With more than 3 decades of pushing boundaries in the music and digital entertainment industries, Dick is currently Principal at DEV Advisors, providing consultation for service providers, app developers and content owners on business development, licensing, distribution, investment strategy and strategic partnerships as well as access to key media relationships. Clients have included: Crowdmix.me (where he is VP, North America), Cava Capital, Digital Entertainment Ventures, Songza, CUR Music, MusicXRay, MediaNet, Studio One Media, BAMM.tv, and MyMusicCloud. Wingate also serves as President, BHI Music Group.
He served as President, Media Development & Chief Content Officer for Nellymoser Inc, an early leader in rich media mobile application services, running content, licensing and business development strategy with media companies such as Sony, Warner Music, MTV, AT&T, Virgin Mobile and ABC/Disney.
Wingate helped pioneer the digital music business from its infancy as SVP, Content Development at Liquid Audio, Inc, playing an integral role in a 1999 IPO. He was responsible for all music licensing, label relations, affiliate management and content marketing, closing most of the record industry’s first complete catalog-wide license agreements and building a distribution network of over 75 web sites including Amazon, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, CD Now, Borders and Tower Records.
His in-depth experience in the recording industry includes positions as SVP Marketing, Arista Records (BMG); SVP A&R PolyGram Records; Director, Talent Acquisition, Epic Records; & Director, Product Marketing, Columbia Records. He has been integrally involved with the careers of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann and Eddy Grant.
Wingate has spoken at numerous industry events including Digital Hollywood, CTIA, SXSW, Digital Music Forum, Billboard Live, CDO Summit, Jupiter Plug-In, CMJ, Midem, Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse, Business Week and has been featured in the Sunday New York Times Business section, the front page of the LA Times as well as quoted in the Wall St. Journal, Time Magazine, USA Today, the NY Times Magazine and Billboard Magazine.
He was an early music industry supporter of interactive media, serving in the early 90’s as VP, Market Development., Intouch Group, developer of the i-Station, the first networked, interactive music- previewing kiosk for record stores.
Wingate started his career as Program Director and Music Director of WBRU-FM in Providence RI, while attending Brown University.