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Lisa Thomas

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CEO, LRT EntertainmentLisa Thomas has been in the entertainment business for 20 years. She started at The Walt Disney Company in the motion picture department, later being promoted to interactive educational publishing. Thomas then moved on to Spelling Entertainment in the series de ...
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Kerry Gordy

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Industry Executive, Producer, SongwriterKerry Gordy grew up in the legendary landmark Motown: House of Hits home in Detroit. He started in the mailroom, later being promoted to the position of Director of A&R, where he worked on projects with Gold and Platinum artists such as T ...
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Shele Sondheim

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Musician, Songwriter, ProducerShele's recording and performing credits include Phil Collins, Natalie Cole, Little Richard, Billy Preston, Lola Falana, Wayne Newton, Flip Wilson and Roy Clark as well as extensive worldwide TV & Film credits. Most recently, Phil Collins' Little Dr ...
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Jeff Amann

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President and COO of BandPage, Inc.He oversees business development, artist relations, strategy, finance, operations and customer support. Jeff has a wide range of experience with industry-leading technology companies. He helped to grow Siebel Systems from a start-up into the world' ...
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Jay King

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Grammy-Winning Writer, Producer, ManagerWhen Northern California based record label owner, writer, producer, manager & entertainer, Jay King, won a Grammy for his group Club Noveau’s version of "Lean on Me", it was an exclamation point to his drive & talents. Previously he ...
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Mike Gormley

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Veteran Manager, TeacherIndustry veteran Mike Gormley, a 40+ year industry veteran, was President of the management firm, L.A. Personal Development (L.A.P.D.) for 24 years, before launching Yes, Dear Entertainment, which includes management and marketing. Later in the 70’s Mike ...
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Damien ‘Dame’ Ritter

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CEO/Co-Founder Funk Volume EntertainmentOne of Hip Hop’s stealth success stories of recent, Funk Volume was built out of necessity. In 2008, Stanford University MBA grad Damien “Dame” Ritter watched his younger brother SwizZz and pal Hopsin fight to gain recognition in the ove ...
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Chang Weisberg

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Founder of Guerilla Union (Rock the Bells Tour, Paid Dues Festival)Chang Weisberg had a vision for growing the ultimate Festivals & Tours, and has succeeded with his company, Guerilla Union. Starting 18 years ago, he built the Smokeout Festival with Cypress Hill’s B-REAL as a part ...
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Brandon Martinez

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Co-Founder/CEO, INDMUSICCurrent channel partners include Decon, Mad Decent, IAMSOUND, okayplayer, Baeble Music, Brendan Benson, and ClaraCMusic. Previously, Martinez was the Head of Digital Media at Abrams Artists Agency, a top 10 bicoastal talent & literary agency. Martinez has spo ...
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Reggie Calloway

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Grammy-Award Winning and Multi-Platinum Writer/ProducerReggie Calloway has written hits for N*SYNC (with Justin Timberlake), Gladys Knight, Teddy Pendergrass, Levert, Natalie Cole, his group Midnight Star & countless others. One of Calloway’s original compositions entitled, ...
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Zachary Cortes

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President, Zachary Cortes PR & AssociatesZachary Cortes is the founder and president of the full service PR agency, Zachary Cortes PR & Associates. The agency successfully increases the value and visibility of artists through the maim elements of PR: Endorsement Opportunities, M ...
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Sydney Alston

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Account Executive, DiscMakersMusic industry veteran, DiscMakers Account Executive, signed two major label deals, expert/speaker on professional artist presentation. ...
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Rhonda Bedikian

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Owner, Heavy Harmony Library.Rhonda has represented writers and artist/writers like Skip Scarborough Lovely Day. Love Ballad, Giving You The Best That I Got; Hanson MMMBop; Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire Song Cry among others. She has represented songs in various movies such ...
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Peter Rafelson

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Hit Songwriter, Producer and Music/Movie ExecutivePeter has landed twenty-three #1 singles and many top-tens in Billboard Magazine. Credits include Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Daughtry and many more.Peter recently completed writ ...
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Nic Adler

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Owner of World Famous Roxy Theatre, CEO of Adler IntegratedSocial Media Mogul, Nic Adler, as firmly planted his feet as a social media aficionado. As owner of the world-famous Roxy Theatre (the number one most popular music club on Twitter), Nic preaches authenticity and generosity ...
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Michael Kaminsky

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ManagerArtist manager, specializing in developing new talent around the world. He discovered 3OH!3 in Boulder, CO after just four shows and helped guide them to four platinum records and international acclaim. Dia Frampton was a friend of a friend; Michael got her a lucrative deal a ...
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Mark Needham

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Engineer, Producer, PublisherMix engineer, music producer, recording engineer, and music publisher with over 40 years experience in the business. His credits include Platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated artists: The Killers, Shakira and Chris Isaak as well as Fleetwood Mac, Neon Tr ...
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Maor Appelbaum

