Founder, CEO & Head of Creative
Taylor Jones is the Founder & CEO of The Hello Group. He is an award-winning, multi-dimensional entertainment executive, manager, A&R, agent, songwriter, executive producer, and creative director.
Overseeing THG's operations, Taylor is a hands-on, highly creative, experienced leader with strong expertise in business strategy, global marketing initiatives, and project management across all facets of entertainment and branding.
As an A&R Executive, Taylor is globally recognized in the music industry as a driving force in the global rise of K-Pop in today's pop culture and has placed songs resulting in41 Billboard #1s and 70+ gold & platinum certifications for artists including BTS, SuperM, Victon, KAI (Exo), NCT 127, ITZY, TWICE, IVE, Cravity, Girls Generation, WayV and more. Throughout Taylor's career as a manager, he has represented and worked with winners of The Voice Kids, Pop Idol, Eurovision, The Masked Singer, I Can See Your Voice, The Four, and currently manages a prominent roster of influencers, artists, songwriters, and producers.
Taylor sits on the Executive Committee of City of Hope's 'Future Hope' board, is an Advisory Board member of music tech company LabelRadar, is an executive member of the Recording Academy (Grammys), and is a member of Music Biz.
Taylor was awarded Entertainment & Multimedia 'CEO of The Year' two years running at the Global CEO of Excellence Awards (2021 & 2022) and was listed by Yahoo Finance in the 'Top 10 Entrepreneurs U30 to watch in 2021.
Former President and CEO at industry giants Virgin Records, Warner Bros. Records, and EMI North America. Phil personally signed artists including Linkin Park and Josh Groban and worked on the careers of Coldplay, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sex Pistols, The Spice Girls, Janet Jackson, and more. Phil Q was named Billboard's Music Executive of the Year in 2001, served on the Fender and Gibson Guitar Boards, served as the Vice-Chairman of the Grammy Foundation (Recording Academy), and remains one of the most senior executives in the entertainment industry.
Chief Operating Officer
Kyran Jones is an award-winning, highly skilled C-suite operations executive with almost a decade of experience in entertainment. Kyran worked directly alongside his brother as a co-founder of The Hello Group and fast developed an eye for talent and business development.
Kyran heads up operations and production logistics, reporting directly to the CEO.
Kyran has been recognized as a media executive by Entrepreneur.com, The Sun, Yahoo Finance, and more. Kyran holds an 01-A VISA for Individuals of Extraordinary Ability in Business and Arts.
VP, Operations & Production
Christine spent the last 10 years as a seasoned production executive in live-action television series. Christine spent 5 years as a Senior Production Manager for Marvel Television and is known as a hands-on executive working closely with showrunners and producers and has experience in all stages of production, from budgeting, scheduling, and supervision to assembling crews and overseeing post-production.
Starting her career with The Hello Group at the tv/film company, Christine has now taken on a larger role in the corporate parent company as VP, of Operations and Production, reporting directly to the COO and President.
Talent & Brand Creative Coordinator
Kyran U has over 6 years experience working in social media marketing, specifically within the music and entertainment sectors - working for powerhouses such as Apple, Spotify and Netflix, on promotional online content. During his time at The Hello Group, since 2018, Kyran has had a strong presence across each of Groups multiple visions, from their inceptions, providing efforts in creative direction, design branding and marketing. Kyran is a key figure within Hello Management, focused on talent, project and campaign management. For our CEO and Company Executives, he has also served an executive coordinator of senior business units and all other facets of the company. Kyran is often a representative figure for The Hello Group, internally and throughout our client and talent relationships.
Aubrey brings over 15 years of music industry experience to The Hello Group with her expertise and passion in A&R and Artist Development. Aubrey started her career working at Frontline Management, led by Irving Azoff. From there, she joined Boardwalk Entertainment, working with record producer & music executive Evan “Kidd” Bogart, running artist development and management for ZZ Ward, and Grammy-winning producer Ricky Reed. Before joining THG Publishing, she spent 4 years as an A&R at SYCO Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, where she was an integral part of both the US and UK A&R team, working closely with Simon Cowell and SYCO’s Head of Music, casting, developing, and A&Ring priority acts.
