The 1st Annual Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards
kicks off with an event-filled Awards Gala Dinner from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on Friday, November 5, 2004 in the Grand Horizon Ballroom, UCLA Covel Commons at Sunset Village. (After Party and bars open 'til midnight)

Join us for an entertainment-packed night as we honor the cutting-edge developments and forward thinkers shaping the future of entertainment. Here's a look at some of the dynamic presenters and entertainers at this year's show:

Performances by...

Geoff Byrd
Geoff Byrd is not your usual musical artist. His roots stem much deeper than most in the business. After High School Geoff received a BS in History and a Masters in ED, going on to teach at Reynolds High School in Portland, Oregon. His popularity grew with students through his creative teaching style. One day a student asked, “Are you going for your dream?” Geoff quit that day and hasn't looked back. One of the most forward thinking artists in Pop music today, Geoff recently signed with CAA, and is growing nationally with his catchy melodies and lyrics fusing pop/rock.

When you combine a lead vocalist, a hip hop lyricist, melodic catch phrases, and music that rumbles the beats of tomorrow, you get the innovative sound of KansasCali. This dynamic duo is poised to become the next "Big Thing" in music. KansasCali explores music in bold, innovative new directions, relying on positivity, sick beats, melody, thick arrangements, and thoughtful lyrics. CLICK HERE to check out their new single - "Hello World."

The Mutaytor
Born in Black Rock City at the world-renown Burning Man Festival and incubated in Los Angeles' tribal-techno underground, The Mutaytor combines thundering fluorescent-green drums, live improvisational electronica, breathtaking performers, sensual hoop dancers, dazzling stunts and giant video projections.

PRESENTERS include...

Sam Solovey
The Apprentice
You didn't think being fired would keep him down forever, did you? Sam Solovey (the unforgettable sleepy wild man from the first season of The Apprentice) is back, and he's going digital as a commentator on Yahoo!  Meet the Apprentice that Donald Trump calls "a different kind of guy."

Mitch Bainwol
Chairman & CEO, RIAA

A seasoned policymaker, Mitch Bainwol is one of Washington's most recognized and respected strategists. The Washington Post calls Bainwol a "Top D.C. Lobbyist and Man in Demand", Capitol Hill's Roll Call newspaper hailed him as one of the 50 most influential "politicos" in Washington, and Entertainment Weekly described him as one of the most powerful people in show business.
John Simson
Executive Dir., SoundExchange

John Simson has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing with Perception Records as a singer/songwriter. His career has included a ten-year partnership in Studio One Artists, managing country superstar Mary Chapin Carpenter (1988-1995), Steve Forbert (Geffen), Jonell Mosser (MCA), Mike Henderson (RCA) and others. Simson was elected President of the D.C. chapter of NARAS (Recording Academy) in April 2004 and served three years as a National Trustee of the Academy.
Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
: 3-time Cyberathlete Professional League Champion
Fatal1ty first got involved in professional gaming tournaments in October 1999. Capturing 3rd place at CPL's Frag3 Tournament, he was invited to represent the USA in Stockholm 2 weeks later where he went undefeated against the top players in the world. Since then, he has consistently dominated competitions all over the world and is considered one of the greatest gamers of his generation. A household name in gaming circles worldwide, Fatal1ty was the focus of MTV: True Life I'm a Gamer.
Ralph Simon
Chairman of Americas
Mobile Entertainment Forum

Ralph Simon is a leading international authority on mobile entertainment, content rights, product & usage. Simon co-founded and developed the Zomba Group of music companies and its Jive Records labels growing it into one of the world's leading independent music publishing and recording companies. Simon advises and guides the mobile interests of some of the world’s leading recording artists and celebrities, including U2, Justin Timberlake, Shania Twain, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and Bon Jovi.
Ted Cohen
SVP, D3, EMI Recorded Music
Under Cohen’s guidance, EMI has led the music industry with its initiatives in new technologies and business models. In addition to seeking out, evaluating and executing business opportunities for the company, Cohen serves as both a strategist and key decision-maker for EMI’s global new media and anti-piracy efforts

Sandy Fox
Sandy Fox, co-founder of Love Planet Records is a producer, voice actor, singer, and visionary with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, You may have heard her unique voice and unforgettable characters on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Playstation games. For more information, please visit:

Voiceover Work by...
Lex Lang
Lex Lang, co-founder of Love Planet Records, is an extremely gifted director, producer, writer, musician and voice actor. He is a composer of music for film, television and games, voice director of animation, games and commercials, and voice talent known worldwide. From Saturday morning cartoons to Cartoon Networks Adult Swim, Playboy promos to HBO boxing, games for XBox, Play Station, Game Cube and PC, Lex has been cast in hundreds of productions. Perhaps you haven't seen him, but we're sure you've heard him. For more information, please visit:

Master of Ceremonies...
Ken Rutkowski, Host, KenRadio Broadcasting
Ken Rutkowski is (hyper) active in the new media arena, with a special emphasis on the emerging technologies that will be especially significant for Los Angeles' media and entertainment companies: from wireless, multimedia to convergence technologies. Ken has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, Business Week, Wired, The Red Herring, Internet World, Electronic Media, Asahi Shinbun, Bangkok Post, Yahoo Internet Life and dozens of other publications worldwide. Ken is a comedian at heart and knows the industry inside and out.


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