by Mary Beth Blakey, AFM EMSD Contract Administrator
As we so frequently get caught up in the day-to-day grind of business, and the pursuit of agreements and payments for our members, it can be difficult to make time to get to know each other. With that in mind, I’ve assembled the following “Who’s Who” for the Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD)—summarizing the job responsibilities for the staff.
New York — East Coast OFFICE
Pat Varriale: Now director of EMSD, Varriale has been around for 40 years. He is all things electronic media, specializing in all facets of the Sound Recording Labor, National Public Television, National Public Radio, Limited Pressing, Demonstration Recording, and Background Music agreements.
Maria Warner-Dowrich: Contract Administrator for Electronic Media Services Division, New York, Warner-Dowrich administrates commercial announcements, low budget sound recording, theme park, and limited pressings.
Kim Wysocki: As Administrative Assistant to Pat Varriale in the East Coast Office, Wysocki assists in the processing and entry of the commercial announcements/assumption agreements and provides assistance in signatory renewals. She also researches the numerous CDs that come into the office via record companies.
Los Angeles — West Coast OFFICE
Addison Granillo: EMSD’s FM Commercials Administrator and New Use Commercials Manager Granillo fields commercial questions from players, employers, and local reps. He contacts ad agencies, both foreign and domestic, regarding commercial new use payment responsibilities.
Alisa Childs: New Use Research Administrator Childs creates research viewing schedules, meticulously monitors and analyzes electronic media, explores resources for identified new use, and prepares documents for new use billing packets.
Anna Bedjanian: As Commercial New Use Assistant, Bedjanian researches national and worldwide tune usage requests, and gathers current musician information. If necessary, she helps locate proper musician beneficiaries and composes B6 billing contracts.
Bryan Vasquez: A researcher for the New Use Department, Vasquez monitors and analyzes TV and film media to track down new uses of sound recordings. He prepares documentation for the necessary billing packet.
Matt Allen: The contract administrator who handles motion picture and television film, as well as low budget, student, festival, and industrial films, initially worked at Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), administering the Sound Recording Labor Agreement. When Allen came to work at the Federation, he managed commercial new use before moving into film agreements.
Niccole Culver: As the primary receptionist in the EMSD’s West Coast Office, Culver works closely with Allen and Blakey on film and television projects, and handles a large portion of the signatory data entry.
Peter Marroquin: As New Use Administrator for sound recording into film, Marroquin also handles data storage and management for the office. He has the distinction of having worked for the AFM for 20 years.
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East Coast Office: Tel (212) 869-1330
Ext. 234 – Patrick Varriale, Director of Electronic Media Services:
General Electronic Media, Sound Recordings, Nat’l Public TV, NPR, Background Music, Demonstration Recordings, Limited Volume Agreements.
Ext. 233 – Maria Warner-Dowrich, Contract Admin:
Commercial Announcements, East Coast, Low Budget Sound Recordings, Limited Pressings, Theme Park, Electronic Media
West Coast Office: Tel (323) 461-5401
Ext. 206 – Matt Allen, Contract Admin.
Theatrical-Film, TV-Film, Low Budget Film, Independent Film
Ext. 212 – Mary Beth Blakey, Contract Admin
Internet, Videotape, Basic Cable, Pay Cable, Video Games
Ext. 222 – Andie Childs, Admin.
Ext. 221 – Addison Granillo, Admin.
Commercials, Commercials New Yse
Ext. 218 – Peter Marroquin, Admin.
Theater-Film, TV-Film New Use