Tim Sexton

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Tim Sexton
Born (1949-07-17) July 17, 1949 (age 72)
Buffalo, NY
OccupationProducer, entrepreneur, activist, music supervisor
Years active1973 - present
OrganizationPrincipal and founder, Make Good Group
Board member ofThe Alliance for Climate Education
Liberty Hill Foundation Advisory Board
AwardsEmmy Award, Live 8
Emmy Award, Idol Gives Back
Website makegoodgroup.com

Tim Sexton is an American producer, music supervisor, environmental consultant, and social impact entrepreneur. Noted for events and initiatives which integrate pop culture and social activism, he produced the No Nukes, Peace Sunday, and Live 8 concerts, and was an architect of "Feel the Power," the precursor to Rock the Vote. He is the principal of the Make Good Group, a company he founded in 2003 to advise corporate clients on sustainability, social responsibility, and brand strategy. Go Green, the environmental program Sexton designed for the Philadelphia Eagles, is considered a model of sustainability. [1] [2] [3] [4]


Sexton served as the music supervisor for dozens of films, including Madonna's Desperately Seeking Susan, and Rush , which featured Eric Clapton's Grammy Award-winning "Tears in Heaven." [5] [6]

Early life and education

The oldest of 11 children, Sexton was born in Buffalo, New York to Jane Marie Sexton, an artist, and Robert Sexton, an NBA general manager and basketball coach. The family moved to San Diego in 1960 after Robert Sexton accepted a position as the athletic director at the University of San Diego. [7]


Sexton began his career in production with the Ice Follies-Holiday on Ice. He was involved in all of the tasks related to the show’s production where he discovered an affinity for stage management and lighting design. Throughout the 1970s, he served as a lighting designer, production consultant, production manager or tour manager for dozens of stadium and arena tours for artists including America, Poco, The Rolling Stones, Jackson Browne, Diana Ross, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and many others. [2]

Based in Los Angeles, Sexton was active in social, political, and environmental issues. In 1979, he was recruited by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Graham Nash to produce No Nukes, composed of five shows at Madison Square Garden (which featured Crosby Stills and Nash, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, among others) and an outdoor rally which drew more than 200,000 people on the then-empty landfill section of Battery Park. [8]

In 1984, Sexton partnered with MTV executives including Les Garland to create the "Feel the Power" campaign for the network. With 30 second spots featuring artists including Cyndi Lauper, Jimi Hendrix, and Tina Turner, its goal was to mobilize young voters and facilitate voter registration. It was the foundation of Rock the Vote, for which Sexton served as a director for several years. [9] [10]

Based on his work on the No Nukes concerts, which were the subject of a 1980 documentary, Sexton was pursued as a music supervisor for television and film. In 1983, he was retained by 20th Century Fox to oversee contemporary music for the studio. In 1984, he was named vice president of music at Columbia TriStar Pictures and in 1987, with Becky Mancuso-Winding, he co-founded the film music company Magstripe Entertainment. In addition to working with Winding, he served as a music supervisor and consultant for Fox, Disney, and producer Jerry Weintraub. He went on to co-found Big Screen Records (with Irving Azoff's of Giant Records) and launch Track Factory (with Sidney Sheinberg). In 2000, he was named president of Digital On-Demand/Red DotNet, which was later acquired by Alliance Entertainment. [11] [12] [13]

In 2003, Sexton founded The Sexton Company, which he described in an interview with The Washington Post as a company that "helps companies do well by doing good." [14] He began working with the Philadelphia Eagles on sustainability programs that same year. The team's Go Green initiative began with a recycling bin in every office and grew to include 100% exclusive use of renewable energy at their stadium, offices, and practice facilities. Sexton's Go Green program for the Eagles has become the benchmark in sustainability and has been emulated by the Seattle Mariners, the Atlanta Falcons, the Phoenix Suns, the Green Sports Alliance, and the Oakland As, among many others. [4] [15] [16]

