WHO WE ARE
Combining music industry veterans, artificial intelligence and machine learning scientists with finance and actuarial leaders.
Mockingbird is the brainchild of 40 year music industry executive, Paul Korzilius, who wanted to form a world-class team to take advantage of the thousands of clients looking to sell or partially sell their catalogs.
With a clear objective to create a platform powered by a proprietary program for enhancing a catalog, Paul began the journey in 2020 to develop a team unlike any other in the industry today. First and foremost he had to select the very best business and development people with strong music industry backgrounds. He knew that artificial intelligence had become a major influence in today’s business sector and felt that it could play a major role in the way catalogs are valued, enhanced, and protected. First, he found a major financial industry expert with great AI technical skills and added him to the company. Next, he had to find the right actuarial team who could access the major funds necessary to acquire catalogs. This allows for a different perspective on how to learn from the past to predict the future.
Unlike other publishers, Mockingbird’s efforts center around songwriter advocacy. Mockingbird partners with artists and includes them in the upside of overall company profits.
This team is built to succeed. Click on a name to learn more.
Paul is a widely successful senior Entertainment and Sports executive with 40 years in the business. Over his career, Paul has been responsible for the success of some of the biggest selling albums and tours in music history. Clients have included Queen, Cheap Trick, Cher, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Debbie Gibson, and The Alarm. Paul was the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s 2013 Manager of the Year as well as Producer or Executive Producer on a dozen long form music TV productions. He was a key member and General Manager of the Arena Bowl Champion Arena Football League Philadelphia Soul. He continues as Treasurer of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and also sits on the board of Austin City Limits PBS television program. Paul is a graduate of Northwestern University where he holds a degree in Education.
Marc is a Senior Actuary at Actuarial Risk Management and has 28+ years of experience across a broad range of mission critical areas including business management, actuarial science, and investment management. Marc is a qualified actuary with Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations. He has held previous senior leadership roles at Pacific Life Insurance Company, Aviation Capital Group, and Voya Investment Management. He received his BS in Actuarial Math and Economics from the University of Michigan.
John is an experienced professional with expertise in ticket sales, marketing, live event production, and concert touring. Since graduating with a business degree from the University of Victoria in 2017, John has worked for the Vancouver Canucks and toured with Bon Jovi. His most recent role was in the music department at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles.
Larry is an American country and gospel singer and songwriter. As part of a trio with his younger brothers Steve and Rudy, he achieved considerable success within the country music genre, performing on 33 top-40 singles. Larry Gatlin is known for his tenor voice and for the country songs he wrote and recorded. Some of Larry’s biggest hits include Broken Lady, All the gold in California, Houston (Means I’m One Day), She Used to be Somebody’s Baby, and Nighttime Magic. Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers came to prominence and enjoyed their greatest success during this period with hit singles that showcased the brothers’ rich gospel-inflected harmonies and Larry’s poetic lyrics. Larry will lead MBPG’s efforts for catalog acquisitions. Larry is a graduate of the University of Houston.
Penn is a veteran of the entertainment industry having worked in music, film radio and television. In the mid 1980’s he turned his attention to the M&A industry. Penn began his career at CBS Records working with some of the premier music acts of the time. This is where he met an aspiring singer songwriter named Larry Gatlin and developed a lifelong friendship. Penn developed skills in the recording studio spending time at the Caribou ranch in Nederland Co. From there Penn went into the motion picture finance business and began a string of private investments in the aviation, technology, children’s music catalogs, and acquisition of Television show rights. Penn Joined Valkyrie Intelligence, an industry leader in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning serving as Senior Advisor. Penn holds degrees from the University of Florida and the University of South Florida.
Corwin (Cory) is the founder and principal of Actuarial Risk Management, Ltd. (ARM), an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA since 2006. Cory leads ARM as a real alternative to larger national consulting firms through the use of a resource pool of over 150 consulting actuaries spanning the world. As a trained life actuary for close to 30 years, Cory advises M&A/due diligence, product management, capital strategy, investment strategy and financial reporting paradigms. Cory will direct efforts for the initial funding mechanisms for Mockingbird and then the long term capital source to support growth aspirations.
Jake is currently a General Partner at Valkyrie Capital Management. He is a technologist who has built algorithms in a number of domains including IBM’s supercomputers, as a founder/operator of startups, quant trading on the public markets and Venture Capital. Jake was responsible for the startup of one of IBM’s largest super computers in Spain. Jake is a serial technology entrepreneur turned investor. A technologist at heart he has decades of experience from low-level hardware to machine learning, to scaling super computers. Additionally, he is a quantitative trader of the public markets, writing fully automated trading algorithms. Jake completed a BS from the University of Michigan in Computer Science as well as a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the University of Texas where he specialized in New Venture Creation.