In an effort to amplify its soundtrack and music licensing activities, MGM has tapped Jersey Records president and co-founder Anita Camarata as executive veep of its music division.
“Bringing Anita in doesn’t just give us parity with the other studios,” Lion vice chairman-chief operating officer Chris McGurk told Daily Variety, “it puts us a notch above.”
Camarata will be responsible for MGM and UA soundtracks and music for TV, video/DVD, interactive and marketing products — an area that McGurk said “needed more focus in the past.” She’ll also manage the record and publishing catalogs, which include classic James Bond movie soundtracks, among others.
Camarata, who produced Sex Pistols doc “The Fifth and the Fury” that screens this week at the Sundance Film Festival, has straddled the music and film business for years. A former veep of Gold Mountain Entertainment, she launched Jersey Records with Danny DeVito, Michael Schamberg and Stacy Sher in 1997. A division of Jersey Films and joint venture with MCA, the label released the soundtracks to such pics as “Out of Sight” and “Man on the Moon.” Camarata also co-wrote “So Amazing,” the title cut from the soundtrack of “The Hurricane.”
The previous head of MGM music, Michael Sandoval, will remain a consultant to the company.