Category: Industry News (Archive)

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ASCAP Attempts to Block Local Cable Settlement Hearing Board, Composers Request Ombudsmen Conduct Investigation

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — U.S. performing rights organization ASCAP has attempted to block a group of over 50 ASCAP composer members from initiating a hearing before the ASCAP Board of Review regarding how ASCAP and its Board of Directors calculated and distributed a recent $30.6 million settlement from Local Cable Television operators. The […]

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PAX TV Network To Composers: Join SESAC and Give Up Your Royalties If You Want to Work For Us

Los Angeles (Film Music Magazine) — In a dramatic shift in the way television networks hire composers, the PAX cable television network has instituted policies specifying that U.S. composers hired for PAX-produced shows be a member of performing rights organization SESAC and agree to give up all writers’ royalties for airings of the shows on […]

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Film Music Network Calls on PAX TV to Restore Composers' Royalties, Schedules Industry Meeting Nov 12

LOS ANGELES — The Film Music Network, a trade organization for the film and television music industry representing over 1,500 members, issued the following statement today in response to the policies of the PAX television network demanding that U.S. composers hired for PAX produced shows must be SESAC members and must give up all writers […]

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Composer Mark Northam Announces ASCAP Board Candidacy

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Composer and Film Music Network founder Mark Northam announced today he will be a writer candidate for the upcoming ASCAP Board of Directors elections. Running as an independent candidate, his platform centers on issues important to writers, including: ** Better payment for writers, especially instrumental writers “In most European […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Brought Against Record Clubs by Composers and Songwriters

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — In March of 2002, a class action lawsuit was filed in U.S District Court demanding that full mechanical royalty payments be made to composers and songwriters for the sale of recorded music distributed by Columbia House and BMG Direct, commonly referred to as record clubs. A motion to dismiss […]

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The Ad Council Selects Verance's ConfirMedia For Radio Airplay Verification Of Public Service Announcements

Verance Corporation, the leading provider of tools and services to track, manage and enhance the use of media content globally, today announced that its broadcast monitoring and reporting service, ConfirMedia, has been selected by the Ad Council for the monitoring of radio advertising campaigns nationwide. For more information, click here.

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Ghost Composer Fights For His Royalties

In a move that could affect the way royalties are paid for TV and film music, Michigan composer Dan Kolton is claiming the legal copyright to music for almost 100 episodes of the “Xena” and “Hercules” TV shows. For more information, click here.

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Questions Raised over ASCAP Cable TV Royalties Paid Via Radio Surveys

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Questions have been raised in the industry concerning substantial sums of a $30.6 million television royalty settlement that were paid to ASCAP radio writers and publishers. According to ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman, funds for the $30.6 million royalty payout were received by ASCAP from U.S. local cable television providers […]

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Ghostwriter Claims Copyright on Hundreds of Hercules, Xena Music Cues

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — In a move destined to set a precedent for the film and television composing industry, Michigan composer Dan Kolton has claimed the legal copyright and authorship of hundreds of musical cues he says he composed while ghostwriting for the top-rated Hercules and Xena television series. Mr. Kolton stated he […]

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Circular Logic Releases InTime Tempo Tracking System

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Circular Logic, LLC, a music technology company based in South Florida, has announced the release of the InTime Tempo Tracking System 1.0 for WIndows. InTime is a system available to the public designed to create a fundamental shift in the way musicians htink about MIDI and computer music. With […]

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Educator, Composer Buddy Baker Dies

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Buddy Baker, Chair of the Film Scoring Program at USC and musical director for hundreds of Disney movies, TV shows, and theme-park rides, died July 26 in Sherman Oaks, CA at the age of 83, the studio announced Monday. Buddy Baker’s extensive career in the commercial field of music […]

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Young Film Composers Competition Winners Announced

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — A blue-ribbon panel of film and television industry judges has chosen the winners of the Third Annual Young Film Composers Competition. The annual film scoring competition is presented by Turner Classic Moves, Film Music magazine and MP3.com, and is sponsored by The Guitar Center. Prizes this year were provided […]

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