December 16, 2011
Irwin Z. Robinson was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Famous Music Publishing, where his mandate was to grow the company domestically and internationally. Within eight years, Famous had moved solidly into the mainstream of contemporary music by streamlining and modernizing its operations, dramatically expanding its catalogue and activities and moving aggressively into the global arena. Robinson formerly served as Chairman of Paramount Allegra Music, the worldwide music publishing division of Viacom's Paramount Pictures. When Viacom sold Famous to Sony/ATV in 2007, it was ranked as one of the industry's top 10 companies. Irwin has been an inspiring presence for faculty and students in Steinhardt's Music Business Program for a number of years, and for this week's conversation with Phil Galdston, he shared the breadth of his unique historical perspective of the industry with our graduate songwriters and film scoring majors.