2014 MEET & GREET
SOME OF CHICAGO’S VISIONARIES, ENTREPRENEURS,
ARTISTS, STORYTELLERS, INVENTORS, AND INNOVATORS
WHO WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE CHICAGO MADE
SXSW TRADE SHOW BOOTH
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 12:00PM
Andrea Saenz is First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library, where she leads program design and strategic organizational development. Before joining the Library, Andrea was chief of staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO, and was previously a policy advisor at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. She was also executive director of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a national organization working to increase Latinos’ entry into and success in professional careers.
Andrea completed graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government where she worked on data-driven performance management for Philadelphia Public Schools and the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation. She began her social sector career leading community based adult education and workforce development at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Andrea is from Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Los Angeles.
THE UPRISING CREATIVE
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 3:00PM
The Uprising is a creative anti-agency with studios in Chicago, Los Angeles, and London. They concept, they design, they build, they produce, they have fun, and they’re out of their minds. Put simply, they create and they destroy. From interactive games and music videos to experiential activations and product design; from Justin Timberlake and Rihanna to Samsung and IBM. We believe that creative strategy is the key to a killer campaign.
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 12:00PM
His work has been covered by Businessweek, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR and other leading media outlets. He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 1:00PM
Dave Moore is Co-Executive Director of Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest). Artist, entrepreneur and community organizer, Moore, brings a unique set of skills to CIMMfest. As a bass player, Dave has worked with Chicago-based bands Dhamba 8, Ghanaian highlife band Sankofa International, Mantwilla Niomo and the super group New Brain.
He sits on the board of Brain Surgeon Theater and the advisory board of Columbia Links. While a musician, Moore spent more than 10 years trading commodities at the Chicago Board of Trade as well as starting and operating a roster of small businesses. Moore has three children and is an avid barbequer and cook.
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2:00PM
Vivian Teng is the Managing Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, the longest-running competitive film festival in North America, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. She has been with the Festival for eight years and oversees operations, finances and strategic partnerships for the Festival and the organization’s year-round programs.
Before joining the Chicago International Film Festival, she was the Director of Marketing and Sales for Sunny Choi, a Toronto-based fashion designer with offices in Toronto and New York, and she brings over 10 years of experience in fashion and entertainment with her to the Festival.
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 3:00PM
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 4:00PM
Michael Una designs electronic devices to incite fun and encourage creative play at Unatronics.
Light, sound, motion and rhythm are configured into easy-to-learn interactive systems that can be used for musical expression, dance, open-ended play and scientific exploration.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 12:00PM
Born and raised in Indiana, Collin Schiffli developed a passion for fine arts and storytelling at a young age. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Directing from Columbia College Chicago and currently works as a director/editor/producer in Los Angeles.
His short films SHORTCAKE and MERMAID received distribution after premiering at Hollyshorts Film Festival. He collaborates closely with screenwriter/brother, Brandon Schiffli. Collin’s feature directorial debut, ANIMALS, is featured in the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 1:00PM
Nan Warshaw co-founded Bloodshot Records in 1994. Almost two decades and over 200 releases later, Nan continues to slog away at this scrappy indie label in order to work with bands she loves. Through Bloodshot, she is honored to have launched the careers of Ryan Adams, Neko Case, and Justin Townes Earle, and to have had a role model in the exceptionally prolific, hardworking and hard drinking Welsh-Mayor-of-Chicago, Jon Langford (Waco Brothers, Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, plus 50 more bands), who taught her she need not compromise her DIY punk ethics to work in the bowels of the music business.
Today Nan’s excited to be working new releases by Lydia Loveless, Luke Winslow-King, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Robbie Fulks, Scott Biram, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and many more. Prior to Bloodshot, Nan was a DJ at punk rock clubs and college radio, an independent publicist, a club buyer and indie booking agent, and founder and director of a few non-profit organizations. Nan received her BA from the Evergreen State College, and an MA in Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College. Nan was a featured small business owner on the White House web site for Health Care Reform, and currently proudly sits on the advisory boards of The Future Of Music Coalition, The Chicago Music Coalition, and on the honorary board of Rock For Kids.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2:00PM
Howard A. Tullman is the CEO of 1871 where Chicago’s digital designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs come to build their businesses. He is also the General Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and for G2T3V, LLC – both Chicago-based venture capital funds. He most recently was the Chairman/CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy which he co-founded in 2007. He is the former President of Kendall College in Chicago and the former Chairman/CEO of Experiencia, Inc. He is also a member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT, and Cultural Affairs Councils, a member of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Innovation and Arts Councils,
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 3:00PM
After spending years advising Fortune 100 companies on sourcing the perfect music and artists for their advertising campaigns, and then by chance rapping on a McDonalds commercial, at age 25 Eric Sheinkop saw an opportunity to revolutionize the way brands and advertisers license and use music to drive broader marketing objectives.
In 2008, Sheinkop created Music Dealers – a global music tech company that bridges the gap between bands and brands, enabling brands to create meaningful and authentic touch points with their target audiences while providing a new route for emerging artists to gain the exposure, funding and distribution necessary to take their careers to the next level.
Boasting the world’s largest music licensing database comprised of nearly 20,000 of the best indie musicians, Music Dealers has opened up a previously untapped global platform for the emerging artists to share their music with the world through TV, radio, internet and live performance deals. Music Dealers’ partners include the world’s leading brands, advertisers and TV and film production houses.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 4:00PM
In her post as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office, Betsy Steinberg heads the effort to attract film and television production to Illinois. Under her leadership, the state has broken revenue and jobs numbers four times — including 2013’s $358 million revenue report — nearly doubling the previous record set in 2012.
