Speaker Bios

Alexia Bedat

Alexia Bedat, Associate, Klaris Law

Alexia Bedat is a Legal Associate at Klaris Law, a boutique media, entertainment, technology and intellectual property law firm, and a Management Consultant for KlarisIP, a boutique consulting and managed services firm focusing on IP rights & royalties, digital asset management and metadata.

Alexia is passionate about the podcast/audio space and regularly advises podcast companies and creators on the development, production, distribution and monetization of their content. Her media and entertainment practice includes pre-publication and pre-broadcast review of print and audiovisual content; fair use review and IP licensing matters; negotiation and drafting of development, production and distribution agreements in the film, television and audio industries; and, generally advising clients on the legal implications of developing technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, NFTs, and VR & AR.

Prior to joining Klaris Law, Alexia worked as a law clerk at BuzzFeed, where she supported the news team. She has also worked with law firms specializing in media law in both London and Paris.

Conal Byrne

Conal Byrne is the Chief Executive Officer of the iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group, which includes the company’s fast-growing and high-profile podcasting business and #1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, as well as the industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service; the company’s digital sites, services, newsletters and programs; and its digital advertising technology companies, including Jelli, RadioJar, Unified, Voxnest and the recently-announced Triton Digital acquisition, upon its completion.

Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Byrne was President and CEO of Stuff Media, Inc., home of the incredibly popular HowStuffWorks (HSW), which pioneered the podcast space with leading shows including “Stuff You Missed in History Class” and “Stuff You Should Know.”  Byrne joined iHeartMedia when the company acquired Stuff Media in October 2018.  Prior to Stuff Media, Byrne served as Senior Vice President of Digital Media for Discovery Communications, where he ran digital for all of Discovery’s U.S. networks’ sites and social platforms and led the launch of Discovery VR.

Monica Corton

Monica Corton, CEO, Go To Eleven Entertainment

Monica Corton is the CEO & Founder of Go to Eleven Entertainment and the Go to Eleven Entertainment Music Royalty Fund. The company is a women led music publishing, artist services and branding/social media firm that focuses on signing, developing, and licensing rights for songwriters, artists and producers with a focus on female creators. Prior to starting the company, she was the President of Monica Corton Consulting, LLC, a full-service music consulting company that advised on music publishing, copyright, licensing, business strategy master licensing, and royalties. From 1991 to 2018, Ms. Corton held several positions including as Senior Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs and Licensing at the music publishing company, Next Decade Entertainment. Her clients included Boston, Harry Belafonte, Vic Mizzy (“Addams Family Theme”, “Green Acres Theme”), Sammy Hagar, the Spring Records master and publishing catalogs and many more. During her tenure at Next Decade, she was also a music supervisor for film, television, and Broadway productions. She is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford, where she obtained two Bachelor-in-Music degrees, one in flute performance and the other in music education.

Deborah Mannis-Gardner

Deborah Mannis-Gardner, President, DMG Clearances

Deborah Mannis-Gardner — the “Queen of Sample Clearance” according to Billboard, Forbes, Midem, Music Week, Okayplayer, Variety, and more — is the go-to expert for global music rights clearances. After starting DMG Clearances, Inc. in 1996, Deborah’s sample clearance skills quickly became legendary, and she has cleared releases for artists including Drake, Tyler the Creator, DJ Khaled, Eminem, Pop Smoke, Logic, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, John Legend, Megan Thee Stallion, Big K.R.I.T., Brockhampton, French Montana, Big Sean, J. Cole, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and more.

Deborah has also handled music clearances for films by Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, and Richard Linklater; TV series such as Dave and Virginia Grohl’s “From Cradle to Stage” on Paramount +, as well as “The Serpent” and “#BlackAF” on Netflix; ad campaign clearances for Google, Ciroc, and Kmart; podcast music clearances for Dave Chappelle’s “The Midnight Miracle,” Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell’s “Broken Record,” and “The Actual Stretch and Bobbito Show”; video game clearances for Rockstar Games franchises such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Red Dead Redemption”; Grand Rights clearance for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation “Hamilton” and music clearances for its release on Disney+; and political campaign clearances for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign. Deborah also served as the award-winning music supervisor of HBO’s Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine docu-series “The Defiant Ones.”

Bryson Nobles

Bryson A. Nobles is the co-founder and CTO of Music Tech Works, which creates insanely simple tools to facilitate synch music licensing. Started in 2019, the company’s focus is to grow the music sync market by organizing who owns the rights to what music and streamlining the process of acquiring a license for that music. Music Tech Works’ first product is rightsholder.io, a music copyright research platform with a database of more than 60 million songs – one of the largest rightsholder databases in the world. Nobles’ focus is on helping people solve problems with data and technology, and at Music Tech Works, he handles product development and interpreting data science.

Bill Rosenblatt

Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, a consulting firm.  He is program chair and co-producer of the Copyright and Technology conferences. He is also adjunct faculty in the Music Business program at NYU.

GiantSteps’ clients include content providers and digital media technology companies, ranging from early stage startups to multinationals, as well law and public policy entities and investment firms worldwide.  Bill has served as an expert witness in several litigations related to copyright and digital media technologies.  He has advised public policy entities on digital copyright and technology issues in the United States, Europe, and South Korea.

Bill is author of the book Digital Rights Management: Business and Technology (Wiley, 2001), technical books published by O’Reilly Media, and several whitepapers, book chapters and journal articles on digital media and copyright. He has spoken at conferences on five continents and has guest lectured at various universities and law schools. Bill has degrees in computer science from Princeton and the University of Massachusetts.  He is a member of the Book Industry Study Group, Open Music Initiative, Music Business Association, and Copyright Society of the USA.

Bhamati Viswanathan

Bhamati Viswanathan is Affiliate Professor at Emerson College. She was awarded an S.J.D. and an LL.M. by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A., cum laude, from Williams College. Bhamati is the author of Cultivating Copyright: How Creative Industries Can Harness Intellectual Property to Survive the Digital Age (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Press: July 2019). Bhamati is passionate about educating creators and creative industry participants about the value and usefulness of copyright, and she is particularly committed to helping empower artists of color in the U.S. and the developing world.

Bhamati is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA. She is also a Trustee of the Williams Asian and Asian American Alumni Network. She resides in Boston.