2012 Sync Up Conference Panelists

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April 27-28 and May 4-5, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA 70119
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Angela Kyle

Angela Kyle

Angela Kyle works as a strategist for Story Worldwide (www.storyworldwide.com), a content marketing agency with a roster of blue chip brand clients including Lexus, Unilever, Brown Forman, Google, General Mills, and others.

For the past 15 years she has worked at the intersection of content, technology and marketing as an executive and a strategic advisor to clients such as IMG, Fremantle Media, Momentum Worldwide, Turner, Disney, Nokia, American Express, and others.

She started her career in the mid-90’s in the entertainment industry at Turner Broadcasting in Europe and has spent the majority of her career working in London, Hollywood and New York.

She is a graduate of Brown University, Columbia Business and Journalism Schools and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Interactive Peer Group.

She maintains a home in New Orleans where she sits on the board of media arts non-profit, NOVAC and has served as an advisor to the City’s Economic Development agency, the New Orleans Business Alliance.

Follow her on twitter at @realtimeangela.

Tim Westergren

Tim Westergren

Pandora Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren started the popular personalized radio service in 2000 with the Music Genome Project. Tim is an award-winning composer and accomplished musician with 20 years of experience in the music industry – spanning production, audio engineering, film scoring and live performance. Trained as a jazz pianist, his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music.

Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology. A musician's musician, he is dedicated to helping talented emerging artists find an audience. In addition to guiding Pandora's overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora's chief evangelist - traveling the country to connect with some of the tens of millions of people who listen to Pandora. He also works extensively with technology partners, distribution partners, advertisers and investors to help shape the future of Pandora and personalized radio.

Norman Robinson

Norman Robinson

News anchor Norman Robinson has lived in the Crescent City for 32 years and has spent the last 20 in the WDSU-TV newsroom.

Formerly of Toomsuba, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., Norman is the main anchor on WDSU News at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and host and moderator of The Hot Seat for WDSU, the NBC network affiliate in New Orleans.

Robinson has been a broadcast journalist for 34 years. He began his career in radio in Southern California in 1972.

Robinson has worked for broadcast outlets in Southern California, Mobile, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. where he was a member of the White House Press Corps as a correspondent for CBS News.

Robinson has certificates and recognition from the U.S. Naval School of Music, The Columbia School of Journalism, and Harvard University. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. He is a member of the Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ in New Orleans.

His community service includes public speaking at schools, churches, and charity fundraising events. Robinson is also a member of the nationally recognized New Orleans Concert Band, where he has played the euphonium (baritone horn) for the past 25 years.

Robinson’s military service to his country includes a four-year tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Field Bands at Paris Island, Camp Pendleton, and the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.

Norman Robinson is a husband, father, grandfather, and a proud member of the New Orleans community.

Ted Kurland

Ted Kurland

Ted Kurland founded Ted Kurland Associates in 1975 in Boston. At the time, he was a recent graduate from Brandeis University with a major in Economics. After Kurland graduated, he first worked for a small Boston talent agency, Music Unlimited, an invaluable experience that launched his career into the talent booking business. With two partners, he later started All American Talent, an agency that booked primarily blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, George Thorgood and Ko Ko Taylor, among others. All American Talent turned into Ted Kurland Associates and the agency's emphasis shifted to booking jazz performers.

Gary Burton, the eminent jazz vibraphonist, was the first artist to become a client of the new company. Soon after, other major performers such as Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Bill Evans came to Kurland for representation. Roy Haynes, Milt Jackson, Charles Mingus, Isaac Hayes, Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jaco Pastorius, Ravi Shankar, Astor Piazzolla, Stephane Grapelli, Tony Williams, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Freddie Hubbard then joined the growing family of artists represented by what became one of the preeminent talent agencies in music.

Ted Kurland Associates also represents many prominent New Orleans based performers, including Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Soul Rebels, Terence Blanchard, the New Orleans Bingo! Show - and several musicians named Marsalis: Wynton, Ellis, Jason, and Delfeayo.

In addition to booking tours, the company has a management division that handles their clients' recording, music publishing, movie soundtrack, video production and licensing agreements. In the early 1980s, the agency expanded their bookings internationally and became well-established in every major in the world, arranging tours throughout Asia, South America and Europe.

Although Ted Kurland Associates has remained best-known for arranging tours for major jazz artists, prominent performers from other fields such as blues, world and pop music are also represented by the agency. As the staff of Ted Kurland Associates celebrates more than 35 years of service, they look back on decades of growth and success in one of the most exciting fields in the entertainment business.
 

Ralph Simon

Ralph Simon

Ralph Simon is one of the founders of the modern global mobile entertainment and content industry. Over the past 15 years he has been a prominent international mobile visionary, trailblazer and innovator, helping grow the world-wide mobile/wireless content and entertainment industries, and playing a central role in it's impact and presence in in the USA and world-wide.

