Singer, songwriter, performer, producer, director and actress —is there anything Christina Aguilera hasn’t done? One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, she has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, achieved four #1 singles on the Billboard hot 100 chart, and has won five Grammy Awards, as well as three top five albums in the United States. She has collaborated with other legendary artists including Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett, Elton John and The Rolling Stones. Aguilera was also the only artist under 30 to make Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2012 Christina will release a new single, “Your Body” from her much anticipated upcoming album. In April of 2011 Christina joined the cast of NBC’s “The Voice”. The show was an immediate success breaking television ratings records.
Jim Akin: Filmmaker & Composer
Director Jim Akin, born in Laguna Beach, California, raised on the sand. Jim's father raced motorcycles, his mother a substitute teacher. In the summer of his junior year in high school Jim was asked to join a neighborhood garage/surf band. That day he bought a bass guitar from a pawnshop in Santa Ana for $50, rehearsing with the band the same evening. Dropping out of school, music and photography were all that mattered. Jim wrote, toured, produced, mixed and mastered albums until 2010, when a series of breakthroughs in technology allowed for a shift in creative expression. "After the Triumph of Your Birth" was made by a crew of one. On location, Jim was the director, cinematographer, sound recordist and production department. In post, he served as editor, mixing and mastering final sound/picture and co-created the soundtrack and score.
Stephan Altman: Partner/Creative Director, Mophonics
Steph Altman is partner and creative director at bi-coastal music-makers Mophonics. A multi-instrumentalist songwriter / producer, Steph has creatively driven the company since its inception in 2002, writing music for hundreds of commercials, and creatively directing the composition of hundreds more. He has produced albums for artists including Joey Ryan and UK singer Tom Baxter, wrote the feature length score for indie hit "Bella", as well as taking a strong, hands-on role developing emerging talent at Mophonics, including Foster The People front man Mark Foster.
Adam Anders: Executive Music Producer, Glee
Adam Anders and Anders Music Inc. have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and created the music for some of the most successful major motion pictures and television shows in history. Anders recently served as Executive Music Producer for the Warner Brothers movie Rock Of Ages' whose #1 Soundtrack and Original Score were created and produced by Adam Anders and Peer Astrom. He is also Executive Music Producer for the Fox hit television show “Glee” which has resulted in the most Hot 100 Billboard Hits of all time (203,) dethroning Elvis Presley’s 108 last year. Glee has sold over 43 million singles and over 12-million albums. Anders has also earned two consecutive Grammy nominations, 2 Golden Globes for Best Musical or Comedy TV Series (2010 and 2011,) 2 People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite New TV Comedy,” Platinum Certifications for Glee Albums Vol. 1 & 2, a record breaking 18 singles in the Top 100 on iTunes simultaneously as well as an Aria Award.
John Anderson: CEO, Creative Services/Lifestyle, Hunnypot Unlimited
John Anderson aka Hot Tub Johnnie is the ringmaster of Hunnypot Unlimited, a multifaceted Music Publishing, Artist Representation, Marketing and Film & Television Placement organization. Hunnypot provides exposure to cutting edge music and changes the palate of listeners worldwide through endorsement, promotion, packaging and/or planning of live music concerts and events. Hunnypot Radio and the Hunnypot Website provide instant awareness of Hunnypot artist activity as well as contemporary music news and other culturally relevant media.John spent over 20 years as Music Publisher representing the catalogues of Pete Townshend, John Mellencamp, Nick Cave, Beyonce, The Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson, Corrine Bailey Ray, Snow Patrol, Kings of Leon, Far East Movement, Hot Pink DeLorean, Dr. Hollywood, Fischerspooner, The Cramps, Talib Kweli, Blackstar, and The Coup.
Michael Andrews: Composer
A unique artistic voice has made him one of the most distinctive yet sought-after composers for film working today. Andrews began a longstanding creative association with director Judd Apatow when he scored the Freaks and Geeks television series in 1999. He’s been an integral part of Apatow’s creative team ever since, most recently writing and producing the score for The Five Year Engagement and Bridesmaids. Michael’s worked on all director Jake Kasdan’s films as well including Bad Teacher and Walk Hard. Through all these he’s exhibited a striking gift for achieving a dynamic balance between humor and drama. This delicious aesthetic tension is also powerful evident on his scores for Donnie Darko, Me and You and Everyone We Know as well as the Duplass brothers’ Jeff Who Lives At Home and Cyrus. Most recently Andrews finished the score for Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, picked up by IFC for US release 2013.
Tyler Bates: Composer
From the epic excitement of “300” to the moving spirituality of “The Way,” Tyler Bates demonstrates his natural ability to vacillate in style and scope between the battle hymns of a nation and one’s personal journey. He terrified audiences through two Rob Zombie “Halloween” films, and transported audiences to the outer sonic limits with “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” His music basks in the sexual ennui of “Californication,” and takes no prisoners with the propulsive adrenalin in the forthcoming “God of War - Ascension.”
Will Bates: Artist, Fall On Your Sword
Will Bates is an award winning composer and graduate of the University of Westminster and the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied music composition and jazz saxophone. As a saxophonist, Bates has collaborated with a myriad of legendary artists ranging from 60's icon Lulu to techno legend Marshall Jefferson. A prolific producer and composer Bates has collaborated with a similarly diverse bunch including Mike Rutherford, Roy Ayers and Morcheeba's Skye Edwards. Fall On Your Sword is the multimedia composing entity founded by Will Bates and Phil Mossman. Though originally from London, Bates and Mossman met in Brooklyn where they now record and reside. The duo has gained swift recognition as a rising force in the world of feature film scoring as well as recording/performing artists and viral video mavericks. Together they have amassed over 2 million You Tube hits.
