Tuesday, October 21, 2008

10th Midemnet Welcomes Back Hilary Rosen, Eric Nicoli & Michael Robertson

The 10th edition of MidemNet (17-18 January, MIDEM, Cannes) will be the occasion for the forum dedicated to new technologies and business models in the music industry to look back on a decade of profound change and examine the current and future shape of the industry.

Three leading figures will come together for the opening MidemNet session: the former Chairman and Chief Executive of the EMI Group and current Chairman of VUE Entertainment and R&R Music, Eric Nicoli; Hilary Rosen, former Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, currently commentator for CNN; and the Founder of MP3.com, today CEO of MP3Tunes, Michael Robertson.

"Hilary Rosen, Eric Nicoli and Michael Robertson are emblematic figures of the decade, each of whom in very varied fields - at the head of an institution, of a major and in technological innovation - have left their imprint on the history of the industry. We are honoured that these major players have accepted to return to deliver keynotes for the 10th MidemNet so they can give their analysis of the past changes and the future direction of the sector," said Dominique Leguern, Director of MIDEM.

A clear vision of the future will also be on offer with the second edition of the Music Ally/MidemNet "New Business Showcase," which will present six of the most innovative ideas likely to create value for the music industry, selected from submissions to the consulting and research company Music Ally.

Ranging from recently created companies and those at project stage to new services, facilities and concepts, more than 100 candidates applied last year, which resulted in showcasing new ideas such as the Spanish-made collaborative electronic music instrument, the Reactable, which went on to win four prizes. Submissions for the next edition can be made until 17 November on: http://www.musically.com/newbusiness

MidemNet, whose central theme this year will be the creation of value around the artist/fan relationship, will also bring together numerous key players in the sector, such as David Eun, pilot of content strategy for Google, and Jin-Young Park, leading South Korean producer of Asian superstars including Rain, Wonder Girls and Jacky Cheung, and the Founder and President of JYP Entertainment.


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