Team

Constantine Roussos

Founder & CEO Email: costa (at) music.us Constantine George Roussos was a Green Beret officer in the Greek-Cypriot military’s Special Forces and a member of the Military Music Department of the Cypriot National Guard (SMEF). Constantine, a Harvard Business School OPM graduate and alumnus, is the co-founder of .MUSIC™ company MyTLD.com, a gTLD management and consulting company that specializes in launching and managing new ICANN Top-Level Domain (TLD) names, Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and Search Engine Optimized (SEO) TLD platforms for Fortune 500 brands and Industries. Constantine has been actively involved in the music and internet industry for over decade. He has been a super-affiliate of brands that include Sony Music, BMG Music, Apple, Amazon, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Napster, Rhapsody and Guitar Center. He has also engineered and produced music records with artists such as Katie Quinlan, Some Change from Us, A Pigeon’s Rhythm, A Family of Snail and David Silverman. Constantine Roussos is also an avid musician and singer-songwriter [Artist link: Constantine Roussos Music]. Constantine earned a bachelor degree in Business and a minor in music industry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He continued his education at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, becoming a certified music sound engineer. He continued his education at Pepperdine University in Malibu where he earned his MBA. His last educational journey was graduating from Harvard Business School’s(HBS) prestigious Owner-President Management (OPM) program. Constantine is an active Harvard Business School alumnus. He has given presentations and spoken at prestigious universities as well as music and tech industry panels around the world, including ICANN, Harvard Business School, USC, UCLA, NYU, Georgetown University, Pepperdine University, Social Media Week, Internet Week, NARM/A2IM Business Crash Course, CMJ, Future of Music Coalition Summit, Popkomm, SoundCTRL and San Francisco Music Tech. He has also received numerous awards, including “Top Business Plan” at USC’s Entrepreneur Program. Constantine was also voted as a top business plan (OPM Idol) selection in 2009 and a top strategy selection in 2011 at Harvard Business School. He has also been featured in major publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Billboard, Word Trademark Review, Hollywood Reporter, Bloomberg, New York Post and many others.


Tina Dam

COO Email: tina (at) music.us Tina Dam, an ICANN veteran and alumnus, is the co-founder of .MUSIC™ company MyTLD.com, a gTLD management and consulting company that specializes in launching and managing new ICANN Top-Level Domain (TLD) names, Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and Search Engine Optimized (SEO) TLD platforms for Fortune 500 brands and Industries. Tina Dam has been on the forefront of Internet technology and the domain industry for over a decade. Tina’s leadership played a vital role in shaping the latest effort in transforming Internet architecture and the domain name name system into a truly global platform by launching Internationalized domain names in different languages and scripts. She was also named as one of the Top 10 Talents in IT by the leading Danish tech magazine Nyheds. Tina is a leading expert and authority in Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and in the Domain Name System (DNS) in the Internet industry. Tina joined ICANN in 2003 as Chief TLD Registry Liaison, where she was responsible for developing ICANN’s TLD Registry functions including defining, managing, and implementing processes in accordance with ICANN agreements and consensus policies for servicing TLD registries. Tina Dam served as ICANN’s Director for IDN TLDs, where she developed and managed all IDN related projects at ICANN. She is considered the Domain Industry authority for launching new IDN TLDs and was responsible for writing and executing the implementation of ICANN IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process which enabled countries and territories, that use languages based on scripts other than Latin, to offer their Internet users domain names in non-Latin characters. Under Tina’s leadership, ICANN was successful in making history on the Internet by launching top-level domains in new languages and scripts. New IDN ccTLDs that have launched under Tina’s guidance include three using the Arabic alphabet, ‏مصر.‎, ‏السعودية.‎ and ‏امارات.‎ (for Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E), and one using Cyrillic, .рф (Russia). Five new IDN ccTLDs using Chinese characters were approved: .中国 with variant .中國 (for China), .香港 (for Hong Kong), and .台灣 with variant .台湾 (for Taiwan). Under her management as IDN Director at ICANN, the following countries obtained approval for their IDN ccTLD: Algeria, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Jordan, South Korea, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine and UAE. These countries represent a total of 36 IDN ccTLDs. Prior to ICANN Tina worked at several registries and registrars in the ICANN community, where she was responsible for launching all new gTLDs and all (at the time) existing ccTLDs. Tina is a frequent speaker at Internet and DNS Industry events. Conferences include: ICANN meetings, Business Access meetings, and Regional Gatherings; Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) events; Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) events; Latin American and Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD); DNS Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Meetings; Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Meetings; Domain Round Tables events; and many more. She also have developed IDN focused videos and provided presentations and tutorials for the U.S Department of Commerce, law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, universities, and all ICANN supporting organizations and advisory committees, such as Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), Country-Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC). Tina has been featured in various online and offline media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CNET, Inc, Techcrunch, Mashable, PC Mag, Computer World, ZDnet and other major media.Tina has been featured in various online and offline media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CNET, Inc, Techcrunch, Mashable, PC Mag, Computer World, ZDnet and other major media. Prior to ICANN she worked with several companies in the Internet DNS community, including ICANN-accredited registrar Ascio Technologies (formerly known as SpeedNames), where she oversaw the launches of the .biz, .info, and .name top-level domains as well as managed the development of all related internal and external products and product marketing materials. Tina also served as Systems Architecture Engineer at Navision Software, establishing the architecture design of the company’s next generation of products. Tina holds a Master of Science in Mathematics and Physics from the Aalborg University in Denmark and a BBA in Marketing Management and International Trade from Copenhagen Business School.