Bob Bowen: EVP/Head of Music, Relativity
Bowen is responsible for Relativity's music initiatives, including creative and music production with film scores and soundtracks. He oversees both the licensing of Relativity's music publishing catalog, and record label – Relativity Music Group. He is currently working on 21 and Over, Safe Haven, Out of The Furnace, and Paranoia. Previously, he was EVP Music for New Line Cinema, managing film music production on 45+ films and soundtracks, including Wedding Crashers, Elf, Austin Powers in Goldmember, and more.
Bernie Cho: President, DFSB Kollective
Bernie Cho is the President of DFSB Kollective, a Seoul-based creative agency that specializes in providing digital media, marketing, and distribution solutions to 350+ Korean Pop music artists. As more K-Pop acts aspire to go independent and international, DFSB collaborates with artists and their management to devise customized strategies that directly connect them to their local and global fans. Since 2009, the agency has successfully produced numerous K-Pop concerts in North America and Asia as well as secured #1 iTunes chart debuts for various K-Pop albums in US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Prior to founding DFSB Kollective, Bernie served as the Head of MTV Korea’s Digital Media Production and worked for over a decade in the Korean music TV industry as a Creative Planner, Program Producer, and Video Jockey.
Wendie Colter: Director of Production, Megatrax Music
Wendie has brought innovative ideas into production for Megatrax since 2006. She revamped the department's operations, and now oversees the production and post-production program, as well as producing a full set of annual releases. She has introduced new composers, spearheaded the creation of new libraries and further developed traditional library applications. Wendie is also an accomplished contributing composer for the company. Music supervising for award winning independent films led her to a position as Sr. Music Supervisor and Producer at Killer Tracks/UMG in 2001. She also composed over 300 production library tracks, which have been featured in commercials for, BMW, Toshiba, NFL and Heineken, as well as placements on major television and cable network shows’, including Desperate Housewives, Access Hollywood and All My Children. As a recording artist, Wendie released three CDs nationally and was signed to Countdown Records/Unity Entertainment.
Rajeev Dassani: Director, Watercolor Postcards
Rajeev Dassani is a young award winning writer and director whose films have screened at many of the top festivals around the world. Rajeev studied directing at the University of Southern California, where his thesis film, "A Day's Work" went on to screen at hundreds of festivals worldwide and won dozens of "best film" awards including the prestigious gold medal at the Student Academy Awards, best student film at the Shanghai Film Festival, Audience Award at the AFI Dallas Festival among others.
Craig DeLeon: Creative Director/Composer, Human Worldwide
Craig DeLeon has been composing original music for commercials since 2005 but has been involved in the ad world since the early 1990ʼs cutting his teeth at the influential commercial and music video production company Propaganda Films. Originally as the assistant to director Spike Jonze, DeLeonʼs creative education flourished while working alongside acclaimed directors David Fincher, Michel Gondry, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua, and Mark Romanek. His music is featured in ads for Nike, American Express, Adidas, Nissan,Microsoft and Google as well as long form documentaries the Academy Award-Nominated “The Witness From The Balcony Of Room 306” (Dir. Adam Petrofsky), “Hollywood Hair” (Dir. Juliet Snowden), “Freakonomics” (dir. Alex Gibney), and the forthcoming Bernard Madoff documentary “In God We Trust” (dir. Victor Kubicek/Derek Anderson).
A Music Publisher with over 15 years industry experience, Nathalie was responsible for building up one of the most successful boutique music companies in the sector. During her tenure she maintained longstanding preferred vendor relationships with all the major film and television studios and negotiated the first contracts with studios for licensing of commercial music under a blanket deal. Her company was the first company selected by Disney to provide full service music services for its Direct to DVD projects. Nathalie is sought after in the publishing industry for her longstanding relationships and ability to negotiate deals on behalf of her clients which has resulted in the placement of over one thousand pieces of music in various film and television projects.
Carl Falk: Songwriter/Producer
Carl Falk is a chart topping Swedish composer, producer, songwriter and musician. “What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction) co-written by Carl Falk was recently honored with a BRIT AWARD as Best British Single. ”WMYB” (peaked #1 in the UK) and the album Up All Night with two more songs from Falk had huge international success in 2011. The most recent single “One Thing” from the same album, charted top 10 in the UK and is still on charts all over the world. One Direction’s newest single “Live While We’re Young” premiered on the charts at #1 even before it was commercially available. “Live While We’re Young” is the first single off the band’s second album, of which eight songs were co-produced and co-written by Falk. In 2012, Falk and his writing partner Rami Yacoub along with RedOne co-wrote and co-produced Nicki Minaj’s single “Starships,” which has become a global smash hit within the shortest time as a US debut at #9 on the Billboard top 100 (still top 10) and #7 in the UK.
Later working with veteran music producer, Phil Ramone, Nora oversaw recording projects for artists ranging from Paul Simon, Sinead O'connor to Iggy Pop.
Entering the world of music supervision, Nora landed her first film project on Romy & Michele's High School Reunion". In the TV world, she is nearing completion on her 6 seasons of the Showtime Hit Series Californication as well as spearheaded 5 soundtrack albums for the show. She has also been working on her 2nd season of the Sony Television produced series Necessary Roughness airing on the USA network. At the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Nora was named 2010 winner and 2011 nomination for Outstanding Music Supervision for Television for Californication, as well as having received a nomination in from the prestigious Guild of Music Supervisors.
Rhett Giles: Producer, Watercolor Postcards
Rhett’s extensive entertainment experience encompasses 33 feature films and nearly 100 episodes of prime time television spread across five continents over the last 15 years. The recent feature he produced, “Watercolor Postcards,” directed by Academy Award-winner Rajeev Dassani, intricately paints an emotional tale with deep country musical roots. In partnership with Anna Granucci as music supervisor, Rhett had to navigate the contractual trials and tribulations that came with casting a major label-signed singer as the lead actress just days before principal photography as well as dealing with multiple song writers and original music publishing all at the intersection of record labels, film licensing and sound-track distribution.
