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CAPSTONE PANELISTS - MAY 4

RICHARD BARONE
Recording Artist, Songwriter, Arranger, Author, Director, Producer
Richard Barone has an acclaimed career as a recording artist, performer, composer and producer, as well as musical and theatrical director. He has produced countless studio recordings for world-class artists in every musical genre, has collaborated with artists ranging from Moby to Liza Minnelli, and has staged all-star concert events at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. He recently published his first book, FRONTMAN: Surviving the Rock Star Myth (Hal Leonard Books) and is currently releasing his latest album, GLOW as a series of three-song EPs via iTunes.

MAURICE BERNSTEIN
CEO & President, Giant Step
With over 20 years experience in the music industry, Maurice Bernstein, Co-Founder and CEO of Giant Step, is a noted expert in music & lifestyle marketing and brand building. His passion for music has paved the way for early introductions to a diverse and extensive list of artists and DJs including: Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, M.I.A, Duffy, Jill Scott, Jamiroquai, Nelly Furtado, Digable Planets, India.Arie, Gilles Peterson, Masters At Work, Paul Oakenfold, Outkast, Macy Gray, Ben Watt, Mos Def, Norah Jones, Radiohead and The Roots.  Bernstein, raised and educated in the U.K. established Giant Step Inc. in 1990 and created the Giant Step brand around a community of early adopters and influencers both in the US and overseas. Starting as concert and club promoters and gradually increasing its capabilities to include artist management, a record label, and music marketing, the Company is a leading light for the discovery of new music particularly in the music genres R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, Dance and Electronic music. In 1997, Giant Step Records and Universal Records released ‘Nuyorican Soul’, a precursor to the Latin music phenomenon combining dance music with Jazz and Latin legends such as the late Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and Roy Ayers. In 2001, Giant Step Records released Donnie’s debut album, ‘The Colored Section’ creating major buzz for a nu-Soul artist who was later up-streamed to Motown/Universal in 2003.  Today Bernstein also works with many brands to align their product offerings with Giant Step and its marketing capabilities. Clients past and present include; Levi’s, Steve Madden, Morgans Hotel Group, Stoli, Absolut, Playstation, Le Sportsac, LG’s mobile phone division, Pepsi, PF Flyers/New Balance, Puma, Focus Features, Schweppes, Sony Electronics, Kodak, Brahma Beer and Evian. Sought for his expert insight into the developing interconnection between brands, music and community, Bernstein is frequently invited to join and chair panels including the Billboard Conference, M3, Winter Music Conference and CMJ. He was also a guest speaker at The Learning Annex and Columbia College. He has received profiles in The New York Times, Billboard, New York Magazine, MTV, MSNBC and CNN. He has also received multi-platinum awards for his integral marketing and A&R services for many artist albums including Macy Gray’s ‘On How Life Is’, Outkast’s ‘Speakboxx’, Jamiroquai’s ‘Traveling Without Moving’ and Jill Scott’s ‘Who Is Jill Scott?’ together with Nightlife Distinction Awards from Time Out New York, Paper Magazine and the Village Voice.

JON CARLIN
Critic, Curator, Entrepreneur
Founder, Red Hot Organization
Founder, Funny Garbage
John Carlin’s career began in the early 1980's as a Professor of Art, Film History and Popular Culture at Yale University, Williams College and elsewhere. During this period, he published numerous articles in the fields of art and literature, served as a critic for Paper Magazine, and curated museum exhibitions related to pop culture at many venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and Exit Art. In 1990 John founded the Red Hot Organization, which quickly established itself as the leading international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through popular culture. Over the past 20 years, Red Hot has produced 20 albums in a variety of genres ranging from hip-hop and rock to country Latin and African. Red Hot has raised well over ten million dollars and donated it to AIDS organizations around the world. In the mid-1990s, Carlin also started Funny Garbage, one of the premier web design and development companies in the United States, known for its leading work with media companies such as Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, MTV and US Weekly. In recent years, he has also continued his art career as the creative force behind such projects as the Imagining America documentary for PBS and the exhibition Masters of American Comics for the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA. John holds a BA from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University, and a JD from Columbia Law School.

