The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Zach Katz of BMG US will be offering a spotlight on the Music industry at the 2016 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Variety. The packed program will be held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday, November 30th. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the sessions running from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Zach Katz is the President Repertoire and Marketing at BMG US, the US operation of BMG. Starting his career in 1996 as a music attorney, Katz is responsible for a roster at BMG US which includes such star writers as Bruno Mars, will.i.am, DJ Snake, John Legend, Pitbull, Frank Ocean and Quincy Jones and recording artists such as blink-182, Janet Jackson, Alabama, Iron Maiden, Scarface and OK Go.
Katz has overseen the signing of exceptional talents such as Bebe Rexha, Monsters & Strangerz, John Ryan, Bibi Bourelly, The Strokes, Greg Wells, Verse Simmonds, Gente De Zona and Nathaniel Rateliff. Working from BMG’s Los Angeles HQ, Katz is also responsible for BMG teams in New York and Nashville.
Prior to BMG, Katz co-founded record label Beluga Heights with his client/partner JR Rotem, where they scored multi-million album sales and tens of millions of singles sales with artists including Jason Derulo and Sean Kingston. Previously, he spent many years as a music manager and served as GM of Groove Attack USA.
BMG was named ASCAP’s Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2016 ASCAP Pop Music Awards in April. BMG US is the US operation of BMG, the new model music company created by Bertelsmann in 2008 as a direct response to the challenges of music’s digital revolution. BMG advanced to become arguably the fastest growing music company in history.
BMG’s distinctive business model brings the traditionally separate functions of music publisher and record label under one roof and offers a service-based approach which makes fairness and transparency to its artist and songwriter clients a key priority. Eight years in, BMG is already the fourth biggest company in the worldwide music publishing market and is a Top 10 player in records.
The first new global player in the recordings business in decades, BMG’s pitch is unique – a relentless focus on fairness and transparency and service to its artist and songwriter clients. BMG’s 14 offices across 12 core music markets now represent over 2.5-million songs and recordings, including the catalogues of Chrysalis, Bug, Virgin, Mute, Sanctuary, Primary Wave and Talpa Music, as well as literally thousands of artists and songwriters attracted by its fresh approach.
Owned by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann, BMG offers multi-platform perspective, integrated technology platform and commitment to help artists maximize their income. Read more at www.bmg.com
The conference is the pre-eminent local forum that focuses on the importance of the Entertainment Industry to California and steps that need to be taken to keep it healthy. The theme selected for the 2016 conference is “Hollywood Without Borders”. Co-chairs of this year’s conference are Sharon Keyser, Senior VP, Real Estate, Government & Community Relations for Paramount Pictures, and Doug Troy, COO/CFO of Trailer Park. Producer Vin Di Bona will once again Emcee the conference. It will feature messages from public officials and industry experts. Amy Lemisch of the California Film Commission will provide an update on the California film tax credits program. Ted Sarandos of Netflix will be recognized with the 2016 Commitment to California Award.
A host of businesses have lined up to support and sponsor the conference. In addition to presenting sponsor Variety, the Platinum Luncheon Sponsor will be the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building. Breakfast sponsors include: Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Trailer Park and Vin Di Bona Productions / FishBowl Worldwide Media.
Gold level sponsors include: California I.A.T.S.E Council, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, FilmL.A., Inc., First Entertainment Credit Union, Harman Press, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Meruelo Media, and Skydance Media.
Silver level sponsors include: APM Music, AT&T, Capitol Music Group, Comcast | NBCUniversal, Emerson College Los Angeles, Gensler, Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City, Hollywood American Legion Post #43, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, SAG-AFTRA, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, and The Walt Disney Company.
Additional supporters include Mole Richardson and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles.
Reservations can be made online at hollywoodchamber.net/conference. The early bird, special rate is $99 for chamber members who register prior to November 28th. The price rises to $125 for those who register at the door. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $1,000.
Valet parking at Loews Hotel is $20. Self-parking at H&H is $15.
Register online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/conference
About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
For more than 95 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Fariba Kalantari, DDS, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2016-17, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net