Paul Zamek : Business Partnerships

Paul Zamek

Communications & Strategic Relationships Email: paul (at) music.us Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Paul Zamek is a 40+ year veteran of the international entertainment industry. Paul is President/CEO of global technology & digital media solutions company, Zamek World Marketing, Inc. ZWM has performed a wide range of services for its clients, including entertainment marketing, licensing consulting, publishing and master catalog representation and procurement, branding strategy, new business development and sponsorship procurement. In addition to above mentioned services, the company has developed into the premier designer and manufacturer of bespoke USBs, specializing in the creation and development of custom, portable USB drives, which can be loaded with a variety of digital content. The company created custom drives for artists, brands and clients, including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Lady Gaga, M.I.A, Coldplay, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Bon Jovi, Zac Brown Band, Louis Vuitton, the City of Memphis, Hunter Hayes, David Guetta Deadmau5, Juanes, Lady Antebellum as well as several more artists and brands. Paul served as President/CEO of European Multimedia Group Inc.(EMG), Co-President of RPM Record Group, and a member of the Board of Directors of the South African based Gallo Group. Paul also served as SVP of EMI (South Africa) and VP/General Manager of Capitol Records, (South Africa). Prior to his rise to the recording industry executive ranks, Paul worked in many areas of entertainment; his experience includes working as a concert promoter, booking agent, artist manager and owner of a retail record chain and has worked in various capacities for a long list of dignitaries and recording artists from around the world. Among others, the list includes Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elton John, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner and the estates of Johnny Cash, John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty Paul pioneered the pet category with Warner Bros. Consumer Products by creating “Sylvester Thscoopable Cat Litter” as well as the successful brands “Road Runner Ice Melt” and “Twitty Bird Wild Bird Food- The Only Brand That Really Sings” with Conway Twitty. Among the corporate sponsorships and licenses that Paul has acquired are Remy Martin Cognac, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Miller Beer, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Proctor & Gamble, Campbell Soup Company, American Airlines and South West Airlines. In 1997, he consulted the Swedish based multi media company, Modern Times Group (MTG) and assisted in the launch of their successful on line CD and DVD division, one of the first such services in Europe. In addition to performing artists, Paul’s corporate client list continues with Apple Corporation UK, Yahoo Music, Mobile Entertainment Forum, AARP, ReedMIDEM Organization, Time-Life Music, Warner/ Chappell Music, Warner Music Group, General Motors, The Ford Motor Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Capitol Music Group, SONY Music, Curb Entertainment, Jive Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Atlantic Records, Universal Music Group, Virgin Records, ,CAA, ICM and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Paul’s industry memberships include CMA, NARAS, LIMA, CEA and the AMA.


