INGROOVES FONTANA EXPANDS SALES FORCE TO MEET GROWING NEEDS OF DISTRIBUTION CLIENTS

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)    INgrooves Fontana, one of the world’s leading independent music distributors, announced today an expansion and realignment of the company’s North American sales team.  The staff changes strengthen the company’s physical sales force and make additional analytical and strategic resources available to label business partners.

In making the announcement, INgrooves Fontana President Dave Zierler commented, “These personnel changes realign our sales team to provide our distributed labels with complete support at all levels of physical and digital retail, including additional resources for strategic release planning, new retail channel expansion and catalog analysis and development.  With this new sales team in place, led by General Manager Amy Dietz, INgrooves Fontana is well positioned to continue to play a pivotal role in the ongoing success of our clients’ projects as we move into our second decade in business.”

Changes to the INgrooves Fontana sales team include:

  • Kevin Engler, Sr. Director, Sales & Label Management

Mr. Engler will oversee the physical account sales and label management teams with a focus on managing new release strategy.

  • Kate Nunes, Senior Director of Sales

Ms. Nunes will manage the global Digital Sales teams in San Francisco and London, working closely with the accounts overseeing all sales & marketing efforts.

  • Duke Davis, Director, Catalog and Analysis.

Mr. Davis will focus on catalog strategies, maximizing analytical tools for the INgrooves Fontana label roster.

  • Steve Rood, National Account Manager 

Mr. Rood will be focused on the Anderson (Best Buy, Wal-Mart) and Target accounts.

  • Tim Zeigler, National Account Manager

Mr. Zeigler will be focused on the Amazon account, and will also service Starbucks and Microsoft.

The new sales team will be lead by Vice President of Sales, Lloyd Hummel, who is based in Los Angeles.  Mr. Hummel will take on a more strategic role, overseeing physical production and label management in addition to guiding the sales team.  He will report directly to INgrooves Fontana General Manager, Amy Dietz.

Bryan Mead, a longtime Fontana and UMGD executive, will spearhead the company’s formation of a brand new Artists Services Group, “INresidence,” which will provide clients with expanded marketing and artist development services.  Currently an eight person team, INresidence will provide product management, online marketing, radio promotion, synchronization and other value added services on a project specific basis.  The INresidence team is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

In the spring of this year, INgrooves acquired Fontana Distribution from Universal Music Group, creating one of the largest global independent music distributors in the world.  Founded in 2002, INgrooves Fontana is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

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ABOUT INGROOVES FONTANA

INgrooves Fontana is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry.  INgrooves Fontana distributes digital and physical music content to hundreds of online, mobile and physical retail stores worldwide.    Independent labels, management and artists seeking worldwide distribution, administration and marketing services rely on INgrooves Fontana to maximize their impact in the dynamic music marketplace.  The Company’s proprietary ONE Digital enterprise software platform facilitates real-time asset management, distribution, royalty payments, sales analytics and more for INgrooves Fontana label partners. For more information, visit INgroovesFontana.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

John Vlautin at SpinLab Communications at jv@spinlab.net or 818-763-9800 or

Alicia Giesen at INgrooves Fontana at agiesen@ingroovesfontana.com or 415-489-1466

INGROOVES FONTANA CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH STAR-STUDDED CELEBRATION

Performances by Acclaimed Indie Bands The Lumineers, Caveman, Little Hurricane, Newcomer Anna Graceman and The Crystal Method

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)       The independent music community was in full effect last night at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall as more than 600 INgrooves Fontana employees, investors, business partners and retailers celebrated the company’s 10th Anniversary with an evening of music from some of the most acclaimed independent artists in the world.  Performers included the red hot Denver band The Lumineers (Dualtone), Caveman (Fat Possum) and Little Hurricane (Unknown Breakthrough).  Music fans were also treated to a surprise performance by newcomer Anna Graceman (Another Girl) and a blistering closing set by The Crystal Method (Tiny e).

Just before introducing The Lumineers, INgrooves Fontana founder and CEO Robb McDaniels, remarked on the company’s incredible story:  “We didn’t make it this far all by ourselves,” he said, toasting the collected independent music luminaries.  “It took all of you who believed in INgrooves Fontana to help us reach this milestone and we want to thank every single one of you for helping us get here.”

And then it was all about the music, as the indie music world rocked into the wee hours of Friday morning, celebrating a decade since INgrooves’ emergence onto the digital music scene in 2002.

