Tied to the popular feature, Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit features panels and keynote interviews with the music supervisors, composers, publishing executives and creatives driving music for TV, film, theater, video games and commercials.
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Commercial Synchs of the Year Presented by Pepsi
Leading music executives, producers, talent representatives and their partners will present case studies exploring the most successful commercial synchs in the last year.
Andrew Hampp, Columnist, Variety‘s “Songs For Screens” // Consultant, 1803 LLC
Rich Holtzman, Manager, Portugal. The Man; SVP of Marketing & Artist Development at AEG Presents
Andrew Kahn, Founder, Good Ear Music Supervision
Brian Nolan SVP, Seventeenfifty, Capitol Music Group
Jeannette Perez, President, Global Synch and Brand Partnerships, Kobalt Music
Linda Perry, Music Producer, Co-founder, We Are Hear Music
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Keynote Conversation with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Interviewed by Elvis Mitchell, Host, The Treatment, KCRW
11:15 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Networking Break
11:35 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. High-Scorers – The Composer Roundtable, Presented by ASCAP
These days, music in film and television might play the role of costar, plot device, emotional trigger and soundtrack all at once. What are the challenges faced by today’s composers for visual media? How has music placement changed with the arrival of Netflix, Hulu and on-demand digital television? What are the sonic trends and genres that directors and audiences respond to? Leading composers converge to discuss and share their stories.
Shawn LeMone, SVP, Membership – Film & TV, ASCAP
Jon Burlingame, Contributor, Variety
Marco Beltrami, Composer, (The Quiet Place)
Terence Blanchard, Composer, (BlacKkKlansman, Chi-Raq)
Ramin Djawadi, Composer, (Game of Thrones, Westworld)
Ludwig Göransson, Composer, (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station)
Tom Holkenborg, Composer (Tomb Raider, Alita: Battle Angel)
Pinar Toprak, Composer (Captain Marvel, Fortnite)
12:25 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Keynote Conversation with the team behind Netflix’s Westside
Shirley Halperin, Executive Editor, Music, Variety
Kevin Bartel, Executive Producer, Westside
Johan Carlsson, Songwriter/Producer
Tom Corson, Co-Chairman & COO, Warner Bros. Records
James Diener, Executive Music Producer, Westside
Jenn Levy, Director, Unscripted Originals and Acquisitions, Netflix
12:55 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Westside screening and Networking Lunch
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. In the Zeitgeist – Music Documentaries and Biopics
An exploration into the art — and science — of placing and clearing music from legendary artists’ estates into increasingly popular documentaries and biopics. What attracts estates to being involved in a film or TV project – the right cast, producer, director, script? How are filmmakers and publishers collaborating on which artists translate best for a doc treatment? Who’s owning music docs among streamers? And how are rights holders positioning hit songs to attract broad, cross-generational audiences to an artist’s work?
Jem Aswad, Senior Music Editor, Variety
Jeff Jampol, President JAM Inc.
Deborah Mannis-Gardner, Owner/President, DMG Clearances & Music Supervisor, The Defiant Ones
Jonathan McHugh, Music Supervisor
John Ottman, Editor, Bohemian Rhapsody
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. State of the Soundtrack in a Streaming World
Leading executives discuss the creative and business strategies driving today’s soundtrack industry across film, television and games. As playlists increasingly dictate music consumption, are soundtracks poised to pick up the baton? How does a soundtrack help create the identity of a project? What are the challenges t clearing and licensing songs today?
Andrew Barker, Editor, Variety
Spring Aspers, Head of Music, Sony Motion Pictures Group
Mike Knobloch, President, Film Music and Publishing for Universal Pictures
Paula Wagner, Producer, (Pretty Woman: The Musical, Mission Impossible franchise)
Kevin Weaver, President, West Coast, Atlantic Records
3:15 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Networking Break
3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Synch or Swim: Music Supervisors in the Digital Age
In this golden age of content, there is an abundance of opportunity for music supervisors. But with audiences divided across options, can the right soundtrack boost viewership? How does the process of curating and licensing music change when a streamer drops a whole season of episodes at once? What have trends towards franchises and superhero genres meant for film music supervisors? Are the rates for music supervision improving as delivery and consumption shift? The industry’s top music supervisors talk about their ever-evolving business.
