WHO KNEW Presents: 1Up – A Look at the World of Esports and Gaming in Tennessee

WHO KNEW returned for a 6th full year of programming at City Winery! On January 15, we kicked off the new year with a fantastic exploration of the gaming industry and esports in the state of Tennessee.

Like all WHO KNEW events, we delivered an incredible slate of speakers wowing you with stories and information about their careers and making predictions about this exciting, high-growth industry.

With the gaming industry reaching almost $200 Billion in 2019, it was a true WHO KNEW experience.

That night, presented the following lineup:

Glenn Chin – Founder & Managing Director of MOST-PROLIFIC

Jamy Wheless – CEO at Lightwave Animation Studios

Michael Micolic – Head of Business Development & Operations at Traega Entertainment

Don Transeth – Proprietor at The Brand Hotel; EA Sports Brand Founder

Lang Whitaker – GM Grizz Gaming at the Memphis Grizzlie

Jared Nixon – Founder & CEO at TenGIG Festival

Ian Davis – Founder at Kumite

Panel Featuring:

Michael Micholic – Head of Business and Operations, Traega Entertainment

Chris Austin – Music Supervisor, Traega Entertainment and Front of House Engineer for Gov’t Mule

Chet Roberts – Guitarist, Three Doors Down

Ross Holmes – Fiddle player, Mumford & Sons/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Emcee – Kerry Graham – Founder & Proprietor at the Brand Hotel

An extension of MusicRowSearch, WHO KNEW Nashville is a bi-monthly event designed to provide unique perspectives from many of the music industry’s most accomplished executives and brightest minds. Think “Shark Tank” + TED Talks + speed dating. It’s the next generation of Meet Up. The event serves as a fertile hunting ground for talent, trends and who’s making it happen. Everyone who attends gets a birds’ eye view of who’s new and who’s next.

“WHO KNEW Nashville is an event series inspired by my mission to connect people. Nashville is one and half degrees of separation. I kept meeting and seeing the incredible wealth of knowledge, experience and talent and thought ‘How do I get all of these people in one room?’

That’s how WHO KNEW started. Beginning in 2015, our sold out events feature the most innovative minds, anarchists, entrepreneurs and trend setters in the music industry. Each event highlights a topic that’s real and right now.  Real conversations. Real connections.”


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Michelle Phillips  Founding member of The Mamas & The Papas, GRAMMY Award winner and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Benji Rogers – President & Founder of PledgeMusic

Steve Schnur – Worldwide Executive of Music At Electronic Arts

Linda Edell Howard – L.E.M.I. at Adams and Reese LLP (Lawyer, Entrepreneur, MamaMafia and Idea-Generator)

Jeff Cuellar – VP Strategic Partnerships at AC Entertainment

John Marks – Global Head of Country Music at Spotify

Dave Frey – CEO Silent Partner Management; Founder of the Lockn’ Music Festival

Mark Mulligan – Co-Founder of Midia Consulting, Creator of “Music Industry Blog” and author of Awakening – The Music Industry in the Digital Age

Steve Savoca – Spotify Head of Content

Jim Griffin – Managing Director of OneHouse

Leslie Fram – Senior VP of Music Strategy of Viacom/CMT

Marcie Allen – President, MAC Presents

Ali Harnell – Senior VP, AEG Live; Artist Manager, The Shadowboxers

David Macias – Co-founder and President – Thirty Tigers

Peter Shapiro: Founder, Dayglo Ventures

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