Partner, Head of Live Touring & Events
With over 12 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a Global Music Agent at APA and WME, Cory Riskin is a Partner at THG, and Managing Director & Global Head of Touring & Events at Hello Live and The Hello Agency ('THA'). Hello Live executes approximately 1,000 live events each year across international markets. THA represents Pop-Stars, DJs, Producers, Actors, Models, Branded Events, and Intellectual Property throughout all media platforms including live touring, film, television, music, theatre, publishing, and digital.
Originally from Paris, France, Emilie has more than a decade of experience in physical production working on both scripted and unscripted shows for companies such as Amazon (LOL France) and Endmolshine (Running Wild, The Island).
Emilie now works as a valued Project Manager for The Hello Group overseeing all stages of a project from genesis to completion across all companies (THG Publishing, Hello Soju, Nuplak, Hello Pictures, and more…)
SVP, Development, Original Programming
Former Head of Development for LD Entertainment, Scott has overseen development and production in the family & YA market for over a decade, working on I Can Only Imagine ($86M Box Office), Risen ($46M Box Office), Judy ($46M Box Office), Jackie ($30M Box Office), Words On Bathroom Walls, and many more. He has established strong relationships at Netflix, Hulu, Disney, Amazon, HBO, Apple, BBC, ITV, and more.
VP, Talent Management
Director, Artist Development
Grammy Award-winning songwriter, composer, and music executive, Carlos 'Jackie’s Boy' Battey, has written Billboard™ chart-topping multi-platinum hit singles for artists across all genres, including Madonna, Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, Chris Brown, Peter Andre, Ron Isley, Charlie Wilson, Flo Rida, Johnny Gill, New Edition, and so many more. Under the pen name Carlos Battey (Los) he has written twelve #1 records and sold over 30 million albums in his career. He won his first Grammy™ for his production of Madonna's "Revolver" ft Lil Wayne in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. In addition, he received an ASCAP Rhythm Soul Award and four Grammy nominations.
Los brings a wealth of experience to the talent team and oversees artist development across Hello Management and THG Publishing.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Lianne works as an A&R Assistant exploring talents across the world. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of K-POP have led her to become an irreplaceable cultural bridge between the East and the West. Lianne’s potential is limitless, as she grows in her role of overseeing some of the most notable producers and writers at THG Publishing, creatively steering the A&R process as a direct report to the A&R Manager.
VP, Creative Talent
Originally from the Midwest, Pete's entire life has been centered around the performing arts. After obtaining a degree in Music Business from Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois, Pete grew through the ranks from assistant to Vice President of one of the leading agencies in performance representation, Clear Talent Group. At CTG he became the Director of the renowned Dance Department and Choreographers & Creatives Department as well as launching its digital influencer division in 2015. Pete joined THG in the spring of 2022 at the helm of Hello Creative, which represents top tier Directors, Creative Producers, Creative Directors, Choreographers, Vocal Coaches, and Stylists.
VP, Business Development & Partnerships
Former team member in management operations at Roc Nation, and current VP, of Business Development & Partnerships at The Hello Group, Nick Schlein has worked across several star-studded rosters building and developing brand partnerships and helping to actualize clients’ entrepreneurial aspirations.
He’s worked on business development for the likes of Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, and Kelly Rowland. Prior to Roc Nation and THG, Nick worked in various roles at tech startups and venture capital firms in the Bay Area, developing a network of strategic partners.
Nick earned a B.A. from Colgate University in political science.
Angeline has been a music lover since she could remember. From singing in choirs as a child to graduating from Audio Engineering School to producing her own music under her solo project ANYX, she was always involved with music. In 2017, she was reached out by producer ALAWN, who led her to follow The Hello Group and founder Taylor Jones on social media. After seven successful years in sales and finance and being a top producer in the field, Angeline found herself at a career crossroads. At The Pride Festival in the VIP area, she saw Taylor Jones and Cory Riskin and said, “Hello.” That “Hello” changed her life forever. Literally. Working alongside Cory, she feels fulfilled in her passion for sharing music and helping others, believing that the universe has brought her to the right path. Angeline continues to be excited and grateful for the future.
