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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.

Mike Novelly

Mike Novelly

Chief Financial Officer

As Gracenote’s Chief Financial Officer, Mike leads the finance and accounting 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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Ford Goodman

Ford Goodman

Chief Revenue Officer

As Chief Revenue Officer, Ford leads Gracenote’s international field operations and sales across all five of the company’s verticals. He has deep experience managing global sales teams for multi-billion dollar data and technology companies, including Informatica and Oracle. Previously, Ford served as SVP, Worldwide Strategic Technologies at Informatica and VP, North America for Data Quality and Enterprise Data Management at Oracle. He was the co-founder and CEO of Relevance Technologies and Cloud9 Analytics. Ford has served on several technology and community boards and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Richard Cusick

Richard Cusick

Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Rich is responsible for the development and delivery of products worldwide. Previously, Rich was General Manager of Video for Gracenote and Tribune Media Services (TMS), which merged with Gracenote in 2014, following Tribune’s acquisition of Gracenote from Sony. Prior to joining Gracenote, Rich was Vice President of Entertainment and Women’s Lifestyles at Yahoo and before that, SVP and GM for Digital Media at Gemstar-TV Guide.


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.

Ty Roberts

Ty Roberts

Co-Founder and General Manager, Music

As General Manager of Music, Ty leads all aspects of Gracenote’s Music business. He oversees a global team responsible for the planning, strategy, and delivery of next generation music data and technology solutions. Prior to founding Gracenote, Ty produced the industry’s very first interactive music experiences on CD for artists including David Bowie and Brian Eno. Connected to practically everyone in music from artists to technologists to label executives, Ty is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.

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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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Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

General Manager, Video Personalization

Eric Anderson is senior vice president and general manager of Video Personalization, tasked with developing products centered on personalized TV across Smart TVs and cable services. Eric comes to Gracenote with deep experience in Smart TV technology and the connected home. Prior to Gracenote, he launched Samsung Smart Hub for Smart TVs and held executive positions with Handango, Ericsson and Accenture.


Noah Fischbach

Noah Fischbach

General Manager, Sports

As General Manager of Sports, Noah is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company’s Sports business and developing new data-driven solutions to enhance the fan experience. His background includes eight years with the National Football League overseeing various facets of its digital business. There, Noah played key roles in managing product and editorial content for NFL.com, relaunching the league’s fantasy football platform and bringing the first live-streamed NFL games to football fans via the Web. He has also held leadership roles at Fox Sports and Sony.

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Atul Phadnis

Atul Phadnis

Senior Vice President, Global Content Operations

As Senior Vice President of Global Content Operations, Atul works with the company’s global content and editorial teams across Video, Music and Sports to set regional priorities, develop global content strategies and expand on the company’s existing content and data offerings. In this role, he is also responsible for standardizing Gracenote’s approach to creating, organizing and distributing its industry-leading entertainment data. Previously, Atul founded and was CEO of What’s-ON, the largest video data provider for India and the Middle East, which was acquired by Gracenote in 2014.


Ginger Bushell

Ginger Bushell

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy

Ginger is Senior Vice President and Head of Business Development and Strategy at Gracenote. In this role, she is responsible for driving strategic business deals and commercializing new business opportunities across the company’s Music, Video, Auto, Sports and Personalization verticals. Before joining Gracenote, Ginger was Senior Vice President and led Business Development and Strategy at premium digital video on demand service M-GO, a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor.

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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

Linda Schomaker

Vice President, Human Resources

Linda spearheads the company’s 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.

Graham McKenna

Graham McKenna

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Graham is responsible for all things marketing and communications at Gracenote. He joined Sony’s Gracenote in 2010 and helped shepherd the brand and communications strategy through its acquisition by Tribune Media and subsequent acquisitions and rapid growth. Today, he is responsible for elevating the brand and overseeing all internal and external communications across business verticals. Before Gracenote, Graham ran the communications 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 Karottke

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.