He was a co-founder of the Zomba Music Group, a family of record labels that grew to include Jive Records and launched the careers of Brittney Spears, R. Kelly, KRS-One and many others.

He is CEO of Mobilium Global, the creative mobile industry think tank based in London, providing high level strategic guidance to music companies and artists, multi-national telco operators, handset & tablet makers, technology infrastructure companies, media companies, brands, ad agency groups and platform providers around the world. Drawing from vast international and BRIC developing market experience, Simon is at the forefront of mobile innovation, with a unique understanding of what drives colloquial & contextual significance and mobile revenues - a key imperative in today’s mobile economies.

Founder & Chairman Emeritus of the influential Mobile Entertainment Forum - Americas (MEF), the respected global trade group, he is at the forefront of commercial innovation that boosts global industry standards and telco content data, access, and Quality User Experiences (QUE).

Simon was named as one of world's Top 50 Executives in Mobile Entertainment, by Mobile Entertainment Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He received their Special Award for Outstanding Contribution To the Global Mobile Entertainment industry in 2007.

Mobilium Global are strategic mobile advisors & tacticians to leading artists and global social media entities such as Madonna, Irish band, U2, Lady Gaga and the leading global Bollywood aggregator and online provider, BollywoodHungama.com.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, a member of the Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the USA, and, special advisor to the Mobile Life Sciences Alliance (driving African mobile health & wellness), and a founding member of the African Leadership Network, Africa’s leading mobile & digerati community. He is based in London with offices in Helsinki, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Johannesburg.

Gwendolyn Thompkins

Gwendolyn Thompkins

Gwen Thompkins is a journalist and writer living in New Orleans. She began her career at The Times-Picayune and in 1996 moved to Washington, DC, where she became the senior editor of NPR’s “Weekend Edition” with Scott Simon. From 2006 to 2010, Thompkins was NPR’s East Africa correspondent. Thompkins spent the 2010-2011 school year as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She is currently writing a book of short stories and teaching news writing at Tulane University's School of Continuing Studies.

Tony van Veen

Tony van Veen

As CEO and president of AVL Digital Group, the parent company of Disc Makers and CD Baby, Tony van Veen has spent the past 24 years helping independent artists release, distribute, and promote their own music and movies.

Disc Makers is the world leader in CD and DVD manufacturing for independent artists and filmmakers, producing over 70,000 independent titles a year.

In 2008, Disc Makers acquired CD Baby, the largest independent music store and digital distributor in the world with 300,000 independent album titles and over 3.8 million songs in its catalog. CD Baby is the biggest content provider to iTunes, Amazon, and streaming service providers like Rhapsody and Spotify.

AVL Digital Group companies also offer graphic design services, mastering, and has diversified into web hosting (HostBaby) and eBook publishing (BookBaby) services to artists, filmmakers, and authors.

Daniel Glass

Daniel Glass

Daniel Glass launched Glassnote Entertainment Group in 2007 and within three years, Glassnote has grown and developed into a vital and relevant force in the modern entertainment industry. Glassnote Records is the proud home of Secondhand Serenade, Grammy-Award winning Phoenix, Justin Nozuka, The Temper Trap, Grammy Nominated Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Kele (of Bloc Party), Royal Bangs, GIVERS and Childish Gambino. Daniel Glass started the company as a place to develop Artists' careers. With its communal spirit, exquisite mix of Artists and musically driven management team, Glass is proud that the company's commitment to true Artist development is proving successful. In April of 2010, Glassnote Records made history by becoming the first independent label to have four Artists in the top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Glassnote "Best Indie Label."


Daniel Glass's career in the music industry has been marked by such success stories as artists Billy Idol, Wilson Phillips, Sinead O'Connor, Jon Secada, Warren Zevon, Blur, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Erykah Badu, Paula Abdul, Baha Men, Kurupt, Susan Tedeschi, The Pretenders, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Sugarcult, Better Than Ezra -- and it all began when Daniel became one of Brooklyn College radio station WBCR's hottest disc jockeys. While still in college he was hired as the first DJ for the world famous discotheque Regine's.


He served as Vice President of the cutting edge dance/rap indie SAM Records, working with Gary 's Gang, John Davis and the Monster Orchestra and the Evasions. His time at SAM laid the foundation of what would be an overriding philosophy that would propel him through many multi-platinum artists; he began by developing Artists' careers, rather than just trying to pick hit records. Significantly, Glass embraced street bands when other more conservative and larger labels were loath to do so. This long-term strategy began to define Glass' rise and empowered him within the creative community.

In early 1983, Glass took his philosophy to Chrysalis Records as Director of New Music Marketing, advancing later to Senior Vice President. Throughout his six years with Chrysalis, Glass helped to guide the careers of such superstars as Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and The News, Billy Idol, Spandau Ballet, Jethro Tull, Icehouse, The Divinyls, Sinead O'Connor, and Was (Not Was), among many others. Glass also developed a strong college and intern program, which cultivated a number of talented young executives who have since gone to high-level positions throughout the entertainment industry.

