John Anderson / @JAHunnypot: CEO, Hunnypot
John Anderson 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 influences the palate of their followers worldwide through endorsement, promotion, packaging and/or planning of live music concerts and events. Hunnypot Radio and the Hunnypot Website provide instant awareness of buzzing artist activity as well as contemporary music news and other culturally relevant media. John's spent over 20 years as Music Publisher collaborating with the catalogs and 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, Mickey Avalon, Dr. Hollywood, Fischerspooner, The Cramps, Talib Kweli, Blackstar, and The Coup.
Tobin Armbrust: President Worldwide Production, Acquisitions/Producer "Parkland"
Tobin Armbrust is Exclusive Media’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions, where he executive produced Ron Howard’s Rush starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl currently in theatres; End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña; Snitch, headlining Dwayne Johnson; and produced the world-wide box office hit The Woman in Black, which starred Daniel Radcliffe. Upcoming films from Exclusive Media that Armbrust is producing include John Carney’s Toronto Film Festival hit Can a Song Save Your Life? to be released by The Weinstein Company; A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson; The Quiet Ones, starring Jared Harris; and the follow-up to The Woman in Black, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. For Spitfire Pictures, Exclusive Media’s documentary-feature label, Armbrust produced Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, and Last Play at Shea.
Peter Asher / @RushTheMovie: Music Producer, “Rush”
1964, one half of Peter & Gordon, who amassed nine Top 20 records. 1968, head of A&R for the Beatles’ record company, Apple Records, where he found, signed and produced James Taylor. 1971, founded Peter Asher Management, representing James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Randy Newman and more. Has produced twelve Grammy Award-winning recordings, and in 1977 and 1989 won the Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year”. Recent projects include the acclaimed “Love Has Come For You” album by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell and the production of music for “Pirates of the Caribbean 4”, “Sherlock Holmes 2”, “Madagascar 3”, “Man of Steel” and “Rush”, working with Hans Zimmer. He is has just completed a production project for Elton John with current artists singings the songs from “Yellow Brick Road” on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of that album.
Lorne Balfe / @Lornebalfe: Composer, Additional Music, Rush
Lorne Balfe is a Grammy award winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. Lorne is known for composing the scores to the Dreamworks animation Megamind, and Ubisoft’s acclaimed game, Assassin’s Creed III. This past September, years of work with director Shane Salerno came to a close with the release of Salerno’s highly secretive feature documentary, Salinger—a highly anticipated, in-depth biopic about the reclusive American author, JD Salinger. Most recently, Lorne completed the score for the visually stunning video game, Beyond: Two Souls, which stars acclaimed Hollywood actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.
R. Eli Ball: CEO, LYRIC Financial
Eli Ball is Founder and CEO of Lyric Financial, a company providing royalty advances and financial solutions for the
music community. Eli's career began in producing, where he guided a range of studio and live productions from award
winning albums to large multi-day music festivals, working with acclaimed artists including Ray Charles, Santana, Lyle
Lovett, Roseanne Cash and Herbie Hancock. His recording studio was ground zero in the early 90's for the burgeoning
Memphis underground scene, providing a creative laboratory for future stars Al Kapone, DJ Paul (3-6 Mafia), 8-ball & MJG
and The North Mississippi Allstars. In 1996, Eli took a break from producing to raise his two sons and began a new
career in investment banking. Lyric Financial was founded in 2007 to offer a web-based, retail platform giving the music
community efficient access to capital.
Samantha Barbera / @MalbecTheBand, : Songwriter
Multi-instrumentalist and writer in bands since the age of thirteen, Samantha Barbera is far from a newcomer to the music world. In her pop outlet, Letters, Barbera pulls from music influences as varied as her roots. The organic pop songs found in Letters are a sonic twist from her background in acclaimed electronic indie band, Malbec, and garage buzz band, Holy Fever. Her latest project, BEGINNERS features Samantha in an indie electronic duo with co-writer Nick Ruth. Formed in late 2012, BEGINNERS combines elements of garage rock with dark electronic pop hooks. Despite the assorted influences that ultimately shaped Samantha, one theme remains consistent: A raw, unapologetic sweetness that is infectious and fresh in today’s music. Samantha is published by SONGS Music Publishing
Jeff Beal: Composer, "House of Cards"
Emmy award winning composer Jeff Beal is a member of a new generation of eclectic composers. He is fluent in the diverse languages of jazz, classical, contemporary, electronic and world music. Beal’s compositions can be heard in movie theaters, concert halls, CD recordings and on television. Steven Schneider (regular contributor to the NY Times) wrote of "...the richness of Beal's musical thinking - the ways in which he conceives of his solos as fully-developed mini compositions, while his compositions often capture the liveliness and unpredictability of the best improvisation."
Marco Beltrami: Composer, "Carrie"
Beltrami’s musical palette has since expanded to virtually all film genres. Beltrami has received two Academy Award nominations for Best Score. First, for 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and shortly after for his score to the Academy award winning film for Best Picture, The Hurt Locker. Beltrami received a Golden Satellite Award for Best Film Score of The Year for Soul Surfer. His recent projects include Trouble with the Curve, The Sessions, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Warm Bodies. Beltrami has lent his musical voice to such unique hit films as Live Free or Die Hard, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and I, Robot. Other scoring credits include The Woman in Black, The Thing, and Deadfall. Most recently Beltrami created the nail-biting score to World War Z, using animal skulls and scored the Marvel film The Wolverine. Other upcoming projects include Snowpiercer and Carrie.
Bijou: Songwriter, Published by SONGS Music Publishing
Bijou Choder is a master of his craft. As the principal lyricist for the production team Jet Stream, Bijou’s songs have been featured in programs on MTV, USA, FOX, and many others. In his most recent project, Wolf Rider, Bijou champions infectious indie rock with ease. Wolf Rider’s track “For You” is currently featured in a nationwide BMW commercial.
PJ Bloom / @PtotheJizzle: Music Supervisor, Neophonic
PJ Bloom is one of the most prolific, creative and inexhaustible entrepreneurs in the Music Industry today. In 2012 alone he placed No. 80 on Billboard Magazine’s annual Power 100 List, was presented with the prestigious TJ Martell Humanitarian Award and was named Music Supervisor of the Year by the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). PJ is a two time BMI Pop Award winner, two-time BMI Urban Award winner, two-time ASCAP Pop Award winner and has received a host of other awards and accolades. He is also a founding member of the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS). PJ speaks regularly around the country and the world on the subject of music in the visual arts and has been an on-air and club-level DJ for over twenty-five years.