P.J. Bloom, Senior Vice President, Film & Television Music and Soundtrack, Warner Bros. Records
Thomas Golubić, Music Supervisor (The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad)
Season Kent, Music Supervisor (13 Reasons Why)
Alexandra Patsavas, Music Supervisor (Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Riverdale)
Maggie Phillips, Music Supervisor (The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2; Juliet, Naked)
Morgan Rhodes, Music Supervisor (Dear White People, Queen Sugar)
4:20 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. Spotlight Conversation
4:50 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Keynote Conversation with Annie Lennox and Scott Salinas
Interviewed by James Patrick Herman, Contributor, Variety
5:20 p.m. Cocktail Networking Reception and Exclusive Preview Screening of Bohemian Rhapsody
WhenOctober 308:00 am to 6:00 PM
WhereNeuehouse Los Angeles
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Who Is Speaking?
- Annie Lennox
- H. Scott Salinas
- Terence BlanchardComposer
- Ludwig GöranssonComposer
Ludwig Goransson is a Swedish composer and producer. Most recently he composed the groundbreaking original score for one of the most commercially successful films of all-time, Black Panther. He also includes such films as Venom, Creed and Fruitvale Station – and television titles like Community and New Girl among his many credits. He’s produced records for Haim, Chance The Rapper, and been a longtime collaborator of Childish Gambino – producing the Grammy-award winning “Redbone.” Ludwig’s work can next be heard in Sony’s Venom and MGM’s Creed 2, and the upcoming Childish Gambino project.
- Tom HolkenborgComposer
- Marco BeltramiComposer, The Quiet Place
- Deborah Mannis-GardnerDMG Clearances
- Jeannette PerezKobalt Music
- Jonathan McHughMusic Supervisor
- Season KentMusic Supervisor
- Morgan RhodesMusic Supervisor (Dear White People, Queen Sugar)
- Paula WagnerProducer
Paula Wagner is a Film and Theatre producer. She develops and produces film, television, theatre, and new media projects through her company, Chestnut Ridge Productions.
She was the co-founder of Cruise/Wagner Productions, where she produced notable films such as Mission: Impossible I, II, III, Without Limits, Narc, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, The Others, Shattered Glass, and executive produced Steven Spielberg’s War Of The Worlds.
She served as CEO of United Artists from 2006 to 2008, and earlier in her career was a prominent talent agent at Creative Artists Agency, where she represented some of Hollywood’s top actors, directors, and writers.
Additional producing credits include the film Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson through her company, Chestnut Ridge Productions. The critically-acclaimed and award winning Lifetime original movie Five and The Governors Awards ceremony for AMPAS, 2013. Paula also produced both the 2011 and 2012 Producers Guild Awards show.
Her Broadway producing credits include the new hit musical Pretty Woman: The Musical starring Samantha Barks and Andy Karl, The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain & David Strathairn, Grace starring Paul Rudd & Michael Shannon and Terrence McNally’s TONY nominated play Mothers and Sons.
Wagner is a member of AMPAS, PGA and the Broadway League. She serves on the boards of The American Cinematheque and National Film Preservation Foundation and is a Lifetime Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and an adjunct faculty member.
- Jon BurlingameVariety
- PJ BloomWarner Bros. Records
- Kevin WeaverAtlantic Records
Kevin Weaver is the President of Atlantic Records, West Coast and a Grammy award winning music producer. He oversees all West Coast artist development projects for the label, while pushing to expand the scope of the bi-coastal company’s content and artist development business. Weaver is also responsible for providing oversight on the creation, A&R, marketing, promotion and distribution for all of the company’s soundtrack projects and operates a successful publishing co-venture between Atlantic Records Group and Warner/Chappell Music. Weaver joined Atlantic Records in 1994, and he has held numerous senior creative and executive level positions during his tenure at the storied label. In 2017, he was promoted to the newly created title President of Atlantic Records, West Coast.
