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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Darren Owen

Darren Owen

Chief Operating Officer, FUGA

Darren Owen is the Chief Operating Officer for leading b2b music distribution, marketing and technology business FUGA. Starting as a studio runner for Sony Music in 1998, Darren’s career developed in conjunction with the growth of the digital music industry. Transitioning to the record label side of the business where he oversaw physical manufacturing across Sanctuary Records back catalog, Darren worked with high-profile releases from The Who and Black Sabbath through to The Kinks, Toots and The Maytals and many more. From 2007 onwards, Darren began to focus specifically on the digital side of the business when he joined digital solutions company, 7digital.

Progressing from an Account Manager role through to Head of Operations, Darren built 7digital’s operations team from scratch, serving a 9-year tenure at the company. In 2017, Darren made the move to Amsterdam to work as Head of Client Services for FUGA. Starting with a team of 13 based in Amsterdam, Darren hired the first operations staff outside of the Dutch capital, which now boasts a headcount of 60 full-time employees, spread across four continents. Becoming FUGA’s Global Head of Operations in 2021, Darren oversaw all aspects of FUGA's operational business, including new label onboarding, content QC, DSP integrations and relationships, YouTube & UGC and front-line client support.

Promoted to COO in September 2022, Darren continues to be responsible for all elements of FUGA's operations.

Beyond the AI Boogeyman: Trust & Safety in the Modern Music Industry 

10/11/23, 4:00 PM

The critical conversation around trust & safety in music’s digital marketplaces has never been louder, but as each business lays out its own position, how can the industry align to formulate a collaborative approach to a nuanced issue?

As founding members of Music Fights Fraud, the global task force aimed at eradicating streaming fraud, CD Baby, FUGA and parent company Downtown, are actively working with partners, clients and competitors to create an industry where genuine content creators can thrive. In this discussion, our panel will focus on the impact of streaming fraud, how a proactive approach to trust & safety is necessary and why AI=Fraud isn’t the nuanced understanding the industry needs to progress.

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