T Bone Burnett: Oscar and Grammy Award Winning Producer/Musician/Songwriter
T Bone Burnett's 40 years of experience in music and entertainment have earned him an unparalleled reputation as a first-rate innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer, concert producer, record company owner and artists’ advocate. Burnett is a 12-time Grammy Award winner, earning numerous statues in 2009 -including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. He was also awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for his work on B.B. King's One Kind Favor. He received two Grammys in 2011 for his work on the music for the film Crazy Heart.T Bone most-recently served as Executive Music Producer for box-office blockbuster The Hunger Games, for which he also produced its companion album that entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #1. He is currently collaborating with Joel Coen and Ethan Coen on their music-packed film Inside Llewyn Davis, in which a young singer-songwriter navigates New York's folk music scene during the early 1960s.
Kristen Bushnell: Creative Licensing, SONGS
Kristen joined SONGS in 2010. As a member of the Creative Licensing team, she pitches the roster to music supervisors in Film, TV and Advertising. She also processes indie/student film quotes, coordinates the department's newsletter and handles SONGS shows.
Sean Callery: Composer, "Homeland"
Emmy Award-Winning Composer Sean Callery was recently nominated for his 13th Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for CBS's "Elementary." This nomination makes Callery one of the most Emmy-nominated television composers of all time. Known for composing suspense-driven scores on FOX’s hit series “24,”. He's won three Emmys for Outstanding Music Composition. Callery was also nominated for an Emmy in 2012 for "Homeland," in 2011 for “The Kennedys,” and for UPN’s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Sean shows no signs of slowing as he continues to work on the third season of Showtime's award-winning drama "Homeland," the second season of CBS's hit Sherlock Holmes-inspired drama series "Elementary," and the ninth season of "Bones," Fox's longest-running procedural drama. He is also set to score Fox's highly anticipated "24: Live Another Day," a reboot of the network's popular franchise.
JC Chamboredon: COO, Milan Records
Jean-Christophe (JC) Chamboredon, a graduate of the USC Film School, joined in 2006 the independent soundtrack-specialized label Milan Records (now in its 35th year in operation). Appointed COO of the label's North American division in 2009, JC has produced several prestigious soundtracks such as Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines (music by Mike Patton), Park Chan wook's Stoker (music by Clint Mansell), Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives (music by Cliff Martinez), Ari Folman's The Congress (music by Max Richter), Drake Doremus' Breathe In (music by Dustin O'Halloran) and many other projects.
Wendy Christiansen / @WarnerChappell: Senior VP Film & TV, Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Wendy Christiansen is Senior Vice President, Film & Television Music, for Warner/Chappell Music. In this role, she is responsible for securing creative licensing opportunities for Warner/Chappell, Rhino Entertainment, and Parlophone Label Group, in the film and television arena. She also oversees the day-to-day duties of the West Coast creative licensing staff. Christiansen is based in Los Angeles.Christiansen expertly develops creative opportunities, initiates innovative solutions and meets the synchronization needs of potential licensees, through working closely with studio executives, music supervisors, directors, producers, and music editors. In addition, she is responsible for developing marketing tools and concepts to promote represented songs, songwriters and artists to reach the film and television community in a meaningful way.
Keith D’Arcy: Creative Licensing & Catalog Acquisitions, SONGS
Keith has two abiding passions: matching music to picture and record collecting. With 18 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor at EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith has placed hundreds of songs in campaigns for global brands like Nike, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines, Heineken, and Viagra. He’s found his dream job here at SONGS: Creative Licensing and Catalog Acquisition. Finding perfect synch opportunities for songwriters and using his deep knowledge of popular music to help build the SONGS catalog are what make him truly happy.
Debra Delshad: Sr. Director of Synchronization and Licensing , ole
Debra has over 10 years of experience in Music Publishing, pitching and licensing music in multi-platform content across Film, TV, Commercial, Trailer and New Media. She is the Sr. Director of Synchronization and Licensing at ole. Delshad and her team are responsible for placing and licensing the growing ole catalog. Most recently at ole Debra licensed and negotiated commercial deals for Pepsi, Target, Samsung and Bud Light Platinum to name a few. She advises both A&R & Creative Departments at ole on proposed acquisitions, new writers and catalog purchases. She comes to ole from EMI Music Publishing where she was Director of Film and TV. Prior to EMI, Debra held a similar position at Dreamworks Music Publishing/S1 Songs America. She began her career working with well known music publishing executives and lawyers. Debra holds a Juris Doctor (Law Degree) from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a BA from USC where she graduated Magna cum laude.
Amy Driscoll-Dunning / @downtownmusic: SVP, Creative Services & Business Development, Downtown Music
Amy Driscoll-Dunning is Senior Vice President, Creative Services & Business Development at Downtown Music Publishing’s Los Angeles office. As part of her role, Driscoll-Dunning oversees the company’s Film and Television Music department where she works with Downtown’s diverse catalog including the songs of John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Kinks, Hans Zimmer, Motley Crue, Seal, Ellie Goulding, Neon Trees and One Direction. Prior to joining Downtown, Driscoll-Dunning served as Vice President of Film Music for Fox Filmed Entertainment. In this position she oversaw the creative and production aspects of music supervision for theatrical releases. Selected highlights include Juno, 500 Days of Summer, Chronicle, Stoker, Life of Pi, The Heat and The Wolverine. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the leading rights management firms in North America with a catalog spanning 60,000 titles.
Nathalie Du Bois : Head of North America, Conexion Entertainment Group USA
Nathalie Du Bois is currently the Head of North America on behalf of Conexion Media Group plc, a global media operation maintaining offices throughout the world including Toronto, New York, Nashville and LA. Ms. Du Bois is also a partner in Conexion Entertainment Group which maintains a catalogue of over 100,000 commercial and independent music titles and has secured placements in nearly every network show on television. In the last two years, she’s been involved in monetizing dormant catalogues and securing over $1.2 M in unpaid performance royalties on behalf of one of their clients. She also served as the leading party for one of Conexion’s copyright infringement lawsuits which resulted in substantial settlements.
