Gracenote Taps Ethan Kaplan As SVP/GM Music
March 25, 2015 at 12:22 PM (PT)
TRIBUNE MEDIA's GRACENOTE has named ETHAN KAPLAN SVP/GM Music. The veteran tech exec will set the strategic direction for the company's music business, develop next-generation music solutions and work with customers to integrate its data and technology into emerging music platforms and services. KAPLAN will begin his new role on APRILI 1st and report to CEO JOHN BATTER.
KAPLAN is an innovator with a proven track record of leveraging technology to improve how fans discover, connect with and enjoy music. He brings more than two decades of music tech experience, having launched the first official R.E.M. fan site at the age of 16, helped WARNER BROS. RECORDS and WMG unlock the value of new technologies for the label, artists and fans and later led the product innovation team at LIVE NATION.
"GRACENOTE is a music technology pioneer and has been on the forefront of the digital music revolution since the very beginning," said KAPLAN. "While the music industry has come a long way, there's still a great divide between the music and tech industries. GRACENOTE sits in the center of that divide and has an enormous opportunity to play a lead role in how tech companies leverage music to drive product innovation. This is what excites me."
GRACENOTE has been instrumental in advancing the evolution of music from the early days of CD recognition to today's leading streaming services by harnessing the power of the world's largest source of music metadata -- a global team of music experts and unique algorithms -- to serve as the backbone for some of the world's most innovative music brands. In addition, its industry standard music recognition technology can be found in cutting-edge mobile Apps that enable new music discovery and deeper interactivity.
"ETHAN's curiosity and passion for technology and deep understanding of the music industry makes him best to lead our customers into the next evolution of music innovation," said CEO BATTER. "I'm confident that he has the music and technology chops to expand our global footprint, innovate next generation products across recorded and live music, and continue to take our products and services to the masses."