Unleashing the Power of Video Chat
The last decade has seen small group video chat become commonplace. Now, new technologies allow people to create massive online video chat engagements. These new platforms allow you to create VIP backstage experiences at internet scale. Will online release parties, meet and greets, video premiers, acoustic video chat performances become a part of all artists campaigns in the future? As we push the boundaries, what new valuable social destinations and new ways of social networking will arise?
Integrating his widespread digital authority in music, mobile, IPTV and product & service development, Ted Cohen is the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic.
In an industry that’s been slow to embrace change, Cohen is the exception to the stereotypical music-exec rule. Of course, when you start a career on the road with Alice Cooper and Van Halen, you’re more primed for the unexpected.
Known throughout the technology and music industries as being “part ambassador and part evangelist,” Cohen was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the Rhapsody subscription service and the iTunes Music Store were built.
In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Digital Development & Distribution for EMI Music (home of artists including Coldplay and the Rolling Stones), Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide for this “big four” record company, which includes labels such as Capitol, Virgin, Angel/Blue Note, Parlophone and Chrysalis. During that time, EMI led the industry by embracing and exploiting new technologies and business models such as digital downloads and online music subscriptions, custom compilations, wireless services, high-definition audio and Internet radio.
In addition to seeking out, evaluating and executing business opportunities for the company on a global basis, Cohen served as both a strategist and key decision-maker for EMI’s global new media and anti-piracy efforts. He worked to establish company-wide digital policies, which have provided EMI’s artists and labels a substantial advantage in the digital music arena.
Prior to his role at EMI, Cohen served as Executive Vice President of Digital Music Network Inc., where he co-founded and served as Chairman of the groundbreaking Webnoize conferences.
Cohen also led two highly successful new media consulting operations, DMN Consulting and Consulting Adults, attracting clients such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Universal Studios, DreamWorks Records, Liquid Audio, Wherehouse Records/Checkout.com and various other entertainment, technology and new media organizations. Cohen also held senior management positions at both Warner Bros. Records and Philips Media.
A 30-year industry veteran, Cohen currently chairs MidemNet, an international music/technology conference convened in Cannes each year. Cohen also serves on the NARAS (Grammy) Los Angeles chapter Board of Governors as well as the national Trustee Board, the Board of Directors for the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, co-chairs the new media arm of the T.J. Martell Foundation, and lends his time and talents to music & technology education efforts such as the Grammy In The Schools
Cohen served two terms as the Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas.
Steve Gottlieb is the Founder and CEO of Shindig, a patented new video chat technology that enables large scale interactive events. Shindig participants can see and be seen in a shared environment accommodating thousands. They can move freely in and out of conversation with whomever they chose and at the same time enjoy a talk, presentation or interview with their favorite author, artist, politician or actor, with the possibility of being called on to share the stage with them. Still in Beta, over 200 best selling authors have already embraced Shindig for Video Chat Book Tours.
Gottlieb rose to prominence with the founding of one of the most successful independent record labels in history with TVTRecords. TVT released over 25 gold, platinum or multi-platinum albums and launched the careers of such artists as Nine Inch Nails, Sevendust, Ja Rule, Brian Jonestown, Lil Jon, and Pitbull. In addition, Gottlieb also oversaw TVT Music Publishing home of many top charting hits for Usher, Beyonce, Pink, Justin Timberlake and others. He was a founding Board member of the American Association of Independent Music, the 7 year old organization that now represents the interest of some 300 independent labels.
In the tech space, Gottlieb has been an active angel investor and has served as advisor and consultant to a number of music tech entities including Musicmatch, Napster and Tune Up Media. With Shindig, he aims to redefine the state of the art of online engagement in a multitude of verticals from online promotional events, conferences, nightclubs, business meetings, games and distance learning.