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July 21, 2011Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
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From left, AIMP board member James Leach, Jaunique Sealey, Nicole Cifani, Andreas Wettstein, Brad Barrish and Ted Cohen.
Photos by Liz Redwing and Ronan Chris Murphy, courtesy of House of Blues Sunset.
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Brad Barrish is an enthusiastic and slightly nerdy digital media executive who began his career in the late 90s working for the likes of BoxTop Interactive, Wherehouse Entertainment and Buzzmedia. He is currently Head of Operations for Topspin Media. He oversees support and fulfillment operations, always striving to improve the Topspin experience for both Topspin clients and their fans.
Nicole Cifani is a new media producer, content curator, DJ and all-around geek, passionate about creating compelling content through technology. She currently works at Mobile Roadie as head of VIP Client/Partner Relations. Prior, she worked at Yahoo! Music as Interactive Director of Partner Relations, where she worked closely with content providers to secure features and exclusive content for the site. She oversaw social media strategy for the entertainment vertical and programmed audio & video content for the site’s 300+ music channels. Prior to Yahoo!, Nicole was Senior Interactive Producer at KCRW , where she handled content management and page buildouts for kcrw.com . She oversaw social media initiatives leading to over 30,000 friends, followers, and fans of the station. As a writer she contributes to Indie Shuffle, Seen All Over , Yahoo’s As Heard On and Laist. Nicole hosts a podcast at the intersection of music and technology and volunteers for non-profit organizations Untitled Thinkers and Play For Life.
Jaunique Sealey is charged with the lead operations and business development role for Atom Factory's digital marketing division, Atom Digital. Atom Digital has played a pivotal role in Lady Gaga's digital campaign, along with numerous other artists, and various consumer brands, film, and other entertainment properties. Prior to Atom Digital, Ms. Sealey was a business affairs executive in the corporate-level digital strategy and business development group within Universal Music Group, and has structured, negotiated and drafted numerous deals to partner technology and entertainment content involving top- tier companies. Sealey is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.
Andreas Wettstein is an entertainment industry and new media veteran, working as a producer, executive, and consultant, and currently runs digital strategy for the Mack Avenue family of labels. He was formerly Vice President of New Media and Marketing at Warner Bros./Reprise Records, and since 2004, has been a creative and production partner with Baldwin Entertainment Group ("Ray"), Moving Pictures/Dennis Publishing (MAXIM/Blender), FremantleMedia ("American Idol"), and Spar Films, developing multi-platform film and TV projects, combining mobile, on-demand, and other emerging technologies with content and marketing. In addition, he was a consultant for Corbis Motion, developing new corporate partnerships and business strategies, and is also the creator and co-founder of the Mammoth Film Festival. Andreas began his entertainment career at Warner Bros. Records in 1993. After leaving WBR to work with R.E.M. in Athens, GA, he returned as VP of New Media and Marketing at WBR/Reprise Records. His group created some of the first and most successful live webcasts and online music events, including: the first-of-its-kind Internet album premiere, featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the exclusive world video premiere of Madonna's infamous "What It Feels Like For A Girl" on AOL; and the world premiere of R.E.M.'s album "Reveal," an exclusive invitation-only online broadcast event. Andreas was a key executive guiding Warner Music Group's corporate strategy on issues from digital downloads to the AOL/Time Warner merger. He also helped create and launch VH1's "Hear Music First," the first major digital music delivery model on the Web, and worked with WMG and HBO to develop the hit music TV show "Reverb." In addition to helping launch the careers of Linkin Park and Josh Groban, Andreas has worked with dozens of artists and Grammy winners including R.E.M., Madonna, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Nicks, Seal, Alanis Morissette, Don Henley, Goo Goo Dolls, Paul Simon, Faith Hill, David Bowie, and Sting. Andreas was born in Los Angeles, and attended college at UCLA, where he is now a frequent guest lecturer in music, marketing, and new media. He has contributed to several books on the music business, and is a member of both the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Andreas is the youngest son of Nobel Laureate Niels K. Jerne.
Ted Cohen is the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic, a premier digital entertainment consulting firm providing expert strategy, market intelligence, product ideation, business modeling and business development services to multinational companies and select emerging businesses. TAG’s clients have included, among others, Coca-Cola, SanDisk, Gibson Guitar, Verizon and LimeWire. Starting his career on the road with The Sex Pistols, Prince and Van Halen Ted has become known throughout the technology and music industries as being "part ambassador and part evangelist,” In his previous role as Global SVP of Digital for EMI Music, Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide and was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the Rhapsody subscription service and the iTunes Music Store were built. At EMI, Cohen served as both a strategist and key decision-maker for EMI's global digital and anti-piracy efforts. He worked to establish company-wide digital policies, which have provided EMI's artists and labels a substantial advantage in the digital music arena. Prior to his role at EMI, Cohen served as Executive Vice President of Digital Music Network Inc., where he co-founded and served as Chairman of the groundbreaking Webnoize conferences. A 35-year industry veteran, Cohen served as Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas board, and has chaired MidemNet for the past 11 years, the international music/technology conference that convenes in Cannes each January. Cohen also has served on the NARAS (Grammy) Los Angeles chapter Board of Governors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Neil Bogart Memorial Cancer Fund and the board of Mouse.org, an amazing effort to put computers in the hands of all U.S. students. He also lends his time and talents to music & technology education efforts such as the Grammy In The Schools Program, co-chairs the Grammy Technology Committee and is involved with MusiCares.
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