Michael Mancuso brings over 10 years of music industry experience to his multi-faceted position at The Hello Group. As A&R Manager at THG Publishing, his ability to sing and write at a professional level enables him to provide writers and producers more intricate and tangible feedback. Since joining the A&R team in 2021, Michael has assisted the company in achieving 10+ Billboard #1 chart results and dozens of gold and platinum records/albums. He also works as Co-Founder of tech platform NuPlak, and as a producer for Hello Pictures, where he writes Anime and serves has Head of Story for multiple animated projects.
Lawyer, Business & Legal Affairs
Formerly a founder of a music startup and copyright fund in Seoul, Kevin is a California-licensed attorney handling business & legal affairs of The Hello Group. He has years of experience in the industry working with SESAC, UK music copyright fund, K-pop stars, Korean labels, US entertainment law firms, and crypto/NFT entities. He proudly represents South Korea and is passionate about bridging the gap between Eastern and Western entertainment markets. Kevin graduated from Northwestern University and The University of Texas Law.
VP, Development, Original Programming
With over a decade of experience in the music industry and content development, Kyle kick-started his career at Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment, where he helped create formats such as Univision’s La Banda and also produced hit shows such as America's Got Talent and X-Factor. After Syco, Kyle co-founded "Fandom Management", a full-service artist management company representing artists on Island Records, Warner Records, and Hollywood Records. Throughout his career, Kyle has helped develop multiple unscripted formats with prominent production companies such as BBC, Fremantle, and Fly On The Wall, resulting in series sales on major networks like CBS, HGTV, FOX, MTV, and TLC.
Andy’s focus over the last few years has primarily been the Kpop and Jpop markets. Since penning the Super M smash hit “100” and Twice’s “Yes or Yes”, Andy’s career in Kpop has skyrocketed leading to further hits such as Loser/Lover & Dear Sputnik for TXT and Shoutout for Enhypen.
Andy has also composed many songs for the Japanese market featuring on recent albums from powerhouses such as Nissy, King and Prince, The Rampage, Psychic Fever, Golden Child, Da Pump and many others.
As well as songwriting for artists, Andy has won 22 BMI crystal awards for his work composing the theme and background music for TV shows such as America’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
Andy has also composed corporate brand theme songs for the worlds largest tech companies such as Huawei and Honor.
Based in Los Angeles, Andy has recently partnered with The Hello Group as an A&R with a view to signing and developing a small and select group of writers and producers.
Alawn is a multi-platinum producer with more than 18 Billboard #1 chart entries to his name, who is one of the most in-demand producers/writers globally. Though signed to THG Publishing as a client, Alawn is a partner and A&R Executive at the company who signs writers and oversees creative development for a roster of clients.
Born in France, living between Houston and Los Angeles, Alawn began his commercial career with an Artist/DJ project which signed to divisions of Universal Music, Sony Music, and Ultra Records which built him an impressive and dedicated following of over 300K fans online. As time went on and as a result of his growing artistic popularity, Alawn branched into producing for other artists and gained remix and production credits with the likes of Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Paul Wall, Boyz II Men, Emma Heesters, and Eurovision’s FOURCE.
In 2019, the talented multi-hyphenate musician quickly found his roots in the world of K-pop, which was solidified after his first trip to Seoul for a writing camp with SM Entertainment where he fell in love with the genre. From 2019 through 2020, Alawn was responsible for penning and producing some of the most notable K-Pop records globally, starting with Park Bom’s Wanna Go Back and MBC’s Under Nineteen theme-song Go Tomorrow, through to major cuts including NCT 127’s Punch (Billboard #1 Album), SuperM’s 100 (Billboard #1 Album), Victon’s Mayday, KAI’s mega-hits Mmmh & Peaches, and WayV’s Kick Back, to name a few. With so much success in Korean pop music, Alawn quickly branched in J-pop and C-pop too, and in January of 2021 landed his first Billboard #1 in Japan with Baekhyun’s Get You Alone, alongside his first major C-pop placement with the biggest girl group in China on ‘集合时刻" [JUST TEAM UP] written for BonBon Girls 303 as the theme song of Tencent’s most popular game “和平精英” GAME FOR PEACE.
