Film and TV
The Story Behind The Music Of Woke (Essence)
To help add the right sounds to the series, Issa Rae’s record label, Raedio, tapped an all-star team of Sarah Bromberg, Philippe Pierre, and Stephanie Diaz-Matos to curate the show’s soundtrack.
Synchs Of Distinction: The Most Popular Songs & The Most Influential Shows For Discovery (Billboard)
When it comes to music discovery on TV, Netflix dominates. Tunefind — which tracks TV synchs and their popularity among its 3.5 million monthly users — and Nielsen Music/MRC Data have compiled the top 50 synchs of 2020 year to date, and found that 33 of them were placed in series exclusive to the streaming giant.
How Music Supervisor Ryan Neill Crafted The Soundscape For Arts Academy Thriller Nocturne (Synchblog)
Produced by Blumhouse, it is one of eight titles being released in 2020/2021 as part of ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’, an anthology of unique and unsettling thrillers showcasing diverse casts led by emerging filmmakers, including several female directors.
Top TV Song Last Week – October 15: “Boys Wanna Be Her” By Peaches | October 20th: “I Shall Believe” By Sheryl Crow (Tunefind)
The last two weeks have seen tracks from Amazon Prime’s The Boys and Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor top Tunefind’s popular songs list.
Nicholas Britell, Hildur Guðnadóttir Among Honorees At 20th Annual World Soundtrack Awards (Deadline)
The 20th annual World Soundtrack Awards saw composers Nicholas Britell and Hildur Guðnadóttir take home prizes for their musical works featured in HBO’s Succession and Todd Philip’s Joker, respectively.
How To Get Music Supervisors To Listen To Your Tunes: Top Supes Share What Works (Billboard)
The top synch experts behind shows like Insecure, PEN15 and The Last Dance explain how they find material and how to pitch them successfully. Hint: Do your research.
An Eclectic Soundtrack Marks the Beating Heart of a Tyler Perry Film (Variety)
Music supervisor Joel C. High distinctly remembers meeting Tyler Perry for the first time in 2004 on “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” “It changed my life,” says High of what was the beginning of a beautiful filmmaker-music supervisor partnership that continues to this day.
Janelle Monae Transforms Into a 3D Avatar for VR Lovecraft Country Performance (Hollywood Reporter)
The final ‘Sanctum’ event, to coincide with the season one finale, offered exclusive access to a world inspired by the show, where fans could interact with one another while experiencing a digital world for themselves.
The Super Synch Club: Acts Landing Hundreds Of Placements A Year (Billboard)
How pop-rockers The Score, singer-songwriter Kari Kimmel and others tapped into a lucrative strategy of placing their tracks in TV series, films and video games.
The Story Behind the Music of Sneakerheads (Complex)
If you’re going to make a show about sneaker culture, you need to get the music right, and the producers of Sneakerheads made sure they had the right team in place to create an authentic soundtrack for the series.
Netflix has a ‘secret’ site showcasing the Mank soundtrack by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (The Verge)
David Fincher’s new movie Mank comes out in just over a month, but if you want a sneak peek at the film, Netflix has a put out a (not so) ”secret” website showcasing its soundtrack and behind-the-scenes stills.
Measuring Synch Success: 7 Case Studies (Billboard)
Streaming data is just one way of looking at the effect that a song placement can have on the growth of artists and their fan bases.
Songs For Screens: How Joesef Got A Song On Electronic Arts’ FIFA 21, The ‘Holy Grail’ Of Sync (Variety)
Not only has he scored a sync in one of his favorite video games, the newfound exposure the placement will bring is sure to bring a happier outcome than the breakup that initially inspired the driving, trumpet-laden song. “It’s a wee bit of positivity at this really shite time, at the moment.”
COD: Black Ops Cold War Brings Back Series Composer Jack Wall For Score (ScreenRant)
Video Game composer Jack Wall returns to the Call of Duty franchise with a hauntingly beautiful score that will transport gamers to the 80s Cold War.
Interview: Transforming with Metamorphosis Composers Mikolai Stroinski and Garry Schyman (Push)
Recently, we got the chance to sit down with the composing duo responsible for the soundtrack in Ovid Works’ latest curiosity; Metamorphosis. A fascinating puzzle-adventure title inspired by the Franz Kafka novella of the same name.
