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MEET THE TEAM

Not Your Usual Music Company

Explorer1 Music Group is the answer to the music industry's challenges.

Our team’s collective 350+ years of experience in every aspect of the entertainment industry, gives us the unequaled ability to deliver Artist's a level of support, collaboration and success that simply is not offered by any other music company.

E1’s highly-regarded management and operational team includes senior executives who have worked for or with the major recording labels, promoters, talent booking agencies, management companies,  music publishers, merchandise companies, and radio stations, including BMG, Warner Music, Interscope, Clear Channel Entertainment, Goldenvoice, AEG, Live Nation, Capitol Records, Universal, EMI, MGM, Paramount, United Artists, Sony Music, Sanctuary Music Group, Columbia Music, Portrait Records and Virgin Records, among others. 

These individuals have managed and provided booking, marketing, artistic and promotional services for numerous world-renowned artists, including, among many others, Madonna, U2, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Elton John, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park, Lionel Ritchie, Rob Zombie, The Who, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Hilary Duff, Snoop Dogg, Fleetwood Mac, Jewel, Guns ‘N Roses, Michael Bublé, Motorhead, Josh Groban, Hole, Judas Priest, Aerosmith, Journey, Foo Fighters, Morrissey, KISS, Nickelback, Alanis Morissette, Counting Crows, John Mayer, Jimmy Cliff, Poison, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, and many more.

 

THE TEAM

PAUL WOOLNOUGH

Founder & CEO

Paul is a visionary and the creator of the Explorer1 business model. A Los Angeles based innovator and serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of executive, business development, management and global operational experience in the entertainment, media and hospitality industries, Paul creates, builds and assists brands and organizations from concept and development to operational management of global activities and investments, with particular focus in the entertainment and media business sectors. Starting in the industry at 16 as a drummer, Paul progressed to touring with and managing bands across the globe, then owning a talent agency, management company, venues and record label. Paul has touched every aspect of the music business and prior to starting E1, from 2003, Paul served for 15 years as the Executive Vice President of Penske Media Corporation, where his unique entrepreneurial skills enabled Paul and Jay Penske, its Founder and CEO, to build the company from the ground up, into one of the world’s largest digital media companies.  As a part of his leadership role at PMC, Paul was responsible for all mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, international development, shareholder and investor relationships and communications, and oversaw all corporate governance compliance. He also served on the board of directors of India.com Media Corp., an India based joint venture between PMC and ZEE Entertainment Ltd, a publicly listed entity and one of the largest television and media companies in India. Stepping down as an Executive and Board Member in 2016, Paul continued to serve on the Company’s Advisory Board alongside such illustrious people as Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers, Dennis Repp, the former President of Union Bank Venture Capital and Allstate, and Paul Hazen, the Chairman of Vodafone and former CEO and Chairman of Wells Fargo Bank. He retired from the Advisory Board in 2018.  Prior to joining PMC, Paul founded and ran a global international entertainment consulting company that provided operational, management, logistical, touring and consulting services and assistance around the world for major entertainment companies and leisure brands.  He travelled the globe for many years working with, or on behalf of, or consulting for major entertainment companies as well as a vast array of developing, major, and legacy performing artists, providing a unique set of services including creating opportunities for Artists to perform in territories that were previously uncharted or rarely visited due to language, legal, security or logistical restrictions.

ANDRE RECKE

VP & Head of Artist Development

Andre has over 30 years’ experience in the music business. In his career Andre has touched all aspects of the industry, from performing in his own band, through to negotiating publishing deals, merchandising deals, sponsorship deals, commercial deals, master use and Sync right deals for TV and movies, as well managing Artists, touring the world and providing services to some of the largest pop acts of the last 20 years. Beginning his career as a concert promoter in Germany, his first clients included such names as Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and Fats Domino.  After learning the ropes from such luminaries, he went on to sign his own band to Polydor Records.  After recording 2 albums he moved into the merchandise side of the industry, working with artists such as Backstreet Boys, N’SYNC, Aaron Carter, No Authority, Take 5, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Garbage, David Bowie, and LFO.  During this time Recke also secured corporate tour sponsorship for his artists from T-Mobile, BMW, Pepsi Cola, Hugo Boss.  He formed Cockroach Records and signed Artists, Tito & Tarantula (did soundtracks for “Desperado”, “From Dusk till Dawn” etc) – who released three albums, all which appeared in the Top 100 Album Charts in Europe. Recke moved into Artist management, with clients included Lou Bega (US, Canada & Latin America) with worldwide #1 Hit “Mambo No 5” selling more than 20 million records, R5 (Disney/Hollywood Records), MYRA, Jessica Sutta - former Pussycat Doll, Ross Lynch and Hilary Duff, the Disney star who sold over 18 million albums. Andre managed her from the age of 13, developing her music career, including putting her live bands together as well as planning her worldwide arena tours. Recke also served as SVP of A&R Continental Europe for EMI Music, where he oversaw all releases and Artist development.