A 20+ year veteran of the music industry, he is no stranger to success. Most recently, he produced The Greatest Showman – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack which received an RIAA Double Platinum certification, marking it the first soundtrack to score four weeks of 100,000-plus units on the Billboard 200 since December 2014. After spending three consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums chart (the first soundtrack to top the chart for three consecutive weeks since Frozen in 2014), the album broke Suicide Squad: The Album’s (also produced by Weaver) record, 33 million streams, twice-over for all-time top streaming weeks for a soundtrack with 39.6 million streams (up from 37.4 million the week prior). The album has reached #1 on iTunes in 75 countries, in addition to charting at #1 in the UK for 20 weeks and running. The musical film’s standout track, “This Is Me,” has seen an incredible response from critics and fans alike, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and a triumphant win at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song – Motion Picture.
Prior to The Greatest Showman, Weaver produced Suicide Squad: The Album, the soundtrack companion to Warner Bros.’ 2016 blockbuster, Suicide Squad. The album boasted the highest debut for a soundtrack in 2016 and held the largest streaming week for a soundtrack in history (until Weaver beat his own record with Greatest Showman) with over 32 million streams. Along with its chart-topping debut on the Soundscan /Billboard 200, the album hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Overall Albums chart in 66 countries around the world, including the United States.
Weaver also produced the Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album, which peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200 Chart, #1 on iTunes in over 65 territories and featured “See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth), which spent 12 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and is the best-selling digital song of all time.. He produced the soundtrack for Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 1 (Music from the HBO Original Series), which won a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, along with the soundtrack for The Fault In Our Stars, featuring the RIAA Certified multi-platinum single, “Boom Clap,” from Charli XCX. Weaver also produced the Girls: Volume 1 and True Blood Volumes 1 & 2 soundtracks, which subsequently earned him two more Grammy Award nominations. Further executive producer, and/or A&R Executive soundtrack credits include: Avatar (Music from the Motion Picture), Bright, Paper Towns, The Hangover 1 & 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Rio 2, Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up 2 & 3, Happy Feet and many more.
Alongside his lengthy career in A&R, music marketing and soundtracks, Weaver has been intimately involved in the development of the careers of artists such as Kid Rock, Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa, Fun, Icona Pop, Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Twenty One Pilots, Flo Rida, Ty Dolla $ign, T.I., Jason Mraz, Panic! at the Disco, Christina Perri, James Blunt, Cee Lo Green, the Zac Brown Band, Jewel and numerous others.
- Pinar ToprakComposer
- Ramin DjawadiComposer
- Andrew KahnGood Ear Music Supervision
A music & film nerd from the start, Andrew Kahn was fortunate to discover a trade that
marries his dual passions at an early age. After years spent in dusty record stores, in
college radio basements, and crafting meticulous mixtapes, Andrew landed a job as a
music coordinator on “The Sopranos.” There, he helped set the tone for the show that
would launch the modern wave of cinematic television. Andrew then transitioned to
advertising as the in-house music supervisor at TBWA/Media Arts Lab, where he
developed the soundtrack for Apple’s iconic campaigns from 2007-2011. As part of a
two-man music team, he ushered in a new era of music in advertising, one that focuses
on authenticity and curation, which we see in abundance today.
Andrew founded Good Ear Music Supervision in 2011, and it has grown to become a
leader in the field, providing quality music for hundreds of campaigns for clients
including Apple, Google, Nike, Target, Adidas, and award-winning work for Southern
Comfort and Cadillac. Andrew keeps on his musical toes DJ’ing at bars and events,
consulting for Human Rights Watch, and spends any leftover leisure time listening to
those same dusty records in a hammock on a hill in Los Angeles.
