Derek Wilkie
Acting Chairman / President / Director Of Operations (appointed November 2011)

Derek Wilkie worked for a time as production manager at West Indies Records Limited (WIRL) which at the time held the majority of international licenses for the manufacture and distribution of labels such as Capitol, EMI London, Arista, and BMG. A resident of Barbados, Derek trained in Los Angeles in the operation of setting up the region’s first high speed duplication cassette plant having covered the manufacturing of music media of the time. Later, he moved into the position of head of A&R for WIRL and signed several acts to recording contracts. Eventually, he managed one of these acts and toured Canada, Central and South America and the USA. Shortly after leaving the position at WIRL he established his own label, CRS Music Ltd with the publishing arm Treasure Music Island Inc. As a result of his very keen interest in the area of copyright, Derek promoted the founding of the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated (COSCAP), a Barbados based non-profit entity whose key function is to administer the “non-dramatic” performing, transmission, broadcasting and reproduction rights in the musical works of its members and the members of affiliated societies. COSCAP acts as a collective administration society negotiating “blanket licences” with music users which provides them with access to COSCAP’s very extensive repertoire. Derek is presently the Chairman of COSCAP and also, the Chairman of the regional federation of copyright societies, Caribbean Copyright Link (CCL). As the Chairman of the Board of the Company Derek also has responsibility for the Company’s strategic direction and good governance. He will also act as member of both the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Company, each of which is required to be formed by the Junior Market Rules.

 

Ivan Berry
CEO (appointed March 2012)

Entrepreneur, artist manager, record label owner, talent development executive and publisher Ivan Berry is a model of consistency and success in the music business.

Berry has signed more Hip-Hop and R&B artists to record and publishing deals than any other music manager in Canada. The artists he’s worked with have sold millions of records worldwide, and have collected numerous JUNO awards (Canada’s Grammy equivalent), SOCAN Awards, MuchMusic Video Awards, Canadian Urban Music Awards and certified Gold & Platinum plaques.

Through his brand management company, tanjola, Berry counts recording artist and songwriting stars Shazelle, Keshia Chanté, Shiloh, Massari, Dru, Q. Benjamin, Dream Warriors, Michie Mee, Rupert Gayle, Justin Forsley, Mark Cyrus, Candy Gloster among his past and present roster of talent.

In summer 2006, he launched a co-venture with publishing company ole, in which he acquires urban song catalogues and develops urban songwriters. This is an evolution of the role that Berry played as ole’s Senior Partner International since late-2004.

Berry’s music career started in 1982 when he launched the BeatFactory brand. BeatFactory provided a launching ground for many of urban music’s most successful artists, major label representatives and managers. BeatFactory’s RapEssentials and GroovEssentials compilations set the example for collaborative efforts in Canada’s urban music industry.

As Head of A&R and International for Sony BMG Canada from 2000-2004, Berry was responsible for the development, recording and international marketing of the label’s domestic roster, including artists such as Keshia Chanté, Wyclef, Shawn Desman, Sloan, Rascalz, Treble Charger, In Essence, The Guess Who and many more.

A proud native of St. Kitts, Berry is actively involved in the development of the music business infrastructure across the Caribbean. He has also taught at well-respected post-secondary music institutions including Harris Institute of the Arts and Durham College, and is in high-demand as a guest speaker at various corporate/government events and industry conferences around the world.

This recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada (2000) is truly an industry visionary, and lives by his favourite mantra: “To take advantage of an opportunity, you must first recognize it.”

 

Sly Dunbar
Non Executive Director (Appointed February 1st, 2014)

The foundations of Jamaica’s drumming style were set by the innovative playing of Sly Dunbar. As one-half of Sly & Robbie, Dunbar joined with bassist Robbie Shakespeare to provide the rhythm section, songwriting or production for an enormous amount of global superstars such as Paul McCartney, Mick Jaggar, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Dylan, UB40, Simply Red, Madona, Black Uhuru, Carlos Santana, Ben Harper, The Mighty Diamonds, Maxi priest, The Rolling Stones, No Doubt, Sean Paul, Gregory Issacs, Britney Spears, Sinead O’Connor, Dennis Brown, Rihanna, Wyclef Jean, Grace Jones, U-Roy, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Sizzler, Beenie Man, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, Cindy Lauper, Carly Simon, KRS-One, Queen Latifah and many, many others.

