February 6, 2019

From Variety:

"Composer and lyricist Marc Shaiman will be honored with the Icon Award at the ninth annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards, taking place Feb. 13 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The “Hairspray” and “Smash” tunesmith will be performing “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” the “Mary Poppins Returns” ballad he co-wrote with Scott Wittman, at the ceremony. “Lost Things” is nominated for the original song Oscar, and he’s also up for composing the score for the Disney sequel. Winning either would give Shaiman an...

February 5, 2019

Thank you to our members who joined us at our first ever GMS Meet the Nominees Mixer, sponsored by APM Music. It was a wonderful night celebrating our nominees and their outstanding creative achievements in music supervision this year. We look forward to seeing you all at the Awards!

Click Here for the Meet the Nominees Photo Album!

February 3, 2019

A spirited discussion between licensing companies and music supervisors, each discussing better ways to managing the ever-increasing volume of music submissions, demonstrating better creative pitch approaches, writing more effective creative briefs, and using technology and smart metadata to land the synch. Recorded at USC at the 2018 GMS Music in Media Conference.

Featuring Anny Colvin, Ann Kline, Rob Lowry, and moderated by Kristen Bushnell Perez


February 3, 2019

Join our conversation with current music coordinators who work on prominent Film, Television, and Trailer projects, as they transition into music supervisor roles. Together they’ll discuss tips for breaking into the industry and continue to expand the dialogue on how music coordinators can elevate the success and craft of music supervisors and music supervision in general. Recorded at the 2018 GMS Music in Media Conference at USC.

Featuring Evelin Garcia, Justin Kamps, Whitney Pilzer, and moderated by Garrett McElver


February 1, 2019

"Spoilers ahead for the first season of “Russian Doll.”

In the new Netflix series “Russian Doll,” Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), a cynical video game programmer with commitment issues, finds herself caught in a never-ending cycle of death and resurrection on the night of her 36th birthday party. No matter what Nadia does, she eventually dies and awakens in the same bathroom on that same night at that same party. And with almost every reset, the staccato piano chords of a nearly 50-year-old pop tune kick in. 

That song is “Gotta Get Up,”...

January 29, 2019

"In the season premiere of High Maintenance, The Guy, our dealer protagonist, has decamped to upstate New York to tool around for a while. He smokes weed, paddleboards, smokes weed while paddleboarding, and, at one point, attends a memorial service for an old hippie named Berg. While there, the late man’s rag-tag group of friends break out into a spectacularly out-of-tune sing-along to “Crimson and Clover.” It’s touching without feeling saccharine, and hits a perfectly wistful note for the moment.

It also made me notice that the...

January 25, 2019

"On the charts and in our headphones, the musical soundtrack dominated 2018.

“Shallow.” “This Is Me.” “All the Stars.” Songs transcended the big screen into radio rotation and streaming playlists, becoming as popular as, well, pop music. Just how consumed were the tracks composed for the silver screen? A quick look …

The dominance of The Greatest Showman can’t be understated. The Hugh Jackman-led P.T. Barnum musical biopic snowballed the success of a late 2017 theatrical release into consistent sales and streaming dominance throug...

January 24, 2019

"As any actor knows, music can make or break an on-camera performance. That means the fate of that performance sometimes rests in the hands of music supervisors like John Bissell, who here chats with Backstage about his work on NBC’s “The Blacklist.”

How did you get into music supervision for on-camera projects?

I’ve always been really passionate about music, and I’m a horrible musician. So after going to film school, I just started moving more toward music, and at that point—it was quite some time ago—music supervisors didn’t re...

January 22, 2019

"The songs in Alfonso Cuaron’s film, nominated for ten Academy Awards, take us to 1970s Mexico. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s film Roma is nominated for ten Academy Awards, including best picture, best director, best foreign-language film, original screenplay and best lead actress (newcomer Yalitza Aparicio) as well as sound editing and sound mixing.

The movie -- Cuarón’s reconstruction of the early-1970s Mexico City of his youth -- also nabbed best foreign-language film at the Jan. 6 Golden Globe Awards, and he won best dire...

January 22, 2019

"Twenty years ago, the must-see film at Sundance's opening night was a movie about punks in the Mormon-heavy city of Salt Lake City: SLC Punk! The cult classic made its U.S. debut on Jan. 22, 1999 to a sold-out auditorium, crowded with Utah's own punks celebrating a rare representation of the state's capital onscreen.

Not many films about punk get the ethos of the culture right, and SLC Punk! writer-director James Merendino knew this. When he wrote the film, he faced the tremendous challenge of creating one that would both appeal...

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