Paul AntonelliMusic Supervisor/Composer
Paul F. Antonelli is an award-winning music supervisor, composer and associate director with extensive experience in all facets of music production. Winner of six Emmy Awards and nominated for seventeen more, Paul is currently working on NBC’s Days Of Our Lives and Open Book Productions’ Venice The Series and Beacon Hill. Working between Los Angeles and New York, Paul has supervised music for the soap operas The Young and the Restless(CBS), Hollywood Heights (Nick At Night), As the World Turns (CBS), Passions (NBC), Sunset Beach (NBC), All My Children (ABC), General Hospital (ABC) and Santa Barbara (NBC).
Paul grew up in Boston and studied music at the University of San Diego and UCLA. He worked as the head DJ at the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip before joining ABC-TV as the studio’s music coordinator. He helped choose music for a variety of shows in production at the time including The Academy Awards®, The American Music Awards, Good Morning America,
Eye on LA and General Hospital. While working at ABC, Paul became the keyboardist and founding member of the 1980s synthpop band, Animotion , which had evolved out of his previous band, Red Zone . Animotion would experience mainstream success with their top-ten hit single, " Obsession ." After leaving Animotion in the mid-80s, he played with the gothic horror band Radio Werewolf and later appeared with them in the 1988 film Mortuary Academy . Around this time, he began composing music for various films. He has worked as a composer along with co-composer RC Cates on 3 Chains o' Gold and The Beautiful Experience for the artist formerly and currently known as Prince and Speed Zone!, The Princess Academy, Dead On: Relentless II, China O'Brien II, China O'Brien, Out of the Dark and The Women's Club which were co-composed with David Wheatley.
Paul is a member of ATAS (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences), NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences), DGA (Directors Guild of America), GMS (Guild Of Music Supervisors), The SCL (Society of Composers and Lyricists), ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) and the AFM (American Federation of Musicians).
Mike GormleyCareer Consultant/Manager/PR
Ottawa born Mike Gormley has achieved top recognition in the 40+ years in the music industry as a journalist, record company executive, artist manager, music supervisor for TV and films and marketing/PR expert.
Gormley has been responsible for setting into motion many artists’ international careers. Through his work he has introduced such successful artists as film composer Danny Elfman and massively successful pop band The Bangles. He has also helped launch the careers of such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Rush, BTO, The Police and Supertramp and is presently CEO of the Racial Justice/Environmental Justice campaign We Can Do This Now.
He has spent the last few years helping new artists launch their careers including Toronto R&B queen Jenna Nation, Latin rock's Kisspanic and was helping establish the new lablel Cabin21 when COVID hit. He is now reviving careers after COVID 19 interrupted their building process, including new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.
By the age of 18, Mike was already a weekly columnist and writer for the Ottawa Journal, covering major pop music stars of the day including the 60’s icons The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Everly Brothers from his base outside of San Francisco where he was attending college. After returning to Ottawa for a short time to attend Algonquin College and write for Canada’s then new Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Gormley moved back south of the border when he was recruited as a columnist and youth editor for the Detroit Free Press (then the fifth largest morning newspaper in North America). Mike also wrote articles for Playboy, Creem, Billboard, Chicago Sun Times and other well-known publications on a freelance basis.
After being invited to join Mercury Records, as Director of Publicity, Mike engineered the Media campaigns for Thin Lizzy, Rod Stewart, The New York Dolls, Rush, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Runaways and The Ohio Players just to mention a few. During his tenure, he was instrumental in signing the pioneering punk band The New York Dolls and the groundbreaking German electronica artists, Kraftwerk.
When Mercury Records was absorbed into the German-Dutch giant Polygram, Mike assumed corporate public relations duties and helped establish the PolyGram brand in the U.S. In the same week Mike was chosen to move to PolyGram's headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, he was also beckoned to join the executive staff of A&M Records. Of the two, Mike chose to move to L.A. as head of Publicity for A&M, where he rose to the post of Vice President of Publicity and Assistant to the Chairman. In this position, he worked closely with The Police, Supertramp, Herb Alpert, Styx, Squeeze and others.
Mike left A&M to start his own management firm LAPD, (Los Angeles Personal Development) with Miles Copeland, manager of The Police and founder of IRS Records (REM, The Go Go’s, Fine Young Cannibals and others).
Gormley eventually became sole owner of LAPD. During this time, he convinced Danny Elfman, leader of the legendary band Oingo Boingo, to write the score for Tim Burton’s first movie “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” spawning Elfman’s mercurial climb to the top of the film composer world. Elfman, a multi Oscar nominee, is now considered one of the top five film composers in the world.
