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Best Licensed Music In A Console Video Game – Guitar Hero Live
Since 2009, Katie (Sippel) Byam has served on the music team at Activision Blizzard, the world’s largest video game publisher. As Music Supervisor, Katie is responsible for sourcing, clearing and licensing music for all videogames published by Activision, including Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, Skylanders, Destiny, Tony Hawk, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peanuts, James Bond and several others. She works with licensing existing music, sourcing original pieces, pitching & licensing music for game trailers and marketing campaigns, as well as hiring and supervising game composers. Additionally, Katie oversees Activision’s internal Activisionaries series, where she books up-and-coming bands & artists to play at Activision’s Santa Monica Headquarters as a part of an enriching creative showcase. She has booked bands such as Walk the Moon, The Madden Brothers, Holychild, Milo Greene and several others.
Before Katie came to Activision, she spent 3 years at 3 Artist Management (3am), doing day-to-day management for artists such as Paul Oakenfold, The Crystal Method and Henry Rollins.
Katie is also an avid singer-songwriter and performs under the artist name RYN in shows across Los Angeles.