JAMES DIENER
CEO & President, A&M/Octone Records
James Diener is the CEO/President of A&M/Octone Records, a joint venture with IGA/Universal Music Group. A&M/Octone Records is home to worldwide, multi-platinum pop/rock superstars, Maroon 5 and platinum-selling, modern rock act, Flyleaf. Previously, Mr. Diener served as President/Founder of independent label Octone Records, while simultaneously holding the position of Senior Vice President, A&R/Marketing for The RCA Music Group, a division of SonyBMG Entertainment, where he signed and developed platinum singer/songwriter, Gavin DeGraw.  Prior to his dual status as label head of Octone and SonyBMG SVP, Diener was Vice President of A&R/Marketing at Columbia Records/Sony Music where he worked with such multi-platinum and developing artists as Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Black Crowes, The Jayhawks, Tony Bennett, Roger Waters, Chris Whitley, Iron Maiden, Terence Trent D'Arby & New Kids On The Block among others.

MARK EICHNER
President, 785 Records
Mark Eichner brings a wealth of experience to 785 Records, including eight years as a Senior A&R Executive at RCA/BMG, where he signed and worked closely with such breakthrough artists as The Del Fuegos, Kings of the Sun, The Fixx, Big Country, 21 Guns, Take That and Raging Slab, among others. In addition, Eichner was instrumental in producing the successful Jock Rock compilation album with Tommy Boy Records and was Co-Head of the Eichner Entertainment Company, a management firm representing artists, producers and engineers, as well as EEC Records and Publishing Co.

ERIKA ELLIOTT
Erika Elliott is acknowledged as a dedicated and creative leader throughout in the music industry and has over 10 years of experience in variety of roles within the music industry. She currently holds the position of Director of Music Programming at working on critically and commercially successful albums by Christina Aguilera, Foo Fighters and Lit.  In 2001 Erika returned to her love of booking and became the Talent Buyer / Director of Urban music for New York Club S.O.Bs.  In that capacity she was responsible for the recent success and notoriety of S.O.Bs diverse and creatively programmed schedule.  Additionally she created and developed SOULCITY, Sol Village, and Plainrap brands establishing herself in New York as not only an ‘artist friendly’ but unusually creative booking wise.  Under her guidance S.O.B productions produced several outstanding concerts at large New York venues as well including The Roots, Common, Cody ChesnuTT, Amel Larrieux, and Boot Camp Click at Central Park Summerstage, Musiq Soulchild and Vivian Green at The Supperclub and Angie Stone at Supperclub.
At City Parks Foundation, she programs all of the music at Central Park SummerStage, the 36 City Parks Concerts in neighborhood parks through out New York City, and The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Originally from Los Angeles the California native moved to New York City to pursue a career in the music industry after working in college and commercial radio.  She joined Loud Records staff in 1997 working in both the marketing and promotion departments on several historic projects including the WU-Tang Clans’ The W, and Big Punisher’s debut, Capital Punishment, both albums went on to be platinum selling.  3 years with the seminal hip-hop label were followed by a position as Assistant to VP of William Morris Agency and Agent, Cara Lewis.  In this role she coordinated a roster of touring artist including Eminem, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Outkast, and Jamiroquai to name a few.
Erika then returned to a label this time spending 2+ years in the Artist Development department of RCA Music Group and was part of breaking new artists Christina Aguilera and Lit, as well as working on Foo Fighters RCA debut.  In 2001 Erika got the opportunity to return to the live music aspect of the business, when she was offered the Talent Buyer position at S.O.Bs, New Yorks’ premiere World and Urban Music club.  She was responsible for returning S.O.Bs to place as “The” place to see Urban Music in New York.  She created and developed the SOULCITY series, which launched the careers of then unsigned artists John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, and Kanye West.  She also created Sol Village as a platform to develop and showcase talent, which continues to be a valuable performance opportunity for artists at SOBs to this day.

