News and notes in the world of film and TV music


BMI/Billboard/Gibson Guitar Panel Tackles Licensing

As part of its "Industry Insider" series, BMI, along with Gibson Guitar and Billboard, is hosting a panel discussion titled "Getting Your Music in Film & TV" tomorrow from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Gibson Guitar showroom in Beverly Hills (9350 Civic Center Drive). The panelists will be discussing how composers and songwriters can get their music used in film and television programs, as well as working with independent filmmakers, score versus source music and how to best source your music to music supervisors. Moderated by Ray Yee, senior director of film and TV relations at BMI, the discussion will include panelists Jojo Villanueva, music supervisor with Format Entertainment ("Epic Movie"); Wilson Yau, music supervisor with MTV ("Real World"); Season Kent, music supervisor with Season Kent Film Music ("Harold and Kumar 2"); Rachel Levy, vp motion picture music with the Weinstein Co.; and the musical duo Lexicon (Gideon Black and Nick Black).

DMI Roundtable Discussion Examines Branding

DMI Music and Media Solutions held a roundtable discussion at the Pasadena Ritz-Carlton on Aug. 2 to discuss cutting-edge branding strategies. Moderated by Becky Ebenkamp, panelists included Tena Clark, founder and CEO of DMI; Michael Tam, SVP and chief marketing officer for Borders Group Inc.; Emilio Pardochief, brand officer for AARP; Kay Koplovitz, founder, USA Network, and principal, Koplovitz & Co.; and Ted Cohen, managing partner of TAG Strategic. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, DMI Music and Media Solutions executes comprehensive music branding strategies using music, interactive media and nontraditional distribution channels to connect brands to consumers.

Debney and Friends Spice Up Ubeda Conference

Ubeda, Spain, hosted more than a thousand film music professionals, journalists and fans from all over the world at the third annual International Film Music Conference. This year, Oscar-nominated composer John Debney ("The Passion of the Christ") served as honorary president. He was joined by a number of leading composers, including John Powell ("The Bourne Ultimatum"), David Arnold ("Casino Royale") and Bruce Broughton ("Silverado"), as well as Spanish composers Roque Banos and Marc Vaillo. The three-day event was highlighted by a symphonic concert that was conducted by these composers and performed by the acclaimed Orchestra Filarmonica of Spain. The conference, which ran from July 19-22, was organized by the BSOSpirit Society and supported by the Ubeda City Hall.

Carlin Named Chair of Berklee College of Music's Film Scoring Department

Kari Juusela, dean of Berklee's Professional Writing Division, announced the appointment of Dan Carlin, co-founder of Segue Music, as chair of the college's film scoring department. He replaces founding film scoring chair Don Wilkins, who instituted the department in 1979. An Emmy-winning music editor ("Under Siege"), Carlin served as executive director of the Henry Mancini Institute between 2004-07. In addition, he recently completed two terms as chair of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and has served for more than 20 years on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Music Executive Committee.