The music team behind the blockbuster film Suicide Squad break down the creative and business process when assembling a dynamic soundtrack.
The Suicide Squad Music Team Breaks Down Their Creative and Business Process
(The Bill Bordy Media Conference Center)
2:00pm - 3:00pm
with Gabe Hilfer ('Suicide Squad', 'Vice Principals', 'Sausage Party'), Season Kent ('Suicide Squad', 'The Fault In Our Stars', 'Luke Cage'), Darren Higman (Executive Vice President, Music - Warner Bros. Pictures), Kevin Weaver (President Film & TV, Atlantic Records; Executive Vice President, The Atlantic Records Group) - Moderated by Nic Harcourt (Broadcast Journalist, Artist Manager)
Nic Harcourd (Moderator)
Broadcast journalist, Curator, Host/Interviewer and Artist Manager
Described by music writer Mark Weingarten as "the most influential DJ in America”, Nic Harcourt is regarded as the ultimate "tastemaker" in music.
Many artists have credited Harcourt for putting them on the map and helping them achieve stardom through his radio shows. He has helped launch the careers of Adele (with her first U.S. radio support and live session), Coldplay (their very first performance in the U.S. was on his radio show), Phoenix, Dido, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Ting Tings, Sigur Ros, Damien, Rice, Interpol, Florence & The Machine and countless others. He was also the first DJ in the world to play Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games”, and has recently helped launch the careers of newcomers Fantastic Negrito and The Record Company.
Harcourt currently hosts the 2 x Telly Award winning music series “Nic Harcourt’s Transmissions” (produced thru his own production shingle Nude & Ginger), and hosted 100 episodes of the award winning music series Guitar Center Sessions on DirecTV 2010-2015. He also manages LA independent artist, Kita Klane.
From 1998-2008 Harcourt raised the bar at LA radio station KCRW by introducing events such as station-sponsored concerts in LA, NY, San Francisco and Washington DC. Under Nic's stewardship KCRW was the first radio station in the world to stream live video sessions and broadcast from remote locations like SXSW, CMJ, London and the Latin Alternative Music Conference.
Through his early recognition of the internet, as a distribution format for innovative music programming, he built KCRW into an internationally recognized brand, where he also produced the Sounds Eclectic CD compilation series before departing the station to pursue independent creative projects. In 2011, Harcourt was named MTV's first Music Supervisor in residence.
Nic has worked in Television and Film as a consultant and music supervisor and his TV credits include, 90210, The Inbetweeners, I Just Want My Pants Back, Queer as Folk, Life as We Know It, In Justice, What about Brian, and Love Monkey (for which he was also a co-producer), as well as advertising campaigns for Mitsubishi Motors, Apple's iPod, Victoria's Secret and KIA. His movie credits include Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud, He’s Just Not That Into You, Pride and Glory, The Dukes of Hazzard and Gone Baby Gone.
To this day, Nic has interviewed more than 2,000 artists on Radio, Television and in print and has excellent relations with many top managers, agents and label heads. His subjects have included Neil Young, Patti Smith, Paul McCartney, Moby, David Bowie, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakham, Debbie Harry and Snoop Dogg. Nic held the position of “Editor at Large” for the now defunct LA Times magazine 2008-2010 and authored a book, Music Lust. A collection of "recommended listening for every mood, moment and reason." Never leaving his radio roots behind, Nic hosts a daily music show "The Nic Harcourt Show" at LA AAA radio station, KCSN and is also a frequent guest discussing music and the music business on KPCC.
In partnership with the L.A.-based singer/songwriter/producer, Kita Klane, Harcourt co-founded the independent production company, Nude & Ginger at the end of 2015. Nude & Ginger, specializing in unique broadcast and digital content, and debuted its first original music performance and interview series“ Nic Harcourt’s Transmissions” in February 2016 with an initial order of 13 episodes hosted by Harcourt and directed by Klane through WorldArts.com.
Executive Vice President, Music - Warner Bros. Pictures
Darren Higman’s previous work-experience has led him to his current role as Executive Vice-President, Music for Warner Bros. Pictures. Some of his previous positions included Product Manager/Marketing (MCA Records), Marketing (Atlantic Records), General Manager (Tag Recordings & Big Beat Records), VP of Soundtracks (Atlantic Records), Music Supervisor (WH Entertainment) and SVP of Soundtracks (Warner Music Group).