LISA ELLIS
Founding Operating Partner, Fireman Capital Partners
Co-founder, Karnaval House
Frmr. Executive VP, Sony Music Label Group
At Fireman Capital Partners, Ms. Ellis is part of an investment firm that focuses on high growth consumer products and service companies, real estate investments, film, entertainment and other related investments. In joining FCP, Lisa is rejoining her former colleague, Paul Fireman, Reebok’s founder and former Chairman and CEO. In addition to working closely on evaluating and managing FCP’s investments, Lisa plays a leadership role in shaping the strategic vision of the firm and building out its platforms. Lisa also continues her role in the music business as an entrepreneur. She has founded Karnaval House with partner Wyclef Jean and his cousin, and frequent collaborator Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis. Karnaval House Music will introduce new artists Nikki Yanofsky and Niia in 2009; as well as Wyclef’s forth-coming release “To Sir With Love”. Karnaval House includes the entities of Karnaval House Music, Karnaval House Publishing, Karnaval House Films, and Karnaval House Management. Previously, Ms. Ellis held the position as Executive Vice President, Sony Music Label Group since December 2006, and prior to that was appointed President and General Manager of Sony Urban Music in March 2004. Since joining Sony Music Entertainment in 1995, Lisa worked closely in all aspects of the Sony Music Label Group’s day-to-day management of strategic planning, marketing, promotion, A&R, and media with a particular emphasis on broadening the growth of the company in the digital business in the later part of her tenure. The Sony Music Label Group consists of both Columbia Records and Epic Records. Lisa has been an instrumental part of the hands on development, planning and branding of many artists throughout her career, such as: Prince, Maxwell, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Nas, and Terrence Howard to name only a few.

FAB 5 FREDDY
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Visual Artist, Rapper, TV & Film Actor/Host
"A self-styled renaissance man, Fab 5 Freddy arguably qualifies as one of the most colorful figures in rap music history and certainly one of the most diverse, juggling successful stints as not merely a rapper, but a Hollywood scriptwriter, thespian, graffiti artist, painter (with his work displayed in prestigious galleries) and MTV host. Freddy found his way into the exclusive avant-garde of early-'80s New York alongside Warhol, Deborah Harry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and others, even turning up in Edo Bertoglio's long-lost feature film about that community, Downtown 81. As time rolled on, Freddy became increasingly interested in various then-nascent aspects of black culture, such as rap, break-dancing, and hip-hop. That led him to star in the 1983 film Wild Style and produce the soundtrack, as well. By the late '80s, Freddy began producing rap videos for artists including Queen Latifah, KRS-One, and Shabba Ranks, and accepted the gifted young MTV producer Ted Demme's invitation to host Yo! MTV Raps, an assignment that established his image as one of the godfathers of the hip-hop scene (as did his publication of a dictionary of hip-hop slang). Freddy subsequently moved into features as a producer (New Jack City, 1991), occasional actor, and documentary contributor. Projects in which he participated include Juice (1992), Who's the Man? (1993), Just For Kicks (2005), The Universe of Keith Haring (2007), and Rachel Got Married (2008)." He is currently co-producing with Jonathan Demme, a biographical film on Bob Marley.

ANDRÉ HARRELL
Music and Film Entrepreneur
Founder, Uptown Records
André Harrell is a legendary music entrepreneur, and over the course of his storied career, he's risen to the top by connecting urban music and film to lifestyle and status aspirations. In the early 1980s, Harrell started in a rap/hip-hop duo Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde before moving on to become vice-president and general manager of Rush Communications under Russell Simmons. There he helped build the careers of artists like Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Whodini. In his mid-twenties he founded Uptown Records where he discovered and launched the careers of artists like Heavy D and The Boyz, Al B. Sure! Father MC, Jodeci. He hired Sean P. Diddy Combs (before he left to start Bad Boy Records) and signed and launched the career of multi-platinum music icon Mary J. Blige. Harrell struck a multimedia deal in 1992 with MCA Music Entertainment Group, branching out into film and TV projects like Fox’s New York Undercover. He served as the president and CEO of Motown in early 1990s, and the president of Bad Boy Worldwide. As the founder of Nu American Entertainment he produced the feature film Honey starring Jessica Alba, and continues to be actively involved in marketing for brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Pepsi. He’s also been a behind-the-scenes figure in the solo careers of artists like Babyface and Robin Thicke.

