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about countdown entertainment

Countdown Entertainment brokers intellectual properties in the music and entertainment sectors, including music publishing catalogs and music masters of gold and platinum recording artists, as well as the sale and acquisition of entertainment-related companies worldwide. Countdown’s catalog brokering successes have included such Hall of Fame artists as: Jimi Hendrix; Kenny Rogers; A Tribe Called Quest; Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions; The Ramones; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Blackfoot; The Fixx and even Elvis, plus many others.

Countdown Entertainment, founded by James Citkovic in 1983 as a music management firm, was intimately involved in forwarding the careers of platinum recording artists, Grammy Award-winning artists and even one of the Top 100 Entertainers of All-Time (Irene Cara), as well as established and emerging talent in a variety of genres (DJ Red Alert, Afrika Bambaataa, The Bloodhound Gang, Don Chaffin, lead vocalist of Ram Jam). Countdown also managed Grammy Award-nominated producers, engineers and mixers such as Chris Conway (Biggie, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill) and hit songwriters, including Robbie Patton (Fleetwood Mac, Santana). Over the years, Countdown also worked with major producers, including Steve Thompson (Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Metallica) and Mike Appel (Bruce Springsteen), among others.

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In the mid-90s, as the traditional record industry reorganized and the roles of managers began to change, James Citkovic recognized that music publishing and masters were becoming increasingly valuable commodities. It was at that point Countdown changed its focus by utilizing its years of industry experience and contacts to bring together buyers for and sellers of these types of intellectual properties.

Little did Citkovic realize some 25 years ago, that he was at the forefront of what would become one of the music industry’s most lucrative – and competitive – market segments.