Vince Gilligan: Creator/Producer, Breaking Bad
As a writer and executive producer on “The X-Files,” Gilligan shared Golden Globe® Awards in 1996 and 1997 for Best Dramatic Series. His other credits include the Fox Television series “The Lone Gunmen,” which he co-created, and the features Hancock, starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron, and Wilder Napalm, starring Debra Winger and Dennis Quaid. After writing and directing the “Breaking Bad” pilot, Gilligan received the 2008 Writers Guild Award for Episodic Drama and accepted a Peabody Award honoring the show’s first season. In 2012, the Writers Guild honored the show once more with both the Episodic Drama and Drama Series Awards. “Breaking Bad” earned Emmy® Award nominations in 2008 and 2010 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama and in 2009 and 2010 for Outstanding Drama, was named one of the best shows of 2008, 2010 and 2011 by the American Film Institute, and was hailed in 2009 as “the best of the 21st century” by Stephen King.
Thomas Golubić: Music Supervisor, Breaking Bad
Thomas Golubić is a Los Angeles-based music supervisor, DJ, and Grammy-nominated record producer. His music supervision credits include the AMC series ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Killing’ and the HBO series ‘Six Feet Under’ among other high-profile film and television projects. His formative years were spent over the 10 years as a DJ and music programmer for tastemaker LA radio station KCRW 89.9 FM. In 2008, Thomas turned his attention to music production forming The Arbiters, a music collective creating mash-ups with synchronized visuals. Thomas has become known as an innovative club DJ spinning wildly eclectic sets often with live synchronized visuals. His SYNCHRONIZE re-score project has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Dubrovnik Film Festival and U.S. Comedy Arts Festivals, and is being developed as an original television series for the AMC network. Thomas was nominated twice for Grammy Awards.
Conrad Goode: Producer, Screenwriter & Lead Actor, "Watercolor Postcards"
Conrad Goode is an American actor, screenwriter, film producer, musician and artist. He has appeared in 22 films, best known for his roles in Don't Say A Word, Con Air, Anger Management, Me, Myself and Irene and The Longest Yard. Conrad has appeared in a dozen T.V. shows notably Saturday Night Live and reoccurring on One Tree Hill. Conrad has appeared in 40 national commercials, one being the famous Nike Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordan commercial where he was the first human to touch the animated Bugs. Conrad most recently wrote, produced and stared along with Laura Bell Bundy and Bailee Madison in the film Watercolor Postcards in 2012. Conrad is lead singer/songwriter/guitarist in the band The Chariot Waltz, a published poet, and a painter. A former professional football player for the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Anna Granucci: Music Supervisor and Associate Producer, “Watercolor Postcards”
Anna Granucci began her journey with live theatre. She is professionally trained in both acting and directing in England and the US where she graduated from the MFA program at the Yale School of Drama. Anna’s potent theatrical background informs her music tastes and decisions for use in film, TV and all forms of visual media. Her most recent projects and film credits include the highly anticipated release of GUNS, GIRLS & GAMBLING staring Gary Oldman and Christian Slater, NOMADS starring Lucy Liu, 3 consecutive films with director Brett Donowho: SILVER FALLS, THE SACRED and 5 SOULS, and producer Eric Beck’s VILE and BESTIES directed by Rebecca Cutter. Presently, she is in post production with the films: WATERCOLOR POSTCARDS directed by Rajeev Dessani, KISS ME directed by Jeff Probst and FREE RIDE directed by Shana Sosin, starring Anna Pacquin and Drea De Matteo and ALTERED REALITY directed by Autumn deVitry.
Sanne Hagelsten: Founder/East Coast Partner, Zync Music Group LLC
Sanne Hagelsten was born and raised in Denmark, and moved to New York in 1995 to finish her Masters Degree in International Marketing and Management at New York University after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Copenhagen Business School. Prior to Zync, Sanne was the General Manager of independent NY-based label, Ultra Records for 6 years and helped build Ultra from the ground. ZYNC MUSIC was founded in Fall 2002 and has grown to become the leading independent sync agency in the US, specializing in the placement of music in Film, Television, Advertising and Games. Based in NY and LA, their clients include an extensive roster of distinguished artists and labels from around the world.
Keatly Haldeman, is a composer, music producer, songwriter and music publisher. pigFACTORY is a proactive music publishing and licensing company representing top independent artists, songwriters, producers, labels, and publishers. Keatly has composed theme songs and other music for television programs on networks such as E! Network, MTV and The Learning Channel. The company represents top songwriters, artists, record producers, labels, and publishers, with a roster of over 250,000 songs, including an extensive selection of classic hits. pigFACTORY is one of the few independent publishers in the international marketplace to affiliate directly with a large number of royalty societies through-out the world. Through its direct memberships and partnerships, and by using royalty software, pigFACTORY quickly registers its clients’ song catalogues’ with the publishing rights societies, and collects in most major international territories.
iZLER is a Czech born, English raised composer and multi-instrumentalist, currently scoring the hit ABC series, Revenge, starring Madeleine Stowe, Emily Van Camp and Gabriel Mann. For the Revenge score, iZLER uses a live orchestra that he conducts for each episode, while most of the non-orchestral instruments heard on the show are played by iZLER himself. iZLER recently scored Robbie Pickering’s SXSW Film Festival Best Film winner, Natural Selection, starring Rachael Harris for which he also won the award for Best Film Score and was nominated for a World Soundtrack Award. He regularly contributes score to episodes of Showtime’s hit series, Shameless and can be found working on multiple movie projects at any given time.
