February 22-23, 2012   |  Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City

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Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York City
February 24, 2011

2012 Sponsors
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP


Loeb & Loeb


DIY Media


Streaming Partner

Social Media Partner

Media Partners


Boogar Lists


Candian Music Week


2012 Speakers
Yinka Adegoke
Thomson Reuters

Yinka is Reuters senior media correspondent based in New York and covers the media business breaking major stories and writing in-depth analysis on the TV industry, music business, new media and everything in between. He has written about media -- new and old -- and its nexus with game-changing technology over the last 16 years for titles including The Guardian, Financial Times, Music Week and New Media Age.


Aviad Arviv

Aviad joined Watchitoo, a dynamic video collaboration platform, as COO in early 2011. In addition to managing daily operations, he oversees Watchitoo’s team in the successful delivery of events for clients such as the NBA Town Hall, Lia Sophia and Avon. Previously, Aviad has played a pivotal role in launching over 100 e-commerce sites.


Jonathan Axelrod
ER Accelerator
Entrepreneur, Founder/CEO, MusicGremlin (SanDisk), Founder/President, Music123 (Guitar Center)

Jonathan Axelrod is a technology and media entrepreneur and an active seed investor and start-up advisor. He is current a Managing Director at the Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable Accelerator (ERA), an early stage seed fund and technology accelerator based in New York.

Previously Jon was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of MusicGremlin, a venture-backed start-up which was sold to Sandisk in 2008. The company was a pioneer in the delivery of digital media content direct to wireless devices. It developed an end-to-end software solution licensed to CE and wireless partners, operated a licensed music service, and developed the MG-1000 WIFI-MP3 player, named one of Time Magazine’s All-Time Top 100 Gadgets. The company filed numerous patents and was recognized with multiple innovation awards.

Prior to MusicGremlin, Jon was Co-founder and President of Music123, a first-mover musical instrument e-commerce company that became one of the largest musical instrument retailers in the country. Founded in 1999, Music123 grew from start-up to a profitable market leader in less than four years. It is now a brand of Guitar Center.

Jon started his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University.


Jay Baage
VP, Content & Business Development
Digital Media Wire

Jay Baage, both a "suit" and a creative, is a Sweden-born media professional, focused on shepherding media and brand properties from an analog to a digital world. Jay plays a key role at Digital Media Wire (DMW), a leading provider of news, financial information and conferences for media professionals. He keeps tabs of the most innovative companies and manages many of DMW’s most significant advertising and sponsorship relationships across its events and publishing properties. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and cover such industries as games, music, film, television, publishing, mobile and internet commerce. He has furthermore transformed the company’s approach to marketing by audience and community development through social media. He has during his career established high-profile strategic partnerships with other leading industry organizations such as PGA, SAG, GDA, CTIA, E3 and Canadian Music Week and connected senior executives in the media and entertainment industries, leading to high level deals.


Vincent Borel

Co-founder Vincent Borel has been Head of Business Development at Webdoc since the company’s inception in 2010. As well as introducing new partnerships and innovations, Vincent takes responsibility along with the rest of the Webdoc senior team for developing the platform's strategic vision; engaging users by offering the most expressive way to share passions online through the creation of rich media posts.

Prior to Webdoc, Vincent worked with food and nutrition giant Nestlé, helping their worldwide units integrate technology and business model innovations. At audio innovation firm Dolby Laboratories he worked on developing the next generation of sound technologies.

Outside of Webdoc, Vincent’s other commitments include advising Nidecker, a world leading snowboard and accessory manufacturer and the driving force behind the most exciting young brands in snowboarding including JONES, YES and NOW. He also is on the board of the Defitech Foundation, an organisation committed to improve the life of handicap children, teenagers and young adults by leveraging new technologies. Vincent holds an MBA from IMD and Masters Degree in Engineering from Essex University.


Mike Brown

Since the founding of Cyber-NY in 1996, Mike Brown has been focused on developing key services that bring success to his clients by enabling them to establish and grow their businesses online. In 1999, Cyber-NY was recognized as a member of the Internet 500 by a study conducted by Ernst & Young and Interactive Week magazine that identified leaders in online commerce development. Since that time his work has been recognized by Forbes, the New York Times, Tech TV and Entrepreneur Magazine as well as trade magazines within a host of industries, including music.

More recently Cyber-NY has expanded operations by opening a satellite office in San Francisco and expanding to help record labels and independent artist develop musical content for special release in the patented "iTunes LP" format for distribution utilizing each companies own distribution channel. In this manner, Cyber-NY has become a specialist in helping small to mid-size record companies and start-ups rise to the playing field of the "majors" by developing exclusive content in a fiscally responsible manner to help them gain leverage in the digital market place.

In addition Cyber-NY is a full service interactive agency that helps record labels succeed online by providing creative and technology based web solutions and marketing services that produce tangible results. By taking an integrated approach to coordinating services that are important to record labels, including web design, e-commerce, content management, e-mail, search engine optimization and online marketing Cyber-NY can supplement or act as a record companies IT solutions team across all platforms while reducing a labels overhead.


Tom Brophy
Founder & CEO

-Survey Sampling International CFO prior to forming and setting out on the Raditaz venture.

-iWon.com (name change to Interactive Search Network) CFO, iWon was a portal like Yahoo!. We turned the business into a search business in that we were the first to mass distribute search toolbars and by mid-2004 we had a business that was doing lots of revenue and $50M in earnings. Sold to Ask Jeeves in 2004 (Ask Jeeves subsequently sold to IAC).

-Promotions.com CFO, IPO in Sept 1999, later sold to iVillage.

-VP Finance of Health Partners, Inc., a startup acquired in 1997.

-Deloitte & Touche Audit Manager for six years.


Jeff Bronikowski
Head of Corporate Dev. & Strategy
The Echo Nest

Jeff Bronikowski is a 17-year veteran of the media and entertainment industry and is currently Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at The Echo Nest, the leading music intelligence and music application developer platform. Prior to joining The Echo Nest in September, Jeff was Vice President/GM of AOL Music/Winamp and prior to that served as GM of Yahoo! Music.

Jeff spent the bulk of his career in the music industry at Universal Music Group, where he held several positions in digital strategy and business development, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Digital Initiatives.

Prior to UMG, Jeff worked in financial analysis and strategic planning at HBO.

Jeff is an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, where he teaches a course entitled "Impact of Technology on Media and Entertainment". He is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from NYU's Stern School of Business.

Jeff also serves on the Digital Media Advisory Board of Trident Capital.


