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PJ Bloom – Partner, Neophonic
Karl Westman – Executive Music Producer, Ogilvy
Cynthia Sexton – EVP Brand Partnerships and Licensing IDJ/Republic Labels Groups
Robert Kraft – Founder, Kraftbox Entertainment
Brian Lambert – Executive Vice President, Head of Film and Television, Universal Music Publishing
PANELISTS AND MODERATORS
Keith D’Arcy – Creative Licensing and Catalogue Acquisition, SONGS Music Publishing
Cindy Badell-Slaughter – President, Heavy Hitters Music Group
Daryl Berg – Vice President, Music, Shine America
Lisa Bergami – Manager, Business Development, Music Dealers
Hal Bringman – Founder, NVPR
Gerald V. Casale – Founder DEVO
Nicole Cifani – Digital, BMW Guggenheim Lab at Guggenheim Museum, DJ, Journalist
Alisa Coleman – SEVP ABKCO Music and Records, Inc.
Anita Chinkes-Ratner – SVP Music and Media Licensing for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo
Erin Collins – VP, Film, Television and Emerging Media, SESAC
Craig Currier – Sr. Creative Director, peermusic – North America
Jonathan Daniel – Founder, Crush Management
Josh Deutsch – Chairman/CEO, Downtown Music
Mark Frieser – CEO, Sync Exchange
Andrea von Foerster – Music Supervisor, Firestarter Music
Richard Glasser – Executive in Charge of Music, Film/TV, The Weinstein Company
Jon Granat – Vice President – Marketing, Film & Television, BMG Chrysalis
Steve Scharf – Sr VP Creative – Carlin America
Nick Guarino – Director, Film and TV Music, Universal Music Enterprises
Alex Hackford – Artists and Repertoire, Sony Computer Entertainment America
Leigh Henrich – Director, Licensing, Razor & Tie
Lawson Higgins – Head of Creative, The Royalty Network
Karen Lamberton – SVP, Film & TV Music and Strategic Marketing, RCA
Melinda Lee – General Manager, Getty Images Music
Clarkson C. Logan – Co-Founder and EVP, MusicSynk
Lynne Lummel – SVP, Distribution + Repertory, ASCAP
Anthony Martini – Founder, Pop-Up Music, Music Manager, Jingle Punks
Steven Masur – Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Lisa Klein Moberly – Founder, OpticNoise
Mollie Moore – Senior Director, rock/pop A&R Director, Capitol Records
Kenny Ochoa – Creative Sync Licensing & Soundtracks, Warner Bros. Records, Inc
Pedro Cano – CTO, Barcelona Music Licensing and Technologies
Cecilia Pagkalinawan – Chief Marketing Officer, Stagedom
Luciana Pegorer – Executive Director, Brazilian Association of Independent Music, Managing Director, Delira Música
Jeannette Perez – VP, Music for Brands/Advertising, Sony Music Entertainment
Jumee Park – VP Film/TV Music, Downtown Music
Zach Pollaoff – Senior Music Director, Grey Group
Tim Riley – Vice President, Music Affairs, Activision Blizzard
Stephanie Scarpulla – Sr. Manager, Major League Baseball Network
Gandhar Savur – Legal Counsel, Bank Robber Music
Leah Streetman – VP, Film, TV – Creative, Republic Records
Jennifer Newman Sharpe – Entertainment Attorney
Tim Stehli – Director of Licensing and Business Affairs, HoriPro Entertainment Group
Leah Streetman – VP, Film, TV – Creative, Republic Records
Kamran V – Founder, Pop-Aut, Inc
Tony Von Pervieux – Creative Director, TV Music, ABC Entertainment Group (TV)
Martyn Ware – Founder Human League, Heaven 17, British Electronic Foundation
Dinesh Wicks – Creative Director, The DA’s Office
Robert Kraft is an American songwriter, film music composer, recording artist and record producer.
He was the chief executive and President of Fox Music from 1994 to 2012. Kraft has worked extensively in the recording industry, producing or co-producing such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Dr. John, Bette Midler, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Johnny Mathis,Bruce Willis, Jimmy Buffett, Don Henley, George Benson, Ozzy Osbourne, Southside Johnny, Albert Collins, Vonda Shepard, and Melissa Manchester. His songs have been recorded by The Manhattan Transfer, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Los Lobos, Diane Schuur, Bruce Willis, Joy Enriquez, Dr. John, and Kermit the Frog. As a solo artist and with his band, Robert Kraft and The Ivory Coast, he has released four albums on RCA, RSO, and Sonic Edge Records.
In 1989, Kraft co-produced the Academy Award-winning song, “Under The Sea“, plus the Grammy Award-winning double-platinum soundtrack of The Little Mermaid, along with co-authors Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. In 1992, Kraft was nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for co-writing “Beautiful Maria of My Soul”, the theme song from the Warner Bros. feature, The Mambo Kings. Kraft was also the film’s composer and Executive Music Producer, producing the Gold soundtrack, which spent four weeks at Number One on Billboard’s Latin Music chart. In 1999, Kraft was nominated for a second Golden Globe for co-writing the song, “How Can I Not Love You” for the 20th Century Fox film, Anna and the King, with songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and film composer George Fenton. Kraft also co-produced the long-charting soundtrack on Billboard’s Jazz charts, Swing Kids.
As a writer, Kraft’s other feature film credits include story co-author (with Bruce Willis) and score co-composer (with Michael Kamen) on the Tri-Star film, Hudson Hawk. He produced the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for the Jim Henson Productions’ film, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and composed the score to the Warner Bros. feature, Seven Minutes in Heaven. Kraft was songwriter and musical producer on Adventures in Babysitting and Heartbreak Hotel. His television credits include co-writing theme songs for Who’s The Boss? and Day by Day, as well as writing new themes for Wide World of Sports and songs for Fame. Kraft composed the music for the ballet, “Thriller”, choreographed by Matthew Diamond. (World Premier, Jacob’s Pillow August 1981.) In 1992 Kraft founded the record label, Jim Henson Records, and as the Vice President of Music at Jim Henson Productions, inaugurated their music division.
Kraft was the chief executive of Fox Music Inc. from 1994 until October 2012, supervising the scores and soundtracks for over 300 Fox Filmed Entertainment motion pictures.Highlights during his tenure at Fox include the record-breaking scores and soundtracks from Avatar, Titanic, Waiting to Exhale, Moulin Rouge!, Garden State, Romeo + Juliet, The Full Monty, Ice Age, Dr. Dolittle, Bulworth, Walk the Line, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Once, Juno., Slumdog Millionaire, Black Swan, Rio, and “Life of Pi”. Kraft’s division,Fox Music, also supervised the music for Twentieth Century Fox Television hits such as “Ally McBeal” and “X-Files“, as well as shows “24“, “American Dad!“, “Family Guy“, and “The Simpsons“. Since 1994, television soundtracks from Fox Music have included the worldwide platinum albums from “Ally McBeal” and “X-Files“, plus hit compilations from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer“, “Dark Angel“, “The Simpsons“, “Roswell” and “24“. Since Kraft became chief executive in 1994, Fox Music was responsible for the worldwide sales of over 60 million albums, producing 3 Platinum, 6 Multi-Platinum and 6 Gold records. During Kraft’s tenure, Fox Music garnered 10 Academy Award nominations, winning 4 Academy Awards, 20 Golden Globe nominations (including 5 Golden Globe Awards), 61 Emmy nominations with 11 wins, and 49 Grammy nominations including 14 Grammy Awards.
In 1994, Kraft was elected to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences‘ Board of Governors, Los Angeles Chapter. In 1995, Kraft became a member of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Kraft was honored with the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award in 2002, and with the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Spirit of Excellence in the Arts Award in 2010. As co-chairman of the Grammy Host Committee for the 2001 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Kraft and co-chair Tim Leiweke raised money to support Grammy In The Schools. In addition, Kraft founded entermusic.org in 2001 (now “MentorTainment.org”), a Music Mentoring organization affiliated with Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.
Kraft was elected to the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association in 2008, and is Co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Harvard Office for The Arts. He has lectured on film music at Harvard University, Brown University, New York University, UCLA, University of Southern California, and Syracuse University. In 2005, he spoke on “Music and Images” at MIDEM, the international music conference, and in 2009 and 2010 conducted film-music seminars at the Havana Film Festival in Havana, Cuba. Kraft is the Berklee College of Music 2012-2013 Artistic Advisor, (International campus-Valencia, Spain); He is also an Executive Board Member of the World Soundtrack Academy, where he was awarded the World Soundtrack Academy Industry Award for 2012, and is on the Board of the International Radio Festival, where he won the International Radio Festival Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.