Robert Singerman : Business Development

Robert Singerman

Business Development Email: robert (at) music.us

Robert has worked in the music business for over thirty five years as an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant, producer, venue programmer and music supervisor. Known for developing talent, businesses and new music business technologies, Singerman has represented R.E.M., Professor Longhair, Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, Bad Brains, pre-Beastie Boys, Sun Ra, Sonny Fortune and King Sunny Ade, among many other artists from various genres. He has worked as an executive, partner, Board member, or as a consultant, with many international companies and music trade organizations.

Robert directed the EU’s European Music Office and The French Music Export Office. He represents Brazilian music in North America, funded by the Brazilian trade organization, BMA/APEX, as the Brasil Music Exchange. He’s spoken at conferences in over 25 countries, including at SXSW, Midem, Womex, CMJ, NMS, CMW, Digital Hollywood, Reeperbahn, Medimex, Waves, NMS and the World Cultural Economic Forum, among many others.

His main mission is giving music authorized subtitling and dubbing solutions, so that music becomes truly global, through the universal understanding of the lyrics. Robert is a VP of International Publishing for LyricFind, the leader in legal lyrics and soon legal lyric translations. He’s a partner in SyncSummit, among other companies. He is the US Director of Altafonte, the largest Spanish language digital distributor and consults Heaven11, Canadian Music Week, Bainil, Marcato Digital and other clients, and is also a partner in five music/language learning and dubbing technologies.

Working on business development for DotMusic Limited, Robert has been helping rally support for the music community top level domain since 2011.

 


