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.

INGROOVES INTEGRATES SOUNDCLOUD INTO ITS ONE DIGITAL PLATFORM

Seamless Integration Offers INgrooves Clients Efficient Posting and Management of Songs on SoundCloud Directly via their Client Console

 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)- INgrooves, a leading provider of digital distribution, marketing and promotion services to the global music community, today announced that they have integrated the popular social sound platform SoundCloud directly into their ONE Digital music distribution and asset management platform. The move enables INgrooves clients to instantly post tracks to SoundCloud and manage them directly from their Client Console.

“Our goal is to provide INgrooves clients with the most innovative and popular marketing tools available to the music business community,” said Jeff Straw, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Licensing for INgrooves.  “The integration of SoundCloud into our Client Console will ensure that our clients have one click access to share their music on one of the most popular and versatile platforms available.”

“It’s been a pleasure working with the innovative team at INgrooves and we’re delighted to be integrated into their sophisticated distribution platform,” said Dave Haynes, Vice President Business Development at SoundCloud. “Together we’re empowering their community of independent labels and artists by enabling them to share and promote their sounds even more easily.”

INgrooves already provides integrated access to a number of social media networks through its Client Console, including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The company announced a host of major upgrades to the platform at the end of 2011.

Developed in-house by ONE Digital engineers over the last decade, the ONE Digital platform currently delivers and manages digital assets for over 2,000 content partners, including ReverbNation and Universal Music Group, the largest music company in the world, who uses the platform to distribute all of their digital content in North America.  INgrooves’ clients include Fat Possum, Dualtone, VP Records, ESL Music and Rostrum Records, with whom INgrooves recently celebrated a Number One U.S. album with artist Mac Miller.

 About SoundCloud

SoundCloud, launched in 2008 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, is a social sound platform that lets anyone create, record, promote and share their sounds on the web, in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way. SoundCloud allows sound creators to instantly record audio; upload original content; share them publicly and privately; embed sound across websites and blogs; receive detailed analytics, plus feedback from the community directly onto the waveform player. For more information go to: http://soundcloud.com

INGROOVES UNVEILS MAJOR UPGRADES TO THEIR CLIENT CONSOLE FOR LABEL PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD

New features include extensive sales analytics & reporting tools, social network marketing, preferred rates with third party services and more.


(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)       INgrooves, a leading provider of digital distribution, marketing and promotion services to the global music and video communities, today unveiled major upgrades to the user interface and console of its ONE Digital music distribution and asset management platform.

INgrooves has always made it easy for their clients to reach more consumers via a global retail network of more than 400 retail, mobile and streaming outlets.  With the new upload tools and reporting features, clients now have even more power to manage their digital business. New improvements to the Console now enable INgrooves clients to:

  • Easily choose retailer and distribution options to over 200 territories globally
  • Pay US mechanical royalties automatically
  • Mine and analyze more detailed analytical sales trend data from key retailers across product types, territories, retailers and more
  • Generate presentation-ready graphics and reports
  • Compare sales data between UPCs, artists, genres or titles
  • Effortlessly generate buy-links for any product within a catalog and share release information directly to social media networks
  • Access key third party services at preferred rates such as cd manufacturing, direct-to-fan tools, analytics services, artwork design and mobile app creation from companies such as ReverbNation, Topspin, Next Big Sound, Creative Allies, and Mobile Roadie

Developed in-house by ONE Digital engineers over the last decade, the ONE Digital platform currently delivers and manages digital assets for over 2,000 content partners, including ReverbNation and Universal Music Group, the largest music company in the world, who uses the platform to distribute all of their digital content in North America.  INgrooves’ clients include Fat Possum, Dualtone, VP Records, ESL Music and Rostrum Records, with whom INgrooves recently celebrated a Number One U.S. album with artist Mac Miller.

In unveiling the new console for customers, Robb McDaniels, CEO & Founder said: “Our proprietary ONE Digital platform continues to evolve with the dynamic music market and this latest release delivers valuable functionality to our artist and label partners. Developed entirely in-house by our world class engineering team, the new INgrooves Console provides our clients with unparalleled transparency and access to reports, sales, analytics, and social networking tools to help them actively manage their digital lives.”

This time last year Isolation Network launched INscribe Digital, a division that utilizes the ONE Digital platform to deliver eBooks to online booksellers.

ROSTRUM RECORDS MAC MILLER MAKES GROUNDBREAKING #1 DEBUT IN U.S. VIA INGROOVES AND FONTANA DISTRIBUTION

 

 (San Francisco, CA)               When Rostrum Records’ Mac Miller took the Number One spot in the country with his debut release Blue Slide Park this morning, it was a watershed moment for his San Francisco-based digital distribution and marketing partner INgrooves, physical distribution partner Fontana and for independent artists around the world.  Blue Slide Park is the first independent debut album to take the top spot on the chart in 15 years.  The last independent debut album to reach #1 was 1995’s Dogg Food album by Tha Dogg Pound.

