Backbeat: Neil Portnow Asks Guild of Music Supervisors To Give 'Credit Where Credit Is Due' at Pre-Emmys Party
Backbeat: Neil Portnow Asks Guild of Music Supervisors To Give 'Credit Where Credit Is Due' at Pre-Emmys Party


Among those gathered to honor the music supervisors who work in television at the London West Hollywood on Sept. 11 were (from left) Disney Channel's Steven Vincent, Neophonic's Janet Lopez, music supervisor Robin Urdang, Recording Academy CEO/president Neil Portnow, Guild president Maureen Crowe, ATAS governor Mark Adler, composer Darrell Brown and music supervisor Gary Calamar.

A clean-shaven Neil Portnow told the Guild of Music Supervisors on Tuesday that he was impressed with the way the guild had banded together and petitioned the Recording Academy, which he heads, to include supervisors as nominees on soundtracks.

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Calling the presentation to the Grammy Awards committee from Guild president Maureen Crowe "eloquent," Portnow noted, "In the music business the combination of music, film and television is stronger than it has ever been. It trumps record sales… It's not easy to do, the business that you do."

Portnow spoke at the Guild of Music Supervisors' second annual pre-Emmy Awards cocktail reception, held on the rooftop of the London West Hollywood. Crowe oversaw the event sponsored by companies and organizations such as BMG, Megatrax, Killer Tracks, Taxi, BMI, ASCAP and SESAC.


He Shaved! Neil Portnow, left, Maureen Crowe and Mark Adler represented the Grammys, Guild of Music Supervisors and the Emmys at the Guild's pre-Emmy cocktail party on Sept. 11 at the London West Hollywood.

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Furthermore, Portnow implored the Guild to join forces with the Recording Academy on a new initiative that, for the lack of a better title, is " let's give credit where credit is due." Lamenting the lack of information in the digital age about musicians, producers, labels and other elements that go into a recording, Portnow said the Academy is working improve that situation.

"It's counter intuitive to the digital marketplace," Portnow said, noting that so much information is available but not easy to access in music. The Academy has already posted an online petition to find a way to work with technology companies to increase the amount of information that was always available in the world of physical recordings.

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Mingling around the pool were a heavy volume of music supervisors active in television, among them Evyen Klean, Liza Richardson, Gary Calamar and Billy Gottlieb. CBS' Samuel Diaz, who oversees a multitude of shows, predicted "Blue Bloods" and "The Good Wife" would be significant players in the terms of music in the coming season.

Among those on hand to celebrate the supervisors involved in shows up for Emmys were ASCAP's Mike Todd, BMI's Doreen Ringer-Ross, SESAC's Erin Collins, Composer Mark Adler, a governor at Academy of Television Arts & Sciences representing the Emmy Awards, Lionsgate's Tracy McKnight and Russell Ziecker, Disney's Steven Vincent, Comcast's Chris Jackson, songwriter-producer Darrell Brown producer Jonathan McHugh, supervisors Janet Lopez, Robin Urdang, Anna Granucci and Beth Rosenblatt, and talent manager Jared Barboza.

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