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Nick Alder: VP, Business Development, Cashmere Agency

Gregg Alexander: Composer/Songwriter

Grammy winning songwriter Gregg Alexander scores and writes original songs for the Weinstein Company’s Begin Again, directed by John Carney (Once). Starring Keira Knightly as a young singer-songwriter, Alexander wrote or co-wrote the songs Knightly performs in the film, including “Lost Stars,” which is sung several times in the film by Knightly, and later by Adam Levine of Maroon 5. The song is currently in contention for a 2015 Oscar® nomination, and was featured as a bonus track on Maroon 5’s new album V. Alexander co-wrote “Lost Stars” with former New Radicals bandmate Danielle Brisebois. The Begin Again soundtrack is available on 222 Records/Interscope. Photo Credit © Robert G. Zuckerman

Stephen Butler: Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day LA (Nissan/The Voice)

Stephen Butler joined TBWA\Chiat\Day’s Los Angeles office in July 2013 as Executive Creative Director, before becoming the Chief Creative Officer of TBWA’s flagship outpost in April 2014. As CCO he oversees the creative work produced for clients including Nissan, Gatorade, Southwest Airlines, Miller Coors, Airbnb and more. Stephen joined TBWA from Mother London where he was ECD and Partner. He spent nine years with Mother working on accounts such as Stella Artois, Coca-Cola, IKEA, Orange and Match.com. Prior to Mother, Stephen was a Board Creative Director at BBH in London, managing their flagship account, Levi’s. Stephen also worked for Condé Nast in London as an Art Director on both British Vogue and British GQ. He is originally from Cape Town, South Africa.

Caparezza: Artist

Caparezza specializes in Avant-garde music, Progressive and Experimental music, similar in style to Frank Zappa, who Caparezza considers his "teacher". At first Caparezza appears nonsensical due to his use of unusual metaphors, and above all because he has disowned the mainstream of hip-hop; thus he appears to be a nonconformist rejected by the Italian mainstream. After many years of hits, on April 2014 Caparezza sixth album ‘Museica’ was pubblished and went immediately platinum. ‘Museica’ was recorded in Los Angeles by Chris Lord Alge (Bowie, Nickelback, Creed, Muse, etc.). A massive tour with an impressive series of sold out followed during the summer: a warm up for his upcoming only 2 U.S. headlining appearences scheduled during the Hitweek Music Festival 2014 - http://www.hitweek.it - Nov. 6th at the world famous Whisky a Go Go in L.A. and on nov. 8th at the ‘Band Shell Amphtheatre’ in Miami . For More info: http://www.hitweek.it/festival/2014-edition

Wende Crowley: SVP Film & TV Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Wende Crowley is the Senior Vice President of Film & TV at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Crowley and her team are responsible for placing & licensing music in film, television and video games. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who just recently acquired EMI Music Publishing, controls over 2 million copyrights by such artists as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga. Crowley is also a Music Supervisor has supervised numerous films and television shows including, “Easy A,” “Friends With Benefits”, “The Michael J. Fox Show”, “Freaks And Geeks”, “Arrested Development” and “Cold Case.” When Crowley was in college, her friends told her that putting songs in films and television shows wasn’t a job. She’s glad they were wrong.

Mychael Danna: Composer, "The Captive", "Life of Pi", "Moneyball"

Debra Delshad: Senior Director of Licensing, Angry Mob Music

Debra Delshad is the new Senior Director of Sync & Licensing at Angry Mob Music. Debra’s title just scratches the surface of what she brings to the table at Angry Mob. Having years of experience in the music industry, previously at Dreamworks, EMI, and ole, Debra is responsible for placing and licensing music catalogs across film, television, advertising, trailers, and branding campaigns. Debra is determined and fearless when it comes to developing innovative ideas that simultaneously drive revenue and grow opportunities for each artist in the catalog. Debra works closely with different departments of the company, including, A&R, creative and business development. If you are ever in Debra’s office, you will always find a bowl of candy and fresh flowers.

Danielle Diego: EVP, Fox Music

Danielle Diego is Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs at Fox Film Music. As head of Fox Music, Diego music supervises and oversees music creative and production at Twentieth Century Fox Studios across all film Divisions: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight, & Fox Animation. Diego has been at Fox Music for over 18 years and has worked on a wide range of films including RIO, X MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, WOLVERINE, LIFE of PI, and the up-coming THE BOOK OF EXODUS, Directed by Ridley Scott, and PEANUTS.

Adam Dorn: Composer, "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic"

Mocean Worker also known as Adam Dorn began his musical training at the age of 14 playing bass. He studied jazz and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Adam is best known for his work as recording artist Mocean Worker and the genre bending electronic music he releases under that name. Adam has also scored many films and documentaries. He was the composer for NAACP Award Winning documentary “Richard Pryor-Omit the Logic” for BBC/Showtime. The Emmy Award Winning HBO Documenatary Series “The Weight Of The Nation”. Adam also had music in director Alex Gibney’s “Client 9- The Elliot Spitzer Story”. Other movies and TV shows featuring original compositions from Adam include CSI, Six Feet Under, The Bourne Supremacy, The Devil Wears Prada, Disney’s Meet The Robinsons. Coming in early 2015 is a song for the very anticipated new series “Better Call Saul” for AMC.