- Elvis MitchellKCRW
Elvis Mitchell hosts the KCRW’s nationally syndicated pop culture interview show, The Treatment. The guest lineup has included Oprah Winfrey, Sofia Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Ryan Coogler, Gus Van Sant, Allen Hughes, Lena Waithe and Judd Apatow. Mitchell has served as a film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the LA Weekly, Detroit Free Press and the New York Times. Prior to The Treatment, Mitchell served as the culture commentator for NPR’s Weekend Edition. In 2008, Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence aired on Turner Classic Movies.
- Jeff JampolJAM Inc.
- Maggie PhillipsMusic Supervisor
Music supervisor Maggie Phillips has lent her expertise to create the unique sounds of numerous TV shows and films. Phillips is currently the music supervisor for AMC’s new comedy series, “Dietland,” starring Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies, season two of Hulu’s Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” starring Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley, and FX’s hit series, “Legion,” starring Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza. Her music coordination can also be heard in the upcoming 2019 Warner Bros. comedy “Isn’t It Romantic,” starring Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth and Rebel Wilson.
Phillips also worked on FX’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series “Fargo,” starring Ewan McGregor, Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson and David Thewlis. Additionally, she supervises music for Starz’s “Counterpart,” starring J.K. Simmons, Epix’s Golden Globe-nominated “Graves,” starring Nick Nolte, FX’s John Singleton series, “Snowfall,” and the Netflix original sci-fi show, “Altered Carbon.”
In addition to television, Phillips has selected music for more than 30 independent and feature films. She is best known for her music supervision on Barry Jenkins’s Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-winning film, “Moonlight,” starring Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. She recently worked on the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz, the action drama film, “The Pirates of Somalia,” starring Al Pacino, Evan Peters and Barkhad Abdi, and Grammy-winning director Jesse Peretz’s romantic comedy, “Juliet, Naked,” starring Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd. She also supervised music for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominee, “Ingrid Goes West,” starring Aubrey Plaza.
Phillips has a long work history with The Duplass Brothers whom she met while attending University of Texas at Austin. She collaborated with them on projects such as HBO’s thriller series, “Room 104,” and “Togetherness,” the SXSW and Sundance film, “Cyrus,” starring Jonah Hill, and the TIFF film, “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” starring Jason Segel.
Phillips’s other notable credits include Netflix’s “Blue Jay,” starring Sarah Paulson, FOX’s Marvel-based superhero show, “The Gifted,” FOX’s comedy series, “Grandfathered,” starring John Stamos, and “Ghosted,” the comedic films, “Wilson,” starring Woody Harrelson, and “The Incredible Jessica James,” starring Jessica Williams, Amazon’s “Patriot” and “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” and Lionsgate’s romantic comedy film, “The Choice.”
- Alexandra PatsavasMusic Supervisor
Three time Grammy®Award nominee Alexandra Patsavas founded Chop Shop Music Supervision in 1998 and quickly earned a reputation for raising the bar in the quality of music selected for television series and feature films, including: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl, “Scandal”, ” “Mad Men,” “The Twilight Saga,” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. Patsavas’s current Music Supervision projects include television series “Supernatural,” “The Romanoffs”, “Runaways”, “Dynasty”, “Station 19”, and more.
A champion of independent artists, Patsavas has been responsible for identifying and exposing a remarkable string of original music to mainstream audiences. In the process, she has played an influential role in the development of such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Modest Mouse, The Fray, Ingrid Michaelson, and many others.
Patsavas has earned many accolades over the course of her career including one of Billboard Magazines 2014 Power 100 executives. She was dubbed Advertising Age’s “Entertainment Marketer of the Year” in 2006, included in The Los Angeles Times’ “West 100” (a list of the most powerful people in Southern California), named one of Variety‘s 50 honorees for their annual “Women’s Impact Report,” and regularly featured as one of Billboard‘s “Top Women In Music.” She has been profiled in Cosmopolitan, Wired, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Glamour, In Style, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Elle, Pitchfork, Billboard, NPR, and interviewed on CNBC and MTV. Patsavas currently serves as Chair Emeritus of MusiCares.
