Panellists 2015

Confirmed panellists for Nouvelle Prague 2015.

Barry Dickins

Barry DickinsAs co-managing director of International Talent Booking, Barry is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding personalities in the history of music business who during the course of his 50 years’ career has worked with likes such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Otis Redding, The Kinks, and Fleetwood Mac, and still is very much involved in the game as an agent of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul SImon, Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Jamiroquai, ZZ Top and many other major stars. Today, ITB’s roster of more than 200 acts includes Adele, Mumford & Sons, Maroon 5, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, North Mississippi Allstars, Wintersleep, James Blake, and others. The Dickins family are UK music industry royalty: Barry’s father Percy co-founded the New Musical Express, his brother Rob was chairman of Warner Music UK, his children Jonathan and Lucy are also active in management and booking.

Serge Grimaux

Serge GrimauxOriginally from Montreal, Quebec, Serge is a seasoned concert promoter and live event professional, having promoted thousands of events across three continents over a 40 years career, from Michael Jackson to U2 and The Rolling Stones, from Pink Floyd and Metallica to Rammstein and Rihanna, from le Cirque du Soleil to Coldplay, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Miles Davis. In 1992 he founded the first computerized ticketing network in Central and Eastern Europe, Ticketpro, based in Prague. Still active and continuing to specialize in emerging markets such as India, China and Malaysia, Ticketpro is nowadays present in 10 countries on four continents. The year 2011 marked the beginning of his new project, Intellitix, a technology innovation company being the first to use RFID for serving the live music entertainment world including festivals such as TomorrowLand, Coachella and Lollapalooza. Intellitix currently has offices in Budapest, New York, London, Montreal, Amsterdam, Paris, Mexico City, Ibiza, Prague and Sydney. With more than 15,000,000 RFID chips activated, Intellitix is the only company delivering a full 360-degrees RFID environment providing Fan Access Control, Staff Management, Cashless Payment Systems, Social Media Engagement, Brand Activation and Smart Data. Serge likes speed, everything involving adrenaline as well as everything game changing.

Geoff Meall

geoff_meal_velodrome7Geoff is Managing Director of The Agency Group (United Kingdom). He is also a member of TAG’s Senior Global Management Team. He joined The Agency Group in September 1992 after a fledging year as a junior booker at the now defunct Cloud Music Agency (CMA). Prior to that he was Social Secretary at Oxford Polytechnic (now Brookes University). Geoff – as well as booking an active and varied roster of clients – is responsible for the growth and development of the team of London-based Agents. Away from the office Geoff’s interests include his family, cycling and football (the proper type played across the world) and he’s a rabid follower of Liverpool FC.

Robert Porkert

Robert is the head of Live Nation Czech Republic. Working in the music business for over 20 years, Robert was one of the first actual promoters in the country after the collapse of the Iron Curtain. In 1993 Robert founded Interconcerts agency, bringing in artist like Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay, Metallica, Madonna or Sting. In 2004 Interconcerts became part of Live Nation and was renamed to Live Nation Czech Republic.

Ivan Milivojev

Ivan MilivojevAs graduated student from University of Natural Science, Novi Sad, department of Bussiness Informatics, profile Operational Informatician, Ivan is one of founders of EXIT Festival in 2000. Since the founding Ivan is programming and board member, developing stages concept and dealing with the safety and health of EXIT Festival.Ivan has fifteen years of festival experience along with projects such as Robbie Williams, RHCP, Franz Ferdinand, Madonna, The Chemical Brothers, Manu Chao, Gentleman, ZAZ, Cheikh Lo, The Prodigy, Warrior’s Dance Festival, Sea Dance Festival, Revolution festival and many others are certain proof of professionalism and quality. Since 2011 Ivan Milivojev is board member of YOUROPE.

Girts Majors

GM photoStarted off his career 12 years ago in Riga, Latvia. He now promotes a wide range of music and performing art events throughout the country. He is also running a prestigious 1600 capacity venue Palladium Riga. Last, but not least, he is the founder and a promoter of leading 35000 capacity music festival in Baltic’s – Positivus Festival. Girts is certainly one of the most successful promoters of the new generation originating from former „Eastern“ Europe.