In 1989, Glass' success led him to become one of the first executives to join the newly formed SBK Records as Senior Vice President of Promotion, bringing his trademark aggressive, streetwise approach to the start up label. This approach quickly produced success in breaking new Artists, including the multi-platinum debuts of Jesus Jones, Technotronic, Wilson Phillips, Vanilla Ice, as well at SBK/Liberty country artist Billy Dean.

In 1990, Glass was promoted to Executive Vice President/General Manager of SBK Records. With the consolidation of SBK, Chrysalis and EMI Records USA several years later, he quickly rose to President/CEO where he was instrumental in catapulting Jon Secada, Blur, Selena, Barrio Boyzz,, D'Angelo, Roxette and Arrested Development into platinum and Grammy Award-winning status, as well as the hit soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film, ìThe Crying Gameî, which featured Boy George

In 1996, Glass' entrepreneurial spirit and Artist-driven success caught the attention of current Universal Music Group Chairman, Doug Morris. Together, they started Rising Tide Records, which later became Universal Records with Daniel Glass as President.

Glass' willingness to empower artists and his prowess within the creative community was quickly reflected by the label's success in breaking new Artists, including the multi-platinum debut of Erykah Badu, Billie Myers, Goldfinger, and the Lost Boyz. Recognizing the changing landscape of the industry, Glass strategically aligned Universal with such independent record labels as Kedar Entertainment, home to Erykah Badu and India Arie, and Mojo Records, home to platinum artist Reel Big Fish.

In 1999 Daniel Glass joined Danny Goldberg at the newly emerging label Artemis Records as Executive Vice President. After a few months, Daniel was named President and achieved great success with the gold record rapper Kurupt, Grammy-Award winning Warren Zevon, rocker Steve Earle, gold record female hard rock group Kittie, and the triple platinum pop stars Baha Men.

At a time when consolidation was dominating the music industry, there was an opportunity for independent labels to break through and make significant impact on the controlling climate. This led Daniel Glass to start Glassnote, an entertainment company encompassing Glassnote Records, Music Publishing and Merchandising. Glass, with his particularly Artist friendly and effective style, created a winning environment able to compete on any level.

For the first release on Glassnote Records, Daniel chose Secondhand Serenade. At the time, Secondhand Serenade was the number one unsigned Artist in the history of Myspace with 17 million plays and roughly 200,000 friends. Secondhand Serenade would grow to become a multi-platinum selling Artist. Secondhand Serenade was soon joined by VH1-favorite Justin Nozuka. Glassnote is now the proud home of French indie royalty Phoenix - who have become one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the past year. Phoenix has recently been certified Gold in the US and Canada for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - the same album that brought the first Grammy to Glassnote's roster for Best Alternative Album in 2010. Australian alt-rockers The Temper Trap, Grammy-nominated Mumford & Sons and Irish indie sensations Two Door Cinema Club and Kele Okereke (Bloc Party's singer/guitarist) are all part of the Glassnote family. Newest additions to the family are the Knoxville, Tennessee based rock band Royal Bangs and Lafayette, Louisiana based GIVERS and hip-hop artist Childish Gambino.

Profiled as one of Crain's New York Business “40 under 40” success stories, Glass is a Vice Chair of the UJA-Federation of New York, which honored him as Music Visionary of the Year 2002. He, along with his wife and three children, were honored as Family of the Year at the 2005 T. J. Martell Foundation Family Day. He is the Founding Board President of LIFEbeat, the renowned AIDS advocacy and hands-on service organization he co-founded in April 1992 with the late manager Bob Caviano. He is a Founding Board Member of the Dance Music Hall of Fame, Vice President of The New York Music for Youth Foundation, Chairman of the Development Committee, member of the Brooklyn College Foundation and Trustee at the Dalton School and has hosted the Winter Music Conference in Miami for the past several years. Glass is an also a veteran of the New York City Marathon, having completed it 14 times. For the 2006 New York City Marathon he formed a 25 person team to run with who have raised several hundred thousand dollars for the Mt. Sinai Hospital Childrens IBD Unit. In April of 2010, Daniel completed his first Boston Marathon and most recently, he completed his first Hamptons Marathon in September 2011.

Tom Windish

Tom Windish

Tom Windish first dived into the music industry by booking concerts and hosting college radio shows while attending the State University of New York at Binghamton. Soon after, he began booking tours for bands, some of which he had booked to play at his college a few months or years earlier.

Originally starting in his apartment in Chicago, the Windish Agency began with minimum expectations and the desire to be the best agency possible for artists that he loved.

The agency continues to keep the goals and needs of the artists at the center of its business by finding inventive and thoughtfully constructed ways to bring their live performances to fans.

Currently, the Windish Agency holds offices in Chicago, New York, Toronto and Los Angeles. The company books tours in the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, Australia, Asia and part of Europe and Africa.