Other artists Mike has managed include African World Music star Angelique Kidjo, hit songwriters Lowen & Navarro, Australian singer/songwriter Anne McCue and producer/film composer Paul Schwartz. In a diversion from the pop/rock world, Mike oversaw the career of Broadway and film star, Paige O'Hara, best known as “Belle” in Disney's, "Beauty and the Beast" films. He served as the music supervisor on several films and TV shows, including "Adventures in Babysitting" and the first season of the TV hit, "The Equalizer" with music composed by Stewart Copeland. He also kick-started the career of another Oscar winning film composer, James Newton Howard, giving him his first composing job on the film “Head Office”.
In the 1990s, Mike co-founded and ran Wildcat Records, distributed by Universal, which had success in several genres, including Top Ten on the AC charts with Michael Damian and AAA success with the Canadian band, The Boomers. In the process he discovered comedian Craig Shoemaker. Marketing clients have included the hip-hop dance company Groovaloo, the Great American Food and Music Festival, Townsquare LLC, Rhino Records, Nicklodeon and others.
In the year 2008, Mike established the UCLA Extension's continuing education program called, "The Insider's Guide to Music Management". Among other things the class covered what music managers do, why they are important and how to avoid management pitfalls.
Mike is a on the Board of Directors for Armory of Harmony, an organization set up to turn gun metal into musical instruments and is CEO of the Racial Justice/Environmental Justice campaign We Can Do This Now. He is past President of The Conference of Personal Managers and L.A. WoMen In Music. He is presently on the board of Music Manager's Forum U.S. and spent six years on the Board and is past-Secretary of the Folk Alliance International and its Executive Committee. Mike was also on the Management/Legal Advisory Committee for ASCAP.
Adam MosleyProducer/Engineer/Music Supervisor
Adam Moseley started his illustrious music career in 1978 at the legendary Trident Studios in Soho, London (home to The Beatles, Bowie, Queen, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, T Rex and many more). Although his glorious first position was as a chef and construction worker, he quickly moved up to engineer, mixer, and record producer, learning from legendary engineers and producers. Adam worked on albums with many artists, including Rush, KISS, Tina Turner, The Buggles, Rod Stewart, Nico, Mick Ronson, and many Punk bands, including Jimmy Pursey/Sham 69, The Cockney Rejects, The Angelic Upstarts, Bow Wow Wow, Chiefs of Relief and later, The Sex Pistols… and many Disco artists.
After a short stint in New York in the early ’80s, Adam returned to London to re-establish Trident Studios in the mid-’80s. During these years, he had success with The Cure, Roxette, Richard Marx, The Blow Monkeys, Maxi Priest, Visage, Galliano, WetWetWet, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Richard Jobson/The Armoury Show, and Baaba Maal. After a decade of traveling between London and Los Angeles, Adam settled in LA in 1996. He later set up his home at The Boat Studios in Silverlake, where he worked on many music and film projects including Beck/Jack White, Nikka Costa/Lenny Kravitz/Prince, Wolfmother, AJ Croce, and Lucybell (Chile) and U2. Other studio clients included Ben Harper, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Avril Lavigne, Warpaint, Tenacious D, and Cat Power. Adam has recorded and/or mixed several albums and movie scores with John Cale (Velvet Underground). Other film scores and tv projects include work with Nathan Barr (“The Son”, “The Big Wedding”, “The Americans”, “True Blood”), Spike Jonze/Nick Zinner (“I’m Here”), Matthias Weber (“The Dark Valley”), and many projects with Lisbeth Scott.
Adam was the Associate Producer, Music Supervisor, and Consultant, Sound and Music Mixer for “The Terry Kath Experience”, a music documentary about the guitar legend. Adam is part of the Music Faculty at The Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA in the Music Industry Undergraduate Program, and an Instructor in the UCLA Extension Independent Music Production Program. He also teaches a Masterclass at Berklee School of Music in Valencia, Spain.
Ashley DavisMusic Supervisor/Songwriter/Artist
Ashley Davis, author and powerhouse contemporary vocalist versed in classical to jazz to musical theatre and beyond, is known as the muse & protégé of Prince by gaining notoriety for co-writing their Grammy-nominated duet "Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed” (“3121”/Universal Republic). A graduate of University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, Ms. Támar has
landed a co-starring role on an upcoming BET sitcom “BRUH.” Ms. Davis is a nuanced publisher for authoring an Edu-Tainment book and workbook for aspiring artists: “100 Things to Know as an Independent Music Artist” and has released two independent albums: “My Name is Támar” and “I Am the Storm” via her company Syren Music Group. With a highly anticipated album on the horizon and with recent jaw- dropping performances on NBC’s “The Voice: Season X,”
Ashley Davis was recently nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone) in the critically acclaimed Broadway film “A Night with Janis Joplin” in which can now be streamed worldwide on BroadwayHD.com. Ms. Davis is the lead actress of “A Topaz Troop,” a children’s television show circulating in numerous festivals including the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Davis has become a household name as a leading performer in numerous Tyler Perry/LionsGate productions set to DVD’s across the globe. Though music is a conduit for reaching people through song, Ashley Davis has successfully initiated various Edu-tainment community outreach projects: The Syren Arts Academy, the College, Career, and Empowerment Summit (Co-Founded with her mom), the Támar Talks Podcast, the Next Level Houston, and DocFest.
