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April 21, 2011

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

ANIMATION MUSIC - It's Not Just For Kids!!

Our April panel will share the process of music for animation in both TV and film.  Award winning composers with top studio executives will offer insight to their expertise and creative processes.  Learn details of this unique and hugely rewarding relationship as the creative span explores all genres.  We’ll touch on many crucial topics, including licensing, publishing, soundtrack and budgets.


Danielle Diego
SVP Creative Affairs, Fox Music/20th Century Fox

Chris Douridas
Music Supervisor / KCRW DJ

Siedah Garrett

Christopher Lennertz

Jason Stiff
VP Post Production, Nickelodeon Animation

Jay Stutler
VP Music, Disney Television Animation


Cathy Merenda
VP Music Publishing, 20th Century Fox

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Chris Douridas, Jason Stiff, Jay Stutler, Christopher Lennert, Siedah Garrett, Michael Crepezzi (BMI / AIMP Board Member) and Cathy Merenda.


Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy House of Blues, Sunset. 

Additional Speaker Information

Danielle Diego is Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs at Fox Film Music helping to Music Supervise and oversee music creative and production (songs, score, soundtracks) at Twentieth Century Fox Studios across all film Divisions: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight, & Fox Animation. Danielle has been a Creative Executive at Fox Music for over 10 years, coming from MGM Studios, where she worked in TV production. While at Fox she has worked on a wide range of films including most recently RIO; Win Win, X Men; Wall Street 2; A Team, Unstoppable, & Night At The Museum.

Siedah Garrett is an outstanding singer/songwriter whose work has profoundly touched serious music lovers all over the world. Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated for co-writing “Love You I Do” – sung by Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls – Garrett’s is an artistry chiseled in all-around excellence. Across her remarkable pop music career, she has collaborated and associated with giants such as Quincy Jones, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Sergio Mendes. Garrett is the co-composer of “Man in the Mirror,” immortalized by Michael Jackson on his 1987 album, Bad. On that same project, Garrett also sang the chart-topping first single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, a duet with Jackson. Garrett then performed with “The King of Pop” on his Dangerous world tour. The Jackson classics were produced by Quincy Jones, who has been an ardent supporter and benefactor of Garrett’s amazing talents. She was among the first new artists Jones hand-picked to develop on his Qwest Records label. She initially showcased her voice in film – from the Billboard number one dance single, “Do You Want It Right Now,” in “Fast Forward” (Sidney Poitier’s directorial debut), to the Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager composition “Everchanging Times,” a Top 30 Adult Contemporary hit that was the end title theme for “Baby Boom.” Working with “Q,” she co-penned the sexy all-star soul ballad “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)” which featured Barry White, and lyricized The Brothers Johnson’s instrumental gem “Tomorrow” - both chart-toppers from Q’s platinum Back on the Block project. To this day, Garrett continues to work closely with Jones on even grander visions such as co-writing “I Know I Can,” the official theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics, as well as “Better City, Better Life,” the official theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Expo, which Garrett performed in Shanghai before a live audience of eighty thousand and a television audience in the tens of millions. Siedah’s latest offering is a collection of songs she’s just co-written with Brazilian pop music ambassador Sergio Mendes for the soundtrack from Fox Films’ 2011 animated feature, "Rio", which includes the amazing samba “Fly Love” performed by Jamie Foxx. Siedah’s songs continue to be recorded by today’s top film stars and recording artists.

Christopher Lennertz is a composer, producer, conductor, and arranger for film, television, video games, and records. After studying composition, jazz arranging, and theory in high school, Mr. Lennertz moved to California to study at USC’s Thornton School of Music with Academy-Award winner Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Baker, and David Raksin. He has worked with such artists as Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen, Mark Mancina, Ozomatli, The RZA, and Alien Ant Farm. He was named Best New Composer by Cinemusic for his work on Clive Barker’s Saint Sinner. His collaboration with Ozomatli on their record Street Signs garnered a Grammy Award for best Latin Rock Album. He won an Interactive Academy Award in 2004 for Medal of Honor: Rising Sun from EA, was nominated again in 2006 for Activision’s GUN, and was also nominated in 2006 for an Emmy Award for his music on the Warner Brother’s hit series Supernatural, produced by McG. His eclectic score for Tortilla Heaven won the very first Filmmusic Award for Best Independent Feature Score. He has written scores for The Comebacks from the producers of Wedding Crashers, The Perfect Holiday with Terrence Howard and Queen Latifah as well as Fox’s blockbuster Alvin and the Chipmunks, which has earned over $350 million worldwide. Most recently, Lennertz scored Marmaduke, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, The Godfather Part II for Electronic Arts, Activision's Quantum of Solace and the award-winning drama, ADAM, for Fox Searchlight. He just completed HOP for Universal Pictures starring Russell Brand. At only 39 years old, Lennertz has scored 39 feature films, 5 network television series, many of the worlds biggest interactive titles, and has spent weeks on the Billboard charts.

Jason Stiff is a composer who moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to pursue a career in composing for film. He started his Post Production career at Sony in 1997 and then started working on Film Roman’s “King of the Hill” in 1998, where he was the Post Production Supervisor. Jason left Film Roman in 2001 to work on Nickelodeon’s “Invader Zim”, which helped to cement him into the fiber of the Post Production department at the studio. Upon completion of “Zim”, Jason took on the role of the Director of Post Production, which encompasses many departments including the recording studios, Avid picture editors, Final Cut Pro Animatic Editors, ProTools EMR Editors, Machine Room, Vault, and all of the administrative positions that fall under the Post Production umbrella at Nickelodeon. He oversees the composers, sound effects/foley and final mix facilities, as well as any needs the studio may have in the Post Production realm for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons and the other various partners that make up the family of Nickelodeon/MTV Networks productions in Burbank. Despite his busy schedule, Jason has continued with his love of composing by working on live action short films along with several pieces of animation. This year, as the Vice President of Post Production, he continues to grow the department and to take on new challenges including tapeless delivery, HD and 3D content, and the expansion of the CG presence at the studio.

Jay Stutler is Vice President, Music, Disney Television Animation, a role he was promoted to in 2005. Stutler oversees the music featured in all Disney Television Animation series and movies for Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, including the Emmy Award-winning "Phineas and Ferb," Disney Junior's #1 series "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and the upcoming Disney XD series "TRON: Uprising." In his role, Stutler leads the music creative direction for each show, collaborating with songwriters, composers, vocal talent and musicians to develop original music in conjunction with Disney Television Animation's programming slate. Stutler's job duties also extend to the Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment division's feature and direct-to-video releases based on Disney Television Animation's television properties, and Walt Disney Records soundtrack album releases for Disney Television Animation properties including "Phineas and Ferb Greatest Hits" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse." Stutler began his career at Disney Television Animation in June 2000 as Supervisor, Music Production and then Director, Music, Disney Television Animation. Prior to joining Disney Television Animation, Stutler spent six years as the music director for Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki, Japan. In that role, he composed, conducted, arranged and produced music for all of the theme park's Broadway revues, classical concerts, atmosphere entertainment and season-specific featured stage shows.

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