Robert Duncan: Composer, "Castle"
A three-time Emmy award nominated Canadian composer, Robert Duncan is always on the hunt for sounds with personality. On any given day, he is tinkering away from within the live room of the hallowed and notorious rock studio formerly known as ‘Devonshire’ searching through his trove of musical oddities, global instruments, deconstructed pianos and industrial salvage; metal brushes; a hot rod exhaust pipe; a fire extinguisher and many other odds and ends, to find something that can add a fresh sonic identity to a score. For the last five seasons of ABC’s hit series, “Castle,” Duncan has been delivering new and unique musical compositions to the show. Most recently, Duncan scored the Sony/ABC series "Last Resort." Duncan's other credits include "Missing," "The Unit," "Terriers," "Lie to Me," "Tru Calling" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Michael Einziger: Guitarist, Incubus, Composer, "Scenic Route"
Michael Aaron "Mike" Einziger is an American Grammy-nominated musician known as the co-writer and guitarist of the alternative rock band Incubus. Einziger is widely known as an innovator and enthusiast of the use of pedalboard guitar effects during live concerts, and was voted #41 in Total Guitar's top 100 guitarists of all time in 2002. Outside of the band, Einziger is an active composer having composed music for the 2013 films “Scenic Route” and Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”. He has also crafted several compositions such as the full scale orchestral concert “End>vacuum” & the experimental piece “Forced Curvature of Reflective Surfaces”. In 2012 Einziger began working with progressive house artist Avicii on the EDM producer's latest studio recording Wake Me Up! Upon release, the song went multiplatinum and became the biggest hit of Michael’s 22 year career.
Fil Eisler: Composer, "Revenge"
Fil Eisler conducts a 50-piece orchestra each week for the musically driven hit ABC series “Revenge,” and his dedication to finding the right melody hasn't been ignored. Variety described his music as "smoky, elaborate film noir-inspired compositions," while Beatweek Magazine praised Fil for making “beautiful music” that "almost acts as another character further enveloping the audience in its grasp.” While known for his work in TV and film, the Czech-born and English-raised composer started his career as a touring musician. He has traveled, recorded and written with artists, producers and composers as diverse as Robbie Williams, Ryan Adams, Marco Beltrami, Dave Stewart, Imogen Heap, Jesse Malin, Kim Caldwell, Kylie Minogue, Brian May, Holly Johnson, and many others. Fil’s song "Superblind" appears on Williams’ multi-platinum album – “Reality Killed the Video Star," which was produced by Trevor Horn and based on Fil's original production and orchestral arrangement.
Guy Fletcher : Chairman, PRS
Guy Fletcher has been a respected songwriter since the sixties. Recordings of his songs by Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Joe Cocker and many other international stars have ensured Guy’s place in British pop history.
Still a leading light in the music industry, he was elected Chairman of the PERFORMING RIGHT SOCIETY on January 1st 2011. Wearing his commercial hat, he is Chairman of COMMERCIAL ARTS LTD , a new rights management company in the UK – specialising in bringing high-quality music based projects and their creators to their markets. He is also Chairman of CONEXION MEDIA GROUP Plc a rights management company specialising in administration and licensing of music for film and TV.
Phil Gallo / @philgallo58: Senior Editor, Film & TV, Billboard
Phil Gallo has written about music and entertainment for more than 25 years and is currently senior correspondent for Billboard magazine where he covers film and TV as it relates to music. Co-author of the book “Record Store Days,” published in April by Sterling, Gallo was associate editor of Variety and Daily Variety for 15 years, he oversaw news coverage of the music industry and reviews of concerts, TV, Southern California theater and Las Vegas entertainment. He created Variety's first music blog, the Set List, and writes a weekly column for the paper. Gallo has written for the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Downbeat and Bon Appetit as well as for the websites LiveDaily.com, Soundspike.com, Fender.com, Grammy.com and ZesterDaily.com. Gallo has appeared on numerous TV shows as a music expert, among them VH1’s “The List,” CNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” ABC’s “20/20,” E! News and CNN. He won the critics edition of “Rock & Roll Jeopardy.”
Carolyn Giardina: Tech Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Carolyn Giardina is Contributing Tech Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, for which she edits its Behind the Screen blog, dedicated to covering “where tech, craft and Hollywood meet” with topics including editing, sound, and cinematography. She has worked in the U.S. and aboard as a reporter, editor and columnist for various publications. She also co-authored the book Exploring 3D: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking (Focal Press, 2012). In 2011, she received the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award for journalistic contributions to cinematography.
Herbert Gröenemeyer : Composer, "The American" & "A Most Wanted Man"
In his native Germany and throughout Europe Herbert Gröenemeyer is an icon. After starring in the breakthrough 1982 movie Das Boot, Gröenemeyer turned his attention to a more than three-decade musical career that has seen him become the biggest-selling act ever in Germany with over 13 million albums sold. He holds two of the three top-selling albums in the country’s history with 2002’s Mensch and 1984’s 4630 Bochum being first and third respectively. He’s collaborated with Bono, wrote a song for the World Cup and launched his Groenland Records, which has released seminal Krautrock as well as new music from Metric, Gang of Four and more. Herbert has also scored films for Anton Corbijn including ‘The American’ starring George Clooney, and the forthcoming ‘A Most Wanted Man.’ Herbert’s latest US album was released winter 2013, called ‘I Walk,’ and a live concert special aired on PBS summer 2013.
Jared Gutstadt : CEO and co-founder, Jingle Punks
As Chief Creative Officer and Head Composer at Jingle Punks, Gutstadt has composed and produced themes and scores for television (The Voice, American Pickers), film ("Mansome," "The Marinovich Project"), and Top 10 pop singles (Chiddy Bang’s “Happening”). Gutstadt has also composed and collaborated with Dave Stewart, Randy Bachman, Angaleena Presley, and Debbie Gibson, amongst others. Gutstadt’s original compositions for television include the title music to Pawn Stars, the highest rated show on cable. He is the recipient of five ASCAP Awards. In April 2013, Gutstadt delivered a talk at TEDx Hollywood 2013 in Los Angeles.
Shirley Halperin: Music Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Shirley Halperin is a longtime music journalist who got her start as a writer in the New York City ‘zine scene of the early 1990s. A decade later, she graduated to national publications like Entertainment Weekly, where she was a Senior Writer, Teen People, for whom she helmed the west coast office, and Us Weekly, where she was Staff Editor (Music) and a regular contributor to sister publication Rolling Stone. Shirley is currently Music Editor at The Hollywood Reporter where she has written cover stories on Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, X Factor, Glee and American Idol, among other subjects. In 2011, she received a Best Personality Profile award from the LA Press Club for her cover story on Trent Reznor. She’s also the author of three books, 2008’s Pot Culture, 2010’s Reefer Movie Madness and 2011’s American Idol: Celebrating 10 Years.
