Film and TV
Nostalgia Ultra: Why the Music of The Last Dance Hits So Hard (The Ringer)
The sports documentary event of the year plots the tale of Michael Jordan’s rise alongside hip-hop’s. It also invokes feelings from the past at a time when we need them the most.
Top TV Song Last Week: “Fire For You” by Cannons (Tunefind)
Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever takes top TV song last week with a big moment soundtracked by the band Cannons.
Interview: Music Supervisors Laura Webb and Lindsay Wolfington Discuss Soundtracks and the Musical Magic of To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You (Awards Circuit)
The music supervisors behind the To All the Boys trilogy, Laura Webb (Teen Wolf, Siren, Resident Alien) and Lindsay Wolfington (One Tree Hill, Fuller House, Virgin River, Into the Dark), are two rockstars in the music supervision game.
#WFH Diaries: Rebecca Grierson of SixtyFour Music (Muse by CLIO)
As lockdowns linger in most parts of the world, we’re checking in with creative people to see how they’re faring. Here’s an update from Rebecca Grierson of SixtyFour Music in New York.
The Great Soundtrack Has Some, Well, Great Tunes To Start A Revolution (Refinery29)
The music supervisor, Maggie Phillips, is also responsible for the music that similarly punctuates the end of episodes on The Handmaid’s Tale, and also worked on shows like Legion, Fargo, and Normal People.
Sync Story: Normal People/Billie Marten (Music Week)
Of 81 songs chosen for the show, which is airing via the BBC and Hulu, UK-based publisher Centric Music was responsible for licensing 17. Key among them is Billie Marten’s 2016 song La Lune,
IDK to Serve as Music Supervisor & Composer For Kevin Durant’s Basketball Doc: Exclusive (Billboard)
Along with running the operations on the music side, IDK will also narrate the documentary, which will showcase the talents of hoops stars bred in the DMV area.
Scoob! movie serves up diverse range of sonic snacks (New York Post)
“The theme song is obviously the one that stands out the most,” says music supervisor Gabe Hilfer. “We wanted to modernize the nostalgic original version that everybody has such an affinity for.”
Kamasi Washington on Writing a Score Worthy of Michelle Obama (Rolling Stone)
“I thought, ‘If Michelle was going to write a song, what would it sound like?’ ” saxophonist says of music he wrote for new Becoming doc.
Disney’s Newest Kids’ Music Powerhouse (Billboard)
How the Zombies TV-movie franchise drew inspiration from ’90s hip-hop and power from streaming.
Every Song On The Eddy’s Soundtrack (ScreenRant)
The Eddy features a soundtrack comprised of jazz standards and world music that’s specific to the Parisian setting. Here’s a complete list of songs.
Assassin’s Creed Composer Jesper Kyd Returns to Score Valhalla (Variety)
Composer Jesper Kyd is returning to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. He will score the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla alongside Sarah Schachner, who worked on Assassin’s Creed: Origins and, more recently, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Here comes the drop(kick): The sick beats in Streets of Rage (Washington Post)
The Streets of Rage series, one of the quintessential 90s video games, needed an update. Its music never really did.
Are bootleg game soundtracks damaging the industry? (gamesindustry.biz)
The popularity of video game music clashes with its lack of availability in physical formats — we examine both sides of this complex issue
More Than a Game, Minecraft Music Festival Is a Blockbuster (Variety)
The entertainment value lacking in most at-home performances opens the door to a music festival set within a game.
Sony is building a team ‘dedicated to reimagining music through immersive media’ – using Fortnite maker Epic Games’ Unreal Engine (MBW)
MBW has spotted that the music company is in the process of recruiting for a team of technical executives based in Los Angeles “dedicated to reimagining music through immersive media”.
Where Can Virtual Concerts Go After Travis Scott’s Fortnite Extravaganza? (Pitchfork)
On April 23, more than 12 million players of the battle-royale video game Fortnite put down their guns to watch a digital avatar of Travis Scott teleport around a beach, tower against a blood-red sky, and launch audience members into outer space
Songs For Screens: Anna of the North Talks Netflix, ‘Dream Girl’ Apple Spot (Variety)
Even in a pandemic, the impact of an Apple commercial in boosting a song’s streams and overall good fortune remains virtually unrivaled.
“The shift happened pretty quickly,” says Brian Monaco, Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s president/global chief marketing officer. Brands began looking for “songs of hope, unity, togetherness.”
Just Eat Orders Out for Snoop Dogg, Who Fixes the Brand’s Jingle (Muse by CLIO)
“Snoop’s remix allows us to connect with a younger consumer demographic, while also providing a bit of fun for our existing customers and fans of the original track,” says Just Eat marketing chief Susan O’Brien.
Synchtank Partners with Spirit Production Music (Platform & Stream)
Synchtank’s software will help SPM to make their catalog of over 200,000 pre-cleared tracks more visible to buyers and will support Spirit’s move into new licensing realms.
West One Music Group expands into Latin America (MBW)
West One Music Group is expanding into Latin America and Cristina Bellido, recently promoted to SVP of Business Development and based out of West One Music’s New York offices, is spearheading the company’s music licensing growth strategy.
Songtradr Happy Hour: Music Supervisor Round Table (Facebook)
join our panel of industry-leading Music Supervisors for an in-depth discussion on how the content business has been impacted by the pandemic, and what they predict will change in the future.
Extreme partners with Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records to create production music label (PR Newswire)
With this partnership, RW and EM will release more than 200 of these artists via the label for licensing to the TV, Film and Media industry exclusively on www.extrememusic.com.
Trailer music pros lead Protege’s career-minded soundtracking course (MusicTech)
New course made to build stable TV and film music careers gives away a week’s tuition for free.
Songs for Screens: The New Realities of Music Licensing (Variety)
Songs for Screens caught up with Mannis-Gardner to learn more about the best (and worst) practices for licensing songwriting and master recordings on social media, the outlook for syncs and the dangers of free licenses.
Manners McDade’s Clare Everson on adapting your sync strategy during lockdown (Music Week)
Here, Manners McDade creative manager Clare Everson offers advice for artists and songwriters on adapting sync strategies during the pandemic…
Apple sued over Amazing Stories sync (CMU)
The lawsuit relates to the revival of the US television series ‘Amazing Stories’ which debuted on Apple’s video-on-demand platform earlier this year.
Coronavirus Sync Resources and Virtual Events
The MPA’s Sync Talent Competition
During these unsettling times the Music Publishers Association (MPA) is giving budding songwriters between the age of 11-18 the opportunity to receive direct feedback from a panel of their members.
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.
US Unions Panel Discussion and Q&A – May 20th (GMS UK & Europe)
We’re are pleased to announce we are hosting a video conference for our membership with representatives from both AFM and SAG-AFTRA.
Marché du Film Online: Spot the Composer – June 22nd – 26th
This year, join the Marché du Film Online from 22 to 26 June 2020, and join our online event Spot the Composer. Spot the Composer invites film music composers and their artistic agents to meet via one-to-one online sessions film directors and producers looking for original music for their projects.
For more events check out our comprehensive list of music industry conferences which has recently been updated to include virtual events:
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