In June 2005, Darren began working at Warner Brothers Pictures where he oversees music for a majority of the studio’s slate of motion pictures. While at Warner Bros. Pictures, Higman has worked on many pictures, some of which have been: ATL, Happy Feet, Music and Lyrics, August Rush, Watchmen, Where the Wild Things Are, Sucker Punch, Magic Mike, The Great Gatsby, Man of Steel, Her, 300: Rise of an Empire, Edge of Tomorrow, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Intern, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Some of his recent & upcoming projects include Wonder Woman, CHiPS, Justice League, Ready Player One, S.C.O.O.B., Aquaman, A Star Is Born, The Flash, Ocean’s Eight and more.
Season Kent is a Los Angeles-based Music Supervisor and co-president of the music supervision company Full Pursuit. Throughout over a decade spent in the world of Music Supervision, Season has overseen 30+ films and numerous television shows. Recent highlights include How To Be Single, Magic Mike XXL, Paper Towns and The Longest Ride. Last summer, Season music supervised the hugely successful feature film and soundtrack to John Green’s best selling book The Fault In Our Stars that earned platinum sales of Charlie XCX’s “Boom Clap” as well as winning Season the “Best Music Supervision 2014 Film Under 25 Million” award at the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards. Season also enjoys ongoing work in television with The CW’s breakout hits Arrow and The Flash. Under their supervision company FULL PURSUIT, Season and partner Gabe Hilfer collaborate on many film and TV shows such as the upcoming Warner Pictures/DC Comic’s film Suicide Squad and the new CBS show Supergirl. Previous highlights include The Sundance darling The Spectacular Now and FX’s Tyrant. Season is a member of The National Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Gabe Hilfer is a Los Angeles based music supervisor and co-president of Full Pursuit. A native New Yorker, Gabe has lived in Los Angeles since 2007. He started his music career as a late night DJ at The University of Michigan and moved into the music business when he graduated. After 5 years at BMG, he left to pursue artist management and eventually found music supervision and fell in love with it. With his first feature film experience coming while still in New York, Gabe worked on such acclaimed films as The Wrestler, Black Swan, and The Wackness. More recently, Gabe has found a balance between film and television projects, both of which bring their own challenges and rewards. With recent films like Project X, The Place Beyond The Pines, End of Watch, Get Hard and recent television projects like Blackish, Eastbound and Down and The Strain, Gabe has been keeping himself busy. Gabe is a two-time winner of the Music Supervisor of the Year award from the Guild of Music Supervisors for feature films under $25M.
President Film & TV, Atlantic Records; Executive Vice President, The Atlantic Records Group)
Kevin Weaver is the President of Film & Television and Executive Vice President of Atlantic Records Group, as well as a Grammy award winning soundtrack producer. Weaver manages the incorporation of Atlantic Records’ music with film, television, and video games, as well as coordinating the creation and distribution of soundtracks. For five years, Weaver has also operated a co-venture between his present company and Warner/Chappell Music to publish music.
Weaver joined Atlantic Records in 1994, helping direct soundtrack projects from 1995 to 1998 under the Lava label. He continued working in the same area as an executive at Tommy Boy Music from 1998 to 2000, whereupon he transferred back to Lava. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Atlantic Records in 2006, and three years later in 2009 was named Executive Vice President of Atlantic Records Group.
Most recently, he produced Suicide Squad: The Album, the soundtrack companion to Warner Bros.’ summer 2016 blockbuster, Suicide Squad. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and boasts the
highest debut for a soundtrack in 2016. The album includes the chart topping single “Heathens,” from Twenty-One Pilots, as well as hit singles from artists such as Skrillex, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Lil Wayne and many more.
Weaver also produced the Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album, which peaked at #1 on the US Billboard 200 Chart and included the hit single “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa (Feat. Charlie Puth), which Weaver provided A&R services for.
His other projects include the soundtrack for Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 1 (Music From the HBO Original Series), which he produced and won a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, along with the soundtrack for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS which featured the RIAA Certified multi-platinum single, “Boom Clap,” from Charli XCX.
He was also an executive producer for Ed Sheeran's one-hour NBC television special in 2015, "Ed Sheeran - Live at Wembley Stadium,” and spearheaded the deal for Coldplay’s 2014 NBC concert special.
Alongside his lengthy career in soundtracks and licensing, Weaver has been intimately involved in the development of the careers of artists such as Kid Rock, Bruno Mars, Fun, Icona Pop, Charlie XCX, Ed Sheeran, Matchbox20, Flo Rida, T.I., Jason Mraz, Christina Perri, James Blunt, Cee Lo Green, The Zac Brown Band, Jewel and numerous others.