Cindi Avnet

As a music supervisor and film/TV placement professional, Cindi Avnet’s passion is discovering new musical talent.

Cindi has also been the producer for BalconyTV.com LA since 2011 – a leading daily online viral music show that features bands, musicians, and a variety of artists on balconies in 63 countries around the world. Her notable recent acts include Vance Joy, Atlas Genius, The Wombats, and Temper Trap. In the last five years, Cindi has booked and produced over 500 episodes for BalconyTV LA and coordinates on a daily basis with managers, publicists, and record label representatives.

As Director of Music Placement for MusicSupervisor.com, Cindi seeks out new talent for pitching to film/tv placement. Cindi liaisons with the top music executives at all the major studios including Disney/Touchstone/ABC, Sony, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and others. She also works closely with some of the best-known independent and staff music supervisors working on major films/TV to determine specific song needs and to promote music from the MusicSupervisor.com catalog.

Cindi has placed many songs in TV shows and films including Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, Hart of Dixie and films such as Scary Movie 5, Blades of Glory, The Blind Side and many more. Cindi was the Music Supervisor for films such as Bitter/Sweet starring Kip Pardue and James Brolin, and Below the Beltway starring Tate Donovan.

Cindi Avnet

Linda Septien

Linda Septien is a music artist development professional with 25+ years of experience, whose success is measured by the number of successful pop icons she has prepared, trained and helped launch into thriving careers.

Named on the cover of the Dallas Observer as the “Kingpin of Pop Talent, Linda is the forefront authority on all phases of launching a singer’s career including vocal technique, vocal disorders, vocal production, stage presence & vocal branding for all ages of artists. Linda specializes in challenges of singing and speaking in the pop culture of Generations X, Y, & Z.

With over 15,000 students to her legacy, including branded icons Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves, Kidz Bop Kids, Leggo Friends L2M Group, Ryan Cabrera, Ashley Boetcher, Malise Jow, and Jessica Simpson, among many more, Linda prides herself on her ability to recognize talent & create an effective development strategy to launch a branded long term career artist.

Linda’s lineage of clients include the creative directorship of Kidz Bop, the #1 Kids touring group in the world, the entertain-ment expert for both American Idol and The Voice on Fox and NBC, the Kidd Kraddick Big Break partner with KISS FM, a national contest to select the artist they deem to be the next breakout star & the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders singing and production coach. Additionally, she has worked with Apple, Zales, Ambucs, Mel Simon Malls, and many other corporations in creating top talent within a CEO.

Linda is also the keynote speaker for medical, legal, and music seminars and festivals focusing on the vocal and legal challenges of today’s artist as well as the fascinating “branding lanes” now available to artists.

Linda has been featured on ABC’s ‘NIGHTLINE’, BBC and is a regular entertainment insider on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning (KISS FM), ABC, and NBC & FOX affiliates. She has also appeared on VH1 Behind the Music, MTV, A&E Discover, Oxygen and MySpace Corporate. Her patented SEG Boot Camp training method has been identified in the NEW YORK TIMES best seller, “The Talent Code”, where Linda was recognized as one of the top five Talent Coaches in the world among athletic and music coaches.

A new book “42 Ways to Create Talent” additionally named Linda Septien and her facility has the best and fastest growing center for developing young artists. Other editorial features include: Allure Magazine, Texas Monthly, The Dallas Observer, Variety, People Magazine, The Daily Beast, Millionaire Blueprint, Musician Coaching, DCEO and many more.

Linda Septien

Vicky Hamilton

Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive and personal manager, featured in VH-1s “Behind the Music”, “Driven” and the “Biography Channel” on Guns N’ Roses, Brett Michaels, and Mötley Crüe and the BBC series “Born To Be Wild”, “The Golden Age Of American Rock”. Considered one of the most successful music executives in the industry, Vicky has discovered, developed or managed the careers of Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Faster Pussycat and many others.

