Entertainment Industry and Music Producer Conference in Houston TX

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Urban Network Magazine will continue in Houston, Texas at the 18th Annual URBAN NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT-MARKETING SUMMIT September 24 – 27  at the Hilton Americas Hotel & George Brown Convention Center. The music news organization will present a monumental conference bringing thousands of consumers and music professionals from the arts, film and entertainment industry. The continuation of the Summit will expand upon the notable groundwork that was laid in the previous Urban Network Conference in Newport Beach, California earlier this year

Houston Music Producer

Urban Network CEO and Motown Records veteran, Miller London has chosen Houston, Texas to host the houston music producer and recording artist industry event. The music networking conference will present comprehensive and detailed information focused on networking, careers in music, broadcasting, theatre, fashion, film and the basic “How to be effective” in the industry. The panels, forums, and workshops will include highly regarded leaders that shall yield valuable information for attendees who are beginning, developing, or established in these fields.

URBAN NETWORK DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT-MARKETING SUMMIT – The Houston music market is open to industry A&R’s, executives and consumers from throughout the world. Between six and eight thousand registrants, attendees and vendors are expected to come together with corporate and individual sponsors.

PANEL & SEMINAR SESSIONS
Wednesday, September 24
7pm-9pm Opening Reception
Thursday, September 25
Thursday, September 25, 9:30am-11am
Licensing Your Music for Digital, Film, TV and Other Media
Moderator:
James Leach, Sr. Director, Writer, Publisher Relations, SESACPanelists:
Will Griggs, Head of New Business Ventures, The Music Umbrella
Steven Weber, President, DUPIDM Digital/West Coast Director, The Royalty Network
Leslie Cross, Entertainment Attorney, The Cross Firm
Tracy Matthews, Music World Entertainment
Alverez Mostcold, Houston Music Producer, Bookoo Beats
Jabari Ali, Music Supervisor, Paragon Film Music
Thursday, September 25, 10am-10:30am
Gospel Panel I: Breaking into the Gospel Music Arena
Moderator:
Charles Hudson, Operations Manager, KTSU-FMPanelists:
Niyoki, D2G Recording Artist
Terrence Bell, Virtual Valor Entertainment Recording Artist,
Kerry Douglas, CEO, GTM Media and Worldwide Gospel Records
Gerry Stinson, Artist Manager
Herman Burroughs, CEO, Gospel Warehouse Records
Thursday, September 25, 11am – 11:20pm
Mini-Keynote Address 

