Six Degrees Research, Rights & Clearances provides rights and clearances services for music, talent, film/TV clips and other intellectual property as well as global research, sourcing and licensing of stock content utilized in advertising, corporate and entertainment projects. We are a team of knowledgeable and experienced industry professionals who have built solid relationships throughout the media industry. Partnering with us gives our clients an efficient team with scalability to handle complex, high volume projects, assuring them of securing the Right Content and The Right To Use It. Why Choose us?


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Gina Ragusa

One of the foremost rights and music clearance experts, Gina has over 25 years of experience working with advertising agencies and corporations worldwide. Prior to founding Six Degrees, Gina was Director of Rights & Music Clearances at Corbis Corporation. Hired to create and grow their clearance division, Gina built and managed a team of rights-clearance specialists around the world whose expertise crossed multiple mediums. Proficient in all aspects of clearances, Gina leads the areas of client services, project management and property relations for Six Degrees.
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George Bartko

George has over two decades of experience in the media industry. Prior to founding Six Degrees, he served as COO and Partner of New York based Sekani, Inc. (Consolidated company of Second Line Search, Action Sports Adventure, Hot Shots and Film Bank) for nearly fifteen years before the company sold to Corbis Corporation. He was responsible for all areas of research, rights and clearances, sales, database management, library management, acquisition integration, training and business strategy. George leads the technology, operations and business growth of Six Degrees.
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Our Team

Maria Burke

Research Specialist
Maria is a research and intellectual property clearance expert. Prior to Six Degrees, she owned her own fashion company studying trends and collections. As an avid researcher, Maria brings an ability and relentless passion to find everything and anything our clients require.

Karen Snow

Research Specialist
Karen handles intellectual property rights (third party, copyright, trademark, property) and music clearances. She holds a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies and a Certificate in Intellectual Property Management from NYU. Karen is a rabid Mets fan, and also a proud member and singer in The New York Choral Society and an AIDS Walk NY walker.

Marybeth Kavanagh

Research Specialist
Marybeth handles stock research and intellectual property clearances. She has over 20 years of experience in the media and content industry. She is inspired by the challenge of locating that perfect image or video clip to compliment a project or tracking down the proper rights owner to negotiate a clearance or to secure permission.

Pam Brosnan

Research Specialist
Pam performs stock research and intellectual property clearances and has been in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. Prior to joining the Six Degrees Team, Pam worked for the world-renowned Industrial Light + Magic in their commercial production division. Her acumen for research, a designer’s eye and a client-centric focus are a few of the qualities from her past work that she brings to Six Degrees. Pam is a self-described “NASA nut,” following the space program with much interest and enthusiasm.