Windish and his growing staff of 25 oversee the tours of many artists, including Animal Collective, Crystal Castles, Matt and Kim, Dirty Projectors, Fever Ray, Girl Talk, Hot Chip, Jose Gonzales, Justice, Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Pink Martini, the XX, Yeasayer and one of his very first clients, Low.

Scott Goldman

Scott Goldman

Vice President, the GRAMMY Foundation and the MusiCares Foundation

Goldman joined the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares in December 2005.  Prior to that he was Vice President of Development at City of Hope. From 1991-2005 he ran the organization’s fundraising efforts within the music and entertainment industries. He also oversaw City of Hope’s network of 10 regional fundraising offices around the country. He began his fundraising career in 1983 with United Cerebral Palsy, joined the March of Dimes in 1985 and founded the Northern California Chapter of the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness in 1987.  Goldman is also a professional musician appearing at clubs and festivals around the country. A native of New York, Goldman received his Bachelor of Science degree in theatre from Skidmore College.
 

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Will French

Will French

Will French is the co-founder and President of Film Production Capital, L.L.C. and Novatour, L.L.C. Film Production Capital provides tax incentive-based financing and financial services to the domestic motion picture industry. The company has provided more than $225,000,000 in financing to over 100 motion picture productions with aggregate production budgets far exceeding $1 billion. Such films include: The Expendables,Cogan’s TradeBullet to the HeadKiller Joe, and The Host. Film Production Capital began as a tax credit brokerage in 2003 designed to monetize tax incentives offered by the State of Louisiana and transitioned into providing production loans collateralized by tax credits in 2005. It has become one of the premiere tax incentive finance companies in the country and has offices in Louisiana, Michigan, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.

Novatour is a joint venture between Film Production Capital and SMG, the worldwide leader in stadium, arena, and theater management, which provides concert tour financing for tours originating in Louisiana which qualify for the Louisiana Musical and Theatrical Tax Credit program. Recent tours funded by Novatour include Josh Groban – Straight to You (2011) and Avenged Sevenfold – Welcome to the Family (2011).

Mr. French is one of the foremost experts on entertainment tax incentives in the country. He is a regular speaker at film finance forums and seminars, including theAmerican Film Market, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Mr. French has been actively involved in the enactment of tax incentive legislation, rules and regulations in an number of jurisdictions.

A graduate of Isidore Newman School (1990) and Purdue University (B.A., 1995), Mr. French received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law in 1998. At Tulane, Mr. French served on the Tulane Moot Court Board and was the Champion of the 1997 Junior Appellate Moot Court Competition. Upon graduation, he was elected by the law school faculty to The Order of Barristers. After law school, he practiced business litigation at Lemle & Kelleher, LLP before moving to Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP where he practiced primarily in the areas of corporate law, commercial banking law, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. French serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Civil Service League and the Fenner-French Foundation, a family charitable foundation whose primary focus is to improve the quality of life and work for residents of post-Katrina New Orleans.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association, an industry association whose mission is to grow the entertainment industry of Louisiana.

Mr. French is a life-long resident of New Orleans, where he and his family currently reside.

Jeffrey Merrihue

Jeffrey Merrihue

Jeffrey Merrihue is the CEO of MOFILM, the world’s largest supplier of “crowd-sourced” advertising.

Jeffrey began his international marketing career with RJR Nabisco in Spain in 1986. Over the course of eight years, he held marketing management positions in Canada, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Italy.

Jeffrey moved to Kellogg in 1994, where he served as Marketing director Colombia, Commercial Director Mexico / Latin America and finally, Director of European Marketing in Manchester England.

In 1998, Jeffrey joined Initiative Media as CEO and European Regional Director and founded Initiative Consulting.

In 2001 Jeffrey joined Accenture as a partner where he founded Accenture Marketing Sciences and ran the group as CEO building a group focused on digital, retail, marketing and media measurement and optimization services for the world's most important advertisers.

In September 2009, Jeffrey left Accenture to focus full time on MOFILM as CEO.

Jeffrey is also the president for Europe of the G100, the private group of chief executive officers of the world's largest and most significant companies.

Mack Maine

Mack Maine

Mack Maine is the stage name of Jermaine Preyan, the New Orleans-born rapper and singer. He is not only signed to Young Money Entertainment, Li’l Wayne’s imprint Cash Money Records (distributed by Universal/Motown) – he is also president of the label. He is the co-founder of Kush Entertainment and has also founded his own label, Soothe Your Soul Records.

He was born in New Orleans in 1983. He formed a friendship with Dwayne Carter, aka Li’l Wayne, at the age of eleven. In 2003, he placed 16th out of a thousand contestants in a freestyle battle hosted by MTV; this, combined with a backstage performance at the 2004 BET Awards with Cassidy, led him to becoming a founding member of Young Money Entertainment with Li’l Wayne in 2005. In 2008, Mack Maine appeared on the official remix of Lil Wayne's third single from “Tha Carter III,” "Got Money," and performed the song with Wayne on “Saturday Night Live.” At the 2008 Ozone Awards, he won the "Patiently Waiting: Louisiana" award.

