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Music Opportunities in Activision Blizzard Games

Activision Blizzard’s Senior Director of Music Affairs Brandon Young guested at a NARIP Music Supervisor Pitch Session this week and explained some of the company’s new initiaitives with its e-sports leagues and billion dollar franchise Call of Duty. These all spell opportunities for NARIP membersWe’re delighted Brandon heard music he can use, and we look forward to reporting more successes for our members.









Photo: (L-R): Maja Slopiecka, Stephaun Pender, Tess Taylor, Young, Kevin Clements



Young-BrandonAt the helm of Activision’s Music Department, Brandon has led the musical creative direction for all of Activision’s product slate and marketing creative, placed and licensed more than 4,000 commercial songs for in-game use, launched some of the most iconic music collaborations in Activision’s, and in gaming history, and has worked with the world’s most prolific modern composers to create orchestral soundtracks rivaling Hollywood’s top feature films. With over fifteen years at the company, Brandon has led the music production behind the gaming industry’s all-time biggest selling franchise Call of Duty – a game that has consecutively broken its own records as the most successful entertainment launch in history and the most successful video game of all time. Brandon was also responsible for overseeing the music selection and in-game celebrity talent integrations for Activision’s acclaimed franchise, Guitar Hero, opening the doors to work with music legends like Metallica, Aerosmith, Van Halen, even Taylor Swift, producing branded titles for each. He’s brought in legendary film composers with the likes of Grammy and Academy award winners Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino, and other veteran composers such as Harry Gregson-Williams, David Buckley, Graeme Revell, and Lorne Balfe among many others.  Additionally, Brandon’s involvement spans a vast portfolio that includes World of Warcraft, the highly successful role-playing title MMO by Blizzard, along with other Blizzard success stories Overwatch and Diablo; legendary mobile titles Candy Crush and Farmville; among many other noteworthy industry franchises, and professional gaming leagues to accompany both Overwatch and Call of Duty for 2019. Activision also recently forayed into film and TV with the dedicated division of AB Studios, led by two legendary film veterans. Its first release, Skylanders Academy, is in its third season on Netflix, with other Activision IP to follow in the live-action TV and film space. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world and is a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), an S&P 500 company.