- Thomas GolubicMusic Supervisor
Thomas Golubić is a Los Angeles-based music supervisor, DJ and record producer. His
music supervision credits include the AMC series Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Halt
and Catch Fire and The Walking Dead, the Netflix series Grace and Frankie and Love,
the Amazon series Sneaky Pete, the Showtime series Ray Donovan, and the HBO
series Six Feet Under among many other film & television projects. In 2017 Thomas
became the president of the Guild of Music Supervisors, the same year he was
nominated for the first Outstanding Music Supervisor Emmy Award for his work on
Better Call Saul. The Guild twice awarded Thomas with Best Music Supervision in a
Television Drama for his work on Breaking Bad.
Thomas was twice nominated for Grammy awards for producing volumes 1 and 2 of
the Six Feet Under soundtrack album, and with former partner Gary Calamar was
responsible for the use of Sia’s “Breathe Me” in the final scene of the series. It is
considered one of the most memorable uses of music in television, and launched Sia’s
music career in America. Thomas is also responsible for producing four soundtrack
albums for The Walking Dead, the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul soundtracks, and
has assembled various remix projects for EMI-Capitol Records and MGM, including
reinterpretations of Peggy Lee, The Beach Boys, Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther theme
and EMI’s Christmas Classics remix compilation ‘Merry Mixmas’.
Thomas’ formative years, musically speaking, were spent as a DJ, music programmer
and on-air host for tastemaker LA radio station KCRW 89.9 FM. After ending his 10-
year residency at KCRW, he turned his attention to music production and live
audio/video DJ work. He formed The Arbiters, a music collective creating mash-up
music and video productions, free-released two EPs, and created audio and video
mash-up productions for clients including Google, YouTube, Microsoft and Levi’s.
Thomas has also become known as an innovative club DJ spinning broadly eclectic
music sets, often with live synchronized visuals. His SYNCHRONIZE re-score project,
featuring live DJ re-scores of classic films has been featured at the Sundance Film
Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Luminato Festival in Toronto, Dubrovnik Film
Festival, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, various residencies in Los Angeles, and has been
profiled on Turner Classic Movies.
You can find more information about Thomas, and the SuperMusicVision team, at: http://supermusicvision.com
- Rich HoltzmanManager, Portugal. The Man
Rich Holtzman has a long history of artist development. He spent years running some of the most legendary and progressive record labels before he moved into managing artists careers. Rich has been managing Portugal. The Man for over 12 years now, since their earliest days.
- 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
- Spring AspersSony Motion Pictures Group
Spring Aspers is presently the Head of Music for Sony Pictures Entertainment. As the
department head, she oversees all music-related aspects for each of Sony’s film labels.
Spring spent her childhood between the electric streets of New York City and New Mexico. Both
places would prove to be instrumental in developing her strong love for the arts.
She would then travel to Los Angeles, California where she attended Santa Monica College,
before transferring to UCLA. During this time she would obtain an internship with a music
supervision company and work on movies like “The Big Lebowski” and “Kingpin”. It was during
that time Spring would obtain the knowledge and experience she would need to step out on her
own and embark on the next chapter of her journey.
Going on to music supervise blockbuster films like “The Whole Nine Yards” starring Bruce Willis
and “Next Friday” starring Ice Cube, Ms. Aspers knew that music and film was where her heart
belonged and was excited to be a part of more projects.
Her excitement would be met with an offer from recording industry executive Lyor Cohen to
start and run the soundtrack department for then newly combined Island Def Jam music group.
She jumped at the chance and spent nine years in this position working along side artist like The
Killers, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Fall Out Boy, and Jay-Z who became president of the company during
Moving on from a department she helped create, Spring would be asked to join Sony Pictures.
In 2009 she assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Music Affairs. The soundtracks for
“Think Like A Man”, “Heaven Is For Real” and Whitney Houston’s last musical effort and film
“Sparkle” are just a few of the projects Spring Aspers has created while in that position.
In 2017, Spring was promoted to Head of Music just as her work with Edgar Wright on TriStar’s
Baby Driver led to a number 1 soundtrack on iTunes, outperforming individual artist releases.
- Mike KnoblochUniversal Pictures