GoDigital Media Group
Years ago, before iTunes, Netflix streaming and YouTube, GoDigital Media Group founder and Chief Executive Jason Peterson presupposed a world where consumers would jettison their CD’s and DVD’s in favor of digital entertainment. He decided to do something about it, founding GoDigital Media Group (GDMG) in 2006. Since then, GDMG has founded and acquired multiple brands that leverage technology to enable best-in-class intellectual property (IP) rights management, bringing together the entire IP life-cycle to source, acquire, manage, market and monetize IP in a complex digital world.
The media industry is under duress as the result of the digital paradigm shift. Peterson sees four primary problems in the media industry: the Sales Problem, the Distribution Problem, the Marketing Problem, and the Engagement Problem. This translates to efficiently and effectively transacting rights, managing and delivering media to the consumer on any device, any network, anywhere in the world 24/7 while identifying, tracking, and monetizing consumer engagement. “As an industry, if we can solve these paramount problems then we will in all likelihood exceed the best days of physical goods,” says Peterson.
Peterson’s goal for each business activity in the GDMG portfolio: the right team delivering the right product for the right market at the right time. “When you get alignment of these items truly special things can happen”. To this end, GDMG has brought on board a world class team that includes the former head of global operations at Paramount, the largest law firm in the world, and a former managing director from Siemens, the German Fortune 50 engineering conglomerate
Over 400 human resources including leading professionals, technologists, engineers and scientists.
Chairman and CEO - GDMG
20 years exp. “Top 40 under 40” - Billboard Magazine “Top 40 under 40” – Media Play News “Indie Power Player” - Billboard
CEO of Asia Pacific (APAC) - GDMG
18 yrs exp. Current COO AdShare & VidaPrimo. Former Managing Director, Siemens Korea
Chief Financial Officer - GDMG
10 years exp. CPA. Former Deloitte finance transformation expert in the telecom, media and technology sector. Has led C-suite projects for Spotify, AIG and ILFC among others
Chief Operating Officer and Americas - GDMG
25 yrs exp. EVP Strategy, Vision Media. Former Head of WW Operations, Paramount Pictures. Partner PRTM/PWC
Manfred Van Ursel
Chief Technology Officer, GDMG
23 yrs exp. Former founder & entrepreneur in tech. Architect and lead of engineering projects at top-3 Film/TV studios. 10y+ managing on offshore engineering teams
General Counsel - GDMG
Supervises and manages all legal matters. 10 years experience as an attorney in the entertainment industry representing artists and rights holders. As a past solo practitioner, a decade of work advising and representing established and start-up companies on corporate matters and legal affairs
CEO – Sound Royalties
Upon recognizing the sizable need for funding options that cater to music professionals and allow creatives to retain their copyrights, Alex Heiche founded Sound Royalties in 2014 and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Alex is a strong and outspoken music advocate, supporting the growth of songwriters, producers and artists, as well as highlighting the importance of musicians being compensated for their work while retaining their music rights and royalties. Alex possesses decades of experience in providing funds and finance raising strategies to music creatives, large annuity recipients, and professional athletes. He has worked with leading music industry professionals, including GRAMMY-Award winners, platinum recording artists and notable music industry executives in every genre, always with the utmost discretion and privacy. Heiche graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a member of the Recording Academy, the Gospel Music Association, the Americana Music Association, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a lifetime member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Nashville Songwriters Association International.
President, Cinq Music
Barry was a professional DJ and music producer from the age of 14. Starting as an intern while still in college, he rose through the ranks within GDMG. Barry launched Cinq Music Group alongside GDMG founder Jason Peterson in 2013, which has been considered one of the pioneers in the independent distribution space for combining the various services of a distributor, record label, and financial institution.