The evening’s festivities capped off a day of meetings led by INgrooves Fontana President David Zierler with the company’s distributed label clients.  The day-long program featured presentations by Youtube, Vevo and Pledgemusic, as well as luncheon roundtables with such partners as Topspin, SoundCloud, Rightsflow, Manatt, SONOS, Lyric Financial, TEC Direct, Play MPE and Creative Allies.

ABOUT INGROOVES FONTANA

INgrooves Fontana is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry.  INgrooves Fontana distributes digital and physical music content to hundreds of online, mobile and physical retail stores worldwide.    Independent labels, management and artists seeking worldwide distribution, administration and marketing services rely on INgrooves Fontana to maximize their impact in the dynamic music marketplace.  The Company’s proprietary ONE Digital enterprise software platform facilitates real-time asset management, distribution, royalty payments, sales analytics and more for INgrooves Fontana label partners. For more information, visit INgroovesFontana.com

INGROOVES FONTANA TEAMS WITH PLEDGEMUSIC TO PROVIDE NEW DIRECT-TO-FAN RETAIL CHANNEL FOR INDEPENDENT LABELS

Partnership Launched with Innovative Campaign for New Coheed and Cambria Album

(SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK)   July 19th 2012, INgrooves Fontana, one of the world’s leading independent music distributors and PledgeMusic, a quickly growing global provider of direct-to-fan experiences for the music business community, announced today that they have entered a partnership agreement to create a brand new direct-to-fan retail channel for INgrooves Fontana label clients globally.  This deal expands PledgeMusic’s offerings well beyond the crowd-sourcing arena, transforming the company into a premiere retail and marketing platform for projects of all sizes.

Beginning this month, INgrooves Fontana clients will have access to the PledgeMusic platform directly from their Client Console.  PledgeMusic enables labels and artists to expand the life of any project by giving their most passionate fans access to purchase experiences and products well before the first note is even recorded.  This is the first time PledgeMusic has partnered directly with a music distributor and represents a significant step towards redefining the traditional record label marketing plan and album release strategy.  Both companies will work closely with labels on campaign conception and marketing execution.

Founded in 2009, PledgeMusic was initially created as a crowd sourced direct-to-fan platform for musicians.  Through PledgeMusic’s campaigns, artists give fans access to anything from unique in-person experiences and opportunities to the more traditional products like limited edition releases, signed artwork, special recordings and more.  Recently PledgeMusic has attracted such established artists as Ben Folds Five, The Libertines, The Lumineers and many others who recognize the platform’s marketing muscle.

“This partnership gives all of our labels turn-key access to a platform they can utilize to engage their hardcore fans like never before,” said Bryan Mead, INgrooves Fontana Senior Vice President of Artist and Label Services.  “PledgeMusic is an amazing marketing and sales tool for any artist who wants to forge a deeper relationship with their fans.”

“INgrooves Fontana is a very forward thinking, imaginative company and the perfect partner for PledgeMusic,” said the company’s founder and CEO Benji Rogers.  “Our partnership will empower labels and their artists to connect with their fans as never before.  The potential for creativity is limitless and this deal should spark a new wave of excitement within the indie label community.”

One of the first projects under the new deal will be a brand new album by the acclaimed hard rock band Coheed and Cambria.   The INgrooves Fontana/PledgeMusic campaign will launch later this summer, months before the traditional album street date.

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ABOUT INGROOVES FONTANA
INgrooves Fontana is a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry.  INgrooves Fontana distributes digital and physical music content to hundreds of online, mobile and physical retail stores worldwide.    Independent labels, management and artists seeking worldwide distribution, administration and marketing services rely on INgrooves Fontana to maximize their impact in the dynamic music marketplace.  The Company’s proprietary ONE Digital enterprise software platform facilitates real-time asset management, distribution, royalty payments, sales analytics and more for INgrooves Fontana label partners. For more information, visit INgroovesFontana.com

ABOUT PLEDGEMUSIC
PledgeMusic is a full-service company offering a direct-to-fan system that maximizes an artist’s exposure, getting their music out to the world while engaging fans through exclusives and a level of backstage access they wouldn’t otherwise receive. Launched in 2009 by independent musician Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic works with a wide range of artists from acts just starting out to more well-known bands on labels. Successful campaigns include Rachael YamagataRhett MillerThe LibertinesJuliana HatfieldLuscious JacksonDavid Lynch Foundation Music, The DamnwellsFuneral for a FriendMargot & the Nuclear So and So’s,Madi DiazThe LumineersKopecky Family Band and more. The platform has generated six Top 40 albums, and is currently launching and releasing two albums per day.