John Huffman, CEO, Real Content Group
Thursday, September 25, 11:20am-12:45pm
Marketing Your Music Thru Social Networks & New Media
Moderator:
Harold Whaley, Program Director, Urban Network Radio, Consultant; Monogramia VirtuaPanelists:
Roslynn Cobarrubius,Urban Marketing, MySpace
Chris Honetschlaeger, President, BETA Records
Tonya Byrd, Hot Jamz/Sirius Love, XM Sirius
Sean Glover, Director of Royalty Administration, SoundExchange
Kevin McFall, VP of Products, Rushmore Drive.com
Tom Gimbel, President, High Wire Music
Ken Spellman, President/CEO, Soundcheck Inc.
Camille Barbone, COO, Stadium Entertainment
Thursday, September 25, 2:30pm-4pm
Gospel Panel II: Staying Profitable in a Download World
Moderator:
D.A. Johnson, Executive Director Gospel Division, Malaco Music GroupPanelists:
Brendettae Payne, Esquire, Entertainment Attorney, Payne Law Group
Arthur Mitchell, VP Business Development, Urban Network
Clyde Duffie, President, D3 Entertainment
Telisa Stinson, Spirit Rising Music, Music World Music
Thursday, September 25, 2:30pm-4pm
I Don’t Need a Record Deal & Building Your Team for Success
Moderator:
David Mitchell, Urban NetworkPanelists:
Building Your Team for Success
Nancy Byron, Publicist, Public Relations Consultant, OGPR
Dedra Davis, Entertainment Attorney, Law Offices of Dedra Davis
Lindsay Guion, Guion Partners, Black Pepper, LLP (Management, D’Angelo)
Derrick Banes, D2B Production (Management Famous, Chamillitary Records)
Charles Chavez, President, Latium EntertainmentI Don’t Need A Record Deal
Phil Thornton, Bright Star Entertainment/Acclaim Films
Allen Johnston, The Music Specialist
Janie Jennings, Industry Consultant, Industry Works
Debbie Sandridge, McNally Smith College of Music
Trae, Independent Recording Artist
Thursday, 4pm-5:30pm Retail Town Hall Discussion
The Diminishing Independent Retailer & the Fight for Relevance
Moderator:
Billy BowlesPanelists:
T.J. Miller, VP of Sales, SOBE Entertainment
Cy Williams, Owner, LaRhythms Records, (Baton Rouge, La.)
Oran Smith, Owner, Music Depot (Houston, TX.)
Terry Renfrow, Universal Music Group
Velisa Crayton-Walker, Universal Music Group
Marketta Rodriquez, Owner, Serious Sounds Etc (Houston, TX)
Robert Gonzales, CEO, Music (Access Dallas, TX.)
Clark Miles, Owner, Turn Table II (Houston, TX.)
James Shepherd, Owner, Eargazum & X-Perience (Dallas, Oklahoma)
Eleni Shepherd, Owner, Eargazum & X-Perience (Dallas, Oklahoma)
Anthony Frazier, Owner, High Volume Music (Houston, TX.)
Gary Holzenthal, Owner, Odyssey Records (New Orleans, La.)
Thursday, September 25, 4pm-5:30pm
Touring, Booking, Performing in Today’s Marketplace
Panelists:
Mark Cheatham, VP, Urban Music, Creative Artist Agency
Ernest Walker, President, Walker Entertainment Group
Cynthia Allen, President, C. Allen Productions
Rick Aaron, President, A&R Entertainment
Matt Sonzala, Music Festival Coordinator, South By Southwest
Thursday, September 25, 7:30pm-11pm
Gospel Dinner, Music N Praise Showcase

A Tribute to Yolanda Adams; Mini Keynote Address Vicki Mack Lataillade, Founder, GospoCentric & B-Rite Music; Special Performances by Kingdom recording artists Phil Tarver, Cynthia Jones, and Tonya Baker; Warehouse recording artist Ziel; and D2G recording artist Niyoki
Friday, September 26
Friday, September 26, 9am-10:30am
Your Success Guide to Running An Independent Label
Panelists:
Chris Ayears, Director, Urban Sales & Marketing, Fontana Distribution
Leo Rodgers, VP, Bungalow/Universal Distribution
Bryan Calhoun,
President, Label Management Systems
T.C. Thompkins, Thompkins Marketing
David Kuti, 
Marketing Manager, BCD Distribution
John Patillo, Fase 1 Entertainment
Michael Clarke, Swishahouse Records
Janie Jennings, Indie Consultant, Industry Works
Mike Mack, Rap A Lot Records
Arthur Mitchell, Urban Network/Author, Music for Fun & Profit
Friday, September 26, 10:30am-11:30am
Analyzing and Financing Your Business
Moderator:
TBDPanelists:
Ricky Anderson, Esq.
Leslie Cross, Esq., Entertainment Attorney, The Cross Firm
Dennis Hannah, Financial Planner, Hannah Industries
Brett Conliffe, Global 507/Global Management
Sylvia Tiller, Esq.
Kevin Nelson, 
Pres./CEO, Worldwide Credit & Financial Solutions, Inc.
11:30am-12:30pm 
One on One with Big Jon Platt, President, West Coast Creative, Head of Urban Music, EMI Music Publishing
Friday, September 26, 11am-12:30pm
Mixshow DJs 101 Panel
Moderator:
DJ LumpPanelists:
J Que, KBXX-FM
DJ Hi-C, President, Go DJs
Big Bink, KDUPIDB-FM
D’Lyte, KKDA-FM
Crisco Kid, KPTY-FM
Troy Marshall, VP, Interscope Geffen A&M
Friday, September 26, 2:30pm-4pm
Hip Hop Laws of Success
Panelists:
Troy Marshall, Interscope Geffen A&M
Kiotti, DJ, Artist, Hip-Hop Tastemaker
Michael Clarke, 
Swishahouse
T. Farris, TF Records, Swishahouse
Azim Rashid, 
SVP, Special Ops/Atlantic/Bad Boy/Asylum
Friday, September 26, 2:30pm-4pm
Merging the Worlds of Music, Fashion & Film
Panelists:
Zoe Jackson-Jarra, Zoe International
Dr. K.G. Bell, World Renowned Author, Screenwriter, Poet
Greg Carter, Director, Nexus Films
Divinci Roshon, Film/Video Producer, Manifest Entertainment
L.J. Vaughn, Actress
Kamitha Sloan, 
Stylist
Luqman Kaka, 
Photographer
Jabari Ali, 
Music Supervisor, Paragon Film Music
4pm-5:30pm Real Time with Kevin Black, Warner Bros. Records Exec 
How to Get on the Major Label Radar
(Demo Critique)
Friday, September 26, 4pm-5:30pm
Music Retail Panel Discussion
Coordinator/Moderator:
Billy Bowles
Panelists:
T.J. Miller, VP of Sales, SOBE Entertainment
Cy Williams, Owner, La Rhythms Records, (Baton Rouge, La.)
Oran Smith, Owner, Music Depot (Houston, TX.)
Terry Renfrow, Universal Music Group
Velisa Crayton-Walker, Universal Music Group
Marketta Rodriquez, Owner, Serious Sounds Etc (Houston, TX)
Robert Gonzales, CEO, Music (Access Dallas, TX.)
Clark Miles, Owner, Turn Table II (Houston, TX.)
James Shepherd, Owner, Eargazum & X-Perience (Dallas, Oklahoma)
Eleni Shepherd, Owner, Eargazum & X-Perience (Dallas, Oklahoma)
Anthony Frazier, Owner, High Volume Music (Houston, TX)
Gary Holzenthal, Owner, Odyssey Records (New Orleans, La.)
Chris Ayears, Director, Urban Sales & Marketing, Fontana Distribution
7:30pm-9:30pm
Movie Screening 