TOM "GROVER" BIERY

Head of Artist & Label Services

Tom “Grover” Biery is one of the most experienced and successful music marketing executives in the business. From 2017 to early 2019, Tom served as BMG’s EVP Recorded Music, managing daily business activity of recorded music for labels BMG, Rise Records, and RBC where he grew US revenue share to over 60% of BMG’s global revenue. During his tenure he executed innovative programs and exceeded all revenue expectations, generating multiple #1 radio songs, and directly generated tens of billions of streams for its Artists.  Prior to BMG, Grover served as Concord Music Group’s SVP Streaming, Digital Marketing and Strategy, where he established the Streaming/Digital Marketing Department, hiring and implementing a digital marketing team. Responsible for all streaming and digital strategies across 7 different CMG labels, he maximized streaming revenue opportunities and doubled digital revenue within 12 months.  Prior to Concord, Grover was the Founder and President of an artist management and music consulting company focused on digital platforms, streaming and traditional radio services and strategies, with clients including Kalin & Myles, Myles Parrish, Moosh & Twist, Megan & Liz, Artist Partner Group, Loma Vista Recordings, Republic Records, Sony Red, Kobalt Label Services, Norton Records, Stitch Music, My Music Empire, and Pop2life.  From 1990 to 2010 Grover was at Warner Bros, starting as a local promotion manager in Cleveland, Ohio. Promoted to Chicago market and eventually was promoted to VP of Alternative Music in Los Angeles. In 2005, he was promoted to EVP Promotion and Marketing, accountable for strategy and execution of WBR and Reprise artists to radio including choosing singles and managing the release schedule. Built a vinyl LP business within WBR. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager/EVP an oversaw all aspects of day-to-day operations of legendary record label, creating and developing additional revenue streams on digital and traditional platforms, managed a $300 million annual budget and liaised with Warner Music Group Corporate on policy, budget and long-term strategy issues.

BOB DIVNEY

Radio Promotions

Bob has spent three decades in the business of music and has worked in all areas of the Music Business; from music retail to sales marketing, music distribution to video production and radio promotion to artist management. As a VP of promotion for Warner Music’s Reprise Records, then VP of Promotion/Artist Manager at The Firm, followed by General Manager of Adrenaline Music Group, he has worked closely with a diverse roster of artists. Bob manages and oversees E1's radio promotions for all our Artist's

GLEN FIRSTENBERG

DSP Relationship Manager

Glen has a 20 year career of experience working in all facets of the music business including: digital & sales marketing, social media, playlisting strategies, forecasting analytics and physical sales. Glen has been instrumental in creating and executing retail business and marketing plans for artists including: Eminem, Lady Gaga, U2 and Black Eyed Peas. Glen’s work experience includes heading sales and marketing initiatives for independent label, Restless Records to Universal’s Interscope Records as well as Apple Music/iTunes marketing.

 

Glen’s field of expertise with E1 is in targeting and securing editorial placement from among all the major DSPs and in facilitating user generated and genre play-listing such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play.  Glen’s music retail and industry contacts are vast and his deep relationships with digital and physical retailers, distributors and emerging music tech companies provides real insight into the evert changing music retail landscape.  Taking into account real time business analysis Glen creates and executes retail sales marketing plans & social media strategy for our clients.

ANDY GOULD

Manager

Andy Gould joined the Explorer1 team in January 2020 and serves as Primary Manager to E1's legacy rock acts Artists.  Andy started his career as a “tea boy” at George Martin’s (The Beatles) famous AIR London Studios, Gould eventually rose in the ranks to become a prolific artist manager, overseeing the careers of some of the biggest names in rock. Over the years he’s managed or co-managed such acts as Pantera, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Linkin Park, Lionel Richie, Morrissey and Guns N’ Roses.  In 2013, he also established his own label, in partnership with Universal Music Enterprises called T-Boy Records, which signed such acts as Megadeth, P.O.D., and Eagles of Death Metal.  After establishing himself as a legend in the music industry, Andy seamlessly segued himself into the role of producer. He’s produced all six of Zombie’s films including the controversial and critically acclaimed Lionsgate films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.  Gould also produced Zombie’s re-imagining of the horror classic Halloween (2007) for The Weinstein Company, which broke and still holds the Labor Day weekend box office record. He continued his role as producer on Halloween 2 and partnered with Film Roman on the animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. In 2012, Gould and Zombie produced their 6th feature, The Lords of Salem, produced in conjunction with Jason Blum and Oren Peli (Insidious, Paranormal Activity franchise), and premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012.  Anchor Bay Films emerged as the home for the film, which released theatrically in 2013. Zombie’s latest film, horror juggernaut “31”, premiered at Sundance in 2016. Last year, Gould successfully completed American Satan starring Malcolm McDowell. Most recently, Gould began developing his first country artist, Caroline Jones, as well as developing new relationships with Scott Stapp, TEMPT (newly signed to Allen Kovac’s Better Noise Records), megashow band Yachtley Crew, and Drowning Pool. Andy also stays busy as a board member of the TJ Martell Foundation, the music industry's largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

