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February 18, 2010

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

A View From The Top - 2010 And Beyond

Hear top executives Lance Freed, Julie Enzer, Big Jon Platt and Robert Ott discuss issues and share insights on subjects vital to music publishing.  Learn what innovations and adjustments are being made artistically, technologically, financially and legally to address the challenges facing our industry in 2010 and beyond.



Big Jon Platt
President of North America Creative, EMI Music Publishing

Lance Freed
President, Rondor Music Publishing Group

Robert Ott
Chairman & CEO, ole

Julie Enzer
Sr VP/GM, Disney Music Publishing


Richard Feldman
President, AIMP / CEO, Artists First Music

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood. Valet parking, on site, $7. Call for directions.

From left, panelists Big Jon Platt/EMI Music, Lance Freed/Rondor, Julie Enzer/Disney Music Publishing and Robert Ott/ole, along with AIMP President and moderator Richard Feldman. 

Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy of House of Blues on Sunset.

Additional Speaker Information

Big Jon Platt, EMI, is a powerhouse amongst his peers in performance and stature. As President of West Coast Creative and National Head of Urban for EMI Music Publishing, Big Jon is widely considered the most influential music publisher in the world. He has redefined the role of a traditional music publisher with a full service approach centered on educating and empowering his clients. Armed with an impeccable arsenal of A-list songwriters, producers, artists and relationships, his winning combination not only garners revenue and delivers wildly popular music, his influence stretches across musical genres and beyond the entertainment industry. Platinum, gold and/or Grammy Award winning artists Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Usher, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Mary Mary and Usher are just some of the artists that have Big Jon to thank, being personally signed by the publishing giant at the onset of their ascending careers. A fierce negotiator, Big Jon also had a hand in renegotiating the deals for Pharrell Williams and Sean “Puffy” Combs as well as the new joint ventures for Jay Z’s Roc Nation and LA Reid’s LA Reid Publishing Company. Multi-platinum entertainer Usher observes, “Big Jon’s got the right relationships. He takes pride in being able to put young entrepreneurs in this position to have bigger dreams.” Concurrently, well respected artist, executive and entrepreneur Jay-Z observes, “In a game where people are taking other people’s publishing – how it can be viewed as a shady business – [Big Jon] gives you 100% confidence that the business is being handled correctly.” Under Big Jon’s impeccable guidance and deft instincts, the EMI Music Publishing roster boasts a Who’s Who in the world of songwriter and producers, including Harold Lilly, Jr. (Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Mario, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Fantasia); Jim Jonsin (Lil Wayne, T.I., Trick Daddy, Twista); Mr. Collipark (Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, David Banner, Jamie Foxx); DJ Toomp (T.I., Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross); Rich Harrison (Amerie, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez); Damon Thomas (Chris Brown, Omarion, Tyrese) and legendary pop songwriters Rick Knowels and Steve Kipner.

Lance Freed, Rondor, is President of Rondor Music Publishing Group, comprised of Almo Music Corporation and Irving Music, Inc. Founded in 1962, Rondor is considered one of the most respected and successful music publishing companies in the world. With an unparalleled catalog of over 80,000 songs, Rondor embodies the works of such important songwriters as The Beach Boys, Al Green, Avril Lavigne, Jane's Addition, the songs of Otis Redding, Peter Frampton, Isaac Hayes, Supertramp, Tom Petty, Leon Russell, the Carpenters, Dire Straits and Jason Derulo. Mr. Freed has led Rondor's core creative team for over 30 years. As president since 1980, he has mentored such writers as Will Jennings, Leo Sayer, Melissa Etheridge, Peter Allen, Gerry Goffin, Paul Williams and Bryan Adams. Under Mr. Freed's leadership, Rondor Music has received numerous awards and achievements. These include three Song of the Year Grammy's award to "From A Distance", "Tears In Heaven" and "My Heart Will Go On." Rondor has also garnered three Academy Awards for Best Song including "Shaft", "Arthur's Theme" and "My Heart Will Go On." Rondor Music currently represents many active songwriters and artists including Rod Temperton, Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen, James Fauntleroy, The Doors, Mika, Steven Van Zandt and D.O.C. to name a few.

Robert Ott, ole, is Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of ole. Prior to founding ole, he was Vice President and General Manager of BMG Music Publishing Canada. Robert is a five-time past President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association and is a current board member. Robert also sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA). Over the past five years, Robert has built ole into one of the world’s leading independent full service music publishing companies and directly concluded over 90MM USD in acquisitions. The company operates in Toronto, Los Angeles and Nashville with over 30 staff. Recent key ole copyrights include 13 songs and 5 singles across two Taylor Swift albums, including current single, Fearless, Grammy winner White Horse, Teardrops On My Guitar, Picture to Burn and others hits. Also, S.O.S. (Let The Music Play) ,Jordin Sparks; top 30, Dancing In Circles by Love & Theft and “Leaving”, Westlife. The company is a leader in TV music publishing with ownership of Nelvana, Cookie Jar, WGBH/PBS, Cineflix catalogs and some 30,000 hours of TV music under control.

Julie Enzer, Disney, is the Senior Vice President/General Manager of Disney Music Publishing, and oversees the worldwide Music Publishing business of the Walt Disney Company. In this capacity, Enzer is responsible for the management, protection, growth and licensing of the Disney song catalog. The Disney song catalog contains many treasured songs from Disney films, television programs and Disney's Theme Parks, as well as Pop, Rock, Country and Gospel songs written by a number of talented songwriters under exclusive agreements with Disney. Enzer joined Disney in 1995 handling Music Business and Legal Affairs. Her responsibilities included making and documenting music deals for various Disney divisions including Disney Music Publishing, DisneyToon Studios, ABC-Cable Networks Group, Walt Disney Television Animation, Disney Internet Group and Buena Vista Games. She joined Disney Music Publishing in 2004. Disney Music Publishing is part of the Disney Music Group, the recorded music and music publishing arm of the Walt Disney Company.

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