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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.”

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.

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.