Stax Films & Concord Music Present Isaac Hayes, Bernie Mack and Samuel L. Jackson ‘Soul Men’
SATURDAY, September 27
Saturday, September 27, 10am-11:30am
Art of A&R and Music Publishing
Moderators:
Cornbread & JPPanelists:
Big Bob Francis, Brand Engine
Michael Jackson, EMI Music Pub
Kevin Hall, VP, Urban Music, Rondor Music Pub
Shawn Holiday, Sr. VP, Interscope Geffen A& M
Max Gousse, EVP, A&R, New Business Development, Music World Ent.
Tremayne Anchrum, Director, Creative Services, ASCAP
Steven Weber, West Coast Director, The Royalty Network
Shalik Berry, A&R, Def Jam (pending)
Saturday, September 27, 10am-11:30am
What Does the Future Hold for Radio?
Coordinator/Moderator:
Kevin Fleming, Editor, Urban BuzzPanelists:
L.C. Conner, J Records
Brian Anthony,PD, WMKS-FM, Greensboro, NC
Derrick Corbett, VP, New Orleans Clear Channel Com.
Chilly Bill Smith, Air-Personality, KMJQ-FM
Madd Hatta, Morning Show Host, KBXX-FM
Jerry Boulding, 
Urban/Urban AC Editor, All Access Music Group
Ken Spellman, 
RCS/Clear Channel
Tonya Byrd, Hot Jamz/Sirius Love, XM Sirius
SATURDAY, September 27, 11:30am-1pm
Songwriter-Producers Symposium
Moderator:
Dedra Davis, Entertainment Attorney, Law Offices of Dedra DavisPanelists:
Greg Curtis (Keyshia Cole, Yolanda Adams)
Errol McCalla (Missy Elliott, Beyonce)
Salih, Carnival Beats (Mike Jones, Paul Wall)
John “Cheesebeats” Williams (Yung Joc, Cherish)
Gavin Luckett 
(Latoya Luckett)
John Broussard 
(Bow Wow, Beyonce)
8pm-11pm Awards Gala

For More Info:
The Urban Network
3255 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 815 Los Angeles, CA. 90010
Phone: 213.388.4155
Fax: 213.388.0034

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