Fil Eisler: Composer, “Shameless,” “Revenge,” and “Kitchen Sink”

Fil Eisler conducts a 50-piece orchestra each week for the musically driven hit ABC series “Revenge,” and his dedication to finding the right melody hasn't been ignored. Variety described his music as "smoky, elaborate film noir-inspired compositions," while Beatweek Magazine praised Fil for making “beautiful music” that "almost acts as another character further enveloping the audience in its grasp.” While known for his work in TV and film, the Czech-born and English-raised composer started his career as a touring musician. He has traveled, recorded and written with artists, producers and composers as diverse as Robbie Williams, Ryan Adams, Marco Beltrami, Dave Stewart, Imogen Heap, Jesse Malin, Kim Caldwell, Kylie Minogue, Brian May, Holly Johnson, and many others. Fil’s song "Superblind" appears on Williams’ multi-platinum album – “Reality Killed the Video Star," which was produced by Trevor Horn and based on Fil's original production and orchestral arrangement.

Jordan Feldstein: Manager, Maroon 5

Jordan Feldstein is the CEO and founder of the Los Angeles based Career Artist Management, a leading entertainment management firm recognized for being a proactive and energetic force for clients. Jordan has managed Maroon 5 from their inception over 10 years ago and has been an instrumental piece in guiding the band to becoming one of music’s most successful and universally popular international touring acts with three Grammy Awards and 20 million albums sold worldwide. Under his guidance, Maroon 5’s album releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries and have broken radio, touring and sales records around the globe.

Nora Felder: Music Supervisor, Picture Music Co

NORA FELDER’s extensive tenure in music began booking artist showcases/events at a New York City downtown club with artists ranging from the Cure to INXS. Later working as VP of production for legendary music producer, Phil Ramone, Nora oversaw recording projects for artists ranging from Paul Simon, Sinead O'connor, Barbra Streisand, Slash, and Iggy Pop. Entering the world of music supervision, Nora landed her first film project on the forever classic Romy & Michele's High School Reunion". From there she continued to work on various films, as well as served as music consultant for studios such as Disney Touchstone Pictures and Overture Films. In the television world, she is best known for 7 years of music supervision on the hit Showtimes Series Californication, Other series include 2 seasons of CBS’s Unforgettable, 3 seasons of USA’s Necessary Roughness and NBC’s new hit series “The Night Shift which was just picked up for a 2nd season.

Phil Gallo / @philgallo58: Senior Editor, Film & TV, Billboard

Phil Gallo has written about music and entertainment for more than 25 years and is currently senior correspondent for Billboard magazine where he covers film and TV as it relates to music. Co-author of the book “Record Store Days,” published in April by Sterling, Gallo was associate editor of Variety and Daily Variety for 15 years, he oversaw news coverage of the music industry and reviews of concerts, TV, Southern California theater and Las Vegas entertainment. He created Variety's first music blog, the Set List, and writes a weekly column for the paper. Gallo has written for the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Downbeat and Bon Appetit as well as for the websites LiveDaily.com, Soundspike.com, Fender.com, Grammy.com and ZesterDaily.com. Gallo has appeared on numerous TV shows as a music expert, among them VH1’s “The List,” CNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” ABC’s “20/20,” E! News and CNN. He won the critics edition of “Rock & Roll Jeopardy.”

Randy Gerston: Agent, First Artists Management

Based in Los Angeles, Randy Gerston is a film music agent with First Artists Management, representing composers such as Joseph Bishara ( The Conjuring, Insideous, Annabelle ), Terence Blanchard ( “Inside Man”, “Cadillac Records”, “She Hate Me” ), Reinhold Heil ( “Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas” ) and Jeff Russo ( “Fargo TV”, “CSI:Cyber”, “Power” ). He is the former President of Seehear Music Supervision and has Music Supervised dozens of films including True Lies, Strange Days, and James Cameron’s box office phenomenon Titanic, whose soundtrack album is the biggest score soundtrack album of all time, selling over twenty-eight million copies worldwide. A sequel album, “Back To Titanic,” on which Gerston produced several tracks has sold over three million albums. In a recent issue, Daily Variety recognized Randy as the fifth most successful music supervisor of the last decade.

Will Gluck: Director/Producer/Screenwriter, "Annie"

Will Gluck is a filmmaker with a uniquely authentic voice and an aim to create projects that reflect popular culture and captivate audiences. Gluck has made a name for himself as a great comedic filmmaker who brings heart and a down-to-earth quality to all of his endeavors.This December, Gluck is set to release the modern-day reimagining of ANNIE, which he directed and co-wrote for Columbia Pictures. The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis in the title role alongside Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, and Cameron Diaz. Gluck also recently extended his Olive Bridge Entertainment banner’s development and production deal for both film and television with Sony Pictures. The company has two television shows in the works: THE MCCARTHYS for CBS which premieres on October 30th and MOONBEAM CITY for Comedy Central which will premiere in 2015. Last year he co-created and directed the critically acclaimed THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW for NBC.

