Founder/Head of Corporate Development, Mediatech Ventures
Known throughout entertainment and technology as “part connector/part evangelist/always a futurist,” Ted Cohen is currently the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic, a digital entertainment consultancy based in Los Angeles and concurrently serves as Head of Corporate Development for Mediatech Ventures, an Austin-based incubator/accelerator. Previously, as SVP-Digital for EMI Music, Cohen led global digital business development for this iconic label and was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the iTunes Store and Rhapsody/Napster music subscription services were built. During that time, EMI led the industry by embracing and exploiting new tech and business models such as digital downloads and streaming music subscriptions, wireless services, hi-resolution audio and internet radio. Prior to EMI, Cohen co-founded and chaired the groundbreaking Webnoize conference. Ted’s clients have included major brands such as Universal Studios, Fox Television, Amazon, Microsoft, DreamWorks, Gibson Guitar, Qualcomm and Napster, along with dozens of successful startups such as LyricFind, Saavn, Jooki and Dakia Digital. Cohen also had senior positions at both Warner Brothers and Philips Electronics. A 40+ year entertainment media industry veteran, Cohen conceived, created and chaired MidemNet and also served on the Grammy LA Board of Governors and Grammy National Trustee Board. Additionally, Cohen served as Chairman of Mobile Entertainment Forum America, and on the board of Mouse.org, an innovative computer literacy program. In 2013, Ted received the NARM Presidential Award, previously awarded to Ahmet Ertegun and Dick Clark, among others. Ted continually looks for the next innovative technology and his next challenge. He really loves his life.
Music Models for the Roaring ‘20s
10/12/21, 6:00 PM
Looking past hi-res audio and playlists at their fingertips, the music fan is currently enjoying a plethora of new discovery, experience and ownership tools and offerings, while the industry focuses on crafting solid financial models to insure their viability. We’ll address the following questions: What does a decentralized streaming platform look like? Will AR transform music discovery through sunglasses? Will blockchain protocols and NFTs provide artists with enhanced financial security or end up being as transitional as ringtones? The digital music industry continues to find its footing in an ever-shifting terrain – we will be sharing our views on where we feel it will land.