Kaufman hums as NL sr. VP

Exec to o'see licensing, soundtrack deals

New Line Cinema has promoted Mark Kaufman to senior vice president of music affairs.

Kaufman reports to Toby Emmerich, president of New Line Prods. and New Line Music. Kaufman will oversee the music licensing department as well as continue negotiating soundtrack deals for both New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features. He is currently working on such upcoming titles as “Town & Country,” “Simone,” “Life as a House,” “Rush Hour 2” and “Blade 2.”

“Mark was the first executive I hired nearly 10 years ago when we launched the music department at New Line,” Emmerich said. “I am proud of the way he has led our music licensing division, and he will continue to be an indispensable asset to our team.”

Kaufman joined New Line in 1992 as an assistant in business affairs and was promoted several times before being named a veep in 1997.

During his tenure, he has been involved with every facet of the music/ business affairs division, from creating the music library, to setting the music budget for films, to negotiating and reviewing music licenses and acting as a liaison between the company and record labels.

Among the music-driven films and soundtracks Kaufman has been involved with are “The Wedding Singer” and “Boogie Nights.”

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