Brian Bacchus
SoulFeast Music
Former Head of A&R, Blue Note Records, RCA/Novus, Island /Antilles

Former Sr. Director of A&R for RCA/Novus, former Sr. Director of A&R for Verve and a former VP of Antilles, the jazz imprint of Island records. He was also the Sr. Director of A&R for Blue Note Records, which culminated in the signing and A&Ring of Norah Jones and her very successful debut recording, "Come Away With Me", which garnered 8 Grammy Awards, including "Album of the Year". Additionally, Bacchus spent time as an A&R consultant for INgrooves/Universal digital, a major player in the digital distribution and marketing world. SoulFeast Music, his boutique electronica production entity and label with DJ/producer Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell, has been been an underground buzz driver with remixes and productions on artists as diverse as Eliane Elias, Ayo, Rh Factor, Somi and Chico Hamilton. Off and on, since 1992 Brian has been in demand as an independent record producer and more recently as an art and business consultant for artists, managers film companies and labels.


Aaron Burton
Founder & CEO
Fizzkicks.com & SpinApp Mobile

Aaron Burton founded SpinApp.com in 2010 to empower artists to easily create & manage mobile web apps to promote, share, and distribute content anywhere plus the ability to sell digital content instantly.

In 2003, Aaron Burton founded Ifolo, Inc. which provided complete solutions for rich media development, user experience, web architecture and application development for businesses. Clients included: Sentry Safe, Salvation Army, National Center For Mission Children, Victory Super Markets, HannaFord Brothers and many clients for national firms such as Lowes and Bauch & Lomb through brand marketing agencies. With only $3.00 for gas in his car, Aaron grow the business into a 15 person company until the business was acquired in 2008 by one of the largest web development companies in New York State.

In 2006, Aaron Burton founded Fizzkicks.com. A web subscription business that provides unique media channel for major and independent Artists by bridging offline and online digital content distribution. The site today is one of the Top 3 companies to provide media download cards on demand through rich media online design tools and portable media widgets. Fizzkicks.com was one of the first companies to successful download media directly through MySpace via Fizzkicks technology. Currently, the company has 2 register trademarks and patent-pending digital distribution methods.

Aaron is also the CIO for a 20 million dollar graphic company. His role includes architectural design for its W2Print division, ERP solutions and creating new online revenue channels for the company's large distributor customers and new consumer markets. Aaron also is leading the company through a ½ million information technology revamp to reduce costs, and increase profits.

Aaron Burton is married with 3 kids ranging from 6 years old to 1 year old. He met his wife in high school and got married in 1999. Aaron is a song writer, musician and inventor. Aaron holds 2 US patents for packaging products and 2 trademarks.

Aaron graduated with a BS and minor in Economics from Oswego State College in 1995 and played on the Oswego Rugby team.


Paul Campbell
Founder & CEO
Amazing Media

The first time Paul Campbell got paid to do a recording session as a drummer, he was twelve. The client was the BBC. It started a love affair with music and broadcasting that's lasted all his life. Since then, he's played in venues as diverse as The Marquee Cub at the height of punk (but not in a punk band - he nearly got lynched), the Royal Albert Hall, and the first studio the Beatles ever recorded in. He's also been a BBC radio & TV Producer, graduated from Oxford University, written articles for The Times of London, made international TV music co-productions, worked for Goldman Sachs, won some awards and qualified as a ski instructor. He still plays timpani professionally with leading symphony orchestras. And he has all his own teeth. Since he's English, this is probably not a good thing.

Some years ago he realised what this restlessness means: he's really an entrepreneur. He put all that experience (though maybe not the skiing), together with a burning passion to make the music industry fair, into amazing. It's a bold attempt to reinvent the music industry for the digital age, helping musicians find an audience and make money without being ripped off, introducing music lovers to what's next, now. It works on all digital platforms, has users globally, is growing fastest in the States and is breaking even. It's living up to its name.


Ted Cohen
Managing Partner
TAG Strategic

Integrating his widespread digital authority in music, mobile, Connected TV 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 The Sex Pistols, Prince 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.

TAG Strategic, launched in 2006, is the premier digital entertainment consulting firm providing expert strategy, market intelligence, product ideation, business modeling and business development services to multinational companies and select emerging businesses. TAG accelerates business development for its clients and delivers market leadership and sustainable, defensible advantage in the dynamic and rapidly evolving global market place. TAG’s clients have included, among others, Coca-Cola, SanDisk, Gibson Guitar, Verizon and LimeWire.

In his previous role as Global SVP of Digital for EMI Music (home to such artists as Coldplay and the Beatles), Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide for this "big four" record company, which includes labels such as Capitol, Virgin, and Angel/Blue Note. During his tenure, 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.

At EMI, Cohen served as both a strategist and key decision-maker for EMI's global digital 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 digital consulting operations, DMN Consulting and Consulting Adults, attracting clients such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Universal Studios, DreamWorks Records, Liquid Audio, Napster, the RIAA and various other entertainment, technology and digital organizations. Cohen also held senior management positions at both Warner Bros. Records and Philips Electronics.

A 35-year industry veteran, Cohen served as Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas board, and has chaired MidemNet for the past 11 years, the international music/technology conference that convenes in Cannes each January. Cohen also has served on the NARAS (Grammy) Los Angeles chapter Board of Governors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Neil Bogart Memorial Cancer Fund and the board of Mouse.org, an amazing effort to put computers in the hands of all U.S. students. He also lends his time and talents to music & technology education efforts such as the Grammy In The Schools Program, co-chairs the Grammy Technology Committee and is involved with MusiCares.


Michael Corcoran

Since 2005, Michael Corcoran has helmed MusicSUBMIT.com, an online publicity and promotion service for independent musicians and labels. It has blossomed into an Indie Label and artist promotional powerhouse that allows an easy and accessible promotional outreach to music blogs, online music publications, traditional radio & college stations and internet broadcasters as well as international and national music directories and podcasts.

In the 8 years since its inception, the company has helped over 9,000 artists from 96 countries, and over 150 labels in 27 countries gain viral traction on the internet from the web's best music resources in Indie Rock, Alternative, Rap, Hip-Hhop, R&B, Jazz, Classical, and World Music. Providing low cost solutions creating a internet media presence to help revive catalog content, MusicSubmit helps labels reduce their overall marketing costs when reviving an catalog title while gearing it toward a new audience

Michael began his music industry career in San Francisco as a roadie for west coast metal bands. While there he earned an M.B.A from San Francisco State University, then moved to Miami where the idea for an internet-based music promotion company took root. Since moving the company to New York in 2007, Michael Corcoran has solidified Music Submit's position as a preeminent internet promotional vehicle and has participated in a broad spectrum of music organizations and conference panels, including CMJ, ASCAP, Atlantis Music Festival and Women in Music.


Michael Drexler
Executive Director, Business Development
BMI New Media & Strategic Development

Michael Drexler oversees BMI’s New Media business development and is managing BMI's efforts to open up new revenue streams for writers and publishers in the digital world, ranging from broadband to mobile.  He also serves on the contract negotiating team in the New Media group on all license agreements.


