A ‘Film Music Documentary’ with Gravitas

A ‘Film Music Documentary’ with Gravitas

Film music is ready for its close-up, thanks to Matt Schrader and Gravitas Ventures, which has acquired North American rights to Score: A Film Music Documentary. Schrader, a three-time Emmy-winning, writer, editor and news producer, directed this labor of love. Sixteen months, two crowdfunding campaigns and 50 interviews later, Gravitas has swooped in to give […]

Sundance Spotlight: Keegan DeWitt

Sundance Spotlight: Keegan DeWitt

The interweaving of emotional turmoil between two Brooklyn families is the backdrop backdrop for Golden Exits, the third project on which composer Keegan DeWitt has collaborated  writer-director Alex Ross Perry. The film, which screens at Sundance, features an cast of indie all-stars that is bound to draw significant attention: Chloë Sevigny, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Louise Parker and Adam […]

Mariah Carey New Year 2017

Mariah Carey New Year 2017

She survived marriage to Tommy Mottola, she’ll live through this. “Mariah Carey’s technical challenge during the Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on ABC took on a life of its own, garnering widespread social media mockery, including jokes that her circuitry was “hacked by the Russians.” Rushin’ to judgment, maybe…  It remains unclear exactly what happened, but […]

Hollywood Confidential

Hollywood Confidential

They might be the best movie music squad you’ve never heard of, and the Confidential Music team is happy to keep it that way.  The Santa Monica-based trio – composer John Samuel Hanson, artist Becky Hanson, and mixer-producer Kyle Biane – create custom music for movie trailers. Although their clients are technically the trailer houses, ultimately their clients […]

Miller Uncaps Classic Jingle

Miller Uncaps Classic Jingle

MillerCoors has gone back to the future as it seeks to reposition its Miller High Life brand with Bob Backer’s classic jingle from the ’70s: “If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer.” Backer, who also invented “Miller Time,” made his name at McCann Erickson, where he earned the epithet “legendary” before leaving to form […]

Duran Duran Hungry to Reclaim Copyright

Duran Duran Hungry to Reclaim Copyright

Duran Duran is embarking on an international litigation adventure that will have ramifications for U.K. music artists with U.S. publishing interests. The ’80s super group seeks to take advantage of a standard provision under stateside law that allows authors or their heirs to reclaim copyright after 35 years of third-party exploitation. The catch is, the group is based […]

Fun and Games with Steve Schnur

Fun and Games with Steve Schnur

In a company workforce of about 8,500 employees, Steve Schnur and his team of eight stand out. While about sixty percent of those thousands are artists, sound technicians and coders who create the game experience for the dozen or so titles Electronic Arts releases each year, Schnur and his staff oversee music. That includes supervising the scores for […]

Setting the Stage for Success

Setting the Stage for Success

Concert touring has in many ways become the lifeblood of the popular music industry, as artists seek to recalibrate earnings after the disruption of streaming. So it was no surprise that the executives onstage at the Billboard Touring Conference were able to fill the venue for “Contemporary Touring Strategies: The Agents’ Perspective,” Nov. 9 at the […]

Scooter Braun on Pop and Politics

Scooter Braun on Pop and Politics

A pop act manager’s job is “making irrational people do rational things,” SB Projects’ Scooter Braun shared in a Q&A session at the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards yesterday. As manager to Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and many more, Braun – whose bio claims he has “broken more new artists than any other […]