Thank You! .

London Sync Sessions 2016 took place on 28th and 29th September at Metropolis Studios in London, providing attendees with an opportunity to engage with in-depth discussions about the role of synchronisation in the music industry, from CEOs, publishers, record labels, film and TV producers, supervisors and composers, all in the legendary Metropolis Studios. Music Week also return as official media outlet.

Billed as the European sync event of the year, the London Sync Sessions did not disappoint. We were delighted to welcome representatives from the likes of Sony MusicBBCRed Bull and Pusher Music, as well as music supervisors who have worked on film and television series such as Absolutely FabulousDeadpoolSawCall The Midwife and Luther.

The US executive branch of the Guild of Music Supervisors were also in attendance announcing exciting plans for a proposed GMS European chapter. GMS Secretary Jonathan McHugh and Treasurer Joel C. High provided insight into the charter whilst hosting a jam-packed interactive panel called “Music Supervision around the Globe”.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our guests, speakers and panelists for making the second London Sync Sessions such a success. We’re delighted that the event is fast becoming the most anticipated conference of the sync calendar. Here’s to next year!”
Rupert Hollier Creative Director Metropolis Publishing & Music Supervision

We’d like to thank our partners Midem, Music Week, Hollywood Records, EMI Production Music and Music Gateway for supporting the London Sync Sessions offering exclusive insight into the current issues surrounding synchronisation and publishing in the creative industries.

We'll soon be releasing exclusive content from the sessions, including interviews, videos and insights. So make sure you keep an eye on the London Sync Sessions website and partners pages.

After launching in 2015, the two day conference has welcomed over 300 industry professionals each year. The London Sync Sessions has fast become a must attend event for all professionals in the world of sync. Keep your ears to the ground for more information about #LSS17...

 

 

 

2016 Speakers

 

John Houlihan
Music Supervisor
DEADPOOL, ICE AGE, AUSTIN POWERS

Dan Neale
Managing Director
NATIVE MUSIC SUPERVISION

Andrea Madden
Music Supervisor / Producer
MADE IN CHELSEA

Sarah Bridge
Music Supervisor
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

Alex Black
Global Director
EMI PRODUCTION MUSIC

Jesper Gadeberg
Music Supervisor
MUSIC STYLIST

Rachel Wood
Founder, Creative Director
WOODWORK MUSIC

Ben McAvoy
Director
WMP STUDIOS

Adam Dolman
Head of Film
UNIT 9 FILMS


Nicky Bignell
Head Of Music Licensing
BBC

Daniela Gassert
Intl. Sync and Copyright Manager
RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE

Natalie Dickens
Director
FELT MUSIC

Duncan Smith
Senior Music Supervisor
SONY PLAYSTATION

Dominic Wallace
Music Editor UK & Ireland
DEEZER

Will Quiney
Music Supervisor
EMPIRE DESIGN

Rudy Chung
Music Supervisor
SILICON VALLEY | PUSHER MUSIC

Harriet Moss
Global Creative Manager
MANNERS McDADE

Christian Hurst
Co-Founder, COO | Music Supervisor, Producer
RIGHTS.KIT | GRANITEWISH

Alex Lodge
Executive Producer
THIRTY TWO MUSIC


Ian Cooke
Music Supervisor
AMY, LUTHER, CALL THE MIDWIFE

Ian Neil
Director Music for Film, TV, Advertising and Computer Games
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Joel C. High
Music Supervisor
SAW, LAWLESS, AMERICAN PSYCHO, CABIN FEVER

Simon Mortimer
VP of New Business and Media
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING

Jon McHugh
Film/TV Producer & Music Supervisor
SONGSTEW ENTERTAINMENT

Robert Raths
Owner
ERASED TAPES

Pete Kelly
Music Creative
BT SPORT

Toby Slade-Baker
Founder/Director
THIRTY TWO MUSIC


 
 

Wednesday 28

09.30 - 10.30

Entry, Registration & Light Breakfast

 

Studio A

10.30 - 11.30

Music Supervision Around the Globe

Three Supervisors walk into a bar....

Panelists:

Joel C. High
Music Supervisor
SAW, LAWLESS, AMERICAN PSYCHO, CABIN FEVER

Jonathan McHugh
Film/TV Producer & Music Supervisor
SONGSTEW ENTERTAINMENT

Presented by The Guild Of Music Supervisors

 

Break

11.30 - 12.00

12.00 - 13.00

"Are We Selling Our Souls?"  

A discussion of our panelists interactions with music in the context of advertising, having come into the industry as musicians, music lovers and music fans first and foremost.

 - "Are we sacrificing our integrity by sidestepping copyright / pastiching famous work, undervaluing music / negotiating low fees with rights holders"  

 - "Aligning ourselves (indirectly) with causes / brands / organisations that we actively disagree with?"

