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July 16, 2015

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

DISNEY: The Story Of A Soundtrack

Walt Disney Music, Walt Disney Studios, and Pixar & Walt Disney Animation Studios are true leaders in the world of entertainment and soundtracks, and have created music spanning their audience’s lifetime. Disney’s impressive catalog and unique films have resulted in extremely successful and memorable soundtracks such as Frozen, Tarzan, Toy Story, The Lion King, Monsters, Inc. and Cars, just to name a few.

Please join us for a rare, insightful and enjoyable discussion from Disney’s top creative taste makers to get their perspective on THE STORY OF A SOUNDTRACK.

From left, Barbie Quinn/BMI & AIMP Executive Director, Chris Montan/Walt Disney Music, composer Henry Jackman, Tom MacDougall/Pixar & Walt Disney Animation Studios, Kaylin Frank/Walt Disney Music Studio & Mitchell Leib/The Walt Disney Studios.  

 A great turnout for this fun and informative panel!


Kaylin Frank
VP Creative Music & Soundtracks, Walt Disney Music Studios

Henry Jackman
Award Winning Composer

Mitchell Leib
President of Music & Soundtracks, The Walt Disney Studios

Tom MacDougall
Executive VP Music, Pixar & Walt Disney Animation Studios

Chris Montan
President, Walt Disney Music


Barbie Quinn
Associate Director, Distribution & Administration Services, BMI/AIMP Executive Director

AIMP Panel

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

Additional Speaker Information

Kaylin Frank is Vice President, Creative Music and Soundtracks for The Walt Disney Studios where she oversees all aspects of creative development, production and recording for the Studio’s live-action theatrical films and soundtracks, a position she has held for 12 years. From 2006-2010, Kaylin oversaw day-to-day music operations for Miramax, when it was a division of Disney. Prior to Disney, Kaylin was the VP of Music at MGM/UA and Music Supervisor at Jersey Films & Records, Danny DeVito’s production company. She began her career in the A&R departments of several major record labels and music publishers as well as iconic recording studios in Los Angeles.

Henry Jackman has established himself as one of today's top composers by fusing his classical training and his experience as a successful record producer. Jackman grew up in the southeast of England, where he began composing his first symphony at the age of six. He studied classical music at Oxford and sang in the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir - but simultaneously began producing popular electronica music and dance remixes, eventually working with artists such as Seal and The Art Of Noise. In 2006 he caught the attention of film composer Hans Zimmer, and began writing additional music for Zimmer's The Dark Knight and The Pirates of the Caribbean films, which rapidly led to scoring blockbuster films on his own. Henry has composed the score for films including Big Hero 6, The Interview, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Captain America; The Winter Soldier and X-Men: First Class. his upcoming features includes Pixels, a sci-fi comedy directed by Christopher Columbus, Fifth Wave, a post-apocalyptic drama/adventure directed by J Blakeson, and Captain America: Civil War.

As President of Music and Soundtracks for The Walt Disney Studios, Mitchell Leib oversees music creative, production and administration support for Disney Live Action, Marvel, Disneynature and Lucasfilm while optimizing ancillary development of Disney’s soundtrack interests as well as seeking third-party opportunities to acquire and produce soundtracks. Most recently, Leib oversaw the music for the film and soundtrack releases for the film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods and the live action film Maleficent, including a collaboration with Grammy-nominated singer Lana del Rey, as well as the Grammy-nominated release Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1, which achieved Platinum status and peaked at number one on iTunes in 60 territories. For the 2010 film TRON: Legacy, Leib orchestrated and oversaw the collaboration with Daft Punk for their first-ever film score. He also oversaw the triple-Platinum soundtrack for Hannah Montana, which became the first television soundtrack to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Prior to becoming President of Music and Soundtracks in 2002, Leib was Senior Vice President of Soundtracks for Disney’s Buena Vista Music Group and Hollywood Records. In addition to creating and distributing Disney soundtracks, Leib further reinvigorated the division by producing soundtracks for other production studios with great success, including Music from the Motion Picture Save the Last Dance and M:I-2: Music From And Inspired By which were certified double platinum and won back to back American Music Awards. Leib began his Disney career in 1984 as Administrator of Music Clearances and quickly rose to Senior Director of Theatrical Music, working on chart-topping soundtracks such as Pretty Woman and Good Morning Vietnam. Leib previously worked as Senior Vice President of Music at Arnon Milchan’s Regency Entertainment, where he served as executive music producer on each of the company’s feature films. Before joining Regency, Leib held executive leadership positions at Arista and EMI. Over a 30-year career in the industry, Leib has paired music and visual imagery, in some way shape or form for over 300 feature films. A native of Los Angeles, he is married to his wife of 25 years, Stacy, and they have two daughters, Rachel and Jordan.

