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June 19, 2014

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

JUSTIFIED: A Case Study Of A Perfect Marriage Of TV And Music

The music team from the acclaimed FX series JUSTIFIED discuss their creative process.  

At the end of the panel discussion we will have a performance by special guest Ruby Friedman.  Her rendition of Darrell Scott’s  “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” was featured in the 2014’s season closing episode of the show.  Within minutes of the show's closing, Ruby’s amazing rendition garnered over 77,000 Twitter hits.



Lisa Arpino
Music Editor, JUSTIFIED

Michael Dinner
Executive Producer, JUSTIFIED

Steve Porcaro

Graham Yost
Executive Producer/Writer


Susan Slamer
VP Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

From left, Lisa Arpino, Michael Dinner, AIMP Board Member Susan Slamer, Steve Porcaro and Graham Yost.

Guest singer Ruby Friedman wowed the crowd with her live rendition of "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive."  

Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib, Beverly Hills.  

Additional Speaker Information

Lisa Arpino is the Music Editor on JUSTIFIED.  She is also known for her work on THE AMERICANS, UP ALL NIGHT, DETROIT 187, CASTLE, THE BLACK DONELLYS, LOIS & CLARK:  THE NEW ADVENTURE OF SUPERMAN, REASONABLE DOUBTS and many others.  She has been nominated 17 times for The Golden Reel Awards, with 2 wins, one for her work on Scrubs (shared with Becca Borawski) and one for the musical series Fame LA.  Lisa has a Bachelors Degree in Music from University Of Miami, Miami, Florida and in addition to music editing is a songwriter and plays multiple instruments.

Michael Dinner Is an American director, producer and screenwriter for television.  Prior to his television career, he was a recording artist for Fantasy Records. Michael has either been a producer on and/or has directed THE WONDER YEARS, CHICAGO HOPE, INVASION, GREY’S ANATOMY, SONS OF ANARCHY, LAW & ORDER, MASTERS OF SEX and of course JUSTIFIED. PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -Michael has been nominated multiple times for his work on Chicago Hope and The Wonder Years.

Steve Porcaro is a keyboardist and composer who is an original member of the rock band TOTO.  Porcaro wrote or co-wrote at least one song off each of Toto’s first six albums, with the exception of ISOLATION.  In 1986 Steve left Toto to pursue a more full time song-writing and composing career. Steve composed the music for the song “Human Nature” from Michael Jackson’s album THRILLER and also played with Gary Wright during his tour supporting the enormously successful album DREAM WEAVER.  Steve has continued working with Toto, but has also done session work for many other acts, including YES, The Jefferson Airplane and was also a member of Chris Squire’s short lived band, The Chris Squire Experiment. Steve comes from a  musical family, both his brothers Mike and Jeff were Toto’s bass player and drummer, and his father Joe is a prolific session percussionist. Steve has been and continues to be the driving force for the music of the FX television show JUSTIFIED.

Graham Yost says he knew from the age of 18 that he wanted to be a filmmaker. “In our family, everything was about movies and books,” says Yost. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, Yost moved to New York. Already working on his own screenplays, he took a job as a technical writer and published several non-fiction titles, including Spy-Tech. Yost began writing for television in 1989 on the Nickelodeon series Hey Dude. Next, he joined the writing staff of Full House. The day after he quit, he learned that his script for Speed had been sold to Paramount (it was later produced by 20th Century Fox). In 1991, Yost wrote for Norman Lear’s The Powers that Be, where he worked with the show’s creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane (later of NBC’s Friends). His feature film credits include Broken Arrow, starring John Travolta, Hard Rain, Mission to Mars and The Last Castle. As a producer, Yost won Emmy® and Golden Globe® Awards for the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. In addition, Yost garnered an Emmy® nomination for writing the episode Apollo One, and he directed the fifth segment of the critically- acclaimed series. Yost later penned two installments of the Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. In 2002, Yost created the critically-lauded TV series Boomtown for NBC. In 2006, Yost created Raines starring Jeff Goldblum for NBC. Yost won an Emmy® Award for The Pacific, HBO’s epic miniseries. Yost directed and co-wrote an episode and served as co-executive producer. This year, Yost adds another FX show to his credits with The Americans, an exciting spy drama created by Joe Weisberg. Yost is currently the showrunner on Justified, the Sony-produced series on FX, starring Timothy Olyphant, based on a character created by America’s pre-eminent crime novelist Elmore Leonard.

Ruby Friedman, front woman for The Ruby Friedman Orchestra, has been dubbed ‘L.A.’s own dynamic diva” by L.A. Weekly. The Los Angeles Times quoted about her live performance with one word “POWERHOUSE.” Hits praised the band’s “no-holds-barred, full-throttle talent, and Kevin Bronson’s Buzzbands.la website raved, “[Ruby Friedman] comes at you like a weather front, a thunder-and-lightning barrage of soul and nerves, capable of wrapping more drama into a phrase than most singers do in their autobiographies." Friedman’s stops-out vocal performances – drawing on such diverse sources as Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and PJ Harvey – and her affecting original songs have enraptured audiences at such L.A. venues as House of Blues, the Troubadour, the Roxy, the Viper Room, the Satellite, the Echo, and the Hotel Café (where the band played a weekly residency). Her original song “Drowned,” co-authored by Sons of Anarchy music supervisor Bob Thiele, was featured on the popular FX biker drama. The RFO’s “Shooting Stars” (heard in a sparkling new version on Fugue in L.A. Minor) was used in campaigns by Fox Sports and for the international Got Talent franchise, including NBC’s America’s Got Talent

Susan Slamer is the head of the music licensing department for Sony Pictures Television, where her department is responsible for the clearing and licensing of music for all Sony Pictures Television projects domestically. She also advises both the international and digital departments on clearance issues. She has been with Sony Pictures for 9 years. She has also been a Music Supervisor on American Idol, Seasons 1 – 4, responsible for overseeing all of the music needs for production, as well as working with Coca Cola, Ford and Herbal Essence on all promotional needs. Past positions have been in management working with such artists as Earth Wind & Fire, The Beach Boys, The Moody Blues and Warrant and as a Composer Agent working with Patrick Doyle, John DuPris, Stanley Clarke, Tom Scott and Sir George Martin, among others.

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