Ralph Simon

Strategic Advisor Ralph Simon is acknowledged as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment & content industry. Over the last 17 years, he has been a prominent global mobile trailblazer and innovator, helping grow the mobile entertainment, health and content industry while playing a central role in its impact and presence. Today, mobile is a key platform to reach the over seven billion mobile subscribers worldwide. Simon heads London-based Mobilium Global Group, which provides high-level strategic counsel and guidance to individuals, brands, companies and organizations across the entire mobile spectrum, from mobile handset makers and telco operators, to technology companies, media companies, healthcare organizations, movie studios and TV networks, global music artists and TV personalities, ad agency groups, brands, and platform providers around the world. Specifically, Simon recommends innovative, practical ways to expand an individual or company’s mobile social media presence through brand development and profile enhancement, all of which help not only to grow revenues, but also to maximize mobile profile attention and impact in order to achieve profitability. This includes the use, distribution and mobile marketing of mobile apps, health and education content, entertainment content, mobile music, mobile games, mobile money, mobile social media, and mobile media technology and applications. In late 2013, Mobilium Africa launched the first comprehensive, pan-African and Africa-specific mobile health delivery network known as Smart Health Hub. (http://www.gsma.com/newsroom/gsma-announces-mhealth-partnership/) With one billion people and some 800 million mobile subscribers, Africa has amazing potential for mobile device growth across all sectors and will play a key role in the development of the global mobile industry. Mobilium Africa has licensed the innovative Smart Health Hub health and wellness platform to Samsung, one of the world’s largest mobile device manufacturing companies. The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria & the World Health Organisation (WHO) are official participants in Smart Health Consortium, as is SafePoint Single-Use Syringes, and it also has the support of the World Health Organization Maternal & Newborn Health arm (PMCNH). Smart Health Hub is part of a wider range of mobile commerce, software and innovation that Mobilium has begun to bring to the entire African continent and rest of the world. This will include mobile health, mobile wallet technology, mobile payment systems and new ways of using mobile gamification, mobile social messaging, mobile social music & mobile social lifestyle buffering. Simon also works with global thought leaders, media companies, media properties and creative artists to identify global mobile revenue opportunities and shape their mobile strategies worldwide. In addition, he works closely with the GSM Association, the global governing body of the international mobile phone industry. The GSMA organizes the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In May 2013, CTIA – The Wireless Association, based in Washington, DC, appointed Simon as its official Global Ambassador. The CTIA is North America’s principal wireless and mobile trade association, whose members include all the major telcos, device manufacturers and infrastructure industry players. Simon helps CTIA to expand its spheres of technology & policy influence in North and South America, and in emerging markets and developing countries internationally. Simon began his career co-founding the Zomba Group of music companies (including record label Jive Records) in London in the 1970s, building it into the world’s leading independent music and music publishing company. In the early ’90s, he came to the US as executive vice president of Capitol Records and Blue Note Records in Hollywood, and built EMI’s burgeoning new media business into a successful and significant global enterprise. In 1997, Simon correctly predicted that mobile phones would become the indispensable voice/social networking-and-music companion for consumers and their increasingly mobile lifestyles. He created a start-up called Yourmobile and persuaded US and UK music publishers to embrace this new mobile medium by granting what would become the very first ring tone rights. Yourmobile became the first commercial ring tone company in the Americas, Europe, UK, Australia and Africa, and spurred a new and international mobile entertainment industry. By 2003, Vivendi Universal purchased Yourmobile, renaming it Moviso, where Simon remained as an advisor. Today, Simon is popularly known as the ‘Father of the Ring Tone.’ Between 2005 and 2009, Simon served as the mobile producer for three of the highest profile, live global broadcast events in recent history. Live 8, Bono & Sir Bob Geldof’s nine-city global concert, brought mobile connectivity to nine capital cities and an international television audience of over 800 million viewers. This enormous people-powered call-to-action resulted in the G8 countries reducing the debt of the world’s poorest nations. He also orchestrated the mobile component for Live Earth, Al Gore’s production that spanned 10 countries and brought impactful information about global climate change to a worldwide audience of over 500 million television viewers and online participants. In 2009, Simon also produced the mobile component for the 2008 TED Conference (www.ted.com) Prize-winning project Pangea Day, a global multi-platform broadcast featuring short films from international filmmakers. By integrating a mobile/SMS layer to all these worldwide events, Simon helped set the standard for integrating mobile technology as an essential element in global television and event broadcasting. The influential trade publication Mobile Entertainment magazine named Simon as one of the world’s Top 50 Executives in Mobile Entertainment for 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010, and in 2007, he received its special award for Outstanding Contribution to the Global Mobile Entertainment Industry. Internationally, Simon is known as an impactful and popular speaker on all aspects of mobile commerce, content & the creative digital industries. He has delivered keynote addresses at major international gatherings, including the annual Music Matters/Digital Matters conferences (Singapore); South Asian Mobile Conference (Colombo, Sri Lanka); Music Matters India (Mumbai); Presidential Innovation Forum Conference (Moscow); Mobile World Congress (Barcelona); Pioneers Tech Festival (Vienna); TED Global (Oxford); Connected Creativity (Cannes); the World Copyright Summit (Brussels and Washington, D.C.); Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) annual conference; The Kofi Annan Centre for ICT Excellence (Accra, Ghana); MusExpo (Los Angeles); the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance conference (San Diego); Rutberg Wireless Influencers’ Conference (Palos Verdes, California); SXSW (Austin, Texas); and numerous other high-level speaking engagements around the world. Currently, he serves on the boards of several companies, including Hungama Digital Media Entertainment (India’s major mobile content producer), and The World Summit Awards and World Youth Summit Awards – both subsets of the United Nations and its Millennium Development Goals. Simon is a board advisor to the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (San Diego, California), the global leader in the fast-growing wireless connected health industry, and he is Chairman Emeritus of the influential Mobile Entertainment Forum – Americas, which he founded. The MEF (www.mefglobal.org) is the global voice of the international mobile content industry. He also serves on the Global Business Council for Education (GBC-Education) – the GBC came into being at the urging of the Rt Hon. Gordon Brown MP, former British Prime Minister, and now Special Education Envoy for the U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon Ralph Simon travels the world on a relentless search for the latest in mobile and device innovation, the best new emerging markets’ start-ups, and with special emphasis on relevance to Europe, Africa, Asia & the Americas. He has formidable knowledge about ways to deliver mobile content, “social broadcasting” and entertainment and grow the creative industries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the USA.


