COPYRIGHT CLEARANCE FOR CREATIVES
(States of Sound)
This third edition of our ‘music clearance fundamentals’ series is geared toward beginning music supervisors, students looking to explore the profession and media storytellers who find that their best ideas don’t make it past the clearance process. This presentation and will outline the nuts and bolts of music clearance, offering tips on smart strategy, the best information resources, the roles of performance royalty organizations, the need for cultivating relationships with clearance reps at labels and publishers and many more important lessons in how to get music cleared for your projects.
TYPE: Presentation and Discussion
ROOM: TAPER HALL 202
TIME: 3:00pm - 3:50pm
NEVILLE L. JOHNSON founded the Beverly Hills, California firm of Johnson & Johnson LLP, which specializes in business, media, and entertainment transactions and litigation, including class actions. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley and received his law degree from California’s Southwestern Law School, graduating near the top of his class. He has represented many songwriters, performers, record companies, music publishers, and managers. Clients have included the Estates of Buddy Holly, Rick Nelson, Del Shannon, and John Lennon, Christopher Cross, Jane’s Addiction, Mitch Ryder, Lloyd Price, The Pet Shop Boys, and members of the Moody Blues and Beach Boys. He has tried many jury trials and appeared in courts in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.
Mr. Johnson was lead counsel in class actions for many musicians against the major record companies for underpayment on downloads, which resulted in settlements for the class. He has been counsel in many disputes over ownership of intellectual property and royalties dues. He is lead counsel in class actions against the movie studios for underpayment of net profits, some of which have have settled as we go to press.
Mr. Johnson has been designated a “SuperLawyer” (top 5 percent as voted by colleagues) many times, and every year since 2008 he has been chosen as one of the Hollywood 100 “Power Lawyers” by the Hollywood Reporter. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (invitation only, top 2 percent in the United States). He is a frequent lecturer and has written extensively on entertainment, copyright and media, and other legal topics. Mr. Johnson teaches a course on entertainment and media litigation at Southwestern Law School. He is the author of The John Wooden Pyramid of Success, the best-selling authorized biography of the greatest coach in the history of sports, Woodenisms (a collection of his sayings), and a book of love poetry, What Took You So Long. He writes, records and performs as Trevor McShane.
As a music supervisor and consultant, Amine Ramer has influenced the sound and mood of feature films, documentaries and award-winning television series for nearly a decade. Ramer’s success can be attributed to her careful selection of significant artists, ranging from the unknown to the popular, and her keen sensibility to create a visceral experience by connecting sight with sound.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Ramer credits her career path to her upbringing in an environment that encouraged the development of individuality and seeking out the new rather than following trends.
Credits include “The Most Hated Women In America” “Finders Keepers” “ The Signal” – Focus Features “The November Man”- Relativity, “Faking it”-MTV, Richard Pryor –Omit the Logic- BBC/Showtime, “The Lovers and The Despot”- BBC Films
Amine Ramer (States of Sound)
Matt Lilley created MCL Music Services in 2009 to provide Music Clearance, Licensing, and Supervision services to the Film, Television, and Advertising communities. Previously the Director of Music Clearance in the Feature Film division at Paramount Pictures from 1996 - 2008, Matt was responsible for much of the clearance negotiating and licensing in many of Paramount’s most successful films and soundtracks over that span of time.
In late 2008, Matt was named Vice President of Music Clearance and Licensing at Lionsgate Entertainment (in charge of the Film, Television, and Marketing divisions of the company) which he transitioned into maintaining as his first client under the umbrella of MCL Music Services.
Over the past several years MCL Music Services has expanded its services and now works in Music Supervision in the independent film and documentary world and Catalogue Administration.
An avid fan of jazz music, Matt is a lifelong saxophone player, performing with The Jazz Butchers and his jazz quartet in the greater Los Angeles area.
Matt holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix (2003) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Industry Studies from California State University, Northridge (1997).
(MCL Music Services)
Mary Jo Braun has worked in the music industry for over 30 years. She has worked for Virgin Records, Rysher Entertainment, Famous Music, DreamWorks, CBS Home Entertainment Business and Legal Affairs Division (Mandich/Gum) and is currently working as Executive Director, Clearance at Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television. She has worked on films such as Mission: Impossible Fallout, Transformers, A Quiet Place and Shooter, Seasons 2 & 3, Jack Ryan Seasons 1 & 2 as well as The Alienist.
Mary Jo Braun
(Executive Director, Clearance at Paramount Pictures and Paramount Television)
Joe Berman a native of Southern California, began his career in music soon after finishing high school as a songwriter and guitarist in various local rock bands. What followed has been a 25+ year career in various facets of the music industry including A&R, publishing, licensing, artist management, and marketing. Joe co-founded the Los Angeles based music publishing / marketing firm MediaHorse in 2010, which currently represents a roster of both established and emerging artists, writers and composers. In addition, MediaHorse acts as a third party creative services department, working with various International and domestic labels, publishers, in regards to creative licensing efforts. To this day Joe has coordinated and secured license deals for countless artists in advertising campaigns for top brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Target, American Express, Verizon, Trojan, Apple, Pfizer, Hilton, Nissan, Skechers, Volkswagen, Burger King, Honda, Mitsubishi, TGI Fridays, Sprite, plus many more.
In addition to MediaHorse, Joe has recently ventured into the tech space, forming the start-up company SongHub with longtime associate, Steve Stewart. The Los Angeles based firm has recently developed an innovative B2B creative software solution for music publishers and performing rights organizations. The platform is scheduled for release in November 2018.
Shauna Krikorian (Media Horse)
Shauna Krikorian is the co-founder of MediaHorse, a Los Angeles based music marketing and publishing firm that represents artists from around the world and specializes in the creation and placement of songs as well as original music in TV shows, movie trailers, films, promos and advertising campaigns. In addition, she consults for various music publishers and labels in regards to creative marketing and licensing efforts. Some of her clients include Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Disney, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, ABC, Freeform, CBS, HBO, Showtime, AMC, and The CW. Prior to co-founding MediaHorse in 2010, she served as Vice President of Creative for Opus 1 Music overseeing all licensing and creative initiatives for its various music catalogues. In 2006 she was named Director of Film and TV Licensing for 615 Music where she played a role in the development of their “Scoring Stage” series, which became widely prominent in the film advertising market. Shauna began her career as a college radio DJ and went on to become a music journalist, interviewing hundreds of major labels artists for various media. She successfully crossed over into artist management, where she spent years working with iconic artists including Paul Anka, Rod Stewart, Steve Tyrell, Burt Bacharach, Carly Simon and Art Garfunkel.
A Bio is a self serving list of achievements & accolades meant to impress those who have yet to meet you in person. If you meet Jeff Gray in person he will gladly regale you with tales and anecdotes about his important and professional work with music, music supervision, music copyrights and some name dropping of more famous people he's worked with. Jeff Gray prefers to let you know that he is capable, qualified, approachable, humble & available for hire. He also is a very good guitar player.