Vicky Hamilton

Dale Penner

Dale’s first hit, while an engineer at the infamous Mushroom Studios, was a track on the Top Gun Soundtrack with Loverboy. Since then countless projects have benefited from Penner’s production/mixing, including; Nickelback’s The State (Roadrunner) certified platinum in America and Canada scoring Two Billboard Top Ten Singles (“Leader of Men” and “Breathe”). Dale received the “Producer of the Year” award at the WCMA’s for his work on Holly McNarland’s (Universal) platinum selling “Stuff”. Other Penner production credits include: The Matthew Good Band, Econoline Crush and Montreal’s Jonas (Certified Gold nominated for “Rock Album of the Year” at 2006 Juno Awards). In 2010 Dale was once again nominated “Producer of the Year” for Western Canada.
Other artists Dale’s been fortunate enough to record are: Shawn Hook, David GoGo, Grimskunk, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Jamie Walters, KD Lang, Jimmy Barr (Portishead), Helix, Barney Bentall, Valdy.
2016 projects include Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival’s Global Music Awards Medal winning CD “Plum Coulee My Home” and emerging Houston artist Sami Murphy.
“I feel very fortunate to have made a living doing what I love for more then 25 years. I continue to meet and work with some of the most talented artists”

Dale Penner

Chris Mollere

Music Supervisor Chris Mollere’s diverse interest in the world began quite early in life. Growing up in a military family, he traveled extensively while living in Europe and various stateside locations. Chris has had numerous credits as a music supervisor, including working on the ABC Family Television series KYLE XY and 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, as well as on the feature films THE BOX, I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL and THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY. Chris is currently the music supervisor for the CW television series THE VAMPIRE DIAIRES as well as for the ABC Family series GREEK and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.

Chris Mollere

Ruth McCartney

McCartney Multimedia Artist Marketing

Ruth McCartney was educated in Great Britain at West Kirby County Grammar for Girls, the North West Stage School (with part-time dance teacher Nigel Lythgoe of American Idol Producer fame), and the Royal Ballet School. Being trained in the theater, and growing up around The Beatles and their rock star friends, Ruth saw a need to combine both communications and entertainment. In her formative years in Liverpool, she earned pocket money at home in sorting, filing and replying to fan correspondence addressed to her step- brother Sir Paul, as well as helping her mother Angie create The Wings Fun Club in 1972.
As co-founder and CEO of McCartney Multimedia, Inc., Ruth is a respected music industry veteran, communications expert, public speaker and strategist with a strong marketing, cross-promotions, and entrepreneurial background. In addition, Ruth’s brainchild is the online Customer / Fan acquisition and retention, tool iFanz.com®. The company’s past and present fan management and web development clients include Clint Black, Richie
Sambora, Roseanne Barr, Paula Abdul, America, John Cleese, Kenny G, Steve Tyrell, Oleta Adams, REO Speedwagon, Jessica Biel and Edgar Winter.

Ruth McCartney

Pat Fant

As architect and captain of some of the most influential major-market radio stations of our time, Pat Fant has become recognized as an influential figure in the business of high-profile radio. For over three decades, Fant has designed and built the enduring powerhouse brands that have dominated the major media markets of Dallas and Houston. Fant is a 2011 Inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and his station, KLOL was Billboard’s Rock Station of the Year. American Women in Radio & Television named Pat Fant Radio GM of the Year. Fant is a Beaty Award winner for broadcasting and holds both the New York Festival Award and Pro Max award for broadcast marketing. Education: University of Houston and Rice University’s Management Program.

Pat Fant

Barry Coffing

Barry Coffing has amassed a great deal of credits and awards with over two hundred tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI songwriting awards, multiple #1 hits and an Emmy nomination. He continues to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like “Moulin Rouge”, the Brady Bunch movie, and Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure. He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid starring Donny Osmond and The Heights. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a #1 hit and selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. Currently he is a music business entrepreneur who represents over 12,000 record labels amd publishers for film and TV licensing. His company places hundreds of songs each year

Barry Coffing

Jon Glesinger

Prior to co-founding Comprindeo, Jon founded gleXnet which provides unparalleled insight into competence and experience to bridge the gap between HR and operations – so far encompassing industries form Music and Entertainment to Oil and Gas, and Innovation.

Before this, he was involved in every aspect of human resourcing from Monster to building a world leading executive search business. He was one of the first to bring CAD/CAM into the Far East and one of the first developers of apps for AutoCAD. Working with the founders of AutoDesk, he went into all major markets and was one of the pioneering team to go to Moscow’s first computer exhibition.

Jon has lived and worked around the world and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Jon Glesinger

Billy Smiley

5 Grammy Award Nominees
27 Dove Award Nominees
GMA Song Writer of the Year 1988
Co-written 27 #1 Songs
White Heart was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame 2010

Beginning his career as a performer and producer for the Bill Gaither Trio, he produced the 1st 4 Gaither Vocal band albums selling more than 1 million units. Out of his relationships there he formed the Grammy nominated Rock Group White Heart with producer/guitar player Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Keith Urban). White Heart went on to tour worldwide through 1998, selling over 3 million records, with 17 #1 Singles, 2 Grammy nominations, and 23 Dove nominations.

