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Music and Pictures: An Insider's View

April 7, 2015
Julianne Jordan ’93
Julianne Jordan ’91

Ever wonder how music gets selected for a film or television show? Who works with composers and arrangers to ensure that you cry or have your heart beating quickly when in the cinema? Who owns the rights to that music? 

At 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Zankel 117 (ELM), two notable alumni (one accompanied by a spouse) will talk about the business and the art of putting music to film. 

Julianne Jordan ’91 is a music supervisor and the owner of Music Soup, a company that handles the synchronization of music for films.  She has worked on such notable releases as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity, The Italian Job, and more recently Pitch Perfect (American Music Award for "Best Soundtrack," 2013) and the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2.

Dave Jordan is the founding force behind Format Entertainment, one of the most successful music enterprises in Hollywood, and has worked on films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, for which he won the Guild of Music Supervisors Award for "Best Music Supervision Film" and a Grammy nomination for "Best Compilation Soundtrack."

Jody Klein ’85
Jody Klein ’85

Jody Klein ’85 is the CEO of ABKCO Music and Records and ABKCO Films, which distributed The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling and more recently Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality, as well as their soundtracks.  ABKCO also owns the rights to the 1960s catalogues of the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Sam Cook, and many others.

The guests will talk about how they choose music and the contractual obligations of using recordings, creating soundtracks, and licensing music.

Seating will be limited in Zankel 117 (the glassed-in room at the end of the music center), so plan on arriving early.

This event is sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and the Media and Film Studies Program with the Music Department and the Zankel Music Center.

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