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Digital Journalist based in Basel, Switzerland.
Joined on Jun 20, 2008
Media Futurist, Author & Blogger, Keynote Speaker & Media Strategist
The Wall Street Journal calls Gerd one of the leading media futurists in the world. He is the Co-Author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ (2005, Berklee Press), as well as the Author of ‘Music2.0’ (January 2008 www.music20book.com), ‘The End of Control’ essays (online at www.endofcontrol.com ) and of ‘Open is King- Stories from the Future of Media’ (scheduled for late 2008).
Gerd's background is in music (he won the Quincy Jones Award in 1986 and is a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music) as well in technology and the Internet (he founded and served as CEO of LicenseMusic, Inc. and Sonific LLC).
Gerd’s work focuses on the Future of Media, Content, Technology, Business, Communications and Culture, and he is considered a leading expert on topics such as Web/Media 2.0, social networking and social media, cultural changes due to disruption by new technologies, copyright vs. technology issues, next generation digital content models, media convergence, mobile entertainment, entrepreneurship, the future of advertising and branding, future planning, digital commerce strategies and next-generation business models.
Gerd's keynotes, speeches, and think-tanks are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring and motivational style. With over 50 engagements in 15 countries during the past two years Gerd has addressed global audiences in the sectors of recorded music & music publishing, radio, TV, film/video and broadcasting, online gaming and virtual worlds, telecom & wireless, and advertising and branding. His clients include SonyBMG, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, LebWeb3, MIDEM, The Financial Times, TribalDDB, Omnicom, the European Commission, Nokia-Siemens, and many others. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), and resides in Basel, Switzerland.
More details are at www.mediafuturist.com
Videos are at www.futuretalks.com and www.gerdtube.com
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