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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Eric Allen
Eric Allen
General Manager, Music

Eric is the General Manager for Gracenote Music, where he is responsible for building the music and automotive businesses. Prior to this role, Eric headed the Gracenote services team responsible for UX design and prototyping, as well as Gracenote technology and product integration. His services team is credited with creating a number of groundbreaking Apps, including HABU Music and the Grey's Anatomy App for ABC TV, which garnered an Emmy nomination.

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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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Krishanu Seal
Krishanu Seal
Senior Vice President, R&D Gracenote and TDV

Krishanu heads up all Science and Innovation efforts as the Senior Vice President, R&D for Gracenote and Tribune Digital Ventures. He leads a team of gifted researchers, engineers and hackers responsible for turning concepts and ideas into real technologies that will fuel future roadmaps. Before Gracenote and TDV, Krishanu held senior positions at AOL and Amazon, and most recently led all multimedia search efforts for Yahoo! across all its international sites.

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Anindita Mukherjee
Anindita Mukherjee
Senior Vice President, Finance

Anindita leads the finance and accounting teams for Gracenote and Tribune Digital Ventures. Prior to joining Gracenote, Anindita was the lead for Product Operations Finance for Yahoo! Search and Shopping and Connections. At Gracenote, she is responsible for managing the company’s P&L, data and analytics on the company’s financial health, as well as day-to-day planning and forecasting. Earlier in her career, Anindita worked at Oracle, Sun and IBM.

Graham McKenna
Graham McKenna
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Graham is responsible for all things marketing and communications at Gracenote and Tribune Digital Ventures. 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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Michael Kosinski
Mike Kosinski
Vice President, Human Resources

Mike spearheads all HR activities for Gracenote and Tribune Digital Ventures, including talent management, recruitment and retention. As a veteran of technology HR, Mike’s areas of expertise include organizational development, cultural change and integrating multiple organizations as part of M&A activity. He joined Tribune in early 2010, holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing & Management and has global experience supporting staff throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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Sal Karottki
Sal Karottki
Vice President, Legal

Sal is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Gracenote and Tribune Company and serves as Chief Legal Officer for Tribune Digital Ventures. 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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Anthony Moisant
Anthony Moisant
Vice President, IT

Anthony manages global IT for Gracenote and Tribune Digital Ventures. Over his 9 years with the company, Anthony has led and executed large-scale software implementations, mergers and acquisitions, and managed big data analytics supporting billions of daily transactions. Prior to joining Gracenote, Anthony led the IT organization for Versata, a provider of business logic systems for automating large scale and complex applications.

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