Santa Monica (January 17, 2006)–The Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy held an industry roundtable on January 5, 2006, against the backdrop of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Pictured are (l-r): Seated–Ted Cohen, Kathy Gornik, Bob Ludwig, Jon Kertzer, Dave Ulmer. Standing–George Massenburg, Michael Bishop, Paul Bishow, Glenn Lorbecki (Co-Chairman of the Producers & Engineers Wing), Tommy Tallarico, Eric Logan, Gary Arnold, Maureen Droney, Nathaniel Kunkel, Tom Dunn. Photos courtesy of The Recording Academy. Photos by Denise Truscello/WireImage.The roundtable discussion, “Convenience Plus Quality: Joining Together To Grow The Business,” brought 14 key industry figures together to converge upon the crucial issue of how to continue to supply the portability and innovation that consumers now expect in their audio devices while also providing a high-resolution, high-quality sonic experience.
The event, which took place before a select audience at the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, was moderated by Bob Ludwig. Ludwig led a wide-ranging discussion with panelists who work daily on the front lines touching upon key issues in both the business and technology of music and video. Panel members included Grammy-winning producers and engineers Michael Bishop and George Massenburg, as well as Best Buy Senior V.P. of Entertainment Gary Arnold; Vice President Marketing, New Formats, Universal Music Group’s eLabs Paul Bishow; Ted Cohen, Senior Vice President, Digital Development & Distribution, EMI Music; Tom Dunn Senior Manager, Marketing, Panasonic; co-owner and president of Thiel Audio and former chairperson of the CEA Kathy Gornik; Manager, Business Development, Microsoft-MSN Entertainment Jon Kertzer; Surround Music Award-winning engineer Nathaniel Kunkel; Noel Lee, founder of Monster Cable/Monster Music; XM Satellite Radio Executive V.P. of Programming Eric Logan; game music producer Tommy Tallarico; and Motorola’s Senior Director of Marketing for Digital Media Services Dave Ulmer.
“How we as an industry handle the reconciliation of quality and convenience will go far in determining the extent to which both the industry and consumers can benefit from advances in technology,” observed Maureen Droney, Executive Director of the P&E Wing.
“This panel was an unprecedented collection of talent from all over the music production spectrum, with producers and engineers alongside representatives of the record industry, the gaming industry and other sectors,” observed Bob Ludwig, President of Gateway Mastering and Co-Chairman of the P&E Wing. “I personally cannot recall another panel with such a wide range of experience and perspective. Everyone learned a lot, with each discipline learning from the others. The P&E Wing of The Recording Academy has really helped broaden the exchange of views on a complex topic.”