Henry Jackman: Composer
Classically trained musician Henry Jackman is a revolutionary film composer whose latest projects include the haunting score for the cult-film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the score for the upcoming video game inspired film Wreck-it Ralph. Jackman also recently completed the score for the 2013 action film GI Joe: Retaliation, directed by Jon M. Chu, starring Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, and Dwayne Johnson. He has composed the scores for such family friendly films as Puss inBoots (2011), Winnie the Pooh (2011), and Gulliver’s Travels (2010), as well as action flicks like Man on a Ledge (2012), X-Men: First Class (2011), and Kick Ass (2010). Jackman’s talents were recognized by acclaimed composer Hans Zimmer. Together they began working on films like The Da Vinci Code (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Kung Fu Panda (2008), and The Dark Night (2008).
Ted Kim: President & CEO of MNET America/EVP of CJ Entertainment & Media
Ted Kim is currently acting President and CEO of MNET America and Executive Vice President and Head of Strategic Planning and Business Development at CJ Entertainment & Media (CJ E&M) America. Ted is responsible for all aspects of MNET America, a youth branded nationwide English language cable network providing the best of Asian pop culture to US audiences, as well as creating growth and synergy between CJ E&M's U.S. business units worldwide. Ted has held a wide variety of posts at CJ E&M in leading it's entry into the US. He was most recently Head of Production at CJ Entertainment America where his duties included leading the company's English language production activities.
Evyen Klean: Founder, Neophonic, Inc.
Evyen Klean founded Neophonic, Inc. in Hollywood, California in 1980. His involvement in the areas of Artist Management, Music Publishing,Record Labels, and Recording Studios, developed him a reputation of vast music knowledge and experience with strong relationships in the entertainment community. By 1987 he shifted the company’s focus to Music Supervision. In addition, he has had the pleasure of consulting for HBO for over fifteen years. Besides working with dozens of Directors, Producers and award winning composers, Evyen has produced music for Film and TV with such artists as Lucinda Williams, Macy Grey, Little Richard, Mos Def, Jackson Brown and BB King to name a few. For two years running (2010 and 2011), he was awarded Music Supervisor of the Year by the Guild of Music Supervisors. Evyen also serves as a member of NARAS, AFI, ASCAP and BMI.
Robin Klein: Film Producer
Robin Klein began her professional career in film in 1978 as an apprentice editor in London on The Greek Tycoon starring Anthony Quinn. From music videos for DEVO in 3D, Bad Brains and Billy Joel, amongst others, to the first films of Nicole Holfcener, Robin honed her skills and realized her calling was making documentaries. She was instrumental in archiving the footage and was an editor on 25x5, The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones. In 1988, she began work on the legendary lost film The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus for ABKCO Films and as producer and editor, she spent 5 years searching, collecting and cataloging elements. The biographical film, Sam Cooke: Legend on the life and music of that iconic artist, earned her a Grammy.
Kye Kyoungbon Koo : Director, KOCCA USA
Kye Kyoungbon Koo is the Director of the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA USA). KOCCA oversees four regional offices in the US, China, Japan, and Europe. Managing KOCCA's US office in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles, Kye supports Korea's creative content industries in broadcasting, gaming, animation, character licensing, music, films, and VFX technologies. Kye continues to encourage industry investment to strengthen Korea as a global content provider.
Debra Young Krizman: Executive Director, Production Music Association
As Executive Director of the Production Music Association, Debra Young Krizman has guided the PMA to the forefront of the music industry with the organization now recognized as the official voice of production music libraries. Since joining the organization in 2007, Debra has been an instrumental force in the PMA’s growth, program development and overall visibility. Debra’s position at PMA is preceded by a lengthy career in the music industry. Her previous experiences include positions at BMI, APM, National Sales Manager at OmniMusic, VP of Music Licensing, Music Production Coordinator and additional positions involving artist management, artist development, promotion and tour management. Debra has also participated in numerous professional and non-profit organizations and boards.
Brian Lambert: EVP/ Head of Film & Television Music, Universal Music Publishing
With 20 years in music publishing, Lambert oversees all of Universal Music Publishing Group's U.S. synchronization business and drives revenue through creative placements of UMPG's vast catalog in Film, Television and Advertising. He works closely with artists, writers and senior executives worldwide and is very instrumental in arranging UMPG artist and writer collaborations to create original songs for Films, TV and Commercials. Lambert has signed key Film & Television administration deals the company has completed with Warner Bros. Pictures and Television, DreamWorks, HBO and Lakeshore Entertainment and manages those relationships along with other major film studios as well. .
Melinda Lee: Deputy GM, Getty Images Music
As the Deputy GM of Getty Images Music, Melinda L. Lee leads the company’s digital music business focusing on business development, strategic partners including labels, publishers and artists and new digital platforms. Lee is responsible for the implementation of Getty Images Music’s growth strategy and development of strategic relationships both with existing and new customers. Since joining Getty Images Music in April 2011, Lee has expanded the music offering by 30-percent by brokering distribution deals and partnerships with innovative music creators and content providers. Prior to Getty Images, Lee co-founded Uncensored Interview, a digital producer and licensor of interview content which a focuses on bands, artists and other influencers. Prior to co-founding Uncensored Interview, Lee headed content management strategy at Joost.
Christopher Lennertz: Composer
Christopher Lennertz is a composer for film, television, and records. He first made a splash with his breakout score for Alvin and the Chipmunks, which has grossed over $360 million worldwide. Since then he's proven his talent through films like the star-studded comedy Horrible Bosses, and the recent smashes Hop and Think Like A Man. Lennertz has worked with distinguished artists such as Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen, Ozomatli, The RZA, Alien Ant Farm, and members of Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction, and the Dave Matthews Band. His collaboration with Ozomatli on their record Street Signs garnered a Grammy Award. Still early in his career, he has already scored 43 feature films, 7 network series, many of the worlds biggest interactive titles, and has spent weeks on the Billboard charts. Christopher Lennertz is drawing excitement as one of the freshest and most versatile young composers in Hollywood.