Tom MacDougall is the Grammy Award® winning Producer and Executive Vice President of Music for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Working in both a creative and an executive capacity, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of music – score, songs, and soundtracks – for all animated feature and short films produced by Walt Disney, DisneyToons and Pixar Animation Studios. From concept through storyboarding, production reels to final film, MacDougall works directly with the filmmakers to select the composers, songwriters and performers, and is the music producer for these projects and the corresponding soundtrack album.

Chris Montan currently serves as President of Walt Disney Music and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing music for a wide variety of Disney projects including all Disney and Pixar animated feature films, all Disney Theatrical stage productions, as well as the music for Walt Disney Theme Parks and Resorts worldwide. Additionally, he serves as executive music producer for all of the Studio’s animated features and works closely in the story process as well as helping to select musical talent. Among his accomplishments, Variety named him “musical supervisor of the decade" in 1997 for his work on such soundtracks as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pretty Woman,” "Sister Act,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” "The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and “Hercules.” He has been nominated for multiple Grammy® Awards and won Best Original Cast Recording  for “Aida," and Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for “Frozen.” Under his guidance the Walt Disney Studios has garnered an unprecedented 42 Musical Academy Award® nominations, and 16 Academy Awards in the “Best Song,” "Best Score,” and "Best Musical" categories. Montan began his association with The Walt Disney Studios in 1984, and three years later was named vice president of music for motion pictures and television. In 1991, he began a four-year stint as senior vice president, music. In 1995, he entered into an exclusive five-year arrangement with Disney to produce motion pictures and provide consultation on a variety of music-related projects. In that role, he served as a producer of the popular 1997 TV musical production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” (starring Whitney Houston and Brandy); and executive produced “Annie," the 1999 television adaptation of the hit stage musical which earned him a Peabody Award for Broadcasting. Under Montan’s guidance, soundtracks from ten of the Studio’s theatrical releases (“Cocktail,” “Beaches,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Pretty Woman,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” “Tarzan,” “Frozen,” and “The Lion King”) have been certified multi-platinum with the latter having sold over 10 million. He has exec produced all of the Disney Theatrical stage productions of multiple Tony® winning shows including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aida”, “Tarzan”, “The Little Mermaid,” "Newsies," and the current hit Broadway show “Aladdin.” Montan began his industry career as a touring musician (with Karla Bonoff) and a songwriter/recording artist on Twentieth Century Records, and has had songs recorded by Jennifer Warnes and Laura Branigan. As the father of a deaf son, he has served as President of the board of Tripod, a program for hearing impaired children. He currently serves on the board of the Carl John Foundation which supports numerous educational and health programs, as well as serving on the board of The Thornton School of Music at USC.

Barbie Quinn is Associate Director Distribution & Administration Services at BMI. She works closely with the Operations and Information Technology departments as part of an integral team responsible for the ongoing development of royalty payment policies and procedures with regard to the use of music in audio-visual productions performed on television, the internet and other new media outlets. Additionally, she maintains and develops relationships within the music publishing, composer and production communities, answering inquiries and educating affiliates on BMI policies and procedures. Before joining BMI in 2012, Barbie ran the International Creative departments at Warner Chappell Music and EMI Music.

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