 8tracks, a handcrafted internet radio network. Until June 2006, David helped lead Live365, a top internet radio network and pioneer of user-generated audio programming. As GM Business Development, he oversaw all non-technical operations, helping to achieve profitability in November 2005. Earlier in his career, David worked for Arthur Andersen in London and Chicago over 5 years.
Jonathan Potter, Principal, RPG Strategies

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

Jeff co-founded New York based independent record label spinART Records and for the past fifteen years has been its General Manager and President. spinART has distributed over 180 releases since its inception, including such bands/artists as Frank Black, You Am I, The Pixies, Apollo Sunshine, John Doe, Apples In Stereo, Vic Chesnutt, Jason Falkner, Kaito, Richard Thompson, Echo and The Bunnymen, Ron Sexsmith, The Fastbacks, Creeper Lagoon, The Church, Lilys, The Eels, Clem Snide, The Dears, Michael Penn and more.

Since 2004, Jeff has contributed to the founding charter and organization of The American Association of Independent Music (AAIM), a non profit non-governmental trade organization representing the interests of its independent label members.

From 1997 to 2001, Jeff worked with eMusic.com, serving first as a consultant, next as interim VP of Content Acquisition and finally as the Senior Director of Music/Business Development. He contributed towards the creation of eMusic's initial business model and created and implemented the first subscription-based music sales and distribution structure.

In November 2005, he founded TuneCore.
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.
Ty Roberts, CTO, Gracenote

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

While at ION, Roberts produced the recording industry's first enhanced audio CD titles, including David Bowie's "Jump" and "Headcandy" from Brian Eno. He was the company's lead technologist and innovator in adding multimedia content to traditional audio CDs. ION was also widely recognized as a leading provider of enhanced CD production tools utilized by recording and multimedia development companies. In September 1993, Bertlesmann Music Group created the first interactive record label after acquiring a 50 percent interest in ION. Prior to founding ION, Roberts was a founder and senior manager of LightSource, a software development company that produced multimedia and graphics editing software. Previously, he was a senior engineer at Pixar, where he created several award-winning, Apple-based music applications including "Studio Session" and "Jam Session." Roberts is Gracenote's representative to the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), an organization that is chartered with establishing standards for digital music and music playing devices.
Michael Robertson, CEO, MP3Tunes

In his 18-year career, high-tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson has spearheaded a cache of diverse, high-profile companies ranging from digital music to operating systems to VoIP to entertainment. Not one to shy from controversy, his quest to offer competing products and innovative technologies has brought him face to face with corporate giants – and corporate lawsuits. But his madness always has a method – producing relevant technology and products that bring choice and freedom back to the consumer. Be it MP3, Linux, software, or hardware, Michael has built his career on supporting open standards that empower consumers. With companies like Linspire, SIPphone, and MP3tunes, Michael has entered industries that traditionally had only one or two dominant players. But with each industry he tackles, Michael's end goal is trying to bring competition and freedom of choice back to the marketplace. And restoring that freedom is the undercurrent of every venture he helms.

Michael's high-profile startups include MP3.com, where he established the largest collection of digital music in the world, amassing more than 1 million downloadable MP3 files. Robertson also spearheaded change in corporate business music services and put the power of CD creation in artists' hands by offering a host of support technologies and services. Vivendi Universal purchased the profitable company in 2001 for $372 million in stock and cash.

Michael's next project was to produce an easy-to-use product that could handily compete with operating systems like Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Having used Linux at MP3.com, Michael decided to start Linspire, Inc., a company that produces an affordable, license-free desktop Linux operating system that is gaining market share on Microsoft Windows. Four years after its founding, the Linspire operating system is making inroads in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim as the easiest Linux distribution available.

In 2003, Robertson founded SIPphone.com, a company that harnesses the power of the Internet to allow customers to make free long distance phone calls. SIPphone was founded to build a VoIP platform and directory on which any hardware or software developer could offer free VoIP service. Since then the company has partnered with Web communities, universities, telcos and hardware manufacturers around the world to extend and strengthen its VoIP platform. Today SIPphone's service incorporates all the key elements of VoIP service.

In 2005, Michael reentered the MP3 business with his latest venture MP3tunes, an online music store and artist music service that offers digital music without digital rights management.

An active supporter of higher education, Michael launched REEF (Robertson Educational Empowerment Foundation) in the fall of 2002 at the University of California, San Diego. REEF is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting new and innovative programs of investment in education.

