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July 20, 2017

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

Fall TV Preview!

In a first for the AIMP, please join us for a comprehensive look at the Fall TV season from the heads of music of the various lead producing studios.  We will feature clips/sizzle reels from various fall shows to give you a feel for the subject and tone of the various shows plus our panelists will relay their overall music needs/challenges so that we can all start to assemble music that may be helpful to them as they gear up for production.  PLEASE note that this is NOT a pitch session and NO music will be permitted to be given to the panelists - this will instead be a fun and informative lunch where you will be able to take valuable notes on how to assemble your future pitches.


Samuel Diaz
Director Of Music Supervision, CBS Television Studios

Alicen Catron Schneider
SVP Music Creative, NBCUniversal Television

Tony Scudellari
SVP Television Music, Sony Pictures Television


Eric Polin
SVP Music Publishing, Universal Pictures

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From left, AIMP board member Eric Polin/Universal Pictures Music Publishing, Samuel Diaz/CBS Television Studios, Alicen Schneider/NBCUniversal Television, Tony Scudellari/Sony Pictures Television and AIMP President Michael Eames/PEN Music Group.


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

Additional Speaker Information

An industry professional for over 20 years, Samuel Diaz worked as in-house music supervisor for Frasier, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, JAG, the Star Trek TV franchise and many other productions while at Paramount Television. Now with CBS Television Studios, he currently works on NCIS, Blue Bloods, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Salvation, Zoo, Superior Donuts, Man With A Plan and helps with NCIS: New Orleans. He has worked on other productions at CBS including The Good Wife, American Gothic, NYC 22, and Harper’s Island. In the 2016-2017 television season, NCIS is the #1 drama in the US with a weekly viewership of 16 million viewers. In 2017, it also became the #1 television drama in the world. He also handles production work for other CBS and CW shows, works on numerous DVD and streaming projects and takes part in the selection of composers for new shows.

Alicen Schneider heads up the creative music division and West Coast operations for NBCUniversal Television. In this position, she over-sees an in-house music supervision team who collectively supervise a multitude of series that are produced by Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions such as Grimm, Mr. Robot, Master Of None, Chicago Fire, Bates Motel, Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, Suits and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In addition, Alicen covers everything relating to music across the NBCU family of Networks, which includes advising new producers on music procedures and subsequently assigning appropriate licensing and creative, vetting music budgets, suggesting and hiring composers, overseeing soundtracks, advising on stunt casting and on camera performances and music supervision for series and marketing campaigns. Notable past supervision projects include “Childhood’s End”, “Heroes Reborn“, “Being Human”, “Heroes”, “Grimm”, “Royal Pains”, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Crossing Jordan” and promos for a multitude of Olympics broadcasts. She also contributes additional support for co-production and third party partnerships as needed. Alicen was one of the first music supervisors to recognize the value of showcasing emerging and established artists for producers, executives and other Studio and Network personnel. She regularly hosts mini concerts in her suite of offices.

Tony Scudellari has made a career combining his passion for music and visual media. In 1993, he joined Columbia TriStar Television (CTTV)’s music department, working on shows including Mad About You, Married…With Children, Party of Five and The Nanny. During that time, he also was involved with CTTV’s soundtrack releases. In 1996, he partnered with John McCullough to do music supervision for television & independent features and run the operations for a small independent record label and three music publishing companies. Among the supervision projects in television: Cybill, Dawson’s Creek, Joan of Arcadia, Party of Five, That ‘70s Show and 3rd Rock From The Sun. Miniseries included David Halberstam’s The Fifties executive produced by Alex Gibney and the PBS series The Blues, executive produced by Martin Scorsese. MOWs included Dolly Parton’s Blue Valley Songbird; Get To The Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story and The Linda McCartney Story. Independent features included the IMAX film Mission to Mir and the Academy Award © nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in The Room. Tony’s soundtrack work included Dawson’s Creek, Days of Our Lives, That 70s Album (Jammin’); That 70s Album (Rockin’) and The Young and the Restless. In 2005, Tony joined Sony Pictures Television. Currently, as Senior Vice President, Television Music, he oversees music issues for the studio’s television and digital programming slate. Responsibilities include hiring composers and music supervisors and, on certain projects, serving as music supervisor. He is the lead creative executive on music releases (physical, digital & streaming), including soundtracks and singles. SPT’s programming represents over 50 shows on over 20 content platforms in genres including game shows, daytime dramas, syndicated series¸ reality, animation, comedies, dramas, limited series & movies. Tony also provides music creative support for SPT’s International division and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated him for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie for his work on James Franco’s Mother May I Sleep With Danger. For the first time ever, the Emmys are recognizing music supervision and one of SPT’s shows is among the first nominees (Thomas Golubic for “Better Call Saul”).

Eric Polin is Sr. Vice President of Music Publishing at Universal Pictures where he oversees the administration of their film and TV music catalog dating back to 1928. Previously, he was a partner at Wixen Music Publishing where he oversaw the publishing administration of some of the top songwriter/artists in the industry. Mr. Polin serves on the national board of directors of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. He is also a past president of the California Copyright Conference and is the founder and chairman of their scholarship committee. He has moderated CCC panels on artist managers, independent music publishing, film music, digital distribution, and helped assemble panels on SIRA and indie record labels, and was the author of the hauntingly unforgettable CCC newsletter article entitled "The (Lost) Art of Mechanical Licensing." He has also been on panels focusing on independent music publishing and on music royalties. Mr. Polin has been quoted in The New York Times, and his opinions have been published by Billboard magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and the U.S. Copyright Office. He has worked in many areas of the entertainment industry, including motion pictures, television, home video, and music. Mr. Polin has also served as a curriculum consultant for the Musicians Institute's Associate of Arts Program in music industry studies.

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