EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gracenote® today announced that Stephen White has been appointed president of the company. An 11 year veteran of Gracenote, White has played a critical role in growing Gracenote from a small start-up, focusing on music technologies and information, into a digital entertainment leader that now touches millions of music and movie fans around the globe. In this new role, White will oversee all strategic direction, business and operations for Gracenote, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA).
Since joining the company in 2001, White has been instrumental in transforming Gracenote into the recognized leader in information and technology for digital entertainment. He helped move Gracenote from its roots in CD music recognition to providing technology and information for connected devices, Cloud-based media and Smart TVs. White most recently served as senior vice president of product and content management, where he spearheaded the development of Gracenote technologies for top entertainment platforms and brands, including Apple iTunes, Ford Sync and Sony's BRAVIA® HDTVs.
"It is an honor to take the leadership role at Gracenote, a company that I have had the pleasure of helping expand and mature for more than a decade," said White. "As digital entertainment converges and evolves at lightning speed, Gracenote is well positioned to continue providing innovative technologies that define the consumer experience for years to come. Our next phase of growth offers tremendous opportunity to further expand into new areas to serve our customers, and I look forward to taking on this challenge."
Before joining Gracenote, White was the vice president of development for streaming music start-up Echo.com, which was one of the first companies to combine group content streaming and community features. Prior to Echo.com, White was a senior director and executive producer for CKS, a media consultancy based in Silicon Valley. He began his career as a reporter and writer.
A pioneer in digital media, Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. The company's partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks. A wholly owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Gracenote has offices in Munich, Berlin, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, Calif. For more information visit www.facebook.com/PoweredByGracenote
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