TONY NEWTON

Head of Production

Tony is an international touring musician, recording artist, producer, engineer and song writer. Reknown for his critically acclaimed work on the stage as well as behind the mixing desk. Tony’s career spans three decades and he has worked with some of the largest names in the music industry. Whether he is mixing and recording live performances for multi-platinum artists, mixing broadcast mixes for global live streams, engineering and producing in the studio, songwriting, or playing infront of thousands of fans with his band Voodoo Six, Tony has always been one of the “go-to” professionals for major labels and artists. Tony serves as the Senior Engineer for Barnyard Studios, owned by Steve Harris from Iron Maiden, and all projects that are recorded in Steve’s studios in the UK, Europe and Bahamas. As a Record Producer and Studio Engineer, Tony was one of the early adopters and pioneers of Pro-Tools, quickly becoming one of the most requested producers and engineers using the new digital format. That demand saw him tour the world recording and producing live shows for such artists as Iron Maiden, KISS, and British Lion, receiving multiple gold and platinum discs for his services.  This includes the multi-platinum Iron Maiden live album and DVD, ‘The Book of Souls: Live Chapter’ released in November 2017, which Tony recorded, engineered and produced. Artists that work with Tony in the studio, appreciate his unique ability to capture the essence of their live sound, and this has resulted in him being requested to mix their live shows as well.  Artists and labels that use his services include: Universal Records, EMI, BMG, Columbia Records, Sanctuary Music, Portrait Records, and Roadrunner, with most notable artists including; The Raven Age, 6 Hour Sundown, Iron Maiden, British Lion, KISS, Toseland, Lauren Harris, The Treatment and many others.  In addition to mixing and capturing live shows, Tony has mixed the live sound for broadcast from a mobile studio at venues, including major live global broadcasts from Rock am Ring Festival, Download Festival, Sky Arts TV, the BBC and more.

ANDY TAYLOR

Advisor to CEO

Andy is a music industry legend.  He co-founded the Sanctuary Group in 1976 with Rod Smallwood and signed Iron Maiden for management in 1979.  The Sanctuary Group grew to become the world’s largest independent multi-service music group, encompassing the leading independent record and music merchandising companies, as well as one of the largest music management companies in the world.  Managed artists included, amongst others: Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Morrissey, Fleetwood Mac and Joss Stone. Sanctuary Group also had its own booking agency representing major bands and artists from all genres, a music publishing company, TV production and a full range of recording, rehearsal and photographic studios.  The company went public in the UK in 1998 and was sold to Universal Music Group after Andy and Rod’s departure in 2006. Since 2006, Andy and Rod have continued to manage Iron Maiden and serve as directors and shareholders of Raw Power Management.  Raw Power Management’s founders Craig Jennings and Mark Fuller also own the Sanctum Hotels and Geales Restaurants.  Andy received a Master’s Degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and is a qualified chartered accountant.

DARRIN PFEIFFER

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Darrin Pfeiffer, a multi-disciplined music industry veteran, recently joined Explorer1 Music as Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Darrin is responsible for E1’s in-house booking service, as well as managing the E1 venue network and developing strategic partnerships with venues and promoters around the world. Having started his career as a drummer, he enjoyed a 25+ year career with multi-platinum pop-punk band Goldfinger. With the band, he released 9 albums and traveled the world playing sold out shows and festivals. Darrin assisted the band in negotiating many sync licenses including movies such as American Pie, Kingpin, BaseketBall, Waterboy, and Eurotrip, as well as video games including Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1,4 & HD, Gran Turismo, ESPN X-GAMES, Shaun White Snowboarding, MTV Sports, Burnout Revenge, and Burnout Legends). In 2002, Darrin founded High 4 Recordings-Management that offered management, publishing and record label services. High 4 promoted fresh Canadian talent and achieved #1 videos, sold out tours, licenses and successful singles at radio.  Darrin used his extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of the music business to manage bands, negotiate licenses and contracts, and book tours and festivals across the USA, Canada and Europe. Besides his experience performing and managing in the music business, Darrin is also has an extensive background in broadcasting. Being “on air” at CFNY in Toronto, (Canada’s largest radio station), for 6+ years with great success. After The Edge he did a sports-music show on TSN radio, (Bell Media), for 2 years with Tyler Stewart, (drummer for Barenaked Ladies) called Sport-Beats. Currently, in addition to serving with Explorer1 Music, Darrin also has a very popular podcast on Idobi Radio-iHeart Media called The Dangerous Darrin Show. With several dozen sponsors and 200K+ listenership the show is a great platform for Darrin to promote Explorer1’s Artists.