 - "Should we draw a line ? should our financial circumstances / desire to ‘grow’ a business / our commitment to client service trump our conscience in all instances?"

 - "How would it impact business / client relations if we were to refuse work on the basis of morality / conscience / political affiliation etc"

Panelists:

Jesper Gadeberg
Music Supervisor
MUSIC STYLIST

Dan Neale
Managing Director
NATIVE MUSIC SUPERVISION

Toby Slade-Baker
Founder/Director
THIRTY TWO MUSIC

Roy Lidstone-Jackson
CEO / Managing Director
A&G SYNC/A&G SONGS LTD

Alex Lodge
Executive Producer
THIRTY TWO MUSIC

Lunch

13.00 - 14.30

14.30 - 15.30

Blurred Lines: Production Music/Music Production Services

Production Music companies used to be a one-stop, off-the-shelf library music service, now they’re evolving into music production hybrids to accommodate today’s media needs; offering stems, customising, edits and much more. How does the recent collapse of notable music licensing services reflect on the industry and what is the future for sub publishing? Our panel of production music professionals discuss the evolving world of production music publishing. What are the new parameters for production music? How is creativity in music the key to longevity and what does the future hold for the humble music library?

Panelists:

Alex Black
Global Director
EMI PRODUCTION MUSIC

Simon Mortimer
VP of New Business and Media
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING

Scott Doran

Director of Production
ALTITUDE MUSIC - a BMG company

Daniela Gassert
Intl. Sync and Copyright Manager
RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE

Moderated by:

Ben McAvoy
Director
WMP STUDIOS

 

Presented by EMI Production Music

 

Break

15.30 - 16.00

16.00 - 17.15

The Nuances of Music Supervision: Choosing Artists, Songs and Arrangements That Hit The Mark

An intimate discussion about the craft of discovering, cultivating and creating inspired music, the art of choosing the best tracks for a specific use, and the skills required to collaborate with diverse members of a given team to ensure realisation of the desired impact. 

Panelists:

Christian Hurst
Co-Founder, COO | Music Supervisor, Producer
RIGHTS.KIT | GRANITEWISH

Duncan Smith
Senior Music Supervisor
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT

Pete Kelly
Music Creative
BT SPORT

Natalie Dickens
Director
FELT MUSIC

Sarah Bridge
Music Supervisor
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS
 

Presented by Rights.Kit

 
 

Studio B

12.00 - 12.40

Girls on Film

shesaid.so hosts a conversation on A Career in Film and TV, taking a look at the interesting career paths of inspirational women working across the industry. Shesaid.so is a global network of women who work in active roles across the music industry, whose vision is to create an environment that supports collaboration, creativity and positive values. The network provides a platform for relevant and meaningful content, strengthens women’s global support network, and offers partnership and networking opportunities to nearly 1300 worldwide.

Panelists:

Andrea Madden
Music Supervisor and Producer
MADE IN CHELSEA

Gemma Dempsey
Music Supervisor

Lee Magiday
Producer
THE LOBSTER

Amy Ashworth
Music Supervisor
THE LOBSTER & GINGER ROSA

Moderated by:

Harriet Moss
Global Creative Manager Manners McDade, London Team Leader
shesaid.so

Presented by shesaid.so

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Lunch

14.00 - 17.15

Unit 9 Present the VR afternoon

Our friends at Unit 9 host a VR afternoon from Studio B, delegates will be able to try out the latest developments in VR technology. VR headsets and a 3D mapping environment will showcase the steps being made the marrying of VR and music.

UNIT9 is an innovation studio creating content in digital, film, experiential and VR. Partnering with ambitious advertising agencies and brands. A motley crew of innovation architects, product designers, software engineers, gaming experts, art directors, designers, producers and film directors.

"An unforgettable night" - is an interactive VR storytelling experience for Absolut and deadmau5, created and executed by UNIT9 directing duo Horton De Rakoff, allows fans to actually visit deadmau5’s studio as he’s putting the final touches on his latest creation. Users are taken on an interactive journey as their favourite performer speeds through the city to get to the club in time to perform to a sea of ravenous fans. 

For more info click below

 

Networking Mixer in the Mercury Bar

17.15 - 19.30


Thursday 29

09.30 - 10.30

Entry, Registration & Light Breakfast

 

Studio A

10.00 - 11.00

The translation of score concepts: From Director to Composer "Mum's List"

The latest release from Studio Soho. The motion picture adaptation of the Amazon best-selling book "Mum's List". An in-depth discussion into the process of score conception and realisation. As a movie that mixes original score with over 10 commercial licensed songs, the panel will discuss how Amelia converted Niall’s and Nick’s vision for the score, and how the licensed commercial cues came forward to compliment the piece as a whole.  