PAUL MORGAN
VP Creative & Marketing, Cherry Lane Music Publishing
In his position, Paul is involved with the acquisitions process, exploiting the Cherry Lane catalog and working closely with the current writer roster to pursue recordings within the artist community. During his time at Cherry Lane, Paul has overseen the production of numerous original music projects including the most recent Pokémon X: Ten Years of Pokémon and was instrumental in the signing of promising Orlando-based band Between The Trees. Paul also works closely with ad agencies in pitching music and has expanded his involvement in international creative operations. Prior to working at Cherry lane, Paul spent several years as VP Creative at EMI Music Publishing both in the UK and US. During that time, he signed Third Eye Blind, Chumbawumba and Bubba Sparxxx, among others. Paul started his A&R career in the UK at Atlantic Records UK, followed by EMI Records and Polydor Records.

DAN PETRUZZI
Brand Director & General Manager, Okayplayer.com
Dan Petruzzi is Brand Director and General Manager of the online music publication and community Okayplayer.com, now in their 10th year. Petruzzi has participated in dozens of online marketing campaigns for record releases from both major and independent labels, and was instrumental in creating and launching Okayplayer Records in 2004.   In addition to the web publication, Okayplayer's brand extends into merchandising, tours, events, and serves as the official fan club of The Legendary Roots.

DENISE RICH
Songwriter, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur
Founder, 785 Records
Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich has created an expansive body of work that embraces several musical genres and transcends cultural divides. The list of respected artists who have recorded Denise Rich’s songs include: R&B icons Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige (their duo performance of Denise’s “Don’t Waste Your Time” earned a Grammy nomination), Latin pop sensation Marc Anthony, international superstar Celine Dion, legendary headliners Johnny Mathis and Diana Ross, art song interpreters like Duncan Sheik, and dance divas from Donna Summer to Amber. Multi-faceted and driven, Denise is recognized internationally as a serious and ardent philanthropist and entrepreneur. Her NYC-based independent record label 785 Records aims to develop new artists and produce music of the highest quality across several genres. The label was launched in conjunction with the release of “Come Together Now”, a project boasting such stellar names as John Legend, Joss Stone, Gavin DeGraw, The Game, Wyclef Jean and Jesse McCartney, devised and written by Denise, Hollywood actress Sharon Stone and producers/songwriters Damon Sharpe and Mark Feist. “Come Together Now” benefits the victims of Hurricane Katrina and is the first major all-star charity collaboration since “We Are the World”. Denise created Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research in 1998 in memory of her daughter Gabrielle who passed away from AML leukemia. Since its inception the Foundation has awarded forty-one grants totaling over ten million dollars to promising young researchers in the fields of leukemia and blood-related cancers at many of this country’s leading institutions. Denise serves on the Advisory Board of the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. She also serves on the boards of LIFEbeat (The Music Industry Fights AIDS), The Interfaith Center of New York, and The International Committee of the Guggenheim Museum. She has also raised and donated money for AmFar, MusicCares, The American Cancer Society, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, City Meals-On-Wheels, The Elton John Aids Foundation, Nile Rogers’ We are Family Foundation, and other such charities. Firmly committed to keeping the music industry strong, Denise is a member of the New York host committee for the Grammy Awards.

MAT WHITTINGTON
General Manager, Nat Geo Music & Programming
Whittington was formerly label manager for ESL Music/Thievery Corporation and also worked for famed concert promoter I.M.P./9:30 Club, joined Nat Geo Music in 2008 to head the label and expand the brand's scope of projects. Nat Geo Music is the music division of the National Geographic Society and they have launched a full-service music label under the same name, Nat Geo Music. The label records, releases and promotes modern music from around the globe from a variety of artists and genres. Nat Geo Music, a division of National Geographic Entertainment (NGE), was established in 2007 to inspire people to care about the planet through the power of music. Content developed by Nat Geo Music is utilized across all National Geographic platforms, including online media, radio, print media, film and television. The Nat Geo Music Channel programs music from every corner of the planet and showcases global legends, local stars and up-and-coming artists.

DAVID WOLTER
Senior Vice President A&R, RCA Music Group
Among his many talents, David has been instrumental in A&R-ing acts from The Gorillaz to Fountains of Wayne and Ben Harper.