In 2009, he performed with Li’l Wayne on his "I Am Music" tour, performing every night in his own set, as well as mtvU's Spring Break 2009 concert. He also released a mixtape presented by Don Cannon entitled “This Is Just a Mixtape,” featuring appearances from Li’l Wayne, Mistah Fab, Gorilla Zoe, Pleasure P, Rick Ross, Mystikal, and Soulja Slim.[ Mack Maine appears on the Young Money collaboration album, including the first single, "Every Girl." Along with Birdman, Slim, Cortez Bryant and other past and present Cash Money artists, he starred in Li’l Wayne's “Behind the Music” episode, which premiered September 11, 2009.

In March 2010, Mack Maine appeared with Snoop Dogg on T-Pain's single, "Ghetto Commandments." Maine was also featured on the music video of Playaz Circle's Hit song with Lil Wayne, "Duffle Bag Boy."

S├ębastien Nasra

S├ębastien Nasra

Founder and president of Avalanche Productions, artist manager and music publisher, Sébastien Nasra has launched the international careers of renowned artists such as JORANE, LES RESPECTABLES, SOUL ATTORNEYS, PROJET ORANGE, TAIMA, PLASTER, ELISAPIE ISAAC, and the trip-hop duo BEAST. In 2006, he founded the export music conference and festival M for Montreal with the help of friend Martin Elbourne (programmer for the Glastonbury Festival, organizer for The Great Escape and co-founder along with Peter Gabriel of the WOMAD Festival). Since then, the organization has travelled across the world to present showcases in Quebec, Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, France, Iceland, and in the UK. In the summer of 2008, Nasra put another feather in his cap by becoming the artistic director and general manager of Vega Music, a label created in partnership with Bob Ezrin and Universal Music Canada. As a music publisher, Sébastien has been part of the administration council at SOCAN for 5 years. In 2011, Nasra teamed up with Derek Andrews (programmer of Harbourfront Festival for 18 years, curator of LUMINATO) to create Mundial Montreal. Concurrent M for Montreal, Mundial showcases world music artists from Canada to national and international delegates and hosts networking events each November.

Dee-1

Dee-1

Born and raised in the heart of New Orleans, David Augustine - aka Dee-1 - shared the same struggles as the legendary artists that put the 504 on the map. But he represents the city with a different viewpoint. He is the voice for anyone on a mission to win in the game of life by maximizing their potential and grinding with a purpose.

After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor's degree, Dee-1 began teaching middle school in Baton Rouge by day to help fund his music projects. The strong bond he formed with his students inspired him to be a powerful leader, but it also made it hard for him to leave. As his buzz as an artist continued to grow, he finally decided that his passion for hip hop was too much to ignore and that being "Dee-1" gave him a much larger platform to be heard than being "Mr. Augustine."

Having already built a solid street buzz with his critically acclaimed independent album "David & Goliath," he released his mixtape “I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2” as a free download in 2011. This mixtape changed his life. In less then a year he had four videos that gained heavy rotation on MTV Jams, had major hip-hop blogs praising his work, and two national two nation wide tours under his belt.

You haven't witnessed Dee-1's true star power until you have seen him live in concert. He has become known for giving jaw-dropping shows and electrifying audiences wherever he performs. As Dee-1 says, “It feels way better to win over an audience than to just brag on how good I am. I'd rather prove it to you.” All of this progress has left die-hard Dee-1 fans asking, "What's next?" No one knows for sure, but as his fan base continues to grow throughout the nation, Dee-1 is poised to become Hip-Hop’s next great superstar.

Daryl Evans

Daryl Evans

Daryl Evans is AT&T’s vice president for consumer advertising and marketing communications, overseeing all marketing and merchandising for AT&T’s wireless, DSL, TV and connected wireless products.

He joined Cingular Wireless in 2001, its founding year, and drove the creation of the Cingular brand. In 2007 Cingular was rebranded to AT&T and Evans’ responsibility expanded to all of the company’s consumer products. Before joining AT&T he served as Managing Director for Randstad, the third-largest employment company in the world. Prior to that, Evans served McCann-Erickson Worldwide as senior vice president/deputy general manager as well as senior vice president/director of client services. In that position, he managed accounts such as Coca-Cola, Motorola and Georgia-Pacific—and founded the AFLAC account. He and his teammates have won numerous awards including Cannes Lions, Effies and others.

Prior to McCann, Evans gained marketing and brand experience with companies ranging from Quaker Oats and Kimberly Clark Corporation on the client side to D’Arcy Masius Benton and Bowles on the agency side.

Evans currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ad Council, The Alliance Theatre, The College Football Hall of Fame, The Atlanta Convention and Business Bureau and the American Marketing Association (Atlanta Chapter). He also serves as Chairman of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Evans holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s Degree in business from the Harvard Business School.

