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BUSINESS AFFAIRS & FINANCE TEAM

Ramon Villa

Chief Operating Officer

Ramon Villa wears many hats in managing the financial and operational functions for Primary Wave Music. His 30 years of experience within entertainment, including the first half of his career working closely with Island records founder, Chris Blackwell, he has immersed himself across many platforms including records, publishing, television, film, distribution, talent management, branding, and marketing. Since the early days of Primary Wave, Ramon has been involved in building the publishing catalog and the various marketing and management arms surrounding it. His work and leadership has been recognized by several music industry trade publications including Billboard, Hits, and others. As Chief Operating Officer and “Chief Aesthitic Officer”, Ramon sees that the ops, numbers and the vibe all stay in check.

 

Jane Reisman

Chief Financial Officer

Jane Reisman comes to Primary Wave with 25 years of finance & accounting leadership, most recently as founder and CEO of JPR Consulting, an outsourced CFO firm providing services to small and medium-sized businesses in media & entertainment, tech and wellness.  As CFO of Primary Wave, Jane will oversee all financial functions including business planning, accounting, royalty processing, fund administration, reporting, audit & tax.  She lends strategic fiscal leadership focused on improving transparency and enhancing efficiencies to support growth.

Jane has always had a passion for the music business since her early years when she earned her CPA license with Ernst & Young, working with clients in all facets of the music business, including publishing, concert promotion and music labels.  Later she spent 12 years with Sony Music, ultimately rising to Head of Finance for Epic Records, where she worked with artists including Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Pearl Jam, The Fray and Sara Bareilles.  She has been CFO for organizations and startups involved in music technology (Dubset Media, Pulselocker, IODA), documentary film production (The Representation Project), nonprofits (Fundly, SFAI) and tech and wellness (Carrot Fertility, AngelList).  Ms. Reisman earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Amy Ortner

Chief Business Affairs Officer & General Counsel

As Chief Business Affairs Officer & General Counsel of Primary Wave Music and a member of the Executive Team, Amy leads the company’s Business and Legal Affairs department, overseeing acquisitions and all of Primary Wave’s day-to-day legal and business matters, from content development, digital, marketing, and branding, to finance matters and rights enforcement.   Amy also contributes to strategic and operational planning, with responsibility for related legal matters.

Amy joined Primary Wave in 2021 after 22 years in private law practice, including a 20-year tenure in Loeb & Loeb LLP’s music and entertainment group.  Throughout her career, she represented a broad array of domestic and international entertainment clients, including major and independent music publishers and recorded music companies, entrepreneurs, private equity funds, and closely held family businesses, often in connection with the sale or acquisition of significant music enterprises and assets (among them, Warner Music Group, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, BMG Music Publishing, Arc Music Corp., PULSE, Criterion Music Corporation, the music publishing catalogs of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, and Saban Capital Group, various songwriter catalogs, and music booking and personal management firms).  She also served as music industry counsel with respect to investments, financings, and securities offerings.  Additional areas of focus included ventures with talent (including high-profile branded entertainment transactions), personal management agreements, and content licensing.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Amy worked in business affairs at BMG Entertainment.  Amy received her A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis, and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.  She is admitted to the New York and California bars and is based in Los Angeles.

 

Samantha Rhulen

Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs

Sam joins Primary Wave with a mission to utilize her many contacts from the past 15 years working as an attorney in the music industry to create business opportunities for the company.  Sam also provides legal support to the executive team for acquisitions and other high level matters.

Prior to joining Primary Wave, Sam was Senior Counsel at Ritholz Levy LLP where her clients were primarily musicians, songwriters, producers, independent record labels and start-up businesses. She is experienced in structuring, negotiating and drafting a wide variety of agreements, including recording, publishing, management, branding, appearance and live performance. She was previously a Director of Business & Legal Affairs for Atlantic Records and was also a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society where she represented low-income tenants in housing matters in Harlem. Educated at Fordham University School of Law, J.D. Notes Editor, Urban Law Journal. Bucknell University, B.A., cum laude.