ELIZABETH GILCREAST

Sponsorship & Live Events

Elizabeth is a seasoned, strategic, and creative entertainment marketing, business development negotiator and consultant with over 25 years of experience in the media, entertainment, philanthropic, arts, corporate and film business. Elizabeth spent three years as head of Strategic Partnerships for Lincoln Center in New York, responsible for all business development and creating new revenue streams for the film center, negotiating all of the studio deals, corporate sponsorships, while serving as the primary liaison between the FSLC, movie studios and Board Members. She was also responsible for the creation and ongoing oversight of a variety of events such as the annual New York Film Festival, film and television premieres, product launches and the Awards Screening Series.  Elizabeth managed event production, technology installations, caterers, and various other vendors.  She also oversaw all business development efforts, budgets and creation of new strategic partnerships through programming and new content platforms. Before FSLC, Elizabeth was Director of Strategic Partnerships for the American Film Institute where she was responsible for corporate sponsors including AA, Audi, AT&T, Coca-cola, Netflix, Morgan Stanley and Verizon. Elizabeth received a B.A, Business Administration and a minor in Asian Studies from U.C Berkeley.

DAY RECKE

Promotions &  Public Relations

Day Recke is an accomplished public relations professional with more than 8 years of experience in development, implementation and management of high-impact projects in the music industry. She ran successful campaigns with tight time constraints and specific chart targets for Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Lorde and Ellie Goulding to mention just a few.

Day has an extensive background working with music projects at Universal Music South America creating localized marketing plans for major artists including Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Madonna, U2 and Katy Perry etc. - Managing and coordinating press plans and artist promotions. - Working with strategy and tactics development. - Managing and over seeing project budgets and monitoring spending. - Monitoring costs, timelines and resources used to achieve targets. She was also the first project manager to break the band “5 Seconds of Summer” in Latin-American.

THE TEAM

PAUL WOOLNOUGH

Founder & CEO

Paul is a visionary and the creator of the Explorer1 business model. A Los Angeles based innovator and serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of executive, business development, management and global operational experience in the entertainment, media and hospitality industries, Paul creates, builds and assists brands and organizations from concept and development to operational management of global activities and investments, with particular focus in the entertainment and media business sectors. Starting in the industry at 16 as a drummer, Paul progressed to touring with and managing bands across the globe, then owning a talent agency, management company, venues and record label. Paul has touched every aspect of the music business and prior to starting E1, from 2003, Paul served for 15 years as the Executive Vice President of Penske Media Corporation, where his unique entrepreneurial skills enabled Paul and Jay Penske, its Founder and CEO, to build the company from the ground up, into one of the world’s largest digital media companies.  As a part of his leadership role at PMC, Paul was responsible for all mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, international development, shareholder and investor relationships and communications, and oversaw all corporate governance compliance. He also served on the board of directors of India.com Media Corp., an India based joint venture between PMC and ZEE Entertainment Ltd, a publicly listed entity and one of the largest television and media companies in India. Stepping down as an Executive and Board Member in 2016, Paul continued to serve on the Company’s Advisory Board alongside such illustrious people as Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers, Dennis Repp, the former President of Union Bank Venture Capital and Allstate, and Paul Hazen, the Chairman of Vodafone and former CEO and Chairman of Wells Fargo Bank. He retired from the Advisory Board in 2018.  Prior to joining PMC, Paul founded and ran a global international entertainment consulting company that provided operational, management, logistical, touring and consulting services and assistance around the world for major entertainment companies and leisure brands.  He travelled the globe for many years working with, or on behalf of, or consulting for major entertainment companies as well as a vast array of developing, major, and legacy performing artists, providing a unique set of services including creating opportunities for Artists to perform in territories that were previously uncharted or rarely visited due to language, legal, security or logistical restrictions.

ANDRE RECKE

VP & Head of Artist Development

Andre has over 30 years’ experience in the music business. In his career Andre has touched all aspects of the industry, from performing in his own band, through to negotiating publishing deals, merchandising deals, sponsorship deals, commercial deals, master use and Sync right deals for TV and movies, as well managing Artists, touring the world and providing services to some of the largest pop acts of the last 20 years. Beginning his career as a concert promoter in Germany, his first clients included such names as Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and Fats Domino.  After learning the ropes from such luminaries, he went on to sign his own band to Polydor Records.  After recording 2 albums he moved into the merchandise side of the industry, working with artists such as Backstreet Boys, N’SYNC, Aaron Carter, No Authority, Take 5, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Garbage, David Bowie, and LFO.  During this time Recke also secured corporate tour sponsorship for his artists from T-Mobile, BMW, Pepsi Cola, Hugo Boss.  He formed Cockroach Records and signed Artists, Tito & Tarantula (did soundtracks for “Desperado”, “From Dusk till Dawn” etc) – who released three albums, all which appeared in the Top 100 Album Charts in Europe. Recke moved into Artist management, with clients included Lou Bega (US, Canada & Latin America) with worldwide #1 Hit “Mambo No 5” selling more than 20 million records, R5 (Disney/Hollywood Records), MYRA, Jessica Sutta - former Pussycat Doll, Ross Lynch and Hilary Duff, the Disney star who sold over 18 million albums. Andre managed her from the age of 13, developing her music career, including putting her live bands together as well as planning her worldwide arena tours. Recke also served as SVP of A&R Continental Europe for EMI Music, where he oversaw all releases and Artist development.