Demi Lovato: Artist/Judge, X Factor
In a very short time, superstar Demi Lovato has made quite a name for herself as a singer and actress with three studio albums, four movies, and numerous television series to her credit. The Dallas-bred 20-year-old started in show business at the age of 7 and rose quickly. By the time she was 15, she was a bona fide TV star (Barney & Friends, Sonny With a Chance) cultivating a promising singing and acting career with standout roles in the Camp Rock movies and as the star of the 2009 film, Princess Protection Program. In the late 2000s, Lovato released two massively successful solo albums: Don't Forget (2008), which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, and Here We Go Again (2009), which bowed at No. 1. Her latest album, "Unbroken," has spawned two platinum singles: "Skyscraper," which received an MTV VMA for "Best Video with a Message," and her current #1 smash hit, "Give Your Heart a Break."
Roy MacKinnon: VP of Marketing, First Entertainment Credit Union
Roy MacKinnon serves as Vice President of Marketing for First Entertainment Credit Union. During the past 22 years, he has helped his organization grow from $70 Million to nearly $1 Billion in assets through his direction and management of several areas including Marketing, Branch Operations, Lending, Business Development and Executive Services. Roy’s innovative marketing work has been nationally recognized, receiving nearly 200 awards for marketing excellence. Prior to joining First Entertainment, Roy was a successful small business entrepreneur of three retail businesses including a record store in Malibu, CA. Roy has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pepperdine University and is a Stanford University Executive Development graduate. Roy digs classic and progressive 70’s rock. He was blown away by the latest installment of Batman and can’t wait to see the new Will Farrell Comedy. He also hopes to one-day meet Katy Perry.
Josh Marcy: Senior Creative Producer & Music Supervisor, Mophonics
As a senior creative producer at bi-coastal music house Mophonics, Josh has worked with composers and artists to create songs for clients including Mercedes, Gatorade and Apple, among many others. Since placing New Young Pony Club's breakout hit "Ice Cream" in a worldwide Intel campaign, he has also done music supervision for such brands as Pepsi, Nike, Cadillac and Adult Swim. Most recently, he placed Queen and Al Green in a nationwide campaign for Lay's potato chips and recorded a cover by Hanni El Khatib of the Cramps' "Human Fly" for Nissan.
Jonathan McHugh: TV Producer and Music Supervision, Song Stew Entertainment
Jonathan McHugh has spent more than 25 years working in music, film, mobile, internet & TV producing, marketing and creating visual media content. As founder of Song Stew Entertainment, an independent film/TV production, music supervision and marketing company, he is currently producing an international mobile TV show for Major League Baseball, developing a mobile music APP for the Swedish company ICYOU and co-producing the upcoming theatrical film “Christmas In Compton.”
McHugh has music supervised over 25 feature films and TV shows including the successful Saw series of films, and films for Lions Gate, Miramax and TV shows for Discovery and The CW.
Robert Messinger: Partner, First Artists Management
Robert Messinger is a partner at First Artists Management, a boutique agency representing top film composers and music supervisors. He was previously a founding member and Senior Vice President of Blue Focus Management. Messinger has been instrumental in launching the film music careers of many of today's most exciting composers. His clients include Oscar and Golden Globe-winners Rachel Portman, Gustavo Santaolalla and Howard Shore; Oscar-nominees Philip Glass and Alberto Iglesias; Grammy-nominees Mychael Danna and David Holmes; and Golden Globe- nominees Michael Brook and Clint Mansell. He also represents the acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Ros, electronic music icons the Chemical Brothers, Slash from Guns N’ Roses and legendary composer/arranger/producer Van Dyke Parks.
Maria McKee: Singer/Songwriter/Composer
Maria McKee began her career as the charismatic front woman for the critically lauded proto alternative country band LONE JUSTICE. Her first self-titled solo effort is considered a minor classic and the rollicking “You Gotta Sin To Get Saved”, produced by George Drakoulias, is a benchmark of "Americana" alternative music culture. Quentin Tarantino handpicked a demo version of her song “If Love Is A Red Dress, Hang Me In Rags” for the soundtrack of “Pulp Fiction”. She has collaborated with Bob Dylan, U2, Robbie Robertson, Tom Petty, Richard Thompson, Shane Mcgowan, Steve Earle and The Jayhawks. She recently performed a Brecht/Weill composition at Carnegie Hall. She will be performing “Show Me Heaven” from the soundtrack of the film “Days Of Thunder” at the Royal Albert Hall in September, Music At The Movies. She has performed in videos directed by Mary Lambert, Julien Temple And Martin Scorcese.
Randy Miller: Writer/Director, “CBGB”, “The Drummer”
Randall Miller is a grad of USC film school and holds an MFA from the American Film Institute. His thesis film, “Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School”, won numerous awards and began Miller’s professional career as a director. Miller directed numerous episodic series such as Thirtysomething, Northern Exposure, Popular, and Jack & Jill; and feature films “Class Act”, “Houseguest” and “The Sixth Man” for Warners and Disney respectfully. Looking to get back to his roots in independent filmmaking, Miller and his wife, Jody Savin, set out to start anew. Ironically, their new start began with a feature version of “Marilyn Hotchkiss” which premiered at Sundance ’05. The team followed that up with “Nobel Son”, which premiered at Tribeca ’07 and most recently “BOTTLE SHOCK”, which premiered at Sundance ’08. As a director, Miller sees “Cbgb” as the next great rock n’ roll movie in the vein of “Almost Famous” and “Ray”.