John Lee Hancock: Director, "Saving Mr. Banks"
Director, writer and producer John Lee Hancock has established himself as a distinctive voice in filmmaking. His work on The Blind Side led to two Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Actress) and garnered Sandra Bullock her very first Oscar. Previous film credits include: The Alamo, which he directed and co-wrote; The Rookie which he directed; My Dog Skip which he co-produced; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and A Perfect World both of which he wrote with Clint Eastwood directing. Hancock also serves as an advisor for the Sundance Institute¹s Screenwriting Lab.
Margaret Hart: Artist and Label Relations, Youtube Music
Margaret Hart is a member of the YouTube Music team in Beverly Hills. She focuses on artist and label relations, specializing in artist education, and direct deals. Margaret began her career at YouTube in 2011 acquiring partners with an emphasis on music content. Prior to YouTube she spent 3 years working in digital media, and distribution at William Morris Endeavor in Beverly Hills. Margaret received her undergraduate degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Mississippi.
Cathy Heller / @cathyheller: Songwriter
Recently featured in Billboard, USA Today and The LA Weekly, Cathy Heller is creating quite a buzz and casting a new glow on the music scene. With an uncanny ability to communicate both in songwriting and in business, she's inspiring the masses. An instant best friend, a lover of people and a truly genuine soul. Cathy is the official DIY artist with the utmost heart. From recording, to licensing, to PR and booking, she does it all on her own. Just this year, Cathy licensed over 35 songs to Film/TV, recorded two full lengt h albums and received national press. Working with mutli-talented producer, Bill Lefler, (Ingrid Michaelson, Cary Brothers) they have found the perfect combination of a homemade indie sound with a vibrant sonic palate all it's own. With accessible lyrics and a beautiful voice she's delivering one hit after another. Her songs tell her story and the sentiments are universal. The future looks very bright for Cathy and those who sing along with her.
David Hirshland : EVP, Client Services BMG Chrysalis
David Hirshland is currently the Executive Vice President, Client Services for BMG Chrysalis. Prior to holding this position he was President of Bug Music, until recently the largest independent publishing administration company, which in October 2011 merged with BMG Rights Management.In addition to his management of the roster of writer and publisher clients he also functions in an A&R capacity, allowing the company to increase the size of its ever expanding roster of writers and catalogs. Among them are the estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, legendary artists such as Iggy Pop, the Guess Who and Los Lobos and contemporary alt rock stars such as Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon and Wilco. David received a B.A. in English Literature from Brown University and a J.D. from UCLA.
Steve Jablonsky: Composer,"A Nightmare on Elm Street"
He wrote the score for director Michael Bay’s 2007 film “Transformers,” the hit sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and the third installment of the blockbuster franchise, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” He also composed the music for Bay’s 2005 futuristic thriller, “The Island,” and also worked with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes on the original music for the horror remakes “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th,” “The Hitcher,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “The Amityville Horror.” In addition, Jablonsky created the original score for the Japanese anime film “Steamboy,” directed by legendary filmmaker Katsuhiro Otomo, the man behind “Akira.” More recently, Jablonsky wrote the scores for “Pain and Gain” directed by Michael Bay, the sci-fi action-adventure “Battleship” directed by Peter Berg and director Ruben Fleisher’s American action crime film, “Gangster Squad,” starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling.
Sue Jacobs: Music Supervisor, "American Hustle" & "Silver Linings Playbook"
SUSAN JACOBS (Music Supervisor) has provided the music supervision for Academy Award Winning films such as Silver Linings Playbook, Inside Job, and Little Miss Sunshine, as well as Oscar Nominated films Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night falls, GasLand, Short Cuts. With a career spanning twenty years and counting, Susan has worked on more than fifty films, including Our Idiot Brother, Catfish, GasLand: Part II, All Good Things, Sunshine Cleaning, Kansas City, Basquiat, 54, Happiness, Unbreakable, The Village, Everything is Illuminated, Capote, Lady in the Water and many more.
Alex Da Kid / @AlexDaKid: Producer/Songwriter/Owner of KIDinAKorner Records
London native and multi-platinum producer Alex Da Kid has made quite a name for himself in the industry since his move to the U.S. over two years ago. After signing a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing group in 2009, Alex has crafted hits for superstar artists such as Rihanna, Eminem, B.O.B., Niki Minaj, Cheryl Cole, Dr. Dre, Christina Aguilera, and Imagine Dragons. In 2011, Alex signed with Jimmy Lovine, bringing his label imprint, KIDinaKORNER, under the umbrella of Interscope Records.
Gregg Kilday: Film Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Gregg Kilday is film editor of The Hollywood Reporter, where he has spent the past decade. Prior to joining The Reporter, Kilday covered film industry news for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and Entertainment Weekly. He has also contributed to such publications as Premiere, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone.
Iljoong Kim: Director, Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA)
Iljoong Kim is the director of the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA USA). Managing KOCCA’s US office in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles, Iljoong supports Korea’s creative content industries in broadcasting, gaming, animation, character licensing, music, films, and VFX technologies. He continues to encourage industry investment to strengthen Korea as a global content provider.Iljoong holds a BA and MBA in Business Administration, and has a background in broadcasting. He has directed TV programs and documentaries such as ‘KBS Special’, ‘Kukakhanmadang’, ‘Fresh Sunday Morning’ for ten years at the Jeonju Television Corporation and Korean Broadcasting System in Korea
Jason Klarfeld: Creative Licensing, New Media/Business Development, SONGS
Jason earned his stripes in the synch world at Warner Bros. Pictures (Music Affairs) and Universal Music Publishing (Creative Film & TV), where he focused primarily on studio film score pitching. In 2010, he brought his experience to SONGS, where he pursues opportunities for the roster in film, television, video games, branding, and new media. His tasks extend beyond traditional licensing, however, as he is on the forefront of finding unique placement opportunities within new technologies and business models.
Mike Knobloch: President, Film Music & Publishing, Universal Pictures
As Universal Pictures' President of Film Music and Publishing since 2010, and EVP of Film Music at 20th Century Fox for 14 years prior, Knobloch’s music supervision work includes the top grossing film of all time, Avatar, Oscar winning Titanic, and Universal’s top grossing film of its billion-dollar franchise Fast & Furious 6. At Universal, Mike has overseen all aspects of music for other record breaking films including Les Misérables, Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids, Ted, the Despicable Me franchise, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Lorax, Tower Heist and Oblivion. Credits at Fox span dozens of films including Grammy winner Walk The Line, platinum & gold soundtracks for the Chipmunks franchise, The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, and the X-Men and Ice Age franchises. Knobloch serves on The Grammy/Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees.
