One on Ones
Cindy Badell-Slaughter / @BadellSlaughter: President, Heavy Hitters Music Group
Cindy Badell-Slaughter is the President of Heavy Hitters Music Group, and a 28 year music industry veteran. Prior to taking the reins at Heavy Hitters Music she was the West Coast Director of Music Operations at CBS Broadcasting. For 10 years she helped manage the day to day music clearance, licensing and general music operations for many award winning shows such as Touched by An Angel, CSI, CSI NY, CSI Miami, Survivor and countless other series, reality shows and movies. Today, Cindy, along with her husband, Bill Slaughter, own Heavy Hitters Music Group, an Emmy award-winning catalog of over 10,000 songs representing the works of 950 independent songwriters and artists, and whose primary purpose is to provide hit-quality, Indie artist and source music to the Film, TV and advertising communities. In addition, Heavy Hitters Music also provides the Film and TV industry with superior music clearance, licensing and music administration services.
Gina Barboza : Director Music Licensing & Development, Turner Entertainment
Gina Barboza is the Director of Music Licensing and Development for Turner Entertainment Networks (TBS, TCM & TNT). She has been working there for the past 16 years where she also wore another hat as the Director of Production producing promo shoots with all the actors in TBS & TNT television shows. In 2001, she formed and became the CEO of Balancing ACTS Entertainment LLC to produce, write and develop screenplays for television and film as well as consult music artists and indie labels. She is a member of WIFT (Women in Film & Television), NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) as well as a volunteer and former member of the Boys & Girls Club of America. Her most important role is being a mother to daughters Sasha and Mariah.
Danny Benair: Owner, Natural Energy Lab & Co-Owner, Benair Churchill
Danny Benair, former Vice President of Film & TV at Polygram Music Publishing and longtime musician, began NATURAL ENERGY LAB music licensing company twelve years ago to give emerging artists from around the globe the opportunity to have their music heard in Film, T.V., Video Games and Advertising. Danny has joined forces with music business veteran, Sharal Churchill to form BENAIR CHURCHILL a boutique Music Publishing Company administered worldwide. In addition to licensing thousands of songs in Ad's for Apple, T Mobile, Target & acclaimed shows Damages", "Mad Men" "Grey's Anatomy" etc. Benair Churchill prides themselves on supporting the artist giving them unique opportunities to write for advertising and, the T.V./Film community.
Monica Benson: Founder, BOK Music
Founder of Bok Music which has been in business over 20 years with songs recorded by Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, Daughtry, Whitney Houston, Shinedown, Kumi Koda, Halestorm, etc. and placed in Breaking Bad,Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Smash, CSI, Entourage, Make It Or Break It, Outsourced, The Wrestler, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, etc. Also better half of Grammy nominated producer Howard Benson, producer of platinum records on Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, All American Rejects, Flyleaf, Skillet, Three Days Grace, Hoobastank, POD,Bon Jovi, Theory Of A Dead Man etc etc.
Deborah Cally / @RedsMusic5: Creative Licensing Director, The Music Playground
Deborah Cally recently joined The Music Playground team as the Creative Licensing Director– TV/Film/Advertising/Trailer. The Music Playground is an Indie Label, Publisher and Placement Services Company specializing in finding the hippest new talent from all over the world. Deborah started out her career in the music business over 20 years ago in NYC when she founded & owned a music booking/management company “Milestone Entertainment”. With her keen ear for good talent and excellent business sense, Deborah signed some of the top up and coming artists in the early 90's.In 2008, she found her true passion in pitching artists songs for TV/Film/Trailer. Finding the perfect song to match the scene is one of her many talents. In 2011, Deborah expanded into Advertising which resulted in high dollar licenses with BMW, Dawn and many more. The rest they say is history as she continues her path of success with The Music Playground
Denise Carver: Owner/Music Production and Clearance, Carver Musik
Denise’s music career includes 20-plus years at Paramount Pictures, where as Vice President of Music Clearance she contributed to the success of numerous film and soundtrack projects, including Forrest Gump, The Godfather Part III, Titanic, The Hours, Braveheart, Babel, Vanilla Sky, Rango, Benjamin Button, Shutter Island and Flight, film franchises Transformers, Mission:Impossible, Jackass and Star Trek, and concert films featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Jay-Z. She has negotiated film and marketing music placements for such iconic artists as The Beatles, U2, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, P!nk, Stevie Wonder, Eminem, Céline Dion and Aerosmith. She has also been a college music instructor, a music services business owner, and an arranger and percussionist. She holds a University of California Ph.D. in music and is a licensed entertainment attorney. Denise is currently focused on launching a new independent music production and clearance company.
