Digital Media Wire Announces Agenda and Speakers for Digital Music Forum East in New York, February 25-26

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Music and Technology Leaders to Gather at Top Industry Event

We are proud to host the preeminent event leading the discussion and debate on these timely topics.

Digital Media Wire today announced the agenda and line-up of speakers for the upcoming Digital Music Forum East ( to be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York on February 25-26, 2009.

As the music industry morphs into a fully digital domain, Digital Music Forum is the only event that focuses squarely on developments related to this industry as it grapples with its evolution into a service oriented industry and away from its product based past.

"Recent industry developments, such as iTunes and the labels' abandonment of DRM, have liberated the music industry to begin an era of innovation and experimentation to try new business models that engage consumers and move the industry forward," said Ned Sherman, CEO and Publisher of Digital Media Wire. "We are proud to host the preeminent event leading the discussion and debate on these timely topics."

The two-day event is the most 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, as well as leading Indie labels, social networks, online music retailers, mobile companies, artists and association heads, includes top keynotes, discussions and panels on the following topics:

  •     Top Digital Music Trends
  •     The State of the Digital Union
  •     The Future of Internet Radio
  •     Can Mobile Save The Music Industry?
  •     The Pros and Cons of 360 Deals
  •     Debate Club: What Changes Are Needed to Reform The Digital Copyright System?
  •     Digital Music From an International Perspective
  •     Licensing 2.0
  •     Music Blogs: The Ultimate Digital Tastemakers
  •     Online Video and Music
  •     Indies in The Digital Age

The event includes a much anticipated keynote interview with Dalton Caldwell, Founder & CEO, imeem, a music-focused online social network that has raised over $50 million in funding from investors including Sequoia Capital and Warner Music Group. The company, which counts 30 million registered users, has licenses from all four major labels and many independents to offer free, ad-supported streaming music. In this rare opportunity to meet imeem's 28-year-old founder, recently featured in's up-and-comers under 30 story, attendees will get a view of the current inner workings of the digital music industry and what role he would like imeem and other social networks and streaming services to play in the music eco-system of the future.

Other keynotes include Jim Griffin, an advisor to Warner Music Group on digital distribution and licensing models, focused on bringing an end to the litigation that has put a wedge between the major labels and their customers and replacing it with a regular flow of income for right holders. Griffin's project known as Choruss, which is being incubated at Warner and is planned to be rolled out as a non-profit with Griffin at the helm, proposes to build a small music-royalty fee into university tuition payments received from students, and, if successful, could be expanded to make ISPs the collector of the fees.
Attendees are over 400 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:

Jay Baage, VP, Content, Digital Media Wire
Anthony Batt, CEO & Co-Founder, Buzznet
Rich Benglogg, President, A2IM
Aydin Caginalp, Partner, Entertainment & Media Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Dalton Caldwell, Founder/CEO, imeem
David Card, VP & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Jim Cooperman, COO, Wind-Up
Brad Duea, President, Napster
Jeffrey Epstein, VP, Business Development & Artist Acquisition, Elite Artist Services
Tom Erskine, Director of Global Sales, Music Division, Nokia
Adam Farrell, Head of Marketing, The Beggars Group & Matador Records
Mark Fischer, Attorney, Fish & Richardson
Andrew Fisher, CEO, Shazam
John Fleckenstein, SVP, International, BMG Label Group
David Goodman, President, Digital Media & Integrated Marketing, CBS Radio
Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse, LLC
Dan Hoffman, EVP, Bus. & Legal Affairs, Razor and Tie Direct
Christian Jorg, SVP, New Media & Commerce, Island Def Jam Music Group
Mark Lam, Chairman & CEO,
Matt Laszuk, IRIS Distribution
Zahavah Levine, VP, Business Development & General Counsel, YouTube
Rob Lewis, CEO & Co-Founder, Omnifone
Cecily Mak, Senior Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs, RealNetworks
Dinesh Mathew, Senior Director, Consumer Insight, MTV
Jim Merlis, President & CEO, Big Hassle
Ziv Navoth, SVP, Marketing & Bus. Dev., Bebo / AOL's People Networks
David Oxenford, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
Massimiliano Pellegrini, CEO, Dada Entertainment
Matthew Perpetua, Founder,
Michael Petricone, SVP, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
Chris Phenner, EVP, Business Development, Thumbplay
Jonathan Potter, Executive Director, Digital Media Association
Kelli Richards, President & CEO, The All Access Group
Jay Rosenthal, General Counsel, NMPA
Maurice Russell, VP, Business Affairs & Licensing, Harry Fox Agency
Greg Scholl, CEO, The Orchard
Syd Schwartz, SVP, Digital Strategy, EMI North America
Matt Schwartz, Manager, Music Programming & Business Development, Verizon
Ned Sherman, Co-Founder, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire
Ralph Simon, Chairman Emeritus, Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas
Michael Spiegelmann, Head of Music, Yahoo! Music
Mike Tunnicliffe, Partner, Tuna Music LLC / The Sheppard LLC
Amaechi Uzoigwe, Co-Founder, Definitive Jux
Eliot Van Buskirk, Editor, Listening Post,
Anthony Volodkin, Founder/CEO, The Hype Machine
Pete Watson, Head of Business Development, Research in Motion
Jeremy Welt, SVP, New Media, Warner Bros. Records
Tim Westergren, Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Pandora

Event sponsors and media partners include Manatt, Loeb & Loeb, Macrovision, Dada Entertainment, Fish & Richardson, Mozes, DCIA, Davis Wright Tremaine, Consulate General of Sweden, Filter Magazine, KCRW, A2IM, NARIP, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Music Connection, NVPR, TAG Strategic, Parks Associates, Midem, Women in Music, Billboard Publicity Wire, SoundExchange, NY:MIEG, and EMF.

For complete agenda, registration and event details please visit:
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 West; and Digital Media Conference.

About Digital Media Wire, Inc:
Digital Media Wire is an events, news, and publishing company serving the digital entertainment & media industry since May 2000. Digital Media Wire produces executive forums featuring the leading executives in digital media and entertainment. Digital Media Wire also publishes an authoritative daily email newsletter and industry directory. For more information, please visit
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Digital Media Wire, Inc.
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