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June 19, 2008

Time: 11:30am-1:45pm

Film/TV: New Opportunities & Trends

TV is the new radio. Emerging artists are finding new audiences with placements in Film & TV. In addition, with CD sales down, publishers are looking to Film/TV to offset their losses. A panel of industry experts will discuss the increasing importance of Film/TV placements including the latest trends, emerging technology, and how to make a placement in that next Film/TV blockbuster.

From left: Joei Alvarez, Cherry Lane; Ward Hake, 20th Century Fox TV; Randy Spendlove,
Paramount; Jennifer Pyken, Lucky Duck Music; Wendy Christiansen, Warner/Chappell and
Michael Crepezzi, BMI (AIMP VP)

All photos by Janet Landrum


Jennifer Pyken
Music Supervisor, Lucky Duck Music

Ward Hake
VP Music, 20th Century Fox TV

Joei Alvarez
West Coast Creative Director, Cherry Lane Music Publishing

Wendy Christiansen
VP Film & TV, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Randy Spendlove
President, Motion Picture Music, Paramount Pictures


David Quan
Director, Music Services, NBC Un

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood. Valet parking, on site $7. Call 323-848-5100 for directions.

Additional Speaker Information

Ward Hake is the Vice President of Music for 20th Century Foxs TV Music division. He oversees all creative aspects for 20th Century Fox, Regency TV, Fox TV Studios, and their newest studio Fox 21. Some of the 30+ shows include hits like; 24, Prison Break, The Simpsons, Family Guy, My Name Is Earl, How I Met Your Mother, The Unit, The Shield, Shark and Bones. He oversees all creative needs, starting with the pilot through the shows life on the air. This includes hiring of the music supervisor, composer and getting an original theme song written for every show. Some of the artists that have written theme songs for Fox this past year have been; Gavin Rossdale, Everlast, Dr. John, Dirty Vegas, Crystal Method, and Sugarcult.

Hake began his career as an intern for Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins at their company Hit-n-Run in NYC. The first paying gig was with Warner/Chappell Music in NYC, working as an in-house demo producer. In his four years there he recorded demos with various song writers from all over the world. He is also a musician, songwriter, and producer who has had various songs of his own placed in TV shows and has even been an opening act for Motley Crue. His guitar playing can be heard on the Shark theme song for CBS, and he has even produced a remix of Crystal Method for the Bones theme for FOX.

Wendy Christiansen, Vice President Film & Television Music at Warner/Chappell is responsible for securing licensing opportunities for Warner/Chappell music in film and television projects. She identifies and develops creative synchronization opportunities and initiates innovative solutions for the synchronization needs of potential licensees by means of working closely with studio executives, music supervisors, directors, producers, and music editors. In addition, she is responsible for developing marketing tools and concepts to promote Warner/Chappell songs and songwriters for synchronization projects. A key component to her role is building and maintaining relationships with Warner/Chappell songwriters and their representatives.

Christiansen is based in Los Angeles and also oversees the day-to-day duties of the West Coast creative licensing staff.

Before joining WMG, Christiansen was Senior Director, Film Music for BMG Music. Prior to that she was Senior Director Creative Film & Television at Zomba Music, where she was responsible for the promotion, placement and licensing of all Zomba controlled record label masters and publishing copyrights for film, television, soundtrack albums and commercial use. She began her music career in publicity at RCA Records/BMG.

As President of Motion Picture Music, record producer and Grammy Award winner Randy Spendlove oversees all aspects of music for Paramount and DreamWorks films.

He supervised the music and co-produced the soundtrack album for Dreamgirls, which was nominated for three Best Song Academy Awards and sold over 2.5 million copies. Following the success of last summers Transformers, he is currently working on music for David Finchers The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Steven Spielbergs Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Mike Myers Love Guru, with Bollywood-inspired songs.

Previously, as President of Motion Picture Music at Miramax, Spendlove was instrumental in the success of the film and soundtrack of Chicago. He won a 2004 Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, and the soundtrack sold over 3 million copies worldwide. His work on Cold Mountain received six 2005 Grammy nominations, and Finding Neverland and Aviator received two 2005 Golden Globe music nominations. He is also an accomplished musician, and appears on the Dreamgirls soundtrack. A devoted husband and father, Spendlove serves on the board of the Society of Young Composers, and mentors young composers and musicians at UCLA and USC. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy.

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