Paula Erickson is Senior Vice President of Licensing for Sony Music Entertainment. The Sony Licensing team is responsible for creative direction and administration of over 2 million recordings for use in film, television, commercials, games and apps. Sony Music labels include Columbia, Epic, RCA, Masterworks, Sony Music Latin and Sony Music Nashville. She has spent the last two decades at Sony working with iconic artist catalogs including Elvis Presley, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix and present day stars from Daft Punk to Sara Bareilles.
Erickson began her career while attending UCLA working in publicity for Campus Concert Events which produced on campus shows featuring artists like The Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel and John Haitt. After UCLA she worked in Publicity at RSO Records and then moved on to work for Cannon Films for 8 years where she was music supervisor for over 50 B-movie classics including just about every Ninja film made in the 1980’s, Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo. Prior to joining Sony, she was Director of Licensing for PolyGram/Island Music Publishing.