LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Highly respected veteran music executive Jason Markey has joined STX Entertainment as Executive Vice President and Head of Music, it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the STX Entertainment Motion Picture Group, and Thomas B. McGrath, Chief Operating Officer for STX Entertainment.
In his new role, Markey will oversee all aspects of music including production of film scores and development of soundtracks for the studio. He will work with STX's filmmakers to curate and source songs and develop original music for 12 to 15 major motion pictures a year.
Said Fogelson, "Jason is truly one of the best and brightest at helping filmmakers marry the right music to the right movie or scene. Our studio is lucky to have someone with his understanding of the business and deep appreciation and love for so many genres and artists."
Added McGrath, "Jason is one of the few music executives in this town who has worked on soundtracks while collaborating with almost every studio. He has an extraordinary range of relationships built over many years and he will be a wonderful creative asset to our business, our filmmakers and our entire production team."
For the past six years, Markey served as Executive Vice President, Music & Soundtracks at Relativity Media where he helped establish a division that developed soundtracks with nearly every studio, including DreamWorks Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Focus Features, HBO and many others. He oversaw more than 65 soundtracks and supervised music for a wide range of film and television titles including Dallas Buyers Club, Bridesmaids, The Best of Me, Act of Valor, Safe Haven, Banshee, Free Birds, Like Crazy, Immortals, Limitless, Biutiful, The Fighter, the "30 Rock" Soundtrack, Dear John, and many more.
Many of the songs and soundtracks Markey has overseen throughout his career have received critical acclaim, including the Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw heart-breaker, "We Both Know" from the film Safe Haven, which received a Grammy® nomination in 2013. Earlier this year Relativity earned their first Oscar® nomination for the Diane Warren ballad, "Grateful," performed by Rita Ora from Beyond The Lights. Other career stand-outs include developing Chris Cornell's "The Keeper," and Keith Urban's "For You," both of which received Golden Globe® nominations in 2012. He also worked on Abel Korzeniowski's score to A Single Man, which won the Best Discovery Award at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2010.
From 1999 through 2009, Markey was the General Manager of Immortal Records, an independent record company based in Los Angeles, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the label. During his time at Immortal Records he signed and developed artists such as 30 Seconds to Mars and Velvet Revolver. Prior to Immortal Records, he was at Arista Records in their A&R Department, where he worked alongside the music legend Clive Davis, as well as with many talented musicians including Sara McLachlan, Patti Smith and with Carlos Santana on his platinum album "Supernatural". Markey ultimately was recruited to become A&R Director for American Recordings, where he worked directly with the fabled music man Rick Rubin. Markey began his career at MCA Records in 1990.
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STX Entertainment recently announced its first four theatrical release dates. On August 7, 2015, the studio will release The Gift contemporary psychological thriller from Jason Blum's Blumhouse, written and directed by Joel Edgerton and starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton. Secret in Their Eyes will be released on October 23, 2015. The crime thriller is written and directed by Billy Ray and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. On January 22, 2016, STX will release The Boy, a horror film from director William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside), written by Stacey Menear and starring Lauren Cohan ("The Walking Dead"). And March 11, 2016, brings the release of the epic action-drama The Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali from writer-director and 4-time Academy Award nominee Gary Ross.
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