AUSTIN, Texas -- Last week during the South by Southwest conference, Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde and publisher Tommy Page hosted a thought leadership dinner presented by Samsung Galaxy. The group of 16 guests socialized and exchanged ideas over dinner at the restaurant Trace.
From left: Clear Channel's Tom Poleman, SB Projects' Scooter Braun, artist Amanda Palmer and Billboard's Bill Werde. (Photo: Jason Feinberg)
Werde led the conversation over dinner, encouraging those in the room to share the most insightful or interesting observation they had experienced to that point in South by Southwest, leading to at-times funny, and at-times poignant stories. Viewpoints ranged from optimism to pessimism on the state of the industry (though much more the former) while topics ranged from daily stresses to new favorite bands to trends in technology and artist-fan relations.
Consider Mind Blown: Epitaph Records' Jason Feinberg speaking with Conduit's Harel Tayeb (back to camera). (Photo: Darren Abate/Invision for Billboard/AP Images)
Guests included Scooter Braun (SB Projects/ Schoolboy Records), Tom Conrad (Pandora), Lee Dannay (Warner Chappell Music), Matthew DeFilippis (ASCAP), Jason Feinberg (Epitaph), Ken Hertz (Hertz & Lichtenstein, LLP), Liana Huth (Fuse), Ethan Kaplan (Live Nation), Peter Lewit (Davis Shapiro & Lewit LLP), Vivien Lewit (YouTube/Google), Joie Manda (Def Jam), Dermot McCormack (MTV), recording artist Amanda Palmer and her husband, author Neil Gaiman, Tom Poleman (Clear Channel Media and Entertainment) and Harel Tayeb (Conduit).
From left: Fuse's Liana Huth, Warner/Chappell's Lee Dannay with a Samsung expert. (Photo: Darren Abate/Invision for Billboard/AP Images)
Billboard publisher Tommy Page speaks as 2°'s Brian Salzman (center) and Live Nation's Ethan Kaplan look on. (Photo: Darren Abate/Invision for Billboard/AP Images)
Scooter Braun, right, and a Samsung expert talk about the Samsung Galaxy Note II (Photo: Darren Abate/Invision for Billboard/AP Images)