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Brandon Young

Director of Music Affairs,
Activision
Santa Monica, CA, USA
@BlizzardCS
Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

As the head of music for Activision Publishing, Inc., Brandon Young, has been an integral part of each brands music direction and integration for the company for over 11 years, and has spent a great deal of time managing relationships and partnerships with top industry artists ranging from Aerosmith, Van Halen, and Metallica, to pop-country superstar Taylor Swift, to Jay-Z and Eminem among many others. In addition to this he and his team have been responsible for licensing over 3,000 songs on more than 150 titles in his tenure with the company. Activision Publishing, Inc. is one of the leading video game publisher in the world with franchises such as: Skylanders, World of Warcraft, Destiny, James Bond, The Voice, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, and Call of Duty, which broke entertainment industry records for three consecutive years in a row. Activision was also responsible for the hit music franchises Guitar Hero and DJ Hero, which revolutionized the interaction between music and gaming, and went on to become one of the most successful games in history.

Beyond traditional game releases, Young has introduced exclusive game-specific music compilations for Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero and DJ Hero, featuring music from Eminem, JAY-Z, My Chemical Romance and the Smashing Pumpkins, and has also licensed over 40 in-game characters for Activision games, including Slash, Kurt Cobain, Santana, Johhny Cash, Billie Joe Armstrong, Matt Bellamy, Sting, Tom Morello, and many others.