Cheryl Tiano, Hollywood Film Music Agent, Dies at 59

Cheryl Tiano
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Cheryl Tiano

She spent nearly three decades with the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency and repped composers behind 'Avengers,' 'Transformers' and 'Austin Powers' movies.

Cheryl Tiano, an agent for the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency who represented composers for film, television and video games, died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from heart surgery, a publicist announced. She was 59.

Among the musicians Tiano represented were Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers), George S. Clinton (the Austin Powers films), Sean Callery (24), Gabriel Mann (Modern Family) and Jesper Kyd (Assassin's Creed video games).

Tiano spent the past 27 years with GSA and developed its video games and interactive division, through which she encouraged game producers to elevate their soundtracks by utilizing orchestras and prominent composers.

"Cheryl was sensitive to the art form itself and to the artists who created it," GSA partner Sam Schwartz said in a statement. "She had a unique, effervescent personality. She was dedicated to her clients, her work and her relationships."

Added GSA partner Michael Gorfaine: "She was a talented representative who was very detail-oriented and homework-driven, all of which was wrapped around a core of decency, integrity and a deep love of music. She never wavered from those values."

A musician herself, Tiano was born in Cincinnati and studied composition at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After graduating from the California Institute of the Arts, she spent several years working with arts organizations including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she ran its prestigious Monday Evening Concert series, before joining Gorfaine/Schwartz in May 1993.

"Cheryl was one of the smartest, most loving and incredible human beings I've ever had the privilege to know for the last 24 years as my agent and friend," Tyler said. "She was a true beacon in the music world and a champion for change for so many. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved her. This loss is incalculable."

"Cheryl was that rarest of rare combination of a really great person and a really great agent," said Clinton. "I feel so fortunate to have been both her client and her friend. Hollywood will be a darker place now because we've lost her bright light."

"The word 'agent' is too impersonal," Callery said. "She was someone I loved and trusted unconditionally with absolutely anything. She often knew more what was going on in my head than I did. I suppose the word 'consigliere' comes closer, but not quite. Not once in 24 years of conversation did she ever put me on hold or step away. If God ever needs an agent, he sure has one now."

Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Frank Gerechter; her father, Hi; her sister, Linda; and her stepson, Joseph.

A memorial will be held at a later date. The family suggests that donations in her name be made to local animal rescue organizations.