Film and TV
Ennio Morricone Was His Own Musical Genre (Vulture)
The famed composer made soundtrack music that lived on its own. Each piece was an expressive universe unto itself.
10 essential Morricone scores, from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to The Hateful Eight (Rolling Stone)
From A Fistful of Dollars to The Hateful Eight, these are the highlights of the Italian film composer’s long, illustrious career.
How Music Supervisors Helped P-Valley Achieve Hip-Hop Parity With 50% Female Soundtrack (Variety)
Gender parity was foremost on the mind of P-Valley creator Katori Hall whose goal was not only to have women onscreen but also behind the scenes and on the hip hop-heavy soundtrack, which features 50% female artists.
Music From Netflix’s Erotic Romance 365 Days Is Shooting Up the Charts (Rolling Stones)
The hugely popular Polish flick has sparked heated debate — and one rock duo on the soundtrack just scored a record deal with a major label.
Disney is plotting Tron 3 with Daft Punk (Yahoo)
Disney is finally planning a sequel to 2010’s Tron: Legacy and already has ‘phenomenal’ script for it, according to Mitchell Leib, President of Music & Soundtracks for The Walt Disney Studios.
Introducing SyncLove: Ben Dorenfeld – Lost in Translation (Synchblog)
Introducing SyncLove, a new channel from music discovery platform SyncFloor that sees production professionals dive into their favorite movie music moments.
Liza Richardson Creates TV’s Music Miracles (IndieWire)
Damon Lindelof and Jason Katims herald the vital and under-appreciated contribution of the Watchmen and Friday Night Lights music supervisor.
Euphoria Music Supervisor Jen Malone On The Clearance Challenges Of Sam Levinson’s “Intense, Special Project” (Deadline)
In HBO’s Euphoria, music supervisor Jen Malone found one of the most rewarding and challenging projects of her career—a frenetic series calling for wall-to-wall music, in a diversity of styles.
How Music Drove the Narratives Behind Euphoria, High Fidelity and More Series (THR)
Music supervisors from The Eddy and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist also discuss the ways in which music can help create well-rounded characters: “The songs came first, the show second.”
12 Music Supervisors on the TV Needle Drops They Can’t Stop Thinking About (Vulture)
Do you find yourself Shazaming your way through your favorite TV shows lately? We’ve found ourselves doing that more than ever.
Top TV Song Last Week – July 1st: “There for You” by DeCarlo | July 7th: “Inside” by Chris Avantgarde, feat. Red Rosamond (Tunefind)
Songs from Showtime’s The Chi and breakout German web series Dark have taken the top spot on Tunefind’s
Emmys’ Music Supervision Contender Mary Ramos Brings the Tarantino Experience to TV (Variety)
Is Mary Ramos, the woman Quentin Tarantino praised as “the unsung hero of my filmography,” staging a takeover of TV music supervision, too?
Music Supervisors’ Fight for a Front-Title Credit Has Mostly Been a Losing Battle; Here’s Why (Variety)
There’s nothing like validation from your peers, especially in Hollywood, but seeing your name emblazoned in a front-end credit on TV is something music supervisors have found elusive — even when the show centers around, or is chock full of, music.
Interview: Music Supervisor Amanda Krieg Thomas on the Incredible Anthems of Twenties (Awards Circuit)
Asiahn, Dope Saint Jude, Musical Scores, Dinah Washington and Frank Sinatra collide in the wildly eccentric sounds of Lena Waithe’s series.
Sony acquires $250m stake in Epic Games, maker of Fortnite (MBW)
Sony Corporation, parent of Sony Music Group, has acquired a minority stake in Epic Games – the creator of Fortnite and Unreal Engine.
Inside the music of The Last of Us 2 with composer Gustavo Santaolalla (techradar)
Santaolalla, who won Oscars for his Brokeback Mountain and Babel soundtracks, sees clear parallels in his methods across cinema and gaming.
The next big music festival you attend may be inside a video game (The OCR)
Far beyond artists performing at-home, live-streamed concerts via social media, video game platforms offer a unique way for fans to be immersed in the music with graphics and interactive features.
How DEATH STRANDING’s Composer Scored “a Post-Apocalyptic Postman Simulator With Throat-Babies and Invisible Exploding Ghosts” (SPIN)
SPIN caught up with Ludvig Forssell to chat about how he managed to produce a soundtrack that captured the loneliness, tension, and hopefulness of Kojima’s not-so-fictional world.