Nominated for Arranger of the Year at the Asian Music Awards 2021, Alawn has recently joined the Les Paul Foundation’s advisory board along with artists such as Slash, Nile Rodgers, Peter Frampton, Don Was, Brian Hardgroove, Joan Jett, and more.
Now truly established as a global force in Asian music, Alawn continues to establish his presence in the evolving sound and is positioned as a thought leader in the newest technological developments, demonstrated by his partnerships with audio brands including Roland, McDSP, Klipsch Audio, Adam Audio, Acustica Audio, Eventide Audio, Oek Sound, Arturia and Belkin.
Partner, Operations & Strategy
Since the acquisition of his canned cocktail, Disco Lemonade, Ben has successfully launched 40 brands and 150 beverages. He's become known as the "Celebrity Beverage Guy", having worked with the likes of Young Thug, DMX, Kyle Cooke, Cole Bennett, Lil Mosey and more.
Partner, Strategy & Growth
Over 20 years of experience in beverage leadership, with an expertise in beer, wine, spirits, and energy. Drove portfolio growth for global companies, such as, Diageo, Red Bull and Pabst, while in C-Suite and executive roles. Responsibilities have included sales, marketing, integration, business insights / category development, national projects, distribution strategy, business planning, PR and strategic imperatives.
Alex brings over two decades of rich experience building web and desktop applications, and leading engineering teams. With deep technical knowledge and strong leadership skills, he has been pivotal in driving product strategy and executing complex software projects.
Across his diverse career, Alex has co-founded an AI art startup, led several dev teams, and contributed as a full stack engineer in a variety of early-stage startups across multiple industries, including Plaid, Daily Voice, Wellthy, and Quovo (exited for $200M). Fluent in Python and Typescript, Alex has worn all product team hats, exhibiting versatility in UI, graphic design, devops, and product management, effectively leading multiple products from conception to deployment.
Enterprise software and security expert Ted Schlein has been a managing and general partner at Kleiner Perkins since 1996, and a leader of the firm since John Doerr stepped back into a chairman's role in 2016. Schlein enjoyed an exit in February 2018 when Splunk acquired Phantom, a security orchestration, automation and response company, for $350 million; Schlein had led its $13.5 million Series B investment a year before. Schlein's Series B investment in Carbon Black paid off when the security solutions company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange last year, raising $152 million in its initial public offering. Schlein returns to Midas for investments including cybersecurity companies IronNet Cybersecurity and Synack, as well as platform security firm Shape Security. His other investments include Mandiant, LifeLock, Chegg, ArcSight, Fortify Software and AppDynamics, acquired by Cisco for $3.7 billion in January 2017 right before the company was set to go public. Before joining Kleiner, he was an executive at Symantec, where he helped build the company's utilities and antivirus businesses.
Advisor & Investor
Patrick Yoon is the General Manager of South Korea at Crypto.com, the world's fastest growing virtual asset platform. With verified track record in the Korean financial industry, he is leading Crypto.com's South Korea business by meeting the needs of customers and adhering to regulatory standards and practices.
Before joining Crypto.com, he served as Country Manager of Visa Korea and Mongolia for the last 3 years, building sustainable business growth through collaboration with key stakeholders in the Korean financial industry including regulatory bodies and financial institutions. He has played an instrumental role in expanding the global influence of Visa’s partners ranging from traditional finance companies to big tech and fintech players. Earlier in his career, Patrick served in senior local and global roles with Standard Chartered Bank in Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
Advisor, NuPlak & Specta
Walboomers founded Walboomers Music with his brother in 1996, starting as a music distributor for Hip-Hop, Latin, Reggae and World Music, before becoming an independent label and music publisher, and branching out into artist management.
