October 3-4, 2012   |   Los Angeles, CA

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2012 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.
Nate Auerbach, Music Strategy & Outreach, tumblr

Nate Auerbach is the Music Evangelist at Tumblr, where he works closely with the music community to help artists engage their audience and bring more exceptional content to the platform. Prior to Tumblr, Nate was a digital executive at The Collective Music Management and spent three years at MySpace Music.
David Bakula, SVP, Analytics, Nielsen/SoundScan

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

As Vice President of Music, Daryl Berg is responsible for Shine America’s music strategy, expanding the music portfolio, helping to develop music-based productions, and building licensing properties across scripted, unscripted and digital productions. Berg previously was the Director of Music for FUEL TV, where he spearheaded music strategy for the network; his responsibilities ranged from music supervision to licensing and booking bands to overseeing the network’s music marketing campaigns. Prior to FUEL TV, Berg co-created Crusty Old Timer, Inc., a music supervision and placement company. He also served as Director of Business Development and New Media at EMI Recorded Music.

Berg began his professional career as the minority founder and VP of Strategic Development of The Orchard, a digital and physical music distribution company.
Abe Burns, Digital Operations, Guy Oseary

No two days are alike for Abe Burns, 28, who runs digital operations for the digital ventures and management company of Guy Oseary. For starters, Burns works with the Oseary client roster that includes Madonna and baseball player Alex Rodriguez. In addition, he works with SocialCam, currently the #1 app on Facebook and Tinychat, a multi-video live streaming startup that connects artists and fans. Used by acts like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars, Tinychat has grown to more than 20 million users. Prior to this, Abe worked at Frontline Management, Variety Magazine and SONY Music Entertainment. In 2011, Abe was named one of Billboard's 30 under 30.
Ryan Chisholm, Artist Manager, Bill Silva EntertainmentRyan Chisholm, Artist Manager, Bill Silva Entertainment

Ryan Chisholm, 25, co-manages Christina Perri, whose song "Jar of Hearts" has sold 2.5 million singles, according to Nielsen SoundScan, after it was selected for Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance." Chisholm and his team orchestrated an Internet campaign that helped drive sales. Chisholm and Tom Gates co-manage both Perri and Good Old War; Chisholm also manages James Morrison in North America. To connect his contacts, Chisholm started a dinner meeting that has evolved into the Los Angeles industry mixer Meeting of the Minds. "It's about bringing people together who are optimistic about our business," Chisholm says. "The vision is about creating an environment that helps connect people. I want to share information."
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.
Russ Crupnick, President, NPD Entertainment, The NPD Group

Sr. Vice President, Industry Analysis, Russ Crupnick provides executive-level guidance, industry analysis, and overall strategic value to our clients and expert media commentary. 

Steeped in the music and DVD/video industries -- and with more than 20 years of experience in the development, management, and application of consumer tracking panels – Russ has appeared as a commentator for broadcast news outlets including CBS Marketwatch, Fox Business Channel, and CNBC. He has been extensively quoted on industry trends in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Billboard, Video Business, Variety, and other leading business and trade publications. He is a regularly featured speaker at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA), Digital Media Wire, DisplaySearch, and Home Media Retailing conferences. Russ has also been a guest lecturer at the music school at Belmont University and the University of Arkansas Center for Retailing Excellence and is Executive-In-Residence at the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Graduate Program. He is a 2009 alumnus of Nashville’s prestigious Leadership Music program.

Russ has served NPD as president of the Behavioral Tracking business unit and as VP of Corporate New Business Development. Prior to joining The NPD Group, he held several positions at ACNielsen. Russ has extensive background in category management, consumer segmentation and targeting, as well as experience in brand positioning research.
Rory Felton, VP, Bus. Dev - Music, Chirpify
Rory Felton is entrepreneurial veteran in both entertainment and technology.  He co-founded The Militia Group record company out of his dorm room 12 years ago and went on to sell over 5 million units.  He's developed artists acquired by Sony, Universal, and EMI, created a publishing joint venture with BMG, and served as an artist development consultant for Universal and Sony.  He has a passion for technology, innovation, and disrupting out-of-date business models. 