INGROOVES FONTANA RELEASES DOMINATE THE INDEPENDENT CHART

 Just Three Months Since Close of Acquisition, Independent Distributor Holds Nearly a Quarter of the Spots on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)       The acquisition of Fontana Distribution by the San Francisco-based independent music distributor INgrooves, which closed in March of this year, is already exceeding expectations for the combined companies and their clients.

This week alone, INgrooves Fontana clients have 40 albums in the Top 200 of the Billboard Independent Albums Chart – that’s 20% of the titles on the chart and a brand new record for the company. Since the acquisition, INgrooves Fontana, has had 12 albums debut in the Top 10 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart (*a complete list is below).

INgrooves Fontana has been making noise on the big chart as well. Since March 1 the company has had three albums debut in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200 Chart, including Marilyn Manson’s Born Villain, Silversun Pickups’ Neck Of The Woods and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ Here.This week saw the INgrooves Fontana distributed Rock of Ages (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album) enter the Top 200 at Number 15, an amazing showing considering the film doesn’t open until this weekend.

“The performance of our labels’ releases on the charts has been extraordinary,” said Robb McDaniels, Founder and CEO of INgrooves Fontana. “It’s a testament to the talent and focus of our combined teams that they have been able to integrate so effectively over the past three months. There is no doubt that 2012, our 10thanniversary year, will be our best ever.”


INgrooves Fontana Top 10 Indie Debuts Since March 1

 

ARTIST                                                       ALBUM

Rock of Ages                                               Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album

The Lumineers                                            The Lumineers

Bassnectar                                                   Vava Voom

Spiritualized                                                  Sweet Heart, Sweet Light

Barry Manilow                                                Live In London

Marilyn Manson                                              Born Villain

Silversun Pickups                                          Neck Of The Woods

Garbage                                                         Not Your People

Joe Bonamassa                                             Driving Towards The Light

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros          Here

cranberries                                                     Roses

Tech N9ne                                                      Klusterf**k EP

INGROOVES FONTANA ADDS FIVE NEW PREFERRED PARTNERS, GIVING CLIENTS ACCESS TO EVEN MORE OUTSIDE SERVICES AT FAVORED RATES

INgrooves Fontana announced today that they have added five new vendors to the company’s list of preferred partners.  The new additions bring INgrooves Fontana’s preferred client list to nearly 20 in all, including such well known brands as Topspin, ReverbNation, Mobile Roadie and SoundCloud, which the company fully integrated into its client console earlier this year.

These new additions give INgrooves Fontana clients immediate access to the following valuable services:

  • ONErpm
    An integrated Direct to Fan platform that allows clients to easily set up stores on Facebook.
  • Uncommon
    Provider of custom, artist-branded iPhone cases available to INgrooves Fontana clients, which are printed on-demand and can be sold via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • StoryAmp
    A website providing labels and musicians a vehicle to get press releases, concert information, music, and photographs to relevant journalists across the country at no cost.
  • BandArt
    Powered by Creative Allies, BandArt enables bands and brands to easily set-up and manage a design contest for logos, apparel, posters, packaging and more via a custom Facebook application.
  • Audiolock
    Offering complete protection against piracy on a central platform – from creating and managing secure, traceable, watermarked digital promos through to a range of anti-piracy scanning and takedown services.

“We are always striving to help our clients diversify, enhance and protect their revenue streams,” said Jeff Straw, Director of Marketing Services and Licensing for INgrooves Fontana.  “The addition of these new preferred partners gives our clients easy access to valuable and useful services for their releases, all at preferred rates.”

 

MUSIC AND MEDIA INDUSTRY ENTREPRENEUR JAY BOBERG NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF ISOLATION NETWORK

It was announced today that music and media executive Jay Boberg has been named Chairman of the Board of Isolation Network, the parent company of INgrooves Fontana and INscribe Digital, a leading provider of distribution, marketing and promotion services to the global music and book publishing communities via its proprietary ONE Digital Platform.  Mr. Boberg replaces Vincent Freda who served as Chairman of the Board since 2008.  Mr. Freda was recently named Chief Operating Officer of Isolation Network.

Mr. Boberg has served on Isolation Network’s board since 2010, when Shamrock Capital Growth Fund II made a significant investment in the company.  In addition to working as a close advisor to Isolation Network Founder and CEO, Robb McDaniels, Mr. Boberg played an integral role in the company’s recent acquisition of Fontana Distribution from Universal Music Group.

“Jay’s comprehensive knowledge of an array of entertainment businesses, earned over nearly 35 years in leadership positions in the industry, has made him a very valuable counsel to me and our entire executive team these past two years,” said Mr. McDaniels.  “As we enter the next phase of our growth at Isolation Network, Jay’s guidance will become even more crucial to our long term success.”