 

Agnes Kacicki

Head of Corporate Development

Agnes joins Primary Wave Music from RBC Capital Markets where she was a Director in the Investment Banking division. She specialized in advisory and capital raising activities across entertainment, specifically for content production & distribution companies and across the music publishing and recorded music sector. Her execution experience includes debt and equity financings, buy-side and sell-side mandates, and initial public offerings. Agnes holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business administration with a major in Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

Brad Berman

Corporate Controller

Most recently, Brad was at Troika Media Group on the technical accounting and financial reporting team. Prior to that, he spent two years at Downtown as an Accounting Manager, taking on financial statement preparation, accounting operations and month-end close activities. Brad started his career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloitte. Brad is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from The Florida State University. In his spare time Brad enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, running, and rooting for Miami sports teams.

 

John Luneau

Senior Counsel

John P. Luneau was Primary Wave’s General Counsel from November 2017 through April 2021 and its Head of Business Affairs from April 2011 through April 2021, before semi-retiring to his current role as part-time Senior Counsel in May 2021. In his prior role as General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs, John was principally engaged in structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements for the company’s acquisition of iconic music catalogs and name and likeness rights, including its high-profile acquisitions of the Smokey Robinson, Bob Marley, Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka, Four Seasons, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Count Basie, War, Boyz II Men, Steve Cropper, Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) and classical pianist Glenn Gould catalogs. He also directly handled many of the contract negotiations and other legal matters for Primary Wave Music Publishing and its artist management, film & TV, marketing and branding divisions, and trained and oversaw the work of recently admitted lawyers and legal interns. In his new role as Senior Counsel, John will principally continue to structure, negotiate and draft agreements for the company’s catalog acquisitions.

Before joining Primary Wave in 2011, John had over 25 years of significant, diverse experience in entertainment and copyright law and general law practice. He was Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Razor & Tie from 2005 through 2010; Head of Business Affairs/Music at Chris Blackwell’s Palm Entertainment from 2001 through 2004; Director of Business Affairs at Palm and Rykodisc from 1995 through 2001; General Counsel of the Pennsylvania Ballet from 1992 through 1995; proprietor of his own small entertainment law firm since 1992; and an intellectual property and litigation associate at a major international law firm from 1984 through 1992.

During the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, John was a frequent speaker on entertainment and copyright law panels, during which time he was also an officer and Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Chairman of the Copyright Society’s New York and Philadelphia Chapters, and Vice President / Special Events of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. John received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard College, where he was an editor of the Harvard Lampoon, and J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. In a prior life (during the early 1980s), John was the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist of an all-original new wave band called the Ducky Boys.

 

Alexandria (Lexi) Todd

Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs

Alexandria (Lexi) Todd is an in-house attorney and Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Primary Wave Music. At Primary Wave, Lexi handles contract drafting and negotiation and other legal matters for Primary Wave’s music publishing, recorded music, artist management, film & TV, and marketing and branding divisions, as well as various business and operational functions. Lexi is an integral part of the acquisitions team helping to solidify Primary Wave’s place at the frontline of high-profile music acquisitions for iconic and legendary acts. Lexi is also a member of the Recording Academy, the Copyright Society, and Primary Wave’s DEI Task Force. Lexi was featured in Billboard Magazine’s 2021 “40 Under 40, List of Trailblazing Young Music Executives” and Variety Magazine’s 2022 “Hollywood’s New Leaders of 2022.” Lexi graduated from Brooklyn Law School in May 2016, cum laude, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2017. Prior to law school, she earned her B.A. degree in political science from Monmouth University, magna cum laude.

 

Katherine Ives

Director of Business Affairs

 

Maya Funaro

Business Affairs Administrator

 

Matt Jones

Partner and VP, Copyrights & Royalties

Matt Jones is responsible for all copyright and royalty functions for Primary Wave.  Most recently he worked at Palm Entertainment Properties as Royalties Manager, where he oversaw the implementation of rights management and royalty systems for both its music and film divisions.  He has extensive knowledge in copyright matters, including mechanical and synchronization licensing, catalog valuations and copyright terminations.  Mr. Jones previously worked as Finance Director of Ultra Records, the country’s leading independent electronic music label.

 

Christy Saguanpong

Copyright Administration Manager

Christy ensures the integrity of all copyright data within Primary Wave, as well as with our administrators, distributors, PROs and other royalty sources. Prior positions include Avex USA, where she was VP of Administration, Royalties & Intellectual Property and held copyright, royalty and licensing roles at Defend Music and AMRA.