In 2005, Sexton executive produced Live 8, a series of concerts designed to focus attention on debt relief and extreme poverty in Africa. More than 1000 musicians performed on a single day simultaneously at nine concerts on four continents, including Madonna, U2, Jay Z, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney. As executive producer of Live 8, Sexton won the first-ever Emmy award for content delivered via the internet. [2] [17]

In 2007, he produced Idol Gives Back , then the most successful charity event in television history. To date it has raised more than $175 million for organizations working to alleviate poverty in America and Africa, and was awarded a special Emmy by the Governors of the Television Academy. [18]

In 2008, with his then partners, Brendan Sexton and Matt Walden, Sexton initiated a sustainability strategy and business development structure for National Grid, the second-largest energy utility company in the world. In 2012, the Sexton Company was renamed The Make Good Group and was featured in an Entrepreneur magazine cover story as one of top 100 companies to watch. [19] The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a 2017 global $10 million competition for a consumer device which successfully makes medical diagnoses, was co-conceived by Sexton and wireless health pioneer Don Jones.


Sexton acts an advisor to or, a director (past or present) of the Yale University’s Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education, Rock the Vote, USC’s Center for Body Computing, Alliance for Climate Education, Medical Aid for El Salvador, EMA, Liberty Hill Foundation and he is a co-founder of Southern California's E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). [20] [21] [22] [23]


2007American Idol Gives BackProducerEmmy Governors Award
2005 Live 8 Executive producerEmmy award, Interactive content
2000Up at the VillaMusic supervisor
1999 Molly Music supervisor
1998 Playing by Heart Music supervisor
1997 That Old Feeling Music supervisor
1996 High School High Music supervisor
House Arrest Music supervisor
Flipper Music supervisor
1995 Virtuosity Executive music producer
Losing Isaiah Music supervisor
1994 Clear and Present Danger Music supervisor
1993 Mr. Jones Executive music producer
Sliver Music supervisorIncludes "Can't Help Falling in Love" by UB40
#1 Hot 100
Twenty Bucks Music supervisor
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Music supervisor
The Cutting Edge Music supervisor
1991 Rush Music supervisorIncludes Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven"
which won three Grammy awards in 1993
All I Want for Christmas Music supervisor
Crooked Hearts Executive music producer
Backdraft Music supervisor
True Colors Music consultant
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Music consultant
Air America Music supervisorIncludes "Love Me Two Times" by Aerosmith
The Earth Day SpecialMusic supervisor
Cry-Baby Music supervisor
Opportunity Knocks Music supervisor
1989 Listen to Me Music supervisor
She's Out of Control Music supervisor
1988 My Stepmother Is an Alien Music supervisor
Fresh Horses Music supervisor
Sunset Executive in charge of music
1987 Suspect Executive in charge of music
The Principal Executive in charge of music
1986 No Mercy Executive in charge of music
Let's Get Harry Executive in charge of music
About Last Night... Executive in charge of music
Short Circuit Executive in charge of music
StripperExecutive in charge of music
Iron Eagle Executive in charge of music
1985 The Jewel of the Nile Music supervisor
Sweet Dreams Executive in charge of musicMusic by Patsy Cline
Top 10 album
Real Genius Executive in charge of music
The Legend of Billie Jean Executive in charge of musicIncludes "Invincible" by Pat Benatar
#10 Hot 100
Desperately Seeking Susan Music supervisorIncludes Madonna's "Into the Groove" (#1 Hot 100)
1984 Johnny Dangerously Executive in charge of music
Gimme an 'F' Music supervisor
Revenge of the Nerds Executive in charge of music
Bachelor Party Music supervisor
Romancing the Stone Executive in charge of music
Unfaithfully Yours Executive in charge of music
Reckless Music supervisor
1983 A Night in Heaven Music supervisorIncludes "Heaven" by Bryan Adams
#1 Hot 100 in 1985
1977 No Nukes Concert producer

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