VARIETY Music for Screens Week

Expanded for the first time over four days in this all-digital installment, Variety’s Music for Screens Week 2020 will celebrate excellence in musical artistry and storytelling for film, TV, digital media, brands and more. Registration is free, but required for access.

 

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DAY ONE 

Monday, Nov. 30  
 

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. PST  
State of Scoring Composers Panel – Presented by ASCAP  
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all sectors of entertainment, how is the music community across film and television adapting and what’s its outlook for the future? These and other pressing topics related to scoring will be discussed along with the increasing focus on music as a driver for storytelling and for gender parity among composers.    
 

Introduction by: 
Shawn LeMone, SVP Film & TV / Visual Media, ASCAP 

 
Moderated by:  
Jon Burlingame, Contributor, Variety  
 
Speakers:  
Amanda Jones, A Black Lady Sketch ShowLove in the Time of Corona 
Germaine Franco, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Little,Tag 
Amelia Warner, Wild Mountain ThymeMary Shelley 
Hildur Guðnadóttir, JokerCandyman, Chernobyl
Pinar Toprak, Captain MarvelStargirl
 
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. PST  
Orchestrated Cinema with Amazon Studios 
Top composers froAmazon Studios’ current film slate talk about the new world of streaming and what it means for the art of music in the movies — especially at a time when untold millions are spending much of their time at home. 
 
Moderated by: 
Clayton Davis, Film Awards Editor, Variety  
 
Speakers:  
Nicolas Becker, Sound of Metal 
Terence Blanchard, One Night in Miami  
Evgueni Galperine, Radioactive  
Abraham Marder, Sound of Metal  
Aska MatsumiyaI’m Your Woman  
 
10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. PST  
Keynote Conversation with Mary. J. Blige 
The singer, songwriter, actor and producer is eyeing the Oscar race again, this time with original song contender "See What You've Done" from Belly of the Beast. The multiple Grammy winner explains what drew her to the doc illegal sterilizations in the California women’s prison system. Plus: how she came to soundtrack Kamala Harris’ walk-on music.  

Interviewed by: 
Jazz Tangcay, Artisans Editor, Variety  
 
 
DAY TWO 

Tuesday, Dec. 1  
 
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. PST  
Music Bookers Panel 
roundtable conversation with top music bookers about how TV shows are adjusting to working through the pandemic. What are the parameters for a remote performance and workarounds in order to deliver the best possible production? What works and what are viewers responding to? Better to have a limited audience or not? Talent executives from top daytime, late-night and awards programs offer their insight.  
 
Moderated by:  
Jem Aswad, Senior Music Editor, Variety  
 
Speakers:  
Deborah Byrd, Talent Relations, BET Music Programming   
Monica Escobedo, Coordinating Entertainment Producer, Good Morning America and ABC News  
Julie Gurovitsch, Music Booker, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon  
Diana Miller, Producer, The Late Late Show with James Corden  
Jeremiah Silva, Music Talent Executive, Late Night with Seth Meyers  
 
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. PST  
Keynote Conversation with Dave Meyers, Acclaimed Music Video Director 
The music video visionary who’s worked with the top names in pop and hip-hop — including Billie Eilish (“Bad Guy”), Taylor Swift (“ME!”), Ariana Grande (“Positions”) and Kendrick Lamar (“Humble”) — talks about dropping out of the field, then coming back, changes in budgets, how commercials really pay the bills and shooting during COVID. 
 
Interviewed by: 
Chris Willman, Features Editor and Chief Music CriticVariety  
 
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST  
Meet the Makers: The Music of Small Axe 

A mini-series set between 1969 and 1982 and based on true stories from London's West Indian community, Small Axe brings the music of the times and the culture to the small screen seamlessly. With director Steve McQueen at the helm, the team behind the Amazon Studios anthology take us inside its song and score core. 
 
Moderated by:  
Jazz Tangcay, Artisans Editor, Variety  
 
Speakers:  
Steve McQueen, Producer, Director, Writer  
Ed Bailie, Music Supervisor 
Dennis Bovell, Musician 
Mica Levi, Composer   
 
DAY THREE 
Wednesday, Dec. 2 

 
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. PST  
Music Supervisors Elite Roundtable 
Leading music supervisors converge to talk about their craft during coronavirus, current musical trends in storytelling and whats clicking most with audiences. With production stoppages and re-starts impacting all forms of visual media, what does it mean for the world of music supervision? Panelists share their 2020 experiences -- the good, bad and lonely.   
 
