Join the icon who made the icons — music industry pioneer Tommy Mottola — when he sits down with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King.

As the youngest CEO in the biz, Mottola tripled Sony Music’s revenues to $7 billion, building a roster of chart-topping talent ranging from Beyoncé and Mariah Carey to Celine Dion and Gloria Estefan — and launching the 1990s Latin explosion with megastars like J.Lo and Ricky Martin. Hear about his legendary career and how Latino artists revolutionized America — as explored in his books Hitmaker and A New America. Learn all about his new foray into Broadway as lead producer of A Bronx Tale. And get the inside scoop on what’s next for this unstoppable mogul: a Donna Summer project and musicals based on Johnny Cash and Clueless.

Brief Bios

Tommy Mottola, former Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment is one of the most Influential executives in the history of the music industry who currently heads the Mottola Media Group, a global media and entertainment company in New York City. He is credited with discovering and guiding the careers of many of the world’s most iconic artists such as Hall and Oates, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, as well as forging a new global superstar by creating what TIME Magazine called the Latin Explosion in signing and developing Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Shakira and Marc Anthony. Starting as a musician and an Epic Records recording artist at the age of eighteen, he returned twenty years later to run that very company as Sony Music Entertainment’s global CEO. He revitalized Sony’s publishing division by making such acquisitions as the Beatles catalogue along with Michael Jackson and enabled Sony to become one of the first major’s to make available commercial digital downloads. In his tenure, he is credited with tripling the company’s revenue, selling an estimated 8 billion CDs resulting in nearly 65 billion in sales and expanding its operation to over 60 countries around the world. Recently, he has produced Broadway’s smash-hit musical, A Bronx Tale, and continues to dominate the theater scene with more shows to come down the pipeline. He is a native New Yorker born in the Bronx and is married to Mexican superstar, THALIA.

Gayle King is a co-host of CBS This Morning and Editor-at-Large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine. King previously hosted The Gayle King Show, a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a discussion of a broad variety of topics that include politics, cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006. She has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist, including three Emmys. She resides in New York City.

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