Davis has performed an eleven-city national tour “Támar featuring Prince” as well as Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, the NAACP Image Awards, the BRIT Awards as well as having been featured in numerous magazines such as Glamour, Billboard, PEOPLE, and VIBE. A nuanced creative curator both on and off-stage, Ms. Davis is building a musical empire without the middle man and securing effective outlets in which to display her sound and the sounds of artists to come.
Harry MaslinProducer/Engineer/Consultant/A&R/Music Supervision
Harry Maslin was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He began his career in music by mixing live sound at the famous Electric Factory in Philly. It was there that he found himself mixing some of the most important acts of the day, including Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Moby Grape, Ten Years After, BB King, Moody Blues, Buddy Guy, Grateful Dead, Procol Harum, The Chambers Brothers, Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin and many more. He began his recording career at Regent Sound Studios in Phila, and later joined Regent's New York facility. There he was able to learn and practice every aspect of the recording business, including studio and console design, disc cutting, recording and mixing of all types of music, and studio management.
After two years at Regent he moved to the famous Hit Factory Recording Studios as chief recording engineer, and recorded albums with many well-known artists, including James Taylor, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, and Bonnie Raitt.
Harry's career as a producer began at The Hit Factory, with the co-production of Bonnie Raitt's "Streetlights" album. Following a move to the Record Plant Studios in New York, he was asked by David Bowie to assume production and engineering responsibilities for the "Young Americans" album. This included producing David's landmark Number One chart single, "Fame". Rejoining the new Hit Factory management as chief engineer, Harry produced David Bowie's "Station to Station" album (considered Bowie's best by many publications) which included the hit tracks "Golden Years" and "TVC15". Both of the albums were immensely successful.
Harry was next contacted by the renowned Clive Davis to produce two chart topper albums for the Bay City Rollers (including the hit single "You Made Me Believe in Magic" ), "Don't Cry Out Loud" a signature hit for Melissa Manchester, and an album for Eric Carmen all big money makers for the company. Clive then asked Harry to take over production of the first Air Supply album for Arista Records, which achieved success in the form of a multi-platinum album. He was called back to produce the following two multi-platinum albums for Air Supply. Highlighted by five Top Five singles in a row "Even The Nights Are Better", "Every Woman In The World", "Here I Am", "Sweet Dreams", and "The One That You Love", making Air Supply THE most successful Pop group of all time. Air Supply's greatest hits compilation album is at present well beyond the four times platinum mark. Along with production, all of these hits are testament to a great ability to choose hit material and according to Harry, that's where it all starts.
Harry proceeded to open Image Recording Studios in Hollywood, creating a world class, state-of-the-art recording facility. Over the years, Image has played host to mixer Chris Lord-Alge, Madonna, Faith Hill, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Guns 'n Roses, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner (including her hit single, "I Don't Want to Fight"), Carlene Carter, Fleetwood Mac, Ray Charles, Melissa Etheridge, No Doubt, Janet Jackson, Lisa Loeb, Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch, Black Crowes, Cher, Sheryl Crow, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Jewel, Butthole Surfers, Green Day (including their Grammy Record of the Year Award for "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"), among many, many other recording stars. Additionally, Image Recording mixed the music for many hit Hollywood movies including "Lethal Weapon" and "The Hunt for Red October".
Among other engineering projects at Image Recording, Harry worked on tracks for Jennifer Warren and Leonard Cohen, as well as Michael Jackson's album "History"... A very interesting and fun project...says he.
Bringing out the best in an artist and a song are just a couple of Harry's primary talents. He also has the ears. In a recent interview (Music Connection, 4/10/06), producer/singer/songwriter Lindsay Tomasic in describing her influences is quoted as saying, "I sat next to Harry and he hipped me to EQing, and making things sound fantastic."
On a personal note, Harry says some of his favorite moments in the biz were when he had the good fortune to record Paul McCartney and John Lennon..."Before the first take, Paul looked at me and said in his Liverpudlian accent 'Just make me sound good'"...I assured him that would be easy...no further direction from Paul followed. His favorite quote from John was "The Beatles never did it that way"...Ouch!