Gilli Moon: Artist
Gilli Moon is a Singer/Songwriter/Artist/Producer. Has worked with highly respected artists such as Simple Minds, Placido Domingo and Eric Idle. Is a songwriting award winner in the Netherlands, U.S. and Australia. Her songs have been featured in independent films and network U.S. television programs. President of Songsalive! (non-profit songwriters organization), CEO of record label Warrior Girl Music, and also a certified professional coach specializing in artist career development. She also has two books out, the latest called Just Get Out There.
Phil Mossman: Artist, Fall On Your Sword
Philip Mossman came into prominence during the UK’s post-rave era as a member of Andrew Weatherall’s The Sabres of Paradise. Mossman later joined forces with David Holmes to collaborate on a slew of productions for U2, Manic Street Preachers and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. When Mossman moved to New York in 2001, James Murphy promptly invited him to join LCD Soundsystem. After five years with LCD, Mossman made the tough decision to quit touring, but was recently invited to rejoin the band’s final shows at Terminal 5 and the now legendary finale at Madison Square Garden, featured in the documentary “Shut Up and Play the Hits.” .Fall On Your Sword is the multimedia composing entity founded by Will Bates and Phil Mossman. Though originally from London, Bates and Mossman met in Brooklyn where they now record and reside. The duo has gained swift recognition as a rising force in the world of feature film scoring as well as recording/performing artists and viral video mavericks.
Morgan Neville: Director/Producer
Morgan is an award-winning filmmaker who is regarded as one of the top music documentarians in the industry. Over the past 18 years, Neville has created films about many of the musicians who have helped shape 20th Century music. Neville has been nominated for three Grammys for his music films: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story and Muddy Waters Can't Be Satisfied, Johnny Cash’s America and won a season Emmy for Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues. Neville founded Tremolo Productions in 1999, and the company is now regarded as a top producer of documentary films. Productions include Pearl Jam Twenty and The Union (with Elton John and Leon Russell) for director Cameron Crowe, The Night James Brown Saved Boston, Ray Charles America (A&E Indie), Troubadours (2011) and others.
Jordan Passman: Founder, scoreAscore
Jordan Passman, one of Bloomberg Businessweek's 2011: America's Best Young Entrepreneurs, launched 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, Mashable.com's "Spark of Genius Series" and won Businessweek's readers' vote for 'Most Promising Business'. Jordan works with many major ad agencies, such as: GREY, Ogilvy. McGarry Bowen, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Wieden+Kennedy, Goodby,Silverstein & Partners and more. Current clients include: Disney, Chase, Burger King, Google, Target, Lexus, Ally Bank, Direct TV, Crayola, NBC, Universal, Clairol, Skechers, Old Navy, Electronic Arts, LEGO, College Humor, Maker Studios, etc. and examples can be heard here: scoreAscore.tumblr.com
Dave Porter: Composer, Breaking Bad
Dave Porter began his musical training at the piano at age five, and began composing as a teen. He started his professional career at Philip Glass’ studio in New York City. Dave is the series composer for the Emmy-acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” on AMC, and was awarded an ASCAP Film and TV award for “Breaking Bad” and the FOX Studios paramedic drama “Saved” which aired on TNT. He also served as music editor on the final season of the HBO drama “Six Feet Under.” He was the composer for the documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster”, which premiered at Sundance and is currently airing on Showtime. He is currently at work on “Smiley”, a feature horror film from director Michael Gallagher of YouTube’s “Totally Sketch.” His scores also appear in the dramatic films “The Oh in Ohio” (Parker Posey, Danny DeVito), “Ultraviolet” (Milla Jovovich), and “Vacancy” (Kate Beckinsale). Dave is currently working on the 5th season of “Breaking Bad.”
Josh Rabinowitz: SVP/Director of Music, Grey Group
Josh Rabinowitz, SVP/Director of Music for Grey Group, has produced 5000+ tracks for commercials internationally. These include some of the most high profile initiatives to integrate compelling music with advertising, with such artists as Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC (their last known recording together), LL Cool J, Smokey Robinson, Anastacia, Natasha Bedingfield, Rihanna, amongst others. He’s been called a “New Music Mogul” by FastCompany, Beethoven’s Greatest Fan by NPR, and is a recognized voice in the music-branding scene. He’s been an adjunct at NYU and the New School, a columnist for Billboard’s “With the Brand”, and a bandleader and trombonist in NYC.
Liza Richardson: Music Supervisor/DJ, 6/12
Anchoring Saturday nights from 6pm to 8, Liza Richardson has hosted and produced a radio show on NPR's Santa Monica, CA flagship 89.9 KCRW since 1991. As an assiduous music supervisor for ads, films and TV shows, Liza's credits include the first handful of iPod spots, films Y Tu Mama Tambien (Grammy nominated), Curious George (consultant), Lords of Dogtown, Surf's Up and The Kids Are All Right. Liza music supervised all five seasons of Friday Night Lights and currently helms Parenthood and Hawaii Five-0. She was named as one of 2010's Women of Impact by Variety and was recognized by her peers, The Guild of Music Supervisors, as 2011's TV Music Supervisor of The Year.
Antonio "L.A." Reid: Chairman and CEO, Epic Records
Be epic. If you follow Antonio “L.A.” Reid on Twitter, you know that’s the hashtag he uses to signs his tweets. It’s a mantra in his role as Chairman and CEO of Epic Records. But it’s more than that. It’s also a personal philosophy, and a good description of Reid’s life in music. As a recording artist, a songwriter, a producer and a label executive, Reid has been a key figure in shaping the sound and experience of popular music for over 25 years. While Chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group from 2004 to 2011, he oversaw the revitalization of Mariah Carey’s career with The Emancipation of Mimi, helped Kanye West transform himself into an international superstar with Late Registration and Graduation, nurtured multi-platinum releases from artists as diverse as Bon Jovi, Ne-Yo, Nas, Young Jeezy, the Killers, Fall Out Boy, Ludacris, and Neon Trees; and had the distinction of introducing new artists who continue to define current popular music, from Rihanna and Rick Ross to Justin Bieber.