He moved over to join Sony Music Publishing in 2010, being appointed as its Benelux Managing Director.
He and his team worked with Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence, LA-based Grammy-winning producer Tierce “Kizzo” Person, Latin Grammy-winning DJ Chuckie, Edison winning artists Kovacs and S10 and Dutch producer Serrano “SRNO” Gaddum, amongst others.
Walboomers also became a board member of NMUV, the Dutch music publishers’ association, in 2010 and served as Chair between 2014 and 2018.
He became a board member of BMPA, the Belgian music publishers’ association, in 2014. In addition, he serves as Secretary to the Supervisory Board of Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra since 2011.
Walboomers is also on the advisory boards of the Donemus Foundation, which supports Dutch classical composers, German-based global streaming provider CLIQ Digital and LA-based business management platform Specta Software.
Advisor, Hello Soju
Christian has over 30 years of beverage industry experience including his work as Chief Marketing Officer for Heineken USA and Vice President of Marketing for Diageo North America. He has been a leader in innovation and bringing new brands to market, developing and launching multiple successful platforms in the spirits, RTD, and beer categories over the last two decades.
Christian’s advertising campaigns have earned top honors at Cannes, The Effies, Clios, and DA&D among many others. He has also been a pioneer in the digital and social media space in the beverage segment and has been profiled in ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.
Advisor, Hello Soju
Peter is the co-founder of startup studio/incubator Science, which was behind Dollar Shave Club ($1B exit to Unilever), where they co-build these companies with founders in Santa Monica, CA. The companies they've built has had over $500M in follow on financing with acquisitions from NY Times & Google . Science also has a $75M venture fund.
Science also has a blockchain incubator - Science Blockchain, the first incubator to do an ICO, and one of only 3 SEC regD tokens. They build companies on the blockchain, do ICO coordination for companies as well as actively invest in ICO's.
As an operator, Peter grew Photobucket to become the largest photo sharing site in 2007, exiting to Myspace for $300M. Repeated that success as co-founder & CEO of BillShrink which was acquired by Mastercard.
He is an angel investor & advisor in technology companies like gaming company Kabam (Acquired $800M) Ustream (Acquired $130M) , Ring (Acquired >$1B) Medium & NextDoor.com.
Advisor, Hello Pictures
Bill Gerber is an American film and television producer. He was President of Production at Warner Bros. Pictures, before establishing an existing and long-standing producing deal with the studio. Gerber is known for producing A Star Is Born, Gran Torino, A Very Long Engagement and Grudge Match.
With a career spanning over 30 years, he's been recognized with numerous accolades, including an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, for A Star is Born.
Bill's also been instrumental in bringing us some of the most beloved franchises of all time, including the Harry Potter series. But beyond the awards and the box office figures, what truly sets him apart is his unwavering commitment to the craft of filmmaking and all all things entertainment.
Travis Robinson is an in/entrepreneur that focuses on expanding access to opportunity within multicultural communities. He most recently served as Global Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Social Impact at Airtable. Prior to this role, he was the Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Spotify. He previously served as Vice President, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Universal Music Group - the first for any major label music company. While at Universal Music Group, he also served as co-chair of the Internal/Institutional Change committee for the Task Force for Meaningful Change. Prior to joining Universal Music Group, Mr. Robinson was head of global Diversity Recruiting & Americas Campus Programs at Spotify. He has also served in similar roles in diversity & inclusion and human capital at other industry leading, multinational brands such as: J.P. Morgan, Federal Reserve System, and W Hotels. In his community and economic impact work, he is involved in advocacy and change work for equity with underrepresented communities.
Outside of his institutional/corporate executive roles, he focuses his efforts on advising, coaching and consulting in various capacities for growth organizations. He is a board of director for The LOVELOUD foundation; an advisory board member for We The Project, The Hello Group, and ADCOLOR in Music; and an accredited Investor with The Gaingels Network. In addition, he is Founder and CEO of 12th Avenue, a community of brands (holding company) that focus on multicultural audience engagement in various formats to increase access to opportunity for underrepresented communities.
