Digital Music Forum West in Los Angeles Features Top Digerati

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What's Buzzing Online Tomorrow Determined by Thought Leaders at DMFW Senior Executives from MySpace, Pandora, EMI Music, Warner Music and (RED) to Keynote at Top Industry Event

The upcoming Digital Music Forum West (, to be held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3, 2008, features senior executives from the most talked about digital music players in the market.

Everyone's buzzing and has wildly varying opinions about the recent launch of MySpace Music, the fate of Pandora and its kind, and the ongoing legal and policy debates, which threaten to cripple streaming music providers, among others. The very companies driving the issues in the marketplace will address these hot button issues, among many others, at DMFW.

The two-day event is the industry's only comprehensive digital music conference focused on the evolution and future of digital music. The conference agenda, which includes senior participants from all the major labels, leading indie labels, social networks, online music retailers, mobile companies, artists and association heads, includes top keynotes, discussions and panels on the following topics:

  •     The State of the Digital Union
  •     Global Music Marketing in the Digital Age
  •     Beyond the Download: Rethinking Digital with Alternative     Business Models
  •     Social Networks & Music Discovery & Recommendation Services
  •     The Digital Copyright Debate: Is the System Broken? If So, How Do We Fix It?
  •     The Future of Mobile Music
  •     A Briefing on New Technologies & Business Trends Impacting the Future of the Music Industry
  •     Digital Rights and Clearances for Music
  •     The Evolution of Live Music Business

The event features keynotes from Amit Kapur, Chief Operating Officer, MySpace; Jac Holzman, Founder of Elektra Records and Chairman of Warner Music Group's Cordless Recordings; Don MacKinnon, President of (RED) Content and Founder of HEAR Music; Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer & Founder of Pandora; and Cory Ondrejka, SVP of Digital Strategy, EMI Music and Co-Founder of Second Life. Attendees are over 300 senior decision-makers from record labels, music publishers, producers and distributors, technology companies, wireless companies, rights organizations, industry bodies, radio, advertising, attorneys, artists, investors and venture capitalists.

Speakers include:

Greg Bettinelli, EVP, Business Development & Strategy, Live Nation
Josh Brooks, VP, Marketing & Content Development, MySpace
Douglas Caballero, Host, Co-Creator, Producer & Writer, Current TV
Aydin Caginalp, Partner, Ent./Media Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Aaron Clark, VP, Business Development, Mozes
Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Richard Conlon, VP, New Media & Strategic Development, BMI
Brad Duea, President, Napster
Jeffrey Eglen, VP, Strategy, Digonex
Albhy Galuten, VP, Digital Media Tech Strategy, Sony Corp. of America
Mark Ghuneim, CEO, Wiredset
Celia Hirschman, Host, KCRW's On The Beat
Jac Holzman, Founder, Elektra Records, Chairman, WMG's Cordless Recordings
Steve Jang, CMO & Head of Business Development, imeem
Dave Jaworski, CEO, Passalong Networks
Amit Kapur, COO, MySpace
Larry Kenswil, EVP, Business Strategy, Universal Music Group
David Leibowitz, Managing Partner, CH Potomac
Don MacKinnon, President, (RED) Content & Founder, HEAR Music
David Marcus, SVP, Music, Ticketmaster
Ted Mico, Head of Digital, Interscope Geffen A&M
Alan Miller, Co-Owner/CEO & Co-Publisher, Filter Magazine
Samantha Murphy, Singer/Songwriter & Founder,
Cory Ondrejka, SVP, Digital Strategy / Co-Founder, EMI Music / Second Life
David Oxenford, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
David Pakman, CEO, eMusic
Massimiliano Pellegrini, CEO, Dada Entertainment
Michael Petricone, SVP, Government Affairs, CEA
Jonathan Potter, Executive Director, Digital Media Association
Russ Reiger, VP,Strategic Initiatives, SpiralFrog
Kelli Richards, President & CEO, The All Access Group
Jeremy Riney, CEO/Founder,
Ian Rogers, CEO, Topspin
Mitch Rotter, SVP, Content Acquisition and Strategy, Thumbplay
John Rudolph, CEO / Board Member, Bug Music / NMPA
Maurice Russell, VP, Bus. Affairs & Licensing, Harry Fox Agency
Barry Schaffer, President, Promotional Currency
Syd Schwartz, SVP, Digital Strategy, EMI North America
Ned Sherman, Co-Founder, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire
Neil Smith, VP, Marketing, Rhapsody America
Michael Spiegelmann, Sr. Director of Music, Yahoo! Music
Dimitri Villard, Interim CEO, ARTISTdirect
Les Watkins, SVP, Bus. Affairs & Bus. Dev., Music Reports, Inc.
Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Pandora

Event sponsors and media partners include Loeb & Loeb, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Mashery, BMI, Dada Entertainment, Thumbplay, Digonex, Mozes, Davis Wright Tremaine, Filter Magazine, KCRW, A2IM, UCLA Anderson School of Management,, Canadian Music Week, Music Connection, MEF, Parks Associates, New Music Tipsheet, Promotional Currency, EMF and NVPR.

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Other prominent Digital Media Wire events include the LA Games Conference; NY Games Conference; Future of Television East; Future of Television West; Digital Music Forum East, and Digital Media Conference, which it produces in tandem with Potomac Tech Wire.
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