Category: Industry News (Archive)

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Award-Winning Film & TV Composer Jerry Goldsmith Dies at 75

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Award-winning film and TV composer Jerry Goldsmith died July 21 of cancer in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 75. Goldsmith’s long and distinguished career included a best original score Academy Award for the 1976 movie “The Omen.” He also received several Academy Award nominations for best original score, including […]

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SESAC Promotes Pat Collins to President and COO

Patrick Collins has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of SESAC, helping to position the company and the people it represents for strategic growth objectives, it was announced recently by Stephen Swid, Chairman/CEO. For more information, click here.

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ASCAP President's Lyrics Take Aim at Bush, Rumsfeld, Supreme Court Justice and Others

ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman and her husband Alan take aim at President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Supreme Court Justice Scalia, and others in a special new set of lyrics to “People” sung by Barbra Streisand at a major Kerry fundraising event. For more information, click here.

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Executive Board Of Musicians' Union Votes To Endorse Kerry

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — During its June 2004 quarterly meeting, by unanimous vote, the International Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (“AFM”) endorsed John Kerry for President of the United States of America. The Board endorsed Kerry for his stance on labor issues and economic […]

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Veteran TV Composer Peter Myers Takes Battle With ASCAP To U.S. Supreme Court; Alleges Conflicts of Interest, Misconduct and Corruption

Los Angeles (Film Music Magazine) — Veteran television composer Peter Myers (“Diagnosis: Murder,” “The Love Boat,” “Dynasty”) made history on Tuesday as the first film and television composer to take a lawsuit against performing rights organization ASCAP to the U.S. Supreme Court. The move is only the latest in a series of legal battles between […]

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'BMI Digital Initiatives' Project to Set Benchmarks for 21st Century Copyright Administration

BMI will roll out a series of business and technology initiatives over the next two years to continue its leadership in setting standards for efficiency, timeliness, scope and transparency in copyright administration, it was announced today by BMI President and CEO Frances W. Preston. For more information, click here.

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615 Music Library and Composer Geoff Koch Reach Settlement

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — After several rounds of last-minute negotiations, 615 Music and composer Geoff Koch agreed to settle a legal case that brought into question the ability of composers and other creative artists to use samples of their works to promote themselves, even if they do not own the copyright to the […]

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Music Library Sues Composer For Using His Own Music on Personal Demo

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Nashville-based production music library 615 Music has filed a copyright infringement suit against one of its former composers, Geoff Koch, for using 30-second samples of music authored by Koch but substantially similar to music Koch composed for 615 Music on Koch’s website for personal promotional purposes. The suit filed […]

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Sony Dedicates Historic State-Of-The-Art Scoring Stage to Barbra Streisand

CULVER CITY, CA (Film Music Magazine) — Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) unveiled a newly renovated, state-of-the art scoring stage named in honor of entertainer, Barbra Streisand. Howard Stringer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Corporation of America and Vice Chairman, Sony Corporation said that the historic stage would now be called the “Barbra Streisand Scoring […]

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Royalty Consulting Group and AMRA to Collect Broadcast Mechanical Royalties for Composers and Songwriters

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Royalty Consulting Group (RCG), a new consulting firm headed by Film Music Network founder Mark Northam and established mechanical rights agency AMRA (American Mechanical Rights Agency, Inc) owned by veteran Los Angeles entertainment attorney Sindee Levin have announced a new service designed to provide composers and songwriters direct access […]

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MusicBox Names Caitlin Hill as Director of Client Services

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — MusicBox, a bi-coastal, custom scoring company and production music library, today announced that Caitlin Hill has been named Director, Client Services. In this newly defined role, Ms. Hill will head up all music licensing and client service duties for MusicBox’s worldwide client base. “Caitlin’s extensive experience in the production […]

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ASCAP Reports Record $668 Million Revenues

LOS ANGELES — ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) marks its 90th year with revenues reaching an all-time high of $668 million — a 5.2 per cent increase over the prior year — it was announced during the Society’s annual West Coast Membership Meeting held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, […]

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Programmer Sets Up "Mask" For File Sharers

Wyatt Wasicek was so outraged by the recording industry’s legal assault on users of free music-downloading sites that he created a program called AnonX that masks the Internet address of people who use file-sharing programs such as KaZaA. For more information, click here.

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CISAC Announces Launch of CIS Net to Link Member Royalty Societies Worldwide

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) joins with its 209 member societies in announcing the MIDEM launch of CIS Net – the CISAC technology connecting authors’ societies around the world. Under CISAC’s Common Information System (CIS), authors’ societies will soon be able to search musical […]

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Music Industry Raids Australian Offices of KaZaA; Sharman Networks Responds

SYDNEY (Film Music Magazine) — Investigators from the Australian recording industry raided the Sydney offices of Internet file-swapping network Kazaa on Friday in search of evidence to support allegations of copyright infringements. The raid was conducted under a rarely used law, known as Anton Pillar, which allows litigants in civil copyright cases to gather evidence. […]

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Hercules and Xena Ghostwriter Composer Awarded Copyright; Files Suit Against Universal Studios

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — After being awarded copyright registration by the U.S. Copyright Office for hundreds of music cues he wrote for the syndicated “Hercules” and “Xena” hit television series, composer Daniel Kolton has sued Universal Studios and others for copyright infringement citing unauthorized usage of his copyrighted music in a lawsuit filed […]

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Eminem Sued by 70-Year-Old Widow for Allegedly Using Uncredited Film Composition

A 70-year-old California grandmother is suing Eminem over the rapper’s unauthorized sampling of a musical piece authored by the woman’s late husband, a veteran film composer. For more information, click here.