As digital music sales continue to represent a larger and larger portion of artists’ overall album sales, a digitally-focused distribution company like INgrooves, which is a veteran player in the space and one of the largest digital distributors in the world, becomes a logical partner for independent labels and for artists who engage their fans directly. On the physical side, Fontana’s expertise as an award-winning independent marketing, sales and distribution company, helped push the album to a #1 sales spot this week with targeted marketing efforts with retailers.

“This is a big moment for the independent music community,” said Dave Zierler, EVP & General Manager, INgrooves.  “Rostrum and Mac are proof that a digitally-focused independent effort works in today’s dynamic music marketplace, by engaging fans directly and maximizing availability to all consumers via our global online retail network.”

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this history-making album.  The evolving commercial landscape calls for changes in the way that music is marketed and the success of Blue Slide Park shows a great understanding of social media, by all those involved,” stated Ron Spaulding, President of Fontana.  “To be a part of this success is very gratifying.  I see it as a vote of confidence for the independent music industry.”

“We wanted to release this album independently and on our own terms,” said Benjy Grinberg, President of Rostrum Records.  “INgrooves and Fontana have been great partners for Rostrum on this project, and the current success of Blue Slide Park is a true testament that it’s possible for us to compete as an independent on a grander scale.”

With more than a million Twitter followers and videos on YouTube approaching a total of nearly 100 Million views, Rostrum Records helped Mac build a huge fanbase online, which made a digital partnership with INgrooves even more logical.  In fact Soundscan shows that Mac sold 76% of his total 144,487 sales last week through online retailers.  INgrooves’ relationship with indie veteran Fontana created the perfect digital and physical distribution partnership by which to propel the album to a first place finish.

About INgrooves
INgrooves (parent company, Isolation Network, Inc.) is a leading provider of digital distribution, marketing and promotion services to the global music and video communities via its ONE Digital platform. ONE Digital is a proprietary software platform that provides distribution and administration to large distributors, record labels, eBook publishers and film production companies. INgrooves provides clients customized distribution, marketing, promotion, synch licensing and administrative support to help maximize the earnings potential of specific audio and video releases or catalogues. For more information, visit www.INgrooves.com.

About Fontana
Fontana Distribution, the award-winning independent sales and marketing division of Universal Music Group, provides unparalleled services internationally to a broad array of labels and their artists. Fontana partners include many of the world’s leading independent labels, including Eagle Rock, Downtown, Rap-A-Lot Records, Vagrant Records, WaterTower Music, American Gramophone, Kedar Entertainment, Dangerbird, Last Gang, Savoy Label Group, ESL, Music World, Delicious Vinyl, Ipecac, Six Degrees, SMC, VP Records, Notifi and Trill.

 


INscribe Digital Hires eBook Professional Kristin Ellison to Join Business Development Team

INscribe Digital Hires eBook Professional Kristin Ellison to Join Business Development Team

Former WOWIO Editorial Director Expands Outreach for eBook Distribution Company

SAN FRANCISCO, October 31, 2011-   INscribe Digital, a provider of market tested, proven technology solutions for the global digital distribution and marketing of eBooks reported today that Kristin Ellison will be the new Director of Business Development reporting to Vice President of Business Development, Larry Norton.

Ellison has over ten years of content development experience in the publishing industry and was an early innovator in the emerging market for e-books. Prior to joining INscribe Digital, Ellison was Editorial Director of WOWIO, a company founded in 2006 that was at the forefront of establishing new business models for the sales and distribution of e-books. While at WOWIO, Ellison oversaw the addition of over 6000 titles from 200 publishers to the company platform.

“We are thrilled to add Kristin’s unique blend of capabilities as well as her significant book and eBook industry experience to the INscribe team,” said Larry Norton.  “Her caliber of work experience and industry perspective is exactly what we need to ensure that INscribe Digital will attract clients to our industry-leading suite of digital services”.

INscribe Digital has inked deals with all major eBook retailers and is delivering content worldwide for a number of independent publishing companies and authors.

About INscribe Digital

INscribe Digital (parent company Isolation Network, Inc.) leverages a decade of experience delivering music and other digital media assets to leading retailers worldwide in an evolving publishing industry. A seasoned team of book industry professionals provides strategic publishing advice and, through strong digital partners, INscribe offers flexible and scalable solutions for publishers of all sizes, as well as agents and authors. The INscribe Client Console provides sales transparency and removes complexity from the digital administration and distribution process. Our team is ready to deliver customized solutions for production, conversion, and distribution to a variety of global retailers and eReading devices, marketing and sales reporting to our partners. For more information, visit www.INscribeDigital.com

 

INscribe Digital Hires eBook Professional Kelly Peterson to Lead Client Services Team: Former Borders eBook Manager Expands Client Services Team for eBook Distribution Company

=INscribe Digital Hires eBook Professional Kelly Peterson to Lead Client Services Team

Former Borders eBook Manager Expands Client Services Team for eBook Distribution Company

SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2011-   INscribe Digital, a provider of market tested, proven technology solutions for the global digital distribution and marketing of eBooks reported today that Kelly Peterson will be the new Director of Clients Services. The announcement was made today by INscribe’s EVP & General Manager, Anne Kubek.

