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9th Annual Billboard Music & Money Symposium

Loeb & Loeb LLP is proud to sponsor the 2010 Billboard Music & Money Symposium, where Loeb partner and co-chair John T. Frankenheimer will give the opening remarks and moderate the final panel, The View from the Top: The Publisher’s Panel.

From the conference website:


8:00am - 8:45am

8:45am - 8:55am
Bill Werde, Editorial Director, Billboard

John T. Frankenheimer, Co-Chairman, Loeb & Loeb LLP

9:00am - 9:30am
LA Reid, Chairman, The Island Def Jam Music Group
LA Reid first rose to prominence in the music business when he established the LaFace label with partner Babyface in 1989, helping to launch the careers of Usher, Pink and Outkast, among others. Today, as one of the top executives at market-leading Universal Music Group, Reid oversees a roster of talent including Usher, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Bon Jovi and newest white hot star Justin Bieber. In this keynote Q&A, he’ll discuss the delicate relationship that exists between artist and commerce, as well as the evolution of the major label approach: shifting budgets, new A&R approaches and the long term plan for one of music’s most important and historic labels.
Interview by Bill Werde, Editorial Director, Billboard

9:35am - 10:20am
With the Brand: When Companies Boost Content
Whether it’s advertising on music streaming services, partnering directly with artists or selling music in non-traditional ways, big brands continue to be one of the bright spots in the entertainment industry.

  • Rio Caraeff, President & CEO, VEVO
  • Peter Keiser, Vice President, Marketing, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • John Kirkpatrick, Chief Music Officer, Hot Topic
  • Mathew Knowles, President/CEO, Music World Entertainment 
  • Cynthia Sexton, EVP Global Brand Partnerships, Licensing and Synch at EMI Music


10:25am – 10:45am

10:50am - 11:35am
App Observations: A Mobile Drilldown
We’ll discuss the latest technologies and trends that are driving wireless revenue, but the star of this panel will be the App. Who is standing out from a crowded playing field and why? Who is making money? And what innovations, interests and business models will be driving the next generation of apps?

  • Antony Bruno, Exec. Director of Content & Programming, Digital/Mobile, Billboard


  • Bart Decrem, CEO, Tapulous
  • Ed Ruth, Director of Strategic Business Development and Partner Management, Verizon Wireless
  • Liz Schimel, Global Head of Music, Entertainment and Communities, Nokia
  • Syd Schwartz, Senior VP Global Digital Marketing, EMI
  • Jeff Smith, CEO, Smule


11:40am - 12:25pm
Digital Now
Sponsored by iHipHop
The digital landscape is changing as rapidly as ever. iMeem and iLike ended up in the MySpace fold, now powers Google and Facebook music plays and expected newcomers or international players Mog, We7, Spotify and others are on the cutting edge of the digital music experience. But can any of these companies show a return on investment? This panel will discuss the state of licensing on the part of content owners, the prospects for ad-supported music, the latest buzz over virtual dollars and more as we seek clarity on the best bets in the digital music space.

  • Antony Bruno, Executive Director of Content & Programming, Digital/Mobile, Billboard


  • Gina Bianchini, Co-founder and CEO, Ning
  • Cameo Carlson, Executive Vice President, Universal Motown Republic Group
  • Paul Degooyer, SVP of Electronic Games and Music, MTV Networks
  • David Goodman, President, CBS Interactive Music Group
  • David Hyman, CEO, MOG


12:30pm – 1:45pm
Versailles, 2nd floor

1:45pm – 2:30pm
Who’s Next? The M&A Panel
Will this be the year that Warner Music Group and EMI finally tie the knot? Who are the indie publishers that are well positioned to sell, now that credit is flowing again? What’s the latest on Live Nation and Ticketmaster? Prepare for a bare-knuckled thump on the crystal ball from some of the top analysts and thinkers in media.

  • Tuna N. Amobi, Director, Standard & Poor’s Equity Research Services
  • Alan Goodstadt, Partner, Redwood Capital Group
  • Timothy Komada, Managing Partner, Deep Fork Capital
  • Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
  • Michael Nathanson, Senior Analyst, Bernstein Research


2:35pm – 3:05pm
Van Toffler, President, MTV Networks Music and Logo Group 

3:10pm – 3:30pm

3:35pm – 4:20pm

4:25pm - 5:10pm
Purse Stringers: Inside the Minds of the Money Mavens
Hear from the top media investors, venture capitalists and equity groups precisely what they are looking for – and terrified of – in 2010 and beyond. We’ll dish on recent booms and busts and look ahead to tomorrow’s deals. We’ll dig in on the current economic state and what it means for new companies, as well as prospective mergers.

  • Richard Greenfield, former Managing Director and Co-Head of Research, Pali Capital


  • Tim Chang, Principal, Norwest Ventures Partners
  • Jim Feuille, General Partner, Crosslink Capital
  • Charles J. Johnson, Managing Director, Sports and Entertainment Specialty Group, SunTrust Bank
  • James J. Quagliaroli, Principal, Spectrum Equity Investors
  • Danny Stein, CEO, Dimensional Associates; Chairman and CEO, eMusic; Director, The Orchard


5:15pm – 6:00pm
The View from the Top: The Publisher’s Panel
Sponsored by Wells Fargo Private Bank
Publishing remains the hottest investment destination in and around music. But the ever-plummeting CD means a continued downward pressure from declining mechanical royalties. How do publishers expect to grow in the coming years? What is their outlook on potential acquisitions and even mergers? How do they feel about new competition from the likes of Bertlesmann?

  • John T. Frankenheimer, Co-Chairman, Loeb & Loeb LLP


  • Martin Bandier, Chairman/CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Roger Faxon, Chairman/CEO, EMI Music Publishing
  • Jeffrey Grossman, National Managing Director of Specialty Finance/Legal Specialty, Wells Fargo Wealth Management
  • Dave Johnson, Chairman/CEO, Warner/Chappell Music
  • John Rudolph, CEO, Bug Music


6:00pm - 8:00pm
Co-Hosted by Loeb & Loeb LLP