Sly & Robbie’s own albums include Friends, which received a Grammy award as “Best Reggae Album” in 1999. On his own, Dunbar has recorded four solo albums, Simply Sly Man in 1976, Wicked And Slick in 1977, Sly Go Ville in 1982, and Reggae DrumSplash, an encyclopedic exploration of Jamaican rhythms that includes 843 sampled loops, in 1997. According to Keyboard Magazine, “Dunbar’s electro/acoustic shuffles and stomps are second to none”.

Dunbar’s earliest inspiration for playing the drums was sparked while watching Lloyd Knibbs and The Skatalites on television. During a 1997 interview, he recalled, “I saw Knibbs playing and I thought, I want to be a drummer, because he’s the hardest worker in the band. He’s my idol! In some ways, I’m self-taught but I got a lot of help from other drummers by watching them play.”

Dunbar, whose nickname was reportedly given to him for his passion for Sly & The Family Stone, launched his musical career while still in his teens, playing with a local group, the Yardbrooms at the age of 15. His recording debut came, in 1969, when he appeared on an album, Double Barrel, by Dave and Ansell Collins. He subsequently continued to play with Ansell Collins in a band, Skin, Flesh and Bones.

Meeting Robbie Shakespeare, then playing bass for the Hippy Boys, in 1972, Dunbar began a life-long friendship. When Shakespeare was asked to recommend a drummer for a recording session for producer Bunny Lee’s Aggrevators, he remembered Dunbar. Following the session, Dunbar and Shakespeare agreed to keep working together. Their first break came when they accompanied Peter Tosh on his album, Legalize It!, in 1976. The duo continued to play with Tosh’s band until 1979, recording four additional albums, Equal Rights, Bush Doctor, Mystic Man, and Wanted: Dread And Alive, and producing Tosh’s hit duet with Mick Jagger, “(Keep On Walking) Don’t Look Back),” in 1978. The duo lived on bread and water while touring with Tosh, to save enough money to start their own production company. Their persis tance paid off. Shortly after leaving Tosh’s group, Dunbar and Shakespeare launched Taxi Productions and formed a studio band, The Taxi All-Stars. Their first session yielded a number one Jamaican hit, “Soon Forward,” for Gregory Isaacs.

Dunbar and Shakespeare’s most enduring collaboration has been with Black Uhuru, with whom they’ve toured and produced six albums, Showcase, Red, Sinsemilla, Chill Out, Anthem, and Dub Factor. Among their earliest work with non-Jamaican artists were three albums, Warm Leatherette released in 1980, Nightclubbing released in 1981 and Living My Life released in 1982, all by Grace Jones. In 1997, Dunbar and Shakespeare produced a chart-topping single, “Dancehall Queen,” for Beenie Man and Chevell Franklyn.

Sly & Robbie are estimated to have played on, written and/or produced over 200,000 recordings.

Sly Dunbar is a true living legend.

 

Max Gousse
Non Executive Director (Appointed December 17th, 2012)

Music industry heavyweight Max Gousse, (born Brooklyn, NY) is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American record executive, producer, and A&R extraordinaire. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President/A&R of Island Def Jam Music Group. Gousse has been an A&R executive for nearly twenty years. Based in Los Angeles, Gousse works with artists in several genres, including Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop. He is perhaps best known for handling A&R/Production for two of Beyonce Knowles’ biggest albums (I Am…Sasha Fierce and B’Day), for discovering and developing the platinum R&B group B2K, and for his A&R work on the multi-platinum Dreamgirls soundtrack album.

Gousse has actively participated in A&R on the last two Beyonce studio albums. Most recently, Gousse served as A&R for Beyonce Knowles’s third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, in November 2008. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 482,000 copies in its first week, giving Knowles her third consecutive #1 album in the United States. The album sold 2.9 million copies in the US and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. To date, the album has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. The deluxe edition of the album was released simultaneously with the standard edition. “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” were released as the album’s first and second lead singles, respectively. The first lead single peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the second peaked at #1, becoming Knowles’ fifth #1 single. “Single Ladies” spent four non-consecutive weeks at the top spot.