Over 25 years of creating music for advertising. Developed worldwide music campaigns.
Worked with celebrity talent.
Held executive positions at agency and music production companies. Extensive studio skills with in depth knowledge of music arranging, production and licensing.
Constantly working to create music at the highest level.
Creative liaison between agency and composer
PJ Bloom is one of the top Music Supervisors in the Entertainment Industry who’s current projects include Glee (FOX),. American Horror Story (FX), The Americans (FX), Banshee (Cinemax), The New Normal (NBC) and Friskies, among many others and is producing a major feature film this year.
He has created and produced unique soundtracks for over fifty films, hundreds of television episodes, video games, advertisements and even amusement park thrill rides. PJ has collaborated with such prolific filmmakers and television producers as Ryan Murphy, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, Jerry Bruckheimer and Ridley Scott while rendering his distinctive brand to nearly every studio and network in the Hollywood system and beyond.
PJ’s career soundtrack sales tally more than 50 million singles and 13 million albums worldwide. As the Music Supervisor for the entire groundbreaking Glee franchise, his work holds the record for most charted songs by a single act in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, surpassing Elvis Presley, The Beatles and James Brown.
PJ is also an award-winning Music Publisher. In 2009 PJ signed Far East Movement whose No. 1 song “Like A G6” and No. 7 song “Rocketeer” have sold over 13 million singles worldwide. PJ is a partner in Neophonic, one of the largest Music Supervision firms in the US.
In 2012, he placed No. 80 on Billboard Magazine’s annual Power 100 List and was named Music Supervisor of the Year by the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). He is a two-time BMI Pop Award winner, two-time BMI Urban Award winner, two-time ASCAP Pop Award winner and has received a host of other awards and accolades.
He is also a founding member of the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS). PJ speaks regularly around the country and the world on the subject of music in the visual arts and has been a club-level DJ for over 25-years.
- 2013 American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) “Music Supervisor of the Year”
- Libera Award Nominee 2013
- Guild of Music Supervisors Award (GMS) Nominee for Music Supervision in Television – Drama 2013
- Guild of Music Supervisors Award (GMS) Nominee for Music Supervision in Television – Comedy or Musical
- 2013 Guild of Music Supervisors Award (GMS) Nominee for Music Supervision in Reality Television
- 2012 TJ Martell Humanitarian Award Recipient 2012 BMI Urban Award Winner
- 2012 American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) “Music Supervisor of the Year” Libera Award Winner 2012 ASCAP Pop Award Winner
- 2012 BMI Pop Award Winner (2x)
- 2012 No. 80 on Billboard Magazine’s Power 100 List
- 2012 Guild of Music Supervisors Award (GMS) Nominee for Music Supervision in Reality Television
- 2011 National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) “Best in the Biz” Award Winner
- 2011 ASCAP Pop Award Winner 2011 BMI Urban Award Winner
- 2010 National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) “Best in the Biz” Award Winner
- 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) Nominee for Outstanding Music Supervision
- 2010 Guild of Music Supervisors Award (GMS) Nominee for Music Supervision in Film
- 2010 Guild of Music Supervisors Award (GMS) Nominee for Music Supervision in Television 2009 National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) “Best in the Biz” Award Winner
- 2009 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) Winner for Outstanding Music Supervision
As Vice President of Music, Daryl Berg is responsible for Shine America’s music strategy, expanding the company’s music portfolio, helping to develop music-based productions and building licensing properties across scripted, unscripted and digital productions.
Berg, who has been with Shine America since 2011, has launched a monthly concert series coined Brown Bag Sessions at the company’s Hollywood headquarters, featuring artists such as All America Rejects, Shiny Toy Guns and Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy.
Prior to joining Shine America, Berg served as Director of Music for FUEL TV, where he spearheaded the overall music strategy for the network. His responsibilities at FUEL ranged from music supervision to licensing and booking bands to overseeing the network’s music marketing campaigns. Berg helped attract top acts to FUEL TV’s “The Daily Habit,” including LMFAO, Mumford & Sons and many others.
Before FUEL TV, Berg was Director, Business Development for EMI Music, developing business opportunities for the company and creating new media licensing proposals, including digital music subscriptions, internet radio, online video and set-top box content deals.
Previously, Berg co-created Crusty Old Time, Inc., a music supervision and placement company based in Los Angeles. He also formerly served as Vice President, Strategic Planning for The Orchard, an independent music and video distribution company.
Berg is a graduate of the University at Albany and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Nina and their dogs Plum and Rex. Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content and through its global Shine 360˚ division, building brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers.
Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser, Tabatha Takes Over and upcoming series The Face; adaptations of Shine Group formats MasterChef, Minute to Win It, One Born Every Minute and Parental Control; long-running scripted hits The Office, Ugly Betty, and The Tudors; and over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many of these produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.
Lisa’s career at Music Dealers began directly after graduating from Columbia College in Chicago where she studied the wonderfully intricate world of music licensing and publishing.
Demonstrating her passion for independent music and deep industry knowledge, Lisa quickly worked her way up from intern to valuable employee.
Now the Manager of Business Development of Music Dealer’s New York office and self-titled “Professional Music Fan,” Lisa advises her clients like BMW, Victoria’s Secret and HBO on how to best leverage music to help tell brand stories and build rich, authentic connections with consumers, while working to ensure that the Music Dealers artist community receives maximum exposure from the placements. A Connecticut native,
Lisa describes the move from Chicago to the bustling Big Apple as a no-brainer, mostly because of the difference in pizza.
Steven Scharf’s 44 years in the recording industry has covered areas of record producing, A&R, music publishing and the representation of record producers and film/tv composers.
In 1991, he founded Steven Scharf Entertainment, a producer management company, and ventured with legendary music publisher Freddy Bienstock of Carlin America overseeing Carlin’s Creative and Film & TV Divisions.
Since then, SSE has represented a wide array of international producers and film composers and licenses artists for film and television. Steven is also a founding member and VP of the Music Managers Forum-US and a voting member of The Recording Academy.
Cindy Badell-Slaughter is the President of Heavy Hitters Music Group, and a 28 year music industry veteran. Prior to taking the reins at Heavy Hitters Music she was the West Coast Director of Music Operations at CBS Broadcasting.
For 10 years she helped manage the day to day music clearance, licensing and general music operations for many award winning shows such as Touched by An Angel, CSI, CSI NY, CSI Miami, Survivor and countless other series, reality shows and movies.
Today, Cindy, along with her husband, Bill Slaughter, own Heavy Hitters Music Group, an Emmy award-winning catalog of over 10,000 songs representing the works of 950 independent songwriters and artists, and whose primary purpose is to provide hit-quality, Indie artist and source music to the Film, TV and advertising communities.
In addition, Heavy Hitters Music also provides the Film and TV industry with superior music clearance, licensing and music administration services.
Anita Chinkes Ratner is Senior Vice President of Music and Media Licensing at Viacom Media Networks, where she oversees music licensing and rights clearance for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo. She works closely with publishers, labels and artists and leads her team with a strategic approach that fosters and creates opportunities for music placements. She has in-depth knowledge and experience with music licensing across all media platforms.
In addition to licensing, Anita is an integral part of the company’s music discovery initiative that supports the promotion of emerging artists.
Leading a talented team of 50 based in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles, Anita oversees music licensing for: “Catfish”, “Movie Awards”, “Woodies”, “Video Music Awards”, “Unplugged”, “Crossroads”, “Jersey Shore”, “Mob Wives”, “Teen Mom”, “Unplugged”, “Crossroads”, “Behind the Music”, “Beavis and Butt-Head”, “Storytellers”, “Buckwild”, “Made”, “Awkward”, “Ridiculousness”, “World of Jenks”, “Big Morning Buzz Live”, “Best Week Ever”, “Real World”, “Love and Hip Hop”, “Crazy Heart”, “Jackass The Movie” and many more.
Prior to her current role, Anita was VP of Music and Media Licensing for MTV Networks, handling licensing and clearances for MTVN channels worldwide, which included MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon channels across the globe.
Anita has been a Music Supervisor and Music Consultant on several film and television projects, and prior to her work in licensing and Production, she worked in International Program Sales for CBS.