CAPSTONE PANELISTS - MAY 5

NATE ALBERT
VP A&R, Universal Republic Records
Nate was a founding member and guitarist of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. After leaving the band in 2000, he pursued a degree, graduating from Brown University with Honors in Political Theory in 2001. In recent years, Albert has branched out as a producer (The Street Dogs, The Explosion), artist manager and A&R consultant, having previously served in a consulting capacity for Universal Republic Records.

ANDY SHAW
Founder, Shaw Promotion
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Shaw Promotion
Voted best Promoter by Village Voice (2006), L-Magazine (2006 & 2007), PAPER magazine (2008), Shaw Promotion is a promotions and marketing company that specializes in grassroots campaigns directed to any desired target audience specifically specialized in the downtown, NYC scenesters and style makers via street marketing, email marketing and guerilla marketing. Andy Shaw is one of the new breed of nightclub promoters in the United States, promoting his clubs (around six to eight per week) using a number of community-based marketing methods. He forgoes high impact street press such as the Village Voice and uses hand-to-hand flyering, lifestyle retail & guerilla marketing, word-of-mouth, a very active email list and a social photography web page to make people feel they are part of something elite or special.. Shaw Promotion has handled a wide variety of promotional campaigns for brands such as T-Mobile, Nike, Doc Marten's, Ben Sherman, VICE, Jelly NYC, Mavi Jeans, Penguin, Converse, Uniqlo, Dickies Girl plus countless movies and NYC hottest parties. The company tailors a promotional package to fit clients’ needs in order to create a strong and effective campaign. Shaw Promotion has worked successfully with variety of local and national campaigns, events, record labels, major and indie films, national promotional and marketing companies, and keeps growing.

JELLYBEAN BENITEZ
Producer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur
Founder, Jellybean Music Group
John “Jellybean” Benitez is a drummer, guitarist, songwriter, DJ, re-mixer and music producer who has produced and remixed for artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and the Pointer Sisters. He began his career as in-demand DJ, which led to work at Electric Circus and Studio 54. In 1981, he was hired as the resident DJ of the club, Funhouse. Benitez also hosted a weekend dance radio show at WKTU. Benitez became involved with remixing on Madonna's self-titled debut album in 1983, including the singles "Everybody", "Borderline", and "Lucky Star." He also produced "Holiday." Benitez went on to produce Whitney Houston's Top ten hit "Love Will Save the Day" from her sophomore album Whitney, and eventually remixed songs for such artists as Hall and Oates, George Benson, Shalamar, Jocelyn Brown, Patti Austin, Sheena Easton, Talking Heads, James Ingram, Billy Joel, The Pointer Sisters, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. In 2005, he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements as a DJ and producer.

WENDY CREDLE
Founder and Managing Partner, Credle & Associates, PLLC
Wendy R. Credle is the founder and managing partner of the entertainment law practice Credle & Associates, PLLC.  Credle & Associates provides advice and counsel to recording artists, producers, songwriters, musicians, managers, dancers, production companies, publishing companies, models, authors, independent record labels, and record label executives.  She is one of the most respected entertainment attorneys in the country and is well-known nationwide for her ability to recognize talented new artists and executives.  Credle has represented several multi-platinum artists and producers including Rodney Jerkins, Anthony Hamilton, Ne-Yo, Fonzworth Bentley, Mario Winans, Lil Mo, Antoine Fuqua, Stephanie Mills, Andre Harrell, Doug E. Fresh, Nu America Advertising Agency, etc.  Her work in the music industry over the past twenty years includes four years as the Director of A&R at MCA Records, and associate work at the prestigious law firms of Grubman, Indursky & Shire, P.C., Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP, and Rudolph & Beer, LLP.  Credle graduated from the University of Michigan and Fordham University School of Law.  During her free time, Credle enjoys competing in national horse shows, yoga, meditation, and spending time with her fourteen-year old son.

