“COMPOSER WANTED: How the Pandemic Has Affected Getting Work as a Film, TV & Games Composer – CCC WEBINAR”

    • July 14, 2020
    150 150 The California Copyright Conference

    Date(s) -


    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


    “COMPOSER WANTED: How the Pandemic Has Affected Getting Work as a Film, TV & Games Composer”


    How do composers get work, especially in this time of a new normal?

    Join in on the discussion on how composers…

    • Find new projects
    • Develop their careers
    • Work with agents
    • Work on productions through studios.  

    Plus, we are including topics such as …

    • The composer’s agent’s responsibilities
    • Who makes the final decision to hire the composer
    • What a showreel should feature
    • The most effective ways for composers to market and promotion, and finally
    • Fees—what to charge, what to accept, and, of course, whether to consider the dreaded buyout

    Zoom registration: click here. Further details below. 

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

    2:30 PM PDT – 3:30 PM PDT 



    Sherry Orson — Chief Creative Officer, Star Vibe Group

    Jeffrey Izzo — Chair of Music Industry Studies, California State University Northridge



    Daryl Berg — Vice President, Music Strategies and Licensing, Crown Media Family Networks

    Dan Butler — Executive Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs of Music, Paramount Pictures

    Erin Collins — Vice President, Film, Television, and Developing Media, SESAC

    Brandon Jarrett — Television & Film Composer, Music Producer, and Songwriter

    Joel Roman — Music Agent, ICM Partners 


    Zoom Registration Link



    Advance Registration
    CCC Members $0 per person | Non-members $5 per person

    Once signed up via the registration link above, non-members will be emailed an invoice via Square. Invoice must be

    paid to receive Zoom meeting information. 



    SHERRY ORSON | Chief Creative Officer | Star Vibe Group

    Sherry Orson is a successful, established music publisher and licensor, having secured music on television shows on every major network, and with major label recording artists, advertising brands, in motion pictures and more.

    Orson began her career in the music industry as a Creative Manager during the Richard Branson years with Virgin Music Publishing in Los Angeles. From there, she moved to Universal Music Group as Director of Creative Services for almost a decade, expanding her extensive experience in the fields of music publishing and licensing. While at Universal, she placed songs with major record labels on Platinum artists such as Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Selena, Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan and many others. In 2007, she joined musician and actor, Steven Van Zandt representing his music publishing company and rock record label, where she was responsible for placement of his roster of artists with major advertising brands: KFC, McDonalds and Fox Sports. Ms. Orson currently represents emerging artists and music catalogs for licensing in all areas of media through her own licensing and music catalog representation company, Star Vibe Group. Through Star Vibe Group, she recently placed and licensed songs from the roster to Amazon, CBS, HBO, Showtime, MTV, NBC, Fox, E! and many more.


    JEFFREY IZZO | Assistant Professor and Mike Curb Endowed Chair of Music Industry Studies | California State University Northridge

    Jeffrey Izzo is Assistant Professor and Mike Curb Endowed Chair of Music Industry Studies at California State University Northridge. An entertainment lawyer for over 25 years and an accomplished composer, lyricist, and performer, he has presented at numerous national and international conferences, is a contributing author to Music Entrepreneurship, and co-author of Introduction to the Music Industry: West Coast Edition. Izzo is an ASCAP affiliate and member of the Board of Directors of The California Copyright Conference, The College Music Society, the Association for Popular Music Education, The Recording Academy, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Dramatists Guild, Songwriters of North America, the Association for Popular Music Education, and The International Association for the Study of Popular Music.



    DARYL BERG | Vice President, Music Strategies and Licensing | Crown Media, parent company of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
    Daryl Berg is the Vice President, Music Strategies and Licensing currently for Crown Media, parent company of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, where he oversees all music strategy and supervision. Preceding that, he re-launched Sound Canyon in fall of 2015 after serving as Vice President, Head of Music for FremantleMedia North America, where he handled music supervision and licensing, oversaw and grew their publishing assets, and worked with both television and digital departments on the developmental sides. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Music for Shine America from 2011 to 2013, where he was responsible for Shine America’s music strategy, expanding the company’s music portfolio, helping to develop music-based productions and building licensing properties across scripted, unscripted and digital productions

    Previous to joining Shine America, Berg served as Director of Music for FUEL TV, where he spearheaded the overall music strategy for the network. His responsibilities at FUEL ranged from music supervision to licensing and booking bands to overseeing the network’s music marketing campaigns.

    Before FUEL TV, Berg was Director, Business Development for EMI Music, developing business opportunities for the company and creating new media licensing proposals, including digital music subscriptions, internet radio, online video and set-top box content deals. Previously, Berg co-created Crusty Old Timer, Inc., a music supervision and placement company based in Los Angeles. He also formerly served as founder/Vice President, Strategic Planning for The Orchard, an independent music and video distribution company. He’s a graduate of University at Albany and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Nina and their daughter Lennox.