Anita currently resides in New York City with her husband and two young children. She has been a fan of music for as long as she can remember. She feels incredibly lucky to be able to work in a creative environment and she especially loves and appreciates the artist discovery that comes along with her job.
As a boutique agency in its twelfth year of business, Optic Noise works closely with its musical clients, providing guidance, consultation and representation.
Optic Noise specializes in indie and alternative pop and rock music, with a strong focus on servicing music supervisors’ immediate needs and tastes in those genres. Since its inception, Optic Noise has successfully placed hundreds of its clients’ tracks in film, TV, video and commercials.
Previous to forming Optic Noise, Lisa worked in a number of capacities within the music industry: as Manager of Artist Relations at Redband Broadcasting, an online production company; Distribution and Marketing Director for Shindig Records; Promotions Manager for Fan Asylum, whose clients included Aerosmith, Fox Television, and Madonna; and ultimately as a personal artist manager. As a manager, she oversaw national and international tours, promotions and multiple record and publishing deals for her artists.
Lisa hails from Albuquerque, NM, spent several blurry and awesome years in New Orleans and an extra long stay in San Francisco before locating to Los Angeles. She has a long standing love of indie rock, old school power pop and desserts of all kinds.
He worked his way through school at a production company, where he handled sound and lighting for concerts, while also booking campus shows and working as a college marketing rep for I.R.S. Records, and later, Capitol Records. After graduating, Granat moved to Los Angeles, where he began his career in the realm of film and TV music.
He worked at Warner/Chappell Music in the synch licensing department, handling such clients as MTV, VH1 & Lifetime, before leaving to run the day-to-day operations at boutique publishing company Barton Music. After a few freelance music supervision gigs, he took a job on the studio side of the business in Warner Bros.
Television’s music department, handling song clearance for shows like Veronica Mars, One Tree Hill and The Closer. In 2007, Granat returned to music publishing, joining the film & TV department at Chrysalis Music Group, where he pitched artists/songwriters like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blondie and The Walkmen for placements, as well as overseeing the Chrysalis Web presence and acting as product manager for the several Chrysalis artists/writers, including Seether, Eastern Conference Champions, Clint Lowery and Finger Eleven. In early 2012, Granat was upped to Vice President, Marketing, Film & Television, at the company, now BMG Chrysalis.
With 20 years in music publishing, Lambert oversees all of Universal Music Publishing Group’s U.S. synchronization business and drives revenue through creative placements of UMPG’s vast catalog in Film, Television and Advertising.
He works closely with artists, writers and senior executives worldwide and is very instrumental in arranging UMPG artist and writer collaborations to create original songs for Films, TV and Commercials.
Lambert has signed key Film & Television administration deals the company has completed with Warner Bros. Pictures and Television, DreamWorks, HBO and Lakeshore Entertainment and manages those relationships along with other major film studios as well. .
Lambert is based at the company’s worldwide headquarters in Santa Monica. Prior to joining Universal, Lambert spent a collective six years as Vice President of Advertising, Film & Television Music for Zomba Music Publishing/Jive Records and BMG Music Publishing respectively.
Tim is responsible for all licensing and business affairs activities for HoriPro Entertainment Group, including negotiating and drafting synch licenses for film and tv commercials, as well as exclusive songwriter, administration, and catalog acquisition agreements.
He received his J.D. from the University of Memphis, where he was a recipient of the Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholarship, the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, and the CALI Award for Excellence, in addition to serving as the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
A music industry veteran with over ten years experience in music publishing, Tim worked at Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Acuff-Rose Music Publishing prior to joining HoriPro.
Clarkson is the Co-Founder & EVP of MusicSynk, www.musicsynk.com, an innovative sync-licensing platform that empowers rights holders and supervisors by creating a networked marketplace and exchange for deal transactions, and addresses the inefficiencies, costs and complexities of facilitating and securing sync rights. MusicSynk has registered >100 customers during a private beta and is working with partners such as Bluewater, Bigger Picture, GoTee, Naxos, and it has an exclusive partnership with the Hank Williams Estate.
With more than10 years in digital media, Clarkson is also a Founder & CEO of Maestro, www.maestro.fm, a connected media platform that provides cross platform access, management, control, and storage of your entire music library from anywhere on demand. Maestro addresses the inefficiencies and challenges with connecting to and storing your media on various devices, operating systems, and networks.
Clarkson is also the Managing Partner of Magnolia Crescent Enterprises, a consulting and investment group with a focus on digital media, technology, and natural resources. Clarkson is currently advising several early and growth stage companies, and is also on the Board of the NYVC. Previously, he worked at Talus Capital, an early stage private equity fund in New York, and spent several years in private wealth management for Sagemark Consulting and Lincoln Financial Group. He graduated from the University of Richmond and received his MBA from the University of Georgia. Clarkson grew up in Savannah, GA, and currently lives in NYC.
MusicSynk is an innovative licensing accelerator platform, focused on copyright integrity, user transparency, and innovative features serving both rights holders and music supervisors. MusicSynk addresses the inefficiencies, costs and complexities of securing licensing rights through a networked marketplace and exchange that simplifies the process. The Company is connecting the world’s music licensing professionals to make them more productive and successful.
Launched in 2013, MusicSynk is quickly becoming a game-changing platform within the world of sync licensing. MusicSynk is currently working with well-known rights holders, supervisors, and brands such as the Hank Williams Estate, the Jimmy Van Heusen Estate, Bluewater Music, Bigger Picture Group, GoTee Records, Naxos, Average Joe Entertainment, Ditto Music, Hogan Media, Big Kenny, Sara Evans, The Collective, BBC, Documentary Channel, and Rated i Creative.
Gerald V. Casale, co-founder and chief strategist of the seminal new wave band Devo, has more experience than most when it comes to the ins and outs of the music rights licensing market.
As co-writer of many of Devo’s songs – including consistent earners “Whip It”, “That’s Good” and “Beautiful World” – he’s seen sync rights contribute significantly to the band’s bottom line.
Early in their career, the group saw the opportunity to expand their revenue streams beyond label and publishing deals into merch, sync, endorsement, touring, multimedia and production, taking a more businesslike, corporate outlook towards their band and brand — one that many perceived as tongue-in-cheek at the time, but turns out to have been prescient.
And, as a producer and director of TV ads (Miller Lite, Nintendo, World Health Organization) and music videos (Foo Fighters, Rush, Soundgarden), he’s been involved in both buying and selling of music rights and is a witness to the (d)evolution of the marketplace.
He got his start as an artist, but then transitioned into management at Crush, whose acts include Train, Sia, Travie McCoy, and Tyga.
He later went on to found his own company where he handles multi platinum producer Battleroy (Eminem, Chris Brown, Demi Lovato), Grammy nominated songwriter/ artist Ryan Leslie, and the alt-hip hop act Chiddy Bang.
He’s also worked extensively on music strategy for brands like Taco Bell, Converse, Jeep, Axe, Microsoft as well as landing synchs on TV, Film, and video games like Madden, The Sims, NBA 2K. As a partner in the music licensing company Jingle Punks—whom CNN called “the iTunes meets Pandora of music libraries”—he’s formed a brand new music publishing company called Pop-Up Music, which boasts a strong focus on synch and branding opps.
This includes negotiating licenses for use of recordings and compositions in tv shows, films, ad campaigns, video games, web videos, and compilations.
He has also signed over 150 bands to publishing deals, to sister company House of Hassle Publishing. Gandhar is also the managing partner of Savur & Pellecchia, LLP, a boutique corporate, entertainment and IP law firm. In his private practice, Gandhar represents bands, labels, managers, producers, and entrepreneurs, in all of their legal and business matters.
Keith D’Arcy handles licensing for advertising & catalog acquisition for SONGS.
With 18 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor for EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith D’Arcy has placed hundreds of songs and master recordings in campaigns for global brands like Nike, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines and Heineken.
In his spare time he’s an avid record collector.
KamranV has built an elegant bridge between technology and artistry creating Interscope’s multi-million dollar mobile business and serving as producer for DVD-Audio projects of Nine Inch Nails, Sting and Beck.
He often works as an executive strategist for global clients including Hyundai’s RE:GENERATION music project, SONOS and Levis.
He continues to produce concert films, webcasts and live albums with his studio Bedrock.LA as home base.
As a member of the Grammy’s LA Chapter Producer and Engineer Wing Committee, he works to continue to give creatives a home to create and POP-AUT he extends this work to tangible action providing a self-service platform for creators to pay each other automatically.
