BMI Names Tracy McKnight Vice President, Creative, Film, TV & Visual Media
BMI today announced that Tracy McKnight will join BMI’s Creative team as Vice President, Creative, Film, TV & Visual Media. In this role, McKnight will lead the day-to-day functions of the Film, TV & Visual Media department. She will help identify and sign new affiliates to BMI, while continuing to cultivate and nurture relationships with the company’s industry-leading roster of film, TV and visual media composers. McKnight will also help develop programs and events that support career development and provide opportunities to highlight the creative works of BMI’s composers. She will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and will report directly to BMI Executive Vice President, Creative & Licensing, Mike Steinberg. McKnight begins her new role on January 23.
Said Steinberg, “We’re excited to welcome someone with Tracy’s vast experience and leadership to BMI’s Creative team. Her passion and knowledge of music, both on the creative and business sides, will greatly benefit BMI, and she will be an exceptional partner to our unparalleled roster of music creators. Tracy also brings a unique perspective to this role, given her experience in multiple areas of the entertainment industry, and we look forward to her contributions to the team and to BMI.”
McKnight brings a wealth of music and film industry experience to BMI. She spent more than two decades as an esteemed creative executive and award-winning music supervisor with over 170 film and TV credits to date. Most recently, she oversaw the film score acquisition department at Wise Publishing and secured the music assets for many award-winning projects such as Sean Penn’s Flag Day, for which she won a Hollywood Music & Media Award (HMMA), and The World to Come, which garnered an Ivor Novello Award for her collaboration with composer Daniel Blumberg. Other accolades include eight Guild of Music Supervisors Award nominations and a win for her work on the critically acclaimed documentary Halston. She also has several upcoming projects including Ray Romano’s directorial debut, Somewhere in Queens (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions), the Donna Summer documentary, Donna Summer, Love to Love You Baby (Polygram Entertainment) and the romantic comedy, She Came to Me (Protagonist Pictures).
In addition to her work as a music supervisor, McKnight also held various music related roles within the entertainment industry. She was president of indie soundtrack label Node Records and worked with multiple composers including Jeff Beal, Marco Beltrami, Stanley Clarke, Rachel Portman, Jocelyn Pook and Rufus Wainwright, among others. She also spent four years as the head of film music at Lionsgate, overseeing numerous high-profile projects including The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtracks.
McKnight is a past Board member of Women in Film, was a member of the TV Academy Music Peer Group Executive Committee and served for two years as the Vice President of the Guild of Music Supervisors. She was also a long-time advisor to the Sundance Film Festival, where she co-programmed its annual concert “A Celebration of Music in Film.”
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