Because of his broad range of knowledge and experience, Harry has also served as a consultant for studio builders, equipment manufacturers, engineers, producers, A&R personnel and music supervisors.
Recounting Danny Jones’ fascinating half century and still creatively flowing musical journey allows us a glimpse into the improbable, as a small town country boy from Northeast Arkansas with passion for music grows up to become one of those whirlwind forces of nature that changes lives groove by groove and chord by chord. His story as one of those ultimate industry hyphenates – producer, engineer, songwriter, drummer and well-respected educator –not only includes work over the decades with a spirited roll call of some of our country’s greatest superstars, but an endless series of colorful professional and personal anecdotes that illuminate the magic along the way.
As Danny recounts highlights from a career that’s found him vibing with everyone from Allen Toussaint, The Beach Boys and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Michael McDonald, Rufus Thomas and Pitbull, it’s not uncommon to hear him throw in a whimsical tangent out of sequence from the official timeline. When he’s talking about his annual gig mixing the jazz stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, for instance, the ever-evolving musical memory impressionism could roll like this: “I forgot to mention that I worked on and off with Bo Diddley for 20 years, the first time in the 70s when Bobby Vee got me the gig, the last time in the 90’s. And did you know that I was one of the engineers on the soundtrack to the Jerry Lee Lewis film ‘Great Balls of Fire’? Also, I was in 8th grade with one of the guys from Black Oak Arkansas, which came from the same part of the state. My band Montage opened for them during their 70’s heyday and I drummed with them in the 90s when they were on a festival tour with Foghat, Mountain, Iron Butterfly and Grand Funk.”
Michèle Vice-Maslin#1 Hit Music Songwriter/Producer
Michèle Vice-Maslin is an Emmy Winning, #1 hit music producer/Music Arranger/ Songwriter, Music Publisher who composes (both music & lyrics) and produces- arrangers for artists/ films/television / ads/ promos/ games, etc. She has had numerous hit songs and cuts all over the world as well as over 5000 music placements. Her music can be heard on radio & television every day – 7 days a week/365 days a year.
A few of her recent placements include songs in the much anticipated upcoming Matt Damon feature “DOWNSIZING” which opened the 2017 historic Venice Film Festival to raves, new feature CON MAN starring Ving Rhames, Talia Shire, James Caan to premiere soon, Hit TV shows “YOUNGER”, “BLUE BLOODS”, the single and end title from the new feature film “KID WITNESS” starring SUSAN SARANDON and young film/Broadway star RIPLEY SOBO, who performs the song, produced by Michèle.
Her successes include Emmy wins and Nominations for music on GUIDING LIGHT (CBS) and ONE LIFE TO LIVE (ABC), song placements with and helping develop hit sensation KE$HA. Mentoring and helping develop recently signed to CHRIS BROWN(CBE)/UNIVERSAL artist JOELLE JAMES, Collaborating from his start with Broadway star, American Idol Finalist ACE YOUNG. The #1 hit song “GET OVER YOURSELF” for EDEN’S CRUSH (WBS) also the theme song to hit TV series POPSTARS (WB), THE #1 hit song “CONTRIBUTION” for MICA PARIS (Feat. ERIC B and RAKIM) (Island), The International #1 hit single “HELP ME” from BACKSTREET BOY NICK CARTER (JIVE), The top 10 hit single “EVERY PART OF ME” from AMERICAN IDOL finalist LATOYA LONDON (PEAK/UNIVERSAL) and many, many others.
Michèle works out of her own studio Sweetersongs East in Santa Monica Ca. for her production company MOB FORCE PRODUCTIONS and continues to enjoy her passion for producing, writing and publishing music.
She is married to hit maker – acclaimed Producer /Engineer Harry Maslin (DAVID BOWIE, AIR SUPPLY/ MICHAEL JACKSON/ BAY CITY ROLLERS/ MELISSA MANCHESTER, ERIC CARMEN , JAMES TAYLOR, LOU REED, CARLY SIMON, BONNIE RAITT, HOT TUNA, etc.).
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Barry CoffingFounder of Springboard Festivals
Barry Coffing has amassed a great deal of credits and awards with over two hundred tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI songwriting awards, multiple #1 hits and an Emmy nomination. He continues to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like “Moulin Rouge”, the Brady Bunch movie, and Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure. He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid starring Donny Osmond and The Heights. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a #1 hit and selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. Currently he is a music business entrepreneur who represents over 12,000 record labels and publishers for film and TV licensing. His company places hundreds of songs each year.