Producing over 150 albums, and 30 No. 1 songs, Smiley has 5 Grammy Nominations, one producing the 1989 Grammy nominated song “Silent Night”, recorded by BeBe & CeCe Winans.

As a songwriter he has co-written 27 no. 1 songs, over 50 top 10 songs, all the while writing for Brentwood/Benson Publishing, Word Publishing, Curb Records, Sony/BMG publishing, and his own company Meet You Halfway music.

He helped discover, develop, produce, and write for such artists as: The Newsboys, The Normals, Johnny Cash, Susan Ashton, Petra, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Insyderz, Clay Aikens, , Justifide, and Charity Von.

2004 saw Smiley formed his new company Northern Shore Productions, a studio based Production Company out at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin, TN and Scottsdale, AZ with a creative independent mindset, and he established major distribution partners – both digitally and physically with Naxos Of America. Currently 5 of his latest artists will be distributed through a label partnership with Naxos in 2016 and 2017.

Billy Smiley

Cruze

As one of the nation’s most respected music programming authorities, Cruze has decades of success programming top-rated radio stations in major markets across America. Cruze has become known as one of the foremost music programming experts in the industry. His interpretive skill with music research is second only to his programming instincts as a tastemaker. Agnostic to format, Cruze has standing as a music programming luminary and award-winning radio host personality.

Cruze

Scott Warner

Scott Warner is a serial entrepreneur. His portfolio of success covers everything from tech start-ups to restaurants, from online blogging to film. He has a visceral passion for building companies that are innovative, profitable, and viral. A go-getter who never settles for less than the best, Scott has an uncanny ability to build teams who share his same vision.
As CEO of Gigg Inc, Scott’s endeavors are directed by a desire to help companies better understand and utilize the social media landscape while improving focus on business intelligence.

Scott has had a life-long love for music and the entertainment industry. Gigg Inc was originally created to help opens doors for aspiring artists through the company’s social media platform. Over time, he realized the Gigg feature set offered valuable solutions to businesses. While Scott is focused on providing Gigg’s platform to businesses, his passion for the arts remains in tact. Through Gigg’s talent discovery medium “GiggSTAGE”, Scott continues to provide musicians a chance to be seen and heard on a global scale. Gigg was named a Top Ten Start-up at SXSW by ComplexTech in 2013.

Scott Warner

Julius Robinson

Julius Robinson, Chief Operation Officer for MusicSupervisor.com, has a background as a Music Exec, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Publicist and Music Journalist. He oversees all creative operations, including track uploads, approvals, pitches and licenses for nearly 200,000 pieces of high-quality music and sound effects. He oversees the placement of cues in hundreds of major and indie films, TV shows, internet and advertising. He interfaces with the sister site WegetMusic.com that services personal videos, student shorts films, and in-house corporate use. Julius has placed his own songs in many films including Friday Night Lights, The Game and Van Wilder, and recently on TV shows such as Vegas (CBS), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family). He wrote the screenplay for the film Tortilla Heaven (2007), starring George Lopez. Julius began his entertainment career West Coast Editor Pop for Cashbox Magazine.

Julius Robinson

Scott Velasquez

Scott Velasquez is young and upcoming music supervisor. He has recently finished working on James Franco’s newest movie, “Actor’s Anonymous”. He has worked for well-known Music Supervisor, Alex Patsavas at Chop Shop Music (Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal, The Hunger Games franchise and others). Scott comes from an A&R background at Universal Records, and is classically trained as a vocalist. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, specializing in Music Business and Music Supervision. He has an ear for cutting edge sounds and is always on the look out for the newest on the rise bands.

Scott Velasquez

Harry Adu

Harry has consulted for many British musicians and event companies on all aspects of Digital Marketing. He was also responsible for the underground UK Grime group END Productions which released the underground hit “Are You Really From the Endz?” on Polydor Records. He has promoted many successful events at venues such as the world famous Jazz Cafe (London), Hanover Grand and many others. Although in recent times he takes more of a back seat as far as the music industry is concerned, he maintains his connections.