Jenny Goldfarb: Senior Director TV & Film/ Licensing, Catch the Moon

Jenny Goldfarb is the senior licensing director for Catch the Moon Music. A South Florida native, Jenny studied marketing at George Washington University and later worked in brand marketing in New York City. For the past 10 years Jenny has been working in media. Jenny works at pairing scenes and brands with music for film, television and online projects. Jenny handles researching, pitching, placing and helping to clear songs. Jenny has become known to delve into a scene and understand the spirit of the moment to make musical selections. Jenny is also a mom of two little girls and a world class pastry chef.

Scott Goldman: VP, Grammy Foundation, MusiCares

Los Angeles, Vice President, Foundations. Goldman joined the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares in December 2005. Prior to that he was Vice President of Development at City of Hope. From 1991-2005 he ran the organization’s fundraising efforts within the music and entertainment industries. He also oversaw City of Hope’s network of 10 regional fundraising offices around the country. He began his fundraising career in 1983 with United Cerebral Palsy, joined the March of Dimes in 1985 and founded the Northern California Chapter of the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness in 1987. Since May 2009 Goldman has been a regular moderator and host of the Public Programs Series at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Goldman is also a professional musician appearing at clubs and festivals around the country. A native of New York, Goldman received his Bachelor of Science degree in theatre from Skidmore College.

Anna Granucci : Film Producer/Music Supervisor, AMG Pictures Entertainment

ANNA GRANUCCI is a creative executive/film producer and music supervisor at AMG Pictures Entertainment. Her most recent accomplishment as music supervisor & music consultant is for the acclaimed "short to feature" film Whiplash written and directed by Damien Chazelle, produced by Jason Reitman, Jason Blum and Bold Films. Whiplash first won the 2013 Sundance US Fiction short film competition and green-lit for a full-length feature. It opened Sundance 2014 and won both Grand Jury and Audience Awards and acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. It debuted Internationally at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Some of Anna's current film producing & music supervising credits include EMBARGO, Daddy’s Girl, Free Ride, Guns Girls & Gambling and Watercolor Postcards. Granucci graduated from Yale University's School of Drama MFA Acting program winning a Fox Grant for her thesis on Italian cinema & music and is bi-lingual in Italian.

Shirley Halperin: Music Editor, The Hollywood Reporter & Billboard

Shirley Halperin is a longtime music journalist who got her start as a writer in the New York City ‘zine scene of the early 1990s. A decade later, she graduated to national publications like Entertainment Weekly, where she was a Senior Writer, Teen People, for whom she helmed the west coast office, and Us Weekly, where she was Staff Editor (Music) and a regular contributor to sister publication Rolling Stone. Shirley is currently Music Editor at The Hollywood Reporter where she has written cover stories on Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, X Factor, Glee and American Idol, among other subjects. In 2011, she received a Best Personality Profile award from the LA Press Club for her cover story on Trent Reznor. She’s also the author of three books, 2008’s Pot Culture, 2010’s Reefer Movie Madness and 2011’s American Idol: Celebrating 10 Years.

Andrew Hampp: Senior Correspondent, Billboard

Andrew Hampp is Billboard's senior correspondent, focusing on the intersections of music, branding, advertising and business. Since 2011, he's helped unearth trends and report cover stories on the dueling music strategies of Coke and Pepsi; notable personalities from Guy Oseary, Troy Carter & Scooter Braun; superstar artists like P!nk, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Tedder to this year's Power 100 chart-toppers Beyonce & Jay Z. Previously, he spent five years covering media, entertainment and marketing for Advertising Age, where he most recently served as L.A. bureau chief from 2009 to 2011. He has also contributed stories to The Hollywood Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch, Crain's New York Business and Adweek.

Amy Hartman: VP of Film & TV Sync, Island Records/Def Jam Recordings

Amy Hartman has been at The Island Def Jam Music Group for over 14 years and is currently the Vice President of Film & TV Music at both Island & Def Jam Records. She is responsible for placing music in TV and Film, as well as finding marketing tie-ins, on-camera appearances, soundtrack and original song opportunities in the Film and TV world. She has secured major licensing placements and developed artist campaigns for Kanye West, American Authors, Iggy Azalea, Jake Bugg, Rihanna, Neon Trees, Avicii, Fall Out Boy, Tove Lo, The Killers, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, Gin Wigmore, Nas and Laura Welsh, among many others. She works in tandem with the label’s A&R and marketing departments in the development of Film & TV artist placement campaigns for frontline music. Amy Hartman is a proud graduate of UCLA and a Los Angeles native.

Cathy Heller: Artist and Entrepreneur

Cathy Heller has been a DIY artist for years, pitching her own music to film and tv. After much success she was approached by other artists and she now has her own music licensing shop, Catch The Moon Music. Her motto: "it's not business, it's personal". It's about being genuine, kind and consistent above all else. She's been written about in Billboard, USA Today and The LA Weekly. She has an uncanny ability to be sincere and make friends, which is refreshing and makes her the squeaky wheel. Her music has been featured in dozens of TV shows, national ads and films. Cathy has said, "Now that I do this for other bands, I feel like it was clearly meant to be this way. I love helping others get placements. It's so fun, it never feels like work". Every artist these days wants to license their music for obvious reasons, but not everyone know how. Cathy has figured out the secret and is sharing it with others.

