Tied to the popular feature, Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit will feature panels, workshops & interviews with music supervisors, composers, publishing executives & filmmakers driving music for TV, film theater, video games & commercials.
9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:50 a.m. to 10 a.m. Opening Remarks
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Commercial Synchs of the Year
Leading music executives, producers/talent and their partners will present case studies exploring the most successful commercial synchs in the last year.
Producer Linda Perry, for Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” cover by Willa Amai for Quickbooks
Brian Nolan SVP, Seventeenfify, Capitol Music for Migos “Stir Fry” for NBA
Rich Holtzman, Manager, Portugal, the Man for “Feel it Still”
10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Keynote Conversation
11:15 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Networking Break
11:35 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. In the Zeitgeist – Music Documentaries and Biopics
An exploration into the art of placing music from legendary artists’ estates into increasingly popular documentaries and biopics. Being able to use cross-generational hit songs can attract broad audiences to projects. What attracts estates to being involved – the right cast, producer, director, script? How are filmmakers and publishers collaborating on which artists translate best for a doc treatment?
Jeff Jampol, President JAM Inc. (estate manager for The Doors, Ramones, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters)
12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Come to Jesus Moment – Music Supervisors in the Digital Age
In this golden age of content, there is an abundance of opportunity for music supervisors. But with audiences highly divided across options, can synching the right song to the right scene boost viewership? For streaming TV, when a whole season of episodes is launched at once – how does that impact a supervisor’s music choices? What have trends towards franchises and superhero genres meant for film music supervisors? Has a challenged recording industry brought new creative energy into the business of music supervision? The industry’s top music supervisors talk about their business.
P.J. Bloom, SVP, Film & Television Music and Soundtrack, Warner Bros. Records
Alexandra Patsavas, Music Supervisor (Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Riverdale)
Morgan Rhodes, Music Supervisor (Dear White People, Queen Sugar)
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Networking Lunch
2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Keynote Conversation
2:30 p.m. to 3: 15 p.m. State of the Soundtrack in a Streaming World
Leading publishers discuss the creative and business strategies driving today’s soundtrack industry. As the overall recorded album business remains challenged, what keeps soundtracks steadily popular? How might soundtracks boost a film’s fortunes – and vice versa?
Mike Knobloch, President, Music, Universal Pictures
Kevin Weaver, President, West Coast, Atlantic Records
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. High-Scorers – The Composer Roundtable
If done well, music can take equal billing to actors in a hot feature film. That prestige has sent many major recording artists to compose. But as fewer studio films are being made in a competitive environment, what are the trends to follow and tricks to take in order to succeed? What creative musical genres – synthpop, orchestral, space/atmospheric are catching on? Leading composers converge to share their stories.
Pinar Toprak, Composer (Captain Marvel, Fortnite)
Ramin Djawadi (“Game of Thrones,” “Westworld”)
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cocktail Networking Reception
WhenOctober 308:00 am to 6:00 PM
WhereNeuehouse Los Angeles
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Who Is Speaking?
- Kevin WeaverAtlantic Records
GRAMMY® Award-winning music executive Kevin Weaver has been promoted to the newly created post of President, Atlantic Records, West Coast, it was announced today by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald and Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. Weaver, who has been with Atlantic for over two decades, has spearheaded the label’s tremendous success in the soundtrack, sync, and visual media arenas. In his newly expanded role, he will provide broad-based senior executive leadership on the West Coast, underscoring Atlantic’s bicoastal strength.
Prior to this appointment, Weaver was President, Film & Television and Executive Vice President, Atlantic Records Group. As Atlantic continues to grow its West Coast presence with a fully-staffed Los Angeles office, Weaver’s wide-ranging industry experience makes him ideally suited to take on this important new post. He will collaborate with all of the company’s departments, overseeing a diversity of Los Angeles-based artist development projects and working closely with Atlantic’s expanding talent roster. At the same time, Weaver will continue to grow the scope of the company’s content, film, and TV businesses, while originating and overseeing strategic alliances, media placements, licensing opportunities, and marketing initiatives.