TOM "GROVER" BIERY

Head of Artist & Label Services

Tom “Grover” Biery is one of the most experienced and successful music marketing executives in the business. From 2017 to early 2019, Tom served as BMG’s EVP Recorded Music, managing daily business activity of recorded music for labels BMG, Rise Records, and RBC where he grew US revenue share to over 60% of BMG’s global revenue. During his tenure he executed innovative programs and exceeded all revenue expectations, generating multiple #1 radio songs, and directly generated tens of billions of streams for its Artists.  Prior to BMG, Grover served as Concord Music Group’s SVP Streaming, Digital Marketing and Strategy, where he established the Streaming/Digital Marketing Department, hiring and implementing a digital marketing team. Responsible for all streaming and digital strategies across 7 different CMG labels, he maximized streaming revenue opportunities and doubled digital revenue within 12 months.  Prior to Concord, Grover was the Founder and President of an artist management and music consulting company focused on digital platforms, streaming and traditional radio services and strategies, with clients including Kalin & Myles, Myles Parrish, Moosh & Twist, Megan & Liz, Artist Partner Group, Loma Vista Recordings, Republic Records, Sony Red, Kobalt Label Services, Norton Records, Stitch Music, My Music Empire, and Pop2life.  From 1990 to 2010 Grover was at Warner Bros, starting as a local promotion manager in Cleveland, Ohio. Promoted to Chicago market and eventually was promoted to VP of Alternative Music in Los Angeles. In 2005, he was promoted to EVP Promotion and Marketing, accountable for strategy and execution of WBR and Reprise artists to radio including choosing singles and managing the release schedule. Built a vinyl LP business within WBR. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager/EVP an oversaw all aspects of day-to-day operations of legendary record label, creating and developing additional revenue streams on digital and traditional platforms, managed a $300 million annual budget and liaised with Warner Music Group Corporate on policy, budget and long-term strategy issues.

BOB DIVNEY

Radio Promotions

Bob has spent three decades in the business of music and has worked in all areas of the Music Business; from music retail to sales marketing, music distribution to video production and radio promotion to artist management. As a VP of promotion for Warner Music’s Reprise Records, then VP of Promotion/Artist Manager at The Firm, followed by General Manager of Adrenaline Music Group, he has worked closely with a diverse roster of artists. Bob and his partners at the Artist Cooperative manage and oversee E1's radio promotions for all our Artist's

GLEN FIRSTENBERG

DSP Relationship Manager

Glen has a 20 year career of experience working in all facets of the music business including: digital & sales marketing, social media, playlisting strategies, forecasting analytics and physical sales. Glen has been instrumental in creating and executing retail business and marketing plans for artists including: Eminem, Lady Gaga, U2 and Black Eyed Peas. Glen’s work experience includes heading sales and marketing initiatives for independent label, Restless Records to Universal’s Interscope Records as well as Apple Music/iTunes marketing.

 

Glen’s field of expertise with E1 is in targeting and securing editorial placement from among all the major DSPs and in facilitating user generated and genre play-listing such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play.  Glen’s music retail and industry contacts are vast and his deep relationships with digital and physical retailers, distributors and emerging music tech companies provides real insight into the evert changing music retail landscape.  Taking into account real time business analysis Glen creates and executes retail sales marketing plans & social media strategy for our clients.

ANDY GOULD

Manager

Andy Gould joined the Explorer1 team in January 2020 and serves as Primary Manager to E1's legacy rock acts Artists.  Andy started his career as a “tea boy” at George Martin’s (The Beatles) famous AIR London Studios, Gould eventually rose in the ranks to become a prolific artist manager, overseeing the careers of some of the biggest names in rock. Over the years he’s managed or co-managed such acts as Pantera, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Linkin Park, Lionel Richie, Morrissey and Guns N’ Roses.  In 2013, he also established his own label, in partnership with Universal Music Enterprises called T-Boy Records, which signed such acts as Megadeth, P.O.D., and Eagles of Death Metal.  After establishing himself as a legend in the music industry, Andy seamlessly segued himself into the role of producer. He’s produced all six of Zombie’s films including the controversial and critically acclaimed Lionsgate films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.  Gould also produced Zombie’s re-imagining of the horror classic Halloween (2007) for The Weinstein Company, which broke and still holds the Labor Day weekend box office record. He continued his role as producer on Halloween 2 and partnered with Film Roman on the animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. In 2012, Gould and Zombie produced their 6th feature, The Lords of Salem, produced in conjunction with Jason Blum and Oren Peli (Insidious, Paranormal Activity franchise), and premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012.  Anchor Bay Films emerged as the home for the film, which released theatrically in 2013. Zombie’s latest film, horror juggernaut “31”, premiered at Sundance in 2016. Last year, Gould successfully completed American Satan starring Malcolm McDowell. Most recently, Gould began developing his first country artist, Caroline Jones, as well as developing new relationships with Scott Stapp, TEMPT (newly signed to Allen Kovac’s Better Noise Records), megashow band Yachtley Crew, and Drowning Pool. Andy also stays busy as a board member of the TJ Martell Foundation, the music industry's largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