Jessica Hundley: Journalist

Jessica Hundley is an L.A.- based writer and filmmaker. A longtime arts journalist for a variety of publications, she has published numerous books on music and film. As a filmmaker, she has directed music videos, short films and several documentaries on pop culture.

Colin Jeffery: Chief Creative Officer, David&Goliath

Colin’s career spans 16 years and three continents. For the last eight years at David&Goliath, he’s served as Managing Partner and Executive Creative Director at the agency. In July 2014, he was promoted to Chief Creative Officer. David&Goliath has experienced significant growth since Colin’s arrival in 2006. In 2011, the agency was named Ad Age’s “Small Agency of the Year.” Colin’s proudest accomplishment is the success of the Kia Motors brand. Through his work, he’s helped the automaker gain mainstream popularity and become one of the fastest growing car brands in the world. He’s responsible for the “Hamsters” campaign, which has produced some of the most-viewed commercials of all time.

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.

Vanessa Jorge: Music Director, Aspect Ratio

Vanessa Jorge is the Music Director at Aspect Ratio, where she has been a since 2011. Vanessa began her career as the music supervisor for Entertainment Tonight, where she redefined the job’s role by bringing new music production companies and composers while introducing the placement of big commercial songs for shows. Following her success in the television format, Vanessa took her skill set to the world of film advertising, working at the Ant Farm. Since then, her career in film advertising has included some of the industry’s most heralded film campaigns such as Sideways, Lord of the Rings, Shrek, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Transformers, Eat Pray Love, Iron Man, Leap Year, and It’s Complicated.

Jedd Katrancha: SVP of Creative, Downtown Music Publishing

As SVP of Creative Services at Downtown Music Publishing, Jedd Katrancha manages DMP's highly regarded sync licensing team and oversees company efforts as they relate to placement of catalog in film, television, video games, online, product placement, advertising, and more. Jedd has personally overseen licenses with dozens of brands, including Anheuser Busch, Kia, Yahoo, Chevy, Vitamin Water, Mountain Dew, Sprint, and Cadillac. Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is a leading independent music publisher. Since inception, the catalog has grown to over 80,000 copyrights, including the works of John Lennon, Motley Crue, Hans Zimmer, Ellie Goulding, Mos Def, Santigold, and Seal. Downtown writers have penned hit singles for artists such as Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, and Keith Urban. Recently, Billboard Magazine recognized this chart success by ranking the company as one of the top publishers in the United States.

Margaret Keene: Executive Creative Director, Mullen LA (Acura)

Margaret was named Mullen LA’s first executive creative director in August 2014, leading the charge on Acura. She comes to Mullen LA from Saatchi & Saatchi LA, where she led creative development for the Toyota brand across all creative platforms. Marg started her advertising career at TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, where she helped create iconic work for Apple, Nissan, and Pedigree. She won her first advertising awards on the Apple “Think Different” campaign. On Nissan, she helped launch the “Innovation for All” campaign and the first-ever iAd on iPhone, debuting the Nissan Leaf. A sunny SoCal native, she’s known for putting people first and blasting reggae in her car.

Season Kent: Music Supervisor, “Fury”, “Tyrant”, “Mistresses”

Season Kent is a Los Angeles-based Music Supervisor. She has always been a music and movies fan - buying scores and soundtracks as a kid, making mixtapes and attending live shows. Originally from Tennessee, Season earned a Music degree in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. Now with over a decade of experience in the world of Music Supervision, Season Kent has overseen 30+ films and numerous television shows. Some recent highlights include the hugely successful feature film and soundtrack to John Green’s best selling book The Fault In Our Stars, the Academy Award-winning feature film The Fighter and the Sundance darling The Spectacular Now. Season’s most recent work includes the Brad Pitt World War II drama Fury & FX’s drama TYRANT as well as her ongoing work with ABC’s hit show Revenge, the CW’s Arrow and the highly anticipated spin off The Flash

Jason Kramer: Music Supervisor, eliasarts LLC

Jason Kramer is currently the concept music supervisor for Elias Arts, a prestigious music production company based in Santa Monica and New York. Elias Arts specializes in original music composition, sound design, music supervision, and audio branding for commercials. Jason recently won the award Best Music Supervision in Adverting by the Guild of Music Supervisors for 2013. Jason also curates an interview/ recording session with artists that have visited the Elias Arts Santa Monica studio. Out side of Elias , Jason is the host of his popular radio show every Tuesday nights on 89.9 fm KCRW in Santa Monica. He has been part of the KCRW team for 17 years.

Jim Leavitt: Director, Synchronization and Licensing, The Orchard

Jim Leavitt's work in the music business spans various cities throughout the U.S. He's worked at both major and indie record labels as a product manager (Arista), Marketing Director (ZE Records), and Int'l Creative Director (Imago). In the past few years, Jim has been licensing and pitching publishing & master catalogs with the iconic reggae label VP Records and the Arc Music Group. He currently serves as The Orchard's Director of License and Sync.

