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Sesac Announces New Foundation to Support Minority Film Composers

  • Variety
Music-rights organization Sesac plans to co-fund a new foundation designed to support minority film and TV composers, officials announced at last night’s annual Film & Television Composer Awards in Santa Monica.

The Key Change Foundation, created by “Frozen” and “Ant-Man” composer Christophe Beck, “will provide grants to support scores by emerging film composers from underrepresented groups,” said Sesac VP of film and TV Erin Collins.

It’s a long-planned follow-up to Sesac Scores: The Beck Diversity Project, a mentorship program launched last year and designed to “make a meaningful impact on the historically low number of women and people of color hired in the film composer community.”

Over the past year, Sesac Scores held six events, involving more than 350 participants and hosted by industry figures including Beck, composer John Swihart (“How I Met Your Mother”), agent Richard Kraft and others.

Beck was among dozens of composers honored Thursday night for their work in film,
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Christophe Beck, Sesac Announce Program to Promote Diversity in Film Scoring

  • Variety
Christophe Beck, Sesac Announce Program to Promote Diversity in Film Scoring
Music-rights organization Sesac has committed $1 million to help promote women and people of color within the film-scoring community, with composer Christophe Beck taking the helm as adviser and coordinator, it was announced Wednesday night at its annual Film & Television Composer Awards in Santa Monica.

“Sesac Scores: The Beck Diversity Project” will be a five-year mentorship program to support under-represented composers, Erin Collins, vice president of Film, Television and Developing Media told the gathering of about 250 composers, songwriters and music executives.

Sesac chairman and CEO John Josephson said his organization was “thrilled to embrace a program that helps foster diversity in the audio-visual creative community, and which empowers creators to pursue their passion. Working with Chris to help execute his vision to provide the needed resources to under-represented composers is an important way that we can demonstrate our commitment to the music community.”

Educational programming, composer workshops, and financial support for
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Society of Composers & Lyricists hosts panel discussion with composers of ‘Goliath,’ ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ and ‘Patriot’

Society of Composers & Lyricists hosts panel discussion with composers of ‘Goliath,’ ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ and ‘Patriot’
The Society of Composers & Lyricists hosted a panel discussion Wednesday night with composers Dominic Lewis (“The Man in the High Castle”), Alex Wurman (“Patriot”), and Jason Derlatka and Jon Ehrlich (“Goliath”). Gold Derby moderated the event at the Landmark Regent Theater in Westwood that was organized by Amazon and Impact 24 PR. Lewis worked under legendary composers John Powell, Hans […]
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Discovered Gyrls

Allison Burnett, an La-based filmmaker friend, may have discovered a new revenue stream for struggling musicians and a way for indie filmmakers to afford quality music. While he was plotting the production of his latest film Undiscovered Gyrl (image above), he decided he didn't want his budget to be consumed by the cost of music publishing and sync rights for well-known songs. Instead he invited female singer-songwriters not much older than the protagonist to submit tracks to be considered for his movie. Unbelievably, he did this reach-out on Craig's List and soon had a hundred songs to chose from. Here's Mr. Burnett's take on his unprecedented song-gathering process:

I recently directed the film adaptation of my novel Undiscovered Gyrl. It is the story of Katie Kampenfelt, an 18-year-old who decides to take a year off before college and start a blog. What begins as the diary of a bubbly, funny teenage girl,
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2011 Summer Television Roundup (Part 1)

With an increasing number of major TV shows premiering during the summer months, Film Music Reporter presents a listing of this summer’s original shows and their composers. Featured in Part 1 of the Summer TV Roundup are the original shows on the networks (ABC, NBC, CBS), as well as on USA and Showtime. Check back for Part 2 to appear on this page soon.

ABC:

Airing every Tuesday night on the network is the drama Combat Hospital. The show centers on a group of doctors and nurses from Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and other allied countries saving lives and limbs in a war zone military hospital modeled on a real facility in Afghanistan. Deborah Kara Unger, Michelle Borth, Elias Koteas, Terry Chen, Arnold Pinnock and Luke Mably are starring. The show’s music is composed by Edmund Butt (The Dark, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) and additional
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Composers on USA’s ‘Suits’, ‘Necessary Roughness’ and ‘Covert Affairs’

Christopher Tyng (Futurama , Rescue Me) is scoring the new legal drama Suits. The show created by Aaron Korsh and starring Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Rick Hoffman and Gina Torres centers on a top Manhattan corporate lawyer who recruits a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout as a new associate. Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) who has worked with Tyng on multiple TV shows, including The Oc, Knight Rider and Covert Affairs is executive producing the show. Kevin Bray directed the pilot. Suits (formerly known as A Legal Mind) is set to premiere on June 23, 2011 on USA and the first season of 12 episodes will be airing every Thursday night. For updates and to watch the trailer, visit USA’s show website.

Also making its series debut in June is the drama Necessary Roughness. The show starring Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas, Mehcad Brooks and Scott Cohen focuses on a tough
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