Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tom Mackay exits Republic after 19 years to join Sony as President, Film & Television A&R | Music Business Worldwide

Rob Stringer has made his first big appointment since becoming Sony Music Entertainment CEO on April 1 – hiring Tom Mackay as President, Sony Music Film and Television A&R.

Mackay will report to Stringer and the Sony Music U.S. label heads and is based in Los Angeles.

Mackay joins Sony Music from Republic Records, where he spent the last 19 years. He most recently served as Executive Vice President/General Manager of West Coast operations at the UMG label, and was responsible for driving its film and television initiatives, in addition to signing and developing new acts.

In his newly-created role at Sony, Mackay will be responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of Sony Music’s film and television partnerships, including its soundtrack deals.

He will work closely with the Sony Music labels to drive revenue and maximize opportunities across film and TV platforms, and soundtracks.

“Tom is a wonderfully accomplished executive who understands how to create connections between music, film and television.”

Rob Stringer, Sony Music

Stringer stated: “Tom is a wonderfully accomplished executive who understands how to create connections between music, film and television. We are delighted that he is joining Sony Music to help us as we look to create new opportunities for artists through innovation and growth in our visual entertainment initiatives.”

Mackay stated: “I would like to sincerely thank Rob for creating this new role for me. Representing Sony Music’s iconic labels and artists across the entire film and television landscape is a tremendous honor and responsibility. I look forward to working alongside everyone within the Sony Music family in creating new and exciting opportunities for our artists in this medium.”

While at Republic, Mackay played a key role in the introduction and 2011 launch of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning “The Voice” and the music released in conjunction with the show via Republic Records.

He also was behind a number of successful film and television soundtrack projects including “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” “The Hunger Games,” “Sing,” “The Walking Dead,” “Muscle Shoals,” “Sing Street,” Lee Daniels’ “STAR,” “Beat Bugs” and “Motown Magic!” among others.

As an A&R executive, he helped sign and oversee the development of artists including Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band, 3 Doors Down and Hinder.

He first joined Republic at its inception in 1998 and held a number of different leadership roles over the course of his career at the label.Music Business Worldwide


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