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After being welcomed as a guest speaker at in the past, McHugh has been named Loyola University’s Hilton-Baldridge Eminent Scholar/Chair in Music Industry Studies.


Jonothan McHugh Spent 40 Years in Music and Film. Now he's teaching Loyola Students.,
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 Jonathan McHugh Joins AMR Songs

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Music industry veteran Jonathan McHugh has joined the global independent music publishing, rights management, and catalog marketing company AMR Songs (AMR) as Senior Advisor Creative and Sync. He will also serve as a member of the company’s board.


Jonathan McHugh Joins AMR Songs as Senior Advisor Creative & Sync and Board Member

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Music industry veteran Jonathan McHugh has joined the global independent music publishing, rights management, and catalog marketing company AMR Songs (AMR) as Senior Advisor Creative and Sync. He will also serve as a member of the company’s board.

A respected indie filmmaker and TV/film music supervisor, McHugh has held creative positions in music, film, and TV companies. He began his career working in record promotion at A&M and Elektra and then moved into producing soundtracks and music supervision. As Vice President (VP) of Soundtrack Music at New Line Cinema from 1996 – 1999, McHugh co-produced many platinum and gold soundtracks, including The Wedding Singer, Rush Hour, Austin Powers, Blade, and many others.

McHugh then spent eight years as VP of Visual Media at Jive/BMG where he launched Zomba Films, co-produced the Britney Spears film Crossroads and soundtracks for films such as Jimmy Neutron and Wild Thornberry. He also was Senior Vice President (SVP) Soundtracks and Supervision for Island Def Jam and Def Jam Films, where he co-produced the Justin Bieber documentary film, Never Say Never.

Twenty years ago, “Crossroads” hit theaters. The first feature film to star Britney Spears, the teenage road trip movie was panned by critics, but loved by audiences. Exceeding box office expectations, making more than $61 million on a $12 million budget, “Crossroads” went on to become somewhat of a cult favorite, particularly among Spears’ worldwide fans.


Britney Spears’ ‘Crossroads’ Turns 20


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Tulane alumnus and film Producer Jonathan McHugh to screen his newest documentary film “City of Ali”


McHugh notes that the “film mostly focuses on (Ali’s) origin story and his final chapter of being laid to rest in his hometown. Louisville is great vibe city much like New Orleans. The two cities share the Fleur De Lis as their symbol and the people and culture are very similar.” McHugh adds that he is excited to screen the film in his favorite city New Orleans, at Tulane, where his WTUL experience started the journey that led him to music and film career.

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City of Ali Post-Premiere Panel Preview

VIVE Network Limited

Panel Preview Featuring Louisville, KY Mayor Greg Fischer, Producer Jonathan McHugh, Director Graham Shelby, World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaimán, Rasheda & Nico Ali Walsh, Former Pro Boxer @Gerry Cooney, and Moderator Michael Montero of Ring Magazine. For more press on City of Ali, click HERE

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Jonathan McHugh, Director "Long Live Rock-Celebrate The Chaos" Song | Mistress Carrie | The Mistress Carrie Podcast - season - 1

The Mistress Carrie Podcast

Episode #40 Director Jonathan McHugh talks with Mistress Carrie about his latest documentary, Long Live Rock... Celebrate The Chaos. They talk about the making of the movie, the connection between Rock artists and their fans, festivals, inspiration, early concert memories, film making, candlepin bowling, massholes and much more.

Abramorama has acquired worldwide distribution rights for Jonathan McHugh’s directorial debut “Long Live Rock…Celebrate The Chaos” and plans a March 12, 2021 release.

“Long Live Rock” was filmed at various rock festivals around America showing the scope of just how massive these crowds are.

‘Long Live Rock… Celebrate the Chaos’ Will Make You Miss Concerts Even More


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"Long Live Rock... Celebrate the Chaos" documents the unity between hard rock fans and musicians and the annual festivals that bring them together. The movie features interviews with members of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Korn, Slipknot, Halestorm, Greta Van Fleet and more, as well as talking to fans — and even former Ohio governor John Kasich — about their passion. For more press, click HERE

‘Long Live Rock… Celebrate the Chaos’ Will Make You Miss Concerts Even More


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See Halestorm Summon Arena-Rock Fury for Cover of the Who’s ‘Long Live Rock’

Rolling Stone

Halestorm have recorded a predictably raucous rendition of the Who’s 1974 hit, “Long Live Rock...”
The film, Long Live Rock … Celebrate the Chaos, focuses on the audiences that attend rock festivals — specifically the hard-rock and heavy metal fans. Filmmaker Jonathan McHugh, who previously made the doc Cosplay Universe, teamed with producer Gary Spivack, who books festivals for Danny Wimmer Presents, for the film, which features interviews with members of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot, Rage Against the Machine, Halestorm, and many others

Staten Island native Jonathan McHugh scores senior VP gig at Island/Def Jam records


In the modern marketplace, getting an artist’s song into a television show, movie or ad campaign is one of the most effective ways of getting that artist — and their label — paid, either through direct money or increased exposure. Now that recordings themselves are easily pirated and sold cheap on iTunes, touring, merchandise, and the kind of placement that McHugh does so well — called “sync” in the business — are top revenue streams.

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Music Supervision 101: What is Music Supervision?


This panel discusses what exactly is music supervision, what it takes to be a music supervisor, how to get a job as music supervisor and what are the details of effective music supervision. We will discuss the pros and cons, a breakdown of who the role of a supervisor reports to within a production, emerging artist stories and how the panelists got their start in music supervision.

Interview w/ Board Member Jonathan McHugh: "What Has Inspired You To Serve GMS All These Years?"

Guild of Music Supervisors, Melinda Newman

One of GMS' most active, passionate, and supportive board members, Jonathan McHugh, is stepping down next month after years of service and critical fundraising for the Guild. Melinda Newman of Billboard interviews Jonathan and allows him to unpack why he has been so motivated to serve the Guild all these years.

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Cutting Edge confirms Island Def Jam Music Group's Senior Vice President Jonathan McHugh as a speaker for New Orleans music business conference

Jazz Corner

The Cutting Edge Music Business Conference announced that it has secured Island Def Jam Music Group's Jonathan McHugh as a confirmed speaker during their annual music business conference.
Jonathan McHugh has spent 20 plus years in the music, film & TV business. Previously, McHugh served as a Senior Vice President of Film & TV at Island Def Jam Music Group where he created opportunities for Island Def Jam artists through the visual media. Currently, McHugh produces, directs, and serves as a music supervises films with his company Song Stew Entertainment

Prior to that, McHugh spent eight years as Vice President of Visual Media at Jive records/Zomba Label Group. He began his production career by launching Zomba Films where he co-produced the Britney Spears film, "Crossroads." He also produced soundtracks for films including "The Wood" and Nickelodeon's "Wild Thornberry's" and "Jimmy Neutron."

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