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Why Hire a Music Supervisor?


(The Bill Bordy Media Conference Center)

12:15am - 1:00pm

with Tricia Holloway (Director of Music, Freeform), Angie Rubin (Music Editor, '50 Shades of Grey', 'Pitch Perfect', 'Almost Christmas'), Ben Bumgarner (Editor, 'Good Girls Revolt', 'Hart of Dixie', 'The Astronaut Wives Club'), Jeff Cardoni (Composer, 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates', 'Training Day' (TV Series), 'Silicon Valley') - Moderated by Gary Calamar ('Man In The High Castle', 'True Blood', 'Wayward Pines')


A music supervisor acts as a hub for all things music on a film or television show; this involves interacting with a range of other roles throughout the process. Those in jobs music supervisors regularly interact with on a production, both within the music department and outside, discuss how a good music supervisor can make their lives easier, and what they each expect from the position.

Gary Calamar

President of Go Music

Gary Calamar is a five time Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor who has overseen the music on some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television including “True Blood”, “Six Feet Under”, “Dexter”, “Entourage”, "Weeds" and "House”.

Gary’s current projects include “The Man In The High Castle” (Amazon) , “Good Girls Revolt” (Amazon), “Wayward Pines” (Fox), “Killing Reagan” (National Geographic) and the indie film “Carrie Pilby”.


Gary is also a songwriter and co-wrote the song “Let’s Boot and Rally” performed by Iggy Pop and Bethany Cosentino for True Blood. His debut EP as a recording artist, “You Are What You Listen To” was released on Atlantic Records to excellent reviews and airplay. Gary is also the author of "Record Store Days" (with Phil Gallo), and DJ at public radio tastemakers KCRW.

Jeff Cardoni


Jeff Cardoni’s talents range from intimate independent fare to full orchestral majesty. With over 35 feature film scores and several network series to his credit, one can hear his work worldwide every day. His unique ability to cross genres has made him a powerful player in the film composing industry.

Jeff originally studied classical piano, while playing percussion in school orchestra. But it would be rock and roll that would lead him to Los Angeles in 1997. After a brief stint as lead guitarist for the Warner Bros. band "Alien Crime Syndicate", Jeff left to pursue film scoring full time. He worked under several Hollywood composers including John Murphy (Snatch, 28 Days Later) while studying conducting and orchestration at UCLA. He has received several ASCAP Film and Television Awards for his work on the worldwide hit CSI:Miami and was nominated for an Ariel Award for his score to the feature 7 Dias.

His body of work ranges from studio features such as Just Friends, Step Up: All In, Open Season 3, Firehouse Dog and Miss March, independent films such as The Confirmation from Oscar nominated Bob Nelson (Nebraska) and The Vicious Kind (Sundance Premiere), to television scores such as the CBS drama The Defenders with James Belushi, The Lottery,Wilfred starring Elijah Wood,The League on FX, and the worldwide Jerry Bruckheimer produced hit CSI:Miami.

Jeff is also an active songwriter, penning the theme songs to MTV’s hit “Pimp My Ride”, MadTV on Fox and FX’s The League, with songs appearing countless films, including "Hard Knock Life" with Mike Myers in Austin Powers, “Long Road Home” featuring Gene Simmons of Kiss for CSI, Harold & Kumar 2, on camera band songs for Fox’s Gotham, The Sweetest Thing with Cameron Diaz, A Walk To Remember, New York Minute and many others. He also produced several songs with Jon Lajoie for the soundtrack to The League, and recent albums by indie pop artist Jules Larson, which have appeared recently on the soundtrack to The Lucky One.

Recent scores include Fox’s Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates and the hit Mike Judge comedy Silicon Valley for HBO. Upcoming scores include feature Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life, based on the best selling young adult book by James Patterson, as well as the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer and Antoine Fuqua produced Training Day series for CBS, the new ABC comedy Speechless starring Minnie Driver, and the romantic drama feature Smitten, directed by Oscar winning screenwriter Barry Morrow (Rainman).

Tricia Holloway

Head of Music, Freeform

Australian-born Tricia Holloway is Head Of Music at Freeform (previously known as ABC Family). Tricia is responsible for all music elements across the company including music supervisors, composers, budgets, theme songs, original music creation, on-camera performances, soundtrack releases, strategic marketing tie-ins, campaigns, promo’s and delivery - servicing the creative music needs of all departments and handling the business side to ensure it’s actualization. 


Tricia also oversees a boutique collection of songs from indie artists known as Persimmon Grove - sourcing indie artists for one-off song deals, developing a concept for song direction in alignment with Freeform projects, securing placements throughout series and promo’s and then, coordinating coordinate snipes, chyrons and shout outs to the Freeform social army (totaling 70 million active followers) that consistently results in Freeform winning the spot as #1 social active network in the US. It’s a unique platform for indie artists to gain exposure. She’s always on the hunt for artists/songwriters/producers who’s vibe will work with Freeform.


Holloway was previously an independent music supervisor and principal of Path Music - a music supervision company based in Los Angeles.  In earlier years, she was as Executive In Charge of Film Music at Lionsgate. 


While her list of credits is long, on both the big and small screens, in her current role at Freeform, Tricia currently oversees 13 Nights of Halloween, 25 Days of Christmas, Shadowhunters, Pretty Little Liars, Dead of Summer, Famous in Love,

Guilt, Stitchers, The Fosters, Switched At Birth, Cheer Squad, Monica The Medium, Young and Hungry, The Letter, Baby Daddy and many more in digital and short form. 

Ben Bumgarner


Ben has just finished cutting the first season of “Good Girls Revolt” for Amazon, and is currently on the new ABC show “Imaginary Mary”.


He got his start in picture editing in High School at the nations most-honored journalism program “HTV Magazine” were he won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. After High School he pursed a career in Film & Television by attending Missouri State University, were he received a B.S. in Electronic Arts. Ben spent two years working in commercials, and documentaries before attending the College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University, were he received his M.F.A., in Film Production.After completing his masters program, he moved to Los Angeles transitioning into narrative television under his mentor Brandi Bradburn Holland (Grey's Anatomy, This Is Us).


 Ben is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and has worked on shows from “Hart of Dixie”, “Chasing Life”, “The Astronaut Wives Club”, to “Lucifer”, and “Greenleaf”.

Angie Rubin

Music Editor

'50 Shades of Grey', 'Pitch Perfect', 'Almost Christmas'

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