Gousse also served as A&R/Producer Knowles’s second studio album B’Day which was released in September 2006; it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 541,000 copies in its first week. The album earned Knowles her largest first week sales of her solo career and became her second consecutive #1 album. The album sold 3.2 million copies in the United States and has been certified three times platinum by the RIAA. The album’s lead single, “Déjà Vu” featuring Jay-Z, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Ring the Alarm” was released as the album’s second US single, while “Irreplaceable” served as the second international single and later as the third US single. “Irreplaceable” spent ten consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Knowles’ fourth #1 single as solo artist. I am… Sasha Fierce earned Knowles and Gousse four Grammy Awards, including 2010 Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, (“Single Ladies”) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Halo”). Prior to this, B’Day won the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2007. Gousse discovered the multi-platinum selling group B2K. The group’s initial eponymous debut title was certified gold by the RIAA. The group’s fourth single, “Bump, Bump, Bump” which featured Bad Boy executive, P. Diddy, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became the group’s first top ten and #1 single. It was the first single off their second studio album, Pandemonium!. The album was released on December 10, 2002 and debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 and at number three on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

In 2006, Gousse contributed his A&R efforts to the release of the Dreamgirls soundtrack album. The Dreamgirls soundtrack was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, losing to The Beatles’ Love. However, “Love You I Do” won the Grammy that same year for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The one-disc version of “Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture” debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 92,000 units. In its fifth week of release, the soundtrack reached the top of the Billboard 200 with a sales week of 68,000 units.

Prior to working on the Dreamgirls soundtrack, Gousse served as Executive Producer to the motion picture, You Got Served in 2004. Gousse contributed to the motion pictures Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back In Business, Cadillac Records and Sunset Park.

 

Clyde McKenzie
Non Executive Director (Appointed February 1st, 2014)

Clyde McKenzie is the founding General Manager of Jamaica’s Reggae Radio IRIE FM.

He is a cultural commentator and has written extensively about Jamaican music and entertainment.

He is a sought after speaker and consultant on media and cultural matters across the Caribbean and Latin America.

He has consulted with a number of regional bodies on the formulation of cultural policy.

Clyde was the chairman of the Entertainment Advisory Board and has served on a number of other Government boards including the Creative Production and Training Centre, The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office.

He is a principal of Shocking Vibes, which has managed the careers of such notables as Beenie Man, Lady Saw and Tanto Metro & Devonte.

He is a co-producer of the Grammy Award winning Art & Life Album by Beenie Man.

He is a director of FiWi Choice, an audio-visual content producer and FiWi Business, which is a marketing consultancy.

Clyde McKenzie was a judge on the popular Jamaican talent search: Digicel Rising Stars.

 

Kristine Gibbon-Thompson
Non Executive Director (appointed November 2011)

Kristine Gibbon-Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of Canboulay Energy Capital. She also serves in the capacity of Vice President, Strategic & Business Development at Carisal Unlimited. Previously, Gibbon-Thompson spent 8 years as the Senior Vice President, Business Development of Guardian Holdings Limited in Trinidad and also held the post of Fund Manager for Guardian’s Prometheus Energy Partners Fund. She also has experience in management consulting having worked at Boston Consulting Group based in New York, USA. Kristine holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honors from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School. She has Directorships on a number of Boards inclusive of Republic Bank Limited, Caribbean Communications Network (CCN), Carisal Unlimited, Ethylchem Limited, Offshore Technologies Solutions Limited, Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (ETeck). Kristine will also act as the independent Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Board, which is required to be established under the Junior Market Rules.

 



Inside Doc Johnson, Los Angeles' Massive Sex Toy Factory: LAist In North Hollywood, there exists an adult toy factory where employees create all varieties of pleasure products, as they're called, from concept to the shelves. Visiting the factory is like walking through a bizarre, NSFW episode of How It's Made. If you're looking for an American-made sex toy, Doc Johnson is where to go. pre bonded hairDoc Johnson has been in the business of enhancing our sex lives for 40 years. They were founded by Ron Braverman and Reuben Sturman in 1976 as a novelty company. If you take a look at their company milestones, you'll find out they released the first porn star branded product—the John Holmes Personal Enlarger—in 1980, and developed the world's first Pocket Rocket in 1993. They expanded to 500 employees in 2012, and received PETA certification for their cruelty-free products in 2015. The company's nine-building campus just underwent a recent remodel in celebration of their 40th birthday. And while the actual date is ahead in August, the company has been celebrating all year. A fire destroyed much of the facilities in September of 1995, save a few beams. Chad Braverman, the co-founder's son, commissioned a sculpture made from those beams that now sits on the property. The sculpture is meant to serve as a symbol that celebrates the company's endurance and strength, and was unveiled last September: Chad and his sister, Erica, now run the show. Chad's the COO/Chief Creative Officer and Erica is the marketing coordinator. It's Erica who greets me when I arrive for my Willa Wonka-esque tour into the world of pleasure products on a Friday afternoon.