Since 1979, when at the age of 20 he co-founded one of the most prominent independent music labels of the 1980s, I.R.S. Records, Jay Boberg has created significant value for each of the companies he has led.  Driven by such signings as R.E.M., Oingo Boingo, the Go-Gos, English Beat and Fine Young Cannibals, I.R.S. attained more than $500 million global sales before being acquired by Thorn/EMI in 1993.

In 1994, Mr. Boberg left the indie world to serve as President of MCA Music Publishing, where he reshaped and re-staffed the company, achieving immediate success with Alanis Morissette.  Eighteen months later he was appointed President of MCA Records where he presided for nearly 10 years, signing and developing artists as diverse as Blink 182, New Radicals, Sublime, The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Sigur Rós, Shaggy and Drive Thru Records.

Mr. Boberg then established Liberation Entertainment in 2005, an independent film and television company which achieved many global successes including the animated television series, “Wolverine,” and TOKYO, a highly praised film by director Michel Gondry.

“Robb McDaniels and his team have built an extraordinary company from scratch through a combination of maverick vision, technological innovation and a commitment to providing value and extraordinary service for their artists, labels and book publishers,” said Mr. Boberg.  “The Fontana purchase represents just the beginning of an aggressive set of initiatives to transform INgrooves and INscribe into global market leaders.  I am very pleased to be on Robb’s team.”

Additional changes to the Isolation Network Board of Directors include the departure of Peter Morrissey and the addition of Christine H. Park, a Vice President at Shamrock Capital Advisors.

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VINCENT FREDA NAMED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF ISOLATION NETWORK

Freda Will Lead Operations for ONE Digital, INgrooves Fontana and INscribe Digital

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Isolation Network, Inc., parent company of INgrooves Fontana and INscribe Digital, a leading provider of digital distribution, marketing and promotion services to the global music and book publishing communities, announced today that it has appointed industry veteran Vincent Freda to the position of Chief Operating Officer.  The announcement was made today by Founder & CEO, Robb McDaniels.  In his new role, Mr. Freda will spearhead the combined operations of the company’s three business units, oversee the ongoing expansion of the company’s ONE Digital Distribution platform, and assist Mr. McDaniels with oversight of the Finance and Engineering groups.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Freda spent over two decades at Universal Music Group, most recently as Executive Vice President of Digital Logistics & Business Services, a position he held since 2004.  In this role, Mr. Freda was instrumental in establishing UMG’s technology relationship with INgrooves that has seen INgrooves’ ONE Digital platform become the backbone of UMG’s digital distribution infrastructure in North America.  Prior to that, Mr. Freda served as Senior Vice President of Common Label Operations at UMG, where he was responsible for centralizing label activities resulting from the merger of UMG and PolyGram.  He has served as Chairman of the Board of Isolation Network since 2008, when Universal Music Group (UMG) made a strategic investment in the company.

 “As a demanding client and an enthusiastic Chairman of the Board, Vinnie has provided crucial advice and guidance as we have aggressively grown the Company over the past four years,” said Mr. McDaniels in making the announcement.  “Having him fully integrated into the parent Company on a full time basis will enable him to contribute on an even greater level to our continued success.”

Mr. Freda commented:  “Under Robb’s leadership, Isolation Network has grown exponentially over the past few years, becoming a major force with its recent acquisition of Fontana Distribution.  I look forward to working yet more closely with Robb and the entire team at the Company as we continue our global expansion in multiple facets of media marketing and delivery.  We have assembled all of the pieces for an even more exciting period of future growth.”

 Mr. Freda’s career in the music industry began in 1988 when he joined Warner Bros. Records as Manager of Recording Administration.  He moved to MCA Music Entertainment Group in 1989 where he rose to the position of Vice President of Administration. In this role, Mr. Freda revolutionized operations by developing the first integrated cost-tracking and product-scheduling systems ever used by MCA’s group of labels.  In 1996, he was named Senior Vice President of Business Operations for MCA Records.

 Mr. Freda holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He will split his time between Isolation Network’s San Francisco headquarters and INgrooves Fontana’s Los Angeles offices.

VETERAN SALES EXECUTIVE AMY DIETZ NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF INGROOVES FONTANA

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)   March 8, 2012    Isolation Network, Inc., the parent company of INgrooves Fontana, announced today that veteran sales executive Amy Dietz has been named General Manager of INgrooves Fontana.  In her new position, Ms. Dietz will oversee the day-to-day operations of the combined companies, reporting directly to Dave Zierler, President of INgrooves, and Ron Spaulding, President of Fontana.  She will be based in the company’s San Francisco offices.  The announcement was made today by Robb McDaniels, the company’s Founder and CEO.

