who we are: leadership
Paul Katz, Commit Media

Current and Prior Affilliations:

Witness
Boardmember

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
National Trustee

SoundExchange
Boardmember

Production Music Association
Boardmember

Children's Film Festival
Advisory Boardmember

Emirates College of Media Arts and Sciences in Dubai
Advisory
Boardmember

paul katz,
founder / ceo

Paul Katz, the entertainment industry executive, Grammy nominee, and social entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of Commit Media LLC - "Entertainment For A Cause" -- which opened its doors for business in 2006. This, the latest venture in Paul's multi-faceted career, utilizes the power of entertainment to raise awareness and funds for non-profits, philanthropic organizations and altruistic individuals. Commit Media evolved naturally from Paul's extensive entertainment and business experience and his ongoing dedication to charitable causes. Additionally, he understands the power of the entertainment and celebrity communities in educating and inspiring people to get involved and take action.

In the early 1980's Paul worked as a D.J. in London nightclubs while pursuing his law degree by day. A brief stint in a major UK law firm convinced him to pursue his true passion... music. In 1983 he joined the then fledgling Zomba Music Group's UK operation and in 1985 moved to New York in order to build Zomba's USA business operations.

Causal entertainment:Paul's unique ability toforge relationships between those that can command attention and the organizations that merit it. Throughout his twenty years as a senior executive at Zomba, Paul was integral in shaping independent record labels such as Jive, Silvertone, Volcano, Verity, and Provident. Artists included Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Donnie McClurkin, Michael W. Smith, R. Kelly, Pink, Outkast and earlier Billy Ocean, Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince (featuring Will Smith), and A Flock of Seagulls. During his tenure, Zomba Music Publishing was chosen ASCAP Publisher of the Year, while its songwriters received numerous awards, including two Oscar nominations. Paul played a key role in Zomba's extraordinary rise as it expanded beyond its core music business, internationally, into film, television, theatre, books, and sports. Under Paul's stewardship, Zomba Films produced, financed and distributed the movie "Crossroads," starring Britney Spears, Dan Ackroyd, Taryn Manning and Kim Catrall, which earned more than $100 million worldwide. 

When Zomba was acquired in 2002 by Bertelsmann, it was the world's leading independent music company. In 2003 Paul created and ran worldwide visual media and new business development for SONYBMG -- now Sony Music. He directed the development, production and distribution of all visual media including DVDs, TV and movies, which generated many millions through traditional and non-traditional platforms like retail, TV, VOD, internet and mobile. Paul supplemented these business efforts by acting as executive producer on such projects as the PPV TV concert special P!nk: Live in Europe, its companion documentary and concert DVD and lent his expertise to the development of Outkast's Universal/HBO movie "Idlewild."

Paul has served on a variety of industry and non-profit boards, including Witness, the human rights video advocacy group founded by Peter Gabriel; the Recording Academy; Sound Exchange, the U.S. recording industry's only public performance organization; and the Production Music Association. He also serves on a number of advisory boards, including the New York International Children's Film Festival and the Emirates College of Media Arts and Sciences in Dubai.

Paul lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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