In his previous roles as Senior Director of Business and Corporate Development at Sony Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Drexler evaluated new business opportunities and negotiated content and equity agreements in new digital environments. 


Drexler is also an accomplished audio engineer and music producer with two Grammy nominations to his name.


Carl Griffin
Co- Producer
Larry Rosen Productions
Former President of En-coded Music, Former SR. VP of A&R at GRP Records)

Carl Griffin is one of the most sought after music producer and record company executives in the last 25 years. He started his career in the mid 70's as an A&R representative at RCA Records, and solidified his reputation as Sr. VP of A&R at GRP Records from 1990 - 2005. Helping GRP prepare the product of what would become the first "CD" release in the music industry, and thereby spearheading the digital age in recording. Carl Griffin has used his musical talent and extraordinary sense of business to sign and help guide the careers of B.B. King, Jane Monheit, Arturo Sandoval, Diana Krall, Ramsey Lewis, Grover Washington, and Thelonious Monk, to name just a few.

In 2003 he went on to become the President of N-Coded music, the label arm of the first and largest internet based music company, N2K Music, and help guide the release of projects which would lead from a transition of physical products to a digital revolution. Since then Carl Griffin has produced and recorded countless projects, consulted some of the foremost record labels, and produced one of the most influential jazz concert series in the country. Over the years projects he has spear headed have received over 40 Grammy nominations, and countless Grammy awards.


Eyal Goldwerger

Eyal Goldwerger is the Chief Executive Officer of TargetSpot Inc., the nation’s largest digital audio advertising network. Eyal is a seasoned entrepreneur with diverse experience leading technology ventures in a variety of industries. Most recently, he was Chief Executive Officer of XMPie Inc., a software company providing marketing applications to enterprises, agencies and commercial printers. Eyal led XMPie through rapid growth up to its successful acquisition by Xerox Corporation. Prior to that, Eyal held various leadership positions, serving as EVP Consumer Products & Distribution at a contextual online advertising network, and was Founder and CEO of GoCargo.com, an Internet-based global trading system for container shipping capacity. Previously, he was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in New York.

Eyal is a Board Member at Galil Software, which provides R&D and QA outsourcing services in a wide range of domains. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a B.A. in Economics, Rector's Honor, from Tel Aviv University.


Howard Han
VP and General Manager, Reverb Live

Howard Han is currently the VP and General Manager for Reverb Live, ReverbNation’s initiative around live music including products for live music venues and music festivals. Prior to his time at ReverbNation, Howard was the Founder and CEO of GigMaven, which was acquired by ReverbNation in August 2011. GigMaven is an online platform that helps musicians and live music venues book, ticket and promote gigs online. Prior to GigMaven, Howard worked at UBS Investment Bank in the Technology, Media and Telecom group primarily focusing on M&A and strategic advisory. While at UBS, Howard worked with diversified media companies such as Viacom and Comcast as well as music companies such as EMI and Warner Music Group. Howard is also a mentor with Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, a startup accelerator in NYC. Howard graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science.


Kurt Hanson
"RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter"
CEO, AccuRadio

Kurt Hanson is publisher of “RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter” (www.kurthanson.com), the daily, web-based newsletter that is the leading trade publication for the fast-growing field of Internet radio (a/k/a webcasting).


Concurrently, Hanson is CEO of AccuRadio (www.accuradio.com), one of the world’s leading personalizable Internet radio brands.  AccuRadio reaches nearly a million unique listeners per month with its over 500 personalizalble channels of rock, pop, jazz, classical, country, Broadway, Celtic, pop standards, and more. 


AccuRadio is unique among major Internet radio properties in that it specifically targets an older (i.e., 25-to-64-year-old) demographic.  AccuRadio is a two-time winner of the “People’s Voice” Webby Award for Best Radio.


Hanson is generally acknowledged to be the world’s leading expert in the field of Internet radio.  As a popular keynote speaker, he has given his “State of the Industry Address” speech on the future of radio at conferences around the world, and is quoted regularly by top news sources including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, and cable channels CNN and CNBC.


RAIN also hosts an annual series of conferences on the subject of Internet radio (“RAIN Summits”) that have been held in Las Vegas, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Minneapolis, and Toronto.


Hanson developed his reputation and expertise within the radio industry as founder and CEO of Strategic Media Research (1980-2000), a market research firm respected throughout the radio industry for its music research program and its ratings product, which he built into a $10 million business.  In high school, college, and throughout graduate school, Hanson worked at various major radio stations, including WOKY/ Milwaukee, WLS/Chicago, WDAI/Chicago, and WLUP/Chicago.

He holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.


Cortney Harding
Music & Entertainment Evangelista, ThingLink,
Former Music Editor, Billboard

Cortney Harding is the evangelista for music and entertainment at ThingLink. Prior to joining the start-up world, she was the music editor and indies correspondent at Billboard Magazine. She has written about music and the music business for the Village Voice, Bust, ElleGirl, and the Huffington Post.


Jason Herskowitz
Chief Product Officer

Jason Herskowitz, Chief Product Officer at Official.fm, has been at the intersection of music and technology for many years, having worked on subscription music services, streaming radio, file-sharing applications and recommendation engines. Some of the more notable products he has worked on include; LimeWire, TotalMusic, MusicNow, AOLmusic.com, AOL Radio, SHOUTcast, Winamp, as well as founding a small independent label that was one of the first to stream their catalog. Jason is also a contributor to the open-source Tomahawk music player, curator of Mediaor (music/tech news aggregator) and an active participant in the growing "music hacker" movement.


Aimee Higgins
VP Strategy and Planning

Aimee Higgins is the Vice President of Strategic Solutions at Pandora and is charged with designing thoughtful, enduring advertising programs that enhance brand loyalty among Pandora listeners.

Aimee currently leads Pandora’s Sales Development and Artist Partnerships and Programming (APP) teams. The Sales Development team and Aimee create custom marketing programs for advertisers, including videos and concerts with artists. Spearheading the APP team, Aimee acts as a strategic partner to the world’s leading brands, helping them align with appropriate artists to enrich their brand essence. Recent APP programs include a GRAMMY Awards artist video series in partnership with Pepsi and the “Pandora Presents” concert series. Pandora Presents is a new live and personalized concert series that rewards listeners by bringing emerging artists they love to an intimate venue in their city.

Prior to joining Pandora, Aimee led the Sales Strategy team at MySpace and led Creative Services for Fox Interactive Media, where her teams provided centralized creative design and sponsorship execution support to MySpace, IGN, Fox, American Idol.com, Photobucket and Fox Sports.

