As the Founder and CEO of the SyncSummit event series, Mr. Frieser brings together thousands of people annually to share ideas, knowledge, and to make deals between buyers and sellers in the music for visual, interactive and branded media market.
As the Founder and CEO of the music licensing agency, Disconic Mr. Frieser works closely with the world’s largest music labels, publishers, artists and management companies to sell their music for usage in television, film, video games, advertising, Internet video and mobile projects, content and applications.
Mr. Frieser’s career spans three decades and is marked by achievements that include:
The first pan-European consumer online service, Europe Online (1995).
First Internet-based, content-driven ISP – News Corporation Internet Ventures (1995).
The first expert-driven content portal, About.com (1996).
Japan’s first online network to empower and inform women, Womenjapan,
The founding and management of leading mobile market consultancy Consect (2000-2005).
The co-development and launch of the US Ringtone charts with Billboard Magazine (2004).
The creation and development of the world’s first hip-hop mobile content portal Blingtones (2004).
The growth and development of the online/mobile content portal Zedge.net (2007) from 8 to 20 MM users.
In addition to Frieser’s current leadership roles at SyncSummit and Sync Exchange, he has served as SVP of Marketing and Content at telco IDT’s Internet Group, the SVP of Marketing and Product Development at Jerusalem Venture Partner’s Citypulse, General Manager of Nielsen Mobile, and the CEO of mobile market consultancy, Consect.
Mr. Frieser has provided strategic insight, analysis and overseen the development of mass-market telecommunications, mobile and online services for a myriad of companies, including: AOL, GE, CBS, Viacom, Bandai, Lagardère Group, France Telecom/Orange, NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, CSK, Co., Ltd., Index Holdings, VNU Media Group, SoundScan, Sony, Avex Group, United Talent Agency, the US Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Telecom, Fujitsu, AT&T and Verizon.
His entertainment credits include working with a host of musical artists ranging from Beyoncé to DEVO, major studios, like Starz Entertainment and New Line Cinema and developing celebrity-based mobile/online content portals featuring personalities such as Carmen Electra and SNL’s Darrell Hammond.
Frieser’s work in professional journalism began at the age of 17 as a freelance music critic for the Long Island music magazine, Good Times. Since then, he served as chief writer/editor of Jupiter Communications Connect Times newsletter covering the online market (1991-1994), The Editor of the Paris-based Fortnightly Bulletin on Interactivity (1991-1993), as a freelance journalist for Online Content, Venture Reporter, Silicon Alley Reporter (1997-2006) and continues to write and report for publications such as Billboard, Hyperbot, the SyncSummit blog and the Sync Exchange podcast.
As an advocate of music, mobile and interactive content, Mr. Frieser is an active public speaker and moderator and has been featured at events and locations that include: CTIA, Rio Music Buzz, MIDEM, TIMM (Japan), The Future Music Forum (Barcelona), FIMPRO (Mexico), BOMM (Colombia), Peace & Love Festival (Sweden), Digital Hollywood, CES, Westway LAB (Portugal), Digital Music Forum, Canadian Music Week and Harvard University.
As a market research analyst and industry expert, Frieser and his market research data have been quoted extensively in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Forbes, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, the New York Post, The Economist, the LA Times and Wired.
He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, a former lead singer of a swing band and a passionate music lover who’s managed and worked with a variety of prominent artists including violinist Ryu Goto.
He was educated at Queens College (undergraduate) and La Sorbonne (graduate), lived and worked in Europe and Asia and currently resides in New York City.