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Professor Tim Renner, Founder, former Secretary of State and CEO Universal Music
The music industry was the first to be hit by digitalization. It had to transform from carriers (CD) to download and streaming. At that time Tim headed as Chairman and CEO the German arm of global market leader Universal Music. In 2003 he started the world’s first download/downburn portal „Popfile“ and was announced as a „Global Leader for Tomorrow“ by the World Economic Forum Davos. The year after he published his first book about change process in media („Kinder, der Tod ist gar nicht so schlimm“/„Death is not that bad“ – Englisch version 2006) and became independent with Motor Entertainment. His own company invented label services for artist, founded a radio station (MotorFm/FluxFM), started to produce music-documentaries for TV („Berlin Live“).
At the same time, Tim consulted companies like „Pro7/SAT1“ in setting up their music strategy, wrote the concept of BMG’s label service, and was advisor for the German Social Democrats and some of their federal ministers for digital transition, copyright and creative industries. Early 2014 he became mayor Klaus Wowereit’s permanent Secretary for Culture. Tim oversaw all cultural activities of the city and state of Berlin until the end of his term.
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