Additionally, Aimee played an integral role as the Program Manager for the launch of the Apple iPod during her tenure at PortalPlayer, achieving a significant career milestone.

Aimee’s technical consulting expertise spans across the entertainment, telecom, financial services, consumer packaged goods, automotive and consumer electronics industries.



Garth Holsinger
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Sales

Mr. Holsinger has managed global strategic partnerships and business development with brands for Klout for the past two years, and pioneered the first influencer marketing campaigns for Klout with Virgin America and Nike. Since that time, Klout has developed a range of products around influencer marketing, and become the market leader in the space. Mr. Holsinger brings a combination of social media, entrepreneurial and marketing experience to Klout. For ten years, Mr. Holsinger ran his own agency assisting major brands with new media. In addition, Mr. Holsinger has produced a number of original television series for ABC, Fox, and BBC, serving both as creator and executive producer of six original series. He lives and works in New York and San Francisco.



Dan Kantor

Dan Kantor is the Founder & CEO of exfm. Prior to that he founded Streampad, a social music service that was acquired by AOL in 2008. Before that he spent time at Delicious, Yahoo and Microsoft. Dan holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree from ITP. He lives in NYC with his wife, son and two cats. He listens to music all day.



Kevin King

Kevin King is the Chief Executive Officer of MusicHype, a technology, social music and fan engagement platform specializing in the music vertical. MusicHype gathers, identifies, and recognizes top fans.

Fans sign into MusicHype to see their fan activity across social music services like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Last.FM, Spotify, Blip.fm, Instagram, Rdio, and Grooveshark, Deezer, and Pintrest.

MusicHype is powered by the social commerce Appreciation Engine®, a proprietary underlying technology which labels and artists can tap into to empower top fans. MusicHype has worked with OK GO, Thievery Corporation, Ke$ha, Manchester Orchestra, Sony, Warner Music Group,Cody Simpson, DoubleCross Vodka, and Eggplant Management.

Kevin also sits on two advisory boards in the social music space, Blip.fm and Mobbase. Kevin created the Blip.fm Sessions and executed over twenty sessions with artists including: Plain White T's, Gomez, Good Old War, One Eskimo, and The Temper Trap. At Mobbase, Kevin has brought on over 600 artists who utilize the platform to build and distribute mobile apps.

Kevin has been in the music business for over 10 years, working at most of the major labels. The past 6 years, King has devoted his career and passion to social and mobile music.



Eric Klinker

Eric Klinker is the Chief Executive Officer of BitTorrent, Inc. bringing close to two decades worth of networking experience as a technologist and innovator. Eric joins BitTorrent from his previous post as CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Internap, a leading provider of network optimization and content delivery solutions. Previously, Eric worked at netVmg, Excite@Home and the Naval Research Laboratory. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in EE from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.



David Kohl
EVP Sales and Customer Operations

David Kohl is Executive Vice President, Sales and Customer Operations at VEVO, the leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. Kohl is based in VEVO’s New York City headquarters.


Prior to VEVO, Kohl served as Head of Sales and Publishing for Nokia Interactive Advertising, the world’s largest global mobile ad network. In this capacity, Kohl built the team that closed the industry's first mobile “Upfront Commitments,” and developed an ad program that quadrupled year-over-year ad revenue in the key auto, entertainment and travel categories. Formerly, Kohl worked at Viacom, where he led the team that developed 360 ad programs for brands across MTV's online/television channels including MTV, MTV2, VH1 and CMT.  As a result of his efforts, major marketers such as American Express, Ford, BestBuy, Pepsi and Anheuser Busch, among many others, were able to take advantage of fully integrated music programs both online and on-air. 


Kohl's background also includes being in charge of advertising sales for such Web properties as getmusic.com and farmclub.com, where he created the first integrated national digital and TV tour generating in excess of $4 million in revenue.



Brian Lakamp
Clear Channel Digital

Brian Lakamp was named President of Clear Channel Digital in October 2011 and oversees the company’s digital strategy, which includes iHeartRadio, as well as the infrastructure, tools and social media integration for its local stations’ branded Internet properties. He also works closely with the company’s key partners to develop cutting-edge tools and products for all of Clear Channel’s radio, media and entertainment properties.

Brian's extensive digital media experience spans business and technology strategy, financial and business modeling and project development and management. Prior to joining the Clear Channel team in his previous position as Executive Vice President of Digital Media, Brian served as Executive Vice President of Digital Media at Premiere Radio Networks, where he was responsible for operating and growing Premiere's digital division, including subscription, advertising and merchandising businesses for all of Clear Channel's nationally syndicated shows.

In 2007, he co-founded Fluxe, a digital media startup focused on online music. Prior to that, Lakamp served as senior vice president of Digital Policy at Sony Pictures Entertainment where he defined corporate policy, promoted digital distribution initiatives and represented the company in content licensing negotiations.

Before his five years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lakamp was the practice director of the U.S. Media and Entertainment operations at Viant Inc., an internet consulting firm. While there, he built the team, planned the business and developed the system responsible for the successful deployment of MovieLink, the video industry’s first digital distribution platform. He was also an associate analyst at Robertson, Stephens & Company and a project manager/developer for Anderson Consulting.

Lakamp is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics/Managerial Science with a specialization in computing and a B.A. degree in Business Economics.


Jonathan Leone
Co-Founder, Head of Strategy & Finance

Co-founder, Jonathan Leone manages Thrillcall’s operations, performs business development and oversees the Company’s strategic decision-making. Jonathan led business development efforts at NBC Internet and Excite.com and helped to develop the Comcast High-Speed Internet Portal.

Jonathan has been a technology banker in New York and San Francisco, financed alternative energy power facilities throughout the US and served as the Mayor of a Northern California City. Jonathan received his MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and BA at Yale University.


Evan Lowenstein
CEO & Founder

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.


Cecily Mak
VP & General Counsel

Cecily Mak, a fifth-generation San Franciscan, is currently with Rhapsody International Inc, a joint venture among Viacom International and RealNetworks, Inc. as the company’s Vice President and General Counsel. Mak is a professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and co-author of the book, “Music Law in the Digital Age,” published by Berklee College of Music’s press, Berklee Press, in 2010. Mak has been honored by Digital Media Wire as one of their 2011 “25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment” and was nominated as one of Billboard Magazine's Women in Music in December 2011. In addition to her contributions to both the legal and academic communities, Mak is frequently called upon as a thought leader for public speaking and expert panel engagements.

In her role as Vice President and General Counsel of Rhapsody International Inc., Mak drives every aspect of The Company’s legal strategy, internally, across its entire business platform and, externally with label, publishing and strategic partners. In early 2010, Mak played the key role in Rhapsody International Inc.’s spinoff from RealNetworks and in October, 2011, she led the legal component of executing agreements for the acquisition of Rhapsody’s largest domestic competitor, Napster LLC, an undertaking that was quickly followed by Rhapsody’s recent announcement that it will be acquiring Napster’s international business (Germany, UK & Luxembourg).