Betsy brings seventeen years of production experience with her to the IFO. Immediately prior to coming to the Film Office, Betsy was Vice President of Development for Towers Productions where she generated millions of dollars in business for television networks including A&E, The History Channel, National Geographic, Court TV and MSNBC. She has produced, written and directed numerous documentaries including 2004’s “Isaac’s Storm,” the Emmy nominated docu-drama based on Erik Larsen’s best-selling book of the same name.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 12:00PM
Marah Eakin has been the music editor of The A.V. Club, the serious, pop culture-related arm of The Onion, for the past few years. Prior to that, she was the Chicago City Editor of The A.V. Club, where she covered local Chicago events and happenings.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 12:00PM
Andrew Morgan is an agent at the Billions Corporation, a venerable independent booking agency based in Chicago. Andrew books a burgeoning roster of established and up-and-coming acts, including Angel Olsen, Potty Mouth, Sleep and the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale.
In addition to his own roster, he serves as agency associate to Adam Voith, who books Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, HAIM and Bon Iver (among others). Andrew teaches a class about touring as an adjunct instructor at Columbia College Chicago.
PHILLIPPE RAVANAS & JERRY BRINDISI
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2:30PM
A native of France, Philippe is an Arts Management expert with two decades of experience in developing global strategies, directing multi-national teams and creating a network in the international arts and entertainment industries. He has a successful track record in building bridges between business and academia, both in Europe and in the USA.
Philippe previously served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Euro Disney in Paris, before joining Christie’s Auction House in London and New York, where he took charge of its worldwide client relationship management strategies and processes.
He has lectured extensively with the Arts and Business Council of America, and has provided consulting services to many multinational institutions and corporations, including the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Trade Organization, the European Parliament, the National Geographic Society, The Wallace Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, Amazon, RCA, Technicolor, Columbia Sportswear, AC Nielsen, General Electric, Daimler-Chrysler, Kimberly Clark, Sara Lee, Pratt & Whitney, Steelcase, Square D, Toshiba, John Deere, Baxter, PPG, AON, Fortune Brands, Molex, Lafarge, Monsanto, Corning, Westinghouse.
Jerry Brindisi is an Assistant Professor and Program Supervisor for the Music Business Concentration at Columbia College Chicago. He oversees all music business courses offered by the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department and enjoys serving as a faculty advisor and mentor to music business students.
Mr. Brindisi has an extensive background working in the music industry. He has been employed by Sony Music Entertainment Inc. as a Sales and Marketing Research Analyst in their Global Digital Business Group. He has also worked for the executive offices and the A&R departments of Warner Music Group’s Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. As the studio manager for Ander’s Music, he has had the opportunity to work closely with top industry leaders, attorneys, artists, managers, producers and songwriters. Additionally, Mr. Brindisi has advised and counseled music artists and industry executives on various industry issues including career advancement, publishing, marketing, promotion and artist branding.
He previously served as a full-time faculty and program supervisor for the music business program at the State University of New York, Fredonia, where he taught courses such as Music Contracts, Music Copyright and Publishing, Music Marketing and Promotion and The Business of Music.
Mr. Brindisi earned a master’s degree in Music Business from New York University where he was honored for outstanding scholarship, leadership and service in the Graduate Music Business Program of the Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. While attending NYU, he served as the assistant to the program director of Music Business. Mr. Brindisi holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from SUNY at Buffalo with concentrations in public relations and advertising.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 3:00PM
Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors. His three decades in the music business spans across genres, borders and industries. Having experience in nearly every aspect of record production and promotion has given Martin a unique perspective not only on where the music industry is currently, but where it is going in the future.
After playing drums in a variety of English bands, Martin auditioned for and subsequently joined Johnny Rotten’s Public Image Limited in 1979. His first contribution to the band was cowriting and performing on the song “Bad Baby” for the revered Metal Box LP. After touring the world with P.i.L and contributing to several more studio albums Martin left the group in 1985. Over the next five years, he played with and managed Killing Joke and toured with Ministry. In 1990, while on tour with Ministry, he formed his own band, Pigface. He also worked with Nine Inch Nails, performing on the Grammy award winning “Wish” and appearing in the “Head like a Hole” video.
Martin began working on the business side of music in 1988 when he formed Invisible Records and then Mattress Factory Studios in 1996. Over two decades Invisible has released over 350 albums and has had placements spanning from the original Miami Vice to Showtime’s Queer as Folk to Robert Altman’s The Company.
Atkins wrote his first book, Tour:Smart, in 2007, his second book, Welcome to the Music Industry – You’re Fucked and has since spoken around the world at major industry conferences, recognized universities, and nonprofit organizations. His distinguished speaking resume includes: SXSW, Warped Tour, CMJ, New Music Seminar, Unconvention, NAMM, By:Larm, Dfest, USC, Drexel, Virginia Commonwealth University, Full Sail, Weiden + Kennedy, Chicago Cultural Center and many more.
Atkins currently is the Music Business Department Chair at SAE Chicago leading courses on Touring, Advanced Entrepreneurship, Artist and Event Management, and Online Marketing. When he’s not teaching, you can find him on the road, consulting with artists and organizations, or working on his next book, Band:Smart.
He is a father of four boys and lives with his wife, Katrina, in Chicago.