Phil Lord: Writer/Director

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including The Lego Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. This year the duo has had incredible success at the box office and are the only writers/directors with two films ranked among the top ten highest grossing features of 2014. Their most recent film, 22 Jump Street, debuted at #1 and has not only already garnered over $319 million worldwide but earned the pair praise for their innate ability to transform unlikely material into cinematic brilliance. Earlier this year, the duo wrote and directed The Lego Movie, which also debuted #1 and remained on top of the box office for four straight weeks.

Clint Mansell: Composer, "Noah", "Black Swan", "Requiem for a Dream"

Carianne Marshall : Head of Creative Licensing, SONGS

As Head of Creative Licensing and a Partner at SONGS Music Publishing, Carianne Marshall has helped build SONGS into an indie powerhouse where the majority of the writers in its catalog generate revenue. Carianne and her team are the go-to music source for brands from BMW to Kmart from Hershey’s to Coca-Cola, and have synchs in the hottest television shows and movies. She is literally redefining the role of Creative Licensing, forging a landmark deal with Conde Nast Entertainment who pay for the right to tap SONGS’ catalog for music for such global brands as Glamour and GQ. And she is the caretaker of such epic hits as Lorde’s “Royals” and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” not to mention the multitude of hit tracks from writer/producer DJ Mustard, Diplo, The Weeknd, playing an integral role in SONGS’ dramatic rise to the Top 5 music publisher according to Billboard Magazine.

Cliff Martinez: Composer, “Only God Forgives,” “Spring Breakers,” “Drive”

After stints as the drummer for the Weirdos, Lydia Lunch and Foetus frontman Jim Thirlwell, and the final incarnation of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Martinez joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers . It was during his tenure with the Chili Peppers that Cliff began exploring the new technologies of that era, which would eventually guide him towards the film music world.Perhaps it is because of his time in the punk scene that Martinez’s approach to scoring is nontraditional. His scores tend towards being stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark, psychological stories like Pump Up the Volume , The Limey Wonderland , Wicker Park , and Drive . Martinez has been nominated for a Grammy Award (Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic), a Cesar Award (Xavier Giannoli’s A L’origine), and a Broadcast Film Critics Award (Drive). Cliff Martinez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012 with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Enzo Mazza: President, F.I.M.I

49 years old, a bachelor's degree in political science , he began his career as a press officer at a major bank. After working in a public relations agency, he becomes responsible for Italy BSA , Business Software Alliance , a worldwide association of software producers. In 1996 he was appointed General Secretary of FPM , the Federation against Musical Piracy , from 1998 to 2005 he held the position of General Manager and is now president of FIMI , the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. He chairs the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and in 2010 he became President of SCF (Phonographs Consortium) -

Rona Mercado: VP Client Services and Marketing, Cashmere Agency

Pras Michel: Producer, "Sweet Micky for President"

Pras Michel is a man of many talents. He is best known as one of the founding members of the multi-award winning hip-hop group, The Fugees and for his successful solo career which included the hugely successful song GHETTO SUPASTAR featuring Mya and Ol’ Dirty Bastard written and recorded for Warren Beatty's BULWORTH soundtrack. However, Pras is also a successful entrepreneur, a political activist and a movie producer. His latest project is the documentary, SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT in which he returns to his homeland, Haiti to oversee the presidential campaign for a very unlikely candidate, Michel Martelly, a controversial pop star aka SWEET MICKY.

Christopher Miller: Writer/Director

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including The Lego Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. This year the duo has had incredible success at the box office and are the only writers/directors with two films ranked among the top ten highest grossing features of 2014. Their most recent film, 22 Jump Street, debuted at #1 and has not only already garnered over $319 million worldwide but earned the pair praise for their innate ability to transform unlikely material into cinematic brilliance. Earlier this year, the duo wrote and directed The Lego Movie, which also debuted #1 and remained on top of the box office for four straight weeks.

Trevor Morris: Composer, “Olympus Has Fallen,” “Immortals,” and “The Tudors”

Mark Mothersbaugh: Composer & Co-Founder of Devo

In addition to scoring two of the biggest films of 2014 (The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street), the first retrospective of Mark Mothersbaugh's work will be touring museums around the country. Known throughout the world as a founding member of the popular band DEVO, Mark has been a prolific artist since before the band’s inception and continues to make art to this day. A creative polymath, his diverse body of work includes drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, prints and rugs. A book cataloguing his artistic endeavors, as well as his retail line of custom designed eyewear will be released this fall. DEVO maintains it's position as one of the most influential bands on today's artists. They recently opened for Arcade Fire, and Martin Scorsese licensed their song for The Wolf of Wall Street.

Melinda Newman: Journalist

Melinda Newman is the former West Coast Bureau Chief/Deputy Editor for Billboard Magazine. While continuing to contribute to Billboard, she has broadened her scope to include lifestyle and cultural reporting from around the world, including Mali, Peru, and Lebanon. She has written for The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Parade, The Hollywood Reporter, Entrepreneur, Christian Science Monitor, AOL, MSN, M Life, HitFix and Country Weekly, among others.

