As tipped to Billboard in June, Downtown Music Publishing has officially announced its expansion to the West Coast. The company will open a Los Angeles office and has appointed Amy Driscoll-Dunning senior VP of creative services and business development.
Reporting to Downtown president Justin Kalifowitz, Driscoll-Dunning will be charged with overseeing the company’s bi-coastal film and television music department, and liaising with its the New York office on direct-to-brand and commercial advertising opportunities. Additionally, she will be responsible for developing new business.
“Amy is simply one of the most talented and passionate film music executives in the business,” Kalifowitz said in a statement. “Her history of creating some of the most compelling music moments on screen speaks for itself. As Downtown continues to enhance our creative services offering we couldn’t be more excited about having someone of Amy’s caliber join our team.”
Driscoll-Dunning previously served as VP of film music at Fox Filmed Entertainment.
She will speak on a panel about the expanding role of music publishers at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference, scheduled for Oct. 29-30 at the W Hotel in Los Angeles. For more information visit BillboardEvents.com.
Earlier this summer, Downtown promoted two of its New York-based executives. Jumee Park was named VP of film/TV music and Jeremy Yohai became VP of A&R and writer relations. They were directors. Park, who works with music supervisors and studio music executives on song placements for film and TV, oversees her own department and will expand it over the next 12 months. Yohai is responsible for the company’s roster of songwriters and producers, and in his new role will focus on signing new writers.
“They both started around the same time five years ago and have each enormous contributions,” told Billboard at the time of the hires, noting that new L.A. hires would be forthcoming.
Downtown’s catalog includes 50,000 titles from such writers and artists as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, the Kinks, Hans Zimmer, Neon Trees and One Direction.