Dany Hassenstein

A childhood in a small family hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps and several years of training in hotels all over the world brought Dany Hassenstein to study management at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, in Switzerland. He was always interested in organizing all kinds of events and eventually in 2008 he joined Paléo Festival Nyon, the always-sold-out biggest cultural open air event in Switzerland. First in charge of the entire artistic production, Dany is since 2009 board member and talent buyer of international acts, booking bands such as Depeche Mode, Neil Young, The Strokes, Jack Johnson, The Who, Sting, Björk, Nick Cave, Blur, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, P!nk, Robert Plant, Ben Harper, Massive Attack, The Cure, Manu Chao, R.E.M., Franz Ferdinand, Moby, Placebo, The Prodigy or Tracy Chapman and making Paléo Festival Nyon a major European event.

David De Wever

David De WeverWith an experience as CEO of one of Belgian’s biggest wholesales in computer peripherals, and as a founding partner of Playout! which is one of Belgian’s leading music management companies, David combines his total experience to advise festival- and other events how to implement the digitalization of their event in order to raise both efficiency and profit. David De Wever is founder and CEO of PlayPass. Playpass has developed an innovative software application that uses RFID technology to transform the humble wristband into a device allowing event organisers to manage their access; create exciting new ways for the public to interact with brands at events; and even create a safe and secure cashless environment.

Parag Bhandari

Parag BhandariFounder & CEO of U.S. marketing firm UG Strategies, graduated in 2000 from Rutgers University with a degree in English. Prior to launching UG Strategies in 2003, Parag worked in artist development and radio promotion at Sony Music Entertainment, and college marketing at The Fader Magazine. Parag has spoken at marketing & media conferences around the world, and has been featured by major international media including BBC World Business News, The Huffington Post, and others.

Bernhard Chapligin

Bernhard ChapliginBernhard is the head of booking and creative director of Pfingst Open Air Festival, Germany. Around 100 acts play POA on 7 stages during 3 days, the festival attracts around 10.000 people. For over 15 years Bernhard is part of the team booking innovative acts and providing “flair” ideas. He works for Concertbuero Franken, too – a regional concert office having around 250 single shows per year in various venues from 800 to 9000 and 6 open air festivals in summer. Additionally, he works for the VPBy (Federation for Pop-Culture in Bavaria), the third largest pop promoter in Germany. Here, he supports newcomer bands by organising support slots for clubshows, festivalshows and showcase events. 

Anthony Jouet

Anthony JouetSince 2004 Anthony has been involved in the production of live events as a promoter in France, Canada and the Czech Republic. He has a master in performing arts management. After working for the #1 concert producer Live Nation in Toronto, he moved back to Europe and accepted a job offer in Prague, where he first worked as a consultant and in-house promoter for the O2 arena and then founded Fource Entertainment – a concert promoting company based in Prague running since September 2011. Since then, Fource has promoted numerous shows such as Passenger, Gramatik, Mac Miller, Imagine Dragons, Disclosure or alt-J, along with other events like Overtone festival launched in August 2015 as well as providing talent buying or consulting services for other interesting events like Fingers Up festival.

Emily Scoggins

Emily ScogginsOver the past 15 years Emily has created marketing campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world, including McDonald’s, BBC, and The Times. She’s also a livemusicaholic and has been involved with the UK music industry for many years. Emily is now responsible for Brand and Music Partnerships at New Look fashion retailers overseeing music strategy and ensuring that artists, labels, publishers, management and the brand work together for mutual benefit.

Dionysis Tsonopoulos

Dionysis TsonopoulosDionysis gained a master’s degree in Business Administration at the Athens University of Economics, while in 2012 he completed post graduate studies in Cultural Management. He has an extensive working experience in the music record industry in Greece and SE Europe. For about 18 years, Dionysis held commercial, business development and marketing positions at a number of record companies, including Warner Music Greece, BMG Greece & Heaven Music. Since 2007, he is handling the digital distribution for a number of Greek independent labels and artists. In 2010 Dionysis entered the music publishing industry working for Media Men Group Hellas; currently he is the Business Development & Licensing Manager of D-Version Music Publishing Ltd, the leading indie music publisher in Greece, representing more than 60 prestigious international publishers and about 2.000.000 works. Since 2010 he is the head lecturer of the Creative Industries & Music Business course at SAE Institute of Athens.

Roman Strejček

Roman StrejčekHe has been the chairman of the board of OSA since October 2007. He joined OSA in August 2005 as the head of the broadcasting and online media department. Before that he had worked in a Swedish company Plus Licens which represented TV and film products such as from Warner Bros., Lucasfilm, Universal, or sports brands such as NHL, NBA or National Geographic for Central and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis and football. His other interests include graphics, drawing and photography.

