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VIFF AMP 2020 Speakers

Twice Emmy and Grammy nominated Music Supervisor, Nora Felder’s tenure in music began with booking artist events at a New York City downtown club, from the Cure to INXS. Later working as VP of production for legendary music producer, Phil Ramone, Nora has worked on recording projects with legendary artists such as Paul Simon, Sinead O’Connor, Malcolm McLaren, Cyndi Lauper, and Iggy Pop. Nora transitioned into the world of television by procuring songs and soundtrack albums for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Californication. Previous projects include Stanger Things (Netflix), Better Things (FX), and Ray Donovan (Showtime).

Morgan Rhodes’ career began in radio with a stint at KCRW. For almost the last decade she’s music supervised projects for film and television including Middle of Nowhere, Selma, Queen Sugar, Dear White People,and Self-Made.

Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello eschewes genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musical trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered: unequivocally herself. A bass player above all else, Meshell has been nominated for ten Grammy awards and appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. Meshell was the first woman featured on the cover of Bass Player Magazine and remains one of few women who write the music, sing the songs, and lead the band.

Music Supervisor, owner of Whoopsie Daisy, and current Vice President of The Guild of Music Supervisors, Madonna Wade-Reed currently oversees the CW series All American and Batwoman. Her credits for television include work on such shows as American Crime, Reign, Alias, and Felicity. Her film credits include Lovesick, The Perfect Score, My Boss’s Daughter, and the documentary Let It Fall. A lifelong love of music lead to a career move into music video production (finding the right visuals to match the songs) and eventually flipping the process to work in music supervision (finding the right songs to match the visuals).

As a Music Supervisor at Neophonic, Inc., one of the leading Music Supervision companies in Los Angeles, Janet has worked with some of the most respected and exciting filmmakers in the industry including Gillian Flynn, Amy Lippman, Spike Lee, Danny Strong, and Mike White. She’s also maintained and developed relationships within the extended film and TV communities, ranging from major/independent labels and publishers to artists, musicians and songwriters. Recent credits include Avenue 5 (HBO), The Twilight Zone (CBS All-Access), Utopia (Amazon), Motherland:Fort Salem (Freeform), Diary Of A Future President (CBS/Disney+), The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix), and Party of Five (Sony/Freeform).

Music Supervisor at Format Entertainment, Toko Nagata has quickly grown into one of their foremost accredited young supervisors, named One of the Top 10 Music Supervisors to Watch by Variety Magazine. She started her career working with Christine Bergren Music Consulting, embracing the process of facilitating licensing agreements across film, TV, and advertisements in projects including Sausage Party, Divergent, and Point Break. Previously having worked in the music departments for A Star is Born, Dolemite Is My Name, and Pitch Perfect 3, Toko has gone on to supervise projects such as Always Be My Maybe and Finding Ohana.

As senior vice president of production for Sony Pictures Animation, Kevin Noel is responsible for helping shepherd all projects through the production pipeline, from development, through pre-production, production, and post. Kevin was one of the first staff members to assist producers on the studio’s first CG feature, Open Season. Working on many films for both Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks, some of his credits include titles in Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Smurfs series. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Cinema.

Music making brothers, Caleb and Brian Chan’s unique sensibilities come from a curiosity to explore both traditional and modern sounds, leading them to a diverse blend of projects. As emerging voices in TV and film, their scores for animated and live action series have been featured on Quibi, Netflix, Spinmaster, Hasbro, and Lifetime. They enjoy frequent collaborations with indie and pop artists, having appeared on various records as arrangers, performers, and producers. Having orchestrated and produced nearly 200 songs for animation, Caleb holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Toronto. The brothers are currently based in Vancouver.

Music making brothers, Caleb and Brian Chan’s unique sensibilities come from a curiosity to explore both traditional and modern sounds, leading them to a diverse blend of projects. As emerging voices in TV and film, their scores for animated and live action series have been featured on Quibi, Netflix, Spinmaster, Hasbro, and Lifetime. They enjoy frequent collaborations with indie and pop artists, appearing on various records as arrangers, performers, and producers. A Juno-nominated recording engineer, working with some of Canada’s premiere orchestras and ensembles, Brian holds a master’s degree in music from McGill University. They are currently based in Vancouver.

