“Executive Decision”

  • October 9, 2018
150 150 The California Copyright Conference
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6:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Sportsmen's Lodge



Come enjoy an evening of conversation about technology, legislation and industry trends with some of the top women executives in the music business. An in-depth discussion of trends and issues affecting top management in all areas of the industry. Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to):

  • New technologies that affect a company’s strategy and development
  • New legislation and how that affects business decision-making processes
  • How streaming’s increased financial shift is affecting company growth
  • Equality issues in upper management

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

6:15 PM Check-In ▪ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Cocktail Hour ▪ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner & Panel Discussion


12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 (Coldwater Canyon Drive & Ventura Blvd.)



 Rene Merideth, COO & Co-Founder — Exploration.io

Paula Savastano — SSA Music


 Laurie Soriano — King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano

Ana Ruiz — Drive Music Publishing 

Merlene Travis — Co-President, Merle’s Girls Music



Paula Savastano | President, SSA Music

Specializing in Copyright, Licensing, Royalties and Publishing, Paula Savastano has worked in the music business for more than 25 years. As a classically trained musician, she began her career in Opera Management, but quickly made the switch to the popular music realm. She has worked in administrative management and intellectual property departments for several notable companies including Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Spirit Music Group, Rykomusic, Cherry Lane Music, Musical Heritage Society and Turn up the Music. 

For several years, Paula’s knowledge and experience has been sought after by publishers and record companies to assist them with audits, royalties and copyright issues. After significant and continued demand, she started her own company, SSA Music, which provides financial, legal, auditing, licensing and royalty consulting services to a diverse clientele ranging from independent musicians to major music publishers and record companies. In recent years, SSA Music has expanded to offer catalog pitching and placement for a select clientele. SSA Music Catalog has grown to include close to 1500 titles from nearly all genres of music, ranging from classical, jazz, pop, rock, alternative, rockabilly and varying cross-over genres. The majority of the SSA Music catalog is available as one-stop/all-in licensing, and has instrumental mixes and stems, as well as full tracks available. Recently, SSA Music has directed the focus of its business to pairing music supervisors with quality music to fit their musical needs.

Paula has been an active speaker at educational conferences and universities around the country for more than 10 years. She has held the position of Adjunct Professor in the Music Industry Departments at Drexel University and William Paterson University. She is active member of the California Copyright Conference (CCC), National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), National Association for Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP), Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Women in Music (WIM) and Sigma Alpha Iota (Professional Music Fraternity). She is also an active musician, performing in the greater New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, as a freelance flautist. 


Rene Merideth | Co-Founder and COO of Exploration, a Media Management and Technology Company

Rene Merideth is the Co-Founder and COO of Exploration, a media management and technology company headquartered in Los Angeles. She is primarily responsible for copyright, licensing, and royalties. Exploration is proud to be the company of choice to compile and administer the metadata identifying much of the world’s most important media.

Rene graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in Music Business, after which she quickly climbed the music publishing ranks. Starting as a Mechanical Licensing Manager at Windswept, she has since served as Director of Licensing at Bug Music, Director of Licensing at BMG Chrysalis, and VP of Operations at AdShare.

Rene has been a speaker and writer at events and publications produced by Billboard, National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), California Copyright Conference (CCC) and others. She is a member of NARAS, ASCAP, AIMP, WIMN, and is a board member of the California Copyright Conference.

In addition to her industry success, Rene is a renowned rugby photographer having shot hundreds of matches worldwide, including the Rugby World Cup in 2015. She is a powerful and respected voice in a male-dominated industry, and a proud advocate of women’s empowerment and equality.  


Laurie Soriano | Partner, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano

Laurie Soriano is a partner in the law firm King, Paterno & Soriano, LLP.  She is a music attorney, representing a diverse range of creative individuals and companies in the music industry, including Carly Simon, Carole King, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Train, Bon Iver, Marilyn Manson, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rick Nowels, Toby Gad, Billy Steinberg, Randall Poster, George Drakoulias, Sub Pop Records, Princess Cruises, and many others.

Laurie started her career at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where as a partner in the firm she served as the Head of the firm’s Music Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s Entertainment Industry Practice Group.

She received undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences, and BS in Economics with concentration in marketing from the Wharton School of Business). She received her law degree from the University of California, Davis.  After graduation she served as a law clerk to Hon. Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Laurie is also a poet; her book of poetry entitled “Catalina” was published by Lummox Press in 2011.


Ana Ruiz | Drive Music Publishing 

Ana Ruiz is the Founder/CEO of Drive Music Publishing, Inc., a complete music management company. Prior to DRV, Ana was Manager of Music Services at GRF, a business management firm specializing in the entertainment industry. In her career, Ana has represented various legacy clients such as Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Prince, Jackson Browne and many others.  Her extensive experience has provided her a unique perspective on the changing industry, specializing in monetization and royalties. She is a consultant for lawyers, labels, business management firms, managers, and artists, and is spending more time transitioning clients from deals, creating growth plans for catalogs, and answering questions from independents – the variables are endless. 

Ana is an active member of National Academy of The Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and The Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (LARAS), California Copyright Conference (CCC), and the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).  

Ana is also a proud supporter of LightHopeLife, Inc., an organization dedicated to research, outreach, education, volunteering, and numerous aspects of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.


Merlene Travis | Co-President, Merle’s Girls Music 

Merlene Travis, born and raised in Southern California, has had a 38-year career in music publishing. Starting in the music industry as a secretary at Chappell Music set her on a professional path in which she has both enjoyed and thrived.

Following her stint at Chappell, she moved on to Columbia Pictures Music Group in both administrative and creative positions. These positions provided varied opportunities to experience Film and TV music, catalogue acquisitions, song placement in various projects, as well as finding, signing and managing talent, most notably, Jill Colucci and Norman Saleet. Merlene found her niche in the detail that comes with copyright administration, holding various positions at Screen Gems, NEM, Filmtrax, Warner/Chappell Music, Windswept and as Vice President of Music Publishing in the Music Affairs Group at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Currently semi-retired, Merlene is Co-President, with her sister, of Merle’s Girls Music, a family-owned publishing company that holds songs written by her father, legendary guitarist/songwriter, Merle Travis, and is presently working on various projects preserving his legacy.


  Questions? Email us at questions@theccc.org

Advance RSVP (via PayPal by 6pm, Friday, 10/5/18):

CCC Members $50 per person | Non-members $65 per person

Walk-Up Dinner (pay at the door, no prior RSVP):

CCC  Members $55 per person | Non-members $70 per person

Students: $50 per person — must show College ID at the door [contact us]



French Salad with Butter lettuce, frisée, watercress, French beans, oven-roasted tomato, goat cheese quenelle, black olive crouton and champagne vinaigrette

Your Choice of Entrée: 

Porcini mushroom ravioli with white truffle cheddar cheese sauce

Pan-roasted chicken with Marsala sauce

Sliced tri-tip with mushroom sauce and Yukon mashed potatoes


White chocolate mousse tower with fresh berries and raspberry coulis


Please make your dinner reservation by 6pm on Friday, October 5th, 2018.

Walk-up guests are welcome, but may not be served their first choice of meal. We accept cash, check or credit card payment at the door. Reserve your meal with PayPal or credit card (PayPal account not required).


Attention Attorneys: This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one and a half (1.5) hours. The CCC certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Attorneys who wish to register for MCLE Credit must include their state bar number with their reservation. Please remember to sign the sign-in sheet and obtain a certificate when you arrive at the meeting.

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Non-Member Dinner $65.00