Chief Financial Officer – Sound Royalties
Chuck Lowe is Sound Royalties’ Chief Financial Officer and functions as the Chief Credit and Risk Officer. Leading the areas of credit, risk, finance, and servicing, Chuck lends his potent expertise garnered through years of success operating in specialty finance firms. Before serving as CFO at Sound Royalties, Chuck co-founded Novation Ventures in 2001, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in the asset securitization industry. Chuck played a leading role in arranging the financing and securitization of over one billion dollars in lottery prize, structured settlement (and other similar) cash flows. Chuck received a bachelor degree from Yale University and a MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Chuck's impressive academic career and love for music has provided the Sound Royalties team with the necessary skills to be the leading financial firm in the music industry.
President – Sound Royalties
President of Sound Royalties, Michael Bizenov, is a highly skilled executive with extensive experience in finance, strategic planning, and business development. Bringing a principled entrepreneurial management style to the company, Michael leads our innovative business, helping to shape its vision and lead its continued growth. Previously to Sound Royalties, Michael was a consultant for UBS and Litchfield Road Consulting, where he provided senior advisory support on business and strategy development, program implementation, financing, and overall business transformation. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in various executive roles at Sterling National Bank, helping grow the bank’s assets from under $1 billion to $15 billion and culminating his tenure there as the institution’s President of Consumer Banking. Michael’s passion for music began at a young age when he learned to play the drums, and carries on today as an avid supporter and fan of a wide variety of music and the people who create it.
Legal Counsel - Sound Royalties
Michael Damore has been the General Counsel for Sound Royalties since its inception in 2014 and serves as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Michael manages legal matters related to Sound Royalties’ product development, underwriting, and financing its asset acquisitions. Before his current role, Michael served as General Counsel for a specialty finance company where he managed the company’s legal, underwriting, and regulatory compliance. Early in his career, Michael practiced commercial law in Sacramento, California focused on business transactions and intellectual property rights. Michael graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Davis in 1987 with degrees in Economics and Political Science, and a law degree from the University of California, Davis. Michael’s musical aptitude was noted at an early age as he learned to play the trumpet in middle school. With a passion for music and law, Michael has been an elite asset to the Sound Royalties team.
Senior VP, Operations, YogaWorks
Maya has worked in the yoga and wellness industry for over 10 years. She began her career in media and technology M&A at Allen & Co, and has held various roles at YogaWorks since 2011. She is also a yoga teacher and teacher trainer, and has completed 1,000+ hours of yoga training with some of the industry’s most notable teachers. Maya now leads YogaWorks’ operations with a goal of making yoga available and more accessible to people around the globe.
Chief Financial Officer at Cinq Music Group
Prior to joining GoDigital Media Group, Patrick worked at Deloitte as an external auditor and annually led a Fortune 500 financial statement audit. He is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in GAAP accounting and financial reporting, and served as GoDigital’s Corporate Controller before joining Cinq Music Group. Patrick leads the Company’s Royalty Accounting and Reporting (ROAR) Team and focuses on the valuation and financial due diligence of the Company’s music catalog acquisitions.
President, Latido Networks
Stephen came to GoDigital in 2016 after several years in media and entertainment, most notably at Warner Bros., Paramount and Technicolor. He created the Networks Division at GDMG, first incubating 24-hour streaming channel Latido Music and later acquiring US Latin-focused digital publisher mitú.
General Manager of Latido Networks LATAM
Sergio Uzaheta is the General Manager of Latido Networks LATAM, GDMG's holding company for media companies Mitú and Latido Music. He has more than 19 years of experience in content generation, content strategy, television, commercials, marketing, video clips, and media management. Sergio joined GDMG in 2017 after working in the content direction of Citytv Channel broadcasted in Latin America and owned by Casa Editorial el Tiempo and the Canadian ChumCity franchise.
General Manager – mitú
Vanessa’s passion for fusing multicultural marketing, entertainment, and the power of branding led her to join mitú in 2019. After 15 years of media agency experience on accounts like Disney, Universal, and Beringer Wine, Vanessa now leads mitú in its mission to represent Latinos and build community through its various touch points, content, and brands.