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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.”

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