LICENSING MUSIC FOR DOCUMENTARIES
The documentary business is booming with the growth of networks like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Hear from a panel of directors, producers, music supervisors and licensors on how documentary creation and licensing works as a whole.
TYPE: Moderated Panel Discussion
ROOM: MACDONALD HALL
TIME: 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Carter Little is a music supervisor and soundtrack album producer whose credits include the 8-hr. Grammy and Emmy nominated documentary series, Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Music, Sony Pictures Classics Hank Williams biopicI Saw The Light, and RZA’s STAX-infused kung fu epic The Man With the Iron Fists. As a soundtrack album producer, Little has collaborated with Grammy award-winning artists including The Black Keys, Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, St. Vincent, Whiz Khalifa, and Fleet Foxes. Little recently wrapped up 2 seasons as music supervisor and musiceditor on the CMT comedy Still the King, and served as Executive Music Producer of the 6-hr. CNN series Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History. Current projects include 2019 Festival bound comedy feature Easy Does It, starring Linda Hamilton, and a strip club coming of age documentary, The Red Dog, both of which include title themes and score by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.
Alisa Coleman is the Chief Operating Officer of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc., overseeing the day-to-day operations as well as the business development and global licensing of the music publishing, record, and film catalogs for one of the foremost independent entertainment companies in the world. ABKCO’s catalog includes compositions, recordings, and films by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, and The Kinks; the Cameo Parkway master recordings; and the works of cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky.
A key element in Coleman’s strategy is to find inventive ways to introduce ABKCO’s catalog to new generations. She says, “With many of our assets more than 50 years old, our challenge is how to keep these songs and films vital and exciting. I’m constantly looking for ways to reimagine them, with deals that connect all the dots – audio, video, and composition – to maximize revenue, interest, and exposure for this amazing catalog.”
ABKCO had been historically reticent with synch, digital, and derivative work licensing; in the first five years Coleman ran the licensing department, she was able to quadruple their synch licensing by building bridges back into the music supervision community and expanding into the new media and technology arenas. She likes to make deals that go beyond licensing to include promotional components, working with the licensing partner to find the best path to success for the song, the partner, and for ABKCO.
On Women’s Day in March 2018 MusicBusinessWorldwide wrote an article about Alisa as part of their series on Inspiring Women: money-title-relationships/ “For me, success is about your relationships. Knowing that you can call people, and they can call you, to discuss issues and get feedback is invaluable.....It’s not about money or your title. There is no one person that can know every single thing that is going on in this industry, so you need to have people around you who have insight into all the different parts of the business.”
She is currently the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) in New York; a member of A2IM, NARAS, AIGA, NYWIFT, CMA, and CSUSA; and a lifetime member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Coleman is a committee member of the NMPA’s Copyright Royalty Board Working Group. She has also been a participant in creation discussions on the Music Modernization Act, the U.S. Copyright Office roundtable discussions on licensing and is a frequent speaker at universities and industry events, including SXSW, A2iM Indie Week, AIMP panels, and the Guild of Music Supervisors.
Jody Friedman is an award winning songwriter, music supervisor and music producer.
Syncing music to film has been a lifelong passion going back to his formative years spent in Clearwater, Florida creating music videos for the high school’s news program. After attending Florida State University and majoring in Communications & Media Production, he spent 7 years working for CNN in Atlanta, NYC & California. During this time, he wrote a theme song for the show “Nancy Grace”.
Some of his music supervision & clearance projects include projects such as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor" (Focus Features), “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” (Netflix), “Snowfall (FX - Pilot)”, “Ingress: The Animation” (Netflix), Fear, Inc (Lone Suspect), “The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble (HBO + The Orchard) & more. He is a proud member of the Guild of Music Supervisors.
Jody also writes & produces for trailers & ads through his company, Collaborate Music. In 2017, A song he wrote & produced called, "Pure As Snow (Mike Raznick Remix)" was used for the trailer campaign for Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" Season One. His songs have been heard in Ray Donovan (Showtime), Victorious (Nickelodeon), Outcast (Cinemax) & more.
Jonathan McHugh is an independent film director/ producer & music supervisor who has music supervised the music for over 70 feature films and TV shows. He currently is directing the documentary films “Cosplay Universe” for Netflix and “ Long Live Rock” for Kew Media. He has produced 25 films and TV shows including “Sun Records” “We Are X,” and “Janis: Little Girl Blue”
Some of the other film and TV shows he has produced/co-produced include Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never”” Morgan Spurlock’s Sony Classics documentary “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Lionsgate’s “Repo The Generic Opera,” Lifetime’s “Flying By”, The Paramount film “Crossroads” and the Discovery TV’s “Battle Ground Earth. He also co-wrote and produced the Lions Gate feature film “Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror” and is co-founder and GMS Secretary.