Billboard Reveals Its MIDEM Masters List
List Recognizes 10 Top Tier Executives From Around The Globe

By MusicDish [01-12-2007]

Billboard, the world’s most trusted source of music, video and digital entertainment news, charts, reviews and analysis, today unveiled its first-ever MIDEM Masters list. This list is comprised of 10 international professionals who use MIDEM, the longest-running marketplace for the international music business, to drive their business forward.

Billboard and the MIDEM organization will be honoring the extraordinary impact that these executives have had on the music industry at a special breakfast, which is taking place on January 23 at the Majestic Hotel/Salon Dinard in Cannes. The 41st MIDEM opens in Cannes on Jan. 20 with the MidemNet Forum and runs through Jan. 25 at the Palais des Festivals.

“The 10 MIDEM Masters represent top caliber executives from every sector of the music industry,” says Tamara Conniff, Billboard’s executive editor and associate publisher. “These music business leaders are all impressive dealmakers who have achieved incredible global success, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to salute them during this important event.”

Dominique Leguern, MIDEM director, adds, “As the world’s largest international music market, we are very honored that Billboard has chosen to host, in Cannes, the first MIDEM Masters, which recognize leading executives from the whole range of sectors that span the music industry.”

The following is Billboard’s inaugural list of MIDEM Masters:

· Andy Allen
President, Alternative Distribution Alliance | United States

· Ichiro Asatsuma
Chairman, Music Publishers Assn. of Japan
Chairman, Fujipacific Music | Japan

· Jean-Paul Baudecroux
Chairman, NRJ Group | France

· Eduardo “Teddy” Bautista
Executive president, SGAE | Spain

· Frank Falvo
Vice chairman, Shock Entertainment Group
Managing director, | Australia

Bernie Finkelstein
President, True North Records | Canada

· Michael Haentjes
Founder/CEO, Edel Music | Germany

· Song Ke
CEO, Taihe Rye Music | China

· Steve Lewis
Founder, Stage Three Music | United Kingdom

· Ralph Peer II
Chairman/CEO, Peermusic | United States

These executives were chosen from a pool of nearly 10,000 international music professionals who will be gathering in Cannes for MIDEM this month. The full article about the MIDEM Masters and other MIDEM feature stories are available in Billboard’s January 20 issue, which hit newsstands today.

About Billboard

Now in its 112th year, Billboard is the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events and brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends. Billboard is the flagship property for the Billboard Information Group, which also consists of,, Billboard Chart Alert, Billboard Information Network (BIN), Billboard Directories, Billboard Books, Billboard Licensing & Events and Radio & Records.

Billboard’s many strategic partners include Microsoft, Hands-On Mobile, Reuters, Sirius Satellite Radio, Telemundo, Univision Radio, ABC Radio Networks, Azteca America, BigChampagne and Billboard sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These partnerships leverage Billboard’s proprietary data, charts and information resources to develop broadcast entertainment, digital and mobile platforms and contextual commerce applications that expand Billboard’s franchise and consumer reach.

About Reed MIDEM

Reed MIDEM is a leading organizer of professional international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events, which take place in the French cities of Cannes and Lyon and Hong Kong, have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPDOC, MIPTV, MIPCOM JUNIOR, MIPCOM and MILIA for the television and multimedia industries, MIDEM for music professionals and MIPIM, MIPIM Asia and MAPIC for the property sector and GLOBAL CITY for urban management specialists.

Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world leader in the organization of some 460 public exhibitions and professional tradeshows in 38 countries.

MIDEM, The World’s Music Market, is held every January in Cannes, France. MIDEM is the largest international gathering of music-related industry professionals, who come together to conduct business, develop international relations and keep abreast of the latest industry developments.



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