G. Thomas Esmay serves as the Director of Business Development at SingularDTV, a blockchain entertainment studio. Esmay is a New York-based filmmaker & educator. He has worked on a variety of documentaries, live broadcasts, and short films, including the Susan Sarandon-produced BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY; BBC Politics’ live coverage of the 2015 UK general election, and a sci-fi short shot entirely in an abandoned nuclear power plant. Prior to his career in entertainment, Esmay taught mathematics. Esmay most recently worked at a large talent agency, but left to join the blockchain revolution and bring the transparency and logic of mathematics to the entertainment industry.
Sarah Howes is the Director and Counsel of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. In this role, Sarah specializes in copyright, image and voice rights, inalienability, child labor laws, and sexual harassment policy. Sarah is known for her expertise and passionate advocacy on behalf of the American artist and broadcaster.
Prior to joining SAG-AFTRA, Sarah worked as the Director of Legal Affairs/Legal Fellow for the Copyright Alliance in Washington, D.C., and the Legal Programs Manager for Springboard for the Art’s Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts program in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she established legal literacy workshops, a legal clinic, and a pro bono litigation program for artists in the state.
In addition to her career as an attorney, Sarah is a playwright.
Danny is now the founder of ClearTracks, a rights management platform for directly clearing and monetizing rights for commercial uses and user generated content such as DJ mixes, remixes, gaming, and web video. ClearTracks uses smart contracts, music recognition, and crypto payments to automate faster, cheaper, and more transparent rights transactions than the legacy value chain. This enables artists to keep their rights and retain a greater share of revenue.
JJ is an experienced music industry executive and a successful tech entrepreneur. At Splice, JJ is responsible for developing relationships with external music companies, and overseeing Splice’s partnerships with established and emerging artists. He joined Splice after its acquisition of Indaba Music, where he had served as CEO. Prior, he was EVP of Sony Music Entertainment’s Commercial Music Group. Mr. Rosen joined Sony in 2002 when the company he co-founded, Run Tones, was acquired to serve as the foundation for Sony Music’s mobile music business. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen was the co-founder and a President of N2K Inc., a publicly traded music company that was merged into CDNow and then acquired by Bertelsmann. Mr. Rosen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from Tulane University, and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.
Razi is a published author, speaker and subject matter expert on blockchain & identity at Microsoft. In his current role, he assists enterprise customers in building and running blockchain solutions with a strong focus on maintaining data privacy using smart contracts.
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Stu Levy is an international entrepreneur, producer, director and writer. Founder of the pioneering media company TOKYOPOP, Stu is known for establishing the manga market in North America. Stu has produced English adaptations of many anime series including the hits Initial D, GTO, and Rave Master; executive produced the live-action feature film Priest; directed two independent feature films, a docu-reality series, and several music videos. Stu created and wrote the chart-topping graphic novel Princess Ai with Courtney Love, as well as the novels Juror 13, Karma Club and Sailor Moon, and is currently writing Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey. He founded digital platform POP Comics and is currently involved in a major new tech venture, for which he completed a certification at Oxford’s Said Business School in blockchain technology. Fluent in Japanese and a licensed California attorney, Stu has served as Producers Guild of America (PGA) Board Member; International Committee Chair and founder; Online Video Committee Chair and founder, and PGA Producers Showcase executive producer. His philanthropic activities have included Japan’s tsunami recovery, projects with Make-a-Wish Foundation, and literacy advocacy. Besides speaking at numerous industry events and guest lecturing, Stu’s an avid endurance athlete, an amateur composer, photographer and self-confessed foodie.
Rick Goetz is a music business consultant and marketing professional with deep roots in the music industry. During his 20 years in the music business, he has been a major label A&R representative, a music supervisor, an artist manager, a bass player, and the head of a digital record label. He has worked for Lava/Atlantic, and Elektra, and EMI, with artists including Kid Rock, Matchbox 20 and Sarah Brightman, and on television shows including Sesame Street, and Psychic Detectives. Since leaving the major labels in 2007, he has handled music clearances for Mood Media / Musak and major marketing campaigns for a range of artists, from young, local, and aspiring bands, to multi-platinum, international superstars. In recent years he has been a guest speaker at SXSW, The Recording Academy, CMJ and The New Music Seminar. He is currently the Director of Marketing for ONErpm.
Jonathan Skogmo is Founder and CEO of Jukin Media, a global digital media company built on the belief that the future of storytelling is user generated. Skogmo has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Next-Gen 35 Under 35 list, the Cynopsis “Digital It” list, and the Multichannel News 40 Under 40 list; in April 2016 he was dubbed the “King of Viral Video” by VideoInk. Skogmo has produced more than two hundred hours of linear TV programming for networks such as FOX, MTV Networks, Discovery, TruTV, and Channel 5 (UK). Skogmo’s industry affiliations include The Producer’s Guild of America, The Young Presidents’ Organization, and the Association of Media Content Users and Providers, and he’s an investor and advisor to several LA-based media startups. He holds a degree in Film and Television from Columbia College, and resides in Los Angeles.
Jessica is a 10+ year veteran of the music industry and advocate for gender equality that currently serves as CEO of Cosynd, an essential toolkit for creators that allows them to register their content with the U.S. Copyright Office and to easily create copyright ownership agreements with their collaborators. With Cosynd, collaborators can reach a consensus about who owns their content, how it can be used, and more through a simple, guided automated process. Jessica also serves as President of Women in Music – the longest running and largest non-profit for women in the music industry that provides resources to thousands of professionals. Previously, Jessica led strategic traditional licensing opportunities for music micro-licensing pioneers Rumblefish, where she structured distribution networks in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Jessica also served as the Manager of Digital Content Licensing for the performing rights organization SESAC. Jessica also sits on the advisory board of other non-profits and startups in the music/entertainment industry.
Misha co-founded Snark.art and is in charge of the product development and artist relationships. He previously founded BancLab, a development and consulting firm for financial web-based applications. In addition to tech work, Misha frequently collaborates on video art projects with several Brooklyn artists. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He also studied film at the New School for Media Studies.