Los Angeles-based Michael Aragon heads up Sony’s Music Unlimited and on-demand digital video services, integrating them into a variety of devices and platforms, including the new PlayStation 4 game console, which launched in the United States on Nov. 15.
5:30 AM My Jawbone UP wakes me, and I run through a quick scan of emails from our Europe team and check of video sales and music subscriber counts from the day before.
6:00 AM I’m out for my daily run to get the blood pumping. I’m usually listening to a sports podcast-likely Colin Cowherd, who’s my favorite. Need to keep up with football news so my high school friends don’t school me on my fantasy league.
7:00 AM Breakfast with my 9-year-old twins, Michael and Ali, before sending them off to school.
8:00 AM I’m at work, on a video conference with Paul Jones, general counsel, and Alex Vlassopulos, VP of commercial licensing from Omnifone in London, to review label negotiations and operational plans for upcoming PlayStation 4 launch.
10:00 AM We have a weekly Music Unlimited product meeting, led by our head of product Anu Kirk, to review final PS4 day-one product plans and prioritize punch list for day-two features.
11:00 AM I meet with our PR team to finalize PS4 launch-week press schedule and event plans.
1:00 PM Lunch with my wife, Melissa, at Hinoki and the Bird.
2:30 PM Call with Bill Campbell, senior VP of Universal Music Group’s global digital business, to discuss new business opportunities.
3:00 PM Business update and PS4 demo with Michael Bonner, executive VP of digital for NBCUniversal, and his team of digital executives. Negotiate and close out final couple of points for rights to their content on our cloud and PS4 device.
5:00 PM Weekly executive management video conference between L.A., San Francisco and Tokyo to review deals, product overview and engineering status for our upcoming initiatives across our three service lines — games, video and music. One of the features that the engineering team has been working on is the ability to let players tap into our music service’s 22 million tracks to make their own soundtrack while playing the game — without having to interrupt the game.
7:30 PM Dinner with the family. It’s Mexican food tonight with my near daily allotment of hatch green chili sent from my in-laws to supplement my meal.
8:30 PM Email time and some organizational planning.
10:00 PM Weekly update call with our team in Japan to review efforts to build local editorial capabilities, review marketing plans and develop negotiation plan to add more local Japanese content to bolster the service.