Warner Music Group chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. will deliver the keynote address at the 7th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation on February 11 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event will feature live performances by special guest artists in addition to the scholarship presentations. The ELI Luncheon is one of the most prestigious events held during Grammy week.
"The music industry benefits from Edgar's creativity and astute business acumen," said Neil Portnow, president of the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy. "He brings a valuable perspective that comes from experience within many different areas in our industry. We are so pleased that he has agreed to give the keynote address at this important Academy event."
Before joining Warner Music Group, Bronfman served as chairman and CEO of Lexa Partners LLC, a management venture capital group based in New York City; executive vice chairman of Vivendi Universal; and president and CEO of the Seagram Company Ltd. During his tenure as CEO of Seagram, Bronfman consummated $85 billion in transactions and transformed the company into one of the world's leading media and communications companies.
Past ELI keynote speakers include Andrew Lack, chairman/CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment; Jack Valenti, past president/CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America; Richard Parsons, chairman of AOL Time Warner; Strauss Zelnick, former CEO/president of BMG Entertainment; Clive Davis, chairman of the RCA Music Group; and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner