John Anderson: CEO, Hunnypot
John Anderson is the ringmaster of Hunnypot Unlimited, a multifaceted Music Publishing, Artist Representation, Event Marketing and Film & Television Placement organization. Hunnypot provides exposure to cutting edge music and changes the palate of listeners worldwide through endorsement, promotion, packaging and/or planning of live music concerts and events. Hunnypot Radio and the Hunnypot Website provide instant awareness of Hunnypot artist activity as well as contemporary music news and other culturally relevant media worldwide.
PJ Bloom: Music Supervisor/Soundtrack Producer/Partner, Neophonic, Inc.
PJ Bloom is one of the most prolific, creative and inexhaustible entrepreneurs in the Music Industry today. In 2012 alone he placed No. 80 on Billboard Magazine’s annual Power 100 List, was presented with the prestigious TJ Martell Humanitarian Award and was named Music Supervisor of the Year by the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). PJ is a two-time BMI Pop Award winner, two-time BMI Urban Award winner, two-time ASCAP Pop Award winner and has received a host of other awards and accolades. He is also a founding member of the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS).
Laura Engel: Co-Owner, Kraft-Engel Management
Laura Engel is co-owner of Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading representatives of film and theatre composers, songwriters and music supervisors. Kraft-Engel's clients include: Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat, John Powell, Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami, Mark Isham, Trevor Rabin, Ed Shearmur and Gabriel Yared. Prior to joining partner Richard Kraft in 1997, Engel owned and operated Engel Entertainment where she managed bands and recording artists including Oingo Boingo, Katey Sagal, Craig Chaquio and Danny Elfman. Laura Engel was recently honored by Variety as one of the year’s “50 Most Impactful Women in Showbiz.” With Kraft, Engel executive produced the historic DANNY ELFMAN & TIM BURTON 25th ANNIVERSARY MUSIC BOX which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Box Set. Engel was previously nominated for a Grammy for producing the long form Oingo Boingo video, FAREWELL: LIVE FROM THE UNIVERSAL AMPHITHEATRE. Engel is an avid supporter of the Scleroderma Foundation.
Erin Collins: VP Film, Television & Developing Media, SESAC
Erin Collins is the Vice President of Film, Television, Developing Media for SESAC, where she oversees the department servicing SESAC’s composers and publishers. Erin began her career at Warner Bros. Publications where she was responsible for creating multi-media marketing and advertising campaigns. She then served as Director of Marketing & Music Production for APM Music where she was in charge of creating and managing all creative, promotions, and portfolio marketing to major television networks, HBO, Fox, and many others. Before joining SESAC, Erin was a producer, music supervisor, and score supervisor working with clients such as Ubisoft, ESPN, Activision, EA, and THQ. Collins holds a music degree from Northern Illinois University.
Ray Costa: Founder & President, Costa Communications
With years of experience in journalism, broadcasting and public relations, Ray Costa is the founder and president of Costa Communications, a leading entertainment public relations firm in Hollywood. Formerly an award-winning broadcast journalist, Ray Costa brings his experience to every project with his ability to find entertaining and newsworthy angles to pique reporters, editors and producers’ interest. Costa Communications’ clients have been featured on television, in top magazines, newspapers and online news sources, including appearances on The Tonight Show, CNN, The Today Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and CBS Sunday Morning, articles in Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and Rolling Stone. Costa Communications’ award campaigns have successfully yielded nominations and wins for Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, BAFTAs and other prestigious accolades.
Maureen Crowe: President & Co-Founder, Guild of Music Supervisors
Maureen Crowe is one of the most powerful voices in music supervision. As President and Co-Founder of the Guild of Music Supervisors, she has completely changed the landscape of the industry, making incredible strides for the rights and recognition of her peers. She is one of the most highly respected independent music supervisors thanks to her exceptional musical casting, original song creation, on camera performance, and marketing genius. Crowe’s passion began when she got her initial break delivering original music for the television series Fame. She immediately understood the deep cultural impact of music supervision and soon began working on films, heading some of the most groundbreaking achievements in the field including the Grammy award winning soundtrack and chart topping single “I Will Always Love You” from The Bodyguard, the platinum selling soundtrack for the cult classic Wayne’s World, and the multiplatinum Grammy and Oscar winning film Chicago.