Harry Adu

Steve Belkin

Steve Belkin’s career in the music business has spanned nearly forty years in various capacities within the industry including retail, tour management, road management, stage management, artist management, tour production, marketing, consulting, songwriting and performing. He’s worked with, toured with, managed and consulted artists such as The Tubes, The (flying) Burrito Brothers, Narada Michael Walden, Neil Sedaka, Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship), Tangerine Dream, Gaelic Storm, Ray Parker Jr. and many more. His company Open All Nite Entertainment consults for various independent artists in management, marketing, licensing, development, distribution and branding.

Steve Belkin

Dennis O’Neill

Dennis O’Neill is an American actor, producer, director, writer, who has produced his latest project, Bail Out, made for TV and can be seen on the World Wide Web, at www.bailouttv.com. Dennis is also a singer/songwriter, and author of two published books on acting called, “Getting Your Act Together” and, “Acting is Believing.” His third book is a daily, inspirational book, called, “Living…In the Moment.” Dennis is the CEO and founder of Bail Out TV LLC and Dennis O’Neill Productions, LLC. Aside from teaching his weekly acting classes, with his “walls without limits” approach to acting, Dennis has been very effective in sharing the love and compassion of his craft, turning out winners of all ages, in his acting classes and workshops all over the country and Europe. He has gained worldwide recognition for his acting work and his TV, web series, show, Bail Out.
Dennis has worked on more than 125 film and TV shows, over eighty TV commercials, industrial films and stage plays. He has worked on many of the Daytime, TV Soap Operas such as, The Edge of Night, The Guiding Light, Another World, One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and more, starring with Chuck Norris (Walker, Texas Ranger), and night time TV shows such as, In Plain Sight, Prison Break, Law and Order, Rescue me, etc. He was also Robin Williams stunt double on two films.

Working with Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Liza Minnelli, Sir John Gielgud, Betty Davis, Al Pacino, Pauly Shore, and many more, has been an added attraction to Dennis’s already extensive resume.

With three music CD’s out, “He is Risen,” “It’s a New Beginning” and “Silk and Satin Night,” Dennis is on the go with yet another project producing a children’s storytelling album with a coloring book.

Dennis O’Neill

Peggy Iafrate

Strega Group is a talent development, marketing, and events group founded in 2008 by Peggy Iafrate. Prior to 2008, Peggy gained entertainment and consumer packaged goods experience in companies like ABC/The Walt Disney Company and Kaplan, and has been honored to work with such industry giants as The Jonas Group and Kimberly-Clark Corporation as clients. Years of standing at the sound board and in the board room provided her with the unique ability to marry artists with consumer brands to create a story that produces an emotional connection and loyalty to the brand. At Strega, we build programs that enable the story to continue through digital, live event, and merchandise avenues.
Strega Group helps emerging artists learn what they need develop their brands. When an artist is “performance-ready” we secure gigs and tour opportunities empowering the artist to perfect their craft and build their brand AND audience. Next, we find the right fit brand. Together artist and consumer brands grow as one creating a bond with their target audience.

Peggy Iafrate

Christopher Williams
aka DJ Cruize Control

At 8-yrs-old, Christopher “Cruize” Williams began his musical journey as a self-taught drummer. He started playing for his grandfathers’ church choir at the age of 12. This is where Cruize began understanding rhythmical beats, melodic tones, and patterns. He quickly realized he developed a love for music and had built this passionate relationship.
Chris Williams, better known as DJ Cruize Control, is one of the Texas’ notable deejays. Cruize Control has been spinning for over 20 years mixing for celebrities, national events, and private parties. “Cruize”, as he is nicknamed, has rocked parties for Red Bull, Inc., Ricky Smiley, ?uestlove, Jermaine Dupree, NBA, NFL teams, Brian McKnight and Brian Micheal-Cox to name a few. He has also performed during the 2010-2011 NBA All-Star festivities, with upcoming performances for Super Bowl 51 and NBA All Star in New Orleans. While living in Houston, Cruize enjoys spinning soul, r&b, disco, soul house, classic hip-hop, pop and self produced remixes.

For the past decade, Chris has been co partnering, curating, booking and promoting music based networking events, album releases and concerts in Houston, Dallas and Austin markets. The “Connector” as people reference him as, was the former owner operator of Underground Live, now the Engine Room, co- curator of The Social Series, concert promotions, and currently, a partner in the Next Level Group, which host a monthly event with live music showcasing local, regional, and national talent.