Moderated by:  
Lily Moayeri, Contributor, Variety  
 
Speakers:  
Joel C. High (Tyler Perry’s House of PayneThe Oval); and President, Guild of Music Supervisors 
Jen Malone (AtlantaEuphoria, The Umbrella Academy) 
Amanda Krieg Thomas (Pose, The Prom) 
Robin Urdang (The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselMarry Me, We Are Who We Are) 
Madonna Wade-Reed (All American, Batwoman); Vice President, Guild of Music Supervisors 
 

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT

Pivot with Purpose: The Sprite “Put You On” Model in Action 
With a more than three decades-long history and heritage of featuring hip-hop music and artists in marketing and communications, Sprite established its “Thirst For Yours” brand platform in 2019, leveraging the endless possibilities of hip-hop to inspire their audience to do more and dream bigger. To match those words with action, Sprite also began to operate with a new brand behavior at the same time: their “Put You On” model, which elevates the voices and executes the visions of young multicultural creators in music, fashion, art, and more. Hear how Sprite pivoted to address the challenges and dramatic shifts their audience faced in 2020 — the COVID-19 pandemic, a fight for racial justice, a monumental election — while continuing to ‘put on’ creators in even more purposeful and meaningful ways. 

 

Moderated by:
Andrew Hampp, Contributor, Variety 

 

Speakers: 
Aaliyah Shafiq, Brand Group Director, Sprite 
Cam Kirk, Celebrity Photographer 
Hundo, Sprite Way Artist 

 
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PST  

Keynote Conversation with Marcus Mumford 
The Mumford and Sons frontman talks about his latest gig, composing music for the Apple Plus comedy Ted Lassowhich incorporates his real-life love for British football. Plus: how he and Jason Sudeikis collaborate virtually across time zones (and why it may involve bubble bath).  

Interviewed by Jazz Tangcay, Artisans Editor, Variety  
 
DAY FOUR 

Thursday, Dec. 3  
 
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. PST  
Sonic Storytelling for Brands  
What's cutting through the noise during coronavirus? Music and sentiment as brands and publishers scoure catalogs for the familiar and the comfortingWe’ll take a look at the top commercial syncs in 2020 and how the revenue stream has grown for artists who soundtrack today’s ad campaigns.    
 
Moderated by:  
Andrew Hampp, ContributorVariety  
 
Speakers: 
Maria Alonte, SVP Creative Integration, Music, eOne 
John Campanelli, VP Creative Marketing, Advertising, Sony/ATV Music Publishing  
Deb Oh, Executive Producer at Squeak E. Clean Studios 
Rachel Rauch, Director, Advertisements and Brand Partnerships, Elektra Music Group  
Ryan Tedder, Lead Vocalist, OneRepublic; Songwriter and Producer 

 

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. PST 
Keynote Conversation with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross 
Musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will discuss their creative process in composing current films Mank and Soul. 

 

Introduced by:
Mike Steinberg, EVP Creative & Licensing, BMI 
 
Interviewed by: 
Shirley Halperin, Executive Editor, Music, Variety

 

5 p.m. PS 
Variety's Hitmakers Special with Harry Styles, Blackpink, Maren Morris, 
J Balvin and Roddy Ricch will premiere on Variety.com on Thursday December 3rd at 5:00 PST / 8:00 EST. 
 
 
 

 

Speakers:

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Amanda Jones
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Amelia Warner
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Pinar Toprak
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Mary J. Blige
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Diana Miller
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Monica Escobedo
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Deborah Byrd
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Dave Meyers
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Jen Malone
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Amanda Krieg Thomas
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Madonna Wade-Reed
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Joel C. High
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Marcus Mumford
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Ryan Tedder
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John Campanelli
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Deb Oh
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Germaine Franco
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Hildur Guðnadóttir
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Terence Blanchard
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Shawn LeMone
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Steve McQueen
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Julie Gurovitsch
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Maria Alonte
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Aska Matsumiya
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Abraham Marder
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Cam Kirk
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Mike Steinberg
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Nicolas Becker
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Aaliyah Shafiq
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Hundo , Sprite Way Artist
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Shirley Halperin
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Trent & Atticus