Film and TV
How This Music Supervisor Landed Her Biggest Gig Yet With I May Destroy You (Billboard)
Ciara Elwis grew up in Scotland, singing along in the car to The Beatles and obsessing over Disney’s Fantasia. “I used to watch it three times a week,” she says of her earliest memory putting music to picture.
Top TV Song Last Week: ‘Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann’ by NENA (Tunefind)
Netflix’s Dark featured the most popular TV song for a second week, this time with a track from German new wave artist NENA.
The Force Is Still Strong with John Williams (New Yorker)
A lifelong workhorse, he resists looking back and immerses himself in the next task. In the coronavirus period, he has been at home, on the west side of Los Angeles, focussing on a new concert work—a concerto, for the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen Music Supervisor Alex Lacamoire Joins Playbill Live to Answer Your Questions (Playbill)
The three-time Tony-winning music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator answered questions about creating Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, In the Heights, and more during an hour-long chat.
13 Reasons Why Reigns Over Top TV Songs Chart in Final Season (THR)
The fourth and final season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why again launches the show onto The Hollywood Reporter’s Top TV Songs chart, with Daniel Caesar’s “Best Part,” featuring H.E.R., ruling the June 2020 tally.
So You Want To Be A Music Supervisor? (Yay Team Productions)
A few things before you begin down this road, particularly in a freelance music supervisor role versus one “in house” at a film studio, production company, ad agency and so forth.
Fan Favorites: Most Popular Songs from The Old Guard (Tunefind)
Netflix’s The Old Guard held 9 out of the top 10 trending songs on Tunefind last week as fans sought out the action-packed soundtrack.
Thundercat pens track for the revival of the TV show ThunderCats (NME)
Thundercat has written a new song for ThunderCats Roar, the new Cartoon Network revival of the original 1985 animated series.
Joel Speaks to His Neighbors: Bill Bressler, Emmy Award-Winning Audio Engineer & Composer (Synchblog)
Synchtank’s Joel T. Jordan chats to Emmy award-winning audio engineer & TV composer Bill Bressler about his route into the industry, what his job entails, his first video game project & more.
Emmy Song Competition: With Music Branch Facing Hundreds of Choices, Is It Fair? (Variety)
Emmy voters are faced with hundreds of song choices — and are unlikely to ever hear most — from picks by the Weeknd, RuPaul and Nick Jonas to John Oliver’s “Eat S—, Bob.”
Songs for Screens: P-Valley Composer Matthew Head on Crafting His ‘Trap Noir’ Score (Variety)
The Atlanta-based Head produced and composed music for the last four episodes of P-Valley’s first season, and credits a highly collaborative relationship with Hall for his creative process.
Mapping Every Musical Reference in The Sopranos (VICE)
From AJ’s Coal Chamber hoodies to the ACDC blasting at Bada Bing!, David Chase’s iconic HBO show made unparalleled use of musical references.
Gaming’s Top Synch Players (Billboard)
These are the executives soundtracking games and esports events.
From Music Star To Avatar: Tech-Savvy Lawyers Share Tips For Negotiating Artist Appearances In Video Games (Billboard)
Performers looking to tap into the gaming business need to retain control over all permutations of how they appear and act. As one attorney says, an avatar “can live on forever”.
Meet the Guys Who Create Major Gaming Soundtrack (Songtradr)
We recently hosted our fifth “Happy Hour” livestream event, Music for Gaming: What’s Working + What’s Ahead. The hour-long sit down included two of today’s foremost video game sync professionals and soundtrack coordinators.
Sony Music’s secret video game project keeps building, following parent’s $250m investment in Fortnite maker Epic (MBW)
According to a fresh pair of job descriptions spotted by MBW, Sony Music is planning to “bring to life a new era of immersive entertainment centered around music for an unannounced project”.
Atari’s new mobile music games series starts with Avicii (Music Ally)
Atari is one of the most famous brands of all in the gaming industry, although nowadays it’s making mobile games (among other activities) rather than ruling the world with consoles.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in advertising music (Creative Review)
The influence of Ennio Morricone, who died last week aged 91, extended beyond movies into advertising. Here, MassiveMusic’s Paul Reynolds examines the lessons the ad industry can learn from the legendary composer
Creating an Ad Jingle Is a Different Process When It’s for TikTok (Adweek)
Going back to advertising’s roots, one creative agency has found success in developing jingles—for social media platforms.
2020’s Music+Sound Awards winners announced (Shots)
Heralding music and sound excellence within the media, The Music+Sound Awards have announced the winners of its 2020 competition.
GMS Health & Safety Recommended Protocols and Guidelines (GMS)
Guild of Music Supervisors recommended protocols below are intended to supplement already-established return to work guidelines as published by multiple entertainment industry unions and advocacy groups.
Sister Music launches boutique label to support female musicians (Music Week)
Music supervision agency Sister Music has launched Sister X, a new label to highlight the work of female composers and producers.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard producer Millennium inks deal with music rights firm Kobalt (Deadline)
An objective for the partnership is to license Millennium’s music across media including film, TV, advertising, games, podcasts, and the internet.
BMG Production Music acquires Dynamic Music (Music Week)
The deal marks an evolution of the relationship between BMG and Dynamic, following their global sub-publishing agreement in 2018. Since that deal, Dynamic’s revenue has doubled, as the company secured 100-plus hours of music use across global television and radio stations from some 30,000 usages.
Riptide acquires sync company Hidden Track Music (Music Week)
Operating since 2011, Hidden Track Music represents labels, publishers, songwriters and artists, servicing to film, television, film trailers, advertising, sports and video games.
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.
Production Music Association’s PMA Academy
The Production Music Association’s PMA Academy is a biweekly, virtual webinar series focused on educating composers and industry professionals. The program was developed in order to provide additional events for PMA members across the globe and further bring our entire community together.
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.