Chris Lakey / @mcxyz: VP of Synchronization & New Media, Kobalt Music Group
Chris Lakey serves as the Vice President of Synchronization and New Media for Kobalt Music Publishing's North America offices. He oversees the creative, clearance and licensing departments for music synchronization across all visual media in the US. Daily he works closely with film, trailer and videogame studios, music supervisors and Kobalt songwriters to further exploit Kobalt compositions for synchronization opportunities. Mr. Lakey also has over a decade of expertise in negotiating synchronization deals and music licensing across all media. Prior to Kobalt, he worked in the licensing department at Universal Music Publishing Group.
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 throughcreative 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. Lambert is based at the company’s worldwide headquarters in Santa Monica. Prior to joining Universal, Lambert spent a collective six years as Vice President of Advertising, Film & Television Music for Zomba Music Publishing/Jive Records and BMG Music Publishing respectively.
Andrew Lein: Composer, Denmaster Studios
Denmaster Studios is the electronic music production house led by composer Andrew Lein. Known for his commercial instincts, award winning skills, and quality productions, Mr. Lein brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project. Major studio clients from Walt Disney, New Line Cinema, and video game leader Electronic Arts have tapped him for their blockbuster releases. In addition, his passion for independent film has led to work on Academy Award titles for Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate, and Paramount Vantage.
Jeff Lippencott / @ah2music: Co-Founder, Ah2 Music
The Los Angeles based music company Ah2 was founded in 2003 by composers Jeff Lippencott & Mark T. Williams. Ah2 has been commissioned by many of Hollywood's top producers, directors and celebrities such as: Mark Bumett, Steven Spielberg, Ben Silverman, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, and Gordon Ramsey to name a few. In addition to the duo scoring multiple new television projects including Masterchef Junior (FOX) and The Quest (ABC), Jeff has been working on several feature film projects. Most recently Jeff completed the score for the faith based October 4th release from Lionsgate, "Grace Unplugged. Jeff and Mark have received two Primetime Emmy Nominations and 30 ASCAP & BMI Film/TV awards.
Glenn Litwak: Entertainment Attorney
Glenn Litwak is a veteran, Santa Monica based music and entertainment attorney. He has extensive expertise in negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts relating to the entertainment industry. In the music industry, he represents recording artists, music producers, songwriters, and music publishers as well as music production and management companies. Glenn has been production legal counsel on independent films and has negotiated soundtrack deals as well as music licensing agreements for film and TV. He has also represented recording artists who have been in national TV commercials. Mr. Litwak is a frequent speaker at music, digital, and entertainment conferences around the country. He is an instructor at the UCLA Extension, Entertainment Studies Program, where he conducts a seminar entitled “Self Defense in the Music Industry.”Mr. Litwak has published articles on music industry topics in magazines such as Music Connection and Urban Network Magazine.
Roy Mackinnon / @Firstent: VP, Marketing, First Entertainment Credit Union
Roy MacKinnon serves as Vice President of Marketing for First Entertainment Credit Union.During the past 23 years, he has enabled his organization to grow from $70 Million to more than $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 more than 200 awards for marketing excellence. Prior to joining First Entertainment, Roy was a successful small business entrepreneur of three retail businesses. Roy has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pepperdine University and is a Stanford University Executive Development graduate. In 2006, he completed the three-year CUES CEO Institute program.
Matthew Margeson: Composer, “Kick Ass 2"
American composer Matthew Margeson is originally from New Jersey and began studying classical piano at a very early age. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied contemporary film music along with honing his skills as a pianist, performing in every state on the Eastern seaboard. Matthew relocated to Los Angeles in 2003 and was invited to start an apprenticeship position with Klaus Badelt (The Recruit, Catwoman, Constantine). In 2005, he took the position of chief technical engineer for composer James Dooley at Hans Zimmer’s studio, Remote Control Productions, in Santa Monica, CA.In addition to Margeson’s film contributions, he has also composed the music for the Universal Studio Tram tour, as well as multiple TV shows and video games, including HBO’s Eastbound and Down, and Sony Playstation’s acclaimed Allstar Battle Royale.
Carianne Marshall / @SONGSpublishing: Head of Creative Licensing, SONGS Music Publishing
When Carianne Marshall joined SONGS Music Publishing as a partner and Head of Creative Licensing in 2006, she was the company’s third employee and the first on the west coast. Founder and CEO, Matt Pincus and President and Head of A&R Ron Perry had already been hard at work for two years in New York City, building the SONGS roster with the ambitious vision of creating the most successful independent music publishing company in the world. Marshall had held positions at Elektra Records, Universal Music Publishing and Dreamworks, after getting her start in the business at L.A.-based company VOX Productions doing live music production work, and managing and booking local bands. She threw her lot in with Pincus and Perry and formed the third side of the triangle of SONGS, a company that has become a magnet for some of the most successful songwriters making music today.
Barry Massarsky : President, Massarsky Consulting Inc
Barry M. Massarsky leads a NYC based economic consulting firm that is well rooted in the music industry. Formerly the Senior Economist of ASCAP, Massarsky has been the outside economist for the RIAA since 1992, economic counsel for SESAC since 1993 and has operated as the lead consulting firm for the analysis of performance rights income for UMPG, Warner Chappell, EMI, SONY/ATV, BMG Chrysalis, Spirit Music Group and many other firms. He has personally represented Marvin Hamlisch, Paul Simon, Green Day, Garth Brooks and others in best practice valuation of PRO representation. He has been centered inside the public policy discussions in Washington concerning music licensing. His firm is a preferred economic valuation choice for most of the major lending institutions sourcing music catalog deals as well as a leading litigation damages consulting firm for music copyright infringement cases
Enzo Mazza: President, F.I.M.I
49 years old, a degree in political science, he begins working as press officer in an important bank. After an experience in a PR Agency he becomes in charge of the Italian market for BSA, Business Software Alliance, the world trade association of software producers. In 1996 he is nominated FPM secretary general, the Federation against music piracy of which he is now the President. He is General Director from 1998 to 2005 and now President of FIMI, the Federation of Italian music industry. He also coordinates the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and in 2010 he became President of SCF, Consorzio Fonografici
Bear McCreary : Composer, "The Walking Dead"
Bear McCreary was launched into pop culture with his groundbreaking score to the hit series Battlestar Galactica, that was lauded by Variety as “the most innovative music on TV today.” It “fits the action so perfectly, it’s almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other” (NPR). Io9.com ranked McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of All Time, and recently WIRED Magazine declared him one of only five “Secret Weapons” of the television industry.Bear was recently announced as the composer for ABC’s highly-anticipated Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a project that will allow him to collaborate with the visionary Joss Whedon on the first foray into television for the blockbuster Marvel cinematic universe.