At CHIRPIFY, Rory is changing the music world by enabling artists and fans to transact in-stream on Twitter without any middle-men.  Chirpify enables anyone to pay, buy, sell, donate, and fundraise in a Tweet.   Artists use Chirpify to sell and giveaway digital music, physical merchandise, tickets, and more directly to their Twitter followers. 

Rory has been guest speaker at USC Thornton School of Music, USC Marshall's MBA program, Cal State Fullerton's Entertainment Business program, SXSW, and more.
http://www.digitalmediaconference.com/east/Speakers2011/GriffinJim.jpgJim Griffin, Managing Director, One House LLC

Jim Griffin is Managing Director of OneHouse LLC, dedicated to the future of music and entertainment delivery, and works as a consultant to absorb uncertainty about the digital delivery of art.

Today, Jim is focused on accelerating the pace of scholarly research, especially through collaborative tools, sharing and open access to knowledge. He works with Mendeley, a UK company that is changing the world of research.

In addition to serving as an agent for constructive change in media and technology, he is an author, serving as a columnist for magazines, and is on the boards of companies and associations. Jim started and runs Choruss LLC, incubated by Warner Music Group. He started and ran for five years the technology department at Geffen Records. Prior to Geffen he was an International Representative for The Newspaper Guild in Washington, D.C.

While at Geffen, Jim led a team that in June of 1994 distributed the first full-length commercial song on-line, by Aerosmith. Geffen was the first entertainment company to install a web server, and Geffen World was one of the first corporate intranet sites. Geffen was named by Network World in 1996 as one of the world's top 25 technology companies, and one of only seven in the United States.

While at Warner, Jim led a team the Choruss team that successfully built a new model for sound recordings: Sharing music with flat-fee access to unlimited music downloads for college students.

Jim is co-founder of the Pho group. Named after a bowl of Vietnamese soup, Pho is an organization that meets for discussion-oriented meals in cities around the world, electronically linked by the Pho mailing list. Pho's many thousands of readers enjoy dialogue on the digital delivery of art and the new economy in music, movies, books and all media.

Jim testified in July 2000 before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its oversight hearing on file sharing and music licensing. He regularly moderates video and television shows on digital entertainment. He is often a keynote speaker or moderator at conferences (Internet Summit, Giga Conference, Comdex, CES, Webnoize, and many others) and lectures annually at business schools (Harvard, USC, UCLA, Berkeley). He also serves as an expert witness in digital entertainment, and has presented many Continuing Legal Education courses.

In addition to work with music, his expertise includes wireless work in Europe, including at Nokia's Research Center in Helsinki, Finland, and with numerous companies in Finland and throughout Europe. He's moderated numerous panels on wireless and given speeches on wireless issues around the world, ranging from music conferences to parliament meetings in Europe. He is a regular speaker at entertainment industry events and corporate and association meetings.
Evan Lowenstein, CEO & Founder, StageItEvan Lowenstein, CEO & Founder, StageIt

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

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

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

David Marcus has built his career providing business, strategic and marketing development services to companies in the live, recorded and digital music industries. Marcus is currently the Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Warner Bros Records, where he oversees the growth and development of non-traditional businesses including merchandising, touring, e-commerce, fan clubs, new media 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 team responsible for helping artists use the Ticketmaster platform more effectively. Under his leadership, Marcus's team created marketing and promotional programs that maximized ticket sales, developed market pricing and sales tools to generate strong touring revenues, and designed sales programs that helped sell recorded music, VIP packages, fan club memberships, and merchandise. His team supported these programs through innovative partnerships with companies such as 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 has also served as Managing Director for Treble Music Marketing, where he provided business, strategic, and marketing development 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. He has also served as a VP of Business Development and Legal Affairs for Radiowave.com, Inc. A graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, at UC Berkekey, Marcus began his career as an intellectual property attorney with O'Melveny & Meyers.
Scott Perry, President, Sperry Media

