Backbeat: Guild of Music Supervisors Gather in L.A., Rally For Emmy Award Recognition
Backbeat: Guild of Music Supervisors Gather in L.A., Rally For Emmy Award Recognition
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From Left: Julia Riva, Harry Warren Catalog and GMS Sponsor; Gary Calamar, Music Supervisor; Maureen Crowe, President, Guild of Music Supervisors at the Guild of Music Supervisors Reception at the London Hotel in Los Angeles Monday night.

It was no coincidence that the Guild of Music Supervisors held a get-together between the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony Saturday and the coming weekend's Emmy Awards. Guild president Maureen Crowe wants the troops rallying behind their push for a Emmy Award for music supervision.

"When you elevate the music supervisors, you elevate the music," Crowe told Billboard.biz at the Monday gathering held on the rooftop pool patio of the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.

The event resembled something of family gathering as more than 40 music supervisors were joined by publishers and music library representatives feasting on hamburgers and truffle fries. Most of the supervisors needed no introduction to one another as Crowe was keen on organizing one group photograph after another. At one point she even wrangled every television music supervisor for a shot against a vibrantly glowing orange moon, saluting them as "the rock stars of television."

Work chit-chat was inevitable. Robert Walls was trying to remember which Harry Warren song Nora Felder had considered using in "Californication"; Felder and "Justified's "Greg Sill were lamenting the lack of drama in many music-oriented stories pitched for films. Early in the evening, Electronic Arts' Steve Schnur and multi-hyphenate Jonathan McHugh detailed experiences with their children that have them thoroughly convinced video games have completely replaced rock stars and albums. Neophonics' PJ Bloom ("Glee") was eager to debate -- with anyone - why supervisors deserve creative rather than administrative categorizations. He received no arguments.

"True Blood" supervisor Gary Calamar was recounting his recent trip to Germany's Popkomm while supervisors such as Chris Mollere, Julia Henry, Julia Trainor, Robin Kaye and Robin Urdag mingled with the likes of Anna Maria Hall from Killer Tracks, Julia Riva of the Four Jays and composer Mark Watters, who was representing the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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A Gaggle of Music Supervisors: (From left:) Randy Sheffer, Director, Video Games, Film and TV Music at Sony/ATV; Wende Crowley, Sony ATV Sponsor/Music Supervisor; Billy Gottleib, Vice President, Film &TV Music, Sony/ATV & Music Supervisor; Ed Razzano, Vice President, Film & TV, Catalog Marketing, BMG; Chris Mollere Music Supervisor, "Vampire Diaries"; Joey Singer, Music Clearance, Q'Viva; Darrell Brown, Trustee, Recording Academy and Writer/Producer.
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Mini-Burger Smile: Trygge Toven, Guild Member and up and coming Music Supervisor; Maureen Crowe, President, Guild of Music Supervisors; Mark Watters, Governor, Television Academy.