Tommy Mottola

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Former Chairman & President, Sony Music Entertainment Worldwide

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    Tommy Mottola: Biography at a Glance

    • Tommy Mottola, former Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment is one of the most influential executives in the history of the music industry.
    • His NY Times bestselling memoir, Hitmaker: The Man and His Music recounts how a kid from the Bronx--and a college dropout--became one of the music industry's most creative CEOs.
    • Mottola is credited with discovering and guiding the careers of many of the world’s most iconic artists as well as forging the “Latin Explosion” in signing and developing Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Marc Anthony.
    • He revitalized Sony’s publishing division by making such acquisitions as the Beatles catalogue along with Michael Jackson and enabled Sony to become one of the first majors to make available commercial digital downloads.
    • He also produced Broadway’s smash-hit musicals Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, A Bronx Tale, Ground Hog Day, and Jersey Boys (off- Broadway) as well as documentaries for HBO films entitled, The Latin Explosion and 15: A Quinceanera Story.
    • Mottola served on the board of directors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Leukemia and AIDS Research, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum

    Biography

    Tommy Mottola, former Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment is one of the most influential executives in the history of the music industry who currently heads the Mottola Media Group, a global media and entertainment company in New York City that includes live theater and television production. He is credited with discovering and guiding the careers of many of the world’s most iconic artists such as Hall and Oates, Carly Simon, John Mellencamp, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion, as well as forging a new global superstar by creating what in 1999 TIME Magazine called the “Latin Explosion” in signing and developing Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Marc Anthony. Starting as a musician and an Epic Records recording artist at the age of eighteen, He returned twenty years later to run that very company as Sony Music Entertainment’s global CEO. He revitalized Sony’s publishing division by making such acquisitions as the Beatles catalogue along with Michael Jackson and enabled Sony to become one of the first majors to make available commercial digital downloads. In his tenure, he is credited with tripling the company’s revenue, selling an estimated 8 billion CDs resulting in nearly 65 billion in sales, and expanding its operation to over 60 countries around the world.

    Mottola was able to create new and successful business models such as amphitheaters in a co-venture with PACE Concerts and create the world’s largest rock merchandising company, Sony Signatures, which today are all part of Live Nation Entertainment. He was instrumental in the inception and growth of SONY WONDER, a kids label, forging pacts with Nickelodeon and Sesame Street Workshop. 

    He is a NY Times bestselling author for his memoir, Hitmaker: The Man and His Music. Tommy, more recently has produced Broadway’s smash-hit musicals Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, A Bronx Tale, Ground Hog Day, and Jersey Boys (off-Broadway) as well as documentaries for HBO films entitled, The Latin Explosion and 15: A Quinceanera Story. He was born in the Bronx and is married to celebrated Mexican singer, THALIA.

    In 2021, Tommy joined forces with NEON16 co-founder and industry veteran, Lex Borrero, and top representation firm Range Media Partners, to launch the formation of NTERTAIN, a new entertainment and media company focusing on the creation, development, and production of premier content across all mediums. With decades of collective expertise, the 360° company and online broadcaster will bring Latin stories to the forefront by representing the global power and success of Latin talent, brands, and culture. The first project for NTERTAIN is the beginning of production development for its first original series, Los Montaner. The unscripted docu-series will give fans an exclusive look inside The Montaners, the most viral and influential family in Latin music.

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