Jenn Miller
President, COO & Co-Founder

Jenn Miller is the President and Co-founder of Audiosocket, a music licensing and technology company facilitating deals between indie artists/bands and traditional as well as digital media companies. Before starting the company, Jenn was the Executive Director of a national action sports association. During her tenure, she began scouting talent and providing music clearance services for extreme sports films and built up a strong network within the music industry. Following her 7 years with WWSRA, Jenn launched a successful multimedia consulting agency where she developed software for sales, managed music licensing and clearance, and did talent buying for events. This ultimately led her to pursue the business she was most passionate about - music. In 2007, she and Brent McCrossen partnered up to begin developing the foundation and vision that would become Audiosocket. Jenn also sits on the Board for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.


Jerald Miller
Nu Jazz Entertainment

Jerald Miller has been at the forefront of the Jazz industry for almost 15 years,and for the last (7) years at the helm of Nu Jazz Entertainment the leading digital Jazz label in the industry. In the last (5) years he has become the de-facto Czar of Jazz digital intiatives through such efforts as launching the very first Jazz iTunes "LP", being the first jazz label to provide bonus "video" content with every digital release, and being the first jazz label to make all of their releases available on pre-paid digital download cards, in addition to creating a hosts of other "firsts" in the music industry.

Not only has he helped countless organiations to guide the transition of catalog material to the digital medium, but he has helped to usher in a new age in the revitalization of catalog content. After working at EMI Records, BMG Records, Columbia Records, Arkadia Records, VIEW Video, and for Spike Lee, Jerald Miller went on to help guide the careers of such artists as Lauryn Hill, Mercer Ellington & The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Greg Tardy, Mark Shim, and other musical stars who sought Miller ought for his marketing savvy and managerial prowess. He also went on to be a noted producer of several records for several different NEA Jazz masters. In 2006, Miller launched Nu Jazz Records, Nu Jazz Video, and Nu Jazz Management where he works with such arist as NEA Jazz Masters Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, and manages numerous members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra while also working as a consultant to art agencies and record labels in developing their digital assets.


Julien Mitelberg

Julien Mitelberg is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cellfish, a leading mobile and social application publisher. In 2004, Mitelberg established Cellfish’s U.S. business and worked with top US Carriers and HipHop producers to launch BlingTones, the world’s first wireless record label. In 2005, Cellfish raised $60 million in North America and move its headquarters to New York. Mitelberg is responsible for bringing together a team of skilled professionals spread between offices in New York, San Diego and Montreal that now work with the most popular U.S. sports and entertainment franchises, including NFL, NBA, NHL and Fox. He is also responsible for global product and technology.

He was instrumental in securing Cellfish’s September 2011 acquisition of Bandsintown, the #1 live concert tracking and discovery application on Facebook. Since the acquisition, he became CEO of the company and has been heavily involved in Bandsintown’s development, particularly its expansion into mobile platforms and new geographic markets.

Prior to launching Cellfish, Mitelberg spent more than a decade as Chief Operating Officer at Lagardere Active Broadband in France, where he demonstrated a consistent track record of identifying new media trends and developing successful businesses to capitalize on them. In 1995, he contributed to the launch of Club-Internet, the first consumer ISP in France, and helped grow the business to 1 million subscribers, $100 million in revenue, and 450 employees before it was sold in 2000 to Deutsche Telekom T-Online International AG for a historical €1.2 billion, more than 10 times Club-Internet’s invested capital. In addition, from 1995 to 1999, Mitelberg served as CEO of LeStudio, the first French web agency and a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardere. During this time, Le Studio produced the Club-Internet portal and numerous other websites for major French companies such as Lagardere, Matra, Hachette, Accord, Guerlain, Elf, and Renault. After selling Club-Internet, Mitelberg co-founded Plurimedia, Lagardere’s mobile subsidiary, which led to the establishment of Cellfish.

Mitelberg holds a Master’s of Science degree from the Institut National de Télécommunications in France. He currently lives in New York with his wife and two daughters. A major electronic music fan, Mitelberg looks forward to New York’s annual Electric Zoo festival and the Ibiza music scene.


Sean O’Connell
Founder & CEO Creative Alies
Music Allies

Sean O'Connell is the CEO and founder of Creative Allies and Music Allies. Sean O'Connell has devoted a lifetime to promoting creative people. Sean's deep background in music industry includes artist management, concert promotion, label marketing, radio and tour booking.

Creative Allies is Sean's newest endeavor. The website showcases designers and illustrators from around the world. Anyone can enter design contests on Creative Allies to create art and merchandise for bands, films and festivals. The best illustrators win more than a prize. They are often rewarded with freelance design jobs and their designs become official merchandise that can be purchased on Creative Allies and around the world.

Sean is recognized as a leader in music marketing strategy and promotion. His clients include Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, the Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival, Camp Bisco, MoogFest, Life is Good, the Echo Project, and Lights All Nights. Sean has also worked closely with musicians like Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann, G Love, Joan Osborne, Justin Timberlake and Jack Johnson consulting them marketing, radio promotion and operating independent labels.


David Oxenford
Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

David Oxenford represents broadcasting and digital media companies in connection with regulatory, transactional and intellectual property issues. He has represented broadcasters before the Federal Communications Commission, the courts and other government agencies for almost 30 years. He regularly counsels clients on all aspects of broadcast law including the rules dealing with political broadcasting, multiple ownership, noncommercial broadcasting, technical operations and various aspects of content regulation. He also negotiates purchase and sale agreements and other types of broadcast transactions. In addition to representing broadcasters, he works with many others involved in the industry, including broadcast associations, brokers, bankers, private equity funds, programming consultants, and technology companies.

David also represents digital media companies, including a number of Internet radio companies. He represents these companies before the Copyright Office, the Copyright Royalty Board, and other government agencies, and he advises them on music royalty issues as well as other general business and regulatory matters.

David is the editor of DWT's BroadcastLawBlog.com. His updates and advisories on broadcast and Internet topics are regularly published by various associations and trade publications, and he's a regular speaker at state and national broadcast, webcasting, and music conferences and conventions.

David's clients include: Buckley Broadcasting, Connoisseur Media, Drewry Broadcasting, Educational Media Foundation, the Mid West Family Stations, the National Association of Media Brokers, Triad Broadcasting and numerous state broadcast associations.