Amy Eligh: Director Sync & Creative Services, Casablanca Media Publishing
Amy Eligh Director of Sync & Creative Services, joined Casablanca Media Publishing in 2005. Amy pitches songs for film and TV; organizes showcases for TV networks (ABC and NBC), music supervisors, and advertisers; develops new writers; arranges co-writing sessions; coordinates writing camps and scouts for talent. Amy has secured sync placements on Castle, Body of Proof, Grey’s Anatomy, Arbitrage (feature film), Pretty Little Liars, Being Human, Life Unexpected, Flashpoint, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Sunkist, TD Canada Trust, Canadian Tire among many others. In 2012 Red Brick Songs, a sister company of Casablanca Media, was launched. Amy is also the Director of Sync & Creative Services for this roster which includes US bands ON AN ON, The Careful Ones and Field Mouse as well as Canadian bands The Luyas, Teen Daze and Cuff The Duke.
Michael Fey / @Shoot_The_Noise: Creative Licensing, Shoot the Noise
Michael’s career in film and television music includes ten years as Director/Vice President, Music Creative Affairs at Walt Disney Pictures, where he made significant contributions to countless films and soundtracks, including The Sixth Sense, Crimson Tide, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Princess Diaries, Pearl Harbor and Remember The Titans. As an independent music supervisor, he has handled many music-driven projects, including Kelly Clarkson’s musical for Fox, From Justin To Kelly, The Reagans for Showtime and The Pixar Story, released by Disney and Pixar. Since moving into creative licensing in 2008, he has placed hundreds of songs in films, television, ad’s and video games. These successes include: Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Bones, Gossip Girl, 90210, Hawaii Five-O, SIMS Supernatural, When In Rome, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days of Summer, Office Max, Braun and Pepsi. In 2011, he founded music and media company SHOOT THE NOISE.
Sean Harrison / @AMOBmusic: Co-Founder, Angry Mob Music Group
Co-founder and Head of Creative Licensing / Angry Mob Music Group. He began his career with Remote Control in the music editorial division working alongside composers Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, and John Powell. Later his experiences would lead him down a new path in entertainment brand consulting where he worked with independent artists to create music-related promotions for Jeep, LG Electronics, Red Bull, Toyota and the NFL. His roots in big cinematic music would eventually land him in the world of Film & Television Advertising, where he now helms AMMG’s trailer music division, Fringe Element. A producer and composer in his own right, Sean oversees production of the catalog’s premium trailer content and custom scoring projects. Some of his recent work in trailers includes Thor: The Dark World, The Wolverine, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Iron Man3, Cloud Atlas, Battleship, and Expendables 2.
Amy Kenzer: President, Licensing & Administration, Black Toast Music
Amy Kenzer is the President of Licensing & Administration for Black Toast Music. Amy has been with the company since 2003. Amy began her career in the music industry in 1991 at Chrysalis Music Publishing. She handled all aspects of copyrighting, licensing and publishing administration. After 5 years at Chrysalis Music Publishing, she moved onto the music clearance end of the business, working as the music clearance manager for Sony Pictures Television and was responsible for clearing the music for many of Sony’s high profile shows including “Party Of Five”, “Dawson’s Creek”, Mad About You” and “The Nanny” to name a few.
Shauna Krikorian / @MediaHorse: Co-Founder, Mediahorse
Shauna Krikorian is the Co-Founder of MediaHorse, a music marketing and licensing firm that specializes in the creation and placement of music in TV shows, trailers and advertising campaigns. Under MediaHorse, she also consults for various music publishers on non-traditional marketing strategies and practices. Prior to co-founding MediaHorse in 2010, she worked as the Vice President of Creative for Opus 1 Music overseeing all licensing and creative initiatives for its catalogues. In 2006 she was named Director of Film and TV Licensing for 615 Music where she played a leading role in the development of the “Scoring Stage” series, which became widely prominent in the film advertising market.
