Winners at the Guild of Music Supervisors Awads were, front row, from left, Steve Schnur, Julia Michels, Evyen Klean, Jordan Silverberg, Gary Calamar; second row, Lia Vollack, Liza Richardson, Alicen Schneider, Stacy Wallen-McCarthy, Robin Kaye, Gabe Hilfer; back, Kier Lehman (Photo: Jay Farbman)
Music supervisors responsible for the music placed in films such as "50/50," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" and"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and TV shows "American Idol," "True Blood" and "Friday Night Lights" were honored Sunday at the second annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards.
The Guild Awards are presented to individuals for their bodies of work over the course of a year, president Maureen Crowe said, to show supervisors' work "in a storytelling capacity." Only Gabe Hilfer, who supervised "50/50" with Jim Black, won for a single project.
From left, Mitchell Leib, president, Music & Soundtracks for Walt Disney Studios, songwriter Seidah Garrett, Maureen Crowe and music supervisor Joel C. High (Photo: Jay Farbman)
Crowe told Billboard.biz the guild's agenda for the coming year is to continue their informational projects with organizations such as the Producers Guild of America and the Paley Center and o get recognition of supervisors' work at the Emmys and other awards groups.
"It's about honoring people who make the world a better place for media and music," she said.
For its second edition, the Guild upped the number of awards categories to nine from four, honoring entertainment studios in addition to individual supervisors. Sony Pictures, led by Lia Vollack and Kier Lehman, won Best Music Supervision in Studio Films, NBC (Alicen Schneider, Stacey Wallen-McCarthy, Oliver Hild, Kerri Drootin) was honored in Studio Television, and Electronic Arts (Steve Schnur, Cybelle Pettus) was named tops in the Games category.
In accepting the award, Schnur thanked fellow honoree Julia Michels for mentoring him in the late 1990s. "There's a genuine skill behind what we do," he said.
On hand for the Feb. 12 ceremony, from left, music supervisor Frankie Pine, Guild president Maureen Crowe, music supervisor Robin Urdang, Lionsgate's Tracy McKnight and Disney's Kaylan Frank. (Photo: Jay Farbman)
Songwriter Siedah Garrett came onstage after the awards were handed out, a bit short of breath as she spoke about her Oscar nomination for her "Rio" song written with Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown. "Regular songwriters have opportunities" because of music supervisors, she told the group. "I'm so happy to be recognized (with the Oscar nomination) because of an opportunity a music supervisor gave me. I;'m so grateful I'm shaking."
Guild of Music Supervisors Award Winners:
Reality and Live Television - Robin Kaye ("American idol," "The Singing Bee," "Q'Viva")
Television (tie) - Gary Calamar ("Death Valley," "House MD," "Dexter," Men of a Certain Age," "true Blood," "Wilfred") and Liza Richardson ("Prime Suspect," "Hawaii 5-0," "Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights," Lie to Me," "No Ordinary Family")
Longform Television - Evyen Klean ("Too Big To Fail," "Cinema Verite," "The Sunset Limited," "Mildred Pierce").
Studio Television - NBC ("Grimm," "Being Human," "Royal Pains," "Warehouse 13," "Eureka," "In Plain Sight," "Alphas," "Suits," "The Office," "Parks & Recreation," "Psych," "Fairly legal," "Covert Affairs," "Law & Order")
Independent Film (Under $20 million budget) - Gabe Hilfer ("50/50")
Independent Film (Over $20 million budget) - Julia Michels ("Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," "The Big Year," "What's Your Number," Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules")
Studio Film - Sony Pictures ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Adventures of Tintin," "Moneyball," "The Ides of March," "Bad Teacher")
Trailers - Jordan Silverberg ("beautiful Boy," Happy Feet 2," Journey 2: Mysterious Island," "Puss in Boots")
Games - Electronic Arts (Battlefield, Madden NFL Football, NHL, SIMS 3 Pets, Tiger Woods Master)