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Deborah Mannis Gardner

Deborah Mannis Gardner

Owner/President, DMG Clearances, Inc.

Deborah Mannis-Gardner -- the “Queen of Sample Clearance” according to Billboard, Forbes, Okayplayer, Variety, and more -- is the go-to expert for global music rights clearances. After starting DMG Clearances, Inc. in 1996, Deborah’s sample clearance skills quickly became legendary, and she worked with Reservoir this year to clear samples and prepare the De La Soul catalog for its long-awaited release on streaming services. Deborah has also handled music clearances for video games such as Rockstar Games franchises “Grand Theft Auto” and “Red Dead Redemption,” as well as Turtle Rock Studios’ “Back 4 Blood”; metaverse platforms such as Meta and Roblox, including a live concert from Post Malone; films by Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers and Richard Linklater; TV series on networks such as HBO, Showtime, Netflix and Paramount+; ad campaigns for Google, Ciroc and Kmart; and podcasts such as Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell’s “Broken Record.” In addition, Deborah has handled Grand Rights clearance for Lin-Manuel
Miranda’s Broadway sensation “Hamilton” and music clearances for its release on Disney+, as well as
political campaign music clearances for Joe Biden's and Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign. Deborah was also the award-winning music supervisor of HBO’s Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine docu-series “The Defiant Ones.” She recently expanded her music supervision credits with the Neil Bogart biopic “Spinning Gold” and U2 Sarajevo documentary “Kiss the Future.”

GMS 2023: Music Licensing for Video Games: Lucrative, Effective and Impactful

10/12/23, 2:00 PM

Music has always been an integral part of video games but there are many games with a strong focus on music as part of the game play. We'll discuss the different types of uses and licensing models for video games as well as long-term marketing and playlisting strategies that can become important byproducts of the use of music in a video game, enhancing the popularity of a song. Video games are played over and over again, and in-game songs become embedded in the daily soundtrack of gamer's lives. Join us for a candid discussion about all aspects of music licensing for video games with leaders from some of today's most important gaming companies.

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