As we so frequently get caught up in day-to-day business and the pursuit of agreements and payments, it can be difficult to make time to get to know each other. The following EMSD “who’s who” puts faces with names and summarizes job responsibilities for our EMSD staff.
West Coast Office
Aksinia Dintcheva: Aksinia is part of the Sound Recording to Theatrical and Television Film New-Use Department and works tirelessly to create B-7 contracts and billings. She has been working at the EMSD for 19 years.
Andie Childs: Andie manages Historical Soundtracks and projects involving film-to-film clip use, as well as spreadsheets and dispersals for compilation projects and programs.
Andre Shavers: Andre is in charge of collections for the Sound Recording to Theatrical and Television Film New-Use Department—he pursues payment for billings generated by Peter Marroquin and the researchers. He also oversees notices for work dues payments.
Chris DeLeon: Chris is a researcher for the Sound Recording to Theatrical and Television Film New-Use Department. He views TV shows, documentaries, and films to identify the tune used and make sure it matches the one licensed. He also creates billing packages.
Mary Beth Blakey: Mary Beth is the contract administrator covering Television Videotape, Basic Cable Television, Internet and New Media projects, and Video Games. She has been working at the EMSD for nine years.
Matt Allen: Matt is the contract administrator who handles Motion Picture and Television Film, as well as Low Budget, Student, Festival, and Industrial Films. Matt initially worked at Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), administering the Sound Recording Labor Agreement.
Michael Stogner: Michael is a researcher in the Sound Recording to Theatrical and Television Film New-Use Department. He identifies the use of AFM Sound Recordings in film media and prepares the billing packets used for invoicing.
Lauren Bruer: Lauren started working in the Sound Recording to Theatrical and Television Film New-Use Department earlier this year. She bills major motion picture and TV production companies for new uses, and verifies musician and beneficiary info for fast and accurate payments.
Justin Terry: Justin recently joined the Sound Recording to Theatrical and Television Film New-Use Department. He completes member address updates, processes and sends new billing invoices, and files new use invoices.
James Moore: James is a new addition to the Sound Recording to Theatrical and Television Film New-Use Department. James follows up with the production companies after Sound Recording New-Use invoices have been submitted for payment.
Peter Marroquin: Peter is manager of the Sound Recording to Theatrical and Television Film New-Use Department. He also handles the management and storage of data for the office. Peter has been with the AFM for 26 years.
East Coast Office
Pat Varriale: Director of the EMSD, Pat has been with the AFM for almost 45 years. He is “all things electronic media,” specializing in all facets of the Sound Recording Labor Agreement, National Public Television, National Public Radio, Limited Pressing, Demonstration Recording and Background Music agreements.
John Painting: Joining the Federation as assistant director of EMSD in May, John brings over eight years of contract administration and bargaining experience from Local 802 in New York. As a result, he is familiar with all of the unique quirks of the AFM’s electronic media agreements. John’s primary focus is in public television and special projects.
Maria Warner-Dowrich: Contract administrator for EMSD New York, Maria administers commercial announcements including commercial new use, sound recording low budget, theme park, and limited pressings. She’s worked for the Federation for close to 11 years, almost nine of them with EMSD.
Kim Wysocki: Administrative assistant to Pat in the New York Office, Kim assists in the processing and entry of the Commercial Announcements Agreement, assumption agreements, and provides assistance in signatory renewals. She also researches the CDs received from various record companies and performs the initial research on Commercial New Use projects.
Alyson Sheehan: In her second year with the Federation, Alyson is working in the billing and collections of sound recordings and theatrical motion picture scores in commercial announcements. In addition, she assists
Pat in writing special letters of agreement and the editing of various national agreements.