Vicky HamiltonManager/Record Label Founder
Long time Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive, personal manager and writer. Vicky has been featured in VH-1s Behind the Music and Driven, The BBC, The Biography Channel and many documentaries. Considered one of the most successful female music executives in the industry, Vicky has discovered, developed or managed the careers of Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Poison, Faster Pussycat and many others. Sales figures of the acts Vicky has developed are over 250,000, 000. that is over 250 million records in sales. In addition, Vicky Hamilton also has worked as an A&R executive at Geffen, Capitol and Vapor Records and had a successful independent record label, which won a Grammy for June Carter Cash Press On record. Currently, Vicky is finishing a worldwide book tour for her memoir, Appetite For Dysfunction; managing and consulting several music acts while developing a TV series and documentary and starting a new record label. VickyHamilton.com
Michael KosakDigital Marketing Executive/Music Manager
Michael Kosak is a Los Angeles based, Digital Marketing executive and Music Manager who has shown a penchant for spotting the hottest trends, artists, and influencers before they reach critical mass. Kosak’s first foray into the music business was as the founder of Black Resume Productions, which in less than two years became the top Hip Hop concert promotion company in San Diego. While taking a break from concert promotion to works towards a law degree, Kosak had a fortuitous meeting with the artist, Royal & the Serpent, ultimately inspiring the formation of Kosak’s management company, NBD Management.
In 2019 Royal & the Serpent was signed to Atlantic Records and based on the strength of a digital program activated by Kosak, Royal’s Summer of 2020 major-label debut, “Overwhelmed,” has to date spawned over 4 million TikTok videos, and entered the Alternative charts with authority. In January 2020, Kosak joined forces with fellow music managers Tim Jones, and Jorge Hernandez to form Vinculum Music, a hybrid between a record label and music management company representing artists, writers, producers, and influencers.
Peggy IafrateABC/Disney/Strega Group
Strega Group is a talent development, marketing, and events group founded in 2008 by Peggy Iafrate. Prior to 2008, Peggy gained entertainment and consumer packaged goods experience in companies like ABC/The Walt Disney Company and Kaplan, and has been honored to work with such industry giants as The Jonas Group and Kimberly-Clark Corporation as clients. Years of standing at the sound board and in the board room provided her with the unique ability to marry artists with consumer brands to create a story that produces an emotional connection and loyalty to the brand. At Strega, we build programs that enable the story to continue through digital, live event, and merchandise avenues.
Strega Group helps emerging artists learn what they need develop their brands. When an artist is “performance-ready” we secure gigs and tour opportunities empowering the artist to perfect their craft and build their brand AND audience. Next, we find the right fit brand. Together artist and consumer brands grow as one creating a bond with their target audience.
Jorge Hernandez’s 27-year career has touched on virtually all facets of the music business including, A&R, Marketing and promotion, Artist development, and Music management. His initial foray into the music business included the formation of an independent record label which led to A&R stints at a Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group Label.
Most recently Jorge has most notably worked with Strega Group co-managing Piper Rockelle, and SM6. In addition Jorge maintains an active roster of management clients that includes writer and producer Jeoff Harris, singer/songwriter Will Jay, and as one of the founding partners of vnclm_, a hybrid of a record label and management company, his roster also include Flyana Boss, Sam Creighton, Chazzy L, Arden Jones, Efflo, Jenga Productions, Ferro, Saints Betrayed, and viisi.
Ronnie Jackson (Lil Ronnie) is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling producer. He has written and produced music for artists such as Britney Spears, Usher, Queen Naija, Ludacris, R. Kelly, Akon ,Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Jaime Fox, Tyrese, Bow Wow, T-Pain, Trey Songz, Akon, Lupe Fiasco, Ne-Yo, Lil Wanye,Lupe Fiasco T.I.,Kirk Franklin,Lecae and many more. He has been successful in many genres of music including Pop, R&B, Hip hop (rap) Country, and Gospel
Dale PennerAward Winning Producer
Dale Penner is a freelance Producer/Mixer currently based in Winnipeg, Canada. Countless projects have benefited from Penner's production/mixing, including; Nickelback's The State (Roadrunner) certified platinum in America and Canada scoring Two Billboard Top Ten Singles ("Leader of Men" and "Breathe"). Holly McNarland's (Universal) platinum selling “Stuff”. The Matthew Good Band (Raygun), Econoline Crush (Purge) and Montreal's Jonas (Certified Gold and nominated for "Rock Album of the Year" at 2006 Juno Awards). In 2010 Dale was once again nominated "Producer of the Year" for Western Canada.
Recently Dale has mixed projects including Hitmakerz artist Joey Nowyuk’s (#1 single on the Indigenous Chart, PEI’s KINLEY (including ‘Lightworkers’ Song of the Year for Music PEI), and Texas based Ava Bryant (produced by Frankie Jonas)
Currently Dale is producing a handful of US artists including TikTok sensations SM6. SM6 has 1.4 million followers 64 million likes and 982 million views on social media. The first single Oddity has just been released and has been trending #33 on YouTube and over 500,000 spotify streams.