TONY NEWTON

Head of Production

Tony is an international touring musician, recording artist, producer, engineer and song writer. Reknown for his critically acclaimed work on the stage as well as behind the mixing desk. Tony’s career spans three decades and he has worked with some of the largest names in the music industry. Whether he is mixing and recording live performances for multi-platinum artists, mixing broadcast mixes for global live streams, engineering and producing in the studio, songwriting, or playing infront of thousands of fans with his band Voodoo Six, Tony has always been one of the “go-to” professionals for major labels and artists. Tony serves as the Senior Engineer for Barnyard Studios, owned by Steve Harris from Iron Maiden, and all projects that are recorded in Steve’s studios in the UK, Europe and Bahamas. As a Record Producer and Studio Engineer, Tony was one of the early adopters and pioneers of Pro-Tools, quickly becoming one of the most requested producers and engineers using the new digital format. That demand saw him tour the world recording and producing live shows for such artists as Iron Maiden, KISS, and British Lion, receiving multiple gold and platinum discs for his services.  This includes the Iron Maiden live album and DVD, ‘The Book of Souls: Live Chapter’ released in November 2017, which Tony recorded, engineered and produced. Artists that work with Tony in the studio, appreciate his unique ability to capture the essence of their live sound, and this has resulted in him being requested to mix their live shows as well.  Artists and labels that use his services include: Universal Records, EMI, BMG, Columbia Records, Sanctuary Music, Portrait Records, and Roadrunner, with most notable artists including; The Raven Age, 6 Hour Sundown, Iron Maiden, British Lion, KISS, Toseland, Lauren Harris, The Treatment and many others.  In addition to mixing and capturing live shows, Tony has mixed the live sound for broadcast from a mobile studio at venues, including major live global broadcasts from Rock am Ring Festival, Download Festival, Sky Arts TV, the BBC and more.

ANDY TAYLOR

Advisor to CEO

Andy is a music industry legend.  He co-founded the Sanctuary Group in 1976 with Rod Smallwood and signed Iron Maiden for management in 1979.  The Sanctuary Group grew to become the world’s largest independent multi-service music group, encompassing the leading independent record and music merchandising companies, as well as one of the largest music management companies in the world.  Managed artists included, amongst others: Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Morrissey, Fleetwood Mac and Joss Stone. Sanctuary Group also had its own booking agency representing major bands and artists from all genres, a music publishing company, TV production and a full range of recording, rehearsal and photographic studios.  The company went public in the UK in 1998 and was sold to Universal Music Group after Andy and Rod’s departure in 2006. Since 2006, Andy and Rod have continued to manage Iron Maiden and serve as directors and shareholders of Raw Power Management.  Raw Power Management’s founders Craig Jennings and Mark Fuller also own the Sanctum Hotels and Geales Restaurants.  Andy received a Master’s Degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and is a qualified chartered accountant.

SANJEEV LAMBA

Senior Advisor, South & South East Asia

Sanjeev is an accomplished global executive with 35 years’ experience of strategic and business leadership within the media and entertainment industry. He has successfully led cross-functional teams in movie production, distribution and marketing, video games, digital music and digital content, home entertainment, consumer products licensing and advertising. Throughout his career he has delivered strong results in senior executive roles while based in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, and India and conducted business in over 25 countries around the world.

Sanjeev joins Explorer1 Music Group as Senior Advisor, South & South East Asia where he works closely with the CEO and senior management in overall strategy for the region. In the role he oversees South Asian business development and strategic partnerships, with a focus with a focus on music distribution, marketing and promotion and touring for Explorer1’s international and domestic (Indian) Artist’s.

Most recently Sanjeev served as the CEO of Reliance Entertainment for six years, based out of Mumbai, India.  While at Reliance he was responsible for managing the development and production of movies in seven Indian languages and their distribution, marketing and sales worldwide across all platforms. Additionally he also managed the production and distribution of home entertainment products in India for Indian language films and major Hollywood Studios including Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. In addition to being a partner in the DreamWorks Studios, Reliance Entertainment was also responsible for the Indian distribution of all DreamWorks' films as well as the production and distribution of independently produced films through IMGlobal, a Reliance subsidiary based in Los Angeles.

