CEO, Saban Music Group
Gustavo Lopez serves as CEO of Saban Music Group, LLC. With his expansive knowledge as a leader in the music industry, and his 25 years of experience, he builds bridges where artists and business partners can efficiently reach their target audiences. With connection access, distribution, digital, branding, publishing and live event curation under one roof - and with the most experienced team in the business.
Previously, Gustavo was CEO and founder of Talento Uno Music, the first U.S-based full stack entertainment company for Latin music, as well as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE), the world’s number one Latin music company. Gustavo also served as President and Founder of Machete Music, the nation’s leading urban Latin music company thanks to such chart-topping, multi-platinum selling artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel, Luny Tunes and Hector "El Father," among others.
In 2012, Gustavo was selected by Billboard as one of the nation’s top brand players in Billboards Power Players List. Gustavo has also been actively involved in the development of Latin music and its artists, speaking at various conferences including, ANA Conferences, Billboard Latin Conferences and the Digital Hollywood Conference – just to name a few.
Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, he moved to Los Angeles at age 11. Gustavo began his music business career working at Latin retail outlets at the early age of 15.
Gustavo earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University Northridge.
EVP & GM
Saban Music Latin has appointed esteemed executive and trusted hitmaker Alejandro Reglero as the Head of Saban Music Latin in the role of EVP and General Manager. Mr. Reglero will spearhead A&R, marketing, and operations for the Latin division. Mr. Reglero brings over 25 years of hit-making success for some of Latin music's most prominent artists.
Alejandro Reglero spent the past decade at Sony Music US Latin where he served as Vice President of A&R. Throughout his illustrious career, he has worked with A-list award-winning superstars such as Enrique Iglesias, Mau & Ricky, Camilo, Jennifer Lopez, Bomba Estereo, Prince Royce, Evaluna Montaner, Yandel, Ricardo Montaner, Becky G, Natti Natasha, Rauw Alejandro, Carlos Vives, and Gloria Estefan, to name a few.
Todd von Mende
Chief Financial Officer, Saban Music Group
Todd von Mende is Chief Financial Officer of Saban Music Group. In this role, Mr. von Mende has the primary responsibility of leading the group’s financial strategy and operations while serving as the key finance liaison between Saban Music Group and Saban Capital Group.
Mr. von Mende has an extensive background in music, media, entertainment and technology. Mostly recently, he served as CFO of ACTV8me, a Beverly Hills-based mobile advertising technology company. Prior to this, Mr. von Mende held a number of senior level positions including CFO/Head of Global Finance for Television and Home Entertainment at DreamWorks Animation, CFO of Capitol Music Group and CFO of Universal Music Group Distribution at
Universal Music Group. Mr. von Mende began his career at The Walt Disney Company.
Mr. von Mende holds an MBA from Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Mr. von Mende lives Studio City with his wife and three children.
SVP Commercial Affairs, Saban Music Group
Eddy Laca serves as SVP Commercial Affairs for Saban Music Group. In this role, Eddy develops and maintains relationships with monetization partners including Spotify, YouTube and Apple, as well as builds existing and new income streams in relation to recorded content.
Most recently, Eddy was Head of Commercial Affairs at Talento Uno Music.
Prior to that, he held a number of roles at Universal Music Group including VP of Sales and Director of Commercial Partnerships
SVP, Urban and Pop A&R
Corey Berkowitz has impacted popular music as not only an executive, A&R, and curator, but also as a songwriter, arranger, and trusted “Dot Connector.” Joining Saban Music Group in 2021 as Head of Pop & Urban A&R, he draws on this experience to spearhead A&R for a diverse and dynamic roster, including Don Omar, Chesca, Static & Ben El, Nakkia Gold, Mergui, and many more.
“For me, it’s important to be a part of every step of the process,” he exclaims. “I’m not just an A&R who’s looking for talent; I’m part of the song’s creation. I understand how to take a song from zero to a hundred. There’s nothing better than helping artists bring their most authentic visions to life.”
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Corey looked up to his radio programmer dad and absorbed an appreciation and deep understanding of Top 40 and pop. During his freshman year at Michigan State University, he began booking concerts, even arranging one gig for buzzing Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and Mike Posner. Upon graduating, he relocated to Los Angeles and embedded himself within the city’s music scene. After a series of internships and early gigs, Rock Mafia [Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Marshmello] recruited him in A&R. At Rock Mafia, he was immersed in every aspect of the process of bringing these songs to life.
During a seven-year run with the renowned multiplatinum production and songwriting team of Tim James and Antonina Armato, he developed electronic and alternative phenomenon Elohim. During their time together, she played major music festivals, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. In addition, he discovered and signed Yoshi Flower, arranging a joint venture for the artist between Rock Mafia and Interscope Records. He personally secured Migos for “My Family” [feat. Migos, KAROL G, Snoop Dogg, & Rock Mafia] on The Addams Family Soundtrack, scoring hundreds of millions of streams worldwide. In his final year at Rock Mafia before joining Saban Music Group, Corey secured Megan Thee Stallion to feature alongside Maluma and Rock Mafia on "Crazy Family" for The Addams Family 2 Soundtrack. Under his purview, Darnell Williams landed synchs on HBO’s Silicon Valley and NETFLIX’s Coffee & Kareem.
Signed to Downtown Music Publishing as a songwriter, he notably co-wrote Bahari’s “Ways of Love” and Quin XCII’s “Holding Hands” [feat. Elohim]. Along the way, he also fostered deals for the likes of Mod Sun and many others. In the summer of 2021, Saban Music Group sought him out and enlisted him as Head of Pop & Urban A&R.
No matter what Corey does, he pursues the same goal.
“I want to be a part of songs that are undeniable,” he leaves off. “Those songs that don’t require a million opinions, they just hit you right in the face. It starts with making the right connections and leveraging a deep, emotional understanding of who to introduce to whom.”
VP, Latin Marketing
As the Vice President of Latin Marketing at Saban Music Group, Elizabeth “Liz” Leyva will spearhead a new era of Latin artists alongside Saban Music Group C.E.O. Gustavo Lopez and Saban Music Latin EVP and General Manager Alejandro Reglero. She will be responsible for artist development and growth strategies by leading creative marketing campaigns that drive maximum exposure to a targeted consumer.
A 15+ year Latin music and entertainment veteran, Ms. Leyva, has played a key role in the creative marketing strategies behind some of the biggest hits by multi-platinum selling Latin artists. Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Leyva has held executive positions at Universal Music Latin Entertainment, NBC Universal and most recently, Sony Music US Latin. She has been behind the marketing strategies and notably ignited the success of powerhouses such as Becky G, Natti Natasha, Jennifer Lopez, and REIK. She was also responsible for the development of artists, such as Joss Favela and LALI, and worked with legends like Vicente Fernandez. Ms. Leyva also played an active role in several Diversity & Inclusion programs.
Ms. Leyva was born in Torrance, CA and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing Management and a minor in Communications.
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