Scott Perry handles marketing and consulting for Fortune 500 companies, film studios, TV networks, tech firms, and record labels & management firms. Clients have included everyone from Hasbro, Nokia, Fox, Comedy Central, MTV, Cartoon Network's [adult swim], and Focus Features, to nearly every single US record label, as well as startups damntheradio, fidoo, and hipswap.

Perry's website NEW MUSIC TIPSHEET is a leading industry resource, and his weekly emails are considered a must-read by many, as he highlights trends in technology and discusses how the entertainment industry can make the most of these developments to best grow their audience.
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.
Scot Richardson, Founder/CEO, TicketMob

Scot Richardson brings more than a decade of experience producing and marketing live events to his role as Founder/CEO of TicketMob, the fastest-growing artist, promoter, and venue management platform with a unique suite of ticketing brands that cater to specific communities in comedy, live music, and electronic dance music/nightlife with LaughStub, TuneStub, and ElectroStub. He founded TicketMob in 2009 and is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy of the forward-thinking tech company, overseeing product, operations, sales, business development and partnerships.

Under Scot's leadership, TicketMob has sold close to 4 million tickets since its inception in 2010 and sells approximately 300,000 tickets per month. Committed to bridging the world of artist, venue, promoter and fan, the company offers a top-notch product portfolio, extensive social media integration, and low ticket fees. With custom websites, branded ticketing, feature-rich dashboards with innovative tools for social marketing, analytics, and more, event organizers are able to drive ticket sales, grow revenue and build community.

Prior to TicketMob, Scot spent 10 years in the live comedy arena as President/CEO of one of the largest live comedy producers in the country ComedyJuice, a writer for various well-known comedy websites, and as Executive Producer/Head Writer for "The Gleib Show" on the National Lampoon College Network. Scot graduated with a B.S. degree in Management Science from U.C. San Diego.
Marc Ruxin, Founder and CEO, TastemakerX

Marc is the founder and CEO of TastemakerX, a social, mobile game that allows users to express tastes and preferences by building virtual portfolios. TastemakerX will launch its initial vertical in the music space in late 2011.

Prior to founding TastemakerX, Marc was the Chief Innovation Officer at Universal McCann and McCann Erikson. In this capacity worked with media companies on cutting edge brand integrations, and developed groundbreaking cross platform programs with emerging media start-ups to create scalable digital marketing opportunities for clients. Before joining UM/McCann, Marc was chief operating officer of The Mill Group, the leader in commercial visual effects, and Beam.tv, the leading advertising digital asset management system. Before that time, Marc served as vice president of business development at iVast, the early leader in MPEG4 technology, and as vice president of business development and marketing at Eveo, Inc., one of the earliest use- generated content portals. Marc also worked for WPP Group, where he was an MBA Marketing Fellow and ultimately led West Coast new media strategy.

Marc sits on the Boards and Advisory Boards of numerous internet and technology start-ups in Silicon Valley as well as being on the BoD of the San Francisco Film Society. He started his career in A&R at EMI Records. Marc has a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Columbia Business School, and lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children. Marc blogs about music and film at www.snoozebutton.com and the Huffington Post.
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.
Allison Streuter, Product Manager, Atom Factory

Allison Streuter is a Product Manager at Atom Factory, where she analyzes new businesses for investment, advisory, and partnership opportunities for the company, its clients and professional network. Allison is responsible for managing the company’s portfolio of over thirty companies, guiding products and concepts starting with initial discovery. She focuses on new, revenue-generating digital offerings that leverage Atom Factory's artists and brands. Prior to Atom Factory, Allison worked in the Music Department at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and Live Nation Chicago.


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