The International Radio Festival is honoured to welcome the following music industry lumaries to its Advisory Board.
Advisory Board President
Dominique Leguern, Leguern is a respected music industry global figure, having headed up the largest international music industry market MIDEM for over 12 years. She co-founded Virgin records France, a subsidiary Richard Branson’s Virgin Group where during 11 years she worked with international artists such as Peter Gabriel, Lenny Kravitz, Pink Floyd, and Stevie Wonder, and mixing up music with fashion whilst collaborating with Jean Pierre Jeunet, Philippe Gautier, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and Stephen Frears. Dominique was awarded twice with the French cultural award “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” given for outstanding achievements in the arts by the Minister of Culture.
“I am delighted to head up the Advisory Board for the very innovative International Radio Festival and taking part in the B2B Forum. As the event goes into its third year, I look forward to working with the IRF team to develop an even bigger global presence” says Leguern.
Scott Cohen, The Orchard. Scott Cohen is the co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard, the largest digital distributor in the world, located in 23 countries. He is a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University and sits on the BPI Council. Scott’s music career started in the late 80’s in independent and major label artist management. He reps & advises several artists.
“Radio is ever evolving. It is more than transmitting music over airwaves and much deeper than online playlists. Radio is at a historic crossroads and The International Radio Festival is the place the discussion begins,” said Cohen.
Robert Kraft, former VP of Fox Music Kraft supervised all the music for Fox Filmed Entertainment, including 20th Century Fox Films, Fox Searchlight, Fox Animation, and Fox 2000. He supervised the music for more than 300 Fox feature films and many TV shows. Kraft won multiple Grammys, Oscars, and Golden Globes and produced record-breaking scores and soundtracks including: “Avatar”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Walk The Line”, and “Rio”. more about Robert here
“I am thrilled to join my esteemed colleagues on the International Radio Festival Board. Music radio is a fundamental part of the media landscape, with a rich past and a brilliant future,” said Kraft.
James Cridland, Radio DnS. Radio futurologist & Managing Director of Media UK. He was the Digital Media Director for Virgin Radio in London in 2001; in 2007 he joined the BBC to work on the BBC iPlayer for Radio; also worked at PURE, Audioboo, UK Radioplayer. He is a trustee of the Radio Academy.
“Last year’s Festival was incredibly enjoyable, and I’m delighted to be playing more of a role this year. The International Radio Festival is where great radio people come together to talk music and creativity: I’m really looking forward to helping shape another great event that looks to the future,” said Cridland.
Watch James talk about Music Radio here
Tony Prince. Tony began his broadcasting career on the 60’s Pirate ship Radio Caroline. From 1968-1985, Prince was on Radio Luxembourg, Europe’s largest, most successful radio station. He also worked for Capital Radio–London & had a show on Birmingham’s XTRA AM. In 1983 he published Mixmag & launched DMC which he heads. After 29 years, it is the world’s largest global DJ org.
“I am delighted to join the IRF’s Advisory Board and was moved to receive the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Having attended Years 1 & 2, I have been greatly impressed with both events and believe the IRF is in a unique position to promote and focus on broadcasting developments in these exciting times for radio, the media most enjoyed around the world,” said Tony Prince (aka The Royal Ruler).
Maarten Brouwer is a social media entrepreneur focussing on media development in multiple urban African areas. His ambition to support in new urban Africa media initiatives has resulted so far in a successful Kenyan station for ghetto youth: Ghetto Radio. He has initiated a pan-African platform ‘thisisafrica’, right now a top-notch media company in revealing news, insights and radio facilities from and about the African urban industry. Maarten is a music expert when it comes to African pop culture and teaches on Universities and Seminars about African musical development and urbanisation.
JP Bommel, president and founder of Barton Creek International, is as an entertainment industry connector at the intersection of content and technology. His career in music and tech industry spans over 20 years with executive roles at BMG, EMI, Sony, Qwest and Reed MIDEM. During his music industry career, JP developed global marketing plans for iconic talent such as Tina Turner, the late Etta James, as well as emerging talent. Later on, in a visionary role, he directed Qwest Communications to leverage the power of the rising internet and launched Qwest “anywhere anytime”. A trusted advisor to the media and entertainment industry, JP presided over the Media and Entertainment think-tank (MENG) and produced executive briefings summits for a selected group of media executives. and is an associate member of NARAS (Grammys.)