The factory workers, a majority of them women, are in their last hour when I arrive, busily ironing the creases out of jiggling, phallic objects or hand sewing pubic hair into molds of genitalia. Things typically slow down in the summer and, as you might imagine, get busier as Christmas and Valentine's Day approach. Despite the factory's size and the fact that they've occupied the same spot in NoHo for years, Erica says that many people don't know they exist. "I feel like Mad Men, trying to push cigarettes for the first time," she says. "Sex is taboo. There are lots of barriers. Google and Facebook won't work with us." Of course, as Chad will be quick to tell you, their products—unlike cigarettes—help, not harm. "We take [our company] seriously, but it's fun," Chad says. "It has to be profitable, but at the same time we don't lose track of the fact that we make fun products. If you come here, you see that this is one of the Valley's largest employers, and we're making products for pleasure." remy hair extensionsOne of the first people I'm introduced to is Dr. Tim Crawford, Doc Johnson's Scientific Director. Crawford has been with the company for the last six years. Prior to that, he tells me he worked in cosmetics, rattling off an impressive list of well-known brands. Crawford is funny and friendly, and shows off the laboratory where he and his team formulate lubricants, creams, gels and, occasionally, fake urine and 'squirt.' (Yes, they make a vagina that squirts, and a penis that pees.) Some are practical, with creams to prevent chafing and lubricants for vaginal and anal sex. Some of these concoctions enhance sensation, providing a minty buzz to the body tissue where they're applied. Others do the opposite. A prolonging cream decreases the sensitivity of the penis, delaying orgasm, while a desensitizing spray might be applied to say, the back of the throat, for reasons I'm sure we don't have to explain. There are lubricants from their CANDiLAND™ SENSUALS line that taste like Strawberry Bon-Bons or Cotton Candy, and a sparkling Love Dust that one can spritz on your flesh and which tastes just like licking a cinnamon bun. "My job is to think about sex all the time and what can I do to enhance it," Crawford says. Crawford works with Rolando Del Real, an artist who helps perfect the color of the products. A glance around reveals bright lubes of all the colors of the rainbow.

Crawford says they test their products on dildos to ensure that they're smooth and long-lasting. There are also testers in the field who try out the products before they go to market. Crawford tells an anecdote about one such tester who was so pleased with an anal product that she said, "Thank you, Tim," during the, er, testing process. "Her husband's name was not Tim," he quips. perruques cheveux naturelsThe products are poured into their bottles and packaged in another room called the filling room. It's just another example of how much is done in-house. "If we can do it here, we do it here," Chad explains. Leaving Crawford's lab behind, we move on to the dildo making. To make a toy, you first have to make a mold. Some of these are realistic, molded from actual body parts, typically those of adult film stars. Others are more fantastical, containing ridges and bumps—or proportions—that you'd likely never encounter on a human being. When one is rushed through the carnival that is a sex toy factory, the terms are thrown out rapidly. But let's pretend you might not know the difference between, say, a dildo and a dong. Though not industry standard, a copywriter explains that while the dildo typically has balls, a dong is just the dick. A masturbator is something the user would insert their penis into, and these are often made from molds of real people. A stroker is more like a sleeve, soft and textured on the inside. Some are open-ended tubes while others have only one open end for insertion, which creates a suction sensation and more accurately simulates receiving oral sex. There is actually a specific room within Doc Johnson where the molds of real people are made. The walls of this room are covered in photographs of actresses getting their molds done. I spot "Duke porn star" Belle Knox and six-time AVN winner Remy LaCroix. Diana Amezcua, who has been with the company for 28 years, manages the mold and silicone rooms. She says they try to make it fun for the performers, who generally hold still for about 20 minutes while the mold is made. They do boobs, butts, vaginas, penises, mouths and sometimes—as in the case of Belladonna—a fist.