Brad Rosenberger: Producer/Music Supervisor, “CBGC”, “The Drummer”
Rosenberger brings with him 25 years at Warner Music Group where he was involved with the music on AMERICAN BEAUTY, ALMOST FAMOUS, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MAGNOLIA, RAY and THE DEPARTED. He has worked closely with such acts as Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Barbra Streisand, The Bee Gees and REM to name a few.
Angie Ruiz: Director of Film & TV Licensing, Razor & Tie
Angie Ruiz is Razor & Tie’s Director of Film and TV licensing, based in Los Angeles. In her current role, she is responsible for pitching and placing songs from Razor & Tie’s label and publishing catalogs in television and film, as well as movie trailers and video games. Angie has been successful in placing Razor & Tie artists such as Jon McLaughlin, P.O.D., and Foreigner in TV and feature film projects. In her day-to-day, Angie works closely with Razor & Tie’s songwriters to help develop their writing skills for synchronization. Angie joined Razor & Tie from Peermusic, where she was Creative Manager of Special Markets and worked with the storied catalogs of David Foster, Hoagy Carmichael, Donovan, and Peer’s prized Latin standards.
Two-time Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla has worked music for on "Brokeback Mountain," "Motorcycle Diaries" and "Babel," Santaolalla and the upcoming film "On the Road," . His other projects include a nuevo tango group Bajofondo and a solo album that will be released in 2013. Santaolalla has also worked as a producer of Spanish-speaking acts such as Juanes and Cafe Tacuba.
Jody Savin: Writer/Producer, “CBGB”, “The Drummer”
Jody Savin & Randy Miller are a husband and wife team. In the past three years, under their production banner, Unclaimed Freight Productions, the couple has raised money and independently produced MARILYN HOTCHKISS, NOBEL SON and BOTTLE SHOCK. Savin also produced Miller’s studio films THE SIXTH MAN and HOUSEGUEST for Disney. She received a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from the American Film Institute. As a team, Savin & Miller have worked on numerous projects together and have collaborated on more than a dozen screenplays and teleplays that have been set up in the studio system. Together with Miller, Savin produced SAVANNAH earlier this year. In 2008, Miller, Savin and their Unclaimed Freight Productions formed a partnership with Freestyle Releasing and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to shake up the way things are done in Hollywood. The plan is to become a full service production company with its own releasing arm in place, much like Working Title Films.
Evan Saxon: Co-Founder & Partner, D&E Entertainment
Evan Saxon is Co-founder and Partner at D&E Entertainment - the premiere company providing filmmakers and content owners an opportunity to give their documentaries, films, concerts, action sports films, and special event presentations a worldwide theatrical distribution and marketing platform. D&E Entertainment has been at the forefront of digital distribution of content to movie theatres, and Evan and partner Doug Kluthe have earned the trust of top executives, producers, directors and international recording artists from their years of experience in the music and film world. D&E Entertainment has been selected to theatrically distribute and market documentaries, concerts and films by some of the most influential recording artists, writers and filmmakers including The Beatles, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, The Who, Duran Duran, My Morning Jacket, Ramones, Sigur Ros, RUSH, Iron Maiden, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Zombie, George Michael, Led Zeppelin and many others.
Steve Schnur: President, EA Music Group
Steve is currently the Worldwide Executive and President of EA Music Group for Electronic Arts where he has been responsible for the launch of artists ranging from Thirty Seconds to Mars, to Katy Perry, including his production of Florence + the Machine’s “I’m Not Calling You A Liar”. His hands-on approach with composer selection and score production has earned EA over 50 soundtrack nominations over the last 10 years in which Steve has produced over 100 EA soundtrack albums. With the formation of Artwerk Music Group, through which EA now directly signs, develops and launches artists for publishing, master recordings, sync deals and distribution, Steve, as its President, has signed alternative breakthroughs Matt and Kim, Chromeo, and Ladytron, amongst others.
Gingger is an extraordinarily gifted singer, virtuoso violinist, composer, model and songwriter, and was born into one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential musical families. Her accomplishments already include working with top producers and film composers such as Mel Gibson, Trent Reznor, Mike Nichols, Mike Myers, and James Newton Howard. In addition to her film projects, she has also has lent her voice and violin to several diverse projects ranging from soundtracks to pop and electronic hip-hop.
Gingger composed music for the critically acclaimed 2011 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award Winner 'Circumstance' directed by Maryam Keshavarz. In addition to being the artist and co-composer behind the poignant score of Mel Gibson’s blockbuster “Passion of the Christ”, Gingger's music can be heard in Mike Nichol's film, "Charlie Wilson's War".
Mike Simpson: Composer
Celebrated music producer and songwriter Mike Simpson, of the Dust Brothers, produced hit albums for acts like the Beastie Boys, Beck, and Santana before foraying into film composition on David Fincher’s critically acclaimed Fight Club. He has since scored the comedies Road Trip, Saving Silverman, and Freddy Got Fingered, as well as the sports film Stick It (starring Jeff Bridges). He scored the recent Christopher Walken film The Power of Few. Currently Mike scores the series Tosh.O on Comedy Central. Simpson (who also goes by E.Z. Mike) lives in Los Angeles, and has put his stamp on seven Grammy-nominated albums—taking home the prize for Santana’s Supernatural and Beck’s Where It’s At.