Charles Levan : Founder, Blue Buddha Entertainment
Established in 2002, Charles Levan formed Blue Buddha Entertainment, a boutique music licensing firm with the goal of discovering emerging indie artists & labels. With a passion for Electronic music, Blue Buddha has has worked with the likes of Lenka (Epic/Sony-ATV), Madita (Couch), Natalie Walker (Dorado), & Quango Records. And has had placements in Californication, Grey's Anatomy, Damages, Dirt, Lost, Revenge, Bones and others. Charles previously worked in product management at EMI/Right Stuff Records where he co-produced the “Electro Lounge” which featured a Dean Martin "Sway" remix, as used in a 2009 Chrysler Advertisement. In 2012, Blue Buddha merged with Hitcher Music (a Music Services Firm), where he heads up it’s One Stop Division. Hitcher's clients include: Island Def Jam, Universal Republic, Parlophone, EMI-Astralwerks & others. Hitcher Music also serves as the licensing arm of Pulse Recordings. . www.bluebuddhaentertainment.com www.hitchermusic.com
Bob Mair: CEO/Owner/Founder, Black Toast Music
Bob Mair is the CEO, Owner, and Founder of Black Toast Music. A noted musician/composer/producer, Mair founded Black Toast Music in l990 as a leading independent music publisher/production music library and record label based in Chatsworth, CA. Since its launch, the company has placed music in many hundreds of television series, including such hits as “True Blood,” “Dexter,” “Treme” and “The Wire,” as well as such other programs as “Parks & Recreation,” “New Girl,” “Modern Family,” and “Raising Hope,” among others.Black Toast also supplies music to TV specials and TV movies; high profile motion pictures, including “American Reunion,” “The Oranges,” “Arthur,” “When In Rome,” “I Love You, Phillip Morris,” “Dead Silence,” “Jiminy Glick,” and others; videogames such as “Dance Dance Revolution” for Konami; Internet and National advertising campaigns such as those for Domino’s Pizza, and numerous, multi-media presentations.
Hector Martinez: Director of Music Licensing, Epitaph Records
Over the past 12 years at Epitaph he has been fortunate to work with a roster of top notch recording artists such as Bad Religion, Rancid, Michael Franti, Dr. Dog, Social Distortion, The Black Keys, The Hives along with ACADEMY AWARD® winning recording artist The Swell Season and GRAMMY Award® winning artists Tom Waits, Mavis Staples and Booker T plus many others. In his current role as Director of Music Licensing for Epitaph, ANTI-, Hellcat and Burning Heart Records he is responsible for pitching masters for placement in film, TV, commercials, trailers, video games and soundtracks.
Jessica Myhan: Music Director, RipTide Music
Beginning in 2005, Jessica Myhan started her music industry career in Publicity at Island Def Jam, overseeing LA events for artists like Jay-Z and The Killers. She then joined the Music Supervision team at IDJ as coordinator of supervision under SVP Spring Aspers.
In 2009, Jessica then moved on to become the Manager of Film&TV for Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Securing placements for some of the biggest artists in music, including OneRepublic and Lady Gaga.
Wanting to gain studio knowledge, she then joined the Lions Gate Film music department. There, she learned about the soundtrack process and compiled accompanying albums for Lions Gate Films.
Last year Jessica collaborated with music supervisor Nora Felder on numerous TV shows including NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (USA) and Showtime's iconic series, CALIFORNICATION. Currently Jessica is the Music Director at RipTide Music, an artist centric music licensing and publishing company.
