Popkomm Conference 2008 - High Profile Event with Keynote Speeches by Robin Gibb,...

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Popkomm Conference 2008 - High Profile Event with Keynote Speeches by Robin Gibb, Petri Lunden and Wim Wenders

BERLIN--(Business Wire)--
For three days experts from the music and entertainment sectors
from all over the world, together with representatives of politics,
business, the arts and the media, will be participating in the
discussions and in the workshops.

   Robin Gibb, Wim Wenders and Petri Lunden are the first keynote
speakers to be confirmed for this year's Popkomm Conference which
takes place from 8 to 10 October in Berlin.

   On the opening day (October 8) Popkomm will welcome Robin Gibb,
one of the world's most successful singers, composers and lyricists,
who is also the President of the International Confederation of
Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the unique organization
serving authors worldwide.

   As the president of CISAC, which represents 222 authors' societies
in 118 countries, Robin Gibb is more qualified than perhaps anyone
else to initiate the discussions about the competition law decision
which the European Commission issued mid-July this year against 24
European collecting societies.

   Also launching a discussion on the first day of Popkomm will be
Petri Lunden, Chairman of the International Music Managers' Forum
(IMMF). The IMMF represents 15 music managers' forums from all over
the world, in Australia, Asia, Africa, North America and Europe.

   As Chairman of the IMMF and as a music manager, the best known of
his current acts being "The Cardigans", Lunden represents a
professional group that is at the centre of the discussions about a
360(degree) business model, namely: managers.

   On Thursday Wim Wenders, internationally one of the best-known and
most celebrated German movie directors, will address Popkomm. Wim
Wenders was born in Duesseldorf. As one of the most influential
representatives of the New German Cinema in the Seventies, his films
include "The American Friend" (1978), "Paris, Texas" (1984), "Wings of
Desire" (1987) and "Buena Vista Social Club" (1999).

   The filmmaker, who has shown a particular affinity with music
throughout his work, will be opening the second group of topics at the
Popkomm Conference by investigating the relationship between film and
music.

   The Conference, together with the Exhibition and the Festival,
forms part of the integrated Popkomm concept which, from 8 to 10
October 2008, will provide visitors and guests from around the world
with more than 30 panel discussions, talks, workshops, papers and
keynote addresses.

   The full programme of Popkomm Conference is available on
www.popkomm.com/conference

   Popkomm

   As an international platform for the music and entertainment
industry Popkomm attracts thousands of trade visitors from all over
the world. What makes Popkomm so unique is the integrated concept of
this event. Popkomm is the only industry meeting place in the world
that combines a trade show with a conference and a festival.
Consequently Popkomm is a major attraction not only for its core
business of music but also because it brings the representatives of
other sectors such as concerts, the movies, mobile entertainment and
advertising to the exhibition halls in Berlin. The fifth Popkomm is
taking place in Berlin in 2008, from 8 to 10 October. It is organised
by Popkomm GmbH, Berlin. This year the partner country at Popkomm is
Turkey.

   This press release can also be found on the internet:

   www.popkomm.com

Messe Berlin GmbH
Michael T. Hofer
Group Press and Public Relations Director
or
Press and Public Relations for Popkomm:
Susanne Wenzel
tel. + 49 (0) 30 / 3038 2295
e-mail: s.wenzel@messe-berlin.de
or
Yasmine Abbou
tel. +49 (0) 30 / 3038 2269
fax: +49 (0) 30 / 3038 2296
e-mail: abbou@messe-berlin.de
www.popkomm.com

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