Prior to establishing MP3.com as a major portal of music distribution, Michael operated several web sites from 1995 to March 1998 that focused on merging search technologies with commerce. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1990. Michael is also a principal investor in Sadie's Children's Photography, a studio that creates Hollywood-like settings for children's portraits. Sadie's is located in malls across the country, including Mall of America.

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Jim Rondinelli, SVP of Strategic Development, Slacker

Jim Rondinelli is a seasoned veteran of the digital entertainment industry. Jim started his career in music as a Producer/Mixer, achieving Gold and Platinum records for his work with artists like: Matthew Sweet, Wilco, Everclear, and the Jaywawks. Mix Magazine has listed his work on Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend album as one of their "Top 25 Best Sounding Records of All-Time".

Foreseeing the disruption that broadband access would bring to the traditional music industry, Jim joined the management team of Internet music pioneer MP3.com prior to their public offering in 1999. After several years managing investments in entertainment and technology for a San Diego-based private venture fund, Jim returned to music as SVP Digital Strategy and Business Development for Warner Chappell Music Publishing. Jim is currently SVP Strategic Development at Slacker, developer of Slacker Personal Radio, the World's preeminent music application for RIM's Blackberry devices, the iPhone, Android, and the Palm Pre.
Mitch Rotter, SVP, Marketing & Product Development, Universal Music Group

Mitch Rotter is Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Development for Universal Music Distribution (UMD), the major label distribution division of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). UMGD is the award-winning sales, marketing and distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company. In his current role, Mr. Rotter manages the development of new products, services, marketing tools and systems. He also has oversight of central marketing support for all products. Mr. Rotter joined UMD as Vice President, Marketing.

Prior to UMD, Mr. Rotter served as Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition and Strategy for Thumbplay, where he was responsible for the company’s overall content, merchandising, and storefront strategy. He also oversaw Thumbplay’s numerous media, marketing and content partnerships. Formerly, Mr. Rotter served as Senior Vice President of Music Development and Soundtracks for New Line Cinema, responsible for monetizing New Line’s music assets and overseeing music supervision and soundtrack releases for the studio while launching its first record label, New Line Records. He has also held positions at Capitol Records and American Recordings.
John Rudolph, CEO, Bug Music

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.
Colin Rushing, Senior Counsel, Sound Exchange

Colin Rushing is Senior Counsel, Licensing and Enforcement, at SoundExchange. Colin runs SoundExchange’s enforcement program, oversees rate setting and other legal proceedings, and handles a wide array of regulatory and legal issues related to SoundExchange’s daily operations. Colin graduated from James Madison University and the University of Virginia School of Law, and he clerked for the Hon. T.S. Ellis III on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before he joined SoundExchange, Colin was an attorney at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where he focused on intellectual property and media law.
Adam Satariano, Reporter, Bloomberg News

Adam Satariano is a reporter for Bloomberg News in San Francisco. His coverage of the concert business has included stories about the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger, as well as how technology is changing how people buy tickets. Earlier this year he conducted an investigation of ticketing practices of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, leading to a state ethics commission inquiry and a change in policy by Governor Chris Christie. Satariano, who also contributes to Bloomberg Businessweek, is now part of Bloomberg's technology team, focusing primarily on Apple. He earlier worked for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, DC, and the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, Ca.
Tim Scanlin, Co-Founder, Brandracket

Tim spent the '90s in San Francisco, playing in bands and writing about music for publications like SF Weekly, Raygun, and CMJ. In 1998 he took a job as staff editor at Sonicnet/Addicted to Noise (later to become MTV News Online). When the dot com bubble burst in early 2001, he left his beloved Bay Area for his home town of Los Angeles.

As Director of A&R and Product Development for Rhino/Warner Strategic Marketing, Tim worked closely with the architect of the Rhino legacy, Gary Stewart (now Chief Music Officer at Apple), and contributed to a slew of releases, including album reissues by Elvis Costello, The Ramones, Neil Young, T. Rex, Uncle Tupelo, Paul Simon, X, The Band, and Black Sabbath, and box sets including No Thanks (early punk) and Left of the Dial (80s/90s alt-rock).

Concurrently, Tim began consulting for renowned music supervisor G. Marq Roswell and his firm 35Sound. Feature films to which Tim contributed his musical knowledge include Spygame, Auto Focus, Dawn of the Dead, Walking Tall and The Big White.