Odessa: Artist

With this striking single, Odessa has been making a splash and rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. First featured on a Subaru commercial earlier this year, this Santa Rosa native was signed to Chop Shop/Republic Records - after a representative Shazamed the track. The song's evocative originality also impressed the one and only Queen Latifah - who Shazamed the same commercial and immediately booked Odessa to perform on her show. As if that wasn't enough to hit the ground running, "I Will Be There" was featured on the premiere of FOX's Red Band Society as well as ABC's Grey's Anatomy last month. Odessa just completed her first U.S. tour and is growing at radio now. Odessa just released her self-titled EP in September.

Sherry Orson: Head of Creative Affairs, Red Queen Music

Sherry Orson began her accomplished career in the music publishing industry with Virgin Music Publishing. From there she moved to Universal Music Group and gained extensive experience in the fields of music publishing and licensing. She represented Steven Van Zandt’s Renegade Nation (Bruce Springsteen, The Sopranos) publishing company. Sherry Orson currently serves as Head of Creative Affairs for Red Queen Music and Harry Warren Entertainment. Sherry has licensed music in such top brands as KFC, McDonald's, HBO, Showtime, MTV, Fox and many others.

Atli Orvarsson: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” and “The Mortal Instruments:City O

Linda Osher: Owner, LJO Music Consulting

For over two decades, Linda has been a senior clearance and licensing executive working in Film, Music, TV, Stage Plays, Internet, Videogames and Marketing. Linda serves as President and founder of LJO Music Consulting, servicing clients such as; Showtime, Universal Pictures, Weinstein Company, Virgin Produced, Viacom Music Networks, among many other small and large entertainment companies. Prior to founding her own company, Linda served as Vice President of Clearance for the Paramount Vantage film studio, working on many award winning films including; "There Will Be Blood", "No Country for Old Men", and "Into the Wild". Before that Linda served as the Vice President of Content Licensing for the largest videogame publisher in Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment. In her earlier years, Linda spent over 10 years as the Director of Licensing for the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, working on such iconic films as "High Fidelity", "What's Love Got To Do With It", and "Sister Act".

Michael Penn: Composer, “Girls”, “Masters of Sex”

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Michael Penn ventured into film scoring when he was asked by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson to score the films Hard Eight and Boogie Nights and continued to show his prowess with his heartbreakingly honest scores to The Last Kiss, Nanette Burnstein’s Sundance hit American Teen, Sunshine Cleaning (starring Amy Adams), That Evening Sun (starring Hal Holbrook), Skateland, and Solitary Man (starring Michael Douglas). Michael is currently scoring the fourth season of Lena Dunham’s hit HBO series, Girls, as well as the new Showtime series Masters of Sex starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. Up next for Michael is Andrew Fleming’s Barefoot.

Chris Peterson: Producer/Editor, "Food Inc.," "Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out,"

Chris A. Peterson, ACE is an award-winning editor of feature films and television. Most recently, he received a 2014 ACE Eddie Award, and a 2014 Primetime Emmy nomination, for the Tom Hanks & Gary Goetzman-produced film, The Assassination of President Kennedy. His breadth of work includes dozens of critically acclaimed feature films, like the psychological thriller Chained (directed by Jennifer Lynch) and dark comedy Miss Nobody. Peterson’s television editing includes TNT dramatic series’ The Librarians and Leverage (both executive produced by Dean Devlin) and SyFy's12 Monkeys. His work on Showtime’s Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic garnered a 2013 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Picture Editing, along with a 2014 NAACP Image Award. Peterson also received a 2011 Emmy Award for writing on the PBS feature Hold At All Costs.

Steven Price: Composer

Steven Price is an award-winning composer, musician and music editor. This year he received the Oscar, the BAFTA, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Satellite Award and ASCAP’s first ever Film Composer of The Year Award voted on by his peers for his groundbreaking score for Alfonso Cuaron’s film, Gravity. A guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University. Beginning his career in the London studio of Gang of Four with guitarist/producer Andy Gill, Price contributed string arrangements and his musical stylings can be heard alongside artists including Michael Hutchence and Bono. Following his work with Gill, Price was introduced to film composer Trevor Jones.

Aileen Quinn: Artist

Two time Golden Globe nominated Aileen Quinn is best known for playing the title role in the 1982 film "Annie", directed by John Huston. Making her Broadway debut at age 8, she's a true triple-threat performer who has continued singing, dancing and acting in Feature Films, Television, Theatre, Animation and Commercials for 30 years. Aileen has also recorded two albums with Columbia Records: the multi-platinum "Annie" soundtrack, and her solo album, "Bobby's Girl". Currently, as lead singer of the high octane band, "The Leapin' Lizards", Aileen's powerful, sexy, sassy vocals take the audience on a rockin' ride, swingin' to classic hits from the 50's and 60's, as well as the band's own foot-stompin', memorable originals, bringing Rockabilly to the 21st Century.