New Korn Music Video Premiering Inside World Of Tanks Blitz As Part Of A Halloween Event (gamespot)
This is all happening as part of the new event called “Convergence,” which runs from October 16 through October 24. As part of the event, players can unlock pieces of Korn artwork by completing objectives, and the music video itself will premiere in the free-to-play game.
Twitch purges videos after “thousands” of requests from music labels (gamesindustry.biz)
Twitch has deleted thousands of videos and clips from streamers’ archives as it clamps down on the use of copyrighted music.
J Balvin to headline the big Halloween event in Fortnite (Music Ally)
“J Balvin and Epic Games will be bringing this performance to life using innovative XR (cross reality) technology using LED walls and camera tracking,” announced the publisher.
Beastie Boys License a Song for an Ad for First Time Ever, for Joe Biden Spot Focused on Live Music Shutdown (Variety)
It wasn’t just any campaign spot, but one that focuses on how the COVID-19 shutdowns have decimated the live music industry.
Voices for diversity (Shots)
From Hook and Line, owner Bryan Senti and partner Abby Diamond collaborate on an essay that reflects how music companies need to step up to match their audio talent to the ad content.
How A Good Sonic Strategy Can Help Pull A Brand Through Tough Times (MAD//Insight)
We’ve known this for years but it’s still something we have to educate brands and agencies on all the time – proving why we deserve a seat at the creative table, and how sound and music can create the perfect opportunity for brands to stand out.
Why Some Sonic Logos Actually Hurt Their Brands During Covid (Muse by CLIO)
This summer, sonic branding studio Man Made Music, together with research firm Sentient Decision Science, investigated whether the current cultural shifts in the U.S. due to Covid-19 impacted how brands are perceived.
Synch’s Power Players: Meet The Industry’s Top Licensing Exec (Billboard)
Here’s how music’s top synch executives have adapted — and their advice for artists hoping to land tunes on TV.
Spirit Music Group Restructures Synch Team, Hires Major Label Veteran Amy Hartman (Variety)
Spirit Music Group, the 25-year-old independent music publisher, has brought in Amy Hartman for the position of senior vice president, creative services.
Reservoir Expands Creative Team with Key Promotions and New Hires (Music Week)
Reservoir’s creative team is now 12-strong, stationed from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles, looking after the company’s roster of 80 active songwriting and producing talent.
Freeplay Music Calls Ford’s “False Advertising” Claim In Copyright Dispute “Absurd” (CMU)
Production music company Freeplay has hit back at the Ford motor company in an ongoing dispute over the latter’s use of the former’s music without licence.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Names Russell Emanuel President & CEO of Production Music (Variety)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced it has centralized its two production music divisions — Extreme Music and EMI Production Music — as one global operation and named Russell Emanuel as its President & CEO.
Music Supervisor, EMEA – VICE Media Group (London)
As the music supervisor you’ll handle all music licensing and placement needs from sourcing affordable, creative options to ensuring all necessary rights are secured within budget for all VICE platforms.
Systems & Asset Administrator – Warner Music Group (Los Angeles)
This is a fantastic opportunity to join the innovative and highly sought-after IT team at Warner Chappell Production Music.
Sales/Licensing Rep – DL Music (Los Angeles)
LA based DL Music seeks experienced Sales/Licensing Rep for their extensive background instrumental, song, new artist catalogs & original music creative services.
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Everything in Sync: Innovative Tools for Finding, Placing, and Monetizing Music in Film, TV, and Advertising (October 28, 10am PT)
Catch Synchtank Marketing Manager and Synchblog editor Emma Griffiths moderating the ‘Everything in Sync’ panel as part of the Music Tectonics Conference next week. Head here for $20 off your badge.
GMS Fall Fundraising Panel: SCARY MOVIE PANEL (October 29, 3:30pm PT)
Thursday, October 29, 3:30pm PT – GMS Fall Fundraising Panel: SCARY MOVIE PANEL
GMS Fall Fundraising Panel: Music in Games – Where We Are And Where We’re Going (November 5, 3:30pm PT)
Thursday, November 5, 3:30pm PT – GMS Fall Fundraising Panel: Music in Games – Where We Are And Where We’re Going. Details TBA.
For more events check out our comprehensive list of music industry conferences which is regularly updated to include virtual events: