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September 28, 2017

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

JONATHAN TAPLIN: Move Fast and Break Things

How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy

Please join us for a conversation with Jonathan Taplin, author, film/TV producer (The Last Waltz) and Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and Michelle Lewis (Executive Director of SONA and ASCAP Writer Board Member). Jonathan’s new book Move Fast And Break Things describes the way in which the largest internet platforms - Facebook, Google and Amazon - used the music, news and film industries to build their businesses to scale, only to sideline them and the millions of American who work for them.  Jonathan and Michelle will be interviewed by Jeff Boxer, the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Content Creators Coalition, an artist-run non-profit advocacy group representing creators in the digital landscape.


Jonathan Taplin
Author / Director Emeritus, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

Michelle Lewis
Songwriter/Executive Director, SONA


Jeffrey Boxer
Executive Director, Content Creators Coalition

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
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, author Jonathan Taplin, Michelle Lewis/SONA and Jeffrey Boxer/Content Creators Coalition.  


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

Additional Speaker Information

Jonathan Taplin is an author and Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin's new book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy is a path-breaking polemic in support of the future of creative industries in the age of the Internet platform. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969 as Tour Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band. In 1973 he produced Martin Scorsese's first feature film, Mean Streets that was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between 1974 and 1996, Taplin produced 26 hours of television documentaries (including The Prize and Cadillac Desert for PBS) and 12 feature films including The Last Waltz, Until the End of the World, Under Fire, and To Die For. His films were nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe Awards and chosen for The Cannes Film Festival seven times. A graduate of Princeton University, Taplin was a Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism from 2003 - 2016. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Broadband Task Force in January of 2007. He currently sits on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Council on Technology and Innovation. His commentary has been published by The New York Times, Time.com, The Huffington Post, Medium, and Talking Points Memo.

Michelle Lewis is a fierce New Yorker now based in LA, where she is a singer, songwriter, composer, and music creators’ rights advocate. From her early career as a recording artist signed to Irving Azoff’s Giant Records, to her first radio hit, Cher’s “A Different Kind of Love Song” in 2002, to the 2014 worldwide #1 single “Wings” by the British girl group, Little Mix, Ms. Lewis brings authenticity, grit, and heart to a diverse array of music projects. For the last decade, Ms. Lewis has branched out into the world of songwriting for TV and film projects, most notably as a Peabody Award-winning composer of all original music for Disney Jr’s hit show, “Doc McStuffins,“ now beginning production of its 5th season. She also received her first Emmy nomination in 2016 for her work as a composer on the Nickelodeon show, “Bubble Guppies,” and has composed the theme songs to many other beloved animated series. In 2014, Ms. Lewis co-founded the non-profit Songwriters Of North America (SONA). As its Executive Director, she is deeply connected to the music creator community and is committed to growing the number of informed songwriters and composers able to advocate on their own behalves. She regularly communicates with leaders from Silicon Valley to Washington DC, fighting for the protection of songwriters and the value of musical works in the digital age. She is not afraid of taking action - SONA is the songwriter organization that sued the Department of Justice over its 100% licensing ruling last fall.

Jeff Boxer is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Content Creators Coalition (c3), an artist-run non-profit advocacy group representing creators in the digital landscape. Before joining c3, Jeff specialized in public and private sector labor and employment law. He also served in the non-profit world, including as a board member for the Disability Rights Legal Center and the Learning Rights Law Center. Jeff is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, and teaches labor law.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Occidental College.

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