Gracenote Leadership Team

Meet our leadership team. With decades of entertainment technology experience, our leaders work closely with staff to drive innovation, operate the business and define our culture.

John Batter
John Batter
Chief Executive Officer

John is Chief Executive Officer of Gracenote responsible for setting the strategic direction and driving growth for Gracenote’s core music and video metadata and technology businesses, as well as leading the company’s day-to-day operations. Most recently, he was CEO of M-GO, a digital TV and movie streaming service offered jointly by DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor. Prior to M-GO, John served as president of production at DreamWorks Animation, where he led the company’s worldwide production, post-production, technology and studio finance divisions, and as general manager of the mobile and studio groups at Electronic Arts.

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Mike Novelly
Chief Financial Officer

As Gracenote’s Chief Financial Officer, Mike leads the finance, accounting and global IT teams in establishing the company’s financial strategy and planning across its business verticals. Mike brings a wealth of financial experience in media and digital entertainment. His background in financial planning and analysis, decision support, acquisitions and integration, as well as investor relations is critical to Gracenote as it continues its rapid growth. Prior to joining Gracenote, Mike served as CFO of Delivery Agent, an interactive media agency and online retailer. Mike has also held executive positions at Dolby Laboratories and Time Warner Inc.

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Ethan Kaplan
Ethan Kaplan
General Manager, Music

Ethan is the SVP and General Manager for Gracenote Music, where he sets the strategic direction for the company’s Music business, develops next gen music solutions and works with Gracenote customers to integrate products into emerging music platforms and services. Ethan brings to Gracenote more than two decades of music tech experience, having launched the first official R.E.M. fan site at the age of 16, helped Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music Group unlock the value of new technologies for the label, artists and fans and later led the product innovation team at Live Nation, the world’s leading live music company, as they looked to reinvent the live music experience for concertgoers.

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Richard Cusick
Richard Cusick
General Manager, Video

As General Manager for Gracenote Video and Tribune Media Services (TMS), Rich is responsible for building all aspects of the video and EPG business. He has a strong background in digital media, serving most recently as vice president of entertainment and women’s lifestyles at Yahoo! Prior to Yahoo!, Rich was founder and general manager of Swirl by DailyCandy and SVP and general manager for digital media at Gemstar-TV Guide.

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Brian Hamilton
Brian Hamilton
General Manager, Auto

Brian started at Gracenote more than a decade ago as vice president of Pan Asia Sales, during which time he established and managed the company’s offices in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, building a strong sales channel throughout the region. Working internationally for over 12 years, Brian has forged relationships with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Today, Brian oversees the Automotive business, and is responsible for managing relationships with all major automakers and suppliers, as well as building and executing upon product roadmaps.

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Ty Roberts
Ty Roberts
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Ty is tasked with developing long-term strategy and identifying new areas of growth for Gracenote. Ty co-founded Gracenote when his company ION merged with CDDB in the late 1990s. Prior to Gracenote, Ty produced the industry’s first interactive music experiences on CD for artists like Brian Eno and David Bowie. Connected to practically everyone in the business, from labels and artists to technologists, Ty is a frequent speaker at music and TV industry conferences and events.

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Steve Scherf
Steve Scherf
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Steve is responsible for leading the Gracenote engineering teams and developing scalable platforms and state-of-the-art technologies. Steve co-developed the CDDB compact disc recognition service as a hobby in 1995 to get PCs to display information about the CDs they were playing. To his surprise, the service was overwhelmingly popular, and a few years later Gracenote was born. Steve has since been the driving force behind nearly every Gracenote technology, and is considered a pioneer of media recognition. Prior to Gracenote, Steve led development teams at various Silicon Valley companies focusing on fault tolerance, performance and operating system development.

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Andy Heinz
Andy Heinz
Senior Vice President, Sales

Bringing over 20 years of experience working with major cable, consumer electronics and Internet customers, Andy oversees all global sales and revenue growth strategies. Andy managed a diverse client base as the Vice President of Sales at Tribune Media Services (TMS). With a background in product management and sales, Andy has led the company through significant growth and has played a valuable role in establishing TMS as a global leader in the entertainment industry.

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Linda Schomaker
Vice President, Human Resources

Linda spearheads the company’s global HR efforts, where she is responsible for attracting and retaining top talent, as well as creating strategic HR programs supporting the company’s more than 1,300 employees. Prior to joining Gracenote, Linda was the founder of HR Consulting, where she specialized in providing executive counsel and human capital alignment programs for a wide range of clients. Throughout her career, Linda has held senior positions at both established and start-up organizations, including DoubleClick, Masonic Homes of California, HR ProServ and Pacific Gas & Electric.

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Graham McKenna
Graham McKenna
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Graham is responsible for all things marketing and communications at Gracenote. Since joining Gracenote in 2010, Graham has elevated the brand, developed marketing partnerships with the world’s top digital entertainment companies, and overseen all communications. Before Gracenote, Graham ran the PR efforts at THX Ltd., the entertainment tech company founded by George Lucas. He previously held positions at Bay Area advertising and PR agencies.

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Sal Karottki
Sal Karottki
Vice President, Legal

Sal heads up Gracenote’s legal team and provides counsel on corporate compliance, intellectual property, privacy and data security, commercial transactions, and worldwide M&A. Sal has been with Tribune Company since 2006. He is also a patent attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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