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Velez Renews Multi-Year Contract as SESAC President/COO

NEW YORK (Film Music Magazine) — Stephen Swid, Chairman/CEO of SESAC, Inc., has announced that the performing rights company has re-upped its multi-year contract with Bill Velez to continue in his role as President and Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, Velez continues to serve on SESAC’s Board of Directors. “SESAC has seen unprecedented strategic growth and […]

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Court Decides Against Composer Peter Myers in ASCAP Royalty Dispute; Myers to Appeal

NEW YORK (Film Music Magazine) — In a court victory for performing rights society ASCAP, Federal Court Judge William Conner refused to grant a motion by veteran composer and ASCAP member Peter Myers (“Diagnosis: Murder,” “The Love Boat,” “Dynasty”, arrangements for “American Idol”) to overturn an arbitration decision regarding ASCAP’s refusal to grant “background vocal” […]

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Composers Bruce Broughton and Elmer Bernstein Elected to ASCAP Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — ASCAP announced today that film and television composers Elmer Bernstein and Bruce Broughton have been elected to the ASCAP Board of Directors, replacing incumbent composer David Raksin and incumbent songwriter John Bettis. With the election of these composers, the ASCAP Board now includes two full time working film and […]

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Film and TV Composers Settle Class Action Suit Against ABC and Viacom for $25.4 Million

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Veteran composers Fred Steiner (“Perry Mason” Theme, “Star Trek,” “Mrs. Doubtfire”), Nathan East (bassist, featured on albums by artists including Eric Clapton and Justin Timberlake), William Goldstein (“Hello Again,” “Miracle at Midnight,” “Fame”) and Chuckii Booker, (instrumentalist for Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Lionel Ritchie and Tina Turner), […]

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PMA Endorses ASCAP Writer Board Candidate Doug Wood

Los Angeles (Film Music Magazine) — In a statement issued today, the Production Music Association (PMA), an organization representing music libraries and composers in the U.S., has endorsed ASCAP Board of Directors candidate Doug Wood in the current election cycle at the performing rights society. ——————————————— PMA STATEMENT ENDORSING ASCAP WRITER BOARD CANDIDATE DOUG WOOD […]

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Megatrax Production Music Names Benjamin Trust as General Manager

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (Film Music Magazine) — Top music library company Megatrax Production Music, a supplier of production music for film, television, advertising and multimedia, has named Benjamin Trust to the newly created position of General Manager. Ron Mendelsohn and JC Dwyer, Co-Founders and Executive Producers at Megatrax, made the announcement. In his new post, Trust […]

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Songwriters Guild of America Endorses Joint Statement on Protecting Writers Royalties

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — The Songwriters Guild of America today announced the endorsement of a Joint Statement of organizations regarding the protection of writers performance royalties. ============================================ JOINT STATEMENT FROM AMERICAN COMPOSERS AND SONGWRITERS We, the undersigned, in acknowledgment of the importance of the rights of music creators, condemn any practice of production […]

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Game Audio Network Guild Endorses Joint Statement on Protecting Writers Royalties

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), the leading organization for those who compose, produce, and work with music for interactive audio, has endorsed the Joint Statement on Writers Royalties: ============================================ JOINT STATEMENT FROM AMERICAN COMPOSERS AND SONGWRITERS We, the undersigned, in acknowledgment of the importance of the rights of […]

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Music Industry Coalition Issues Joint Statement on Protecting Writers Royalties

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — In a move unprecedented in recent history, a group of leading music industry organizations has joined together today to issue a joint statement on protecting writers royalties. ================================================ A JOINT STATEMENT FROM AMERICAN COMPOSERS AND SONGWRITERS We, the undersigned, in acknowledgment of the importance of the rights of music […]

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Film Composer Mark Isham Resigns from ASCAP Board; Board Replaces Him with 10th Runner-Up Songwriter

Los Angeles (Film Music Magazine) — In a stunning blow to the representation of film and television composers on the ASCAP Board of Directors, the position of resigning ASCAP Board of Directors member Mark Isham, a top film and television composer, has been filled by the ASCAP Board with the election by the Board of […]

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Bob Candela Appointed Chief Financial Officer of ASCAP Performing Rights Group

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Al Wallace, ASCAP Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has announced that Bob Candela has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ASCAP’s Performing Rights Group. Candela had previously served as Vice President and Controller of the Group. In this new role, all financial functions […]

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SESAC Awarded Maximum Damages in Copyright Infringement Case

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — In an historic decision handed down by a federal jury in Pittsburgh, PA, SESAC has been awarded more than $1.2 million in damages, including the maximum damages on 6 songs, in a copyright infringement litigation. The verdict was returned against WPNT, Inc., the operator of radio stations WLTJ-FM and […]

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Veteran TV Composer Calls for ASCAP Arbitration Verdict to be Overturned; Alleges Conflicts of Interest, Misconduct and Corruption

Los Angeles (Film Music Magazine) -– In a 25-page petition filed in California Superior Court, veteran television composer Peter Myers (“Diagnosis: Murder,” “The Love Boat,” “Dynasty”) has charged ASCAP, the ASCAP Board of Review and the American Arbitration Association with a lengthy list of improprieties including being “corrupted by conflicts of interest,” “failure to properly […]

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