Philippe Perreaux

Philippe Perreaux is passionate about making music licensing easy for artists. After receiving his law degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland in 2001, Philippe worked as a legal adviser for photo agencies, such as the leading photo agency in Europe (epa.eu), and for artists, designers, etc. As an open-source enthusiast, he co-founded the Swiss association "Digitale Allmend" in 2006, which advocates free access to knowledge and information. Phillippe is also the Swiss representative of the non-profit organization Creative Commons. In 2008 he founded the artist based music platform restorm.com, and is now launching rightclearing, the fully automated licensing system. The rightclearing technology merges the traditional concept of copyright (C), Creative Commons (CC) and Public Domain (PD) into one system that allows the monetization of usage rights.


William Patry
Senior Copyright Counsel
Google Inc.

William Patry is Senior Copyright Counsel at Google Inc. He previously served as copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, and as a Policy Planning Advisor to the U.S. Register of Copyrights. For 12 years, he was also in the private practice of law, litigating copyright cases in court and advising clients. He is the most prolific scholar on copyright in history, in any language, beginning with a 6,500 page treatise, Patry on Copyright. His most recent book is How to Fix Copyright (Oxford University Press, January 2012). He is an avid bass clarinetist.


Matt Pierson
Former Senior VP A&R
Warner Brother Jazz
Stockboy Productions

With over 25 years of diversified experience, both as a successful executive and Grammy-nominated record producer, Matt Pierson has established himself as a true leader in the music industry. Pierson has produced over 80 recordings, including acoustic jazz classics (Joshua Redman's MoodSwing, Brad Mehldau's The Art of the Trio 1-5), contemporary jazz chart-toppers (Kirk Whalum's Everything is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway), and multi-artist soundtracks (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.) His most recent productions include Nicole Henry's Embraceable, Becca Stevens Band's Weightless, and Sophie Milman's recent chart-topper In the Moonlight.


Jeff Price
CEO & Founder

Jeff is also co-founder and was GM / President of the New York based independent record label spinART records for seventeen years. spinART distributed over 200 releases from artists such as: The Pixies, Frank Black, The Eels, John Doe, Apples In Stereo, Vic Chesnutt, Jason Falkner, Richard Thompson, Echo and The Bunnymen, Ron Sexsmith, The Fastbacks, Creeper Lagoon, The Church, Lilys, Clem Snide and more.

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

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

In November 2005, Jeff founded TuneCore (with Gary Burke and Peter Wells) based on the fevering belief that every artist should have access to distribution and receive 100% of the revenue from the sale of their music without having to give up any of their rights.


Casey Rae-Hunter
Deputy Director
Future of Music Coalition

Casey Rae-Hunter is the Deputy Director of the Future of Music Coalition as well as a musician, recording engineer, educator, journalist and media pundit. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as new business models for artists, telecommunications policy and intellectual property at conferences, universities and in the press. He routinely works alongside leaders in the music, arts and performance sectors to bolster understanding of and engagement in key policy and technology issues, and has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Media & Democracy Coalition and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He currently records and publishes under the moniker The Contrarian and is the Grand Poobah of Lux Eterna Records.


Matt Ringel
Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing
Red Light Management

Matt Ringel passionately believes that today's leading brands can uniquely benefit from the transformative power of music and live entertainment. As Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing, he has the privilege to evangelize that every day. New Era was recently formed by the leadership of Red Light Management as a means to help brands with entertainment strategy, sponsorships, talent partnerships and new business development. Such partnerships and entrepreneurial activities have been a common theme throughout Ringel's career. Most recently, he served as SVP, Strategic Alliances for Live Nation. Working across the full range of Live Nation's capabilities-from concert promotion and venues, to merchandising, to online and social media-Ringel structured strategic partnerships and marketing programs that enable brands to engage the 50MM passionate music fans that Live Nation touches each year. Prior to Live Nation, Ringel founded and served as President of Games Media Properties. A venture of William Morris Agency and Edison Ventures, Games Media was known for its pioneering work in live, online and televised video game competitions. Ringel served as Commissioner of the World Series of Video Games, a global series of competitive gaming events, and as Executive Producer of related programming on CBS, MTV and hundreds of hours of broadband distribution. Ringel started his entertainment career in television and live entertainment. He previously served as President of CAMI Spectrum, the Television and Events Production subsidiary of Columbia Artists, where he developed and produced numerous entertainment properties. Prior to that, Ringel served as a strategy consultant for Monitor Company, where he worked with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations. Ringel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Music from the University of London. A recognized authority on music, gaming and digital media issues, Ringel tweets regularly @mattringel.


Marc Ruxin
Founder and CEO

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

As CEO, Publisher and Executive Editor of Digital Media Wire, Inc., Ned Sherman works at the center of the rapidly growing digital media industry, where he brokers relationships and keeps a tab on the most important developments shaping the industry. According to the Wall Street Journal, "Publisher Ned Sherman is more than the average pundit: He is an attorney and has an inside grasp of what is happening."

Ned has established Digital Media Wire as a leading online media company that provides daily news, information and community to tens of thousands of executives and professionals at entertainment, media and technology companies throughout the world and owns and produces nine annual conferences. The advertising, sponsorship, client, partner and subscriber relationships that Ned has brokered make Digital Media Wire one of the best known media and entertainment industry brands to emerge in the digital age.

Ned is a frequent speaker at industry events in the U.S. and overseas and has been quoted in publications including American Lawyer, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Crain's Mermigas on Media, interviewed and featured on C-SPAN, National Public Radio (NPR), NY1 Evening News and nationally syndicated radio shows, Inside Digital Media and WebTalk, and recognized in the Wall Street Journal.

Before co-founding Digital Media Wire, Ned spent seven years as a corporate and entertainment attorney practicing at several of the leading law firms in the world.

Ned is active in alumni affairs for Brown University and is currently Los Angeles Chair for Brown University's Alumni Interview Program. He has traveled extensively from Europe to Asia to South America to Northern Africa. Ned is married and lives with his wife, son and daughter in Los Angeles, California.


Jake Sigal
Founder and CEO
Livio Radio

Jake mashed-up music and tech to make Livio Radio.


Jake Sigal quit his XM product management gig at Delphi at the age of 26, vowing to do things differently. Bolstered by a $10,000 loan from his parents, he combined his two passions, engineering and music, and started Livio Radio in 2008 from the guest bedroom of his home in Ferndale, Mich.


Jake’s rule-breaking style quickly established Livio as a leader in the car Internet radio industry. It also made Jake an accredited young entrepreneur. Through partnerships with venture capital firms and angel investors, he raised millions to fund the Livio Radio brand born under his own roof.


Before starting Livio, Jake worked at Numark as a product developer, where he invented the original ION USB turntable and co-invented the iDJ. After, Jake jumped to Delphi’s Consumer Electronics Group, working as a product line manager for XM Satellite Radio where he built a budding bromance with his boss, Massimo Baldini, who’s now Livio Radio’s president.


