With 25+ years' experience in managing intellectual property rights worldwide (music publishing, neighbouring rights and film/TV rights) Ernst thrives on breaking down complex problems into digestible issus.
After finishing his studies at the conservatory of Amsterdam Ernst worked for a decade at the Dutch authors’ rights society Buma/Stemra in various capacities. This is when he met global rights management company Fintage House which had recently established its music division.
Ernst joined Fintage in 2000 and as EVP for music publishing and neighbouring rights he was instrumental in developing Fintage’s collection activities into a leading rights administration platform collecting the rights of Lionsgate Music, Morgan Creek, Munchkin Music (Frank Zappa), Jason Mraz, Jay-Z, Rihanna amongst many others.
In 2013 Ernst shaped and led the operational merger of Damian Pulle's Rights Agency Ltd. (acquired in 2012) into Fintage’s neigbouring rights business. Following the sale of Fintage’s music business to Kobalt Music Group in 2016, Ernst was involved in the integration of its music operations into Kobalt's.
In 2016 Ernst established rights management company Zanoise. Projects managed by Zanoise include performing operational due diligence on an independent music rights company, the valuation of various music catalogues and the design and implementation of a neighbouring rights collection infrastructure.