SEATTLE & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Longtime music executive Larry Miller has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager for MediaNet by CEO Frank Johnson. Miller is responsible for new service innovation in music and media rights management, partner acquisition, and revenue growth for the company, the largest B2B provider of global, licensed digital music and related data to streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores, and more. Miller has over 25 years of music industry experience; most recently he was acting as an advisor to MakeMusic, developers of Finale music notation software as head of content strategy and advanced technology.
“Larry brings an incredible depth of experience to MediaNet, having been involved in some of the earliest experiments with the digital distribution of music at a2bMusic and Reciprocal, to running the extremely successful indie label and music publisher, Or Music, as well as his extensive consulting work,” said Johnson. “Larry is one of the most well-regarded executives in the industry, and I look forward to working with him closely as we continue to expand MediaNet’s position as the leading B2B supplier of global digital music rights.”
“It is amazing to think that back in 1999, a2b music showcased about 5 songs that could be downloaded. Now MediaNet offers over 25 million tracks worldwide, and can handle everything from licensing, metadata, and royalty payments, to customer transaction processing and subscription information,” said Miller. “I’m excited to join with Frank and his team at MediaNet in finding ways to offer even more services to its current clients while expanding its global business.”
A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Business School, Miller (photo here) got his start in the radio industry, serving as the first Production Manager for Z-100 in New York, which became one of the most successful radio startups ever when it reached #1 in the country’s most competitive markets within 72 days of signing on. He then moved up the ranks at NBC Radio Entertainment in various senior advertising sales and affiliate relations positions before moving into television at Tribune Broadcasting in 1990 as Creative Director. In 1995, he joined AT&T Labs Research, and while there co-founded a2b music, one of the first digital download service providers, and served as its Chief Operating Officer. In 1999, Miller spearheaded the spinout of a2b music to Reciprocal, which he then joined as President. In 2001, Miller engineered Reciprocal’s sale to Microsoft.
In 2002, Miller co-founded record label and music publisher, Or Music, and led the company as its CEO. During his time there, the company signed and developed a strong slate of multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning artists that included Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu. In 2006, he sold the company to SonyBMG and became Media & Entertainment Partner at LEK Consulting, a $250 million data-driven global strategy consulting firm. There, he established the firm’s New York-based practice and provided growth strategy and M&A/transaction advice to clients in the media, entertainment, and technology industries.
Now, in addition to his position at MediaNet, Miller is also an Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the NYU-Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts and previously served as a mentor in the Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School. Miller resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
Launched in 2001 as one of the first online music services, MediaNet (www.mndigital.com) maintains the largest B2B rights-managed catalog of digital music in the world, with more than 25 million tracks available to power streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores and more. MediaNet offers customized solutions for global music services as well as turnkey solutions for small companies looking to launch their business quickly and cost effectively.
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