Music Licensing in Film & TV

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Music Licensing in Film & TV

Fri, 24 Nov 2017

Duration: 1 day
10.30am-6pm (plus evening networking drinks)
Capacity: Max. 25-30 participants
Fee: £120  10% Early Bird discount available until 10th Sept.

How does a piece of music get into a film? What are the considerations for using pre-existing tracks versus specially commissioned scores? How do you find the right track, the right composer? How much does it all cost and what steps are necessary to ensure it’s all done legally?

In this intensive 1-day workshop, leading UK Music Supervisor & Record Company Executive Ian Neil and expert industry guests explore the complexities of placing music onto film. The course is open to all filmmakers, with particular relevance to producers, directors and post production, as well as media lawyers and music composers. 

Course Outline

Topics covered include:

  • Film composers
  • Soundtracks
  • How to get the right piece of music for the right price
  • Budgeting
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • Rights ownership and how to potentially own your own music rights from your film
  • How a director and producer work creatively with composers, music supervisors and music editors
  • Music publishing
  • Master recording

The programme will include a chaired panel discussion with industry guests. The team will discuss various publishing rights issues, as well as how best to structure the deal for the composer and the producer, and what role the music publisher plays within this process.

We will end the day with networking drinks at LFS.

A detailed schedule for this workshop will be available closer to the course date. In the meantime please click here to view a sample schedule.

The following video is an excerpt from the 2012 Fast Forward Producing programme at LFS. 

Tutor profile: Ian Neil, Music Supervisor

Ian Neil's workshops at LFS

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Ian’s extensive knowledge of music is renowned. His expertise in researching tracks and handling music clearances, in addition to his strong ties with all the major and independent record labels and publishers artists, composers, agents and managers, has inevitably made him the first port of call for all the top UK film directors and producers.

Before becoming an independent Film Music Supervisor Ian built his strong reputation through his work as Head of Film and TV for Polygram Records; Head of Film, TV and Advertising and ultimately Director of the department at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. By placing artists such as LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY, THE CARDIGANS, MOBY, GOLDFRAPP, OVERSEER, GROOVE ARMADA, LAMB & SMASHMOUTH and many more high profile advertising campaigns, TV and Film Productions.

One of Ian’s first big films, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, resulted in a double platinum soundtrack and a strong collaboration with Brit director Guy Ritchie. Ian was therefore Ritchie’s first choice for his follow up feature, SNATCH. In 2004, Ian began to enjoy huge success as a Freelance Music Supervisor with many credits including CONTROL by Anton Corbin; JOE STRUMMER-THE FUTURE IS WRITTEN by Julien Temple; ST.TRINIANS 1 & 2; KIDULTHOOD; ADULTHOOD; ROCKNROLLA and OF TIME AND THE CITY from the highly acclaimed director Terence Davies. Other recent popular releases in the UK include SEX & DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL which Ian is also an Executive Producer, NOWHERE BOY, KICK ASS, BRIGHTON ROCK & 127 HOURS.

His work across all his projects and include sourcing existing material, finding new original content, organizing pre-records, attaching score composers, full management of source & score budgets, film spotting, licensing and contracting, compiling soundtracks and much more.

TV credits include RED RIDING TRILOGY directed by Julian Jarold, Anand Tucker & James Marsh for Revolution Films. The latter of which he teamed the composer Dickon Hinchcliffe with the Director of which they have worked several times subsequently. Other TV shows include ECHO BEACH,ASHES TO ASHES & SKINS.

As of May 2010 Ian took the role of Director of Music for Film and TV for Sony Music. Overseeing Sony music content into Advertising, TV, Film and Computer Games. In 2011 he secured the INBETWEENERS soundtrack for Sony Music, which led to a huge hit for SEAN KINGSTON with Party All Night (Sleep All Day). Most recently procuring PALOMA FAITH’S cover of Never Tear Us Apart in the new coveted John Lewis advertising spot, resulting in a top 10 hit and helping album sales reach double platinum.

He continues to run a scaled down version of his own supervision company and recently supervised KICK ASS 2, ALAN PARTRIDGE – ALPHA PAPA and THE DOUBLE. He is currently working with Guy Ritchie, Anton Corbin, Matthew Vaughn, Ben Wheatley and Robert Carlyle on their current projects, including supervising the forthcoming KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, released in 2015.

"Ian Neil is a leading film & Television music supervisor whose record business background gives him exclusive industry knowledge and contacts. he is well connected for the mainstream and well informed for discovering breaking artists. Ian also has a wide knowledge of film and film scores, he is excellent at matching films with composers both stylistically and based on the personalities involved. He knows the varied business aspects of creating a soundtrack for a film, from contracts, to licences, to cue sheets, from setting up deals with artists, record labels and publishers to engaging with agents and composers he is a brilliant facilitator with consistently excellent results. Ian is a major asset to the music department of any film. His experience and success as a music supervisor precedes him and among his colleagues he is recognised as an industry leader."- Ilan Eshkeri, Film & TV Music Composer