Randolph Houston

Randolph Houston

 Randolph B. Houston, Jr. ("Huey") is Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs for Comcast Sports Group (part of NBC Sports Group), where he represents the business and legal interests of the Comcast regional sports networks, NBC Sports broadcast, NBC Olympics, and the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus).  Prior to that position, Mr. Houston focused his law practice on trademark, copyright, and music and entertainment law, negotiating deals involving major label recording artists, representing individual musicians, actors, artists, and writers, and speaking and writing on entertainment-related topics, for 15 years in private practice.  He holds a Juris Doctor degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law (1995) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University (1991), and he is licensed to practice law in Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York.  Prior to his law practice, Mr. Houston participated in the Agent Training Program of the prestigious William Morris Agency (now William Morris Endeavor).
 
Mr. Houston is also a performing and recording musician and songwriter with more than three decades of experience across all genres of music.  He has performed with, produced, and co-written with a number of national recording artists and is the owner of a small independent record label.  In 2006, Mr. Houston became a Voting Member of the Recording Academy.  He is also an artist manager, representing recording artists, television and film actors, and comedians.
 
Mr. Houston believes firmly that with blessings and accomplishment come responsibility, so community service and volunteerism are of critical importance.  He is proud to volunteer his time serving on the boards of a number of non-profit, arts-related, and other civic and philanthropic organizations.  Mr. Houston also volunteers his time mentoring law students and college students who aspire to work in the legal and entertainment fields.lds.

Jonathan Hull

Jonathan Hull

Jonathan Hull is the director of partnerships at Ning/Glam Media. He has worked with everyone from 50 Cent to the Peace Corps and more while at Ning, helping partners create effective digital hubs and get the most out of their social media strategies. Jonathan also has worked closely with third party technology partners such as UStream and SoundCloud to ensure Ning integrations run seamlessly.

Prior to Ning, Jonathan worked at Island Def Jam, Cordless Recordings, and Rykodisc, all in the digital media and marketing departments. He is also a musician, performing in the Brooklyn-based band Jones Street Station.
 

Berta Baghjajian

Berta Baghjajian

Berta Baghjajian is a CPA & Business Manager at Boulevard Management. She has been practicing public accounting and Business Management for more than 22 years. ?She provides three major areas of proficiency; tax services, financial services and business management services. Her practice concentrates on business management of high profile musicians, producers, managers, record labels, professional athletes and performing artist along with their touring entities, publishing and endorsement companies.  Because she represents both recording companies as well as talent, she has a firm grasp of both sides of the music business, a business that she loves.

A graduate of the California State University Northridge, Berta holds a master’s degree in Accounting and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration She is a Certified Public Accountant.A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a Member of American Institute of Music Publishers.

Suzette Toledano

Suzette Toledano

Suzette Toledano (formerly Suzette Toledano Becker) maintains a boutique entertainment and arts transactional law practice located Above the House of Blues in New Orleans with emphasis on copyright and trademark matters, art and music licensing, brand licensing, recording contracts, music publishing contracts and television, film and live theatre industry matters.

Her associate, Verena Benker, is licensed to practice law in Germany as well as in the U.S. Their international client list includes artists, composers, photographers, visual artists, screenwriters, “musical book” (live theater) writers, producers, record labels, music publishers, event producers, webcasters, and motion picture production companies, with Billboard, Academy Award and Grammy nominees/winners among them.

Suzette is a board member of the New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., the not-for-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

Suzette was named by New Orleans Magazine as the "Top Lawyer" in the entertainment law category in 2010.
 

Mark Satlof

Mark Satlof

Mark is the Vice President of Shore Fire Media, one of the largest publicity firms in fields including entertainment, music, book publishing, fashion and consumer products. Clients include Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Neko Case, The Roots, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Wynton Marsalis and Tom Morello and many more.

Mark started his career working with new/no-wave legends Pere Ubu. Now, hundreds of successful PR campaigns later, he is involved with the entire Shore Fire roster, using his experience to guide the creative direction of the company's PR efforts. Shore Fire is a standard-setting, boutique public relations and media management firm based in Brooklyn, NY, committed to diversity and brilliance in our clients and the work we do with them.

Jon Cohen

Jon Cohen

Jon Cohen is the co-CEO of Cornerstone Media and co-founder of the FADER, a media consortium that includes a record label, a magazine and a robust web hub.

In 1997, Jon and co-CEO Rob Stone created Cornerstone, a New York-based marketing agency that has grown to include offices in London and Los Angeles, with a staff of more than 100 people.

Cornerstone is a full-service agency that has pioneered a new style of marketing. Billboard Magazine said: “Cornerstone sits on the nexus of branding and music, and are arguably the pioneers in the movement.” Clients include Microsoft, Diageo, Pepsi, Converse and Nike.

In 1998, Cohen and Stone launched The FADER, an ahead-of-the-curve music and lifestyle magazine The New York Times calls a “music and fashion bible,” which has become the unofficial guide to “what’s next in the music business.” Additionally, they Co-Founded FADER Label, which has released critically acclaimed albums by Matt & Kim, Editors, and Saul Williams.