David Hazan : Marketing

David Hazan

Marketing Email: david (at) music.us For over 25 years, David Hazan has conceived and executed strategic partnerships and entertainment marketing campaigns for his entertainment, digital, and brand clients such as theBizmo, Mobile Backstage, GigsWiz, AEG, TVT, Muze, Shout! Factory and Fearless Entertainment. David’s extensive music marketing experience includes senior positions leading digital distributor The Orchard, Warner Music, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, and Wind-up Records, where, as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, he strategized and oversaw the marketing, touring and release campaigns for multi-platinum Grammy winners Evanescence. David directed all sales, marketing, touring, internet, and PR plans for platinum acts including Creed, Seether, and Finger 11. While Senior VP Marketing Universal Classics Group, David oversaw the marketing and touring plans for classical artists ranging from Luciano Pavarotti to Renee Fleming to Andrea Bocelli; crossover artists from Bond to Russell Watson to Andre Rieu to ElvisCostello; soundtracks for Broadway musicals and films such as Mamma Mia and Gladiator; and the PBS special and campaign for Donny Osmond. As Senior VP Marketing for Putumayo World Music, David created marketing partnerships with American Express, Timothy’s World Coffee, Louisiana Office of Tourism and major music and cultural festivals throughout North America from Harbourfront to Central Park Summerstage to Stern Grove. He launched the label with distribution deals in over 50 countries around the world and also co-developed and sold all sponsorships for The Putumayo World Music Hour, a weekly radio show broadcast on over 150 stations around the world.


Jason Schaeffer : Legal Counsel & Director of Strategy

Jason Schaeffer

Legal Counsel & Director of Strategy Email: legal (at) music.us Since 1998, Jason has been practicing law and advising clients on Intellectual Property matters. After graduating from Fordham University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor for the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Journal, Jason started his legal career as a litigator for the Intellectual Property Group at White & Case LLP where he assisted Fortune 100 companies in protecting their trademark, copyright, and patent rights. Among other projects, during the “early days” of the Internet, Jason was responsible for implementing a trademark policing strategy on behalf of an international pharmaceutical manufacturer to protect its intellectual property in a widely known pharmaceutical product. He also assisted a national sport association with trademark licensing matters and trademark opposition proceedings as it expanded its operations internationally. Jason has represented some of the world’s largest domain portfolio owners in protecting their valuable assets and has assisted many applicants participating in ICANN’s new gTLD program. Most notably, he is assisting DotMusic Limited in its quest to become the community based registry for .MUSIC. In this capacity, Jason has participated in virtually every aspect of the new gTLD program and the business strategy and planning for DotMusic. Jason has been interviewed by the National Public Radio (NPR) Affiliate in Philadelphia regarding the launch of the new gTLDs, and he was recently interviewed by Popular Mechanics online magazine to discuss Net Neutrality issues facing Internet users in the United States. He identifies and works with strategic partners and investors, in addition to assisting the team in its development strategy to launch .MUSIC. Jason obtained his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1998, and he graduated cum laude from Temple University in 1995 with dual degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. He also served as a Director for the Fordham Law Housing Advocacy Project, and as a mediator in Queens County, New York.


Travis Pearman

Premium Channel Development & Big Data Analysis Email: travis (at) music.us Travis is responsible for DotMusic’s Premium Channel development at DotMusic and big data analysis. This includes delineating, organizing and developing all of .MUSIC’s community types into Premium Channel communities e.g. rock.music (genre music communities), french (language music communities), guitarist.music (instrument music communities), paris.music (geographic communities), lawyer.music (profession music communities) etc. Travis holds two degrees in computer science and programming. Travis has experience in big data analysis and has worked in all aspects of the domain name industry. This includes managing technology platforms at Thought Convergence, the owner of Domaintools.com (the most popular Whois Lookup tool on the internet) and TrafficZ (which offers domain owners and aggregators a platform to manage, analyze and maximize their return on domain investments). Travis was responsible for generating substantial revenue for TrafficZ by analyzing traffic, clicks and keywords being utilized to fine tune the traffic acquisition and keyword targeting for maximum click through rates to maximize return on investment. Travis was also the Doubleclick architect (a Google-owned advertising platform formerly known as DART — Dynamic Advertising Reporting and Targeting — an ad-serving technology which allowed clear targeting and reporting of ad-serving for websites within Doubleclick’s/Google’s network and technology sectors) for Velocity Services and their premium portal platform targeted for major brands, which included MLB, Neopets and PBR. When Travis is not on the computer he is playing his guitar. Travis has been a musician all of his life, and grew up in honky-tonks playing with his father’s band.


