On Wednesday, January 21, the Guild of Music Supervisors held its 5th annual awards ceremony, celebrating the best music supervision in television, film, games and brands in fourteen different categories.
Listed here are the winners of the Awards, a highly anticipated ceremony that some of the Music Dealers team were honored to attend: Eric Sheinkop, Founder & President; Brandon Smith, VP, West; and Mario Davis, Licensing & Business Development Director.
Best Music Supervision – TV Comedy Or Musical
Nashville – Season 3, Frankie Pine
Nashville is renowned for its unique use of music. Not only is music an instrumental component of the show’s plot, but licensing songs for the show is also a great platform to promote the work of emerging artists.
Best Music Supervision - TV Drama
Reign – Season 2, Madonna Wade-Reed
The music supervision in Reign has received consistent attention for licensing contemporary songs. In addition to The CW featuring the show’s music online, Reign also maintains a YouTube channel, “Reign Music”, to find all of the music from the show’s episodes and promos.
Best Music Supervision - Reality TV
The Voice – Seasons 6 and 7, Clyde Lieberman and Jill Meyers
Between all of the show’s creative needs, Lieberman and Meyers managed The Voice’s music through several hurdles, landing the show a 2014 nomination for an Emmy in Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series, as well.
Best Music Supervision - TV Long Form and Movies
The Normal Heart, PJ Bloom
Set in the early days of the 1980s AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart soundtrack reflects the time of the story and the poignant passions of its characters. Some of the film’s notable syncs include songs by Roxy Music and Sylvester.
Best Music Supervision - Film Over $25M
Guardians of the Galaxy, Dave Jordan
The soundtrack was so heavily lauded that it was even released in cassette tape form - as it was presented in the film under the name, “Awesome Mix Vol. 1.” The soundtrack reached number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first soundtrack album that consisted solely of already released songs to top the chart.
Best Music Supervision - Film Under $25M
The Fault In Our Stars, Season Kent
The Fault In Our Stars quickly gained both critical and popular attention for its music supervision, spiking with the highly anticipated lead single release of “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX.
Best Music Supervision - Film Under $10M
Begin Again, Matt Sullivan / Andrea von Foerster
The musical dram-com Begin Again was both Keira Knightley’s first singing role and Adam Levine’s first acting role - indicative of the importance of music to this film. The song “Lost Stars” from the film’s soundtrack was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Best Music Supervision - Film Under $5M
Whiplash, Andy Ross
Chronicling the troubled times of a high school jazz drummer, the score and soundtrack for Whiplash exceeded critical expectations with nuances like Hurwitz’s jazzy overture and the role of Ellington’s “Caravan” to the film’s plot.
Best Music Supervision In Games
FIFA 15, Cybele Pettus [Electronic Arts]
Boasting a soundtrack of eclectic artists that range from Swedish singer and rapper Elliphant to dream pop/indie prog band Saint Motel, FIFA 15 connected with gamers all the more through music. Additionally, artists like Avicii and The Ting Tings licensed tracks to the game before releasing them to the general public.
Best Music Supervision, Brand
Nike, JT Griffith
Like many brands, Nike is leveraging music more and more in its marketing strategy. Behind the music is supervisor JT Griffith, who works with the brand to coordinate music in its TV spots and online content, including its Spotify channel, and works on the music strategy for Nike’s affiliated brands.
Best Use Of Music, Music House / Agency
Media Arts Lab, Peymon Maskan
Associate Music Director at Media Arts Lab, Peymon Maskan is the music supervisor behind Apple’s popular ads, including the brand’s beloved 2013 holiday ad, “Misunderstood,” which still pulls heartstrings over a year after its airing.
Best Music Supervision - Trailers
Inherent Vice– Teaser, Vanessa Jorge [Aspect Ratio]
The trailer for Inherent Vice stirred substantial interest before the film’s December 2014 release, with music driving the intrigue. Music Director at Aspect Ratio, Vanessa Jorge, supervised the music for the trailer, which has garnered nearly 4 million views on YouTube since September.
2014 Studio Award For Music In TV, 20th Century Fox Television
With hit shows like American Horror Story and Empire, 20th Century Fox Television has repeatedly established itself as a music-savvy studio. In fact, the studio had production credits in three nominations during the Awards: Glee, American Horror Story and The Normal Heart, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
2014 Studio Award For Music In Film
The Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox Studios
The two studio magnates both received honorary awards from the Guild for their respectively creative uses of music in film. The Walt Disney Studios claimed production credits in two nominations during the Awards: Guardians of the Galaxy and Into The Woods. 20th Century Fox Studios had production credits in one nomination: The Book Of Life.
By: Zach Miller, Music Dealers