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September 12, 2019

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


Almost as soon as motion pictures began to talk, they began to sing. At the dawn of the talkie era, Hollywood looked to Broadway and its treasure trove of celebrated composers to “musicalize” films. By the mid-1960s, the movie industry's interest in musicals would taper off. But over the past two decades, we have seen a renewed interest in musical theatre, as major studios pour serious resources into film adaptations, original TV musicals, live versions of classic stage productions, and much more. At the same time, bold new voices are being embraced by Broadway, as swelling audiences turn their favorite musical theatre composers into global icons.

This panel of industry and creative professionals will share their insights on where the new opportunities lie in this rapidly expanding marketplace for musical theatre creators, in Hollywood and beyond.


Stephen Bray

Sue Drew
General Manager, Creative & Acquisitions, Kobalt Music

Steven Gizicki
Music Supervisor

Christine Russell
Partner / Agent, Evolution Music Partners & Broadway Producer

Glenn Slater


Michael Kerker
VP Musical Theatre, ASCAP

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Stephen Bray, Michael Kerker/ASCAP, Glenn Slater, Christine Russell/EMP, Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks & Association Chair, Sue Drew/Kobalt, Steven Gizikci and Mike Todd/ASCAP & LA Chapter board member.



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


Additional Speaker Information

Stephen Bray is a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry with Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Grammy and Tony awards. Stephen co-wrote and/or produced many Madonna hits, including "Into The Groove", "Papa Don't Preach", "True Blue", "Causing A Commotion" and "Express Yourself." Other significant collaborators include Gladys Knight, The Jets, Kylie Minogue and the Grammy nominated band, Breakfast club. In 2005, his Broadway debut as composer/lyricist of The Color Purple earned him one of 11 Tony nominations. In 2017, The Color Purple won a Tony for Best Revival Of A Musical and Stephen received a Grammy award for producing the Broadway Cast Recording. Stephen is currently Executive Music Producer on the Aretha Franklin film starring Jennifer Hudson.

Sue Drew joined Kobalt in 2013. She was previously SVP, Membership and VP, Membership, Pop/Rock at ASCAP. Prior to that, Sue had over 20 years’ experience as an A&R person for Warner/Reprise, Chrysalis/EMI, Elektra and PolyGram Records. She began her career at Epic Records in the Media Relations department.

Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated Music Supervisor Steven Gizicki is best known for his work on Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land, which won the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for Best Original Song and Original Score. Steven was also awarded two prizes from the Guild of Music Supervisors and a Grammy for his work on the film. Recent projects include the animated musical Smallfoot, buzzy festival film Arctic, the indie pop musical Teen Spirit and on-set supervision of music sequences for 2018’s cultural phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians. He is nominated for an Emmy for supervising the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon and has just wrapped photography in NY on Warner Bros’ big-screen film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights with director Jon Chu. Steven was also the sole music executive at Lucasfilm for five years and served as an in-house Music Supervisor at Disney Animation. He spent several years in the record label business as a Soundtrack executive at PolyGram Records and as Marketing executive at Virgin Records, where he worked closely with music icons like David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz and Sex Pistols. He is based in Los Angeles and New York.

Christine Russell is an Executive Producer on the Tony Award winning show “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, a project she developed for ten years based on the music of her first client, lyricist Gerry Goffin (Natural Woman, Locomotion, Up on the Roof). Most recently, she served as the Lead Producer on Broadway’s groundbreaking musical “Head Over Heels”, a comedic Elizabethan romp based on Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia featuring the songs of The Go-Go’s. Russell is a partner at Evolution Music Partners, a leading Hollywood based talent agency representing national and international composers for film and television. She is also the Co-Founder/CEO of Score Revolution, an innovative online licensing platform for film music. Russell’s career in the music industry began as a recording artist signed at Rondor Music, founded by Herb Albert and Jerry Moss, now owned by Universal Music Publishing. Following her time as a professional singer/songwriting, she transitioned to representation and an eventual career as a Broadway producer.

Glenn Slater (Lyrics) is a three-time Tony nominee for the international hit musicals The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, and School of Rock, and a co-creator of Disney’s worldwide smash Tangled (Grammy Winner, Oscar and Golden Globe noms). With frequent collaborator Alan Menken, he wrote the songs for ABC-TV’s cult series Galavant (Emmy nominee) and the Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series; as well as the animated hit comedy Sausage Party, Disney’s Home On The Range, and Broadway musicals Leap of Faith and A Bronx Tale. Glenn also provided the book and lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, which is currently touring the globe after its West End premiere. Most recently, Glenn wrote lyrics for Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Nick Jonas and Pitbull in the animated film Uglydolls. In addition, he penned the book for Beatsville (with composer/lyricist/wife Wendy Wilf), which debuted at Sarasota’s Asolo Rep and will next be seen at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Other work includes an Emmy-nominated song for ABC’s The Neighbors, a musical episode of ABC’s “American Housewife” (with composer Justin Paul), and the critically-acclaimed revue Newyorkers at off-Broadway’s Manhattan Theatre Club Glenn lives in NYC, and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.

Michael Kerker has worked in the Musical Theatre department at ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 1990, now as AVP. He is also the co-producer, with Michael Feinstein, of a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall that focus on the Great American Songbook and producer of a series of interview programs entitled, "Broadway: Up Close and Personal," for the Kennedy Center. His interview guests have included Broadway legends Jerry Herman, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Charles Strouse, Sheldon Harnick, Marvin Hamlisch and Stephen Schwartz. Under the ASCAP Foundation banner, he is the founder of the Jerry Herman Legacy Program, a series of seminars, master classes and concerts for high school students presented across the nation that features the legendary composer/lyricist. And, he is a member of the Steering Committee of Manhattan School of Music’s Musical Theatre Artistic Advisory Committee.

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