Minh Nguyen : CTO

Minh Nguyen

CTO Email: mn (at) music.us Minh is responsible for architecting the technical foundation of the .MUSIC Premium Domain Channels, including working with DotMusic’s integrated partners. Minh has over 10 years in investment technology managing complex global relationships with a proven track record in building and scaling B2C and B2B platforms. Minh was involved with Facebook during the company’s early years. Minh also founded and developed MyArtPlot, an innovative art-based social, professional, and commercial platform. He is on the board of Untag.info, an online reputation management and brand protection company, and Causation.org, a non-profit management and strategy consulting firm offering investigative research and analysis. Minh is also an angel investor in several start-ups. Minh has a BA in Organizational Studies from Brown University.


Joshua J. Myers : Anti-Piracy & IP Protection

Joshua J. Myers

Anti-Piracy & IP Protection Email: josh (at) music.us Joshua J. Myers is responsible for heading the Anti-Piracy and Intellectual Property (IP) Protection division at DotMusic. This includes Community member authentication and validation to ensure that registrants are verified members of the global Music Community, the logical alliance of communities related to music (Music Community Member Organizations). Joshua has also been involved with numerous start-up ventures, including Incurnet, a technology platform which ensures that legal content is protected online/offline  and is monetized on behalf of content creators and rights-holders.


Ken Abdo : Legal Counsel

Ken Abdo

Legal Counsel Ken Abdo is a Vice President of the Lommen Abdo Law Firm and Chair of the Entertainment, IP and Sports Law Department. In over more than 25 years of practice, he has helped build one of the largest, most visible and successful entertainment law practices in the Midwest. Ken’s practice is limited to entertainment law and his primary focus is on music law transactions. He is a known artist advocate and leader within the national entertainment law community. He is a popular author and lecturer. The firm’s clients have included multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists as well as Oscar, Emmy, Peabody and Spirit award winners. Ken is a voting member of The Recording Academy, a current member of the Recording Academy Chicago Chapter Board of Governors, the past National Chair of The Grammy® Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative, the past National Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and is a contributing author to the law school textbook, “Law & Business of the Entertainment Industries” (Biederman, et al.). He has been on the Minnesota Super Lawyers® list in Entertainment Law and a “Minnesota Leading Attorney” every year since 1994. He was selected as a “Minnesota Attorney of the Year” in 2009 by Minnesota Lawyer. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 in entertainment and intellectual property by Martindale-Hubbell. For more information than you need to know on Ken Abdo, read the article published in the newsletter of the William Mitchell College of Law or read the article on Ken Abdo which was published in the American Bar Association’s Forum in the Entertainment and Sports Industries quarterly publication. Ken was interviewed for an article on the MinnPost.com news blog on the Performance Right Act. Representative clients include Anna Nalick (Columbia); Billy McLaughlin (Narada/Virgin Records); Bobby Vee (Liberty); Garrison Keillor (Rounder); Gingerjake; Jessica Harp (Maverick); Jimmy Thackery (Telarc Records); Johnny Rivers (Soul City Records, Inc.); Jonny Lang (A&M/Interscope); Kristen Hall (Sugarland); Austin City Limits; Luther Allison (Alligator Records); Michelle Branch (Maverick); Prophet Omega (Capitol); Reeve Carney (Interscope); The Replacements (Twin Tone/Reprise); Rockie Lynn(Universal); Steven Anderson (American Gramaphone); Tagine (Bluhammock); Tiny Tim; Music Estate; Vienna Teng (Rounder); Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, The Emmy® Award winning, made for TV movie, “Deep In My Heart”, starring Anne Bancroft and Gloria Reuben (CBS); The Off-Broadway play “Triple Espresso;” Major market radio disc jockeys, TV anchors, program directors and managers.