Michal Kaščák

Michal KaščákMichal graduated at Komenského University in Bratislava. He is an active musician since early youth, namely in bands Bez ladu a skladu, later in Neuropa. Film and theater music composer. Michal is one of the main figures in Slovakian music business, by late nineties he founded Pohoda festival and still remains the most important person in the festival team.

Julian Tremaud

Julian TremaudJulian is a digital marketer for music from London, currently dedicating most of his time to building and engaging communities online for recording artists and events. He runs two companies:, specialising in word-of-mouth marketing and building brand loyalty for artists and events, and Digital BC, offering a range of online services to businesses (social media, email marketing, web design & development, SEO, and more). Julian entered the world of music and digital marketing in 2008 after graduating from the University of Westminster (London) with a degree in Commercial Music and a masters in Interactive Multimedia. He’s since worked with record labels, artist management companies, events & festival promoters, mixing & mastering services, music publishers, and unsigned artists. He’s run digital campaigns for chart-topping albums in the UK, and launched FanTeamz in the UK and Spain working with 15 festivals across both countries including Sonisphere UK, Dreambeach, Cruïlla Barcelona, V Festival, Bloodstock Open Air, and more.

Marek Nieslanik

Marek NieslanikMarek graduated in Marketing Communications at Tomas Bata University in Zlin. He has been active in several agencies, in which he worked as a freelance copywriter, and for a short time he also tried working on the client side, until he plunged fully into the world of social media at Fairy Tailors agency in 2013. He has experience with brands like Teekanne, TV Nova or E.ON and his responsibility with Fairy Tailors is to create comprehensive content strategies and all other creative outputs of the agency.

Joe Schiavon

Joe SchiavonJoe Schiavon is a concert promoter from London, and works for Global Live. He has been working in music for years, with artists including Mumford and Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Frank Turner, Foals, Echo and the Bunnymen, We Are Scientists, Pete Doherty, Klaxons and more. Joe also programmes various UK music festivals, and was recently given a role assisting on the bookings for Glastonbury.

Philipp Jacob-Pahl

CARL PORTRAITPhilipp Jacob-Pahl started working in the music business in 2005, when he joined Hamburg based booking agency/promoter a.s.s. concerts & promotion. At a.s.s. he established the company’s new Indie/Alternative division “Selective Artists” over the last 2 years before moving to Landstreicher Booking in January 2015 to run their new office in Cologne. Landstreicher Booking works with international artists like Woodkid, José Gonzales, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, James Vincent McMorrow, Aurora, Asgeir etc as well as domestic artists like Casper, Kraftklub, Milky Chance, KIZ, AnnenMayKantereit, Juli, Alvaro Soler etc.

František Švadlena

František ŠvadlenaGraduated in law at Charles University in Prague and still active as a lawyer. Having founded a local 3000 capacity festival Stadlecky Most, he later moved on to work in various executive production positions at festivals and music events. In 2005 he became a head of production and a shareholder in HPK-Productions s.r.o., a compny that promoted 11 editions of a major Czech festival Mighty Sounds as well as more than 300 shows ranging from club to arena level. He also worked as a head of local technical production of Sonisphere Festival, Czech Republic, headlined by Metallica in 2010 and Iron Maiden in 2011.

Vojtěch Otevřel

Vojtěch OtevřelSince 2013 he has been building cultural platform where he is in charge of product design and marketing. He also helps to develop the business side of the company. Early after its start, became the most visited culture website in Czech Republic. In the first half of 2014 began selling tickets for live events and at the moment it is the fastest growing ticketing company in Czech Republic. Before establishing Vojtech worked for a startup and online fashion platform Farfetch based in London. From 2011 until 2013 he led creative team in Poke London, well known advertising agency. He also worked for Show Studio or Dazed and Confused magazine.

Jiří Suchánek

Jiří SuchánekHe is the general manager of a major cultural project called “Plzeň – European Capital of Culture 2015” which consists of more than 600 individual events. Previously Jiří worked for Expo 2010 in China for 2 years and he also served as a director of OKD Foundation in Ostrava for 3 years. He took part in preparation of Rock for People Europe project in 2015. He is generally interested in projects concerning culture, marketing, and tourism. Currently he is focused on development of creative zone Depo 2015 in Plzeň.

Michal Šamánek

Michal ŠamánekAs a CEO of SHERWOOD Digital he is a triple holder of the Webdeveloper of the Year Award. Since 2004 he promotes Majales Festival in three major Czech cities: Prague, Hradec Králové and Brno. In 2015 he launched another festival aimed at teenagers called Utubering which met with a great response and will expand further next year, most probably abroad too. Michal is a graduate from Masaryk University, married and raising 4 kids.

