SYNCH WARS: Licensors & Licensees battle for the best deal!

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Randall Wixen
 (Wixen Music Publishing)
Chris Lakey
(Kobalt Music)
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Anton Monsted
(20th Century Fox)
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Joan Mateo-Bartoli
(CBS)
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John Houlihan (Fox Music)
Moderator

A team of 2 top Licensors face off against a team of 2 top Licensees in a mock battle over 4 song clearance negotiations. Topics will include indie band songs in a tentpole film, a major hit song in an indie film, licensing score from one film into another, clearing songs with samples, and more. Each side will throw every trick in the book at the other as the audience learns which strategies work and which fall flat when it comes to getting artist approval, the lowest license fees, Out Of Context rights, Festival Rights, soundtrack album rights and “direct license” requests. This fun and lively negotiation will inform all stakeholders in the media world and reveal how leverage works for both sides in a music rights negotiation. Q&A to follow.

TYPE: Moderated Panel Discussion

ROOM: TAPER HALL 101

(319 Seated)

TIME: 2:00pm - 2:50pm

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Randall Wixen
(CEO/Founder, Wixen Music Publishing)

Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. was formed in 1978 as an alternative channel for publishing administration, copyright management, and royalty compliance review. Founder Randall Wixen has a degree in economics from UCLA and has taken several professional-level courses on law and business aspects of music publishing. He has lectured at UCLA Extension, Cal State Northridge, the USC Entertainment Law Symposium and the Association of Independent Music Publishers. He is a voting member of the recording academy (NARAS) and has written on the topic of publishing royalties for the L.A. County Bar Association. He is the author of “The Plain And Simple Guide To Music Publishing” (Hal Leonard, Milwaukee, WI, 2005, 2nd edition 2009, 3rd edition 2014).  The Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. roster includes more than 2,000 individuals and publishing companies comprises the very top songwriters and recording artists from all genres of popular music including The Doors, The Black Keys, Weezer, Janis Joplin, Al Green and Journey.  

With over 17 years’ experience in music publishing, Chris Lakey currently serves as the Vice President, Creative Synch at Kobalt Music Publishing. Daily he works closely creatively with film studios, trailer houses, videogame companies, music supervisors, directors and editors to further exploit Kobalt compositions for synchronization opportunities. Mr. Lakey, additionally, has over a decade of expertise in negotiating synchronization deals and music licensing across all media. Prior to Kobalt he worked in the licensing department at Universal Music Publishing Group.

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Anton Monsted
(SVP, 20th Century Fox and Music Supervisor)
Chris Lakey
(VP, Creative Synch, Kobalt Music)

Anton Monsted is film music supervisor, music producer, and film producer based in Los Angeles. He started his film career as an assistant to the director Baz Luhrmann on the 1996 film adaptation of "William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet", starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. In 1997, Luhrmann and Monsted collaborated under their music production pseudonym BLAM, releasing the compilation album "Something for Everybody" which included the surprise hit, "Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen)", also known as "The Sunscreen Song". The song was a radio phenomenon around the world. Monsted's involvement in the music for "William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet" and its soundtrack album, and the success of "Something for Everybody", led to him to the role of Music Supervisor and Executive Music Producer on Luhrmann's next film, "Moulin Rouge", released in 2001. Monsted and Luhrmann collaborated on a series of music, live stage, and film projects until 2013, including "Australia" (2008), and "The Great Gatsby" (2013), on which Monsted served as the executive music supervisor, and co-producer of the film. In 2013, Monsted moved from New York to Los Angeles to work at Twentieth Century Fox, as Senior Vice President of Music. As an executive, Monsted oversees music for films produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Animation.

Joan Mateo-Bartoli is Senior Music Clearance Supervisor in her 20th year with CBS Television Studios. She has cleared all types of music for over 35 shows including current programs such as Bull, Dynasty, Madam Secretary, Seal Team, Strange Angel, Insatiable, Charmed, In The Dark, Instinct and Happy Together and past shows such as the entire CSI franchise, Vegas, Reign, and other CBS produced news programs, reality series and on-air promotion.

 

As CBS is both production studio and television network, Joan works together with studio and network executives, legal departments, program practices, music supervisors, producers and writers to clear music and negotiate music rights with song owners on a year round slate of programs on multiple platforms.

 

A voting member of the Television Academy, she holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture, directed the UCLA JazzReggae Festival, attended UCLA Extension Film Scoring program, scored and music supervised independent film projects and has previously served on a panel at the Library of Congress at the Society of Ethnomusicology’s conference on “Public Sector Ethnomusicology”. Her studies in ethnomusicology contribute a cultural sensitivity in the music clearance process so that shows are mindful of how music is represented to a worldwide television audience.

 

Prior to CBS, Joan worked with Pacific Ocean Post Sound/Mountain Drive, The Derek Power Company, independent label & publisher Drive Entertainment and interned with Mind Your Music under Karyn Rachtman.

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Joan Mateo-Bartoli
(Senior Music Clearance Supervisor, CBS)
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John Houlihan is a film studio creative executive and Music Supervisor who has worked in film, television, advertising and politics.  He has helped shape the music of more than 110 feature films including the 3 Austin Powers films, Charlie’s Angels 1 & 2, Training Day, Looper, Supermensch, Deadpool 1 & 2, Atomic Blonde and The Shape Of Water.   John previously served as a long time Board Member and President of the Guild Of Music Supervisors.  Current projects include the highly anticipated film Bohemian Rhapsody (release date Nov. 2)starring Rami Malek and produced by Queen and Graham King.  John  tweets from @tastymm

MODERATOR:
John Houlihan
(SVP Music, 20th Century Fox)