Sony Music Entertainment inks multi-platform media deal with Jason Owen’s Sandbox Entertainment

Sandbox Entertainment President/CEO Jason Owen and Sony Music Entertainment’s (SME) Premium Content Division have inked a development agreement to produce a slate of original long-form projects across multiple platforms and distributors.

Under the multi-year agreement, Sandbox Productions and SME will collaborate on the creation, production and distribution of scripted and unscripted content across TV, film and digital formats, including the development of a June Carter Cash documentary film.

Owen is co-President of Monument Records (an imprint of Sony Music Entertainment).

Prior to launching Sandbox Entertainment in 2010, he also served as SVP of Artist Development and Marketing for Universal Music Group Nashville and Senior Director of Marketing and Talent Relations at Columbia TriStar Television.

Sony teamed up with Owen and producer/writer Shane McAnally to launch Nashville-based Monument, in 2017.

Featuring access to the Cash Estate, including “never before heard” interviews with Cash family members and archival footage, the June Carter film will trace June Carter’s roots and her musical journey, says Sandbox Productions and SME.

The companies have also partnered on the premiere of LOVE,TOM, a film narrated by Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe nominated songwriter Tom Douglas.


Sandbox’s partnership with SME will see it consult and collaborate with a network of writers, directors, on-screen talent, musical artists, and visual artists to provide creative direction on additional new and developing projects, says Sandbox Productions and SME.

SME’s Premium Content Division will distribute and finance all joint-venture projects.

“Tom Mackay and his team at SME share the same enthusiasm and passion for thinking big picture.”

Jason Owen

Jason Owen, said: “I’m thrilled to announce Sandbox Production’s partnership with SME’s Premium Content Division.

“Tom Mackay and his team at SME share the same enthusiasm and passion for thinking big picture and value the importance of creating content that is engaging for all audiences. We have a lot more film and TV projects currently in development and I can’t wait for everyone to see these incredible works come to fruition.”

“Jason is at the forefront of storytelling.”

Tom Mackay, Sony Music Entertainment

Tom Mackay, President, Premium Content, Sony Music Entertainment, added: “Jason is at the forefront of storytelling in Nashville and his relationships across the entire entertainment industry make him an incredible partner to work with.

“We are inspired by his vision to bring new life to beloved stories and look forward to continuing our relationship with Sandbox Productions to reach new audiences across all formats.”

In November 2021, SME inked a deal with Snapchat to include the major record company’s artists’ music in the app’s library of licensed music.

This followed SME’s partnership with the $45 billion valued Roblox, who inked a strategic partnership with the company in July.Music Business Worldwide

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