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November 13, 2014

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

Don Passman: The Soundtrack From Hell!

Entertainment attorney and best-selling author Don Passman assembles another stellar panel to explore the negotiation of a soundtrack deal between a composer and a motion picture company.  The composer will also be represented in the mock negotiation by his attorney and publisher.  

Always informative and entertaining, this event is not to be missed!


Ron Broitman
EVP/Head of Synch, Warner/Chappell Music

Susan C. Genco
Business Affairs & Business Development consultant in the Music & Media Industries

Jeffrey Light, Esq.
Partner, Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light

Lia Vollack
President: Worldwide Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment


Donald S. Passman, Esq.
Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Inc.

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

From left, AIMP president David Hirshland/BMG Chrysalis, Jeffrey Light, Esq./Myman, Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light, Lia Volllack/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Donald S. Passman, Esq./Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, Susan C. Genco, Ron Broitman/Warner-Chappell Music and AIMP board member Linda Newmark/UMPG.  

Pictures by Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib, Beverly Hills.  

Additional Speaker Information

Ron Broitman is Executive Vice President, Head of Synchronization, Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) & Rhino Entertainment. Overseeing WCM and Rhino's newly-unified synchronization operations, Broitman leads a team representing both recorded music and music publishing rights and offering clients a comprehensive licensing service. Broitman and his team serve recording artists and songwriters by strategically developing new opportunities in film, TV, advertising, video games, and new media, and also by collaborating with the company's frontline recorded music labels. Broitman previously served as Senior Vice President, Head of Synchronization, WCM. Prior to Warner/Chappell, Broitman served as Senior Vice President of Film, TV & Advertising at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In this role, Broitman was responsible for building and managing the department that placed and negotiated Sony/ATV's entire repertoire across a number of media platforms, including advertising campaigns, film and film trailers, new media projects, television and video games. Before joining Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Broitman spent 10 years at BMG Music Publishing US, including as Vice President of Film, TV & Advertising Music. In this position, he managed the day-to-day activities of the synchronization department and represented the BMG and Zomba Music Publishing catalogs. During that time, Broitman spent two years overseeing the entire synchronization business for all of the music publishing catalogs and all of the BMG recorded music labels, including Arista, Jive and RCA, among others. Broitman began his career in commercial production for Propaganda Films and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School.

Susan Genco is a business affairs and business development consultant working in the music and media space. She represents content companies (such as Universal Music Group, Verve Records and Loma Vista), tech companies (such as Oculus - the virtual reality company recently acquired by Facebook) and game developers (such as MaxPlay, a division of Technicolor). Prior this, she had a variety of senior executive positions including (1) Senior Vice President at Guitar Hero where she was responsible for business affairs and music Activision including the phenomenally successful, Guitar Hero franchise; (2) Senior Vice President at Warner Bros Records where she ran the Business Affairs department; and (3) Senior Vice President at Capitol Records where she oversaw the film/tv and soundtrack department. Susan is also an adjunct professor at UCLA Law School (where she assign Don’s book to her students and considers her job done). Susan has had the good fortune of being involved in many wonderful soundtrack albums including The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, The Brothers McMullan, and, Django Unchained.

Thirty year music industry veteran Jeffrey Light has been a partner of Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light since 1992 and has served as an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern Law School for almost two decades (although he is not currently teaching there). Jeffrey and his Firm do work for many recording artists (The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera), major studios (20th Century Fox), video game companies (Electronic Arts), film composers (Howard Shore, Rachel Portman), and many executives in the entertainment industries. Jeffrey has been involved as lead counsel in some of the most innovative entertainment industry deals of the last two decades, from the negotiation of experimental Internet licenses with ASCAP and BMI to Harmonix’ industry-changing deals (the company behind Guitar Hero and Rock Band) to the numerous agreements around the hit TV show “Glee.” Jeffrey received his Bachelor's Degree from Columbia University in 1979 and his Juris Doctor in 1983. While at Columbia Law School, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar (1981-1982), a James Kent scholar (1982-1983), Editor-in-Chief of Art & the Law and was a recipient of the Carroll G. Harper prize in intellectual property studies. Jeffrey has spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to music law, and has lectured at Stanford, Columbia, University of Michigan, USC and UCLA.

Lia Vollack, Sony Pictures’ President of Worldwide Music, oversees all creative and business aspects of film music for all of the studio’s divisions.  Vollack also founded and runs Madison Gate Records, the studio's in-house record label.  She has worked on hundreds of soundtracks and scores, including the Oscar and Golden Globe winning score for The Social Network, the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy winning song "Skyfall" written and performed by Adele, multi-platinum soundtracks for the Spider-Man films, and hit singles from artists including Destiny's Child, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Pearl Jam and Jack White. She recently collaborated with hit-maker Sia Furler and Grammy-nominated producer Greg Kurstin to create new music for the upcoming film Annie, including a new single performed by Sia.  In addition to overseeing all of music for Sony Pictures, Vollack also oversees the studio’s live stage productions in her role as Executive Vice President, Theatrical.

Donald S. Passman is a graduate of the University of Texas, and of Harvard Law School. He practices law with the Los Angeles firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, specializing in the music business. Don has lectured extensively, including Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, USC, and UCLA, and is the author of “All You Need To Know About The Music Business”, published by Simon & Schuster, which is now in its Eigth Edition. He is also the author of three novels, the latest of which is entitled The Amazing Harvey and was published by St. Martin’s Press in February, 2014. Don has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, as well as the Top 100 Lawyers in California, the Top 500 Attorneys in America, Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys, and Southern California's Super Lawyers.

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