He then made the transition over to independent music supervision working as an assistant to Dawn Soler. Dawn has been supervising Film and TV for over twenty years, working on movies such as Dumb and Dumber, Princess Diaries I & II, Catwoman, Dead Man Walking, Hollywood Homicide, Enchanted and more. Tony co-supervised a couple of films with Dawn and some on his own before making his way over to Television as a music supervisor for the hit series Ugly Betty.
He supervised Ugly Betty for one season and was hired at ABC Studios to work as Creative Director for the TV music department.
ABC Studios produces over eighteen series shows for multiple broadcast and cable networks and currently have twenty-one pilots in production. Some of the series shows include Army Wives, Castle, Cougar Town, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings, Nashville, Once Upon A Time, Private Practice, Revenge, and Scandal.
As Creative Director for ABC Studios, he oversees all aspects of music for the shows they produce as well as pitching music to ABC Marketing & Promo and the shows he supervises in-house. He also is also a co-founder of The Happiest Hour, a TV/FILM/MUSIC industry mixer that has been around for eight years and still running.
Alisa Coleman has been with ABKCO Music & Records for over twenty-five years. She is in the unique position of overseeing business development and global licensing of the companies music publishing, record and film catalog for all media. As executive in charge of soundtracks, Alisa develops business relationships with entertainment companies to manufacture and distribute physical and digital soundtrack releases worldwide.
ABKCO’s catalog includes all THE ROLLING STONES compositions and master recordings prior to 1971 including “(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION” and “JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH”. ABKCO also owns all of the compositions and controls the recordings of the late great SAM COOKE (“YOU SEND ME”, “HAVING A PARTY”), as well as BOBBY WOMACK’s compositions which include “BREEZIN'”. ABKCO also owns recordings and compositions by THE KINKS, THE ANIMALS (recordings), and MARIANNE FAITHFULL.
Its soundtrack division has released recordings from the critically acclaimed Wes Anderson films – the Oscar Nominated score by Alexandre Desplat of Fantastic Mr. Fox, the soundtrack to Darjeeling Ltd, and the #1 hit on Billboard Classical charts, Moonrise Kingdom, the Edgar Wright heralded film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with music by BECK and NIGEL GODRICH, the Justin Lin franchise hit soundtrack Fast Five, the Paul Rudd comedy Our Idiot Brother, the television soundtrack to Californication and many others.
ABKCO’s film division includes the midnight movies classics from Alejandro Jodorowsky – El Topo and Holy Mountain as well as THE ROLLING STONES music documentaries Sympathy for the Devil, Rock and Roll Circus and the soon to be released Charlie Is My Darling.
She has negotiated various sampling/derivative rights requests including released: the #1 song of the decade MARIAH CAREY – “WE BELONG TOGETHER” – BMI – Top Urban Song of the Year which includes a sample use of BOBBY WOMACK’S “IF YOU THINK YOU’RE LONELY NOW” – TALIB KWELI’s “MIDNIGHT HOUR” which includes a sample of the SHIRELLES “MAMA SAID” – BONE THUGZ & HARMONY – “STREETS” – includes a sample of BOBBY WOMACK’S “ACROSS 110TH STREET” — 50 CENT – “WHAT IF” on his soundtrack album – GET RICH OR DIE TRYING —DONNY OSMOND – a number one UK charted hit “BREEZE ON BY” – a derivative of BOBBY WOMACK’S “BREEZIN” — COMMON (featuring KANYE WEST) recording “FOOD” which includes a sample of SAM COOKE’S “NOTHING CAN CHANGE THIS LOVE”.
As Executive in Charge of Soundtracks, Alisa worked with iTunes to develop the first special episodic segment soundtrack release in an “uberpage” environment, where the soundtrack of the high acclaimed Showtime series Californication (starring David Duchovny) would be released as three segments during the run of the season culminating in a full soundtrack release.
As part of the new media initiative at ABKCO, Alisa has spearheaded the licensing and specialization of cross promotional opportunities of ABKCO’s compositions and recordings in various video games as well as other merchandise including greeting cards and lyric only products such as tee shirts and jewelry.
Among the acclaimed commercials negotiated by Alisa is the Sony Bravia campaign which utilizes THE ROLLING STONES recording of “SHE’S A RAINBOW”. The commercial received Gold Awards from both Cannes Lion and Clio in 2008 and an innovative synchronization/crossbranding campaign which revitalized the catalog Rolling Stones composition “I’M FREE” by having the original Rolling Stones recording remixed by several notables such as MOBY, FATBOY SLIM, POSTAL SERVICE, HOT CHIP and DJ SHADOW for a series of commercials and other advertising opportunities with Chase Bank’s new Freedom Card. Other commercials include THE ROLLING STONES “SHE SAID YEAH” for Chanel Bleu directed by Martin Scorsese, “MAMA SAID” Nissan Commercial, “YOU SEND ME” for Estee Lauder’s Beautiful campaign and recently a comprehensive European campaign for Dior using “SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL” and “PAINT
IT BLACK” as well as SAM COOKE’S “GOOD TIMES” for Nike and the superbowl spot for H&M featuring David Beckham and THE ANIMALS “DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD”.
She has been instrumental in the negotiation and completion of many of the companies largest synchronization deals including: “2000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME” in Men In Black III, “GIMME SHELTER” in Robert Zemeckis’s film Flight, various songs in the David Chase bio-pic, “LET’S TWIST AGAIN” and “The WAH-WATUSI” in The Help, “GIMME SHELTER” for celebrated Call of Duty – Black Ops trailer, American Idol’s Rolling Stones night, “GIMME SHELTER” in The Departed; “SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL” in Tropic Thunder, “YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT-REMIX” in 21; “STREET FIGHTING MAN” in Michael Moore’s film Sicko, as well as several KINKS and a ROLLING STONES recording in the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Ltd. Her efforts have expanded the licensing of ABKCO compositions and masters onto almost every major and cable network television series including: Glee, CSI, Criminal Minds, American Idol, The Voice, X-Factor, and the Simpsons.
If that wasn’t enough, Alisa is an accomplished art director and in 2006 was named one of the twenty people to watch by Graphic Design Magazine. She has art directed of over thirty releases including all of THE ROLLING STONES “Remastered Series” CD’s and the Grammy Winning DVD – “Sam Cooke Legend”. Her work in this area has been recognized by the Clio Awards, New York Art Directors Club and the AIGA amongst others. Alisa has won the “Graphic Design USA Award of Excellence” for THE ROLLING STONES “Sympathy for the Devil Remix” lenticular package and the recent “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out Box Set” and the InStep Design Award for Volumes 1 and 2 of “The Rolling Stones Singles box”.
A former graduate from The Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford, Alisa began her career at The Harry Fox Agency co-directing the synchronization licensing department while interacting with music publishers and production companies to negotiate music rights. She is currently a board member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers in New York, a publishing board member of A2IM, a member of NARAS, AIGA and CMA and the president of her Coop Board of Directors at her building in NYC. She is a frequent speaker at industry events including Billboard conferences and universities.
He is the CEO of the music licensing marketplace Sync Exchange – http://syncexchange.com – launching in Q2 2013) , the Chair of the Sync Summit – http://syncsummit.com and a regular columnist on music licensing for Billboard Magazine, Music2Deal and the Sync Exchange Blog
Also, Mark has organized more than 200 concerts and events and co-developed and launched the official US Ringtone charts with Billboard Magazine (Later part of Nielsen Mobile) as well as having founded and managed (as CEO) the mobile market research consultancy, Consect. Under his leadership, Consect successfully organized mobile entertainment industry conferences, partnered with Billboard to develop the Official US Ringtone Charts, developed numerous content businesses for companies including Lagardere, France Telecom and Index Holdings and published a series of key mobile industry newsletters and reports.
The ringtone charting system, launched in October 2004 within 180 days of development with more than 85% of US sales tabulated weekly, served as the foundation for Nielsen Mobile.
In the US mobile content market, Frieser was responsible for a number of firsts, including conceiving the world’s first Hip-Hop ringtone brand and label (Blingtones), one of the first mobile entertainment partnerships with a major celebrity (Carmen Electra) and one of the first US SMS-based game of skill for prizes and rewards.