Jane Aurora is a producer, musician and mix engineer. She owns Capsule Studios, the presenter of the Producers Lounge Series, which takes place in studios and at events throughout British Columbia. The Producers Lounge Vancouver was founded as an initiative to elevate female and non binary identifying music producers, and underrepresented producers and composers of all genders. Jane’s music production credits encompass internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and North America in multiple genres. Jane is the founder of Arrival Sounds, a Vancouver based music licensing company that represents 50+ diverse touring artists and composers for sync.

After years as the head of Universal Music Publishing Group and peermusic Canada, Jodie founded CCS Rights Management built on the philosophy of hard work, dedication and an artist-first attitude. Meant to be a place where writers, artists, and performers not only receive outstanding administrative service but are provided creative service that suits their individual needs, CCS Rights Management prides itself on providing a distinctly hands-on approach, treating each deal as unique as each artist. Over the years Jodie’s artists have received awards and accolades from the Juno, SOCAN, Country Music, Much Music Video, Grammy, and Latin Grammy Awards.

Founder and Head of Creative at Bank Robber Music (BRM), Lyle Hysen has worked with labels including Merge Records, Mute, and Delmark, placing songs in shows including Shameless, 13 Reasons Why, and Walking Dead. Commercial campaigns include Chipotle, Red Lobster, and Sonos, among other internationally renowned brands. In 2007, Lyle created House of Hassle (HOH), a music publishing company with partners Ken Weinstein and Gandhar Savur. HOH’s roster includes, among others, Future Islands, Zach Schwartz (of Rogue Wave), Built To Spill, Chelsea Wolfe, and The Tallest Man On Earth. Lyle is currently the drummer of The Royal Arctic Institute.

The first song Nat Jay ever recorded was placed in an emotional episode of a major ABC TV show. Her debut full-length album received a nomination for Pop Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and she has shared the stage with esteemed songwriters such as Dan Mangan, Matthew Barber, Justin Rutledge, and Angus & Julia Stone. Her more commercial electropop sound on her November 2019 release, The Flash of a Fight, has received several placements on MTV, E! Network, Nickelodeon, and Netflix. Nat is a Sessional Instructor in the Langara College Singer/Songwriter and Digital Music Programs.

President of SyncStories Music, Cassie Lord is well versed in building music companies that are successful in film & television licensing, including placements such as The Purge, Deadliest Catch, Toy Story 4, and Glow. Her companies have encompassed every aspect of the music production industry, including creating original works, representing composers, publishers, music libraries and independent artists. She is also co-owner of 2nd Mountain Music (focusing on female composers). Cassie is currently on the Board of the Production Music Association (PMA), an organization to promote protect music rights for writers and publisher.

Tony oversees all aspects of music for theSony Pictures Television programming, including hiring composers and music supervisors and serving as in-house Music Supervisor. He is also the lead creative executive for the division’s music releases. Current shows include Absentia, The Blacklist, Cobra Kai, Dr. Oz, Jeopardy!, Patsy & Loretta, Outlander, SWAT, Woke, and The Young & The Restless. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie. He is honored to serve as co-curator with Rob Calder for a second year at VIFF AMP.

After graduating from NYU and the Conservatory of Paris with degrees in music composition, Frank Garcia began his career at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, working on such films as Captain Phillips and Wreck-It-Ralph. While at Remote Control, he also score-coordinated two DreamWorks features, Puss in Boots and Turbo.
Frank currently serves as Director of Television Music, overseeing creative production for 25 series as well as music for marketing, franchise, consumer products, and live events. Projects include Jurassic Park: Camp Cretaceous, Fast and Furious: Spy Racers, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, and Guillermo Del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia Trilogy.

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