“Amy has spent more than 15 years in the independent distribution business and brings a wealth of experience and deep relationships in the music community that make her a fantastic addition to INgrooves Fontana,” said Mr. McDaniels.  “Under Dave and Ron’s leadership she will help to direct the combined INgrooves Fontana team and ensure that we continue to provide unparalleled service to all of our label clients and retail partners.”

In 1996, Ms. Dietz joined ADA where her career flourished, rising from a regional advertising manager to the position of Vice President of Label and Artist Development for the independent distributor in 2010.  While at ADA, she took an active role in developing and managing the company’s label partner services including global physical and digital distribution, merchandise sales, direct-to-consumer sales, general sales and marketing.

“I’m excited to be working with Robb and the rest of the INgrooves Fontana team,” said Ms. Dietz.  “We have a great opportunity to build upon the best-in-class infrastructure of the combined companies to provide an even greater level of service to meet the dynamic needs of indie labels and artists.”

INGROOVES ACQUIRES FONTANA DISTRIBUTION

INGROOVES ACQUIRES FONTANA DISTRIBUTION

Creates INgrooves Fontana: Combining Best-in-Class Digital and Physical Distribution to Empower Independent Music Community

SAN FRANCISCO & LOS ANGELES, CA, March 2, 2012…In a move which will further empower the independent music community, INgrooves, a leading provider of digital distribution, marketing and technology services to the global music community, announced today that it has acquired Fontana Distribution from Universal Music Group (UMG). The new company, INgrooves Fontana, combines INgrooves’ asset management and distribution platform and a decade of experience in the digital world, with Fontana’s digital and physical distribution and marketing capabilities, to offer a complete solution to indie labels — the best in class digital and physical distribution services. The announcement was made today by Robb McDaniels, Founder & CEO INgrooves, and Zach Horowitz, President & Chief Operating Officer of UMG. UMG holds a minority equity interest in INgrooves. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Through this acquisition, we are now able to offer the independent music community a fully integrated physical and digital distribution marketing solution in North America,” said Mr. McDaniels.  “We believe that a successful relationship between distributor and label is, at its root, a flexible structure with a transparent flow of information. By combining INgrooves and Fontana, we will be able to extend this philosophy into a comprehensive distribution operation that provides our collective client base with a larger sales force, more marketing resources and a one-stop global retail network that maximizes opportunities in this dynamic, challenging environment.”
“INgrooves’ commitment to independent music is second to none,” stated Mr. Horowitz. “The combination of INgrooves and Fontana creates one of the strongest, most innovative companies in the business today, uniquely positioned to superserve its distributed labels with some of the most sophisticated executive talent in this genre of music, cutting edge technology, and enhanced marketing services. As a minority owner of INgrooves, we believe this new style of relationship with the independent community maximizes the potential of our investment and creates the single best home for independent labels.”

As part of this arrangement, INgrooves Fontana will continue to work with UMG’s award winning sales force in connection with the physical sales of the company’s releases.

INgrooves Fontana will be run by Dave Zierler, President of INgrooves and Ron Spaulding, President of Fontana.   Together, the two veteran distribution executives will report to Mr. McDaniels as they continue to oversee their respective businesses.

“Dave and Ron have both been extraordinarily successful over the past four years in their respective roles and have built great teams and solid relationships with labels and retailers,” added Mr. McDaniels.  “INgrooves Fontana will provide both leaders with a platform to continue their phenomenal growth and deliver superior services to our clients.”

One benefit of the transaction for INgrooves Fontana clients is the expansion of the Label & Artist Services group.  This unit, which currently provides product management, online marketing & PR coordination, sync licensing, brand partnership marketing, sponsorships and advertising for the respective companies, will be a core focus of expansion in the coming months. These value-added services will be available to INgrooves Fontana clients on a per project basis.

INgrooves has provided UMG with digital delivery services for Fontana’s catalogue in North America since 2008 via its proprietary ONE Digital enterprise software platform.  The two companies have also collaborated on many successful projects over the past few years, including releases from The Crystal Method and rapper Mac Miller, whose debut release entered the Billboard charts at Number One last fall.

The combined companies represent clients including Fat Possum, Nettwerk, Dualtone, Rostrum Records, ESL Music, Metropolis, OM Records, Vagrant Records, Strange Music, Watertower Music, Dangerbird, Rap-A-Lot, Downtown Records and Music World among their many independent label partners.