Lastly, Chris wanted to make a difference in the music industry and even he had to start from the bottom. He became a digital coordinator for Mathew Knowles label, Music World Entertainment (Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, Brian Courtney Wilson, Venessa Bell Armstrong) back in 2010. His most notable accomplishment was his creative efforts earned him a Grammy with BET’s hit gospel show, Sunday Best first Grammy Winner, Leandria Johnson. In 2012, he became the VP of Artist Management and a year later was announced label head (VP of Sales and Marketing ) in 2013. During that tenure, he was able to work with Grammy winning producers, songwriters, radio personalities, media and artist. Currently, now serves as the CEO of BPM Music Group, LLC., a music management and independent record label service company where is manages ANDREA HELMS, SHONNIE MURRELL, and new artist CHASING CENTER. He is also the founder of BPM Marketing Group, which is a marketing and branding agency. “Making a difference” has always been his motto, so therefore, Chris decided to become a professor of Music Business at HCC- Spring Branch Campus, managing and developing talent, and continuing to empower the new generation of music makers through workshops and conventions across the country.

Chris Williams (DJ Cruize Control) is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Music Education. His strive for higher learning did not end at Prairie View A&M University. He went on to receive his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Phoenix with an emphasis on Marketing. Cruize is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also one of the managing partners of Time 2 Smile USA Photo Booths.
Christopher Williams aka DJ CRUIZE CONTROL
www.BPMmusicgroup.com

When DJ Cruize Control is not spinning or running his companies, you can find him traveling, playing sports, reading or spending time with his wife, Tashell Williams and their 4 lovely kids, Tamiah (20), Taylor (17), Larry (11), and Cadence (4).

Christopher Williams

Dolla Bill

Music promotor Dolla Bill works with the entire galaxy of labels – from indie to major. With a targeted-focus on Top 40 Radio, Urban Radio and Urban AC, he was instrumental in breaking the hit “Stanky Leg”. Other major credits include “You’re The Only One” from Eric Benet. He frequently works directly with artists, helping manage communication with major labels and the publishing world.

Dolla Bill

London Williams

From professor to producer London is a filmmaker/sports and entertainment executive that was first introduced to TV and Film as a floor manager for Dallas Community Television (formerly Cable Access of Dallas). He also spent much of his early career at Project FX Productions where he wrote and produced theater. He then went on to oversee the promotion, touring and publishing divisions of SE Presents, Inc., a company that produced artist, concerts and comedy
shows. London attended the Digital Film Academy of New York conservatory program and now writes, directs and produces films
and television. London has a Doctorate in Business Administration and an MBA in sports and entertainment management and is currently the president/producer of Film Barter Media.

London Williams

Renae Spotser

A sports and entertainment executive turned film industry producer. Formerly with CBS and Fox Sports Net, Renae co-founded Film Barter Media to oversee film acquisition, build a collaborative networking platform and develop projects for the film and television
industry. Renae started her transition to the film industry by marketing and promoting films for the festival circuit and distribution channels. Renae has an MBA in sports and entertainment management, a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications, and a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution.
Renae’s community involvement includes work with the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Leadership Camp For Boys, NCAA Final Four 2014, City Of Dallas Sports Commission/Dallas Mavericks Ambassador program, the City Of Dallas, and various initiatives in the film industry.

Renae Spotser

Richard Boyd

Richard Boyd has been producing and Directing Film and Video Projects for more than 30 years. He’s an Award Winning filmmaker who’s worked on more than a dozen feature films and literally hundreds of corporate and commercial projects.

Currently Mr. Boyd is in final pre-production for a horror film entitled “The Boneyard”. He’s also in pre-production for 2 music videos, and is working on the Audio post-production for “The Game”, a short film by noted Director Michael Cohn

Additionally Mr. Boyd is the Program Coordinator of the Filmmaking Program at Houston Community College.