Before he set the consumer electronics world on fire with his innovations, Jake earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering at Ohio University, where he marched on the drumline of the infamous OU Marching 110. He now sits on the university’s Russ College of Engineering Board of Advisors. Jake is also a board member of the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and the Small Business Council (SBC).  


When he isn’t inventing cool tech products, you can find Jake fist pumping in his office to electro, house and dubstep, or battling Baldini in foosball. Jake is married and has a cat cool enough to be on the box art for the Livio Radio featuring Pandora.


Jake also loves riding his fixed-gear bike, letting loose at national electronic music festivals, and playing ice hockey for Team Livio.


Today, Jake still plays by his own rules – an ideology that has put more than 25 products on the market.


Brian Silver
COO & Co-Founder
RockCityClub.com / Rockrena, Inc.

Brian Silver has been able to leverage a very distinguished management career and in the investment banking industry and impressive track record as an accomplished entrepreneur.

Currently, in partnership with serial entrepreneur and promoter Jack Wishna, Brian is the Chief Operating Officer of Rockrena, Inc., a global entertainment company owning the web based RockCityClub.com.

Managing RockCityClub.com operations and strategic business development, Brian successfully established a team of industry veterans to assist in building and bringing to market rockcityclub.com. Some of these individuals include Nyhl Hensen, the founder of MTV, CMT and Nickelodeon; Stacy Haitsuka, the founder of the Netzero Company; Michael Dann, previously the Head of Programming at CBS Television and Don Kirshner, the legendary and iconic music promoter.

Previously, Brian was Managing Partner of Wildwood Capital Securities and Senior Vice President of Blue Stone Capital Partners, both investment advisory and banking firms. By recruiting key senior-level personnel, organizing global sales teams and training programs… he established himself a leader in these organizations, as well as the industry.

Still, Brian’s “claim to fame” was the development of a major consulting company in Nevada and his skill in creating powerful and successful ‘guerilla’ marketing strategies. Also, Brian has the ability to develop and utilize alternative financing tools and instruments to fund start-up companies primarily in the technology sector… no matter the market climate.


Barry Slotnick
Partner & Chair, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Litigation Practice Group
Loeb & Loeb LLP

Barry Slotnick is a nationally recognized copyright and trademark litigator who has represented clients in the entertainment, advertising, licensing and merchandising industries in courts throughout the United States.

His clients have included entertainment companies such as SONY/ATV Music Publishing, Bertelsmann, EMI Music, The Lyons Group (producers of "Barney & Friends"), Brockum, Peer Music, Windswept Holdings, Rainbow Media, American Movie Classics, Independent Film Channel, Broadcast Music Inc., Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, and the National Music Publishers' Association.  He also has represented artists and creators such as the Allman Bros. Band, Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Billy Squier, Queensryche, Gian Marco and the J.R.R. Tolkien Estate.  His representation includes companies such as Anheuser-Busch, CKx, Dell Computers, DDB Worldwide, Eveready Battery, Motorola, Toyota and Harley Davidson.

Mr. Slotnick has litigated scores of copyright and trademark infringement cases as well as numerous matters in the entertainment industry addressing the respective rights of copyright and trademark owners and users, including numerous cases involving rights of privacy and publicity.

As a frequent speaker, Mr. Slotnick regularly contributes on copyright and entertainment issues for the Practicing Law Institute and other industry groups.


Gabe Spierer
Director of Media
Beggars Group

Gabe Spierer is Director of Media for Beggars Group US. He's been with the company three years, after previous stints at VICE Records and ADA. He loves rock and roll, pro basketball and his miniature long-haired Dachshund, Dorothy (AKA "The Goose").


Kevin Straley 
Vice President, Programming

Kevin Straley is Vice President, Programming at TuneIn. In this role, Straley works with audio content distributors to optimize their digital strategies. Mr. Straley is a leader with exceptional capabilities in contract negotiation, building and managing national media relationships, creating branded and exclusive programming.


Straley is the former President and Founder of KMS Media Partners, a consulting firm that specialized in effective ways to utilize new forms of media distribution to further monetize content.   Clients included Harpo Productions, Fox News Channel, PGA TOUR, International Creative Management, Tony Kornheiser, Max Kellerman, CrossTech Media, Tauntr, Apperian, Foneshow, Radio Spirits, and Stephan Multimedia.  


Prior to launching KMS Media Partners in 2009, he served as SVP of News, Talk, Sports Programming where he was a key member of senior management team which launched XM Satellite Radio, the first national Satellite Radio company, with more than 9.6 million subscribers.  He developed a strategy and broadcast architecture for the initial 2001 launch with a team of 30 employees and 29 channels, generating in access of $1 billion dollars of subscriber revenue with an operating budget of $170 million.  He also played a key role in creating advertising business, which now generates over $40 million dollars annually.


A 20-year media veteran, prior to joining XM, Mr. Straley was an independent media consultant with a successful client base that included radio and new media companies. Throughout his career he has successfully launched start up talk stations in northeast markets, including Boston and Providence.  Mr. Straley began his career as Program Director for WRKO in Boston, Mr. Straley successfully repositioned the station towards a younger audience and was responsible for hiring, coaching and developing groundbreaking shows that went on to national prominence including “The Howie Carr Show” and “Two Chicks Dishing.”


Chris Swain
CEO and Product Lead

Chris Swain is the CEO and Product Lead for Cred.fm. His passion is original play mechanics and he was previously co-founder/director of the Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab at USC (where he is also a professor). Prior to USC Chris created over 100 games and interactive products in industry for companies that include: Microsoft, Disney, Sony, Activision, MTV, Warner Brothers, Discovery, BBC, PBS, Intel, and many others. Notable games include the world’s first massively multiplayer casual game NetWits - original IP which Swain sold to the Microsoft Network; Multiplayer Jeopardy!; and Multiplayer Wheel of Fortune. The Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune games were landmark hits for Sony Online that helped establish the then new, business of online casual games. Chris has won more than a dozen awards for his projects. His USC project, The Redistricting Game, is a staple in the redistricting reform community. His game, Ecotopia, was created in collaboration with Conversation International and drives players to take actions that translate into real world impact on the environment. In 2011 Ecotopia in-game actions by players resulted in the planting of 25,000 real trees in the Brazilian rainforest.