Other artists Dale’s been fortunate to work with include: Shawn Hook, Grimskunk, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Joey Santiago (Pixies), KD Lang, Jimmy Barr (Portishead).
Marcus Cobb, Nashville NEXT’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year, and top rated CEO on Comparably.com is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, product designer and dynamic public speaker. Cobb’s striking journey took him from modest beginnings in El Paso, Texas, to technology leader for Fortune 50 companies including Microsoft, Dell and CitiGroup; amassing a remarkable project portfolio.
Having started his first venture at age 18, Cobb returned to his entrepreneurial roots after his tenure in corporate America. He joined the early leadership team at TicketsNow.com which grew into a $270M acquisition by TicketMaster. Most recently Cobb co-founded Jammber.com, a payment platform which has secured over $5.5M in investor funding from notable investors including AOL founder Steve Cases’ Rise of the Rest Fund, to help creatives get paid faster for music and other content they create online.
Christine HaeckelHead of Licensing EU
Christine has helped artists all over the world get successful placements for projects in TV advertisements, feature films and major series. She has gathered a large amount of experience during her time at the company, taking care of song approvals, user support and sending out selections of music to the major network stations and studios. Together with Simon she is currently representing Musicsupervisor Inc in Europe.
David “Diamond” MedinaMusic Producer/Songwriter/Entrepreneur
David “Diamond” Medina
David “Diamond” Medina Multi-talented Music Producer, Songwriter, and Entrepreneur born and raised in Spanish Harlem in the mid-1980s. Also Internationally known as DJ Sound Wavve in the EDM Community, who toured with Skream & benga & disclosure and DJed with the likes of A-trak, Diplo, and Justice to name a few. In 2004 Diamond worked with Rufus Blaq & Prince Charles Alexander. He then assisted for Quad Studios and then for Def Jam, where he was hired on as part of the A&R research team. Diamond worked directly under Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles, Randy Acker, and Lauren Wurtzer. Diamond then ventured out on his own and started 3dmusicgroup. He now has 2 studios in NYC. Diamond and his partner Mike were instrumental in getting J.Cole signed to Rocnation and then in the creation of DreamVille Records, later to have distribution by Interscope. Diamond is part of a close-knit team that runs Dreamville today. He also holds a position with Bionic Yarn owned and operated by Pharrel Williams.
Gebre WaddellCEO/Co-Founder Soundways, Inc.
Gebre Waddell is CEO and co-founder of Soundways, Inc., an audio technology company focused on the music industry supply chain. Their song credit collection and publishing platform has users in over 64 countries. Waddell is the author of the book "Complete Audio Mastering", published by McGraw-Hill. He is President of the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy and holds state office in Tennessee on the Interactive Digital Media Council.
Ishita SinhaComposer | Music Editor | Vocalist
Ishita Sinha is a composer, music editor, and vocalist who has contributed to film, television, internet, and live music performances internationally. Ishita’s work is featured in popular Netflix and TheCW TV show The 100, where she was also featured as a solo vocalist on the background score. She worked with renowned Emmy award-winning composer, Nathan Wang on Chinese feature films Namiya and The Faces of My Gene. Ishita has composed the brand theme for one of India’s oldest and well-reputed movie theaters, Regent Theater, established in 1929.
Having trained in Indian Classical music in her native country, India, Ishita has worked with Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer, A.R. Rahman, and National Film Award-winning composer, Shankar Mahadevan.
Ishita has contributed musical compositions to commercials for Carrier United Technologies, India. She was the lead producer on the album “SpiritLine” which features artistic compositions from different Indigenous nations. The album was released in August 2019 with the purpose to raise awareness and funds for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women issue.
Michelle MowerFilm Writer/Director/Producer
Michelle Mower is a writer, director, producer and independent film distributor. She most recently directed the teen dramedy “The Never List” which was released theatrically in the U.S. in December, 2020. Her debut feature “The Preacher’s Daughter,” starring Andrea Bowen (“Desperate Housewives”) premiered on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) on August 31, 2012. The premiere garnered the highest ratings of any movie on LMN for the year and launched a franchise of “preacher” themed films for the network, as well as a reality series. Michelle has since written and directed two more tv movies for Lifetime.