Peterson is a respected leader in the emerging eBook business, most recently spearheading the eBook strategy for Borders as eBook Manager. Peterson held a variety of senior roles within Borders Group, Inc. during the past 13 years, giving her experience in marketing, operations, merchandising, digital devices, and eBooks. She worked closely with the publishing community while directing merchandising and marketing for eBooks on Borders.com. In addition, she partnered with Kobo for merchandising, promotions, and project implementation.

“We are thrilled to add Kelly’s unique blend of capabilities as well as her significant book and eBook industry experience to the INscribe team,” said Anne Kubek.  “Her caliber of work and industry perspective is exactly what we need to ensure that INscribe Digital’s clients receive an outstanding level of service as they expand into the digital marketplace.”
INscribe Digital has inked deals with all major eBook retailers and is delivering content worldwide for a number of independent publishing companies and authors.

About INscribe Digital

INscribe Digital (parent company Isolation Network, Inc.) leverages a decade of experience  delivering music and other digital media assets to leading retailers worldwide in an evolving publishing industry. A seasoned team of book industry professionals provides strategic publishing advice and, through strong digital partners, INscribe offers flexible and scalable solutions for publishers of all sizes, as well as agents and authors. The INscribe Client Console provides sales transparency and removes complexity from the digital administration and distribution process. Our team is ready to deliver customized solutions for production, conversion, distribution to a variety of global retailers and eReading devices, marketing and sales reporting to our partners. For more information, visit www.INscribeDigital.com

INscribe Digital Signs Bibliomotion for Digital eBook Distribution: Company will Provide Bibliomotion with Direct Access to Their Global Retailer Network and Asset Management Platform

INscribe Digital Signs Bibliomotion for Digital eBook Distribution
Company will Provide Bibliomotion with Direct Access to Their Global Retailer Network and Asset Management Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, 2011-   INscribe Digital, a provider of global digital distribution, content conversion and marketing services to the publishing community via its ONE Digital platform, has partnered with Bibliomotion, books + media to globally distribute their eBook content.  The announcement was made today by EVP & GM, Anne Kubek.

Bibliomotion, a Boston-based publisher focused on consumer business books, will now have access to INscribe’s ONE Digital distribution and asset management technology, which gives them direct access to submit content, track distribution/release status, access royalty statements, sales trend analytics reports and more.  A few key eBook and enhanced eBook releases coming up from Bibliomotion include Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution by Lisa Bodell and The Hidden Agenda: A Proven Way to Win Business and Create a Following by Kevin Allen, both out in May 2012.

“Bibliomotion focuses on the new publishing landscape and has built an innovative approach to the publishing partnership model. INscribe is pleased to offer them a suite of technical tools and services which support optimal success in the digital publishing world,” said Kubek.  “Thanks to the addition of creative content partners like Bibliomotion, INscribe anticipates an exciting release schedule for the remainder of 2011 and into 2012.”
“We’re very pleased to be partnering with INscribe for our digital distribution needs. Their proven track record in the music industry in combination with their willingness to work with publishers on effectively marketing digital content made them the right partner for Bibliomotion,” said co-founder and publisher Erika Heilman. “Beyond that, the suite of services INscribe Digital provides to clients gives us the benefit of holding our asset types in one place for seamless distribution to a growing list of digital partners.”

 

About INscribe Digital

Parent company Isolation Network, Inc., INscribe Digital provides publishers large and small with an easy and transparent system to manage their digital business, via the ONE Digital platform.  ONE Digital currently handles 22 unique asset types including all eBook, music and video product types, images, mobile personalization products, and more. INscribe Digital offers global digital distribution, conversion, optimization services, marketing and delivery to any eReading device, application and online store, while keeping control in the hands of the content owner.  For more information, visit www.INscribeDigital.com
About Bibliomotion

Bibliomotion, www.bibliomotion.com, is a next-generation publisher, designed for the new publishing landscape. Based in Boston, the company is designed on a partnership model, giving each member of the team—from the author to the marketing team—a seat at the table from the very beginning so that they can work side-by-side to launch and sell the best books possible. The company will launch its first list in Spring 2012, focusing primarily on business books, which will be promoted in partnership with Cave Henricks Communications and Shelton Interactive.