Steven Stern: Vice President of Custom Music, APM
Steven Stern is a Composer, Producer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Music Executive, with vast experience in all aspects of music for film and television on both the creative and business sides. He has served as Composer and Producer on hundreds of motion picture advertising campaigns, promos and commercials and as Composer on over 30 films and TV shows. As a Songwriter/Producer Steven has had countless Film and TV placement both in the U.S. and around the world.
Steven currently serves as Vice President of Custom Music for APM Music where he works to develop the division overseeing a wide variety of custom music projects, as well as continuing to compose and produce.
Nick Urata: Composer
As a composer, Nick Urata—front man of the internationally acclaimed band DeVotchKa—has scored such films as Little Miss Sunshine, the Sundance hit that garnered four Academy Award nominations. He recently co-scored the hit romantic comedyCrazy, Stupid, Love (starring Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling). His other scores include Fling, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Joneses, Waiting for Forever, Father of Invention, and Dustin Lance Black’s directorial debut Virginia (starring Emma Roberts and Ed Harris.) His latest work includes the score for the Stephen Gyllenhaal comedy Grassroots and Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s Ruby Sparks, and the soon to be released films Arthur Newman starring Emily Blunt and Colin Firth and directed by Dante Ariola, What Maisie Knew starring Julianne Moore, and A.C.O.D. starring Amy Poehler.
Steve Vincent: VP of Music & Soundtracks, Disney Channel Worldwide
Steven Vincent is Vice President, Music and Soundtracks, Disney Channel, and is responsible for supervising the music used in original programming for kids and tweens seen on Disney Channel and Disney XD. His job duties also extend to programming on ABC Family which, like Disney Channel and Disney XD, is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Vincent collaborates with TV series and TV movie producers on licensed music. He works with recording artists, lyricists and composers in conjunction with Disney Publishing, Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records and Radio Disney. He has shepherded successful soundtracks to the motion picture Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" and the Disney Channel Original Movies "Lemonade Mouth" which soared to #4 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on its Soundtrack chart and "Camp Rock," an album which spent 10 weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, certified Platinum in the U.S. and eight other countries.
Lia Vollack: President of Worldwide Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Lia Vollack has been President of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures since 2000, overseeing all creative and business aspects of film music for all of the studio’s divisions. She also founded and runs Madison Gate Records, the studio's in-house record label. She has worked on soundtracks and scores to hundreds of motion pictures including the Oscar and Golden Globe winning score for The Social Network, multi-platinum soundtracks for the Spider-man films, and hit singles from artists ranging from Destiny's Child to Justin Bieber to Pearl Jam. Most recently she put together the hit single "Back in Time" performed by Pitbull for Men in Black III and the original main title song for the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall entitled "Skyfall" written and performed by Adele. This year Vollack has expanded her role at the studio to additionally include the newly-created position of Executive Vice President, Theatrical, which she will oversee all the studio’s theatrical productions.
Jonathan Weiss: Music Supervisor, Bunim-Murray Productions
Jonathan Weiss is a Los Angeles based music supervisor for film and television. He is currently music supervising the Bunim-Murray Production, The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, airing on MTV. Jonathan also recently music supervised the seventh season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on the E! Entertainment, Love Games, for the Oxygen Channel, Living Lohan and The Challenge: Battle of the Exes for MTV. Other music supervision credits include Interscope Presents The Next Episode for Showtime Entertainment, The Education of Max Bickford for CBS, U.C. Undercover for NBC, Celebrity Undercover for MTV and the theatrical release, “The Big Tease,” for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Helen Yu: Owner, Yu Leseberg, A Prof. Law Corp
Entertainment lawyer Helen Yu has been advocating on behalf of a wide range of successful artists over the past decade, campaigning on their behalf and ensuring that their creative interests are served by her in-depth legal skills, experienced business acumen, and exemplary ethical standards. She has handled legal matters for David Guetta; Laidback Luke; members of The Black Eyed Peas; YG; Slayer’s Dave Lombardo; Solomon Burke; Lamont Dozier; Joan Sebastian; Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White; Wade Robson, and the estate of T-Rex’s Marc Bolan—just to name a few. Ms. Yu is also the Managing Member of North Hudson Music, a boutique worldwide music publishing administration company whom handle catalogs containing the songs of Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Wiz Kahlifa, Snoop, Bruno Mars, Rick Ross, YG, Busta Rhymes, Christina Milan, Britney Spears and many more. Yu’s accomplishments led to her being featured in Billboard’s July 7th, 2012 issue.
Geoff Zanelli: Composer
Emmy Award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli has become a standout in the film and television scoring industry. Zanelli recently scored Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. Zanelli has composed original music for Steven Spielberg’s miniseries “Into The West,” which earned Zanelli an Emmy for “Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special” in 2006. Other credits include: HBO’s “The Pacific,” DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures’ “Disturbia,” 20th Century Fox’s “Hitman,” The Weinstein Company’s “Outlander” and Lionsgate’s “Gamer". Zanelli contributed music to many feature films including: Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” series; the Golden Globe-nominated scores for Warner Bros.’ “The Last Samurai” and Touchstone Pictures’ “Pearl Harbor”; Paramount Pictures’ “Rango,” MGM’s “Hannibal,” Columbia Pictures’ “Angels & Demons,” DreamWorks’ “Antz,” “Chicken Run,” “Shark Tale” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.”
Glen Zipper: Head of Documentary Features, Exclusive Media’s Spitfire Picture
Glen Zipper is Head of Documentary Features for Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures. Glen most recently served as producer on the Academy Award® winning documentary “Undefeated” which was acquired by The Weinstein Company at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, as well as executive producer on “The Last Play At Shea” and “Foo Fighters Back And Forth”.