JIM DUNBAR
Music Supervisor, Search Party Music
Jim has worked as a DJ for radio stations WHFS and KUSF; as the original co-manager of multi-platinum artist Faith No More; as a talent booker for Bill Graham Presents; as a senior A&R executive at Capitol, Columbia and Geffen Records; and as a founding member of Sonic Youth spinoff Foot. Dunbar’s close working relationship with Randall Poster began with their collaboration on the movie A Matter of Degrees, which they co-scripted. The film's soundtrack, featuring such indie stalwarts as the Pixies, the Lemonheads and Yo La Tengo, won the CMJ Award for Best Soundtrack Album and was nominated for an Independent Sprit Award for Best Film Music. After his major label sojourn, Dunbar partnered with Poster again for the cinematic glam rock tribute, Velvet Goldmine, where Dunbar put together The Wylde Ratttz, a Stooges inspired supergroup that consisted of Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, Mike Watt, Mark Arm, Sean Lennon, Don Fleming and original Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton. This ultimately led to Asheton's reuniting with Iggy Pop to reform the Stooges, with long time Dunbar associate Mike Watt taking the place of the late Dave Alexander.  Since Velvet Goldmine, Dunbar and Poster have collaborated on over 40 films. Recent highlights include Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator; Noah Baumbach's The Squid And The Whale; Tamara Jenkins's The Savages; David Fincher's Zodiac; Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited; Todd Haynes's I'm Not There; and Kimberley Peirce's Stop-Loss.

ROY EDMONSON
Senior VP & Global Brand Director, Kodak, New York @ Ketchum
At Ketchum, Roy Edmonson oversees the Kodak business worldwide based out of the New York office. He brings both a brand marketing and global experience to the agency. He has worked in the UK, Europe and USA as well as global experience, managing sponsorships, cause related marketing, media exploitation, retail development, product launches, guerilla marketing and special event production. Roy’s career spans Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Philip Morris (Marlboro), Levi Strauss & Co, and Rocawear, in a variety of marketing roles from trainee manager to VP marketing. For 15 years he held a variety of marketing roles at Levi Strauss & Co including director of global marketing, responsible for integrating worldwide strategy around products and programs. In 1997 he was elected to the board of the Levi Strauss Foundation and spearheaded several cause related marketing programs around education and awareness for AIDS/HIV globally. He spent a year as VP marketing at Rocawear managing a portfolio of brands for hip-hop entrepreneurs Damon Dash and Jay-Z before making the move to Ketchum.

LYNN FISCHER
President, Sorted, Inc.
Frmr. Senior VP Last.fm
Fischer is the former SVP, Strategic Partnerships at Last.fm, one of the largest music social networks with 25 million users worldwide. She has worked in new media for over 10 years as a consultant and with global brands executing and developing strategic promotions and increasing online user engagement. She began her career at the New Music Seminar, one of the largest and most important conventions in the music industry; its combination of panels, workshops and live showcases which has become the model for many music industry events.

RICHARD GOTTEHRER
Songwriter, Producer, Entrepreneur
Co-Founder, Sire Records
Founder and Chief Creative Officer, The Orchard
Richard co-founded The Orchard in 1997. Richard is a legendary songwriter ("My Boyfriend's Back," "I Want Candy," "Sorrow," "Nightime"), multi-platinum producer (Blondie, The Go-Go's, The Raveonettes, Joan Armatrading) and music industry executive. His songs have been recorded by David Bowie, George Thorogood, Aaron Carter, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others. Richard co-founded Sire Records (later sold to the Time Warner Corporation), which quickly became one of the industry's leading independent record companies. Its roster included Madonna, the Talking Heads, the Ramones, the Pretenders and Depeche Mode. Drawing on his wide range of experience and broad overview of the music industry, Richard has been instrumental in developing and shaping the way music is distributed and sold throughout the world.