Luděk Motyčka

Luděk Motyčka Works as marketing manager of Google for Central and Eastern Europe since 2010, where he oversees the localization of products and their exploitation, takes care of the brand and the acquisition of new advertisers. He participated in many music related projects, such as Czech YouTube Fest, Google’s partnership with music festivals in the region and the launch of Google Play in the region. Speaks English, German and Polish. His hobbies include live music.

Stanislav Baláž

Stanislav BalážWorks on brand marketing at Red Bull for more than 5 years. Stanislav gathered experience in Czech and Slovak branch, but also at the international headquarters in Austria. Currently he’s leading brand department for both countries. In the past, he was involved in organizing of music festival, produced his own events, worked as a music journalist, but also worked on the development of websites and online marketing strategies for corporate clients in small digital agency. Music is his passion and he supports various music and cultural activities of Red Bull at his position.

Roman Neczli

Roman NeczliRoman Neczli is a CEO of Branding Agency based in Bratislava, Slovakia. He created and managed successful campaigns for brands such as Pepsi, Škoda, Baileys, Metaxa, Smirnoff, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Heineken, Telefonica, and many others. He has also worked as a promoter with names such as The Fugees, Natasha Bedingfield, Natalie Imbruglia, Blacked Eyed Peas, Jay-Z, and Sean Paul. He has been responsible for several successful election and political campaigns in Slovakia for 2 regional mayors, over 50 regional parliament members, and 2 Europarliament members.

Lucia Bočánková

Lucia BočánkováGraduated 1999 at Comenius University in Bratislava from Social science, studied in Germany, Austria and Australia before joining Ticketportal group. Lucia works for Ticketportal group since 2001, currently holding a position of managing director. Lucia has negotiated ticketing deal for Ice Hockey Championships with Sazka in 2004. Ticketportal is not only a major player in online ticket sales for theatres, musicals, festivals, and clubs, but it is also implementing in house software solutions for many venues in Central Europe such as O2 Arena, KV arena, Werk Arena, Stadium Eden and many more in the Czech Republic, Steel Arena Kosice, Stadium Ondrej Nepela Bratislava, Arena Poprad, Theatre Nova scena in Slovakia, as well as multiple venues in various cities in Hungary. Lucia has a longterm experience in social marketing, business administration and finance, which creates and continues to generate multiple business opportunities for Ticketportal.

Michal Karmazin

Michal KarmazinMichal entered the music industry world as 17 year old in 2001 when he started to promote dance parties. During his studies at University of Economics in Prague in 2007 he started to work on music festivals and large events, such as Let It Roll, Hip Hop Jam, Real Beat, and Reggae Meeting. First focusing mainly on technical production of events he later became interested in and gradually devoted all his time to marketing tools and strategies. He currently leads marketing teams of two event agencies LIR Events and Storm Club, and works on development of marketing strategies of several festivals and arena level events. He always tries to think ahead and uses trendy marketing tools not only in festival world, but also for development of his own merchandise brands Escape Wear and producing clothing and accessories.

Tomáš Zdenek

Tomáš ZdenekTomáš is a founding member of the Cross Club, perhaps the most famous Prague independent multicultural centre that won numerous domestic and international awards for its design and program, and has been mentioned by the most prestigious world media. Tomáš is currently standing behind Cross’ programming, PR strategy, and talent scouting. As a chairman of NGO Paradox he is also involved in several socially conscious projects, encouraging the integration of art into everyday life. Last, but not least, Tomáš is also a founder and programmer of Street Food Festival.

Adéla Sejkorová

Adéla SejkorováDuring her music business studies she began her career as a leader and production manager of several important student music projects. Since 2011 she has worked as a promoter at ROXY club in Prague. She has worked with numerous artists such as Walk Off The Earth, Tegan and Sara, Trentemøller, John Cale, Yann Tiersen, Kate Nash, and 65daysofstatic. She has been actively involved in developing fanbase for both international and Czech bands that take part in Free Mondays project organized by ROXY club, including Ezra Furman, Arcane Roots, and July Talk.

Michal Thomes

Michal ThomesMichal is an owner of Ameba Production which promotes Rock for People festival since 1995. In 2012 he met Martin Elbourne from Glastonbury and toghether they launched the first Czech showcase festival and music conference Nouvelle Prague.