Linda Osher: President, LJO Music Consulting
Linda has been a senior clearance and licensing executive working in Film, Music, TV, Stage Plays, Internet, Videogames and Marketing. LJO Music Consulting services clients such as; Showtime, Universal Pictures, Weinstein Company, MTV Networks, etc. Linda served as Vice President of Clearance for Paramount Vantage film studio, working on many award winning films including;There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men and Into the Wild. Before that Linda served as Vice President of Content licensing for the largest videogame publisher in Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment. In her earlier years, Linda spent over 10 years as Director of Licensing for the The Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, working on numerous films, soundtracks and marketing campaigns including the iconic Sister Act and High Fidelity. Currently, working on the critically acclaimed music show Live at Daryl’s House, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the award winning stage play, Million Dollar Quartet.
Jonathan Palmer: Founder, A Suit of Leaves
Jonathan Palmer is a music industry professional with a diverse range of experience, including music licensing, A&R, publishing, songwriting, producing and live performance. His company A Suit of Leaves focuses on music licensing and project development. He spearheaded film and television creative licensing for Columbia Records from 2008 to 2013. Projects included: Adele, Foster the People, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Civil Wars, Passion Pit, Jack White, and Cults. He oversaw the Columbia soundtrack for the current acclaimed documentary “20 Feet from Stardom." He also worked on the soundtracks for "Carrie," "The Way, Way Back," "Iron Man 2," and "Epic."
Jordan Passman: Founder, scoreAscore
Jordan Passman, one of Bloomberg Businessweek's 2011: America's Best Young Entrepreneurs, founded scoreAscore.com in May 2010. scoreAscore's innovative approach to the music placement business has been recently featured in the LA Times’ prestigious Calendar section, Billboard’s TOPLINE :: Think Tank, Mashable.com's "Spark of Genius Series" and won Businessweek's readers' vote for 'Most Promising Business'. scoreAscore helps professionals (musicians, voice over artists & sound designers) discover exciting earning opportunities.
Dave Rocco: Music Director, Deutsch LA
Dave is the Music Director for Deutsch LA, he came last year from New York where he was at BBDO and produced the Save The Children project with One Republic which saved over millions of children around the world using a song made out of heartbeats. He started at the world famous Z100 New York at age 14, went on to Boston College while there working at Epic Records in A&R. Rocco has also worked at Atlantic records, CBS Radio New York On-air and in Programming, and at MTV Networks in music and talent development. In his current role at Deutsch, Dave oversees the music for all of Deutsch's broadcast and digital campaigns including Taco Bell, VW, Target, Dr Pepper, Zillow, etc..
Steven Scharf: SVP, Creative, Carlin America|Steven Scharf Entertainment
Over his four decade career in the music industry, Steven Scharf has worked in nearly every possible aspect of the business. In 1991, after nearly 20 years of working as an independent record producer and head of A&R, he launched his own management and consulting firm Steven Scharf Entertainment as a joint venture with legendary music publisher Freddy Bienstock. Through this venture Steven has managed many highly successful record producers, artists, and film composers. Currently serving as Sr. V.P. Creative at Carlin America, he plays a central role in their licensing operations, as well as serving as a key consultant for new signings and catalog acquisition. Steven is also a founding member and V.P. of the Music Managers Forum-US and is a proud voting member of The Recording Academy.
Peter Shurkin / @petershurkin: Senior Director of Creative, Selectracks
Peter began his career in artist management at Gold Mountain Entertainment working with incredible artists such as Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt and Rufus Wainwright, among many others. Peter is currently Sr. Director of creative at Selectracks/BMG Chrysalis producing custom music and successfully pitching music for film/TV/movie trailers and advertising. Previously Peter worked at Getty Images doing business development and music pitching. Peter also works as an independent music supervisor having worked on the films “Pittsburgh,” starring Jeff Goldblum, the documentary “Super High Me” and the indie feature drama “Not Since You”.
Sven Spieker / @MityGen: President, Mighty Generation Music
Sven Spieker is President of Mighty Generation Music, a music licensing company in West Hollywood. Since it's inception a mere 2 years ago, Mighty Gen has quickly established itself as an artist-friendly tastemaker agency, providing publicity and marketing support for it's roster and securing solid placements on film, tv and promo. Sven is also a musician and producer. His material is among the top licensed material in the business and has been featured in campaigns for the Superbowl, NFL, Major Software companies, and much more.