After being downsized from Rhino, Tim resolved to combine his passion for cutting edge music with his interests in branding and new media. He co-founded Brandracket with fellow music obsessive and licensing guru Chris Parker in early 2005. The duo’s mission was simple: foster mutually beneficial relationships between artists and brands.

Tim currently resides in Pasadena, California with his wife, two sons, and a hard drive full of way too many songs.
Syd Schwartz, Founder & CEO, Linchpin Digital
Syd Schwartz is the founder of strategic digital marketing agency, Linchpin Digital. Linchpin Digital provides marketing and strategic solutions to the music, media, gaming and technology industries, and specializes in creating business opportunities around the artist/audience relationship.

Prior to founding Linchpin Digital, Syd was Senior Vice President of Global Digital Marketing for EMI Music North America. In his eight-year run at EMI, he was responsible for the strategic, creative and technical direction of all EMI artist websites, their online presence and marketing campaigns. His strategic business role involved evaluating new platforms and technology to integrate into EMI music's sales, marketing and promotional efforts. He worked with a diverse roster of artists including the The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Gorillaz and Katy Perry.

Before joining EMI in the fall of 2002, Syd began his label career at Wind-Up Records in 1995, as one of the industry's first "new media" executives. While at Wind-up, he was responsible for a series of groundbreaking online campaigns for multi-platinum artists Creed and Evanescence. Prior to his fifteen years of digital marketing experience at the labels, he learned the music business from the cash register upwards, with a variety of managerial positions at both chain and independent retail, as well as eight years at music wholesaler Alliance Entertainment where he oversaw purchasing operations, driving Alliance's growth to become the largest music one-stop in the U.S.

Syd is a graduate of the State University of New York with a BA in Sociology. Online since 1992, he is an active participant in many online music communities, has written liner notes for the progressive rock group Yes, co-authored a reference book on the legendary jamband Phish, and fondly remembers Prodigy for DOS. Syd is actively involved in the Mockingbird Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to generating funding in support of music education for children.
Gene Sheridan, CEO, BridgeCo

We all have the same dream in life . . . find a way to make a living doing something you love! Well, I love music and I love technology. I grew up playing trumpet, guitar and piano in every way possible from rock bands to orchestras to jazz bands. And come graduation time, I reached a cross roads. Continue my focus on music, or take the ‘safe’ road of engineering - the safe bet for all high schoolers strong in math, science & solving problems with an interest in technology. Well, I took that safe path, got my BSEE and spent the first 20 years of my career selling, marketing, engineering and manufacturing technology products while my music passion has taken a back seat.

And then along comes BridgeCo - an amazing opportunity to combine my passions in music and technology as we create the future in digital music. Since joining as CEO in 2006, we have built a team that shares these passions in pursuit of one simple but powerful vision: you get your music, and the world’s music . . . when, where and how you want it! Together, we have built a new technology and a new paradigm that is helping major brands connect to a new world of music. We are breathing new life in to the world of home audio and changing how you can access, discover and enjoy your music.

My life has been all about technology and music . . . from the early days as jazz trumpeter playing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis (an amazing experience at 16 years old!) . . . to running a $500M consumer business for a global semiconductor leader (a few years later!). Now these two worlds have come together and the combination is powerful and exciting! We are at the brink of a revolution in music where digital media meets home networking and the internet. Sit back and enjoy the tunes!!
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 kids in Hollywood Hills, California.
Asya Shien, Founder & CEO, Fusicology

Asya Shein founded the online entertainment and event listings portal, Fusicology. Raised in Toronto, later attended Wayne State University in Detroit while promoting events and booking DJs & bands. In '98, relocated to Chicago, worked at 2 independent house music labels and later founded the agency, Mir Media.

As an agent Asya represented worked with artists such as Questlove of the Roots, Common, Erykah Badu and other significant soul music based artists. After moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Shein founded Fusicology.com in 2003, a site dedicated to progressive music, events and culture

Specializing in online marketing, new media, promotions and branding, Fusicology is presently in 25 markets in North America and growing, soon to expand overseas to become the International Hub that Defines the Soul Diaspora.
Tom Silverman, Founder and Chairman, Tommy Boy