Richard Boyd

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews is a multi-talented music business executive with more than 25 years in the music industry. He is the founder and president of Dominion Global Inc. aka Dominion Global Marketing (RadioAirplayPros.com) and DigitalRadioTracker.com Inc. He has worked with some of the industry’s great talents such as: Gwen Stefani/No Doubt, Ted Nugent, MegaDeth, Beyonce, Silk, Scarface & The Geto Boys and many more! Mr. Matthews speaks at numerous conferences across the country providing essential information to the music industry. Dominion Global Marketing is currently one of the leading retail and radio marketing companies for independent music. Dominion Global Marketing and its affiliates have received more than 200 RIAA certified gold and platinum plaques and have been affiliated with over 250 Billboard charted singles. These recognitions come from the marketing and promotion of industry leading recording companies such as: Cash Money Records, Death Row Records, Rap-A-Lot Records, No Limit Records and many others! Mr. Matthews has marketed and promoted songs which have secured multi-million dollar deals with: Sony-BMG, Universal, Warner Music Group, Jive, Capitol, EMI, Atlantic and Epic Records.
In his latest venture, Mr. Matthews has developed a global broadcast monitoring company, DigitalRadioTracker.com (DRT) which monitors 5000+ radio stations around the world in more than 100+ countries. DRT tracks songs broadcasted on millions of technological devices such as: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Smart TV’s, cell phones, tablets etc. DRT provides insights that are personally designed to help music-related companies all over the world drive profitable growth and expand to new heights. Mr. Matthews and his company DigitalRadioTracker understands the importance of knowing who, when, where and how often a song is played. “That’s our mission and passion which creates the nucleus of who we are as a service provider. It doesn’t matter if you’re a multinational enterprise or a small start-up; we believe innovation is the key to success in both what is created and how one markets a product or service” explains Matthews. DRT will continue to develop better solutions to help artists, songwriters, managers, record labels, producers, publishers and music-related companies around the world achieve sustainable growth for their business and to develop a clear mission to combat the ultra- competitive marketplace.

Michael Matthews

Ryan Gaines

Ryan Gaines has worked in the entertainment industry since 2001 in the fields of film development and production as well as music supervision and licensing. His supervision work started with Spring Aspers at Island Def Jam and grew into an in-house position at Walt Disney Studios (Disney, Touchstone, Miramax) spanning a variety of genres and formats from major motion picture releases to independent art-house films and documentaries. Now independent, Ryan also owns Mutiny Recordings, a licensing company focusing on contemporary artists of all genres and an extensive vintage catalog from 1940s and beyond. He gained notoriety in his previous licensing company, Platform Music Group, after countless high-profile placements in global and national marketing campaigns, acclaimed TV shows, feature films, and more. With Mutiny Recordings, Ryan focuses on uncovering gems of yesterday and shining a spotlight on artists of today.

Ryan Gaines

Huntington Blackard

Creative research embraces a confluence of evolving delivery channels, an ability to seek deeper understanding and insight into consumer behavior. I’ve found that actionable foresight is more likely found in the trenches, not the cubicle; and It’s kept me irresistibly independent. While truly flattered by exclusive offers from BuzzFeed, Fox and Johnson & Johnson, I’ve opted to keep my ear closer to the ground. Mega trends and marketing formulas are as palpable as the nomological derivatives I unearth and apply across all disciplines.

As a self-described thrill seeking-philanthropist I believe that life isn’t something we go through, but grow through, gleaning from that my personal precept: To learn from all I do, to continually grow, reimagine and reinvent a future of limitless possibilities. Opportunity created where others see only obstacles.
Defining the Universal 21st Century Business Challenge

From the world’s most admired, successful and honored brands to the brashest and most untested start-ups, no business or brand is future-proof. The marketing future scorns past achievement as readily as it invents channels to cultivate customers. Today no market is safe from an expanding multiplicity of choices and a convergence of industries. For some, windows of opportunity aren’t closing, they’re shrinking.

Whether a well-positioned company or a victim of antiquated, monolithic approaches and shot- gun tactics, consumers want more than just a product, today they want affinity. A story, a relationship and a reason to believe. A reason to return. And buy again. The buying process itself becomes part of a self- perpetuating marketing process.

Ironically, bootstrapped start-ups are more easily pivoting with evolving industries and consumer behavior remaining in a continual beta phase. Empowered by their financial limits, laterally distributing themselves, stretching budgets and as a result more likely to find early adopters to promulgate their brand. As they do, defining their own demographic, because they’re fluid and socially engaged.
A Disruptive Business & Invisible Influence 


Markets and consumer loyalty are up for grabs with no sign of that changing. But the game has changed; those that master the new rules will thrive, and those that don’t wither away. Every engagement is an opportunity to make a substantive contribution while leading my clients to comfort in the new competitive arena. Igniting new brands or revitalizing existing ones, to every task, five principles govern what I do.

▪ Talking Up-Standing Tall – A progressive outlook on everything, values-based standard.
▪ Taking a View – Culturally affluent marketing engaging socially and emotionally.
▪ Multiplicity – Leveraging constantly evolving distribution, the Mobile First mandate and a future where App Real Estate is marketing’s most valuable real estate of all.
▪ Next Thing-Linkage – Relevant connectivity to Now is simply no longer an option.
▪ Potency – Content with branding strength enhanced by the brand’s story.

Huntington Blackard

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