October 8, 2008

10th MidemNet Welcomes Back Hilary Rosen, Eric Nicoli and Michael Robertson, and Hosts 2nd New Business Showcase

The 10th edition of MidemNet (17-18 January, MIDEM, Cannes) will be the occasion for the forum dedicated to new technologies and business models in the music industry to look back on a decade of profound change and examine the current and future shape of the industry.

Three leading figures will come together for the opening MidemNet session: the former Chairman and Chief Executive of the EMI Group and current Chairman of VUE Entertainment and R&R Music, Eric Nicoli; Hilary Rosen, former Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, currently commentator for CNN; and the Founder of MP3.com, today CEO of MP3Tunes, Michael Robertson.

"Hilary Rosen, Eric Nicoli and Michael Robertson are emblematic figures of the decade, each of whom in very varied fields - at the head of an institution, of a major and in technological innovation - have left their imprint on the history of the industry. We are honoured that these major players have accepted to return to deliver keynotes for the 10th MidemNet so they can give their analysis of the past changes and the future direction of the sector," said Dominique Leguern, Director of MIDEM.

A clear vision of the future will also be on offer with the second edition of the Music Ally/MidemNet "New Business Showcase," which will present six of the most innovative ideas likely to create value for the music industry, selected from submissions to the consulting and research company Music Ally.

Ranging from recently created companies and those at project stage to new services, facilities and concepts, more than 100 candidates applied last year, which resulted in showcasing new ideas such as the Spanish-made collaborative electronic music instrument, the Reactable, which went on to win four prizes. Submissions for the next edition can be made until 17 November on: http://www.musically.com/newbusiness

MidemNet, whose central theme this year will be the creation of value around the artist/fan relationship, will also bring together numerous key players in the sector, such as David Eun, pilot of content strategy for Google, and Jin-Young Park, leading South Korean producer of Asian superstars including Rain, Wonder Girls and Jacky Cheung, and the Founder and President of JYP Entertainment.

For more information on MIDEM: http://www.midem.com

Analysis and exclusive interviews of industry figures on the MidemNet blog: http://www.midemnetblog.com

Note to Editors:


Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV featuring MILIA, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPCOM JUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM HORIZONS and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors.

Reed MIDEM is a division of Reed Exhibitions, the world's leading events organiser Reed organises a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 500 events serves 47 industry sectors. In 2007 Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 39 fully staffed offices.

For further information about Reed MIDEM visit www.reedmidem.com


London-based Music Ally is the world's leading digital music strategy and research company. Music Ally has been providing publications, consulting, research, training and events to the music and technology industries since 2001.

Clients include BBC, EMI, SGAE, Real Networks, Gracenote, Yahoo!, Universal, Ticketmaster, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, IFPI, Sony Ericsson, Live Nation and Vodafone.

For more information go to www.musically.com