Lineup Announced for BMI Panels during Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Conference

Posted in News on October 1, 2009

BMI will present two anticipated panel discussions during the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film/TV Music Conference: the “Conversation With” panel, featuring two key members of The Twilight Saga: New Moon creative hive, and the “Collaborators” panel, featuring the musical team behind HBO’s True Blood. Held October 29-30, the conference will take place at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

On Thursday, October 29, BMI’s Vice President, Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer Ross will moderate a “Conversation With” composer Alexandre Desplat and director Chris Weitz regarding their work on The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The discussion will delve into the role music and imagery play in the latest Twilight series film, as well as the approach Desplat and Weitz brought to the picture. The panel will take place from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

On Friday, October 30, the “Collaborators” panel on the music from HBO’s True Blood will feature composer Nathan Barr, songwriter Jace Everett (“Bad Things”) and music supervisor Gary Calamar. The True Blood panel will take place on October 30 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Moderated by Billboard Senior Editor Ann Donahue, the panel will discuss how the music team developed the show’s distinct sonic signature: From Everett’s blues-infused title song to Barr’s captivating score and Calamar’s unique music choices, True Blood has created its own musical footprint.

Additional BMI composers and songwriters participating at the conference include: songwriters Ali Dee and Lamont Dozier, with composer Theodore Shapiro (Jennifer’s Body, Tropic Thunder), on the “Master Class: The Creatives” panel at 3 p.m. on the 29th; as well as composers Sascha Dikiciyan (Prototype, Splinter Cell 4) and Cris Velasco (God Of War, Clive Barker’s Jericho) on the “The Secrets Behind Video Game Music” panel at 4 p.m. on the 30th.

Billboard is offering BMI songwriters, composers and publishers discounted registration rates for the conference. To learn more about how to obtain the discount, click here

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