    DAN BUTLER | Executive Vice-President, Legal & Business Affairs | Paramount Pictures Music

    Dan Butler is Executive Vice-President, Legal & Business Affairs for Paramount Pictures Music, where for 13 years, he has been responsible for negotiating deals with composers, songwriters, publishers, music supervisors, record labels, artists and producers. He oversees all music business and legal for Paramount’s film, TV and animation productions, including the Star Trek, Transformers, A Quiet Place and Mission Impossible franchises, Grease Live!, Rocketman, and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, as well as Paramount’s music publishing catalog, record label, soundtrack albums, videogames and live concerts. Previously, Butler served in Business and Legal Affairs at Warner Bros. Pictures Music, Rysher Entertainment and MGM/UA Music, and was an associate at Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger. Butler is a past President of the California Copyright Conference, member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. The Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel honored Butler as the AMEC 2018 Music Counsel of the Year.


    ERIN COLLINS | Vice President of Film, Television, Developing Media | SESAC

    Erin Collins is the Vice President of Film, Television, Developing Media for SESAC, where she oversees the Los Angeles-based department servicing SESAC’s composers and publishers. She also helped create SESAC’s new composer diversity initiative, “SESAC Scores: The Beck Diversity Project,” along with film composer Christophe Beck. 

    Erin began her career at Warner Bros. Publications where she was responsible for creating multi-media marketing and advertising campaigns. She then served as Director of Marketing & Music Production for APM Music, where she managed creative and promotions to major television networks, game companies, trailer houses, and more. Before joining SESAC, Erin was a producer, music supervisor, and score supervisor working with clients such as Ubisoft, ESPN, Activision, and THQ. Erin holds a music degree from Northern Illinois University.


    BRANDON JARRETT | Television and Film Composer, Songwriter, Music Producer 

    From the time Brandon Jarrett was born in Queens, New York until the present, he has been studying, creating and surrounded by music. Brandon’s parents started their career at Dangerfields Club in New York and toured the world with Brandon in tow. By the time he was 11 years old, they had been to every state in the United States mainland, Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. Starting at a young age, Brandon studied music and by the time he was ten, he was playing drums, flute, piano and singing. In his teenage years, along with being an All-Star football player, he continued with vocals and piano and apprenticed at Face Productions Studios in Las Vegas. There, he learned the beginning of music production and composing in a digital environment that would set the stage for a life of creating music for film, television and recording artists.

    Brandon has composed for more than 25 films in the last five years and more than 100 songs in that same time period. His versatility and ability to capture the vision of directors and producers has created a demand for him in the business. His experience producing records for stars such as Stephanie Scott from Disney’s “Ant Farm” and Amber Montana from Nickelodeon’s “The Haunted Hathaways,” gives him the unique edge of being able to write and produce original songs for the soundtracks of the films and television shows he is composing. Because of his background in writing and producing pop records, Brandon has developed the unique ability to combine orchestral and electronic music and utilize melodies in a way that connects the story to the audience. With a state-of-the-art Pro Tools HD studio and the ability to run Cue Base and Logic, he delivers projects at the highest quality available.

    Brandon’s love and passion for music can only be superseded by his love for his wife, daughter and two sons. Music has always been a true joy in his life and being part of the team on a film or television production is truly a dream come true for him!


    JOEL ROMAN | Agent, Soundtracks and Crossover | ICM Partners

    Joel Roman is a veteran of over 30 years in the Music Industry. Creating and overseeing Crossover & Soundtrack divisions for the William Morris Agency, Paradigm and ICM.  He has been involved with the multi-platinum soundtracks from FridayAlmost Famous, Fast & Furious 1-8Dirty Dancing, CocktailSoul FoodHairspray, Moulin RougeIn the Heights, to The Hunger Games, Twilight, 50 Shades of Gray, Stranger Things and dozens more. He has negotiated many soundtrack award-winning deals, including Academy Awards (Hustle and Flow), Grammys (Juno) and Golden Globes (CarsJames Bond).

    Working with artists in all formats, from hip hop to country and rock to jazz, Roman put together deals notably for Sheryl Crow, Jack White and Alicia Keys to create themes for two James Bond films. He has worked with a variety of artists such as Babyface, Ludacris, Little Richard, The Lumineers and others to produce the music for live action and animated projects. Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, B.B. King, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Three Six Mafia, Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams, Annie Lennox, Wynonna Judd and others have all had the fingerprints of Roman’s involvement on successful film and TV projects. Most recently, he has been working with Migos, Robert Grasper, Kamasi Washington and Lil Yachty, moving them into the film and television space.

    Roman is a voting member of Grammy and has served as a Governor on the L.A. Chapter of NARAS and as part of the City of Hope Entertainment committee.  Additionally, he works with J.D.R.F. on behalf of Type 1 Diabetics and C.C.F.A  (Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America). He lives in Los Angeles with longtime partner, Alison and his children Emily and Oliver.




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