Travis graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from Lee University and holds a master's degree from The George Washington University in strategic public relations, through The Graduate School of Political Management.
Ali Adab has built, led and grown ventures at the intersection of entertainment and technology for nearly two decades, helping both startups and enterprises find success in the explosive creator economy.
Ali was recently appointed Chief Content Officer at SoleSavy, and end-to-end sneaker platform where he oversees Marketing & Content, and leads strategic business development initiatives, including helping creators, artists, and celebrities launch their own original sneakers.
Ali is also the Co-Founder of Fetti - a creator-focused agency that works with some of the world's most prominent creators to unlock new monetization opportunities. Fetti also partners with platforms who are looking to onboard creators at scale.
Prior to SoleSavy, Ali was the Vice President of Content & Partnerships at BBTV, a globally-leading media tech company that reaches more than 600 million unique viewers monthly. There he helped some of the world’s largest creators grow their businesses while acquiring and distributing content on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. At BBTV, Ali oversaw several key departments including Content Acquisition, Talent Management, and International Markets, where BBTV operates in 10 languages across 28 countries. He was also a driving force behind the company’s music brand, Opposition, which works with major clients including 21 Savage, Major Lazer, and Lyrical Lemonade.
Prior to BBTV, Ali Adab founded Miso Digital, one of the earliest digital marketing and distribution companies focused on helping independent artists connect and sell directly to their fans. Throughout his career, he has personally managed and worked with multi-platinum artists such as DMX, Wu-Tang Clan and Bif Naked. Ali holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Advisor, Hello Pictures
Award-winning executive, Tim is the creator of Fame Academy, and was the driving force behind the global phenomenon The Voice, serving as Executive Producer in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and China. Tim later moved to Simon Cowell's SYCO Entertainment as SVP, working on Got Talent, The X Factor, and La Banda. In 2017, Tim was appointed Co-CEO of Talpa North America, continuing to oversee The Voice. In 2019, Talpa was folded into ITV America Studios, at which point he and Talpa's Founder John de Mol left the company.
Advisor, Hello Pictures
David O’Connell, EVP of production management and operations of NBC Universal’s Lifestyle Networks, adding E! and Esquire to current duties at Bravo and Oxygen.
Previously, O’Connell supervised production on Bravo and Oxygen original series and specials including Preachers of Detroit, Sisterhood of Hip Hop, The Prancing Elites Project, The Real Housewives franchise and Top Chef.
O’Connell joined Bravo in 2004. As SVP of production and operations for the cabler, he has worked on Flipping Out, Million Dollar Listing, Shahs of Sunset, Southern Charm, Vanderpump Rules, Watch What Happens Live and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, among others.
Prior to Bravo, he was head of production at World of Wonder Productions, where he worked on HBO’s Monica in Black & White, A&E’s The History of Hair and VH1’s “00 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll.
Advisor, Hello Pictures
Sara Curran is the Founder & CEO at Tricyle Talent. Prior, Sara was one of the key executives at global talent management company James Grant Group (now YM&U) which manages clients in Sports, Music, Drama, Comedy and Entertainment. Previously, she was a key executive at Working Title, Universal Pictures International and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.
Rick Haayen founded Music at Work in May 2014, he grew up on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming equally fluent and at home as an American in Holland or a Dutchman in the US. Combining both cultures and experiences has given him a unique international perspective, Rick has worked over 30 years in the international entertainment industry both in Europe and the United States.
Having worked at major labels (Universal Music Group in USA + Europe) as well as independent labels (CNR + V2 Benelux in Europe) and management firms (The Entertainment Group & Montana ECI), Haayen decided to set up his own firm, Music at Work – a management & consultancy firm that represents successful artists & producers in the global Pop and Dance music scene, singer-songwriters from all genres, and also provides label services, legal services, song pitching & publishing options for the entertainment industry at large.