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About the Film-TV Music Supervisors

Samuel Diaz, Associate Director of Music Supervision, CBS Television
Session #1: Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

An industry professional for over 18 years, Samuel worked as in-house music supervisor for Frasier, JAG, the Star Trek TV franchise and many other productions while at Paramount Television. Now with CBS Television Studios, he is the in-house music supervisor for NCIS, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Common Law, NYC 22 and other productions. In the 2011-2012 television season, NCIS is the #1 scripted show in the US while in the 2010-2011 season The Good Wife received an Emmy nomination for Best TV Series-Drama and a Golden Globe nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. The shows he oversees have a total weekly viewership of over 50 million people in the US. He also handles production work for other CBS and CW shows, works on numerous Paramount Television and CBS DVD and streaming projects and takes part in the selection of composers for new shows.

Madonna Wade-Reed, Music Supervisor, whoopsie daisy music
Session #2: Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Madonna began her career as a producer’s assistant in feature films. From there went on to work as an assistant to a well-known actor and then a successful commercial director. A love of music lead to a career move into music video production and eventually into the position of Head of Music Video at Spy Productions in Los Angeles. This move offered many great opportunities to help develop directing talent. Madonna then segued into a career in music supervision – first, as a partner in Daisy Music and now as owner of whoopsie daisy. Madonna’s television career has included work on series such as Charlie’s Angels, Blue Mountain State, Smallville, Castle, What About Brian, Barbershop, One Tree Hill, Alias and Felicity and such films as Fred: The Movie, The Perfect Score, My Boss’s Daughter, Careless and the yet to be released A Thousand Words starring Eddie Murphy and Kerry Washington. Madonna is currently supervising the third season of the SpikeTV series Blue Mountain State and Jane By Design for ABC Family.


Liz Gallacher, Music Supervisor, Velvet Ears
Session #3: Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Liz started her career as a Music Researcher and Associate Producer for a number of UK-based TV companies. She then created Liz Gallacher Music Supervision in 1996 and quickly established herself as one of the most experienced and creatively diverse music supervisors in film and television today. Her work on projects such as The Full Monty (winner of a Brit Award for Best Soundtrack) and Resident Evil (Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance) has garnered praise from producers, directors and the press. 24 Hour Party People was short-listed for Film Music at the 2003 NME Awards. Liz’s film credits also include the Oscar-Award winning documentary One Day In September, Golden Globe winner The Gathering Storm and feature films such as Layer Cake, Calendar Girls and Bend It Like Beckham. Other recent film credits include Best British film winner Fishtank, and the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. Liz moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and created Velvet Ears in 2010. Named after her dog’s silky-soft ears and impeccable music taste, Velvet Ears specializes in all things music. From Music Supervision to their newest Music Library venture, Velvet Ears has the film and TV music industry covered.

Jonathan Leahy, Music Supervisor, Aperture Music
Session #4: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 

Bio to follow shortly. About Aperture Music: Through the years Aperture has worked with the likes of Wilco, Phantom Planet, Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne, Jewel, Ivy, Brian Setzer, Foo Fighters, Smash Mouth, The Offspring, Pete Yorn, Steely Dan, Nick Lowe and Todd Rundgren. Oh yeah, and Ghostface Killah.


Dan Wilcox, Independent Music Supervisor / KCRW DJ
Session #5: Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

It was evident at an early age that Dan Wilcox had a passion for music – he learned how to use his parents’ turntable before he could tie his shoes. Growing up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, interesting music was in short supply and Dan would frequent the college record store, comb garage sales, scan fanzines and make out-of-town trips just to satisfy his craving for intriguing and exotic tunes, both new and old. This experience serves him well to this day as both a DJ and a music supervisor. For years, Dan was Music Director at Ten Music, a company that found commercial licensing opportunities for indie artists. He now works freelance as a music supervisor for various film, TV and ad projects. Since 2007, Dan has hosted a Saturday night music program on KCRW. He hosts a musical piñata of sounds perfect for a night of partying, including new discoveries, remixes and rarities, b-sides and lost classics. In addition, he has deejayed at many of the top nightspots in Los Angeles, including The Standard Hotel, Bardot, Zanzibar, The Crocker Club and a residency at The Doheny, as well as various events at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Scott McDaniel, Director of Music, Fuel TV
Session #6: Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Scott’s background in music encompasses a range of experience related to the art and business of joining music with visual and entertainment mediums. As the Director of Music at FUEL TV, Scott is responsible for music supervision of the network’s extensive slate of original and licensed programming as well as live event coverage and special features along with overseeing all music licensing efforts. From searching for the right music to highlighting a specific moment, negotiating terms of use with labels and publishers, coordinating on-air artist performances, soliciting original composition creations or facilitating marketing initiatives involving music based promotions, every day is a different challenge. FUEL TV is a division of Fox Sports where Scott’s expertise in music supervision and licensing is also lent to assist the efforts of affiliate stations and their on-air promotions. Prior to FUEL TV, Scott’s talents contributed towards pioneering the increasing connection between music and gaming as Senior Music Supervisor at Activision Blizzard. It was in this position that Scott was awarded Videogame Music Supervisor of the Year for 2010 by his peers in the Guild of Music Supervisors. A result of aggressively seeking opportunities to expand Activision’s alliances with artists, managers, record labels, music publishers, talent agencies and composers within leading and new videogame franchises such as Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Tony Hawk, Call of Duty, Spider-Man and James Bond – whether selecting songs and shaping music direction, negotiating license terms, placing music personalities into games, supervising original song creation and recordings, compiling and releasing soundtracks or booking talent for appearances, interviews and live performances. Scott worked on a variety of projects of all budget sizes to deliver high quality, award winning soundtracks as well as drive collaborations with some of the music industry’s biggest artists including Metallica, Daft Punk, Taylor Swift, Soundgarden, Aerosmith, Deadmau5, RZA, Pharrell Williams, Sex Pistols and more. Scott is a Los Angeleno native and music obsessive intent on regularly discovering new music.