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Composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor arrive at the 36th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards at the InterContinental Hotel on January 15, 2011 in Century City, California.

Success stories and career opportunities are the focal point of the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6 on the Universal Studios lot in Universal City, Calif.

Issues such as the value of copyrights, making cover versions of songs to forward a career and how top music supervisors work are among the subjects that will be discussed. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with song placement reps and pick the brains of industry experts during roundtable discussions. 


Trent Reznor will deliver the keynote Q&A with his film-composing partner Atticus Ross on Nov. 5. Gregg Alexander, the former New Radicals leader who wrote songs for and scored Begin Again, kicks off the conference with a Q&A session that morning. Composer Howard Shore will receive the Maestro Award.

The conference will include case studies of Annie, Fury and the films Mark Mothersbaugh has scored with director-producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Composers Fil Eisler, Trevor Morris, Chad Fischer, Michael Penn and Blake Neely will discuss how they balance film and television work and last year’s Oscar winner Steven Price (Gravity) will discuss his work in Fury.

“Moving this conference forward requires that we pay attention to the aspirational nature of this business while also celebrating significant major achievements,” says Billboard’s Phil Gallo, the chief programmer of the conference. “As these industries change, it’s important that we present a fresh and honest look at the landscape in music for various forms of media.” 

Day two of the conference will include two discussions with people who know this area best -- the heads of music departments at the top film studios and a group of top music supervisors from the fields of film, TV, advertising, games and trailers. Ad agencies will discuss what goes into the increasingly important category of automobile advertising. The world of documentaries, where music is dealt with in a singular way, will also be examined. 

Prior to the two days of panels, the conference kicks off Nov. 4 with a special advance screening of Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me that will be followed by a Q&A with director James Keach and members of the country legend’s family. 

To register for the conference, visit