A History of Music Supervision in Advertising (Synchblog)
Music consultant and founder of the Brooklyn Music Experience Josh Rabinowitz looks at how music-focused roles in advertising have evolved, from jingle writers and music producers to the modern-day music supervisor.
Music House Barking Owl Amplifies the Voices of Emerging and Independent Black Artists (Muse by Clio)
For Bayett, a native Angelina who co-founded Barking Owl a decade ago, the commitment to diversity runs deep.
Is the Jingle Dead? Not All Sonic Branding Is Created Equal (Muse by Clio)
Sonic branding is a hot topic in our industry. However, there is a deep misunderstanding about what, exactly, it is.
Spirit Production Music Combines Powerful Technology and World-Class Expertise with Launch of New Website (Synchblog)
Spirit Production Music is making it easy for content creators to find the best music for their projects. Here the team takes us through their innovative approach and powerful new site.
ALIBI Music promotes Julia Trainor to head of sync A&R (SHOOT Online)
ALIBI Music has promoted Julia Trainor to head of sync A&R, a move that recognizes the expanded role she has successfully assumed over the past several months.
The Ivors Academy and the Musicians’ Union warn that a new wave of buyout deals damage composers’ rights and careers (Ivors Academy)
The Ivors Academy and the Musicians’ Union have warned that a new partnership between Epidemic Sound and Adobe is part of a concerning trend to undermine the ability of composers to make a living through royalties.
Warner Music Group Partners With Hollywood Hitmakers Imagine Entertainment (Billboard)
The partnership gives Imagine access to the music libraries of WMG’s family of labels, as well as publisher Warner Chappell. The first Imagine/WMG joint is Genius: Aretha, the biopic series about Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
BMG strikes global music partnership with ITV Studios (MBW)
The deal makes BMG the new music partner of choice across all areas of ITV Studios’ business, covering records, publishing, production music and synch – and spans BMG’s central music company as well as BMG Production Music.
Nigeria’s Mavin Records partners with music licensing startup SyncFloor (MBW)
Seattle-based music licensing startup SyncFloor has partnered with Mavin Records, one of Nigeria’s best-known local record labels. The deal aims to bring the label’s catalog to more potential sync buyers via the newly launched Mavin Records SyncSite.
Universal Production Music launches on Alexa (Music Week)
Universal Production Music has announced the launch of a new Alexa product to enable users to search for and discover music from its catalogue, which houses more than one million tracks.
Production music firm Artlist raises $48m funding round (Music Ally)
Israeli firm Artlist is one of the companies offering a royalty-free catalogue of licensed music (plus video clips and sound effects in its case) to filmmakers, YouTubers and games developers.
Sync Licensing Jobs and Opportunities
Music Coordinator – Amazon Studios (London)
The Music Coordinator will work closely with the Head of Music and be an integral part to the music team located in London.
Calling all aspiring BIPOC music supervisors…
If you are a BIPOC and an aspiring music supervisor looking for an internship in supervision/synch, please DM me your resume. A link to DL is preferred. Ideally LA or NY based. I’m building a folder full of these to distribute to a variety of music sups & synch companies. Thx!
— Rob Lowry (@robertlowry) July 12, 2020
Coronavirus Sync Resources and Virtual Events
Guild of Music Supervisors Unveils Summer Panels Featuring Tastemakers From Insecure, Mrs. Maisel, More (Variety)
The Guild of Music Supervisors has unveiled its summer panel series lineup featuring many of the top musical tastemakers and composers working across television and streaming platforms today.
GMS Weekly Online Educational Panel Series in Collaboration with Mondo
The Guild of Music Supervisors have launched a free weekly online educational series featuring top music supervisors, composers and artists. While geared for students, it is open to all. Don’t forget to catch any panels you miss on Mondo’s YouTube channel.
The Ivors Academy’s Remote Recording Directory
A free and open database to connect composers for film, TV and games with professional musicians able to record from home has been launched by The Ivors Academy.
Sync Summit’s Sync Cafe
SyncSummit is hosting a Sync Cafe Daily Chat at 1PM ET to bring everyone together during the Coronavirus crisis so we can come together, speak about music, business and life. If you want to take part, just fill out the form below for access.
The Guild of Music Supervisors Canada hosts virtual 1:1 meetings with music supervisors
The Guild of Music Supervisors Canada is offering Canadian musicians the opportunity to virtually meet with Music Supervisors across the country.