 

Brendan Quealy

Investment Analyst

Brendan works on the investment team to evaluate acquisition opportunities, perform financial valuations, and manage deal flow. He joined Primary Wave from business management firm Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman (GRF) where he performed financial valuations, audits and due diligence as a Royalty Analyst. Brendan has recently graduated from NYU Steinhardt’s Music Business program, magna cum laude. He has previously interned at multiple companies in the publishing and royalty space, including Songtrust Music Publishing and Reveel Music Technology. His background with music rights structures and royalties helps inform decisions for the investment team when performing catalog analysis. Brendan is also a lifelong musician. He has played piano for multiple gigs and competitions throughout the city and directed, produced and arranged for the NYU a cappella group, The Mixtapes, for which his arrangement “Forest Fire” was featured on the 2022 Best of College A cappella album.

 

Ken Gu

Accounting Manager

 

David Levy

Royalties & Data Manager

David has previously worked in the royalties department at Entertainment One where he was responsible for mechanical royalties for all of eOne’s in-house and acquired labels. In that time, he worked with clients such as Dr. Dre, The Game, Wu-Tang Clan, and DJ Khaled. He has been able to take his passion for music and data analysis, and turn it into a career in the industry that he has always been passionate about. David graduated from Five Towns College cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Music Business. During college, David also spent time at Primary Wave as a publishing intern.

 

Michael Loveland

Fund Accountant

 

Tom Strutt

Royalties Manager

Tom joins Primary Wave having previously managed the royalty department at Entertainment One where he oversaw labels eOne Canada, eOne UK, Last Gang, and Death Row records. Tom was lucky enough to work with a diverse roster that included artists Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, The Arkells, and Mother Mother. Toms purview at Primary Wave includes royalty reporting, system implementation & optimization, audits, and other revenue generation claims. Tom graduated from The Institute of Contemporary Performance in London with a Bachelor’s degree and is currently studying a Degree in Data Science with the Open University. Tom is passionate about the music industry and brings his analytical mind-set with a pragmatic approach to problem-solving.

 

Kim Cozzens

Copyright and Contract Administrator

Kim implements rights management and contract administration at Primary Wave.  She also plays a pivotal role in royalty statement production, audits, and copyright database & asset management.  Most recently Kim was the Director of Mechanical Licensing for publishing and recorded music clients at BMG.  She began her dream career in music first at Arista Records working in royalties, and held licensing and copyright positions at both EMI and Sony/RCA.  Kim studied journalism at The Ohio State University.

Nicholas Bellitti

Royalties & Data Analyst

Nick has previously worked at Downtown Music Publishing for 3 years as a Senior Royalty Coordinator where he was responsible for handling royalties for songwriters such as John Lennon, Miles Davis, Wu-Tang Clan, and John Prine. Nick has a very curious mind, he is extremely passionate about music and data analysis, and has turned it into a dream career. Nick graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in Television, Radio, and Film.

 

Zeyna Faycurry

Royalties & Data Analyst

Zeyna recently graduated NYU magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music business. During college, Zeyna began her internship experience at Reservoir Media Management on the copyright team. She then moved into the world of venture capital, interning at Listen Ventures and Bluestein ventures, where she developed a drive for research-backed decision-making. As a Royalty and Data Analyst, Zeyna’s most excited to employ data-driven strategies to develop a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the Music Business as we know it.

 

Brad Berman

Corporate Controller

 

Camilla Holmsen

Junior Investment Analyst

After graduating from USC in LA, Camilla spent the last year and a half in media and entertainment investment banking where she worked on a variety of music, film, and television transactions. Camilla grew up in Denver, Colorado where she became an avid skier and developed a love for hiking and all things outdoors. She also loves travelling and cooking, having been to Italy twice this past year to hike the Dolomites and take a bread making class in Sicily!

 

Connie Perez

Royalty & Data Analyst

Connie Perez joins Primary Wave with extensive experience in the entertainment and music industry, having previously worked at HBO Latin America and Sony Music under Masterworks and Columbia Records, working with artists such as Depeche Mode, ROSALIA, Halsey, and Vampire Weekend. Connie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Penn State University with a degree in economics and has a background in consulting, finance, and data analysis. Her lifelong passion for the music industry, combined with her versatile background, makes her excited to contribute her skills and continue learning about the pivotal role of data in the music business.

 

Jason Turer

Executive Assistant
Jason graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Film and English. He has previously worked in TV production and Executive Search, and is thrilled to be returning to the entertainment industry.