Michael Simon

President and CEO, HFA/Rumblefish

Michael S. Simon is the President of Rumblefish and President & CEO of HFA, premier music rights management organizations, which are subsidiaries of SESAC Holdings, Inc. Previously, Simon was HFA’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer.

Since joining HFA in 2001, Simon has directed and expanded the company’s traditional mechanical licensing business by creating its Rumblefish rights management service (formerly known as Slingshot) which provides customized, outsourced solutions for music distributors and rights holders. His team has developed groundbreaking licensing arrangements for online music and music video services, ringtones, lyrics, guitar tablature, background music, digital jukeboxes, and other new media opportunities.

Before joining HFA, Simon was the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel of Razorfish, Inc. and President of Razorfish Studios. At Razorfish Studios, he was responsible for managing the creative development, business affairs, and investor relations associated with the Studio’s recordings, motion picture productions, websites, magazines, television programs, art & photography books, and entertainment merchandise.

Prior to Razorfish, he founded Simon Ventures, a recording artist management and consulting company, whose roster included such major label acts as the Honeydogs and the Gigolo Aunts alongside several independent recording artists. Before that, Simon was Senior Director of Legal Affairs at PolyGram Records. He also served as an associate in the entertainment and intellectual property law practice of Levine Thall Plotkin & Menin and the corporate, litigation, and entertainment practice of Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman.

Simon received his Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law and his Bachelor of the Arts, magna cum laude, from Amherst College.