Kristin Thomson
Future of Music Coalition

Kristin is a community organizer, social policy researcher, entrepreneur and musician. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Colorado College in 1989, Kristin moved to Washington, DC where she worked for two years as a national action organizer for the National Organization for Women. She left NOW in 1992 to make a full-time commitment to Simple Machines, an independent record label she co-ran with Jenny Toomey. Over the label’s 8-year history, Simple Machines released over seventy records and CDs, published the Mechanic’s Guide to Putting Out Records, Cassettes, and CDs, and organized three high-profile music festivals in Washington, DC. While running the label, Kristin and Jenny also wrote, recorded and released four highly-acclaimed Tsunami records on Simple Machines, and toured the US, Canada and Europe extensively. After Simple Machines stopped putting out new records in 1998, Kristin permanently relocated to Philadelphia, PA. In 2001, Kristin graduated with a Masters in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. During her graduate program she was a recipient of a School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Fellowship, and the Urban Affairs Association Award that recognized her thesis, The Internet as an Agent of Change, as a valuable contribution to the body of usable social knowledge. Kristin joined Jenny Toomey at the Future of Music Coalition in late 2000, and served a number of roles, including project management and research, and oversaw event programming, including Future of Music Policy Summits from 2002 to 2006. In 2011, Kristin became a consultant for FMC, and is focusing on a multi-method Artist Revenue Streams research project. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Bryan Dilworth, a concert promoter, and their son, where she also plays guitar in the lady-powered band, Ken.


Jon Vanhala
SVP Digital & Business Development
Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music Group

Jon creates breakthrough programs for his label and global superstars Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, and many more. He directs all new business development, digital marketing, new technologies, brand integration, and content development at IDJ. Currently creating new innovations in engagement with brands, agencies, and technology partners via social, apps, and content across all screens and platforms.

Over a 17-year career, Jon has moved markets from multiple angles: sales, marketing, brand partnership, and digital innovation. He rose through the Universal ranks to SVP Digital & Strategic Marketing for Verve Music Group, led expansion as SVP Digital Initiatives, Content Development & Sponsorship for music fest startup Festival Network, has led biz dev and marketing for multiple clients in tech and media with his own consultancy, and returned to UMG to lead Digital and Business Development at Island Def Jam. Prior to having a day gig, Jon was a full time working musician/arranger for many years.


Brenda Walker
CEO & Co-Founder
Act Local Media

Brenda J. Walker is CEO and co-founder of Act Local Media, a startup that builds app platforms for non-technical users to create apps for smartphones, readers, tablets and desktops.  Act Local Media recently launched Act Local Music in The Orchard's Marketplace, offering artists an affordable solution to connect with fans through mobile apps.  Brenda is the former managing publisher and vice president of Zumobi Inc., where she led the product teams on apps for msnbc.com, TODAY Show, MOTOR TREND, Motley Fool, THE WEEK, TLC, Dwell, Sporting News and more.  Brenda's background includes running her own digital music consultancy in Los Angeles and Seattle, and working in A&R and marketing for Virgin Records, A&M Records and Island Records.  She is president of the Harvard Club of Seattle and a Pacific Northwest governor of the Recording Academy.


Greg "Grouchy" Watkins
CEO & Co-Founder

As the co-founder and co-CEO of the urban Web site and music destination, AllHipHop.com, 37-year-old "Grandmaster Grouchy" Greg Watkins is fulfilling his childhood dream as an entertainment business pioneer and entrepreneur. With his partner, Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur, Watkins has built AllHipHop.com into the Internet voice of hip-hop culture.

Born in Albany, N.Y. and raised in Newark, Delaware, Watkins was intrigued by hip-hop since the age of six. He briefly flirted with a recording career as a member of his rap group, The Outfit, and in 1993 launched his label, Oblique Recordings. While pursuing a career as a music label owner, Watkins attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, studying audio engineering and marketing and graduating with an associate’s degree majoring in music business. AllHipHop.com officially launched in 1998, and this year Watkins and Creekmur are commemorating their 13th anniversary.

And almost 20 years after forming Oblique Recordings, Watkins is relaunching a new label Syncing Sun, with a talented stable of new acts. "Grandmaster Grouchy" Greg Watkins has received numerous tributes, including the Lifetime Achievement honor at the 2005 Mixtape Awards, a Rising Star Award from Black Enterprise Magazine and the first ever BET Hip-Hop Award for a website in 2009.


Aharon Weiner
CEO & Co-Founder

Aharon Weiner, Founder & CEO of FanKix, brings over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and software executive in Silicon Valley. At FanKix, Aharon’s vision is becoming a reality – How to crack the code of the “Holy Trinity” of Fans, Bands and Brands.


Tres Williams
VP, Business & Legal Affairs
Clear Channel Radio

Tres Williams is a music industry professional with over 15 years of experience. Tres' broad professional experiences range from jazz saxophone performance to concert promotion to his current position as VP, Business & Legal Affairs in Clear Channel Radio's digital division.

Tres began his legal career working with well-known music attorneys and managing business affairs for key album projects for Sony BMG artists such as Outkast and Britney Spears. During the time at Zomba / BMG / Sony BMG Tres attended Brooklyn Law School at night and completed his law degree in 2005.

From 2006 to 2008 Tres practiced music and technology law at eMusic.com where he served as Director, Business & Legal Affairs. During this time, Tres also negotiated several key deals for eMusic's sister company, independent digital distributor The Orchard.

From 2008 to 2011 Tres served as VP, Business & Legal Affairs at Thumbplay where he was instrumental in launching its cloud-based music subscription service as well as its eventual sale to Clear Channel Radio.

Tres holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and both BS and BM from Appalachian State University. Specialties

Negotiating, business development, digital music strategy, legal issues in digital music, recording contracts (artist / producer), music publishing contracts, music licensing, event production.


Myk Willis

Myk founded Myxer in 2005 and continues to drive the company's strategy and evangelize its vision of mobile as an empowering technology for the individual. A passionate entrepreneur, experienced technologist, and published author, Myk is consumed by the challenge of building a better mobile industry that embraces the openness of the internet. In November 2011 Myk and Myxer launched Myxer Social Radio a mobile group-listening platform enabling consumers to enjoy listening to music in real-time with their Facebook friends. Prior to founding Myxer, Myk built a successful technology consulting firm, and earlier served as lead developer for Citrix's flagship MetaFrame product.


Chris Wiltsee
Director Of Business Development

Chris Wiltsee, Director Of Business Development at RootMusic, is an entrepreneur and music industry executive who has built his career in the nexus where music, technology and community meet. Prior to joining the RootMusic team, Wiltsee was Executive Director of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) San Francisco Chapter (2009-2011). In 2006, he co-founded AMP, which has developed a national resource for all-ages music venues and communities, and recently released a book titled, "In Every Town," (Sub-Pop/AK Press). In 2003, Wiltsee founded Youth Movement Records (YMR), a youth-run media company based in Oakland, Calif. Additionally, Chris has been instrumental in developing major publishing deals for songwriters, which have resulted in co-writes with prominent artists internationally. Wiltsee earned a Masters degree from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz.