Go North: Work for Dutch Media Composers in the Nordics

The Nordics holds a certain prestige when it comes to musical tradition, with record-producers and writers such as Max Martin dominating the charts, and film composers Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir held in esteem for their work on Hollywood movies and series. But what opportunities are there for Dutch media composers and artists with our northern neighbours?

Buma Music in Motion presents Go North: Work for Dutch Media Composers in the Nordics. We welcome Norwegian music supervisor Silje Katralen, Danish Music Supervisor Nis Bøgvad, Christian Fløe Svenningsen from Denmark’s GL Music Entertainment and Corka Scheeringa from The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, who will help media composers and artists navigate this region’s film, television and advertising markets. In particular we will explore existing and possible collaborations with European composers and Scandinavian filmmakers, discuss trending sync and original music in media, and briefly touch on how the Nordic media industry is responding to COVID. We’ll also be presented with an overview of working in Scandinavia, the do’s and don’t’s of doing business there and the subtle differences between the countries and cultures.

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Nis Bøgvad (Music Supervisor & Founder, Copenhagen Film Music, DK)

With 27 years experience as music professional, Nis Bøgvad has worked in all aspects of the music business. From Multi-Platinum selling Songwriter, Recording Artist (EMI ) and Producer to Head of A&R (EMI Music), Creative Director (Music Sales Group) Executive Music producer National TV to Music Supervisor. In 2014 he founded “Copenhagen Film Music” a 360° Music supervision company for Film & TV, to professionalize the handling of music in European moving media and ease the communication between music and media industries. Nis has worked on more than 150 feature films, commercials and TV series. He’s been sharing knowledge at A&R Worldwide, Midem Cannes, Sync Summit Paris, Les Arcs European Film Festival, and Artist mentor for Music Estland VOLÜÜM mentoring program, to mention a few. Lately Nis has been working on the Danish TV drama ‘Follow the Money’ (Bedrag) and forthcoming HBO series Kamikaze.

Europe in Synch is a Music Moves Europe preparatory action project fostering the development of young music professionals actively involved in synch licensing, promoting the use of European music in film and advertising.

Silje Katralen (Senior Music Supervisor, Ohlogy, NO)

In retrospect, it was the soundtrack from “Scream” that indirectly sparked Silje’s curiosity and love for music supervision. “I have a vivid memory of always being obsessed with music in films, genuinely loving when a piece of music and a scene merged perfectly together – not knowing back then that this is a handcraft”.
After finishing a Master’s degree in Law in Switzerland in 2010, Silje started working as a law associate at a firm in Berne for a short period. She decided to move back to Norway working for the Norwegian State.

It did not take long before she started thinking that there might be a way to combine law and a lifelong passion for films, tv-series and music. She quit her “safe” job position, followed a single course in film music at the University in Oslo, before studying Music Supervision at Berklee College of Music, through Berklee Online.

Silje lives in Oslo with her musician husband, a little son and a Saluki called Zappa. She works hard to promote the importance of the music supervisor’s role in the Norwegian film and media-industry.

Corka Scheeringa (International Business Expert & Business Development Coach, RVO, NL)

Corka has a large background in international business and broad knowledge of cross-cultural management. Her experience varies from export & import consulting to developing an international business strategy and leading the expansion of a company from Australia to the Netherlands. Having lived in four different continents and speaking seven languages, she is now based in the Netherlands and supports companies on their journey to success in international business at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). This includes advisory with a close collaboration with international economic network in the Nordics, Spain, France and Portugal. Outside of work, she’s also a coach and teaches HIIT group lessons at the gym.

Christian Fløe Svenningsen (Publishing Director & Partner, GL Music, DK)

Christian is a partner and the Director Of Publishing at Danish independent GL Music Entertaniment A/S. He joined the company in 2013, after a career spanning management, label A&R, live touring and tour management among other things.

His daily work spans creative publishing A&R work, songwriter and producer development, as well as sync both in a pitching and music supervision capacity. Music supervision and sync work includes Danish TV series Oda Omvendt (DR), Klassen (DR), Ragnarok (Netflix) as well as feature films Vildheks and Rosa. Sync work includes Häagen Dazs, Norwegian Airlines, Gopro, Youtube and more.

Moderator: Laura Bell (Music Supervisor Film/Series, NL)

The weaving together of stories and sound has always fascinated Laura. As music supervisor, drawing on skills and networks fostered from over a decade of working in the music industry, she navigates the complexity of researching and selecting songs, licensing soundtracks and developing filmscores.Having headed up Sync for BMG Talpa Music in The Netherlands and as Managing Director for BMG Production Music for Benelux and Germany, Laura has successfully researched, placed and licensed music for brands such as Heineken, Ferrero Rocher and UEFA as well as film and television productions in Europe, U.K and the U.S. Sharing her experience has been a wonderful part of this journey, at the Netherlands Film Festival, Buma In Motion Conference, Amsterdam Dance Festival and Reeperbahn Festival.

In Australia, Laura worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as Executive Producer & Manager of ABC Classics and Jazz, recording and releasing award-winning albums via Universal Music. Laura has graduated with first class honours at the Sydney Conservatorium and studied at The Hague Royal Conservatoire, in addition to completing a Master of Management from the Australian Institute of Music, based in the Sydney Opera House boardroom.