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Americana Music In Film, TV & Games

Whether it's the hottest new movie, a trailer for the latest Sky drama series or a poignant moment in a television show; Americana music is all over the big and small screen. So how do you get your tracks synced to film and TV shows, what does a sync deal look like, what kind of fees are paid and how can you make the most of any on screen exposure? Our expert panel of Music Supervisors have worked on some of the World's biggest movies and TV shows, and are here to explain it all. The panel will be followed by a short listening session, where 5 tracks from attending artists will be played and offered sync feedback from the panel.

Delegate opportunity

The panel will also feature a listening session, where the Music Supervisors will pick 5 tracks submitted by attendees and play them out in front of the audience, offering feedback on how to get them synced. Details of how to submit your track for this unique listening session opportunity will be sent to all registered delegates in early January 2019, so book your ticket now!


Moderator:  Louisa Rainbird (Head of Creative - Television, at publisher Music Sales Group).

Louisa Rainbird is the Head Of Creative, Television for independent music publisher Music Sales, representing 250,000+ copyrights and working alongside world-class media composers such as Dustin O’Halloran, Ludovico Einaudi and Jocelyn Pook. She collaborates with broadcasters, producers and music supervisors to assist with music needs for television projects; recent highlights include The Crown, Civilisations, The End Of The F***ing World, Lovesick, Save Me and Marcella. Louisa previously worked in the Music Licensing team at Sky UK, overseeing the music in all commissioned programming, including Moone BoySouth Bank Show and A League Of Their Own. She co-created Sky Arts Sessions, and booked talent to feature in the series, including artists such as The Vaccines, The 1975, Don Broco and The Staves.

Ian Neil (Music Supervisor & Director, Sony Music)

Before becoming an independent Film Music Supervisor Ian built his strong reputation through his work as Head of Film and TV for Polygram Records; Head of Film, TV and Advertising and ultimately Director of the department at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. By placing artists such as LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY, THE CARDIGANS, MOBY, GOLDFRAPP, GROOVE ARMADA and many more high profile advertising campaigns, TV and Film Productions.

During his tenure at Polygram, one of Ian’s first big films, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, resulted in a double platinum soundtrack and a strong collaboration with Brit director Guy Ritchie. Ian was therefore Ritchie’s first choice for his follow up feature, SNATCH during his period at Warner/Chappell.

In 2005, Ian began to enjoy success as a Freelance Music Supervisor with many credits including CONTROL by Anton Corbin; JOE STRUMMER-THE FUTURE IS WRITTEN, ST.TRINIANS 1 & 2; KIDULTHOOD; ADULTHOOD; ROCKNROLLA, NOWHERE BOY, KICK ASS, ALAN PARTRIDGE MOVIE, 127 HOURS & SEX & DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL, which Ian is also an Executive Producer.

His work across all his projects and include sourcing existing material, finding new original content, organizing pre-records, attaching score composers, full management of source & score budgets, film spotting, licensing and contracting, compiling soundtracks and much more.

As of May 2010 Ian took the role of Director of Music for Film and TV for Sony Music. Overseeing Sony music content into Advertising, TV, Film and Computer Games. In the world of advertising: PALOMA FAITH’S cover of Never Tear Us Apart & TOM ODELL’S Real Love both in the coveted John Lewis advertising spots. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson & Bruno became the biggest synch track in 2015 and in 2016/17 has been instrumental in the Rag N Bone Man success having secured many synchs around the globe. More recently in 2018 Tom Walker’s ‘Leave A Light On” has become a smash hit single after being on the Sony Bravia ad campaign.

He continues to operate an independent music supervision company which of which over the last year has supervised FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (Paul McGuigan) KINGSMAN – THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (Matthew Vaughn) and WIDOWS (Steve McQueen).

Ben Sumner (Music Supervisor at Feel For Music - video games)

Founder of music consultancy, Feel for Music, Ben Sumner is a music supervisor specializing in the field of video games.  Twice voted Music Week Music Supervisor of the Year for Video Games and winner of a number of awards for music creation and supervision across gaming, advertising and radio.

Ben has worked on music for numerous games franchises including Assassins Creed, Just Cause, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Far Cry, Final Fantasy, Life is Strange to name just a few.  As well as numerous other projects including work for Google, Jaguar and the BBC.

Having started out as a DJ/producer over 20 years ago, his career has spanned numerous artist and media projects in a variety of roles.  Career highlights include remixing Candi Staton’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’, working with Florence & The Machine (Final Fantasy XV), Dua Lipa (Jaguar) and Daughter (Life Is Strange) and voicing a character for CBBC!

More recent projects include creating all music for the Just Cause 4 launch campaign, the Jaguar Pace campaign with Dua Lipa creating the most remixed track in history, and in-game music supervision for Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Matt Biffa (Music Supervisor at Air Edel - Harry Potter, Seven Psychopaths, Paddington, The End of the F***ing World)

Matt is a Music Supervisor, specialising in source music research and copyright clearance. His career spans 22 years, with his most recent project being Netflix’s “The End Of The F**king World”. Scored by Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, and featuring songs by Janis Ian, Hank Williams, Francoise Hardy, Shuggie Otis and Fleetwood Mac, as well a host of unknown doo-wop gems, the soundtrack has been universally praised and singled out as a highlight of the show.  Matt has also just completed "Sex Education" for Netflix, and "The Little Drummer Girl" for BBC / AMC.   Matt joined Air-Edel as receptionist in 1996, and was quickly recognised as something of an anorak / musical know-all. He cut his creative teeth sourcing music for commercials, such as Jonathan Glazer’s “Guinness – Swimblack” campaign, and during this time he began cultivating relationships with key members of the music industry. He moved into feature films, and has garnered a reputation for being a canny negotiator, as well as having a disturbingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of popular music.   He considers one of the high points of his career to be “Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire”, for which he put together a wizarding rock group consisting of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, and Jonny Greenwood and Philip Selway from Radiohead. He’s also very quietly proud of being the man responsible for putting Nick Cave’s “O Children” in a Harry Potter film.

Emily Barker (Artist/composer)

Emily Barker is perhaps best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She also penned 'Pause', which was used as the theme to BBC2 noir thriller The Shadow Line (starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Christopher Eccleston), and collaborated with multiple Ivor Novello and BAFTA award-winning composer Martin Phipps on the original score for US Civil War drama The Keeping Room (starring Sam Worthington and Brit Marling). In 2015, she completed her first full feature film soundtrack, for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector (starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen).

Emily has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road (with whom she released a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone, which was dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times). Her latest album, 2017's Sweet Kind of Blue, was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. The success of the album, with its seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk influences, and the globe-trotting tours to support it helped land Emily the accolade of UK Artist of the Year at the 2018 UK Americana Awards held at Hackney Empire in London.

Her forthcoming album of songwriting collaborations with Marry Waterson is called A Window to Other Ways. It was produced by Adem Ilhan and will be released through One Little Indian in March 2019.

Angela Penhaligon (Film, TV & AdsMusic Supervisor - The Grand Tour, Our Musical History, Coldblow Lane) 

Angela Penhaligon is a freelance Music Supervisor working across film, TV and advertising.

Recent TV: "Our Musical History" BBC & "The Grand Tour" Amazon

Recent feature film: Coldblow Lane

Recent advertising campaigns: Amazon, Hugo Boss, D Squared, Replay, Marmite, Dior, Mac (make up), Absolut

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