Four Time Grammy & Emmy Award Winner Olivia Newton-John To Take Part In The "Master Class: Women In Music" Panel Discussion At The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference On November 14-15 in Los Angeles

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Top female entertainment executives and artists will unite to discuss the state of the business.

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Master Class: Women in Music

Olivia Newton-John, a beloved artist, songwriter, film and television star, will participate in the "Master Class: Women in Music" panel discussion at The 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, being held on November 14-15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Newton-John will join some of the top female artists and film and television music executives to discuss the increasingly important role of women in the entertainment industry. The panel will be moderated by Tamara Conniff, Billboard's executive editor and associate publisher, on November 14.

Olivia Newton-John is a vibrant, creative individual, who is adored by fans around the world. Throughout her career that spans more than three decades, Newton-John has achieved great success in the music, film and television industries. Her 1973 U.S. album debut, "Let Me Be There," produced her first top ten single of the same name, and proved to be only the beginning of her very exciting career. Newton-John's countless successes include four Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award (for songwriting), numerous Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, five #1 hits, and 15 top 10 singles. Newton-John is also known for her achievements on the big screen in films such as "Grease," "Xanadu," and the independent cult film, "Sordid Lives."

Newton-John's worldwide popularity is as strong as ever, and she shows no sign of slowing down. She just released her latest recording, "Grace and Gratitude," a CD for relaxation to promote spiritual balance and physical and emotional healing, which coincided with the launch of her signature line of body, heart and spirit wellness products for women, sold exclusively through Walgreens.

"Olivia Newton-John is a singer, actor, songwriter, businesswoman, and breast cancer survivor, who has used her celebrity status to give back to the community through organizations supporting breast cancer treatment, education and training research, and the environment," says Conniff. "She is a role model for many women in the entertainment industry, and we're thrilled that she will be participating in this panel discussion."

In addition to Newton-John, also joining this lively panel discussion will be:

Maureen Crowe, Music supervisor/NARAS LA Chapter President, NARAS

Kara DioGuardi, Songwriter/Producer, ArtHouse Entertainment

Laura Engel, Partner/Agent, Kraft-Engel Management

Jody Gerson, Executive VP/ U.S. Creative, EMI Music Publishing

Alexandra Patsavas, Music Supervisor, Chop Shop

Annette Strean, Artist, Venus Hum

Lia Vollack, President of Worldwide Music, Sony Pictures

Kris Weiner, Director of Music & Celebrity Licensing, Deutsch

From selecting the right artists to negotiating deals, these female power players are making waves in the entertainment industry and helping to shape the business.

The "Master Class: Women in Music" panel is a part of The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference. Now in its fifth year, this conference examines the increasingly important role of music in film and television, and provides a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas among the entertainment industry's most influential executives and creative talents including award-winning composers and directors, top-name music supervisors, key studio, network, record label and publishing professionals, and VIPs from the advertising, gaming and commercial fields.

This must-attend industry event will feature Q&A sessions with Melissa Etheridge, Terence Blanchard, and Danny Elfman, compelling panel discussions on topics such as creating music for commercials and games, the director/composer relationship, and the anatomy of a film, networking cocktail parties, roundtable sessions, and live artist performances.

Sponsors of this year's conference are ASCAP, APM, Berklee College of Music, BMI and SESAC.

For information about The 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, visit For information on registration and group discounts, contact Erin Parker at 646-654-4643. For sponsorship information, contact Karl Vontz at 415-738-0745. For hotel information, contact The Beverly Hilton Hotel at 310-274-7777.

Media Contacts:

Lynda Miller, The Hollywood Reporter, 323-525-2153

Ray Costa, Costa Communications, 323-650-3588

Lila Gerson, Billboard, 212-255-8455

About The Hollywood Reporter:

The Hollywood Reporter is a must-read for entertainment's most powerful, influential people, with more than 175,000 key decision makers worldwide relying on the brand that enables success in a continually evolving business and creative environment. The Hollywood Reporter's products include print editions published both daily and weekly, a daily e-mail edition, THR-East: a daily electronic edition for readers east of the Mississippi, and the Neal award-winning Web site, In 2006 the brand launched The Hollywood Reporter, Esq., a rich data daily subscription service for the media and entertainment law community, The Hollywood Reporter Europe, a daily news service for the European market, and Starz The Hollywood Reporter, a weekly half-hour TV news program that focuses on the business of making movies. The Hollywood Reporter has also expanded its partnerships with both Reuters and IMDB, which help to facilitate the channeling of information from The Hollywood Reporter to industry players and consumers alike.

About Billboard:

Now in its 111th year, Billboard is the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events and brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends. Billboard is the flagship property for the Billboard Information Group, which also consists of,, Billboard Chart Alert, Billboard Information Network (BIN), Billboard Directories, Billboard Books, Billboard Licensing & Events and Radio & Records. Billboard's many strategic partners include Fox-TV, Microsoft, Hands-On Mobile, Reuters, Sirius Satellite Radio, Telemundo, Univision Radio, ABC Radio Networks, Azteca America, BigChampagne and Billboard sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These partnerships leverage Billboard's proprietary data, charts and information resources to develop broadcast entertainment, digital and mobile platforms and contextual commerce applications that expand Billboard's franchise and consumer reach.

Both The Hollywood Reporter and the Billboard Information Group are units of VNU Business Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of Netherlands-based VNU, an international publishing and information company.

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