Groove Science Studios (GSS), developer of the Soundscape VR (SVR) immersive music platform that brings bands, brands, and fans together in virtual reality, today announced that David Leibowitz and Scott Keniley have been named to the Advisory Board.
Leibowitz is Managing Partner of CH Potomac and Co-Founder of KDI Media, a digital commerce agency. His career has focused on the intersection of the entertainment, media and technology industries, developing new innovative ways to create, protect, enjoy, and engage with entertainment content. In the music sector, Leibowitz brings a broad set of business and legal expertise to GSS, having served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Senior Advisor to Gibson Brands, and Chairman of EZMO, an early European trail blazing cloud-based music oriented social network and storage locker service. “David impressed us right from the get-go,” said Founder Eric Alexander, “His experience in the entertainment industry and acumen when it comes to new technology will be invaluable as we continue to grow the Soundscape VR platform and expand into new revenue areas.”
Leibowitz also Co-Founded and served as Chairman and Co-CEO of Verance, whose Emmy Award winning technology is the industry standard for movies, music, and television, including NextGen TV and has served as an advisor to Motorola, Singtel, and National Datacast, among others.
“My family has been in the music and technology business since the 1910’s when my grandfather had several Grafonola and Record shops in New York City” said Leibowitz. “While the application of VR to create next generation music and entertainment experiences is still in the early days, I have been impressed with Eric’s vision and what he and the GSS team has been able bring to the VR-using community thus far with Soundscape VR. With this foundation, I am looking forward to helping the company build on this foundation and take music VR experiences to the next level!” said Leibowitz.
Keniley brings a wealth of legal expertise, specifically in the entertainment industry, to SVR with his addition to the Advisory Board. A practicing partner at Keniley-Kumar, and an active Professor at Georgia State University, Keniley leads Entrepreneurship in Music and The Legal Aspects of Music for the next generation of entertainment industry leaders.
“Scott’s vast wealth of experience in the music industry is an asset that will only strengthen the strategic partnerships we have with bands and brands in the virtual space,” said Director of Finance Warrick Jervis, “He’s worked with everyone from Hall of Fame athletes to Grammy-winning artists to video game designers. He knows exactly what it takes to make a successful venture, and we’re excited to have Scott join the company.”
Scott maintains an active presence in the entertainment and legal industry,serving on the Board and as academic chairman for the North American Entertainment, Sports, and IP Law Summit and frequently lectures on entertainment law topics. Previously, Scott was General Counsel for Platinum Entertainment in addition to serving as Municipal Court Judge and board member to The Recording Academy (The Grammys), and The Georgia Lawyers for the Arts.
“I am excited and humbled with the opportunity to work with the creative minds at Soundscape VR and their cutting edge contribution to the music experience,” commented Keniley.