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February 17, 2011

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

A View From The Top

Our Annual Panel Featuring Music Publishing's Senior Executives. Topics will cover the current state of publishing, developing trends, and what to expect in the coming year. 


Laurent Hubert
COO, BMG Rights Management - N. America

Michael McCarty
President, ole

David Renzer
CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group

John Rudolph
CEO, Bug Music, Inc.


Richard Feldman
AIMP President/CEO Artists First Music

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Mike McCarty, Laurent Hubert, Richard Feldman, David Renzer and John Rudolph.

Photos by Liz Redwing and Mark Foley, courtesy House of Blues, Sunset. 

Additional Speaker Information

Laurent Hubert is Chief Operating Officer of BMG Rights Management’s North American operations. Mr. Hubert played a critical role as Worldwide COO driving a 50% revenue growth to become the world’s third largest music publishing company before its acquisition by Universal Music Group in 2007. Since the re-launch of BMG in 2009, Mr. Hubert has played a central role in re-establishing the company in the US through signings, catalog acquisitions, and company purchases including; Crosstown Songs, Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Stage Three Music, and Evergreen establishing BMG to become the fifth largest music publisher in the world in just over one year with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville. In addition to his operational role, Mr. Hubert led all strategic planning, business development, digital strategy and corporate development activities for the company overseeing numerous catalog acquisitions in the US and Europe, integrating the European Classical operations and launching BMG’s first online licensing site, “BMG Music Search." Mr. Hubert holds a management degree from the Ecole des Dirigeants & Createurs d’Entreprises in Paris, and a Master of International Affairs with a concentration in International Business and Finance from Columbia University in New York.

Mike McCarty is President of ole and oversees all creative and administrative operations in ole's Nashville and Los Angeles locations from its Toronto headquarters. He brings over 20 years in the music publishing business, most recently as President of EMI Music Publishing Canada. His previous experience includes periods as Creative Director of EMI Publishing L.A.; A&R Director of SBK Records and Publishing L.A.; Creative Manager of CBS/SBK Songs Canada; and Creative Manager at ATV Music Group Canada. McCarty is a member of the Board of Directors of SOCAN, the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), and past director for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), as well as a founding director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame. He is also a past nominee for The Premier's award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the community.

David Renzeris Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group, is responsible for overseeing the activities of UMPG’s 57 offices in 47 countries. Since Renzer joined the company (then called MCA Music Publishing) in 1996, UMPG has grown exponentially through direct signings and catalogue acquisitions, including the BMG Music Publishing, Zomba, Polygram, and Rondor catalogues. UMPG is the global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian, and Classical Music. Major signings, renewals, and deals under Renzer include: the catalogues of Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Justin Bieber, Florence & The Machine, Eminem, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, U2, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Owl City, Alex Da Kid, Tricky Stewart, Leon Russell, Desmond Child, Robin Thicke, Sean Garrett, Jamie Foxx, Ester Dean, T-Pain, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, The Killers, Juanes, Paul Simon, Bon Jovi, Beastie Boys, 50 Cent, Danny Elfman, the catalogues of Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Bernstein, Bee Gees, Glen Ballard, Cash Money, Notting Hill Music Publishing. Renzer was also responsible for deals with Holland Dozier Holland and the Henry Mancini catalogues, Film/TV administration deals with Warner Bros. Pictures/Warner Bros. Television, DreamWorks, HBO, as well as the acquisition of Interscope Publishing, All Nations, Epitaph, Momentum, Forerunner, Marantha Music, EMack, and the John Phillips catalogues. UMPG’s production music division has grown into the leading production music group in the world. In 2008, UMPG became the first major publisher to offer clients online access to royalty accounts with RoyaltyWindow.com. The ground-breaking royalty administration tool allows UMPG clients to access their royalty accounts via a secure web-based environment. Renzer sits on the Boards of ASCAP, NMPA, the International Music Publishers Association, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He also serves as Chairman of the Music and Entertainment Division of the City of Hope, and founded Songs of Hope, raising over $1,750,000 for the City of Hope Hospital.

John Rudolph is the CEO of Bug Music, Inc., which he joined in July 2006 and built into the leading global independent music publisher and innovator in music business services. He is on the board of directors of the NMPA and the Harry Fox Agency and a national board member of the non-profit Taproot. He is a strong advocate for copyright and creator’s property rights. In 2009. Bug was listed as #99 in the Inc. 500 (#2 among media companies), #5 among Hot 100 corporate publishers of owned copyright and he was named a 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepuernial of the Year Semi Finalist. He is currently leading Bug through a cycle of growth and innovation, developing its business segments beyond music publishing and catalog acquisitions into production libraries, record labels (Kings of Leon/Bug Music), and Bug Digital, a global digital distribution platform. In 2001 he found Music Analytics, Inc. a strategic M&A advisory firm to the music/financial industries and a recognized leader in the music space with experience in over $3.4 billion in recorded music and music publishing music transactions. Previously a publisher/manager with Stiff Shirt Music (1995-1997) (later know as Hitco Music), CFO of Windswept during its 1999 $200mm+ sale to EMI. Grew up in Hendersonville, TN, son of a professional big band trombone player, did 5 years hard labor at the Sound Shop record store, he has climbed five of the seven summits and is a reformed snowboard pro (2002-2005) at Aspen/Snowmass.

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