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March 21, 2019

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

FROM THE VAULTS: A Look At The Film Studios' Hidden Musical Treasures

Finding, restoring, digitizing, distributing and creating value from long-lost master recordings from the vaults of the studios' film score archives. The panel will discuss how potential film scores are identified and targeted for preservation. The process of finding film scores that are literally lost, either in the vaults or elsewhere, will be detailed. How do you remix, remaster, and transfer source material that has become degraded over time and for which the format and playback devices no longer exist? Finally, how do you distribute and market the restored materials to the public and monetize the assets B2B?


Alexia Baum
Director Music Publishing, Universal Pictures Music Publishing

Michael V. Gerhard (MV)
President & Co-Founder, La-La Land Records

Mike Matessino
Writer, Film Historian & Preservationist


Abby North
President, North Music Group, LLC

Eric Polin
Sr. VP Music Publishing, Universal Pictures

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Michael V (MV) Gerhard//La-La Land Records, Abby North/North Music Group, LLC & AIMP Board Member, Mike Mattesino, Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks & AIMP LA Chapter President, Eric Polin/Universal Pictures & AIMP Board Member and Alexia Baum/Universal Pictures.  

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

Additional Speaker Information

Alexia Baum - Having grown up immersed in jazz, blues and African music, Alexia is a lifelong music fan and explorer, and after studying film in college, was happy to be inadvertently hired away from film production into then indie music publisher Windswept Pacific; when she realized that she was going to get paid to put music into film projects, thus marrying her favorite two mediums, Alexia was thrilled and has remained steadfastly enamored of the music publishing business for the last 20+ years. A specialist in managing and monetizing music catalogues via synchronization marketing and licensing, Alexia has generated millions of dollars in revenue for both indie and Fortune 500 companies, having worked with a wide diversity of music, including pop stars like Britney Spears and *NSYNC to icons Tito Puente and Pete Townshend, South African superstars Ladysmith Black Mombazo, to Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more. Alexia has spent the last 7 years as Director of Music Publishing for Universal Pictures, working with their 100+ year music catalogue which includes iconic composers like John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann, Lalo Schifrin and many more.

MV Gerhard started La-La Land Records in 2002 with co-founder Matt Verboys. Over the past 17 years he has produced and/or overseen the production of 500 film, television and video game soundtracks including The Orville, Mission Impossible Fallout, E.T. 35th Anniversary and the John William's Harry Potter Box set. In 2018, through his production company, La-La Land Entertainment, he executive produced the acclaimed documentary KING COHEN, about the life and films of maverick filmmaker Larry Cohen.

Mike Matessino is an award-winning and in-demand film music specialist, his talents encompassing all aspects of presenting film scores — from historical research, restoration, mixing, editing, mastering and producing. In addition to being engaged by Universal Pictures to help spearhead their internal archival efforts and to produce releases from the Film Music Heritage Series, he handles all restorations and reissues for renowned composer John Williams including the Star Wars series, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Dracula, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and Harry Potter. He has worked on thousands of soundtracks over the years for all of the major studios and spanning every decade of film history from the 1930s and into the 21st century. Of particular note is his extensive discography for 20th Century Fox and his association with many releases of music by Jerry Goldsmith including The Sand Pebbles, The Omen, Star Trek, Alien, Poltergeist and Gremlins. Mike has also served as audio supervisor for the Twilight Time Blu-Ray label since 2011 and consults with Film Concerts Lives on live-to-picture orchestral concerts. He is a graduate of New York’s University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Abby North is President of North Music Group, LLC. Abby began her music career as a songwriter/composer, then launched her first production music library almost 15 years ago. In 2005, Abby began working with her father-in-law Alex North's songs ("Unchained Melody") and film scores, including "Spartacus," "A Streetcar Names Desire," "Viva Zapata" and many others. After recognizing that many other heirs and legacy songwriters/composer were in search of boutique, hands-on administration, Abby started North Music Group, LLC. NMG now administers 80,000 works and is growing. Abby is involved in various cutting-edge tech working groups and music metadata initiatives.

Eric Polin is a high-level entertainment industry executive who has over 25 years of experience, ranging from film to music to TV to home entertainment. He has identified and developed strategic initiatives worth tens of millions of dollars, and has a proven track record of achieving sustained double-digit income growth for his companies and their clients. Eric is currently 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 servers on their scholarship committee. He has moderated CCC panels on “weird” music licensing rights, artist managers, independent music publishing, film music, digital distribution, and helped assemble panels on SIRA and indie record labels. 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 is a frequent guest speaker at the music industry programs of Northeastern University, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Northridge, having also participated in industry events at those schools as well as at USC and UCLA. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Economics from UCLA.

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