“The appointment of Kevin as our first-ever West Coast President reflects both his expanded leadership position and the pivotal role that the city of Los Angeles and our fantastic LA team play in our success,” said Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman. “Kevin’s exceptional relationships across the entire entertainment industry extend far beyond the film and TV worlds, and have led to tremendous opportunities to break artists, grow their careers, and broaden their audiences. Having begun his career at Atlantic more than two decades ago, Kevin is a great example of our mission to mentor and groom executive talent within our ranks. He is one of the most accomplished and forward-thinking executives in our business, and is richly deserving of this important appointment, which reinforces our stature as a major force across the country.”
“It has been an amazing experience to be part of this label’s evolution and reinvention,” noted Kevin Weaver. “With Craig and Julie constantly championing innovation and creativity, from our artists and our team alike, they have created the model music company for the 21stcentury. LA has long been one of the world’s most vital music cities, and Atlantic has been at the center of its cultural life for many decades. I want to thank Craig and Julie for this wonderful new opportunity to further build our West Coast presence, while continuing to serve the artists and the company I love.”
A five-time GRAMMY® Award nominee, Weaver has produced a string of groundbreaking soundtrack projects that have become massively successful, genre-defying albums, while ultimately creating a seamless fusion of music into the DNA of a film or television series. Among his recent successes are the RIAA Platinum-certified companion albums for blockbusters Furious 7 and Suicide Squad. Furious 7 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) hit No. 1 in 77 countries, and featured the 9x Platinum, No. 1 smash, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, which broke a series of records, including the record for most streamed track in both a single day and a single week. Suicide Squad: The Album hit No. 1 in 63 countries across the globe, was the most successful streaming debut ever for a soundtrack album, sitting atop the Billboard 200 for two straight weeks upon its release. The album went on to spawn four Platinum and multi-Platinum singles, including the GRAMMY® nominated and 5x Platinum smash from twenty one pilots, “Heathens.”
Among his upcoming projects are soundtracks for the Netflix blockbuster feature film Bright, starring Will Smith, reuniting Weaver with his longtime collaborator Suicide Squad director David Ayer, and 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum. On the TV side, Weaver most recently spearheaded deals for two NBC primetime concert specials starring Atlantic’s Ed Sheeran and Parlophone/Atlantic’s Coldplay, and has been intimately involved with the production of the forthcoming CBS primetime concert special, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live At The Apollo.”
Kevin Weaver began his music career in 1994 at the Los Angeles office of Atlantic Records as Coordinator of A&R/Multimedia. The following year, he moved to the company’s newly established Lava label, where he spearheaded the development of soundtrack projects. Weaver took a break from his Atlantic/Lava career in 1998, moving to Tommy Boy Music as Executive in Charge of A&R/Soundtracks. He returned to Lava in 2000 as Director of A&R/Soundtracks, followed by promotions to Senior Director and Vice President. In 2003, Weaver became Lava’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Soundtracks, serving in that post for three years until becoming Senior Vice President of Atlantic Records. In 2009, he became Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Records Group, and in 2014 he was promoted to the newly created position of President, Film & Television.
- Pinar ToprakComposer
- Ramin DjawadiComposer
- Mike KnoblochUniversal Pictures
- Linda PerryProducer
Linda Perry has had a profound impact on pop culture through her work as a producer and songwriter. Perry’s first hit “What’s Up” was a global sensation and, since then, she’s written and produced songs for artists such as P!nk, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys. Linda was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2015 as a testament to her status as a musical icon. Most recently, she co-founded We Are Hear, a combination record label, publishing house, and management company, which develops artists by providing them with a creatively-free environment.
- Brian NolanSeventeenfify, Capitol Music
- Jeff JampolJAM Inc.