Monday, 30th January 2012 from 2:40 PM to 3:30 PMInnovation Factory, Lerins Hall Visionary Monday
Right now Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are fighting for dominance in the entertainment sectors. We are at a beginning of a new era, where music is seen as a key resource for the tech players to engage with their audiences. Learn how the music industry and the disruptors are reshaping the assets and pitfalls of this relationship. We have been told for years that technology was the future for music, is music now becoming the future of technology?
CEO, Merlin (Netherlands)
Charles Caldas is CEO of global rights body Merlin, the virtual fifth major, representing the world's most important set of independent music rights. Merlin seeks to ensure its members have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected.
Since commencing operations in May 2008, Merlin has struck deals with digital services including Spotify, Google Music, Rdio, Zvooq, MySpace Music, YouTube, Simfy, Slacker, Muve Music, and Eircom. Merlin has also achieved settlements for its members with Grooveshark and XM Satellite radio.
A global organization, Merlin’s member labels represent the mst commercially significant basket of rights outside of those held by the major labels, with reported digital market shares of between 10 and 12% in major music markets. Most recently, streaming service Spotify publicly announced that Merlin's repertoire represented over 10% of the usage on its service.
President, Global Digital Business, Universal Music Group (USA)
Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business, Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, is responsible for strategic development of UMG’s digital business worldwide. Wells is charged with ensuring growth as the company continues to transition from physical media to new revenue streams. This includes working with partners Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Vodafone, Nokia, MSN and YouTube, among others. Wells joined Universal Music UK in 2000 as Head of New Media, becoming Divisional Director, Digital Services two years later. He was promoted to Senior VP of UMG’s international division in 2006, advancing to his current post in October.
Director of Music Content Acquisition, Amazon (USA)
Craig Pape is the director of digital music content acquisition at Amazon.com. Pape leads content strategy, content acquisition, label relations, and publisher relations. He joined Amazon in May 1999 in warehousing, logistics and held numerous roles in operations, supply chain, and ecommerce services before joining the music team in 2007.
Director of Content Partnerships for Android, Google (USA)
A veteran in digital music, Zahavah has been with Google for over five years and currently leads the licensing strategy for Google Music, including negotiations with record labels and music publishers. Previously she was Chief Counsel for YouTube where she oversaw music licensing and directed copyright and rights management policies, including the development of YouTube’s industry-leading Content ID platform.
Managing Partner, TAG Strategic (USA)
In an industry that’s been slow to embrace change, Ted Cohen is the exception to the stereotypical music-exec rule.
Cohen currently leads TAG Strategic, a highly successful consultancy, attracting clients such as Verizon, Motorola and SanDisk.
Previously, as SVP Digital for EMI Music, Cohen led digital business development worldwide for this "big four" record company. Cohen also held senior management positions at Warner Records and Philips Electronics.
A 30-year industry veteran and digital pioneer, Cohen currently co-chairs the Grammy Tech committee, chairs the MidemNet Conference in Cannes and serves on the boards of the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund and Mouse.org.