Prior to Reliance, Sanjeev served at Disney where he was initially based in Hong Kong as the Regional Director, Marketing and Creative across 12 Asia Pacific countries for Disney Consumer Products, the merchandise licensing business, at the time the largest Disney business across Asia Pacific. Subsequently he managed Disney Consumer Products in Tokyo, Disney’s second largest consumer products business after the US, also coordinating marketing efforts across all Disney divisions in Japan. Relocating to Los Angeles, he joined Buena Vista Games, Disney’s video games division, serving in dual roles as head of all the international video games businesses outside the US and as domestic head of marketing for the US. He started his career in India, spending a decade with Ogilvy and Mather in advertising working on campaigns for leading global and domestic brands, leading Ogilvy’s New Delhi operations for a few years and serving as Client Services Director out of the Indian headquarters in Mumbai.

DARRIN PFEIFFER

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Darrin Pfeiffer, a multi-disciplined music industry veteran, recently joined Explorer1 Music as Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Darrin is responsible for E1’s in-house booking service, as well as managing the E1 venue network and developing strategic partnerships with venues and promoters around the world. Having started his career as a drummer, he enjoyed a 25+ year career with multi-platinum pop-punk band Goldfinger. With the band, he released 9 albums and traveled the world playing sold out shows and festivals. Darrin assisted the band in negotiating many sync licenses including movies such as American Pie, Kingpin, BaseketBall, Waterboy, and Eurotrip, as well as video games including Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1,4 & HD, Gran Turismo, ESPN X-GAMES, Shaun White Snowboarding, MTV Sports, Burnout Revenge, and Burnout Legends). In 2002, Darrin founded High 4 Recordings-Management that offered management, publishing and record label services. High 4 promoted fresh Canadian talent and achieved #1 videos, sold out tours, licenses and successful singles at radio.  Darrin used his extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of the music business to manage bands, negotiate licenses and contracts, and book tours and festivals across the USA, Canada and Europe. Besides his experience performing and managing in the music business, Darrin is also has an extensive background in broadcasting. Being “on air” at CFNY in Toronto, (Canada’s largest radio station), for 6+ years with great success. After The Edge he did a sports-music show on TSN radio, (Bell Media), for 2 years with Tyler Stewart, (drummer for Barenaked Ladies) called Sport-Beats. Currently, in addition to serving with Explorer1 Music, Darrin also has a very popular podcast on Idobi Radio-iHeart Media called The Dangerous Darrin Show. With several dozen sponsors and 200K+ listenership the show is a great platform for Darrin to promote Explorer1’s Artists.

ELIZABETH GILCREAST

Sponsorship & Live Events

Elizabeth is a seasoned, strategic, and creative entertainment marketing, business development negotiator and consultant with over 25 years of experience in the media, entertainment, philanthropic, arts, corporate and film business. Elizabeth spent three years as head of Strategic Partnerships for Lincoln Center in New York, responsible for all business development and creating new revenue streams for the film center, negotiating all of the studio deals, corporate sponsorships, while serving as the primary liaison between the FSLC, movie studios and Board Members. She was also responsible for the creation and ongoing oversight of a variety of events such as the annual New York Film Festival, film and television premieres, product launches and the Awards Screening Series.  Elizabeth managed event production, technology installations, caterers, and various other vendors.  She also oversaw all business development efforts, budgets and creation of new strategic partnerships through programming and new content platforms. Before FSLC, Elizabeth was Director of Strategic Partnerships for the American Film Institute where she was responsible for corporate sponsors including AA, Audi, AT&T, Coca-cola, Netflix, Morgan Stanley and Verizon. Elizabeth received a B.A, Business Administration and a minor in Asian Studies from U.C Berkeley.

DAY RECKE

Promotions &  Public Relations

Day Recke is an accomplished public relations professional with more than 8 years of experience in development, implementation and management of high-impact projects in the music industry. She ran successful campaigns with tight time constraints and specific chart targets for Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Lorde and Ellie Goulding to mention just a few.

Day has an extensive background working with music projects at Universal Music South America creating localized marketing plans for major artists including Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Madonna, U2 and Katy Perry etc. - Managing and coordinating press plans and artist promotions. - Working with strategy and tactics development. - Managing and over seeing project budgets and monitoring spending. - Monitoring costs, timelines and resources used to achieve targets. She was also the first project manager to break the band “5 Seconds of Summer” in Latin-American.