Marco Mengoni: Winner, X Factor Italy
Winner of The X Factor 3 Italy and of the Critics’ Choice Award of the show The Dove Si Vola EP. Marco Mengoni dubbed, together with Danny De Vito, the animated film in 3D entitled The Lorax, produced by Universal Pictures and released on 1st June. This performance won him the Premio Leggio D’Oro as Best Nonprofessional Dubber of the Year Marco Mengoni's Theatre Tour started on 19 April at the Arcimboldi Theatre in Milan For the Olympic Games, he was the highlight of the concert organised by Radio Italia, official partner of the Italian National Olympic Committee, of the Olympic team, and Casa Italia. He participated in the project ...io ci sono, the tribute album for Giorgio Gaber to commemorate the artist on the 10th anniversary of his death, performing the song Destra-Sinistra
Robert Messinger: Partner, First Artists Managment
Robert Messinger is a partner at First Artists Management, a boutique agency representing top film composers and music supervisors. Messinger was previously a founding member and senior vice president of Blue Focus Management. He has been instrumental in launching the film music careers of many of today's most exciting composers. Messinger's clients include Oscar and Golden Globe-winners Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Howard Shore (The Hobbit), Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain) and Rachel Portman (Chocolat); Oscar nominees Philip Glass (The Hours) and Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); Golden Globe nominees Michael Brook (The Fighter) and Clint Mansell (Black Swan) and Grammy nominee David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven). He also represents the acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Ros, Slash from Guns N Roses and legendary composer/arranger Van Dyke Parks.
Gary Miller: VP, Film & TV Music, Creative, Universal Music Publishing Group
With twenty-three years of experience in the Film & TV music business, Mr. Miller is currently Vice President Film & TV Music, Creative with Universal Music Publishing Group. Based in Los Angeles, his primary focus is pitching the Universal catalog for placement in all forms of audio visual media, including, but not limited to, film and television, videogames, commercials and new media opportunities. His role with UMPG also involves working closely with UMPG’s creative team, foreign affiliates and current roster of writers in an effort to maximize exposure for both UMPG’s deep, rich catalog of songs, as well as new unexploited works. Mr. Miller’s past experience in the field includes negotiating synchronization deals in all types of media, as well as eight years overseeing UMPG’s clearance and licensing department during the company’s exponential growth via acquisitions of Rondor Music and BMG Music Publishing.
Ryan Miller: Lead Singer/Guitarist, Guster, Composer, "In A World"
Ryan Miller has been the lead singer and principal songwriter of the band Guster for the past 20 years. Formed out of Tufts University, Guster has sold well over a million records and headlined shows at the premiere venues in the United States (Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks, Greek Theater, Boston Symphony Hall, The Enormodome). Guster's songs have been licensed by dozens of films and tv shows including "Wedding Crashers", "Disturbia", "The Five-Year Engagement", "Martian Child", "Life As A House", and "The Big Year." Ryan's first original score was for the independent film "Nobody" but he began scoring in earnest with the 2012 Sundance Festival award winner "Safety Not Guaranteed". He scored two features in competition at Sundance 2013: Lake Bell's "In A World" and Jordan Vogt-Roberts' "Toy's House". Ryan lives in New York City and Vermont with his wife and two massively coddled children.
Trevor Morris: Composer "Dracula"
Two time Emmy Award-Winning Composer, Trevor Morris, received his fifth Emmy nomination in 2013, making him the most Emmy nominated composer of the last three years. Trevor has earned multiple Emmy and Gemini Nominations and Awards for his work on Showtime's "The Borgias," "The Tudors," and Starz Entertainment's "The Pillars of the Earth." He won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for "The Tudors" and "The Borgias," and won two Gemini Awards for Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series for "The Tudors." Trevor is no stranger to scoring for Halloween and Horror. Along with NBC's highly anticipated new series “Dracula,” his music has been heard on ABC’s “666 Park Ave,” Syfy’s “Alphas,” Fox Atomic’s “The Hills Have Eyes II,” and CBS’s “Moonlight." Additional film and television credits include Film District's "Olympus Has Fallen," Relativity's "Immortals," NBC's "The Firm," The CW's upcoming "Reign," and History Channel's "Vikings.
Blake Neely: Composer, "The Mentalist" & "Arrow"
Blake Neely is an award winning film and television composer. Neely has written music for the Queen of England, for the opening games of the Winter Olympics, and even for a shuttle to Mars. Neely also conducted the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final Draw in front of over one billion people. His scoring credits include The Mentalist, Pan Am, Political Animals, Golden Boy and Life As We Know It. He has written additional music for films including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Da Vinci Code, King Kong, and The Island. Neely’s numerous accolades include ASCAP Awards, BMI Awards, a GoldSpirit Award, and several Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for Pan Am. He has served as the Musical Director and honored guest at the International Film Music Festival in Córdoba, Spain. This fall, Neely returns to score Season 2 of the CW series Arrow, a modern-day retelling of the notorious DC Comics’ superhero, Green Arrow.
Amos Newman: Head of Music for Visual Media, William Morris Endeavor
Amos Newman is head of the Music for Visual Media department at the William Morris Endeavor agency. The department boasts a superb roster of composer clients including Hans Zimmer, Henry Jackman, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Mike Patton, and Trent Reznor. The department also works to integrate WME’s vast roster of music clients into film, television, gaming, online, and mobile platforms. Newman’s division also works with the WME theatrical department to create opportunities for music clients on Broadway. Prior to joining WME, Newman was at the Gorfaine Schwartz Agency where he worked closely with Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman and traveled with him on tour to expand his business beyond composing. Amos is the eldest son of two-time Oscar winning composer Randy Newman and related to Thomas Newman, 10-time Academy Award nominated composer.