RODNEY JERKINS
Producer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Darkchild Records
An acknowledged virtuoso in the music industry, 8 time Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter Jerkins began his career at the tender age of 17 when he served as co-writer, arranger and producer of 5 songs on the Mary J. Blige 4x platinum CD Share My World including the hit single “I Can Love You.” Having produced hits for Blige, Beyonce, Madonna, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Keyshia Cole, Britney Spears, Cher, Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Natasha Bedingfield, The Pussycat Dolls, N'Sync, Gwen Stefani, Fantasia, Ludacris, Jamie Foxx, Black Eyed Peas, Mario, Monica, Ciara, Tiffany Evans, Trinitee 5:7, TLC, The Spice Girls, Vanessa Williams, J. Holiday, Joe, Ray J and countless others, Jerkins is responsible, through his numerous hit productions, for over 160 million in record sales worldwide. Upcoming: He will star in a new reality series by creators Sean “Diddy” Combs and TV mogul Mark Burnett, MTV’s “Starmaker” the show will premiere May 2009.  “ He is the executive music producer and wrote eight original songs for the soundtrack of the Walt Disney film Confessions of a Shopaholic for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and he will also be launching his video game Music Mogul a revolutionary music-based social networking strategy where bands will compete by building a music scenario and then playing the actual music in the game as users watch on streaming video.  Every three months someone will win and the final four will compete for a recording deal on Rodney’s label, Darkchild Records. 

NATE KRENKEL
Co-founder, Team Love Records
Nate Krenkel graduated from Bowdoin College in 1995 with a BA in English Literature and Religion.  He moved to New York in 1995. Nate was employed by Sony/ATV Music Publishing from 1996-2003.  He was the manager and then director of A&R from 1998-2003.  In 2003 Nate resigned from Sony to manage Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and start the independent label Team Love.  Since that time Team Love has released albums by a variety of artists including Tily and the Wall, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Gruff Rhys, The Felice Brothers, David Dondero and Bright Eyes.

DAWN SUTTER MADELL
Co-Owner & Music Supervisor, Agoraphone
Dawn Sutter Madell is a co-owner of Agoraphone is an independent music supervision company in New York that provides music direction, production, and clearances for a variety of current and emerging media, including advertising, film, television, and digital. Recent work includes national and global ad campaigns for Heineken, Coca-Cola, Nike, and the documentary "Hotel Gramercy Park". She has worked in the music industry for over 25 years.

ANGELA PIVA
Producer, MixMaster, Recording Engineer, InFX Productions Inc.
Angela Piva is a successful Mix Engineer/Re-mixer/Producer who works alongside principal Roey Shamir. Among her many credits are Naughty By Nature, Color Me Bad, Groove Theory, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Pat Benatar, Ronnie Spector and jazz pianist Scott Brown. INFX’s production rooms located in Brooklyn and Tribeca both contain a complete mix Plus ProTools hard disk recording setup in addition to state of the art recording.

HAL WILLNER
Record Producer, Live Event Producer
Hal Willner is among the most eclectic and original producers in contemporary music, helming a series of wildly ambitious concept albums and live shows which tapped the talents of artists running the gamut from pop to jazz to the avant-garde. Among his many projects, he’s dreamed up and/or presided over a host of unique multi-artist live events. These include The Harry Smith Project (at Royal Albert Hall, London and Royce Hall, Los Angeles); Closed on Account of Rabies and Never Bet the Devil Your Head, two Halloween evenings of Edgar Allan Poe (Royce Hall); Dream Comfort Memory Despair: An Evening of Songs by Neil Young (Celebrate Brooklyn Festival); Perfect Partners: Frederico Fellini and Nino Rota (the Barbican, London); and Came So Far for Beauty: An Evening of Leonard Cohen Songs (Celebrate Brooklyn festival 2003, the Brighton Dome for the Brighton Festival 2004, the Sydney Opera House for the Sydney Festival 2005; the Point for the Dublin International Theatre Festival 2006). Recent albums produced by Willner include Bill Frisell's Unspeakable, which won a Best Jazz Album Grammy in 2005, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man the Motion Picture Soundtrack, which captures performances for the Brighton and Sydney productions of Came So Far for Beauty, and Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys, which includes contributions from Bono, Sting, Nick Cave, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson, Gavin Friday, Van Dyke Parks, Andrea Corr and Rufus Wainwright among others.

JOEL ZIMMERMAN
Music Agent & Dept Head, William Morris Electronic
William Morris Electronic (WME) is a joint venture between the William Morris Agency (WMA) and British DJ Pete Tong. The goal of the new division is to develop and represent electronic acts, while creating and programming electronic music properties. Its existing roster includes Paul van Dyk, Soulwax, Thievery Corporation, Basement Jaxx, Deadmau5, Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada and the Crystal Method, among many others. Zimmerman was formerly the founder of New York electronic-focused booking firm Division One.