As SVP of Marketing, BD and Content at Zedge.net, IDT’s 18MM member mobile content portal, he successfully co-managed and developed the site’s redesign, helped grow Zedge.net from 5MM to 13MM members, implemented SMS-based content services, and managed high-level branded content services with partners that included Lionsgate, Overture Films, Starz Media, Ghost House Mobile, Music World Music (Beyonce and more than 30 other artists), Thomas Dolby, DEVO, among others.
From 2011-2012, he oversaw product and marketing at Citypath, a portfolio company of Jerusalem Venture partners – a Jerusalem-based VC fund with more than $1BL under management.
During his tenure, the website was redesigned and relaunched, the mobile app was developed and usage grew by 2000% within six months.
As a published journalist and expert on music and technology, Frieser has been quoted extensively in leading business and consumer publications and outlets that include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Essence Magazine, USA Today, NPR, NY Post, LA Times and Wired, and is a frequent speaker at conferences covering interactive entertainment, content and technologies.
Lynne Lummel, ASCAP Senior Vice President of Distribution and Repertory, oversees the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars in domestic and international royalty payments each year to ASCAP’s songwriter, composer and publisher members for the public performances of their music. Each year ASCAP receives millions of work registrations and hundreds of billions of musical performance notifications from music users such as TV, radio, Internet, background music, digital jukebox, live concerts, theme parks and even circuses and ice shows.
She has been instrumental in introducing video and audio pattern-recognition technologies at ASCAP to be able to expand ASCAP’s ability to obtain musical performance data at the same time it streamlines operations and reduces costs. Since joining ASCAP in 1988, she has also worked with the Licensing, Legal and Human Resources Departments.
Papers on her work at ASCAP have been published in the Journal of High Performance Teams and Reward and Recognition for Teams (Jossey-Bass) and presented at industry conferences. She has represented ASCAP on industry panels and has made presentations to industry groups. She has a doctoral degree from Columbia University, a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading US Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing over 8.5 million musical works of every style and genre for more than 415,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organization so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances.
Since 2003 Tim Riley has served as Vice President of Music Affairs for Activision/Blizzard, the world’s largest video game publisher, subsidiary of Fortune 250 Company Vivendi Universal and one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies.” In this role, Tim is responsible for overseeing the growth and development of music and audio needs worldwide for Activision’s multi-million-dollar game franchises, including Call of Duty, Skylanders, Destiny, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, James Bond, True Crime, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, and many others.
Tim has been a trailblazer in the entertainment industry for the last 20 years, bringing extensive music industry depth to the interactive and digital media space. His close relationships with artists and talent management has enabled Riley to license more than 3,500 songs, culminating in numerous critically-acclaimed and award-winning video game soundtracks, and has structured product, promotion and marketing deals with renowned artists and bands including JAY-Z, Eminem, Taylor Swift, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Joe of Green Day and Matt Bellamy of Muse, for live performances, events, television campaigns, in-game character appearances, the recording of original game-specific music and more.
Considered to be the leading authority in the music and video game space, Tim is responsible for overseeing content relationships and identifying strategic partnerships and next generation distribution channels to open up new revenue streams. He has structured royalty agreements with record labels and music publishers for on-disc content and downloadable music, and in 2007 he pioneered digital distribution and downloads of music via outlets such as Xbox Live Marketplace and iTunes.
Prior to joining Activision, Tim was the founder and president of two bi-coastal corporations: Westies Music and GO BIG! Entertainment, both music and entertainment lifestyle companies specializing in music supervision and licensing for films, video games and action sports videos. Additionally, he has held positions in A&R with Jive Records-Zomba Publishing, Revolution/Giant Records/Warner Music Group and Geffen, working with industry giants such as Clive Calder, David Geffen and Irving Azoff, and has served as showcase coordinator for the CMJ Music Marathon.
Tim is a regular guest lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles and University of Southern California, and has been an invited speaker at more than 50 industry events including the CMJ Music Marathon, South By Southwest, MIDEM, Music & Media Finland, Electronic Entertainment Expo, In The City, North By Northwest, New Orleans Media Experience and the Billboard Music Conference. He is recognized as one of the most creative minds on this new music frontier, and has garnered acclaim in such reputable outlets as Rolling Stone, Playboy, Billboard, LA Times and MTV. Tim is also the executive producer for Soundgarden’s “Black Rain” and Megadeth’s “Sudden Death,” each nominated for an award at the 53rd Annual Grammys.
Tim Riley worked as a music supervisor on the feature film, “Couples Retreat,” and was the inspiration behind Vince Vaughn’s character, “Dave,” who worked as a Guitar Hero salesman in the film written and directed by Jon Favreau. Tim also worked with the film production crew and game development team to identify code and note-track the song “Lonely is the Night” by Billy Squier.
Tim Riley is a voting member of the Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors, a board member and creative consultant for the National Blues Music Hall of Fame and a board member for scoreAscore.com. In 2004, Riley received the first-ever MTV Video Music Award for “Best Soundtrack for a Video Game” for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2.
Tim Riley studied mass communications at Southeast Missouri State University and has earned an Executive Certificate in Leadership Management from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, with a focus on Effective Leadership, Leading Teams and Organizations, Executive Leadership Strategies and Advanced Negotiations & Strategies for Conflict Management. He currently resides in Venice, CA.
Luciana graduated in Social Communications at University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, majoring in Cultural Marketing at Cândido Mendes University and receiving her MBA in Marketing at IBMEC Business School. Luciana participated in the planning and production of numerous international events, including national tours and open-air concerts to audiences of over 100,000 people for three years during her work at Dell’arte Artistic Productions in Rio de Janeiro.
At Warner Music Brazil, Luciana worked for seven years promoting, launching and disseminating classical, jazz and blues repertoire as well as the marketing of Brazilian artists abroad, managing special projects and the production and launch of the Warner Music Brazil’s first DVDs. At Warner Music, Luciana personally hosted and promoted artists that include: tenors Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo, singers Kiri Te Kanawa and Jessye Norman, the violinist Maxim Vengerov, the vocal group Take 6, guitarists Pat Metheny and Mike Stern, fado singer Misia, among many others. She also worked on international tours with the Brazilian artists Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil and Fafa de Belem.
Before 2003, when she founded the label Delira Musica, Luciana worked as a flutist, having performed and recorded alongside names such as Toninho Horta, Yuri Popoff, Nelson Faria, Vittor Santos, among others. Delira Musica started as a label specialized in classical-jazz-instrumental repertoires, with the aim of promoting high artistic standards of music and attending a public avid for consistent new releases, promoting quality music selected from the independent music scene. From an initial catalog of 16 titles, the company dedicated itself to developing the niche of instrumental music, gaining national recognition as a brand that imprints a seal of quality on its releases. The label Delira Musica has an extensive catalogue of albums and contents that unites important works of many leading musicians, arrangers and Brazilian authors. The label performs advisory work on the record business and career development for musicians and artists from all over Brazil.
Alongside with her work for Delira Musica, Luciana dedicates some of her time to develop the digital market in Brazil. In 2010 she was elected president of ABMI (Brazilian Independent Music Association) and is currently ABMI’s Managing Director. She has led a full and thorough restructuring of the organization. She solved the organization’s deficit issues and increased its revenue by 364% in two years. Also, she has organized discussions, participated in every major industry forums and resumed action for the approval of PEC Da Música, passing the proposed amendment to the Brazilian constitution in two parts in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate’s Commission of Constitution and Justice.
Also, she has participated in all major industry trade fairs in Brazil and abroad. Luciana has promoted the transparency ABMI’s accountancy. She has brought important companies to be members of the ABMI, forging relationships with important entities and companies like ABPD, Som Livre, Roland, Editora Espetáculo, Festa da Música, Midem, Womex, CMW, Merlin, WIN, Sebrae and BNDES, and raised funds for the causes of the sector.
Most recently, the has organized and produced the “ABMI Seminar Digital & Sync” that brought together prominent national and international music industry professionals for 3 days of panels, discussions and meetings in Rio de Janeiro. Luciana has extensively promoted ABMI to the media, creating a vital position for the organization on every significant music agenda. She is also currently a board member of Merlin (a global rights agency representing the world’s most important set of independent music rights). The board of directors is elected for two years and is composed by representatives of the music industry from all over the world. Luciana is the only Latin-American representative and is contributing a Brazilian perspective of the new music industry. Luciana participates at the WIN meetings and discussions as an ABMI representative.
Andrea has done music supervision for film, television and online projects for over ten years.
Credits include music documentaries such as The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights and Butch Walker: Out Of Focus.
