Who We Are
Scott Freiman – CEO + Co-FounderScott is a senior executive and technology entrepreneur with a background in music, technology, and finance. His previous company, Credit Management Solutions (CMSI), revolutionized the automobile financing industry by creating the first nationwide network connecting automobile dealers to financial institutions. He spearheaded the company’s rapid growth and led the company to a successful IPO and eventual sale. Since selling CMSI, Scott has been involved in the music industry for over ten years working directly with artists and music publishers, as well as film and television producers. Scott has a B.S. in Computer Science and Music from Yale University and a M.A. in Music Composition from New York University.
Jon Ehrlich – FounderJon is a founder and one of the original creators of Qwire. He is a three time Emmy nominated composer, having scored over 600 episodes of television. His credits include: Pitch (FOX), Parenthood (NBC), About a Boy (NBC), House, M.D. (FOX), White Collar (USA), Life (NBC), Invasion (ABC), Conviction (NBC), The Guardian (CBS), The Agency (CBS), Roar (FOX), and Party of Five (FOX). Jon has a B.A. in Music from Yale University. IMDb
Leigh Roberts – FounderLeigh is a founder and one of the original creators of Qwire. Leigh’s TV and film credits include Power Rangers, White Collar, and the Emmy award-winning HBO documentary Casting By. He has also scored numerous dramas, reality shows, and documentaries for Discovery Channel, A&E, F/X, ESPN, and PBS. Leigh has a B.S. in TV, Radio, Film Production and Music from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. IMDb
Art is a serial entrepreneur who has helped create and restart over 30 private and public sector organizations. Art is the founder and CEO of Tipping Point Partners, a New York City-based “institutional entrepreneur” that serves as a founder and seed investor for software startups.
Cindy Charles is Head of Business Development, Video Shorts for Amazon. She worked for Warner and MTV in their legal departments and for MediaNet as General Counsel. Since starting her own consulting company, Cindy has consulted to Spotify, RIM, Nintendo, EchoNest, and scores of other companies. She is an expert on music rights and copyright and was recently invited to testify on Capital Hill regarding changes to copyright law.
Ken is an expert in the areas of technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce. He was previously Chairman & CEO of shop.com and helped lead its sale to Market America. Prior to shop.com, Ken was EVP & Managing Director at Disney Online and VP & Executive Publisher at Broderbund Software.
Ashley Irwin is the President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists. He has scored over 30 feature films, 300 hours of television, and over 3,000 commercials. He has also arranged and composed music for 17 Academy Awards shows, several Emmys and Grammys, and a slew of other TV variety shows. His work with the PROs and Congress regarding copyright legislation and the PRO consent decrees have made him a champion for songwriters and composers.
Mike Leach is an expert in designing and building enterprise software. After a stint in the music industry working as a Product Manager for Roland, Mike went on to lead engineering and product management roles at Salesforce.com and Facebook. He is the co-founder of Logalytics which provides software that monitors and analyzes data from Salesforce, and he is the founder of Cubic Compass which specializes in custom development for Salesforce.
Dennis Lord is the Executive Vice President of Creative & Business Affairs at SESAC, the nation’s only Music Rights Organization. Known as a music executive with a special affinity for creative talent, Lord is also an entertainment lawyer who has a knack for writing hit songs himself. Dennis sits on numerous Boards, including the T.J. Martell Foundation, the American Music Association, and the Academy of Country Music. Dennis was one of the earliest champions of Qwire.
John is the Chairman of Elias Arts. He is also on the advisory boards of Rumblefish, Music180 and Siemer & Associates. John was formerly the CEO of Bug Music.
Andie Simon is a leading player in the arena of music and gaming and has been a consultant to Xbox Music and Electronic Arts. Andie was SVP, Interactive Media for Warner Music Group and VP, Brand Partnerships and Interactive Media Development for Warner Bros. Records. Prior to this, Andie was the Director of Label Relations for AOL Music.
John Storyk is one of the world’s most successful studio architects. Since the 1969 completion of Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix, Storyk and his design company Walters-Storyk Design Group have provided design, system integration, and construction supervision for over 3500 professional audio recording and video production/post-production studios, performance venues, sports arenas, houses of worship, and educational facilities, winning numerous TEC awards for outstanding design.
Andy has been an entertainment lawyer for over 28 years. His client base spans the spectrum: from emerging talent to iconic superstars, from established entertainment companies to start-ups. Andy has long been actively involved with NARAS’ New York Chapter’s Board of Governors, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the TJ Martell Foundation, the music industry’s charity committed to finding a cure for cancer.
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Nicole is the former Co-Head of Universal TV Music at NBC Universal. She also previously served Universal Studios as Director of Legal and Music Affairs, and Manager of Licensing and Business Development.
David Weinberg is a new media executive with 15 years of experience who has consulted to the CEO or COO for digital strategy at Beats Electronics, VEVO, Disney Interactive, theAudience.com, MOG and Maker Studios, mentors resident companies at Launchpad LA and Amplify, and is on the advisory boards of Roqbot, Chnl, Chromatik and Vadio, start-up music, gaming, ticketing and social media companies. He is the former SVP of Business Affairs for Universal Music Group.
Bill is a 20+ year veteran of the music business, and currently holds the position of the Vice President of Digital Strategy & Business Development for the Music Business Association (formerly NARM.) He leads the charge on industry-wide programs and services related to music startups, content licensing and information infrastructure.