Creative Services Manager, Bug Music
In three years at Bug Music, Julia Betley, 27, has already blazed new trails. Praised by her peers as "relentless," "determined" and "the mayor of emerging execs," the creative services manager has landed key placements for her artists in film, TV and advertising, driving triple-digit sales growth, according to the company. But she's carved her deepest niche in gaming, with placements like Bruno Mars in Tap Tap Revenge. "Julia has a strong determination to integrate the songwriting and the game-development processes," Bug CEO John Rudolph says. Her deal with Valve, developer of the popular "Portal" series, moved toward that goal. After learning that Valve was looking for an original song for "Portal 2," she introduced the firm to critically acclaimed indie band the National. The chemistry with the game developer was instant, the band penned "Exile, Vilify," and the game went on to sell 2 million copies, according to Bug Music.
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