Special industry panel and international artist showcase the night before the 2016 main awards event.
Tom Callahan: Chief Customer Officer of Songtradr, Inc, the Californian based music rights marketplace platform. Tom is a music business veteran with 30 years experience who began his career after being a touring and studio musician. He worked for 3 labels, Enigma Records, I.R.S Records, and Virgin Records, departing as Vice-President of Adult Format Radio Promotion in the early 90’s. Upon leaving Virgin, he started an indie promotion business which quickly became the industry’s premier adult music promotion & marketing firm working with artists such as Shania Twain, Lenny Kravitz, Rod Stewart, Paul Abdul, Lionel Ritchie, Rod Stewart, Toni Braxton, Chris Issak and many others.
Ritch Esra: A Music Industry Veteran, he has worked in the Music Business since 1978. Starting at trade magazine Record World and then joining A&M Records in the Radio Promotion Dept. In 1982, he joined Arista Records in the A&R Dept. where He signed The Thompson Twins to their US Deal as well as Mara Getz. For the last 25 years, he has run The Music Business Registry, the leading provider of contact information for A&R, Music Publishers, Artist Managers, Music Attorneys and Film/Television Music Supervisors. In addition, he is an instructor of various classes on the Music Business at Musicians Institute and has also taught at UCLA Extension.
Johnny Miller: BuzzRay offers a new, innovative approach to helping Artists/Musicians/Creators expand, reward and monetize their fans. He has been a filmmaker and entrepreneur for over 30 years. He pioneered integrated brand driven reality TV by directing and producing Joe Explorer w/Jeffrey Dean Morgan & John O’Hurley. He was a production manager for ABC Sports, NBC Sportsworld, ESPN Golf, TBS Sports, Nippon TV, BBC, Telemontecarlo & HBO Silver Screen Partners. He developed spectacular dolphin/orca underwater shows in Vancouver/Bahamas for DolphInsight. He produced highly acclaimed action sports segments: Dream Team for the Olympics, America’s Cup. Monday Night Football, Superbowl and the MLB All-Star Game. Production: Miami Vice, Caddyshack II, Spring Break & multiple indy films.
Barry Coffing: As a songwriter and producer he has a great deal of credits and awards with over 200 tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI Songwriting Awards, Multiple #1 hits and an Emmy nomination. He continued to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like Moulin Rouge, The Brady Bunch Movie & Winnie The Pooh’s Grand Adventure, He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid (Staring Donny Osmond) & The Heights. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a number one hit and sell over 500,000 copies worldwide. His company, Music Supervisor Inc. places hundreds of songs each year in Films, TV and Advertising. Every major Film Company and TV network uses their software and services. http://www.musicsupervisor.com
Amanda Krieg Thomas: Amanda has music supervised a wide variety of projects, most recently bringing her experience to the stellar team at Neophonic. Recent work includes family comedy Life In Pieces (CBS), critically acclaimed series The Americans (FX), The People v.s. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX), American Horror Story (FX) and Scream Queens (FX). Amanda began her career in the music department at Lionsgate, before moving to Reveille (now Endemol Shine North America), where she music supervised unscripted shows Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings (IFC) and One Born Every Minute (Lifetime). She then joined Format Entertainment in early 2012 as Music Coordinator on projects such as Pitch Perfect 1 and 2 (Gold Circle Films/Universal), Beyond The Lights (Relativity/BET), The Other Woman (Fox) and ABC comedy, Trophy Wife. Prior music supervision highlights include indie feature Girl Flu (starring Katee Sackhoff and Jeremy Sisto), Grace Stirs Up Success (American Girl/Mattel), performance competition show Fake Off (truTV), documentaries Operation Popcorn, Off The Floor, and Going Attractions, and indie comedies, The Back-Up Bride and June, Adrift. She also frequently writes industry-related articles on her blog, www.tadpoleaudio.com.