Digital Media Wire Announces Agenda & Speakers for Digital Music Forum East in New York, February 24-25

Music and Technology Leaders Gather in Gotham at Top Industry Event

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 — (PRNewswire) — Digital Media Wire today announced the agenda and line-up of speakers for the upcoming Digital Music Forum East ( to be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York on February 24-25, 2010.  


"Over a decade after the genesis of digital music, we find ourselves at a critical crossroad in the music industry when brands and bands are collaborating in ways previously unforeseen, and the concept of an independent artist is no longer equated with a paneled van, but is increasingly the norm as business models and artist's rights become more equilibrated," said Ned Sherman, CEO and Publisher of Digital Media Wire.  "The Digital Music Forum exists to help provide leadership and forge the future with thought provoking panels and unparalleled networking opportunities."

The two-day event is the most comprehensive digital music conference focused on the evolution and future of digital music. The conference agenda, which includes senior participants from all the major labels, as well as leading Indie labels, social networks, online music retailers, mobile companies, artists and association heads, includes top keynotes, discussions and panels on the following topics:

  • Top Digital Music Trends
  • The State of the Digital Union
  • Brands & Bands: How Brands Are Working with the Music Industry in the Digital Age?
  • Mobile Apps: What's Next?
  • The Concert Business: How Technology is Changing the Business
  • The Digital Copyright Debate
  • Licensing for Film & TV: What Are the Opportunities in the Years to Come?
  • Global Music Marketing in the Digital Age
  • I Want My Music Videos Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device!
  • Games & Music
  • Social Networks &  Music
  • Rights, Royalties & Reporting in the Digital World

The event includes the following speaker highlights:

  • Performance & Conversation with Award-Winning Artist Giorgia Fumanti
  • Keynote by Rio Caraeff, President of VEVO, the leading online premium music and entertainment service powered by YouTube.
  • A Conversation with Anjula Acharia Bath, Chairman, President & Founder, Desi Hits!, an entertainment/lifestyle hub about Desi culture. Called "one of the coolest people you will ever meet," Anjula and DesiHits! may represent the future of global entertainment.
  • Keynote Interview with Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, US Sales & Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment and Loeb & Loeb's Larry Kenswil.
  • Keynote Interview with Venrock's David Pakman and Peter Kafka, Senior Editor, AllThingsD.
  • Panel on "Mobile Apps: What's Next?": Manatt's Aydin Caginalp to lead mobile apps panel with EMI North America, Thumbplay, MTV Mobile at MTV Networks, RIM/BlackBerry and Slacker.
  • Panel on "I Want My Music Videos Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device!": Execs from MTV Music & Logo at MTV Networks, Music Choice, AOL Music and GoTV Networks to discuss the bright future for video and music.
  • Panel on "The State of the Digital Union": TAG's Ted Cohen discusses the state of digital music businesses with senior execs from Universal Motown Republic Group, AWAL (Artists Without A Label), ReverbNation and Glassnote.

Attendees are over 300 senior decision-makers from record labels, music publishers, producers and distributors, technology companies, wireless companies, rights organizations, industry bodies, radio, advertising, attorneys, artists, investors and venture capitalists.

Speakers include:

Anjula Acharia Bath, Chairman, President & Founder, Desi Hits!

Jay Baage, VP, Content & Business Development, Digital Media Wire

Kevin Bacon, Owner, AWAL (Artists Without A Label)

Ryan Barkan, Sr. Dir., Advertising & Video Games, Primary Wave Music Publishing

Rich Bengloff,  President, A2IM

Aydin Caginalp, Partner, Entertainment & Media, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Ben Campbell, CEO, OurStage

Rio Caraeff, President & CEO, VEVO

Cameo Carlson, EVP, Universal Motown Republic Group

Jayne Charneski, Executive, Intelligence Group, Creative Artists Agency

Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

Richard Conlon, VP, New Media & Strategic Dev., BMI

Russ Crupnick, VP & Sr. Industry Analyst, The NPD Group

David Del Beccaro, CEO, Music Choice

Michael Doernberg, CEO & Founder, ReverbNation

Jeffrey Dorenfeld, Professor, Music Business /Management, Berklee College of Music

Seth Freed, Dir., Non-Traditional Sales & Partnerships, Nettwerk Music Group

Harlan Frey, VP, Touring & Artist Development, Roadrunner Records

Daryl Friedman, VP, Advocacy & Gov't Relations, The Recording Academy

Giorgia Fumanti, Artist

Mark Ghuneim, CEO & Founder, Wiredset / Trendrr

Daniel Glass, CEO & Founder, Glassnote

Henry Hall, Dir., Search Mktg. Dev. & Innovation, Media Contacts- NY, Havas Digital

Jim Heckman, Founder & CEO,

Dorothy Hui, VP, Partnership Marketing & Sales, Wind Up Records

Vito Iaia, SVP, Music Services, Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc.

Peter Kafka, Senior Editor, AllThingsD

Lee Knife, Executive Director, Digital Media Association

David Leibowitz, Chairman, Sir Groovy

Jenna LoMonaco, Head of New Media, Glassnote Records

Barry Massarsky, President, Massarsky Consulting / Former Senior Economist, ASCAP

Dermot McCormack, EVP, Digital Media, MTV Music & Logo, MTV Networks

Ted Mico, EVP, Digital, Interscope Geffen A&M

Alan Miller, Co-Owner & CEO/Co-Publisher, Filter Creative Group/Filter Magazine

Jeff Minsky, Dir., Next Emerging Media, OMD Ignition Factory

David Oxenford, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

David Pakman, Partner, Venrock

Chris Phenner, EVP, Business Development, Thumbplay

Jonathan Potter, Digital Media Consultant

Adam Powers, Director of Standards & Emerging Technology, Rovi Corporation

Jaclyn Ranere, VP, Marketing & Corporate Communications, The Orchard

Kelli Richards, President & CEO, The All Access Group

Matt Ringel, SVP, Strategic Alliances, Live Nation

Jamie Roberts, VP - New Media & Publicity, Big Machine Media

Jim Rondinelli, SVP, Strategic Development, Slacker

John Rubey, President, AEG Network LIVE

Maurice Russell, VP, Licensing, Collections & Business Affairs, The Harry Fox Agency

Jon Satterley, SVP, New Media & Global Bus. Dev., Roadrunner Records

Syd Schwartz, SVP, Global Digital Marketing, EMI North America

Michael Scogin, VP, Wireless, MTV Mobile, MTV Networks

Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire

Matthew Siegel, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Indaba Music

Mike Spinella, Director, Label Relations, AOL Music Network

Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO, RightsFlow, Inc.

Bill Werde, Editorial Director, Billboard

Sibley Verbeck, Founder & CEO, The Electric Sheep Company

Pete Watson, Sr. Bus. Dev. Manager, Research in Motion Limited (RIM) / BlackBerry

David Weiss, Co-Founder/Co-Editor,

Brian Whitman, Co-Founder & CTO, The Echo Nest

Zeeshan Zaidi, COO, LimeWire

Dave Zierler, EVP & GM, Ingrooves

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