Randy Newman: Composer & Songwriter
With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman scores and composes for film. His many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Thomas Newman: Composer, "Saving Mr. Banks"
Thomas Newman is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most prominent composers for film. He has composed music for more than 50 motion pictures and television series and has earned eleven Academy Award nominations and five Grammy Awards. He is the youngest son of Alfred Newman (1900-1970), the longtime musical director of 20th Century Fox and the composer of scores for such films as Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Diary of Anne Frank and All About Eve. As a child, Thomas Newman pursued basic music and piano studies. However, it was not until after his father’s death that the younger Newman, then age 14, felt charged with the desire to write.
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."
Alexandra Patsavas / @chopshopmusic: Owner, Chop Shop Music Supervision
Three time Grammy®Award nominee Alexandra Patsavas founded her own Chop Shop Music Supervision company in 1998. She quickly earned a reputation for raising the bar in the quality of music selected for television series and feature films, including Grey's Anatomy, The O.C., Gossip Girl, Mad Men, Rescue Me, The Twilight Saga, Water for Elephants, and The Dilemma. Patsavas’ current Music Supervision projects include the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Warm Bodies, and television series "Sirens", "The Carrie Diaries", and "Hart of Dixie". She has played an influential role in the development of such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Modest Mouse, The Fray, Ingrid Michaelson, and many others. In 2007, Patsavas launched Chop Shop Records, which recently partnered with Universal Music Group's East Coast Label Group.
Jeannette Perez / @JeannettePNYC: VP Music Brands & Advertising/Licensing, Sony Music
With over ten years of experience in varied roles at major record labels, Jeannette Perez offers expertise in the art of creative music placement, licensing, copyright and valuation of music. Currently, Jeannette is the Vice President of Music for Brands & Advertising/Licensing at Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Jeannette serves as the company's liaison to the advertising and brand community. She is responsible for creatively pitching, identifying and securing new licensing opportunities for Sony's vast catalog of over 1 million master recordings for artists including Beyonce, Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Miguel, Passion Pit, Foster The People, Sara Bareilles, Kelly Clarkson, Earth Wind & Fire, and Johnny Cash to name a few. Recent successes include placements with Google, Old Navy, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Victoria’s Secret, Taco Bell, Chevy, Microsoft and Target, among others. Jeannette is also an attorney with Bar admittance in New York, New Jersey and Florida.
Frankie Pine: Music Supervisor, "Nashville"
Frankie Pine is an award-winning music supervisor, putting together memorable, provocative, and engaging soundtracks for high profile film and television projects. Her diverse work spans multiple genres, from popular television dramas like “Brothers and Sisters” and “Army Wives,” to comedy feature films like “Santa Claus 2” and “Tooth Fairy,” to indie box office hits like “Magic Mike.” She is currently supervising Aaron Sorkin’s hit television series “The Newsroom” as well as the inspired country music drama “Nashville”. Along with her television expertise, she has extensive film credits, serving as music consultant on such successful films as Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13,” and on the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning movie “Traffic” for which she received a Grammy nomination.
Todd Porter / @treal111: Music Director, Goodby Silverstein & Partners
Todd Porter has been working at Ad agency Goodby, Silverstein and Partners for the past ten+ years. He's placed many of his favorite artists in commercials. Recently, he's supervised the music program for the 2014 Doritos' Crash The Superbowl competition, programmed the past two years of The Doritos stage @ SXSW, licensed music by Fun., Iron & Wine and Radical Face. Todd became Goodby, Silverstein & Partners first ever music supervisor + producer three years ago and has taken on the role of EP of experiential production as well; he is currently very, very busy. He hopes he can help bands make a living by giving them infusions of cash from multinational conglomerates.
Steven Price: Composer, "Gravity"
Steven Price is a composer, musician and award-winning music editor. A guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University. Beginning his career in the London studio of Gang of Four with guitarist/producer Andy Gill, Price contributed string arrangements and his musical stylings can be heard alongside artists including Michael Hutchence and Bono. Following his work with Gill, Price was introduced to film composer Trevor Jones. He went on to work as a programmer, arranger, and performer on many projects with Jones over the next five years, composing additional music for projects such as Thirteen Days, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 80 Days Around The World, Dinotopia, and Crossroads, for which Steven was also the featured guitar soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra
Josh Rabinowitz / @josh1rabinowitz: 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, among 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.
Doreen Ringer-Ross: VP Film/TV Relations, BMI
Doreen Ringer Ross is one of film and television music’s foremost executives. As Vice President, Film/TV Relations for BMI, she directs all of BMI’s activities serving film, television and game composers, from organizing key workshops and other programs, to recruiting and maintaining BMI’s industry-leading roster of composers.
Andy Ross: Head of Music, Cutting Edge Music Group
Andy has 25 years experience in the music industry. He spent 10 years at Courtyard Management (Radiohead, Supergrass), where he managed new artists, ran the record label and publishing company.Andy was also Head of Marketing at Freakstreat Records (Shola Ama, D-Influence). He moved from London to Hollywood 10 years ago and has since grossed over $1m in placements for the bands he has managed, including the ’Grey’s Anatomy’ theme tune, as well
as working on music for over 100 commercials. He has supervised and coordinated music for over 80 movies in the past 3 years.
David O. Russell: Director, "American Hustle" & "Silver Linings Playbook"
Three-time Academy-Award® nominee David O. Russell’s upcoming project AMERICAN HUSTLE, which he also co-wrote, stars Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner and will open theatrically on December 13, 2013. Russell wrote and directed his previous film SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012), which was a box office sensation and earned eight Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and acting nominations in all four categories (with a win for lead actress Jennifer Lawrence). The film also garnered four Golden Globe nominations, two Independent Spirit Awards (Best Director, Best Screenplay), a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of AFI’s 2013 Movies of the Year.
Tammy Saunt: VP Sales, Marketing & Business Development, SynchTank
Tammy Saunt has over 18 years experience in the Los Angeles music business, including having worked for several years as GM of an independent label and publishing company, several years as an Artist Manager, 6 years as a Composer Agent, and several more as a Synch Agent. During the last few years, Tammy has specialized in the burgeoning world of music technology, most recently helping to market, sell and develop SYNCHTANK, a revolutionary cloud-based platform which allows music companies to better manage, market, exploit and license their catalogs through their own custom designed websites. Current clients include Fox Music, Disney Music Group, Sub Pop, Ingrooves/Fontana, Primary Wave, Imagem Creative Services, Ghostly Music, Ah2, Benair Churchill, Hitcher and The Orchard.
