Since joining SESAC in 2001, James Leach has played a prominent role in the growth of the performance rights organization (PRO). As one of SESAC’s top executives for its West Coast operations, Leach helped to launch the PRO’s Los Angeles office and personally established a solid reputation as a respected music executive who is an advocate for both songwriters and publishers. Leach began his career as an intern at Famous Music Publishing before securing a position at Michael Jackson’s prestigious ATV Music, where he worked for eight years, primarily as Director of Creative Affairs. Following his work with Michael Jackson and running his own music placement firm, Leach Entertainment, James returned to Famous Music as Director of Creative Affairs, Urban Music, where he was responsible for signing songwriter, producer and recording artist Akon. Leach later entered the music supervision field, serving as Music Consultant & Coordinator for the groundbreaking urban TV series, New York Undercover. He later worked as Music Supervisor for Fox Television over two years, which included the Magic Johnson Hour TV series.