Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel | Zebralution GmbH
Sascha is an experienced digital media executive based in Berlin, Germany. He is Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and one of four shareholders in ZEBRALUTION, a leading digital distributor for independent music, audiobooks and podcasts that Sascha co-founded with Kurt Thielen in 2004, sold to Warner Music Group in 2007, and finally bought back from WMG in 2017 as part of the divestment process connected to WMG´s acquisition of the Parlophone label. ZEBRALUTION operates from offices in Berlin, Leverkusen, Bochum, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, London and Los Angeles.
In the 1990s, Sascha worked as an author and editor for music magazines including Spex, Frontpage and Groove, as well as for music television network VIVA. He acted as a consultant for brands including adidas and Levi´s and was part of the team that created the Red Bull Music Academy. As an attorney at boutique law firm Zimmermann & Decker, he represented artists, composers, publishers and labels including Richard Branson´s V2 Records. Before founding ZEBRALUTION, Sascha career in the Noughties included positions as Executive Assistant to the COO at leading German independent movie producer and distributor Senator Entertainment and as Head of Music & Video at Vodafone. After WMG´s acquisition of ZEBRALUTION, Sascha served as Managing Director Business & Corporate Development at Warner Music Group Central & Eastern Europe, founded e-book distribution company A2 Electronic Publishing and acted as an advisor for companies including Deutsche Telekom, ProSiebenSat.1, Bastei Lübbe, Magix and tape.tv.