Josh Rabinowitz: EVP/Director of Music, Grey Group (Volvo)

Josh Rabinowitz, Executive Vice President, Director of Music for Grey has produced over 7500 tracks for commercials, film, albums and TV internationally. These include some of the most high profile initiatives to integrate compelling music with advertising, with such artists as Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC , LL Cool J, Smokey Robinson, Anastacia, Natasha Bedingfield, Rihanna, amongst others. He’s been called a “New Music Mogul” by Fast Company, “Beethoven’s Greatest Fan” by NPR, and “The Voice” of the music-branding scene. He’s moderated at all the major music conferences worldwide including Midem, SXSW, Billboard Film and TV. In 2007 he created the Grey Cannes Lions Music Seminar where he has presented Lou Reed, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Tony Bennett, Courtney Love and Debbie Harry at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. He’s been an adjunct professor at NYU and The New School, and a columnist for Billboard’s “With the Brand”.

Karyn Rachtman: Producer, "Sweet Micky for President"

Karyn Rachtman has music supervised and/or served as Executive Soundtrack Producer on some of the best selling and most acclaimed soundtracks of all time. Some of her credits include Pulp Fiction, Reality Bites, Clueless, Spongebob Squarepants, Romeo & Juliet, Bulworth and Boogie Nights to name a few. Karyn has served as Vice President of Soundtracks and A&R at Capitol Records. At Interscope she headed up her own soundtrack division. In addition she was the creator and producer of HIP KID HOP books a New York Times best selling children's series distributed through Scholastic. The books featured top quality music and stories written by the likes of LL COOL J, Doug E Fresh and Shaggy. Karyn recently completed production on the documentary, SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT which tells the story of Pras Michel as he sets out to change the course of Haitian history.

Aminé Ramer: Music Supervisor, "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic"

As a music supervisor and consultant, Amine Ramer has influenced the sound and mood of feature films, documentaries and award-winning television series for nearly a decade. Ramer’s success can be attributed to her careful selection of significant artists, ranging from the unknown to the popular, and her keen sensibility to create a visceral experience by connecting sight with sound. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Ramer credits her career path to her upbringing in an environment that encouraged the development of individuality and seeking out the new rather than following trends. Current credits include “The November Man”- Relativity, “Faking it”-MTV, Richard Pryor –Omit the Logic- BBC/Showtime

Trent Reznor: Composer, "Gone Girl"

While perhaps best known as the founder and sole member of the groundbreaking industrial music project Nine Inch Nails, TRENT REZNOR is a multi-talented creative force whose drive and passion has extended to film, videogames, and digital music services.Throughout his career, Reznor has experimented with different expressions of music, leading to producing and composing scores for both videogames and film. His film score production credits include Natural Born Killers and Lost Highway . In 2010, Reznor composed his first film score for David Fincher¹s The Social Network which won an Academy Award® for best score and a Golden Globe for best original score. Additionally, he received a Critics¹ Choice Movie Award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for best score. The following year Reznor scored his second film, Fincher¹s English adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, earning a second Golden Globe nomination for best original score.

Doreen Ringer-Ross : VP of Film/TV Relations, BMI

As VP, Film/TV Relations for BMI, DOREEN RINGER ROSS oversees all activity from the Los Angeles-based department serving film and television composers. Prior to BMI, Ringer Ross held artist development positions at A&M Records, ABC Records, and MCA Records, and also worked in television production as a producer for a wide array of television programs. During her tenure at BMI, she has established many programs for composers, including the Sundance Institute’s Composer’s Lab, the BMI Film/TV Composers Conducting Workshop, Composing for the Screen: A Film Scoring Mentorship Program, and the NYU/BMI Workshop for Music in Commercial Media.

Julia Riva: Owner, Harry Warren Entertainment/Red Queen Music

Julia Jo Riva is President of Harry Warren Entertainment. Julia is a veteran in the Music Publishing industry with over 20+ years experience. She established Harry Warren Entertainment in 1991. Her newly created division, Red Queen Music publishes emerging artists and composers for licensing in television, film and advertising. Julia runs the day-to-day operations of the Four Jays Music catalog which includes Harry Warren songs from the 1920's through the 1980’s "That’s Amore" " I Love My Baby " as well as overseeing the copyrights of Harry Warren's classics, "At Last", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "We're In The Money", "Jeepers Creepers", 42nd Street and compositions for over 300 films for Warner Bros., MGM, Paramount and 20th Century Fox films.

Andrew D. Robbins: Director of Film/TV Music Licensing, ole Music

Andrew Robbins, Director, Film/TV Music Licensing at MusicBox, a division of ole, represents the third generation of what has become a music publishing dynasty that began with his grandfather Jack Robbins, known in his time as “Mr. Music,” and continued with his father Marshall and his uncle Buddy. If there is a proven formula for that kind of longevity and legacy in this business, it may well be found, in part, in the philosophy that Robbins brings to his work at MusicBox. “For me, the big thing is respect among my peers; to be someone who is a source of information, who is going to be there for them and is going to provide the best service and the best music at the most competitive licensing fee,” states Robbins.

