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:
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. www.geoffbyrd.com
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."
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.
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."
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.
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
Pro-Gamer: 3-time Cyberathlete Professional League
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.
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.
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, 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, 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.