instinct entertainment is a music supervision, licensing and creative consultation company based in toronto, canada. we place music in television, film, online, and more.
at instinct, we are music lovers above everything else. our passion for music drives us to find the best songs for all of our projects.
MEET THE TEAM
michael has placed thousands of songs in tv shows, films and documentaries, seen and heard around the world. he has been working in the music/film/tv industries for 20+ years.
select tv credits include: the handmaid’s tale, houdini & doyle, degrassi, private eyes, beauty and the beast, cracked, haven, rogue, the l.a. complex, vikings, & penny dreadful.
select film credits: arbitrage, the other half, hevn, kiss & cry, across the line, the colony, a beginner’s guide to endings, & all the wrong reasons.
select special projects: highlight reels for ctv's olympic broadcasts (vancouver & london), curating the canadian music café during the toronto international film festival, & licensing + administration for the national music centre in calgary.
he has been asked to moderate and speak on panels around the world, including : sweden, finland, norway, miami, new york, cannes, calgary, halifax, toronto.
mp is also an avid toronto maple leafs fan, loves to travel and will never pass up a long walk on a beach (as he’s never near one).
"every day above ground is a good day"
- bernstein from scarface
dondrea graduated from the music industry arts program at fanshawe college in london, ontario. not only was she interested in performing and songwriting, but she was also set on finding a career in the music industry.
she quickly found herself learning the ins and outs of music publishing at casablanca media publishing (2011) and has now landed her dream job within music supervision at instinct entertainment (2012).
dondrea has had the opportunity to work on a number of television shows such as: beauty and the beast (showcase/cw), degrassi (netflix/family channel), private eyes (global) and ppen heart (ytv/teennick) and has recently supervised her first indie film, kiss and cry and she looks forward to the exciting projects to come!
she is eccentric and undeniably influenced by the music that enters her ears.
“you’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative”
– johnny mercer
mikaila is a media addict with a spiritualized tattoo and a love of all things radiohead. a graduate from the rta school of media at ryerson university, mikaila specialized in audio production and worked in the licensing department at sony music canada throughout school.
she now supervises and licenses music for tv (houdini & doyle, vikings, penny dreadful, degrassi, beauty & the beast, haven, open heart), and film (an american dream: the education of william bowman, across the line, hevn, bruno & boots: go jump in the pool!).
her talents include reciting austin powers in its entirety and eating thai food in excess.
“don’t let the world lay heavy on your soul”
- jason pierce, spiritualized
natalie is a graduate of media production from the rta school of media at ryerson university.
since joining team instinct, she has co-ordinated music & licenses for good witch (hallmark channel), degrassi: next class (netflix/family channel), the national music centre, socan, canadian songwriters hall of fame, and more.
a media junkie, she lives her live through song lyrics and movie quotes. her love of music in film stemmed from the first time she watched the final duel in the good, the bad, and the ugly. as a self-professed jeopardy nerd, she's continuously in pursuit of learning random facts. oh, and some people say she’s the human incarnation of a cat.
"i hope you get where you're going, and be happy when you do"
- jack kerouac