Andy Ross: Music Supervisor

Andy is fast emerging as a new voice in music supervision, having created and produced soundtracks for more than fifty films, many episodes of television and more than eighty advertisements. Andy’s dynamic career has paired him with such prolific filmmakers and television producers as Catherine Hardwicke, TaylorHackford, Jason Blum, Walter Hill, Michael Radford, Wayne Kramer, Silver Pictures, IM Global and Exclusive Media. He has lent his unique brand of service to projects including the movies Whiplash, Non Stop, The Grey, Unknown, Oculus, The Quiet Ones, Stuck in Love, A Haunted House 1&2 and NBC television series Siberia. Andy has commissioned more than one hundred original songs for his projects working with such artists as Dr John, Diane Warren Conor Oberst, Gary Numan and Paul Oakenfold. He also helped launch the film composition careers of rock producer Nick Launay (Talking Heads, Nick Cave,Lou Reed) and Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott of the band Bright Eyes.

Howard Shore: Academy, Golden Globe and GRAMMY award winning Composer

Howard Shore is among today’s most respected, honored, and active composers and music conductors. His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards. He has also been honored with four Grammy and three Golden Globe awards. Shore was one of the original creators of Saturday Night Live. He served as the music director on the show from 1975 to 1980. At the same time, he began collaborating with David Cronenberg and has scored 15 of the director’s films, including Maps to the Stars, The Fly, Crash, and Naked Lunch.

Marty Silverstone: SVP of Creative & Head of Sync, Primary Wave Music

Marty heads the licensing team at Primary Wave Music, overseeing synchronization for the company’s published songwriters and its artist management clients, as well as focusing on the identification and development of new talent. Along with team members based in both Los Angeles and New York, he has driven sync activity in all media with major placements in film, TV and advertising campaigns for artists such as Def Leppard, CeeLo Green, Hall & Oates, Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler and Chicago. Before joining Primary Wave, Marty was the head of licensing and creative affairs at independent publisher North Star Media.

Randy Spendlove: President of Motion Picture Music, Paramount Pictures

Randy Spendlove is an American record producer, songwriter, Grammy Award winner, and music executive. As Worldwide President of Motion Picture Music at Paramount Pictures, Randy Spendlove oversees all aspects of music supervision including: publishing, licensing, scoring and clearance. He has worked with artists such as Beyonce, Linkin Park, Green Day, Imagine Dragons and U2. Randy grew up in San Francisco and has always had a passion for music. He has been playing professionally since he was fifteen, and at twenty-five his passion shifted towards the productiona nd A&R side of music. In 1993 Randy moved to Los Angeles to work for A&M Records. His first project was Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation". Randy then moved to MIramax where he became the President of Motion Picture Music.

Matt Sullivan: Music Supervisor, “Annie”, “Saving Mr. Banks”, “Begin Again”

Matt Sullivan has established himself as the premier music supervisor for movie musicals. His roll-up-his-sleeves, hands on approach can be seen in the recording studio, on-set and in post-production. His stellar reputation and ability to work with a plethora of different personalities and styles, has made him the go-to authority; trusted by filmmakers and actors alike. His impressive array of accomplishments include: Hairspray; Dreamgirls; Nine; Chicago; Rent; Footloose. His most recent accomplishments include: Rock of Ages; Begin Again; Saving Mr. Banks. Up next for Matt is Al Pacino singing in Danny Collins and Sony Pictures’ Annie. Matt’s most notable contributions include, three Oscar® nominated songs for “Dreamgirls,” The film “Nine” was recognized with an Oscar® Best Song nomination for “Take It All,” which Sullivan produced.

Ben Svetkey: Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Benjamin Svetkey has been interviewing celebrities and writing about pop culture for nearly 25 years — first at Entertainment Weekly, where he was Bureau Chief from 2004 to 2007, and currently at the Hollywood Reporter, where he is Senior Editor covering film. Svetkey has also published stories in The New York TimesMagazine, Rolling Stone, Time International, and Spy magazine, the famous satirical monthly of the late 1980s, where he started his career working as a fact checker. Svetkey has interviewed hundreds of the biggest stars in the world, traveled around the globe visiting movie sets, and observed how Hollywood works from inside the studio lots. Svetkey attended the University of Vermont and received his masters degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism. He currently lives in California with his wife, Lenka, and their four-year-old daughter, Chloe.

Peter Szabo: SVP, Head of Music & West Ad Sales, Shazam

Peter Szabo joined Shazam in December, 2010 bringing more than 13 years experience in digital, radio & mobile media. At Shazam, Peter oversees two teams- the Global Music Team & the West Region Advertising team. As Head of Music, he is responsible for all partnerships with the music industry. His team executes both promotional & paid activity with artists, management companies & labels who want to tap into Shazam’s 500 million global users.

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Lia Vollack: President of Worldwide Music/EVP Of Theatrical, Sony Pictures

Marina Zenovich: Director, "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic"

Zenovich's most recent film, Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic, was nominated for an Emmy for Best Editing and won the Best Documentary Image Award at the NAACP Awards. Marina's film Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out, a follow-up to her film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, premiered at the 2012 Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Wanted and Desired premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim and considerable media attention and won the award for Best Editing. It then screened at the Cannes Film Festival as a Special Screening. Soon afterwards, Roman Polanski’s lawyers used Marina’s film as evidence to reopen the 30 year old case. Photo by Henny Garfunkel ©