PHILIP SLAVIN

Chief Financial Officer

Philip is a relationship-driven international commercial executive with extensive experience and demonstrable track record in leading financial strategy to maximize profit margins and ROI. An excellent influencer with ability to forge effective partnerships, and deliver results in a fast-paced, complex & global matrix environment. Philip’s experience enables him to combine strong strategic and analytical skills with sound innate commercial judgement, along with an owner’s mindset with sharp operational delivery to support dynamic growth and performance improvement. From 2008 until 2019, Philip served as the CFO of Unibail Rodamco Westfield (France & Dutch listed public company), the largest public real estate company in Europe with $72bn in assets under management and revenues over $3.3bn. Concurrently with this role, he also served as Chief Financial Officer, USA & Europe, for Westfield, where he was responsible for 35 properties, comprising 44.2m square feet of gross lettable area with over 6,500 retailers, $1.5bn of revenue and a combined valuation of $34.5bn. Philip helped lead negotiations for 15-25 year $500m+ terminal retail contracts at LAX, Chicago O’Hare, New York, and proposals for new retail development deals at other major US and International airports. He also assisted multiple financing transactions, exceeding $1bn per annum, at both asset (mortgage) and corporate levels, (Securitizations, 144a, EMTN, Eurobonds etc.). Organizationally, Philip worked with internal and external consultant partners to redefine organizational structures, working methods, reporting and systems across the entire global business. Prior to Westfield, Philip served at Arthur Anderson from 1996, and then became Director, Audit and Transaction Advisory for Deloitte, London, UK and New York, NY when Deloitte & Arthur Andersen combined in the UK in 2002, where he worked with many companies across real estate, services, marketing and technology sectors including WPP Group, British Land, SEGRO, Tomkins, Rank Hovis McDougall and Kerzner International. Philip is a Chartered Accountant (Equivalent to US CPA), and his expertise includes: International Financial Reporting Standards, financial planning & analysis, team building & management, process improvement & controls, strategic forecasting, cashflow modelling, systems implementation, fund management, mergers and acquisitions and banker and investor relations.

NEIL RUSSELL

Senior Advisor/Non-Executive Board Member

Neil is founder and President of Hollywood Artists Pictures Corporation (www.neil-russell.com), an entertainment-focused intellectual property rights company.  He is a former senior executive with Paramount Pictures, Columbia, MGM/United Artists and Carolco Pictures—the company that produced the Rambo movies, Terminator 2, Total Recall and Basic Instinct—and he was the Founder and President of Carolco Television Productions, one of the largest producers of longform television. 

 

Over the course of his career, Neil has acquired the rights to and exploited hundreds of motion pictures, books, screenplays, short stories, pitches, formats, life stories, copyrights and trademarks and entered into agreements with numerous companies, including Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Activision, MGM, Columbia, Walt Disney, ABC, Warner Bros, Universal, Heyday Films, Tribune Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, F/X Networks, Mace Neufeld Productions, Hyde Park Entertainment, Wendy Finerman Productions, Simon & Schuster and others.  He also sat on the board of KPMG’s digital media incubator, DMX. 

 

Neil is currently developing movies, television series and an action comic book miniseries based on rights owned by him and is the author of the Rail Black series of action novels for HarperCollins.  A graduate of Parsons College, he is a member of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, BMI, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, International Association of Crime Writers, the Naval War College Foundation and a former board member of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis.  He has also been made an honorary member of the Hmong tribe of Laos for his fundraising efforts to provide disabled Hmong children with prostheses for limbs lost to mines.

KENIN SPIVAK

Senior Advisor/Non-Executive Board Member

Kenin is a highly regarded executive, entrepreneur, financier and attorney.  He has led multi-national companies with billions of dollars of worldwide sales and operations in more than 30 countries, including, among others, major studio MGM/UA Communications, the Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools and leading independent production/distribution company, Island World.

 

As a top studio executive, Kenin selected and supervised the development, financing, production and distribution of hundreds of feature films, including multiple Academy Award®-winning films and long-running television series.  Kenin also has completed more than US$10 billion of complex transactions and led the branding, marketing and sales of entertainment content and consumer products grossing many billions of dollars.

 

Kenin is the founder, chairman and CEO of SMI Group LLC (www.SMIGllc.com), which forms and grows businesses worldwide and owns a fully-licensed SEC-registered investment bank.  He also is co-founder and chairman of Stratagem Studios Inc. in Toronto and SMI Entertainment LLC in Los Angeles.

 

Kenin started his career as an entertainment attorney in Beverly Hills and New York, served as a senior executive for a leading television production company and then joined Merrill Lynch investment banking, where he specialized in mergers, acquisitions and complex financings for  entertainment and media.

 

Since then, Kenin has served as chairman, vice chairman, president, CEO, director and senior advisor for public and private companies in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including, among others, leading U.S. radio network Premiere Radio Networks; global leader in traffic and news reporting, Metro Traffic Networks; hair care leader, John Paul Mitchell Systems; Patrón® tequila; the Philippines Dream casino in Cebu, Philippines; and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas

 

Kenin has produced motion pictures released by 20th Century Fox, radio and television series, concerts and theater.  He is a published author, holds multiple patents and is listed in Who’s Who in the West, America, Finance & Business and the World.  Kenin is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  He received an A.B., M.B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University, each with honors.