Julie Swidler has been Sony Music Entertainment executive VP of business affairs/general counsel since 2008, advising on major transactions and talent deals. This year, Swidler helped manage a restructuring of Sony Music's worldwide operations. She also advises on new ventures in the digital space. In 2010, she worked on Sony's deal with the estate of Michael Jackson, which led to this year's release of Immortal (Epic), the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil's new Michael Jackson the Immortal world tour. Swidler also played a key role in Sony Music's new joint venture agreement with hitmaker Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald. "While this has been another very challenging year for the music industry, I am thrilled to be working with Doug Morris, who brings an incredible zeal to our business on a day-to-day basis," Swidler says. "I continue to enjoy working in a business I love and have such a passion for both our iconic artists as well as the new, exciting artists that we continue to develop."