In addition, Michelle is president and CEO of Imagination Worldwide, an international sales and distribution company based in Los Angeles. The 17 year old company provides opportunities for talented female filmmakers to get their works distributed both domestically in the US and in foreign territories. Michelle received her B.A. degree in Radio/Television from the University in Houston in 2000. After graduation, Michelle was hired by the Houston NBC affiliate as Associate Producer for the morning news program. In 2003, Michelle went to work for Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a non-profit media arts organization based in Houston. Her primary function as Program Coordinator was to organize SWAMP’s professional development workshops, youth after-school programs, independent film screenings, monthly networking mixers and special film-related events. Through her work with SWAMP, Michelle started “Lights! Camera! Action! Summer Moviemaking Camp” for teens and the annual Business of Film Conference, which takes place annually at Rice University.
Michelle previously served on the boards of Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA) and Women In Film and Television, Houston (WiFT). She currently sits on the board for Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) and 4th Wall Theatre Company and on the advisory boards for Houston Community College’s Department of Film and Audio Production and Texas Southern University’s School of Communications.
Jordan CoffingFilm Composer
Jordan Coffing is a rising film composer in the DFW metroplex who made her debut with an original score on Michelle Mower’s“The Never List.” She blends a command of melody and theme to create music that highlights narrative and picture with the utmost creativity and maturity.
Coffing attended the world-renowned High School For the Performing and Visual arts in Houston TX and holds a BA in Jazz Performance from the acclaimed University of North Texas where she had the opportunity to learn from living legends such as Bobby Mcferrin and Richard DeRosa. She is a seasoned vocalist, guitarist, and pianist and performs original music under the moniker RHU that is an eclectic mix of indie rock and jazz.
Megan CoffingGraphic Designer/Branding Professional
Brandingmag.com defines “branding” as a “marketing practice in which a company creates a name, symbol of design that is easily identifiable as belonging to the company.” It helps to identify a product and distinguish it from other products and services. Branding is absolutely critical to a business because of the overall impact it makes on a company. It can change how people perceive their brand, it can drive new business and increase brand awareness. This is the world of Megan Coffing, where the award winning, multi-faceted design and branding professional has long fused her talent for striking visuals and keen insight into the needs and desires of independent startups and multi-billion-dollar companies with a transcendent, undefinable magic touch that has put her at the top of her game. A native of Houston, Megan launched her career in Los Angeles at a type studio, doing typesetting for entertainment companies, including Warner Bros. Records, for whom she worked on packaging for artists like Prince and Randy Crawford.
Nan WilsonOracle/Royalty Collection
Nan Wilson started Manage Ad Music, www.manageadmusic.com, in 2000 with the idea of merging together the primary facets of advertising music royalty collection. Nan and her team at Manage Ad Music are on a mission to get independent composers and music creators every penny possible through their work and education. Check out their educational youtube channel here, https://www.youtube.com/c/TheModernMusician/featured. She's also committed to the transformation of health in her community as evidenced by the school garden program she started in 2017. Check that out here, https://galvestonsownfarmersmarket.com/younggardeners.
Felicity Ward is an Artist Manager in Los Angeles, CA and founder of Aisle Eight Management. Her current roster includes Prinze George, Humble Braggers, M.A.G.S., Oscar White, and Kings & Hooligans (In partnership with Clinton Raley). With degrees in both Graphic Design and Marketing as well as 10 years of experience in Product and Brand Development, Felicity focuses on building an artists brand and creating strategies for multiple streams of revenue. Her artists have seen streaming growth between 65% and 80%, written for the likes of Carnage, G-Eazy and Lil Wayne, had a song trend on TikTok and land placements on shows such as “You” on Netflix, Siren, and Teen Mom 2. "An artist's fanbase is the key to their success. When you're creating a brand, you're creating a story; you're creating a structure with its own set of unspoken rules. If an artist wants to succeed they need to inspire loyalty. In order to acquire the loyalty, they need to create a place where people feel like they belong and have a sense of community."
John GuertinFounder of CleaRights
John Guertin is the Founder of CleaRights. He has 15+ years of experience in the music, tv, film, and entertainment industries. Over his career, he has held a number of positions with companies such as Turner Broadcasting (Cartoon Network, CNN, TNT/TBS), Universal Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, Carl Fischer Music, and the United States Copyright Office handling a wide variety of responsibilities, including music clearances, licensing fee negotiation, contract management, and publishing catalog administration. From tv & film licenses/clearances to mechanicals, performing rights registrations to copyright issues, John can offer his experience and insights to make the rights involved with your project or catalog “Clear.” Some of the tv/film productions and commercials John has negotiated deals with include: The Mentalist, Iron Man 2, Chevy, Target, K-mart, The Royals (Season 1 promos)
Simon MichelDirector of Operations - Music Supervisor, Inc.