Nesby Phips

Nesby Phips

Nesby Phips has an internationally-inspired sound that draws from the great musical traditions of his native New Orleans. Phips is respected throughout the industry as a musical hybrid, rapping with and producing for some of today's brightest talents, including Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Fiend, Aaron Neville, Trombone Shorty, Juvenile, Lil Wayne and Mack Maine. As Director of the Mahalia Jackson Foundation, he continues to serve as an ambassador to the city for documentarians, writers and filmmakers traveling to New Orleans to document the art, music and culture of the city.

David Hazan

David Hazan

Throughout his extensive marketing career, David Hazan has consistently conceived and executed breakthrough entertainment marketing campaigns for his internet, brand, agency, and entertainment clients, functional essentially as a virtual CMO for LiveMusicStage, Mobile Backstage, theBizmo, Lucha Libre USA, GigsWiz, .dotmusic, and Muze, while producing content and events for MSN, Canadian Music Week, AEG, TVT, and Shout! Factory.

David’s deep music marketing experience includes senior positions held at The Orchard, MTV Networks / VH1, Universal Music Group, Putumayo World Music and Wind-up Records.  There, as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, he strategized and oversaw the marketing and release campaigns for multi-platinum Grammy winners Evanescence as well as for Creed, Seether, Finger 11 among others.

While SVP Marketing at Universal Classics, David created and managed the release campaigns for Broadway soundtracks including Mamma Mia and Seussical the Musical, while working with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Renee Fleming, and Luciano Pavarotti.

As Senior VP Marketing for Putumayo World Music, David established the label as the world’s pre-eminent world music brand, launching the label in over 100 countries around the world. David co-produced and sold all sponsorships for The Putumayo World Music Hour, a weekly radio show broadcast on over 170 stations around the world. He also negotiated strategic marketing alliances with American Express, Louisiana Office of Tourism, and major music and cultural festivals throughout North America.

David’s experience at marketing agencies includes event specialists US Concepts, Warner Custom Music) and EMCI / Rockbill, which included a stint at their London, UK offices, developing global music marketing campaigns for clients such as Converse, Philips N.V., and Pepe Jeanswear.

David originally began his career as a musician before starting his own Toronto-based entertainment marketing agency, Music Matters.  He lives in Nyack, NY with his wife and two sons.

About Live Music Stage:
LiveMusicStage is an online platform where venues, festivals and other event organizers can broadcast their gigs and concerts.  Audiences can interact with the performing artists, while enjoying high quality live streams. LiveMusicStage is headquartered in Helsinki with offices in London and New York, currently preparing for its US launch later this year.

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Robert Singerman

Robert Singerman

Robert Singerman directs Glocallocal, Brasil Music Exchange North America, while working in various capacities with 88tc88, LyricFind, CMW, .MUSIC, CMJ, Cyber PR, Marcato Digital and Make Music New York among other companies.

Robert has worked in the music business for over 30 years as an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant, producer and music supervisor. Known for discovering and developing talent, he’s represented R.E.M., Professor Longhair, The Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, (pre) Beastie Boys, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bad Brains, Sun Ra, Sonny Fortune and King Sunny Ade, along with many others in genres from punk, dance, metal, jazz, world, funk and rap to rock. Robert is recognized as one of the proponents of new jazz, new wave and world music from the late 70’s and 80’s onwards.

He’s spoken at conferences worldwide, from Brazil to Australia, France and Norway, including SXSW, Midem, Womex, CMJ, New Music Seminar, CMW, Digital Hollywood, Popkomm, Cutting Edge and the World Cultural Economic Forum.

In 2004, Robert created and directed for 3.5 years a US pilot of?ce for the EU funded European Music Of?ce and served as Director of The French Music Export Of?ce in North America from January 2004 until January 2009.

His current mission, Glocallocal is creating a system to give music subtitling and dubbing solutions, so that music becomes truly global, so people will understand each other‘s songs across languages in real time. Robert is working with various technology companies and international institutions, as well as top executives worldwide, to achieve this evolutionary vision. LyricFind has announced the worldwide rights to show legal lyrics from all the major and large publishers, which is a new market across the web and mobile. 88tc88 is opening the Chinese market, with lyric translations on mobile carriers and Glocallocal is a dubbing solution, so any artist can glocalize their voice into any language.
 

Dusty Wright

Dusty Wright

Dusty Wright is co-founder/owner of the smart culture website CultureCatch.com and host of the celebrity talk show The Dusty Wright Show. He is the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and music. He is also a singer/songwriter who has released 4 solo CDs, and a member of the folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.
 

Josh Rabinowitz

Josh Rabinowitz

EVP/Director of Music

Josh Rabinowitz has produced over 8500 tracks for brands, cinema, recording labels and television. His branded work includes several ground breaking initiatives utilizing artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC (their last known recording together), Rihanna and Sia.

