Twenty years of Entertainment Industry experience with a focus on intellectual property licensing, contracts and business affairs. I have been lucky enough to work with a large variety of brands in film, television, music and advertising.
Specialties: music & media licensing, permissions, rights and clearances, trademark research, talent negotiations, content rights management, contract management, consumer product licensing, creative problem solving, negotiation.
· MullenLowe / New Business Pitches, Royal Caribbean, US Cellular, Hyatt Corporation, Grain Foods Foundation, E*TRADE · Fox Sports / Being: Liverpool series (Music Coordinator) · Arnold Worldwide / Tyson, Huntington Bank, Panasonic, Dell, Boston Bruins, Center for Disease Control, Carbonite · Hill Holiday / Denny’s, Great Wolf Lodge, Verizon Wireless · OSP Group NY / Music Supervisor · Full Contact / Fisher Price, Cumberland Farms
Time Warner's New Line Cinema (Music Affairs)
Viacom's MTV Networks (Music & Media Licensing)
WGBH Enterprises (Licensing)
Modernista! (Broadcast Business Affairs)
Arnold Worldwide (Broadcast Business Affairs)
Jonathan is a very smart, resourceful Business Affairs Manager who always adds lots of value to his projects. He is very detail oriented and has a "can do" attitude when faced with unusual challenges that come up in producing highly creative work. He's also a strong team player, who always stepped up to help others in our group and successfully managed a heavy workload on multiple accounts with digital, broadcast and print work.
It's always a pleasure working with Jonathan, he has a good sense of humor and keeps a positive attitude even on the toughest days.
-EVP Director of Content Arnold Worldwide
I was Jonathan's supervisor for two years in the Music & Media Licensing department at MTV Networks (now Viacom Media Networks). He was the lead clearance coordinator working on all productions out of the hectic News & Docs area.
In the short time he worked with this client group, he was able to turn an adversarial relationship between MML and News & Docs into a true partnership. He built excellent relationships with clients, both internally and externally. He was equally comfortable with straight clearance work as well as higher-level risk-assessment and fair-use calls.
Jonathan's work ethic and his even-keeled personality were a perfect match for this type of high-pressure, deadline-oriented, detailed work. He was simply a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him!
-Sr. Director MML, MTV Networks
I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan for several months while he was freelancing in our Business Affairs department during a colleague's maternity leave. He jumped right in and was able to take on several accounts and work independently on a number of projects. He quickly adapted to our process and was attentive to the needs of the account team and clients doing whatever it took to get the job done under the required time and/or budget restraints. His knowledge of copyright and trademark issues was invaluable and he was a great resource for the entire department. Plus he's an all around great guy who was just fun to have as part of the team! Jonathan would be a great asset to anyone needing a top-notch business affairs person.
-VP Business Affairs MullenLowe U.S.
There are so few who truly understand the lasting effect of music and how it can elevate a show. Jonathan Toto completely gets it -- and works tirelessly with and for producers and directors to clear the very best cuts. It's refreshing to work with a person like Jonathan who has such a great ear for music. To find little known independents bands - with a truly unique sound - a pair them with productions I've been involved with has been a wonderfully creative experience. I highly recommend Jonathan for any producer and director using music as a major storytelling component.
-Executive Producer, Fox Sports
Working with Jonathan was a pleasure, he knows his music, he knows the Film and TV business and he knows how to get the job done.
-CEO Hook Line and SYNC
Jonathan brings a wide breadth of experience - music label, tv network, and ad agency. Simply stated, he's a Pro, not to mention an extremely personable colleague.
-Founder Waving Cat Productions