Richard Glasser: Executive in Charge of Music, The Weinstein Company
A Motown recording artist, Richard began writing music at age 14. He’s produced the soundtracks for “Silver Linings Playbook”, ”Escape From Planet Earth”, “Scary Movie 5”, ”Killing Them Softly”, “Crash, (Academy Award for Best Picture)” “The Kings Speech” (Academy Award for Best Picture), “Sarah’s Key”, “Spy Kids, “Scream 4”, “The Tillman Story”, “I Don’t Know How She Does It”, “My Week With Marilyn”, “Butter”, “Iron Lady”, “Blue Valentine”, “The Illusionist;” “Painted Veil” (Alexandre Desplat Golden Globe Winner: Best Score); “Kickin’ It Old Skool;” “Hostage;” “Resurrecting the Champ;” “Chumscrubber;” (James Horner) “Matador;” “The Good Night”, “The Final Season” “Winter Passing;” and “Shortcut to Happiness (Chris Young).” He is currently the Executive In Charge of Music at The Weinstein Company and sits on the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy/Grammys.
Jeff Jernigan: Associate Director, Film & TV, ASCAP
Jeff Jernigan is an essential part of ASCAP's Film & Television department, representing composers and songwriters in the industry and providing them with career development services and support. During his time at ASCAP, Jeff has worked hard on cultivating personal relationships and continues to work hard to help composers and songwriters get recognized. His knowledge and genuine passion for the industry is what makes him a true advocate for music creators. In addition, he co-produces ASCAP’s annual Film & TV Music Awards, is on the board of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and is a member of the World Soundtrack Academy (WSA). Prior to his position at ASCAP, Jeff worked at BMG Music Publishing.
Richard Kraft: Co-Owner, Kraft-Engel Management
Richard Kraft is the co-owner of Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing film and theatre composers. Prior to starting his own company in 1991, Richard was an agent at ICM and started his career working with several of his musical heroes such as Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Henry Mancini. Kraft once ran Varese-Sarabande Records where he executive produced over 150 soundtrack albums.
Robert Messinger: Partner, First Artists Management
Robert Messinger is a partner at First Artists Management, a boutique agency representing top film composers and music supervisors. Messinger was previously a founding member and senior vice president of Blue Focus Management. He has been instrumental in launching the film music careers of many of today's most exciting composers. Messinger's clients include Oscar and Golden Globe-winners Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Howard Shore (The Hobbit), Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain) and Rachel Portman (Chocolat); Oscar nominees Philip Glass (The Hours) and Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); Golden Globe nominees Michael Brook (The Fighter) and Clint Mansell (Black Swan) and Grammy nominee David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven). He also represents the acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Ros, Slash from Guns N Roses and legendary composer/arranger Van Dyke Parks.
Doreen Ringer-Ross : Vice President of Film & TV, BMI
Doreen Ringer-Ross is Vice President of Film & TV at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, Ringer-Ross directs all of BMI’s activities serving film, television and game composers. During her tenure, she has established key programs for composers including the Sundance Composer’s Lab and the BMI Film/TV Composers Conducting Workshop. She oversees BMI’s film scoring scholarships at USC, UCLA and Berklee College of Music, and has created artist development platforms with the Sundance Film Festival, the IFP Filmmaker Labs, the IFP Filmmakers Conference, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival.
Lynne Segall: EVP, Group Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter & Billboard
In her new role, Segall is responsible for advertising at Billboard magazine as well as for expanding business for the flagship music media brand with dynamic digital and sponsorship offerings both within and beyond the industry. Key to this will be leading the integration of advertising sales and business development between The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard with the creation of cross-platform sales opportunities for the two brands. Under Segall’s business leadership, The Hollywood Reporter has seen explosive advertising growth with the introduction of fashion, luxury, automotive and lifestyle advertising across the magazine and via its digital platforms and signature brand initiatives. From 2012 to 2013, revenue grew 75 percent in the consumer/luxury space and 35 percent in digital revenue