John Simson : Legal Counsel

John Simson

Legal Counsel John Simson is a singer-songwriter; managed country artists who sold over 10 Million albums and won 6 Grammys; ex-director of SoundExchange, the first performing rights organization formed to collect digital performance royalties for sound recording copyright owners & artists; co-founded the Washington Area Music Association; ex-president of the NARAS⁄ Grammys D.C. chapter; National Trustee of the Academy; Board of the Alliance of Artists & Record Companies; member of the Folk Alliance and the Country Music Association. John Simson practices in Washington, D.C., and represents filmmakers, songwriters, recording artists, publishers, management and independent record companies. He has spent his entire professional career engaged in the music industry and has unique expertise in the collection and distribution of international royalties, collective management of rights, reciprocal agreements and the implementation of international treaties including the Rome Convention and the WPPT. Simson’s past legal clients have included Harry Belafonte, Mya, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, and The Seldom Scene. Simson has worked with filmmaker Jim Brown since 1992 on close to 20 music documentary films, including the soon to be released “Legends of Folk: The Village Scene” a PBS fundraiser; “Three Pickers” (featuring Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs with special guest Alison Krauss); and “American Roots” a PBS special for which Simson received an Emmy nomination for music supervision.


Bob Donnelly : Legal Counsel

Bob Donnelly

Legal Counsel What do this year’s GRAMMY® award winner for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding, Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer Bootsy Collins and the creators of Woodstock have in have in common? All rely on attorney Bob Donnelly to negotiate their entertainment contracts. This year marks Bob’s 35th year as an attorney specializing in the representation of music industry clients. He has been awarded 41 platinum albums by his clients. His first music law job was to serve as in-house counsel for Leber-Krebs who managed the careers of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard and many other well-known recording artists. Bob has had his share of interesting gigs over the years. He was part of the legal team that won a substantial judgment in unpaid royalties for his client, Ronnie Spector, against her former record company. Bob also figured prominently in handing the record companies one of their few legislative losses by getting Congress to repeal the pro-record company/anti-artist “Works-for-Hire” bill. New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer gave Bob much of the credit for bringing the so-called “suspense account case” that resulted in the payment to artists of $55 million in back-due royalties. Bob was part of the team that presented the famous Central Park free concert series that included artists such as James Taylor, Diana Ross and Simon & Garfunkel. Bob was also one of the very first lawyers to do a superstar endorsement deal when he put Blondie’s Deborah Harry into a pair of Murjani jeans. Other endorsement deals have included Sir Elton John, Reggie Jackson and Michael Jackson. Bob’s law practice has covered the full gamut of the entertainment spectrum from television to commercials to music publishing to internet and the digital music industry. Bob helped launch the careers of current chart-toppers the Dave Matthews Band. His roster of clients reflects his own eclectic taste in music: Rock superstars Hall & Oates, Jazz Hall of Famer Ornette Coleman, Rock Hall of Famers The Ronettes and the Lovin’ Spoonful, and jazz masters such as Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Dave Holland, Jason Moran and Brad Mehldau. Bob has given guest lectures on entertainment law at nearly 100 colleges, law schools and music industry conferences like South by Southwest (SXSW). He is also a contributor to Billboard and many other legal and music industry trade magazines. To learn more about Bob, read The East Hampton Star article, “Insiders on the Outfield: A champion of recording artists plays ball, talks shop in Amagansett” or the Irish Legal 100 article, “The Music Man.” His awards within the industry include two special recognition awards from the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and from St. John’s Law School Entertainment Law Society. Bob has repeatedly been included on Irish America Magazine’s Legal 100, one of the most distinguished lawyers in the United States of Irish American descent and he is listed in the WHO’S WHO IN ENTERTAINMENT. Bob was listed as a 2011 New York Super Lawyer® and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest competency rating).


Paul Bezilla : Legal Counsel

Paul Bezilla

Legal Counsel Paul Bezilla has been practicing entertainment law for over 25 years and has extensive experience in all segments of the practice. During his career, he has provided legal services for an array of high profile individuals and companies, including Frank Sinatra, Cher, Quincy Jones, Warner Bros. Records, The Walt Disney Company, PolyGram Music Publishing and K-tel Records. His practice encompasses music, film, television, intellectual property, technology, software and licensing. Bezilla has been a featured speaker at numerous entertainment industry seminars presented by the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Copyright Conference and the Minnesota State Bar Association. He has frequently lectured on entertainment law topics in the Music Department of the University of Southern California and taught courses in music business law for the Graduate Film Composing Program at USC. Mr. Bezilla is a life-long musician who continues to pursue his love of music performance by playing bass guitar in various rock and jazz groups.