Independent films such as (500) Days Of Summer, It’s Kind of A Funny Story, From Prada To Nada, Bellflower and Excision. And studio films such as Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Chronicle and Chasing Mavericks.
Television work includes The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy, Dollhouse and Stargate Universe and numerous MTV shows such as Run’s House and Life Of Ryan.
She is currently working on the independent films Friended To Death and Growing Up And Other Lies in addition to the Hallmark Hall Of Fame TV movie Remember Sunday and the second season of web series Suit Up.
Alex Hackford is head of A&R at Sony Computer Entertainment America.
He is responsible for soundtracks of Gran Turismo, MLB, Sound Shapes, Little Big Planet Karting, and Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale among others.
Prior to SCEA, he was a manager at Sanctuary, as well as A&R at Columbia Records.
Leigh G. S. Henrich is the Director of Licensing at Razor & Tie, where she oversees licensing deals and works on pitching Razor & Tie recording artists and music publishing clients for television, film, ads and other media projects.
Prior to joining Razor & Tie, she held roles at GreenLight Rights and JECO Music where she was responsible for clearing rights to music, celebrities, and film and television clips for advertising and corporate media projects and assisting composers with song production, royalty collection and library track licensing.
Leigh has an in-depth knowledge of music licensing and has had pitching success with recent placements in television shows such as, Rookie Blue, The LA Complex, Cracked, Mob Wives Chicago, Rehab With Dr. Drew Heartland and the independent film, Tiger Eyes.
Lawson Higgins has been working in the music industry in London and predominantly New York for over 16 years and is the Head of Creative at The Royalty Network.
His main focus is A&R and creative licensing and works very closely with music supervisors from advertising, film, TV and computer games.
Lawson is an expert in music licensing, negotiating, creative pitching, A&R and building relationships within the sync community.
He recently moderated at NYU for their internship/career event and the CMJ Synch licensing panel on behalf of the Royalty Network, Inc.
Music executive Karen Lamberton was born in New York and graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
Moving to Los Angeles, she began working for Thorn EMI. Later working as a vice presidential assistant at the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, she worked with such top composers as Ennio Morricone, Hank Zimmer, and Michael Kamen.
Her other stints included being an assistant to Capitol Records president Gary Gersh and being a coordinator at Worlds End whose roster includes producers Steve Lillywhite, Larry Klein, and Don Gehman.
In 1998, Lamberton was hired by Judith Bright, president of Quincy Jones‘ music publishing company, as a creative director.
As the head of Getty Images Music, Melinda L. Lee leads the company’s digital music business focusing on business development, strategic partners including labels, publishers and artists and new digital platforms.
Lee is responsible for the implementation of Getty Images Music’s growth strategy and development of strategic relationships both with existing and new customers.
Since joining Getty Images Music in April 2011, Lee has expanded the music offering by 30-percent by brokering distribution deals and partnerships with innovative music creators and content providers.
Lee also created and launched Getty Images Music’s GUESTLIST- Getty’s high-end music offering and placement service.
Prior to Getty Images, Lee co-founded Uncensored Interview, a digital producer and licensor of interview content which a focuses on bands, artists and other influencers. Prior to co-founding Uncensored Interview, Lee headed content management & strategy at Joost and ushered traditional media programming into the digital age by leading company-wide content and licensing partnerships at MTV Networks for over 6 years.
Steven Masur focuses his practice on corporate finance, M&A, intellectual property, strategic transactions, entertainment and new business concepts. He has over 20 years of experience advising digital media and entertainment clients on their corporate and intellectual property transactions and day-to-day business issues.
Mr. Masur brings unique strategic business experience to CDAS. He has counseled enterprise level clients including Shazam, Virgin Mobile, Liberty Media, Yamaha, Nielsen Buzzmetrics, Bob Vila and Conde Nast Publications in corporate, digital media, and new business matters. He has also helped clients in a wide variety of early stage businesses, including mobile, games, digital music, film, publishing, advertising, retail sales, software and hardware to achieve breakthrough results.
Mr. Masur’s transactional experience includes a wide variety of deals in angel and venture capital finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions in the US and abroad. He is passionate about helping new businesses break through to the mass market, and frequently assists clients with identifying and formalizing partnership opportunities with Fortune 500 and celebrity brands. Mr. Masur is especially knowledgeable about mobile, internet, social media, emerging content distribution models, e-commerce, games and mobile payments.
Mr. Masur serves a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards and industry associations, lectures and regularly writes about major issues in venture capital, emerging businesses, entertainment law, technology and corporate strategy.
Over the course of his fifteen year career in the music industry, Kenny Ochoa has collaborated with some of the most ground-breaking artists and executives in music, entertainment and brand building to execute multi-million dollar deals and strategic partnerships with Madison Avenue, Hollywood studios, and Silicon Valley.
Currently, as Senior Vice President, Creative Sync Licensing & Soundtracks at Warner Bros Records, Kenny and his department are responsible for identifying and securing synchronization licensing and soundtrack opportunities for the Warner Bros Records developing and established roster of artists.
He and his team have consistently delivered timely marketing drivers and revenue for key releases such as Black Keys (Warner Bros Pictures’ Dark Shadows, The Campaign and Summit’s Warm Bodies marketing campaigns), Linkin Park (NBA Playoffs and Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter tie-in/marketing campaigns), Muse (NCAA March Madness campaign), Green Day (all Green Day CSI:NY episode and promo campaign), Tegan & Sara (HBO’s GIRLS and Fox’s GLEE) and developing artist success stories such as Gary Clark Jr, to just name a few.
Previously as Vice President of Music Licensing at Sony Music Entertainment, Kenny was responsible for identifying and securing new licensing opportunities for Sony Music’s vast catalog of 2 million master recordings and frontline artists as the company’s chief liaison to the advertising and brand community. While at Sony, Kenny brokered high profile deals including Train with Samsung & Coke, Passion Pit with Palm Pixi, Brandi Carlile with General Motors, John Mayer with Hallmark, Ray LaMontagne with Travelers and worldwide Apple advertising campaigns featuring The Ting Tings, Franz Ferdinand and Cake.
Prior to his role at Sony, Kenny served as Vice President of Film and TV Licensing at Sanctuary Records Group where he was responsible for marketing, pitching and placing music on acclaimed and influential, musically driven first seasons of television shows such as The O.C, The Sopranos, Entourage and Grey’s Anatomy and first and early use of licensed music in video games (Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, Grand Theft Auto) as well as an award-winning Hewlett Packard campaign featuring The Kinks “Picture Book”.
Before working in music licensing, Kenny held various roles in the music business in radio, entertainment law and running his own Los Angeles based independent record label after recording two albums of his own and being signed as a recording artist.
Pedro is a scientist, music technologist and founder and currently the CTO of Barcelona Music & Audio Technologies (BMAT).
Pedro holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
He is the author of a book on audio fingerprinting and semantic audio, and of more than 45 publications. Cano holds 5 patents in the area of audio and music computing. Previously he was a Senior Scientist an assistant professor in the Department of Technology at UPF in Barcelona.
At BMAT, we analyze, index, and recognize all the music in the world to provide search, recommendation and monitoring solutions to the music industry.
BMAT is a global leader in music monitoring, tracking more than 2,000 TV and radio channels worldwide to service more than 35 Performing Rights Organizations across Europe, Americas and Asia and hundreds of labels and publishers. BMAT provides music recommendation to companies such as Samsung.
As a digital marketer, she has been a co-founder of successful start-ups from K2 Design to StyleTrek where she worked with emerging as well as established brands such as Audi, LEGO and Oakley.
Early on she has built e-commerce sites for Vibe, Spin & Blaze magazines through her VC-backed digital agency BoutiqueY3k.
She has also helped build the digital footprint and e-commerce sites of global brands such as Burberry, Nine West, and La Perla.
She proudly serves on the board of Music Unites and Venture for America.
Craig heads up the U.S. advertising markets division for major independent music publisher peermusic. In his role he manages all aspects of the division and is responsible for developing and implementing business strategies, quoting and licensing on all commercial projects as well as all creative activities including music searches, artist development and original music production.
He established the advertising markets division in 2000 and under his guidance, the division continues an impressive growth rate providing music for hundred’s of national spots including Pontiac, Visa, Nike, Delta, Macy’s, Lincoln, GM, Kohl’s, Guitar Hero and Covergirl. GE’s global branding initiative, which was nominated for an Emmy, utilized the peer controlled Donovan classic, “Catch the Wind.”