In the course of three tumultuous decades in popular music, Tommy Boy founder and Chairman, Tom Silverman, has created a striking success story for himself and his company. In the process, Tommy Boy has earned gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums by such artists as Everlast, Queen Latifah, Coolio, Naughty By Nature, Club Nouveau, De La Soul, Digital Underground, and House of Pain, and has been Billboard Magazine’s number one dance label for six years in a row. In addition to unique artists and great records, Silverman’s innovative ideas about packaging, marketing and distribution of music helped separate Tommy Boy from the pack. In 1981, Silverman and his partners (Joel Webber and Marc Josephson) created the original New Music Seminar as a new kind of grassroots music industry gathering for disenfranchised music business upstarts. From humble beginnings, New Music Seminar became the biggest and most important convention in the music industry; its combination of panels, workshops and live showcases became the model for CMJ, Canadian Music Week, Winter Music Conference and SXSW, among other followers. Silverman is a founding member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and Merlin; sits on the board of SoundExchange, the RIAA and We Are Family Foundation and has served on the boards of NARM, NAIRD, AFIM, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Dance Music Hall of Fame. Don't miss this Digital Music Forum exclusive with Tom Silverman and author / music journalist Fred Goodman discuss the Future of the Music Business.
Mike Spinella, Director, Label, Relations, AOL Music Network

As the Director of Industry Relations, Mike manages the relationships with labels, artists and managers in order to bring in top talent to AOL Music Network's numerous sites. Mike is also a founding member of AOL Music's Spinner.com, the web's highest trafficked indie music site.
Pierce Stacy, Director of Business and Legal Affairs, IODA

By combining a passion for music with his MBA and law degrees, Pierce has spent his career helping companies navigate the changing and often complex laws shaping the music industry. Pierce began his career at Sanctuary Records Group/Sanctuary Artists Management after receiving his JD/MBA degrees from Tulane University. In 2006, Pierce joined IODA where he manages domestic and international new media agreements with Internet retailers, mobile aggregators, mobile carriers and promotional partners.
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
Chris Tsakalakis, General Manager, eBay/StubHub

Chris Tsakalakis led eBay's acquisition of StubHub in 2007 and is General Manager of the combined eBay Tickets / StubHub business, responsible for full P&L and post-merger integration. Chris has been an eBay Marketplaces executive since 2003. Prior to joining eBay Tickets, Chris managed the Advanced Solutions Group which provides solutions for advanced buyers and sellers and includes eBay Stores, ProStores, Trading Platforms, Seller Marketing and Tools, the eBay Developers program and Shipping. Over a 3-and-a-half-year period, he managed the development and growth of the eBay Stores subscriber base from 50,000 to more than 260,000. StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. Don't miss this Digital Music Forum exclusive!
Arvind Venkateswaran, SVP - Worldwide Bus. Dev. & Marketing and Americas & Asia GM, Geodesic

With more than 16 years of experience, Arvind has witnessed both, entrepreneurial and corporate environments. To Geodesic, he brings with him a wide range of executive managerial positions that he held during his career – from corporate strategy and alliances to various aspects of sales and marketing. Arvind is also experienced in the field of wireless telecom and its related application software industry segments.

Previously the Vice President of Strategic Business Development at SpectraLink Corp, Arvind had held executive and senior level positions at Hellosoft, Infineon Corp., Zoran and Synopsys at earlier stages of his career.

An MSEE from Syracuse University he completed his MBA (Sloan Fellow) from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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.
Adam Wolf, Senior Creative Director, pigFACTORY Music, USA

Adam Wolf began his career working on independent films and soon became a producer with director Christopher Coppola. Adam has worked in various capacities of film production from including acting as a producer and director of films and music videos to various aspects of post production.

Adam helped conceive and became VP of Music Report/TuneData, a company that was at the forefront of electronic music storage and delivery designed to help facilitate music requests from music supervisors and film makers to composer agents, music publishers, and record companies. Adam joined music publishing company pigFACTORY in 2006 as Senior Creative Director building their synchronization department which has seen placements in such high profile films and TV shows as “Walk The Line,” “The Wrestler,” “Prince of Persia,” “Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Cold Case,” “Entourage,” “Ugly Betty,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Guitar Hero” video game, and numerous commercials, including those for Lincoln, Playstation, Smart Car, Fisker, Telus (Canada), just to name a few. Adam was instrumental in building the pigFACTORY catalog which started with a few thousand songs, and today tops 200,000, fearuring those from such diverse artists as Fatboy Slim, The Turtles, Alice Cooper, The Dead Kennedys, Gemma Ray, and Deadly Avenger.