Paul Katz

Paul_KatzEntertainment industry executive, two-time Grammy nominee and social entrepreneur, Paul Katz is the founder and CEO of Commit Media

While studying for a law degree, Paul began working as a DJ in London, where he joined the fledgling Zomba Music Group, and then moved to New York City to build the business. Paul played a key role in building Zomba’s (later Jive) successful worldwide interests in record production and distribution, publishing, equipment rental, recording studios and producer and artist management. With more than 100 million albums sold and numerous Grammy Awards won, Zomba featured artists such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Donnie McClurkin, Michael W. Smith, R. Kelly, Pink, Outkast and Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, as well as composers whose songs were recorded by Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Brian Adams, Barbra Streisand and more. During his tenure there, Zomba was honored with numerous accolades, including ASCAP Publisher of the Year and two Oscar nominations. Paul later expanded Zomba beyond its core music business into film, theater, books and sports, enjoying several successes, including “Crossroads,” starring Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, Justin Long, Dan Aykroyd and Kim Cattrall, which had worldwide revenues of $100M.

When Zomba was sold in 2002 to Bertelsmann, Paul was named Senior Vice President of SONYBMG Music, where he created and ran worldwide visual media, which included DVDs, TV and movies, including the Concert Special “Pink: Live in Europe” and its companion documentary. Simultaneously, Paul studied education and peace at Teachers College Columbia University.

Today, Paul continues his career in entertainment, consulting on all things music for a number of independent movie studios and TV companies through Commit’s music division eye2ear. Recent projects including the Twilight franchise in which Paul, in addition to overseeing the music in the movies, also co-produced the five very successful soundtrack albums which have sold in excess of 10M copies worldwide and garnered top spots on the Billboard chart. Other recent projects includeThe Perks of Being a Wallflower, Step Up Revolution, Letters to Juliet and Fair Game.

Paul has served on a variety of industry and non-profit boards, including WITNESS, the Recording Academy, Sound Exchange, Production Music Association, the New York International Children’s Film Festival and the Emirates College of Media Arts and Sciences in Dubai. He is also called upon to speak about the intersection of entertainment and philanthropy, most recently during Social Capital 2013, in which he delivered a session titled “Harnessing Sports & Entertainment for Social Change.”

 

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