Jay Faires

Jay Faires

Jay Faires is currently President of Music and Publishing at Lionsgate Entertainment. He was assigned this position in July 2005 after consulting for the company during the prior year. Upon appointment, Faires began transforming Lions Gate (Lions Gate Music (LGM) into the leading independent music publisher it is becoming todayWho|date=December 2007.

Personal life

Faires earned a Bachelors degree with Honors from the University of the South where he was Young Alumnus of the Year in 2000. He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he recently gave the keynote address on the New Center for Entrepreneurship. He currently sits on the board of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).

On 5 July 2003 he married television personality Debbie Matenopoulos.

Lions Gate

Under Faires' stewardship, LGM has nearly doubled the asset value of the publishing company in advance of any acquisitions. In 2005, Faires' team received an Academy Award nomination for Bird York's "In the Deep" from Best Picture winner, "Crash".

In the last two years, Faires has brought to the table acts such as Dr. Dre, Elvis Costello, John Legend, James Blunt, The Flaming Lips and Linkin Park, and many others.

Recent productions

Recent projects include James Mangold's "" starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe & Christian Bale ; as well as and "Good Luck Chuck" starring Jessica Alba & Dane Cook. The movies feautured music from Coachella headliners The Flaming Lips along with The Dandy Warhols. "War", starring Jet Li and Jason Statham, includes music from RZA, Dr. Dre and Mark Batson.

Upcoming productions

Faires has collaborated with award-winning composers Marco Beltrani, Aaron Zigman, and Brian Tyler. Faires currently oversees the music of upcoming movie projects
* "Bachelor No. 2" starring Kate Hudson and Dane Cook
* "The Punisher: War Zone".
* Frank Miller (comics) "The Spirit" starring Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Eva Mendes; and
* "Addicted", based on the best-selling novel by erotica author Zane (erotica author).
* Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" starring Angelina Jolie
* "Repo! the Genetic Opera" directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (director of "Saw" II-IV).

Upcoming television projects include :
*the fourth season of Showtime's Emmy nominated "Weeds", which recently featured music from Linkin Park, The Shins, and Randy Newman;
*the second season of AMC's hit drama "Mad Men";
*the serialized version of the movie "Crash".

Faires was the first to license the Rolling Stones for a main title theme with "You Can't Always Get What You Want" for Tommy Hilfiger's "The Cut" on CBS. Other recent projects include ABC's "Wildfire", and David Blaine's "Drowned Alive".

Baby New Year Music (BNYM)/ Mammoth Records

Prior to joining Lions Gate, Faires spent 15 years building his label and publishing businesses Mammoth Records and BNY Music. Through BNY Music, Faires continued working closely with the key Mammoth songwriters while acquiring the blues catalog Black Top (Buckwheat Zydeco, Solomon Burke) and many tracks of David Bowie. Through BNY, Faires began to integrate his artists' music into film and TV, which led to Faires' increased involvement in music supervision and eventual position at Lions Gate.

Prior to BNY Music, Faires spent a decade building Mammoth Records from scratch outside of the musical epicenters of LA, NY and Nashville. Selling nearly 100 million dollars worth of recorded music, Faires was the only alternative independent label before 2006 to take two artists platinum in both Seven Mary Three and the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Faires placed 3 acts in the top 3 of MTV's charts, enabling him to sell Mammoth Records to The Walt Disney Company for over 40 times the label's initial investment. He then went on to executive produce the iconic rock documentary "Free Tibet" in conjunction with The Beastie Boys.

Works cited



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