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Mastering EngineerMaor's credits include Sepultura, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Lita Ford, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many more. He teaches artists to how to best prepare music to maximize the mastering process and best possible sound. ...
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Darrell Andrews

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Director of Partnerships for OmniaMediaDarrell Andrews is a Sr. Partner-Manager at a YouTube partnership firm based in Culver City, known as  Omnia Inc. He can partner YouTube channels with Google Ads so that channels can earn residual income from their videos, based on the amount ...
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Dan Kimpel

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Author, Journalist, and Music Business GuruAcknowledged as a foremost authority on popular music and songwriters, Dan Kimpel contributes to books, interactive CDs, magazines, websites, documentrary films, television programming, videos and new media. His recent interview subjects in ...
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Kevin Day

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CEO and Founder of Rocket ScienceFollowing a 12 year tenure as a Sales and Marketing Executive with MCA Records-Geffen Records- Universal Music Group, Kevin Day developed a “new model” services company based on an accelerating trend of well-known or “branded” artists leaving ...
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Gayl Murphy

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Media Expert and Hollywood Correspondent, ABC News, BBC News, SKY News, E!AKA The Celebritizer! Gayl is a Media Expert, sought-after Hollywood correspondent (ABC News, BBC News, SKY News, E!), media and presentational coach, speaker and the author of “Interview Tactics! How to Sur ...
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Ben McLane

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Veteran Music Industry AttorneyHas represented DMX, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Keith Sweat, Guns ‘n Roses’, Bizzy Bone, Keith Sweat, LL Cool J and many more. ...
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Blasko

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Bass player for Ozzy Osbourne. Manager for Black Veil Brides and Zakk WyldeBlasko has been a recording and touring musician since he was 16 years old. His credible career began with the seminal hardcore thrash band Cryptic Slaughter signed to Metal Blade Records in 1985. The band re ...
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Adrian Miller

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Producer, Owner of poweredbyxyion.comWith a career in the music and entertainment business of 20 years, Adrian is helping to solve the digital divide with mentoring new business into website design and application development. A&R scout for Loud/Sony Records signing and developing s ...
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Owen Sloane

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Veteran Music AttorneyLos Angeles-based music lawyer and co-chair of the Entertainment & Media Group at Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner and Sloane, ALC. He is one of the music industry’s most respected attorneys with more than 40 years of experience representing high-profile art ...
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Alonzo Robinson

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Over 25 years at ASCAPMr. Robinson’s neighborhood is among the music industry’s elite, and top guns. His knowledge of publishing, record production, TV, concerts, showcases and artist development keeps him in demand as a speaker at conventions all over the world. As Executive Pr ...
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Violet Brown

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Legendary Music Industry ExecutiveBest known throughout the music industry as the Director of Urban Music for two of America’s largest and best known Entertainment retailers. She was the mind behind the purchasing and marketing of Urban Music at Wherehouse Music and F.Y.E. stores. ...
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Todd Brabec

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Former Executive VP of ASCAP, Author of "Music, Money & Success"Former executive VP of ASCAP, signing Tom Petty, Green Day, Neil Young, Metallica, Marvin Gaye, Journey, Earth Wind & Fire, Jimi Hendrix catalog & many more, and co-author of best-selling, “Music, Money & Success”. ...
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Jay Warsinske

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IES Founder / Chairman40 year industry innovator & leader, in Marketing, Promotion, Branding, Artist Development & Breaking Artists; Founder/CEO of industry powerhouse INDIEPOWER; running Worldwide campaigns, helping break U2, Dr. Dre, Metallica, N.W.A, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem ...
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Steve Lobel

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Iconic American Artist manager, executive producer, production manager, television talent, Author, and EntrepreneurAs chairman of the board, founder and CEO, Steve Lobel is at the helm of A-2-Z Entertainment, a label, production, film and management company that Mr.Lobel founded bac ...
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Brian Felsen

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Ex President, CD BabyMr. Felsen is responsible for all business development, operations, customer service, marketing, and technology at the world’s largest online distributor of independent music. He also helms BookBaby, which digitally distributes the works of independent authors ...
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Kevin Lyman

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Founder and CEO of Warped TourFounder of the Warped Tour (the longest running tour in America), co-founder of Mayhem Festival, and Country Throwdown; helped break artists such as Blink-182, Social Distortion, Sublime, No Doubt, Pennywise, Bad Religion, NOFX, & hundreds more. ...
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Ted Cohen

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Managing Partner, TAG StrategicTed Cohen is an American digital entertainment industry executive. Having served in senior management positions at EMI Music, Warner Bros. Records and Philips Media, Cohen is currently the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic. ...
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