Craig’s unique experiences and rich background have positioned him as a leader and expert in the coming together of the mainstream music industry and the advertising world. His peers view him as a strategic marketing specialist with experience in creative development, production, publishing, promotions, marketing, communication and brand development.
Prior to coming to peermusic, Craig served as Head of Marketing and Executive Producer for Nashville based Still Music Group (SMG) where he played a key role in building the company into one of the countries top commercial music houses garnering over 100 top industry awards. He additionally spent seven years as an adjunct professor in Belmont University’s world renowned music business program.
Craig is an alumnus of Leadership Music Currier is connected to the Nashville Music Industry through a number of affiliations including NARAS, AFM, NAF, AAF and BMI.
Jeannette is the VP of Music for Brands & Advertising/Licensing at Sony Music Entertainment.
Jeannette serves as Sony Music’s liaison to the advertising and brand community. She is responsible for creatively pitching, identifying and securing new licensing opportunities for Sony’s vast catalog of over one million master recordings.
Recent successes include placements with Toyota, Bud Light, AT&T, Walmart, Microsoft, Chevy, and JC Penny, among others. With over ten years of experience, Jeannette offers expertise in the art of creative music placement, licensing, copyright and valuation of music.
Jeannette is also an attorney with bar admittance in NY, NJ and FL.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
Born in Chicago and raised in the ‘burbs, Zach Pollakoff was a music person from early on. He often describes his music taste as an amalgamation of his dad’s cassette case lodged under the passenger seat of his late 80’s Jeep Wrangler: “Somewhere between Madonna’s “Madonna” and Led Zeppelin IV.”
Though an avid live music fan and in bands throughout Junior High and High School, it was in college at Indiana University when it really became his life. As a DJ, and later the General Manager, at student station, WIUX, he learned about more about music than ever before. He helped the station make the move to FM and then fought alongside Indiana Congressmen to keep us there.
After a stint of LPFM advocacy, Pollakoff moved to Brooklyn to work for indie giant, Beggars Group/Matador Records as a radio and video promoter. From Beggars, Pollakoff founded Twosyllable Records, a finely curated collection of some of his favorite young artists: Holiday Shores, Candy Claws, Distractions, Dream Love, New Villager, BELL, and more…
Later that year, while working on supervising a film, Pollakoff was introduced to the advertising industry. He spent a few years working at music and film production companies with some amazingly talented people before landing at Grey Group in 2010.
At this point, Pollakoff has worked with tons of bands (Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent, Holiday Shores, Jay Reatard, Candy Claws), tons of brands (DirecTV, NFL, Canon, Dairy Queen, E*Trade, Heineken, Rag+Bone), written (FADER, IDS, Herald-Times), supervised (ASOS.com, We’re Glad You’re Here), played, acted, voiced, etc.
Prior to opening her own shop, she served as Executive Vice President, Global Brand Partnerships, Licensing and Synchronization for EMI Music, where she had responsibility for the licensing of all EMI assets for inclusion in film, television and branded products and services on a worldwide basis.
She oversaw partnership efforts on behalf of EMI’s labels and artists with consumer brands, including Nissan, Apple, Diet Coke, L’Oreal, Target, Ford, Royal Caribbean, General Motors, Logitech UE and Sauza Tequila among others.
Additionally, Ms. Sexton led efforts to establish EMI’s Mobile Applications and Video Game business, working closely with Ubisoft, Electronic Arts (EA), Activision and others. She was instrumental in delivering the groundbreaking video game, “The Beatles: Rock Band,” with partner Harmonix Music Systems.
Before ascending to EMI Music North America, Ms. Sexton held a number of senior roles in licensing, marketing and new media at EMI’s Virgin Records, where she spearheaded many of the label’s earliest strategic marketing and digital initiatives.
She joined Virgin Records and Virgin Publishing in 1988 as Head of Business Affairs.
Nine years ago, Jonathan founded Crush Management. Crush represents more than a dozen artists and producers including Fall Out Boy, Courtney Love and Hole, Panic! at the Disco, Travie Mc Coy and Gym Class Heroes, Train, Cobra Starship, Chiddy Bang, Wavves and Butch Walker, as well as Big Champagne.com, the world leader in peer to peer measurement and Angels & Kings bars in NY, LA, Chicago, and Barcelona.
Nicole Cifani – Digital, BMW Guggenheim Lab at Guggenheim Museum, DJ, Journaliss
Nicole is an executive producer, writer, DJ and all around geek, passionate about creating innovative experiences through new media.
In a changing media landscape she helps drive businesses forward through strategic partnerships, planning, and full circle project execution.
Nicole worked at Mobile Roadie as head of VIP Client/Partner Relations where she produced cutting-edge apps for the likes of the Stanley Cup-winning LA Kings, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Madonna, and international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. She handled partner relations and oversaw the company’s launch in China.
Prior, she worked at Yahoo! Music as Interactive Director of Partner Relations. At Yahoo!, she worked closely with content providers to secure features and exclusive material for the site. She programmed audio & video content for the site’s 300+ music channels and oversaw social media strategy.
While at KCRW, she handled content management and page buildouts for kcrw.com. She oversaw social media initiatives leading to over 30,000 friends, followers, and fans of the station.
As an Associate Producer at the now-defunct Ten Music, Nicole worked with major advertising agencies to produce original music for brands like Grey Goose, Oil of Olay, DirecTV, Mercedes, John Frieda and the NHL. She worked with top-tier music producers including the original members of the Black Eyed Peas, The Transcenders, RedCola, and The Rondo Brothers. She secured indie bands for online branding campaigns for Toyota and Target and helped build proprietary technologies alongside cutting-edge interactive shops like Hello Design.
As a writer she contributes to Indie Shuffle, Seen All Over, Yahoo’s As Heard On, and Laist.
She hosts two radio programs on Moheak.com (formerly Indie 103.1 Los Angeles) and KCHUNG Radio.
Josh Deutsch – Chairman/CEO, Downtown Music
Downtown Music Chairman, CEO and co-founder Josh Deutsch oversees Downtown Records, Downtown Music Publishing, Downtown Music Services (DMS) and is Chairman of RCRDLBL.com, the premiere on line music discovery site.
Deutsch, who was previously Senior Vice President, A&R at Virgin Records and also served as Executive Vice President at Elektra Entertainment and Vice President, A&R at Capital Records, has been responsible for over 25 million albums sold, discovering and overseeing the recording careers of artists including Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids, Jason Mraz, Justice, Santigold, Jet, Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind and Megadeth, among many others.
In A&R and marketing capacities, he has worked with a wide range of other top-selling and critically hailed artists from Metallica and Mos Def to A Perfect Circle and Natalie Merchant.
Mr. Deutsch graduated from Brown University and attended New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Nick Guarino is the Director of Film & TV Music for Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and is responsible for licensing the company’s master recordings in advertising. Since 2004, Mr. Guarino has negotiated the placement of many of the most recognizable recordings for the world’s biggest brands. Working with the largest catalog of recorded music, now having grown considerably with the acquisition of EMI in 2012, Mr. Guarino licenses not only today’s top hits but masters from throughout Universal’s rich history.
Mr. Guarino also leads UMe’s business development efforts in finding opportunities for its music in the realm of mobile and social apps. With an extensive background in licensing to traditional video games and consumer products, he has successfully experimented with new licensing models to bring UMe’s music to emerging technologies.
Prior to joining UMe, Mr. Guarino was the Marketing Manager for Universal Studios Operations Group and served as an Associate Producer at SOFA Entertainment, the owner of The Ed Sullivan Show library. Mr. Guarino earned a BA in Communications at Virginia Tech.
Mollie is currently Senior Director of rock/pop A&R Director for Capitol Records and an agent for the boutique Film/TV licensing company Lip Sync Music.
She got into music through the Alternative radio station WBCN my last year of college producing the local show and moved Los Angeles in 2003 to join the A&R department at RCA Records.
After that she joined Velvet Hammer Music and Management where she scouted and did day-to-day management duties on OneRepublic.
Prior to Capitol, she was A&R at Atlantic Records where I signed upcoming Elektra act Kitten.
She’s really good at making mixtapes for her friends.
She’s not very good at cooking, but has high aspirations and can make a mean omelet if necessary.