Simon Michel earned his Masters degree in composition for film & theater from the ArtEZ conservatory in Arnhem in the Netherlands in 2015. During his two internships with video game composer Tom Salta in New York and music supervisor Julius Robinson in L.A he learned a large amount of skills, that fundamentally shaped his understanding of the music industry. Since he joined the company in 2014 he is responsible for database maintenance, client outreach and network song submissions. On top of that he’s currently working as audio supervisor for games at Straightlabs GmbH & CoKG in Munich Bavaria and as a freelance VR game developer for the Oculus Rift. For the last three years he has been working on a VR solo project titled “Lakini’s Woods”, a virtual reality game that he financed, scored and created in his free time.
Ritch EsraMusic Business Registry
Since 1992, Ritch Esra has been running the Music Business Registry which includes The A&R Registry, The Publisher Registry, The Music Business Attorney Registry, The Artist Managers Registry and The Film and Television Music Guide.
“Our contact directories give everyone vital, accurate and the most up to date information they need to contact the entire A&R, music, publishing, legal and film/TV music communities,” says Ritch. “Each directory tells you how to reach these industry veterans by regular mail, E-mail (including web sites), direct dial telephone and fax. Additionally, we provide the exact title, street address, the name of their assistant and the style of music that each executive deals with. Due to the volatile nature of A&R, the A&R Registry is completely updated and reprinted every eight weeks and often has over 20-30 changes in a single issue. There’s no directory of this kind anywhere in the world.”
Their subscribers are record company executives, music publishers, managers, agents, attorneys, studios and other various music business professionals in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, London, Dublin, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Stockholm, Sydney and Munich.
Ritch started out as a promotion coordinator for A&M Records in Los Angeles in 1980-81. He coordinated releases with radio stations as well as the national field staff, providing promotional prerelease information on what competitive stations are playing, informing stations on status on how a record was selling and overcoming objections and resistance to broadcasting new releases. He also ensured that all field staff had product and took care of any product needs for radio stations.
From 1981-1987, Ritch was director of West Coast A&R for Arista Records. He signed The Thompson Twins to their US Deal as well as Mara Getz. He worked extensively with the publishing and songwriting communities for material for Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Melissa Manchester, Tanya Tucker, Jennifer Warnes and Jermaine Jackson. He also coordinated music for the “Ghostbusters” and “Perfect” soundtracks.
From 1988-1991, Ritch worked on various independent projects. He produced the award-winning educational video for artists and musicians, “How to Get a Record Deal.” “At the time, it was the only video of its kind examining the frequently misunderstood process from five different perspectives: record company executives, A&R VPs, artist managers, record producers and 16 major artists including Los Lobos, Mark Knopfler, Phil Collins, Jody Watley, Karla Bonoff, Michael Bolton, Fleetwood Mac, Chick Corea and Kenny Loggins,” says Ritch. Producers Phil Ramone and Jeff Baxter are also interviewed in the video.
Ritch has organized and coordinated the events and activities of The Independent Music Conference in Los Angeles sponsored by BMI. The three-day symposium addressed problems facing recording artists, including publishing, management, touring, obtaining record deals and exploring alternative ways to bring music to the public.
In 2012, he co-founded MUBUTV, an online video channel dedicated to educating recording artists, bands, and musicians on the realities of developing a career in music today.
Since 2002 he taught various classes on the Music Business at Musicians Institute as well as SAE (School for Audio Engineering) and has also taught at UCLA Extension.
My name is Logan Alexandra and I am a full time student at Grand Canyon University graduating April 2021. Being a musical artist myself I realize the importance of unique branding for music. I began to create content for my own brand, but soon grew a love for animation, video editing, and design. I’ve taken my craft outside of working for myself and now am an animator and video editor for other artists. I created my own company “Logan Alexandra Edits” as a one stop shop for all of an artists needs. I am experienced in creating lyric videos, promotional social media posts, cover art, photography, film and more! As I graduate college this year, I will continue to pursue my own music career while working for other artists and brands. I am proficient in Final Cut Pro, Adobe InDesign, After Effects, ProCreate, Photoshop and Lightroom. If you can dream it I’ll find a way to make it happen. Let’s create!
Julius RobinsonCOO - Music Supervisor, Inc.
Julius Robinson has a background as a Music Exec, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Publicist and Music Journalist. He oversees all creative operations, including track uploads, approvals, pitches and licenses for nearly 200,000 pieces of high-quality music and sound effects. He oversees the placement of cues in hundreds of major and indie films, TV shows, internet and advertising. He interfaces with the sister site WegetMusic.com that services personal videos, student shorts films, and in-house corporate use. Julius has placed his own songs in many films including Friday Night Lights, The Game and Van Wilder, and recently on TV shows such as Vegas (CBS), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family). He wrote the screenplay for the film Tortilla Heaven (2007), starring George Lopez. Julius began his entertainment career West Coast Editor Pop for Cashbox Magazine.