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February 16, 2017

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

SWIMMING IN DATA: So Who Do I Have To Give My Song Data To Now?

Gone are the days when a publisher’s domestic registration needs were just at their PROs and the Copyright Office.  With the explosion of digital services, publishers now need to service their catalogue data to a seemingly ever growing list of third party vendors.  Which services are represented by each?  What tools does each vendor offer to make managing your data easier?  What opportunties are you missing by not providing your data?  Join us in a very important discussion of the new currency in music publishing - data.


Keith Bernstein
Founder, Crunch Digital

William Colitre
VP & General Counsel, Music Reports, Inc.

Frank Johnson
CEO, MediaNet

Sam Kling
SVP Creative Operations, SESAC (obo Rumblefish-HFA)


Frank Handy
VP Licensing & Copyright, SONGS / AIMP Board Member

AIMP Panel

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Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From left, Michael Eames/PEN Music Group & AIMP President, Frank Johnson/MediaNet, Sam Kling/SESAC-Rumblefish & AIMP Board Member, Frank Handy/SONGS Music Publishing & AIMP Board Member, Keith Bernstein/Crunch Digital and Bill Colitre/Music Reports.

Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib.  

Additional Speaker Information

Keith Bernstein is the founder of Crunch Digital™ and CEO of Royalty Review Council. As founder of Crunch Digital™, Keith has created a new business model that facilitates more licensed content in the media & entertainment space, fueling more revenue opportunities for content owners (e.g., record labels, music publishers, and film companies) and licensees, improved business intelligence, more accurate accounting to rights holders, and reduced operating costs. Crunch Digital™ manages data flow for content licensees – game companies, app developers, digital service providers, multi-channel networks and mobile carriers – including royalty reporting for direct licenses. Keith has over 25 years of experience managing the complexities of royalty accounting, reporting requirements, label and publishing operations, and copyrights. In his years prior to Crunch Digital™ and Royalty Review Council, Keith was Vice President of Operations for Napster, Senior Director of Operations for Universal Global e, the e-commerce division of the Universal Music Group, and Director of Operations for A&M Records.

Bill Colitre serves as General Counsel and head of both Business Development and Royalty Services for Music Reports. He began his legal career in the Entertainment Department of Loeb & Loeb LLP where he was a founding member of the iLaw Group and later served as counsel to the firm of Altschul & Olin, LLP, the Roll International Corporation (parent company of Teleflora LLC, Fiji Water LLC, and other enterprises) and CBS Paramount Network Television Home Entertainment. Over the years, he has served leading artists (Diana Ross, Rob Thomas, Tenacious D), publishers (Warner/Chappell, Leiber & Stoller), labels (Universal Music Group, Ruthless Records), digital aggregators (CD Baby, INgrooves), music services (Sirius XM, SoundCloud, Pandora), producers (CBS Paramount, Netflix), and consumer products companies (American Greetings, QVC), among many others. Mr. Colitre holds a BA in Communication from UC, San Diego and a JD from Loyola Law School, where he obtained First Honors awards in Computer Law and Internet Law, as well as the American Jurisprudence Award in Copyright.

Frank Johnson is MediaNet’s CEO. He joined the company in 2012 and led the expansion of MediaNet’s award-winning digital music fulfillment platform into music publishing administration. Today MediaNet hosts and distributes the largest digital music catalog (exceeding 58 million tracks) matched to millions of rights owners and administrators around the world, helping ensure the most accurate and transparent royalty administration solutions possible. In 2016 Frank lead the sale of MediaNet to SOCAN, Canada’s premier performing rights organization. Prior to joining MediaNet, he served as EVP of Wilshire Media Group, a leading digital music product development firm specializing in entertainment platforms and services for global entertainment brands including Virgin Free Radio, CBS Radio 2.0, and Muve Music for Cricket Wireless. Prior to Wilshire, Frank managed the global data solutions unit for Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI), following ROVI’s acquisition of All Media Guide (AMG), TVGuide, Muze, and Infomedia data services. Prior to Rovi, Frank was an executive with All Media Guide, the most recognized and respected name in music metadata and used across the globe by DSPs, retailers, broadcasters, labels, device manufacturers, and studios.

Sam Kling is SESAC’s Senior Vice President, Creative Operations. As part of SESAC’s senior management team, Kling is responsible for helping create and execute growth strategies for SESAC’s creative departments. He also manages the creative operations’ day-to-day department objectives. Kling is based in SESAC’s Los Angeles offices. Before his position at SESAC, Kling served as Vice President at peermusic and was in charge of overseeing the independent music company’s Pop A&R as well as Film & TV creative operations. He holds a an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree from the New School University in New York City. Kling is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), a national board member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) as well as a Los Angeles board member of the TJ Martell Foundation.

Frank Handy is SONGS Music Publishing’s Vice President of Licensing and Copyright. As part of SONGS management team Frank oversees all synchronization licensing, mechanical licensing, sample clearances and the SONGS’ copyright function. In addition to the above duties Frank also oversees SONGS YouTube content management system. Before joining SONGS Frank worked at Bug Music as a Senior Copyright Administrator managing catalogs for such acts as the Johnny Cash Estate, Ryan Adams, Wilco and many others. A lifelong musician, he played guitar in bands for more than twenty years and graduated from the Musician’s Institute of Technology guitar program with awards. Frank currently is participating on the NMPA’s MOU best practices working group where he liaises with other publishers and record labels in building industry wide polices that benefit songwriters and labels alike. Frank is a national board member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).

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