Jumee Park serves as VP of Film/TV Music at Downtown Music Publishing, where she oversees film, television, and trailer placement for a catalog of songs by John Lennon, Santigold, Mos Def, Jewel, Motley Crue, and many more.
Prior to Downtown Publishing, Jumee has worked at Domino Publishing, Agoraphone Music Supervision, ASCAP, and Sesame Workshop. Jumee received a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Jennifer Newman Sharpe is an entertainment attorney admitted to the New York bar.
She represents clients whose work touches upon all areas of music, including recording artists, producers, songwriters, managers, record labels, and music publishers.
Jennifer is also Vice President and General Counsel of Women in Music, a New York-based organization with over 450 members.
Jennifer received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in intellectual property law and her B.F.A. in Recorded Music from The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
She matriculated at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she studied international intellectual property, media, and freedom of speech law and public policy.
With a background in music production, performance and songwriting, Jennifer has a deep love and appreciation for music and working with creative individuals and companies.
Erin works closely with SESAC’s film, television, and developing media writers and music publishers. She also identifies film, television, and other media composers for affiliation with SESAC.
Erin began her career in film and television with Warner Bros. Publications where she was responsible for creating multi-media marketing and advertising campaigns.
She then served as Director of Marketing & Music Production for APM Music where she was in charge of creating and managing all creative, promotions, PR, branding, and portfolio marketing to the likes of MTV, Discovery, major television networks, HBO, Fox, and many others.
Before joining SESAC, Collins was a Producer/Music Supervisor working with clients such as Ubisoft, Activision, EA and THQ.
Collins holds a music degree from Northern Illinois University.
A Motown recording artist, Richard began writing music at age 14. He’s produced the soundtracks for “Silver Linings Playbook”, ”Escape From Planet Earth”, “Scary Movie 5”, ”Killing Them Softly”, “Crash, (Academy Award for Best Picture)” “The Kings Speech” (Academy Award for Best Picture), “Sarah’s Key”, “Spy Kids, “Scream 4”, “The Tillman Story”, “I Don’t Know How She Does It”, “My Week With Marilyn”, “Butter”, “Iron Lady”, “Blue Valentine”, “The Illusionist;” “Painted Veil” (Alexandre Desplat Golden Globe Winner: Best Score); “Kickin’ It Old Skool;” “Hostage;” “Resurrecting the Champ;” “Chumscrubber;” (James Horner) “Matador;” “The Good Night”, “The Final Season” “Winter Passing;” and “Shortcut to Happiness (Chris Young).” He is currently the Executive In Charge of Music at The Weinstein Company and sits on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy/Grammys.
Mr. Glasser has also served as Music Supervisor for major motion pictures such as “Piranha 3DD, ”Scary Movie 5”, “Hostage,” starring Bruce Willis; “Painted Veil,” starring Ed Norton and Naomi Watts; “The Illusionist”; “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” starring Jamie Kennedy; “First Snow,” starring Guy Pearce; “Gray Matters,” starring Heather Graham; “Find Me Guilty,” starring Vin Diesel; and “Even Money,” starring Danny DeVito.
His songs have been recorded by some of the music industry’s top artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Vicki Carr, Anne Murray, and Vic Damone. Mr. Glasser has worked with such artists as Ann Cusack, Tara Lipinski, Alison Lohman, Tara Reid, Burt Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Diahann Carroll, Ed McMahon, Dick Clark, Debbie Reynolds, Doc Severinson, Joey Heatherton and many others. Mr Glasser has worked with the following entertainment companies as a music supervisor and consultant: Yari Film Group (CRASH) (Illusionist) (Painted Veil); Fintage International (Film and Music Publishing); The Mark Gordon Company (Hostage); EMI; RCA; Universal Music; Sony Pictures; Sony Music; Capital Records; Ryko Disk (Illusionist), Hollywood Records (HOAX), Splendid Pictures International (Music and Film Investment); Cutting Edge Entertainment (Co-Founder, Executive Producer & Film Investment); Warner Bros. Music (Painted Veil); Rondor Music International (Recording and Music Publishing); LBS Communications (Bay Watch) Music and TV and Film Programming; Scottie Bros. Records (Recording and Publishing companies); Screen Gems (Music Publishing); All American (TV and Film Programming); and A & M Records (Recording and Publishing). Mr Glasser has also produced the following albums: “CRASH” (both Soundtrack and Music Inspired By releases); “The Illusionist;” “Painted Veil” (Golden Globe Winner: Best Score); “Kickin’ It Old Skool;” “Hostage;” “Resurrecting the Champ;” “Chumscrubber;” “Matador;” “The Good Night”, “The Final Season” “Winter Passing;” and “Shortcut to Happiness.”
Jessica’s passion lies within the overlap of entertainment, technology, and corporate culture.
The ability to seek out opportunities, recognize potential in untapped sources, and create innovative solutions to organizational issues has been critical to my success thus far.
- Domestic & Foreign
- Business Development
- Project Management
- Leadership Development
- Organizational Behavior
- Intellectual Property
- Private Equity
As Vice President of Film & TV- Creative, Leah Streetman is responsible for creative music placement in film, television, and advertising of Republic Records’ current releases.
Working with artists like Gotye, Florence + the Machine, Colbie Caillat, Soundgarden, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, The Naked & Famous, Of Monsters And Men, Jessie J and Amy Winehouse, Ms. Streetman helps gain the artists exposure by securing placements in films, trailers, network promos, tv shows, video games and advertising.
With over 20 years of experience in the music and entertainment industry, Ms. Streetman’s background is diverse.
Prior to joining Republic, she was the Director of Licensing at BZ Rights, where she consulted on all types of advertising/film/tv/broadway projects using properties ranging from Beatles, Bon Jovi, and Squeeze to Frank Sinatra, Gene Simmons, Miles Davis, and Bob Dylan.
She has been an artist manager and founded an independent music publishing company. Starting her career as a performer led her to become a director and producer of live events.
As Producer of Music Programs at Symphony Space on NYC’s Upper West Side, she served as dept head and produced blues festivals, rock/jazz/orchestral concerts, as well as their annual 12-hr music marathon that featured over 300 artists and was broadcast live on NPR.
About Republic Records: A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as 3 Doors Down, Akon, Amy Winehouse, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Eddie Vedder (Monkeywrench), Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Kelly Rowland, Kid Cudi, Mika, Nelly, Owl City, The Voice (NBC-TV), Gotye, Of Monsters & Men, Mayer Hawthorne, among many others. It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures including Republic Nashville (The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line), Cash Money Records (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Lava Records (Jessie J, Black Veil Brides), Aware Records (Mat Kearney), Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G. Love), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), XO (The Weeknd), Loma Vista (Soundgarden) among others.
About Universal Music Group: Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide. Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol Records, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, I.R.S., Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group and Virgin Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company. Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.
Musician, Producer and Professor, Martyn Ware, is one of the originators of Synthpop and the Sheffield sound, having founded Heaven 17 (who’s album cover from the album “Penthouse And Pavement” forms the top banner of this site), The Human League, and producing albums for artists including Tina Turner and Terence Trent D’Arby and an expert on music copyright.
Born in 1956 in Sheffield, Ware founded The Human League in 1978, then went on to found multimillion selling act Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation in 1980.
As a record producer and artist Ware has been featured on recordings totalling over 50 million in sales worldwide to date. Taking his musical expertise to the technical level, Ware founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Vince Clarke in 2000, to expand the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique 3DAudioScape Immersive Sound Technology, and is also founder of the world leading sound branding company SonicID.
Currently a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London, Ware is a member of BAFTA, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, and a founder of 5D – the future of immersive design.
He has received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from University Of London and lectures extensively around the world in the fields of creativity and media and arts technology.
Recently, Ware collaborated with artistic director David Bickerstaff to create “Tales From the Bridge” a soundscape launched by the City Of London as part of the 2012 Olympic celebrations and in spring 2013, he’ll release the new album by the British Electronic Foundation’s Music Of Quality and Distinction III.
Dinesh was born in Colombo Sri Lanka in Nov 1974.
When he was 2 years of age his family migrated to Sydney Australia.
He started playing both the piano and guitar, and writing music at age 14, it soon became apparent that he had unique abilities in this area and gained employment at a local recording studio where he used to work after school, producing pop and rock bands.
After finishing school in 1992, Dinesh took some time off from music to study Law, but 2 years into his degree he decided that music is where his real passion lay, and left university to pursue a career in music.
SPEAKING AT SYNC SUMMIT NY
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