Film and TV
Music supervisor Gabe Hilfer on overseeing the funky sounds of winning time (Flood Magazine)
Going into a basketball-related story, Lakers or not, what’s most impressive about Hilfer’s rapid-fire and funky sound collage is that it moves in lockstep rhythm—driving, bouncing—with all of its on-screen action.
Russian Doll music supervisor on the time-traveling cues of the ’70s and ’80s for season 2 (Variety)
These needle drops are apropos considering the central theme of the new season is time travel — whenever Nadia takes the subway. “We wanted the music to feel authentic and line up with the eras,” says Brienne Rose, music supervisor for “Russian Doll,” co-created and co-written by Lyonne.
HBO composer, music editor, and music supervisors on creating music for The Baby (American Songwriter)
“Honestly, I’ve loved the show right from the beginning, it’s always felt very good to watch, but with Lucrecia’s score it feels really special.”
Top TV Song Last Week: The Forever Now (feat. Mandy Moore) by This Is Us Cast (Tunefind)
NBC’s hit series This is Us takes the top spot for the most popular song on Tunefind last week.
Why Black-ish chose a Stevie Wonder song for the Johnsons’ emotional last scene (Cinemablend)
“As” is a song about love and a promise to love someone unconditionally. It certainly matched the vibe of the closing scene for the Johnsons.”
Interview with Celia Rose, cofounder of music agency What Up Pitches (Chicago Reader)
Celia Rose is one of the three founders of What Up Pitches, a music agency that combines a production house and a sync-licensing operation.
‘I don’t let my wife use it’ – great TV theme tune composers savage ‘skip intro’ (The Guardian)
Where does this leave theme tune composers? Have they grown to hate the little button that, according to Johnson, brings “a little moment of delight to audiences around the world”?
Do you know what rock song is the most expensive tune to use in a movie? (Loudwire)
Can you guess which rock tune is the most expensive song to use in a movie? The answer has emerged before, but one TikTok user recently brought the topic up again just to underscore the huge sum it actually costs to employ the classic rock track in a flick.
Hans Zimmer on how his music tastes haven’t changed, his creative process and what excites him most about technology (British GQ)
The legendary multiple Oscar-winning German musical genius talks to GQ after his intimate Sound of Colour concert in Geneva, an exclusive event organised for the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen.
The Beatles song rejected for the A Hard Day’s Night film (Far Out Magazine)
When asked for an appropriate song, John Lennon went home and wrote ‘I’ll Cry Instead’, but Lester wound up being unimpressed by the effort.
5 Trends That Defined the Music Space in Q1 (Adweek)
As more marketers consider tapping influencers, it’s music’s boundless, year-round ability to open hearts that makes artist-brand partnerships so uniquely powerful. Marketers are leveraging the music consumption boom, which is growing at record pace.
Playing around with sounds – branding lessons from the video game industry (Creative Brief)
The gaming industry is packed with sonic identities which aim to encourage immersion and create deeper, more meaningful connections with players. Mario is a great example of a game that has demonstrated an ability to establish a Sonic DNA, something that lies at the very heart of good sound design.
Tunefind adds coverage of video game soundtracks (Tunefind)
Over the past few years, we’ve been building up our catalog of over 800 games currently. Video games play a big part in the music world.
Video Games should learn from Remedy and feature more in-world original music (Game Rant)
Even background music can set the tone of an area, but Remedy Entertainment uses a specific kind of track to enhance its games: in-universe music.
Lizzo and GAYLE will perform in Roblox for the Song Breaker Awards (NME)
The Song Breaker Awards will premiere in Roblox on Saturday, April 30, and will be hosted by YouTuber and TikTok entertainer Bretman Rock, along with multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Lizzo, who will debut her metaverse performance.
Big Sync Music Expands in Latin America, led by Patricia Portaro (MBW)
In her new role, Portaro will oversee all of Big Sync’s upcoming projects related to film, TV, and sports, while bringing in new business and delivering on all elements of the supervision process.
Apple Fitness+ adds Artist Workouts: ABBA, BTS, Queen… (Music Ally)
They focus on ABBA, BTS and Queen, with each artist getting weekly workouts accompanied by playlists of their music across the various categories on Apple Fitness+ – dance, treadmill, strength training etc.
Universal Production Music Appoints Jane Carter as President (Music Week)
Jody Gerson said: “Jane’s much-deserved promotion to President is an indication of my commitment to solidifying Universal Production Music as the premier production library in the world through improved technology, innovation and best-in-class music.”
Beware the Buyout (The MU)
“The more educated up-and-coming composers are, the stronger chance we have of retaining our rights,” says Claire Batchelor. “As soon as somebody says yes to something, that commissioner thinks, ‘We can get away with this’. But if no composer took a bad deal, then there wouldn’t be any bad deals around.”
Roblox Music Boss Jon Vlassopulos is leaving the Company (Music Ally)
…It’s been a whirlwind three years for Jon Vlassopulos since taking over as Roblox’s head of music. Back then, it was still known mainly as a games platform for kids, but since then it has expanded into music via launch parties, performances and awards events.
AI-Powered Music Creation platform Soundful raises $3.8m Funding Round (Music Business Worldwide)
In practice, Soundful says that its platform can be used by social media influencers to download previously created tracks or automatically generate their own royalty-free music to “perfectly fit their aesthetic without knowing how to produce music or navigate the complex music licensing landscape”.
Sync and Licensing Coordinator – Cooking Vinyl (London)
The successful candidate will be highly organised with excellent administration and communication skills, a passion for music and a positive can-do attitude.
Creative Sync Licensing Director / Advertising – Megatrax (Remote – East Coast, USA)
Must have prior experience and successful track record in sync licensing, music pitching, and sales/business development.
Clearance Coordinator – Universal Music Publishing Group (New York)
This person will assist the Music for Advertising Clearance team with timely and accurate rights research, logging of relevant deal terms, vendor set-up, and the processing of license requests.
Creative Licensing Manager, US Television – Audio Network (Los Angeles)
Based in our LA office, the ideal candidate will have a background in Music and knowledge of the US Television Production Market.
Summer Sync/Tech Summit (July 25th-27th)
The Summer Sync/Tech Summit is an hybrid event with two days live in Nashville and online all three days event that will connect you and your music with the top decision makers in music licensing and composition for all forms of visual and interactive media.