Richard M. Sherman: Composer/Lyricist "Mary Poppins"
Richard M. Sherman, along with his brother Robert B. Sherman, has provided the musical soundtrack to an entire generation of families. Sherman Brothers songs have graced such classic films as Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Parent Trap, Charlotte’s Webb, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
Their songs can also be heard in the Disney theme park attractions It’s a Small World, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and Carousel of Progress. On television they have written the theme song for Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.
Jackie Shuman / @jackieprobably: Head of Sync, Crush Management
Jackie Shuman is Head of Sync at Crush Management where she represents multi-platinum artists including Sia, Train, Fall Out Boy, Butch Walker, Emiliana Torrini, Panic! At the Disco, Travie McCoy & Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Wavves, Matt Nathanson and more for licensing in film, television, games and advertisements.Shuman came to Crush after working in film and television at RCA Records in New York followed by a stint at boutique licensing company Platform Music Group in Los Angeles, as well as overseeing many award-winning independent music supervision projects. Prior to that, Shuman was in radio in Boston and Los Angeles including time at tastemaker station Indie 103.1.Crush Management is an NYC based company run by former musicians Jonathan Daniel and Bob McLynn with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Carlsbad, Nashville and London. Shuman is based in LA.
DJ Skee / @djskee: TV/Radio/Music Host & Producer
Skee gained world-renowned notoriety in 2005 at the age of 21 when he collaborated on Game’s mixtape “300 Bars,” a defining moment in urban music. In 2007, Skee launched Skee.TV, which has grown to be the single largest lifestyle channel in the world. With over 275 million YouTube views and growing and distribution deals with out of home networks including restaurants, airports, 7-Eleven convenience stores and college campuses, plus mobile phone and digital reach thru the Skee 24/7 app, Skee.TV gives audiences entertainment where and how they want to consume it. Additionally, Skee.TV is a full serve production outfit, which claims no less than eleven #1 charting music videos. In 2013, Skee teamed with Mark Cuban’s AXS TV for “Skee Live,” an original one-hour weekly LIVE music series providing insider access to the hottest musical artists, athletes, celebrities and cultural tastemakers via exclusive interviews and live performances.
Christopher Tyng / @christophertyng: Composer & Founder, The Grow Music Project
An award-winning songwriter, composer and producer who has worked with a wide variety of successful artists and written and produced songs and music for successful movies and television series in Hollywood for 20+ years. As an integral member of the music team and the sole composer of the music scores on TV series such as "SUITS", "THE OC", "FUTURAMA", "RESCUE ME", "COVERT AFFAIRS". Tyng is the founder and Creative Director of the Grow Music Project, an endeavor that gives back to the music community by creating a new launch pad for emerging, independent artists and bands, and helps these dedicated and buzz-worthy musicians bring their songs to life in a way that can catapult their talent and expose their true breakout potential - entirely for free and with no strings attached of any kind.
Steven Vincent: VP Music & Soundtracks, Disney ABC Cable Networks
Steven Vincent, Vice President, Music and Soundtracks, is responsible for supervising music for original programming on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Jr., ABC Family. He advises and collaborates with composers, songwriters & producers on original and licensed music for TV series and movies soundtracks. His credits include quadruple-Platinum "High School Musical" which made history as the first TV movie soundtrack to reach #1 on the Billboard 200, and was the top selling album of the year. His other music franchises include Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, Austin & Ally, Shake it Up, and Cheetah Girls, and helping launch the music careers of Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Jonas Bros, Bridgit Mendler, Ross Lynch and Selena Gomez.
Bill Werde / @Bwerde : Editorial Director, Billboard
As Billboard’s Editorial Director, Bill Werde leads the editorial strategy and vision for the brand, which includes the weekly print publication, leading music fan site Billboard.com, business site Billboard.biz and other digital content offerings, as well as industry-leading conferences and events. Mr.Werde frequently appears as a guest expert on the music industry for CNN, NPR, Today show, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, MSNBC, Fox Business, the O'Reilly Factor and others.
Mark T. Williams: Co-Founder, Ah2 Music
Mark T. Williams and Jeff Lippencott founded Ah2 with the hope of creating music that would have a worldwide reach. Over the past decade their music has been part of over 150 television series including such hits as: Shark Tank (ABC), The Apprentice (NBC), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Masterchef (FOX), Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and many more. Mark and Jeff have garnered numerous industry awards including two Primetime Emmy Nominations and 30 ASCAP & BMI Film/TV awards. With their combined knowledge and skill, Mark's vision for creating The Filtered Music Catalog has become a reality. Ah2's vast experience has given them an unprecedented insight into what directors, producers, editors, and music supervisors want from a score catalog. This collection of score music features thousands of recordings spanning a wide range of musical genres that will complement and enhance any project.
Stacey Wilson: Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Stacey Wilson is a native of Portland, OR who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 for her current job as Senior Editor at The Hollywood Reporter after a six-year freelancing stint back in Portlandia. (And yes, the show is totally accurate.) An alumnus of Columbia University's GraduateSchool of Journalism, Wilson has written for and been on the staffs of People magazine, Us Weekly, TV Guide and Portland Monthly, among others, and has won FOLIO, SPJ and L.A. Press Club Awards for her work. An admitted former band-and-choir-geek, she recently married comedy writer and native Texan Kris Hunt, which means Willie Nelson and Robert Earl Keen are now on her permanent playlist.
Christopher Young: Composer, "Scary or Die"
Christopher Young is an award winning film composer, scoring more than 100 features in virtually every genre. Young’s unique and imaginative approach is reflected in his eclectic list of film credits. He has scored everything from bone-chilling horror films including Hellraiser, Ghost Rider, Drag Me To Hell and The Grudge film series, to thrillers such as Swordfish and Spider Man 3, and critically acclaimed dramas The Shipping News and The Rum Diary. Other recent credits include Killing Season. Young has received numerous accolades throughout his celebrated career. He has been nominated for two Emmy awards and received both a Golden Globe and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination for The Shipping News.
Hans Zimmer / @RealHansZimmer: Composer, “Rush”
HANS ZIMMER has scored more than 100 films, which have grossed more than $22 billion at the worldwide box office. Zimmer has been honored with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globe Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2003, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers presented him with the prestigious ASCAP Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, for his impressive and influential body of work. Zimmer’s interest in music began early and, after a move from Germany to the U.K., led him to play with and produce music for various bands, including the Buggles, whose “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video to ever appear on MTV.