The Board of Directors at Royalty Review Council brings decades of experience and in-depth industry knowledge to our business.
Chief Executive Officer
Keith Bernstein serves as CEO of the company and is responsible for extending RRC’s partnerships and spearheading growth in international business segments, including music, film & television, publishing and games. Mr. Bernstein is known in the entertainment industry for his acute financial prowess and knowledge of the complexities of royalty accounting, reporting requirements, label operations, and copyrights. With over 20 years of experience, he has a unique blend of music industry experience, and is recognized for his strategic insight and personal integrity.
Mr. Bernstein is the former Vice President of Operations for Napster, Inc. the company that pioneered person-to-person file sharing. In his role with Napster, Mr. Bernstein was selected to be responsible for the development and the management of the rights management system, processes, operations, staffing, content clearance, and licensing as related to all ownership rights associated with sound recordings and musical compositions worldwide that were to be made available on Napster’s second generation service. Mr. Bernstein spent 2 years with the company before he left to become CEO and President of Entertainment Council, LLC.
Before Napster, Mr. Bernstein was the Senior Director of Operations for Universal Global e, the e-commerce division of the Universal Music Group. In his role with Universal, Mr. Bernstein was partly accountable for building the new infrastructure for managing, processing and reporting the promotional and transactional data from new digital music businesses, including all download, subscription, and pay-per-play businesses around the world through channels of purchase such as kiosks, computers, TV set top boxes, and wireless devices. Most importantly, he was directly involved with compliance issues to ensure that artist record royalties and publishing royalties would be accounted to the rights holders from new digital music sales.
Prior to joining Universal Global e, Mr. Bernstein co-founded Royalty Review Council where he was credited with being one of the first to attempt to collect data about online sales of items ranging from music to videos in order to help copyright and trademark holders collect the royalties due them. Specifically, he created a software program that can be integrated with other e-commerce programs to prevent online merchants from underreporting sales in order to reduce royalty payments.
Mr. Bernstein is also the former Director of Operations for A&M Records where he spent 7 years with the company until he left after Seagram’s acquired A&M/PolyGram. In his role with A&M, Mr. Bernstein’s responsibilities included the direct oversight of the contractual compliance of the record and publishing royalty payment terms for new releases, catalog products, and special market licenses. In his years prior to his employment with A&M, Mr. Bernstein was employed by the Investment Banking Firm of Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin and the Management Consulting Division of BDO Seidman, LLP.
Mr. Bernstein has been a featured guest lecturer at universities and has spoken on a number of music industry panels, covering such topics as music licensing, music royalty accounting, royalty examination procedures, and financial due diligence related to song catalog acquisitions.
Mr. Bernstein attended the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management Executive Program in Business Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics/Business from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Antebi is the President and Chairman of the Board of Maple Capital Management, an equity fund focused on investments in North America. He is also President and CEO of Galileo Partners LLC and president of Blue and Gold Enterprises Inc., funds that invest in PIPE Transactions, Registered Direct Investments, Private Placements and open market equity transactions. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Geovax, a NIH funded Company is seeking a therapeutic solution and cure for A.I.D.S. and has served as Chairman of the Board of Epinex Diagnostics since 2009. Epinex applies expert diagnostic technology in the quantitative analysis of glycated albumen, a superior marker for diabetic control.
Mr. Antebi had a long tenure at Bear Stearns & Company in senior positions including institutional sales, trading of the firm’s capital, investment banking, and syndicate. He started at Bear Stearns in 1972 as a limited partner and left the firm in 1991 as a shareholder and managing director.
Mr. Antebi has been a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for over ten years. Cedars Sinai is one of the largest hospital/research centers in the world. He is also involved with Coach for Kids, the arm of Cedars Sinai that provides mobile medical units, caring for inner city children, living below the poverty line.
He has worked extensively in collaboration with different academic and governmental organizations doing extensive research on the U.S. Economy.
Mr. Antebi’s academic credits include the Anderson School of Business at the University of California at Los Angeles, Loyola University School of Law, and a UCLA undergraduate degree in history.
Independent Board Member
Mr. Salter is a Principal of The Salter Group based in Los Angeles, where he directs the firm’s overall practice and project management efforts.
Prior to The Salter Group, Mr. Salter was a Principal and Managing Director with the investment bank Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, where he co-managed the firm’s global industry group practices including, Entertainment & Media, Health Care, Telecom-Media-Technology and Diversified Industries between 1988 and 2003. Therein, Mr. Salter co directed the development and operating methods associated with the firm’s industry groups. Further, Mr. Salter directly managed the valuation and transactional activities of the firm’s entertainment and media industry practice, and led the development of methodologies and systems to evaluate entertainment and media properties.
Mr. Salter frequently lectures on a variety of media and entertainment corporate finance subjects. Mr. Salter has taught MBA courses in the Anderson School of Business at UCLA on the subjects of business valuation and business-plan development. Mr. Salter has taught similar courses in the Harvard Business School, California Institute of Technology, the European Media Business School and other venues. In addition, Mr. Salter has authored a text on the subject of valuing media and entertainment industry investments published by Warren Publications.
Mr. Salter is a member of the Board of Directors of California United Bank.
Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Salter was a Vice President with Wells Fargo Capital Markets, Inc., where he provided mezzanine financing and M&A services to select bank clients. Previous to Wells Fargo Capital Markets, Mr. Salter was a Vice President in Well’s Fargo’s Commercial Banking Group focusing on providing loans to middle-market companies in Southern California. Mr. Salter attended California State University at Northridge where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Business Economics and Investment Management, and Loyola Marymount University where he earned an M.B.A.