Songs for Screens: The New Realities of Music Licensing

A 30-year veteran of music rights and sample clearances, Deborah Mannis-Gardner has long been on the frontlines of negotiating complex licensing deals, whether it’s clearing samples for songs by big-name artists (Eminem, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and beyond), film music for Oscar-winning directors (Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers) or Tony-winning Broadway scores (Lin Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.”) So as Mannis-Gardner and her 10-person team at DMG Inc. saw their clients’ revenue from touring, Broadway, syncs and other pre-quarantine entertainment evaporate virtually overnight…


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