The actor or actress will lie nude on a comfy bench and alginate will be applied to the areas in question. Amezcua said most performers choose to shave prior to the process, but in the case of Dani Daniels—who is known for her bush—Vaseline is your best friend. Once the alginate hardens, it's removed from the body. Then, plaster is brushed onto that alginate cast. The cast is used to create the mold, and soon, dozens of Sophie Dee's buttholes or Missy Martinez's pussies—these are the words used in the catalogue—are headed to a shop near you. There's another building that's more like what you might expect when someone says 'dildo factory.' It's where the molds are poured, then cooled in water, then ironed to get out the creases. Some are dipped in colored, food-grade dyes for a more surreal look, while others comes in various flesh tones and are painted to look realistic. Workers do detail work on the veins that line of the shafts of realistic dildos and dongs, and dip the heads of the toys in pinkish dyes. On one table sits several of Daniels' molds. The product is a relatively massive piece for a sex toy, not the kind of discreet vibe one might find surreptitiously rummaging through a bedside drawer. It's Daniels' butt and pubic area, and on the packaging for the product she holds it like a fresh-out-of-the-oven apple pie while dressed in a '50s diner get-up. Someone is in charge of painting the labia pink—Daniels is white, with fair skin—and someone else handles sewing pubic hair into the mons pubis. The catalogue states that the product is "sturdy for fierce fucking." perruques cheveux"It's part of the fantasy," Erica says. "People want the full experience." They sell molds of men, too. You can snag Rob Piper's 10.5-inch cock, for instance. Most of the toys are made of silicone, which is more expensive, but also more hygienic and preferred by many sex toy connoisseurs. Others are made with UltraSKYN, which feels softer like actual human flesh and heats up to match body temperature with friction. It has a property called dual-density, which makes it feel hard on the inside when you squeeze it, despite its fleshy exterior. Doc Johnson, Chad notes, was the first company to make dual density butt plugs. There's another room, the Silicone Room, where TRUSKYN—the silicone answer to UltraSKYN—and silicone toys are powdered for additional softness. Rows of butt plugs, anal beads, strokers and dildos in various colors await their turn.

Fun fact: silicone toys will never be as soft as non-silicone toys, because if you try to make them too soft, the material gets sticky. In the showroom, Doc Johnson displays all of its fully finished products and packaging. Some of Doc Johnson's best sellers are products from retired adult performer Sasha Grey, other realistic masturbators, their small vibe Pocket Rockets and the GoodHead line, which is specifically for oral sex. Surprisingly, the larger anal toys—such as the American Bombshell line—are big sellers, too. Chad explains that three people work in R&D, plus Crawford, and they pay attention to what the market wants when conceptualizing products. lace front wigs"Sex toys have become much more accessible to the mainstream population for a number of reasons. One of the most visible catalysts for the public's growing acceptance of sex toys has been the media. The Sex and the City episode where the girls shop for a Rabbit led to a huge spike in our vibrator sales. And the '50 Shades of Grey Effect' is not a myth. Not so long ago, BDSM products were very niche, but since the massive popularity of 50 Shades of Grey, more and more consumers are asking for products like whips, restraints, and masks," Chad says. Anal products make up another piece of the market that has become more prominent in recent times. "Anal is a good example of what the market wants," he said. "Straight men are using more anal toys, so there's a new demographic." To successfully market anal toys to straight men, the team had to consider what the curious man would gravitate towards. Ultimately, it ended up being smaller, "very non-intimidating" toys and prostate massagers that come in sleek, sophisticated packaging. This is a departure from other toy lines, where the only male toys are masturbators or marketed to gay men.

Doc Johnson is inclusive, though, considering products for all gender identities and sexual orientations. They make a product called a Packing Penis. These soft penises, which come in a variety of skin tones, are made to appear flaccid and can be placed in the underwear of someone who is trans or who wishes to appear to have a penis. For women, there's an innovative strap-on called the Gal Pal, which the wearer inserts into the vagina versus attaching with straps. Then there's the Mangina, a particularly unique device. It's a dildo with a hole in the end, which men are invited to insert their penis into, and the shaft can either be used as a penis extension, inserted into another person, or inserted back into the user. cosplay wigs"Every product is crafted to give the most pleasure," Erica says. It's worth noting that despite the subject matter, wandering around the facility conveys no sense of sleaziness. Many of the employees are women, including those found in the marketing office, and for the Bravermans, Doc Johnson is the family business. I asked Erica what she might suggest to the curious person looking to try out a pleasure product for the first time. "For the beginner who has never bought a sex toy before, it's sometimes simplest just to go to the local sex store and see what's out there for the fun of it. In-person shopping can help you get a better feel of the texture, size, and/or vibration of a product," she says. "On the other hand, with online shopping, you have much more variety to choose from. Some e-tailers are luxury focused, some are more kink-centric. Doc Johnson has something fun for just about anyone, and our entire catalog is available on our website along with detailed information on size, specs, texture, and so on. So even if you want to check out a product online before going to buy it in-store, those resources will always be there." Related: The Best Sex Toy Shops In Los Angeles