Panelists:

Niall Johnson
Director
MUMSLIST

Amelia Warner
Composer
MUMSLIST

Nick Hamson
Owner/Producer
STUDIO SOHO/MUMSLIST

(Moderator)
Rupert Hollier
Music Supervisor
MUMSLIST

 

11.30 - 12.30

Under The Blankets with the BBC

50% of all music broadcast on UK Television and Radio is only broadcast by the BBC, and the BBC currently commissions more new music than anyone else the UK. This session will take a look at how the broadcaster chooses and uses music across its services, and will discuss some of the challenges it faces in the rapidly changing media landscape.

Panelist:

Nicky Bignell
Head of Music Licensing
BBC

Amelia Hartley
Head of Music
ENDEMOL SHINE UK

James Wood
Head of Production
BBC CREATIVE

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Lunch

12.30 - 14.00

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14.00 - 15.00

Redefining The Trailer Music Market

A candid examination of the outliers and disruptors who are reimagining the creative trailer music market. The past 5 years have seen a dramatic shift in how music for motion picture advertising is sourced, licensed and created globally. As major studio films are seemingly blending together, how does music help set their campaigns apart? Hint: it’s no longer the music libraries. This panel brings together the people dedicated to changing this increasingly sophisticated creative space.

Panelists:

Rudy Chung
Music Supervisor
PUSHER

Will Quiney
Music Supervisor
EMPIRE DESIGN

Robert Raths
Owner
ERASED TAPES

Presented by Pusher

 

Break

15.00 - 15.30

15.30 - 16.30

TV is the new Radio

In an ever changing musical landscape, TV moves forward as tastemakers for new releases. With one feature on a primetime TV show causing a snowball effect for popularity and streaming playlists. Has Radio lost its edge in standing as a go to resource for new music?

Panelists:

Ian Neil
Director Music for Film, TV, Advertising and Computer Games
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Iain Cooke
Music Supervisor
AMY, LUTHER, CALL THE MIDWIFE

Andrea Madden
Music Supervisor and Producer
MADE IN CHELSEA

Dominic Wallace
Music Editor UK & Ireland
DEEZER

Danielle Perry
ABSOLUTE RADIO/Q-MAGAZINE/DROWNED IN SOUND PODCAST

Rachel Wood (Moderator)
Founder, Creative Director
WOODWORK MUSIC

Studio B

11.15 - 12.00

Felt Music Presents: Project Literacy Case Study 

An in-depth look at how large campaigns and developed and completed

Project Literacy involved music research, licensing plus creation of a new arrangement sympathetic to the commercial’s challenging subject matter. 

The Felt team will present a discussion on the process from song selection thought to the final version used on the campaign. 

Covering both the business and creative journey and discuss the issues and hurdles that had to be overcome from demo through to sign off.

Panelists:

Natalie Dickens
Director
FELT MUSIC

Hugo Goggin
Composer
FELT MUSIC

Malory Torr
Featured Artist/Songwriter
METROPOLIS MUSIC PUBLISHING

 

13.00 - 14.30

The Supervisor Mentoring Sessions 

In conjunction with London Sync Sessions 2016, Music Gateway is providing the attendees of the conference the opportunity to connect with and receive advice from a selection of the biggest industry names in Sync & Music Supervision.

The meet and greet style sessions, gives you a short time slot one to one with a Supervisor(s)/Sync agent. This will allow you to speak to high level professionals and receive unparalleled industry advice.

The sessions will be held on 29/09/16 in Studio B at Metropolis Studios, London. Spaces are on a first come first served basis, so to register your interest, please email emma.francis@musicgateway.net with the subject line ‘The Supervisor Sessions’. Please include your order ID (which you will have received upon purchase of your LSS ticket) and a short sentence about why you want to attend.

If your slot is confirmed, you will be given a set of rules & guidelines which must be adhered to.

If you’d like to hear more about Music Gateway, click here

 


Live Music

From Studio A, with the closing party in the Metropolis Bar

20.00 - 22.30

Secret Showcase Acts To Be Announced 

 


Venue

 

Metropolis Studios

Established in 1989, Metropolis has been the studio of choice for artists across the musical spectrum. This extensive list includes acts as diverse as Queen, Michael Jackson, Lady GaGa, the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, U2, will.i.am, The Stone Roses, Rihanna, The Verve, Mark Ronson, One Direction, Adele, The Clash, Maroon 5, The Cure, Madonna, as well as Justin Bieber and Lana Del Rey.

Europe’s leading centre for mixing, mastering and recording plays a decisive role in the music industry, and is therefore the perfect location for the Sync Sessions. Based in the Grade II-listed ‘Power House’ complex, the site of Metropolis used to power the railways. Now it powers the music industry. As the destination studio where 50% of the UK’s Top 40 Chart is serviced, the facility offers an inspiring backdrop for artists and creatives interested in progressing in the music business.