Rabinowitz been called a “New Music Mogul” by Fast Company; “Beethoven’s Greatest Fan” by NPR; and “The Voice” of the music-branding space in the press. He’s spoken at every major music conference.
Rabinowitz is an Adjunct Professor at NYU and The New School, and has been a columnist for Billboard’s “With the Brand”.

He’s been cited in The NY Times, Rolling Stone, Crain’s, Forbes, Time, The New Yorker, etc. and has appeared on Bloomberg TV News and NPR as an expert on Music in Media. He has written several Op-Ed POV pieces for such major trade publications as AdAge, Adweek, Shoot, Creativity and Campaign.

Rabinowitz was chosen to be the inaugural President of the new Cannes Music Lions Jury in 2016.

He has been a bandleader and trombonist based in the world’s cultural capital – aka, Brooklyn.

Greg Lucas

Greg Lucas

Greg is the co-founder of Creative Allies and spearheads partnerships, investment, sales and business development. Before joining Creative Allies, Greg was a Vice President at Music + Art Management representing DJ Spooky, King Britt, Vijay Iyer and others. In 2004, he served as the Executive Director of the Media Arts Project, a non-profit advocacy organization for multimedia art professionals

Michael Addicott

Michael Addicott

Michael “Addi” Addicott is the Manager of Curation at Pandora, where he leads the team of people who curate, acquire, and ingest the music and comedy that make up the Pandora library. The curated catalog that is compiled by the Curation Team is integral in providing listeners with the ultimate personalized listening experience and requires a deep collection of the best music across a wide range of genres. In addition, Michael leads the team that maintains and develops genre stations, regularly communicates with people within the music industry, and collaborates with other teams within the company, supporting their efforts and initiatives as needed.

He earned a BA, in music composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and spent his collegiate years developing his skills as a pianist, vocalist and DJ.  

Michael continues to perform as a professional DJ, which he’s been doing for nearly 20 years.  He has held residences at Bay Area venues such as the DNA Lounge, Ruby Skye and Temple, among many others including AT&T park where he was the Ballpark DJ for the San Francisco Giants from 2002 – 2010, earning a pennant ring in his first year, and a World Series ring in his last.  Michael also continues to enjoy being the Music Director for the Golden State Warriors where he is currently in his 16th season.

Adam Schatz

Adam Schatz

Adam Schatz is the founder of Search & Restore, an online resource for up-and-coming jazz and other improvisational music in the New York City area. With high-quality videos, artist profiles and gig calendars, the extensively cross-referenced database helps artists to build their fan base.

Taynah Reis

Taynah Reis

Taynah Reis is the founder of NEXTHUNDER, an industry specialist in plataforms of management by georeferencing. Its principal client is the government of Brazil. Taynah is also the creator of crowdsourcing networks such as All Be Tuned, a social collaborative network to make music together online. Taynah has won the MIDEM Hack Day 2012 in Cannes, France, with the All Be Tuned project. She won the AT&T Hackathon at SXSW 2012 with the development of a new mobile App, the MOVES.US. When not coding, she is singing house music, one of her passions.

Travis Laurendine

Travis Laurendine

Travis Laurendine is the founder and CEO of Volnado.com and LA Labs LLC. His first startup was and online marketplace for used textbooks founded while at Vanderbilt University in 2004. After graduation he produced, directed, and starred in an independent film about stand-up comedians learning to do comedy for the first time on the road across North America (he was one of the two comedians in the documentary). Through promoting comedy he fell into music promotion and quickly became one of the top hip-hop promoters in New Orleans’ post-Katrina landscape. His focus was on reviving the New Orleans “bounce” music scene, which took off after he co-produced the 2010 Nola Bounce SXSW showcases. After surviving a near-fatal car wreck he retired from comedy and drew on his tech startup experience to found Volnado.com as the tech platform to address the economic issues he saw while working in the music business. LA Labs is his startup incubator that owns Volnado.com and the other lab projects on which he is currently working.

Joe Atamian

Joe Atamian

Joe Atamian is an agent at Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency. He has worked at Paradigm for five
years and has worked directly with artists in either a management or agent roll for more than 10
years. Paradigm oversees touring, sponsorship, crossover opportunities and branding for some of
the largest musical acts in the world, including the Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith,
Phish, The Black Eyed Peas, The Dead, and Coldplay, as well as a host of developing acts around
the world.  
 

Michael Yerke

Michael Yerke

Michael Yerke is the president of House of Blues Entertainment Talent. He is a Chicago native and attended DePaul University. His career started playing in a band and booking a club in Chicago called Avalon from 1987 to 1991. From 1991-1993, he booked The China Club in Chicago, and then he moved to The Cubby Bear from 1993-1996. In September 1996, three months prior to the opening of House of Blues Chicago, Yerke was hired to book for that club. He also booked the room as well as theater and a few arena/amphitheater shows in Chicago until 2008.

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