CHARLES W. HAMILTON
CHARLES W. HAMILTON is Head of Business & Legal Affairs for Saban Music Group (SMG), a private equity funded music company that operates a fully integrated 360-model record label, music publisher and brand development company that recently signed a multiyear strategic partnership with reggaeton superstar Don Omar. At SMG, Hamilton oversees all business transactions, contracts, and other legal matters related to catalog acquisitions, artist signings, A&R, and operations. Before SMG, he was Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Warner Records, where he handled artist signings and renegotiations, label joint ventures, catalog acquisitions, and audits for the label’s premier active and “legacy” artists. Additionally, Hamilton has worked as a talent manager (most recently for GRAMMY® Award and Dove Award winning singer/songwriter Rudy Currence) and as a strategy consultant for music startups, in both instances drawing on “deal psychology”, practical business insight and his legal expertise to help new entrants to the music industry navigate its emerging markets. Hamilton began his legal career at Universal Music Group, where he was responsible for contract negotiations for the company’s Nashville division. Before the music industry, he held marketing roles at Bank of America Investment Services and the Eastern Caribbean division of Chase Bank. In his free time, Hamilton loves discovering new music, and working on criminal justice rehabilitation and criminal records clearance issues as a founder/board member of Project REDEEMED. Hamilton has a B.A. in Literature from Yale College and a J.D. from Tulane Law School.