Mark Thorsell / @MarkThorsell1: Director, Music Sync Licensing, Regime
Mark Thorsell has helped build Regime Entertainment into a premiere music sync library. Mark is the company's main liaison to the film and advertising communities, working with music supervisors and account reps to find the perfect piece of music to fit their current project. He also is a builder of Regime's catalog, helping to find top quality songs that will fit the unique and diverse music needs of films, television and advertising, including recent cuts on Necessary Roughness, Woody Allen's "Fading Gigolo" and a new custom created theme song for Kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong. Mark has been involved with the music industry for over 20 years, supporting artists and songwriters in a variety of ways. One of the main reasons he joined Regime was to help give artists on many different levels an opportunity to make some money off their music through sync licensing. He enjoys sailing, golf, and turning people on to the next great band.
Jake Versluis / @rawkerv : Head of A&R, Position Music
As head of A&R for Position Music, Jake Versluis is responsible for signing talented bands and composers to Position’s roster. He has signed some of the biggest film trailer composers in the business with credits in Thor, The Amazing Spiderman, Total Recall, Robocop, Zero Dark Thirty, Twilight, Oblivion and more. Songs from Position’s writers have also been included in TV shows such as American Idol, X Factor, Glee, Breaking Bad and in countless video games. Mr. Versluis’s 18 years in the music business covers a lot of ground including having been day-to-day manager for Incubus at REN Management (Steve Rennie), manager of Gaby Moreno (co-writer of "Parks and Recreation" (NBC) theme song), and currently managing successful composer Danny Cocke.
Beth Wernick: Owner, Imaginary Friends Music Partners
Beth Wernick began her career in the music industry as a publicist in New York City, working with iconic recording artists like Tom Petty & the Heart Breakers, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Ambrosia, Judy Collins, Tanya Tucker, KC and the Sunshine Band, War, and many others. After moving to Los Angeles, Beth formed Imaginary Friends Music Partners with songwriters Stacy Robin & Donna Rawlins. IFMP, an Exclusive song catalog, licenses the music of unsigned, Indy artists to TV shows, films, commercials etc. In her 12+ years of pitching music, IFMP has had a wealth of song placements and gives full credit to the truly gifted artists, bands and songwriters whose music she is honored to represent.
Michele Wernick / @SecretRoad : EVP Music Placement/Licensing/Publishing/Supervision Secret Road
In 2010, she helped launch Secret Road’s Music Publishing division and has played a vital role in business development for the company. She brings many years of music business experience to the table as an executive and seeks to cultivate new & innovative opportunities for the company's roster of artists – most recently creating a co-branding/marketing opportunity with Cheerios that saw the reinvention of their timeless theme into a new contemporary original song. Prior to Secret Road, Michele fostered an impressive resume that saw her participating in every facet of the industry – from major labels (Virgin, Capitol, Universal) to management to music supervising under her own company, Fermata Music, to booking well-known music talent on Vh1’s Late World With Zach (Galifianakis) and even serving as the Executive Director of Licensing & Artist Relations at MI industry leader Line 6.
Tuesday, October 29
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cindy Badell-Slaughter, Heavy Hitters Music Group
Deborah Cally, The Music Playground
Amy Eligh, Casablanca Media Publishing
Michael Fey, Shoot The Noise Music
Peter Shurkin, Select Tracks
Sven Spieker, Mighty Generation Music
Jake Versluis, Position Music
Michele Wernick, Secret Road
Wednesday, October 30
Danny Benair, Benair Churchill
Amy Eligh, Casablanca Media Publishing
Sean Harrison, Angry Mob
Shauna Krikorian, Media Horse
Charles Levan, Blue Buddha Entertainment
Jessica Myhan, Rip Tide Music
Mark Thorsell, Regime Entertainment
Beth Wernick, Imaginary Friends
Gina Barboza, Turner Entertainment Networks
Monica Benson, BOK Music
Denise Carver, Carver Musik
Bob Mair,& Amy Kenzer,Black Toast Music
Hector Martinez, Epitaph Records
Linda Osher, LJO Music Consulting
Jordan Passman, scoreAscore
Jonathan Palmer,A Suit of Leaves
Dave Rocco, Deutsch LA
Steven Scharf, Carlin America|Steven Sharf Entertainment
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