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Skydance Media in Santa Monica, CA, named Stephanie Kyoko McKinnon its general counsel and elevated Jun Oh to president of global business and legal affairs. McKinnon is stepping into a newly created role on the heels of Skydance’s recent acquisition of Ilion Studios in Madrid. She joins Skydance from VICE Media, where she served as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Prior to VICE, she was vice president, legal and business affairs for Whistle Sports. She started her career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. Oh joined Skydance in 2018 as head of theatrical and interactive business and legal affairs. According to Skydance, he has been key to all deals for the company’s film slate and recent $275 million equity partnership deal with RedBird Capital and CJ ENM. Prior to Skydance, Oh served as president of business and legal affairs for Global Road Entertainment and had a long career at Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he rose to senior vice president of business affairs of Warner Bros. Pictures. He was previously head of business and legal affairs for Warner Independent Pictures. His entertainment career started at The Walt Disney Co. in the business and legal affairs group. … SoundExchange in Washington, DC, promoted Colin Rushing to chief legal officer. Rushing will be based in Nashville, TN, for the royalty collector for non-interactive digital transmissions of sound recordings. Rushing had served as SoundExchange’s senior vice president and general counsel since 2014. In this position, the company said he helped secure a $150 million settlement with SiriusXM and a more than 40% increase in satellite radio rates before the Copyright Royalty Board. Rushing joined SoundExchange in the role of senior counsel for licensing and enforcement. Before joining SoundExchange, he practiced intellectual property and media law as an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
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