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June 22, 2017

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

MEET MINT: Solutions for US Publishers’ Pan European Licensing Needs

MINT Digital Services

Built upon SESAC’s and SUISA’s collective technological expertise and databases, MINT brings marketplace efficiency to ex-US multi-territorial DSP licensing on behalf of publishers, songwriters and composers. Topics of discussion will include: SUISA Digital Licensing, SESAC Digital Licensing, multi-territory DSP licensing for Anglo-American Repertoire, European online licensing rightsflows, and the “Right of Communication.”



Daniel Köhler
CEO, Mint Digital Services

Stephen Rollins
CIO, Mint Digital Services

Christos Badavas
Board Member, Mint Digital Services


Sam Kling
SVP Creative Operations, SESAC

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Stephen Rollins, Michael Eames/PEN Music Group & AIMP President, Christos Badavas, Daniel Köhler and Sam Kling/SESAC & AIMP Board Member.

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

Additional Speaker Information

Daniel Köhler is the head of the department of Online, Broadcasting and New Media at SUISA Zurich, Switzerland. After having visited schools in Austria, Germany and Switzerland he studied law in Basel in his first degree and went to Bonn / Cologne to study in a second degree European law, media law and journalism. Daniel has experience and knowledge in media business and broadcasting. He has worked for television broadcasters such as RTL and ARD, at the Swiss Federal Office of Communication (BAKOM) and at a cable provider as a lawyer and has worked for SUISA since 2010. He also became the CEO of Mint Digital Services. Zurich earlier this year.

Stephen Rollins is Senior Vice President, Technology, of SESAC Inc., the nation’s only Music Rights Organization, and CIO, Mint Digital Services.  Rollins, oversees technology operations for SESAC and its related divisions. Rollins is veteran IT executive who brings a wealth of experience across multiple industries, including media and merchandising, publishing, and finance.  His is responsible for the ongoing design, development and implementation of organizational information systems, software applications, and IT support and infrastructure systems. Rollins also directs and manages IT plans, schedules, policies and programs for SESAC’s data processing, network communications, business operations, computer services and management information systems, according to established goals and objectives.  His responsibilities include identifying emerging information technologies to be analyzed, assimilated and integrated within SESAC and its related divisions and overseeing the development of relevant applications and technology to support SESAC’s overall goals. Rollins operates out of SESAC’s Nashville headquarters and the New York office. Prior to joining SESAC, Rollins served as Global HeadIT Assurance at Reed Elsevier, a FTSE 25 company.

Christos P. Badavas serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for SESAC Holdings, Inc. and as a board member for Mint Digital Services. In this role, Badavas focuses on cutting-edge copyright issues affecting SESAC Holdings, its subsidiaries and its clients, including digital licensing, global rights administration, legislative and regulatory issues, and other complex legal matters. Badavas reports to SESAC’s Chairman & CEO, John Josephson. In January 2017, Badavas was instrumental in providing legal oversight on behalf of SESAC of the Blackstone acquisition. More recently, he was an integral part of the team that launched Mint Digital Services, a joint venture between SESAC and SUISA, which allows for a more efficient process of administering license agreements for online music services across borders. Badavas was formerly Deputy General Counsel for The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the nation’s leading provider of rights management, licensing and royalty services for the music industry.  While HFA was a subsidiary of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), Badavas provided counsel to the NMPA regarding legislative matters, industry negotiations, litigation and settlements, such as Copyright Royalty Board Proceedings and statutory rate negotiations, and Section 115 reform. Prior to joining HFA in November 2004, Badavas served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs at EMI Music North America. Badavas earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music and International Relations from Brown University and his Juris Doctor degree from the College of William and Mary Law School.  A musician himself, Badavas has performed regularly in New York City with a jazz trio and other groups.

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.

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