NL Media Music in LA #3

On the 8th of September we hosted NL Media Music in LA #2, where our attendees learned all about pitching, getting their message across and how to improve their chances of winning a pitch. But what good is learning all this if you don’t actually get to pitch? Not that great, really. Which is why we’re hosting ‘Session #3: LA Media Music Pitch Event for NL Entrepreneurs!’ on October 6th. In this session you’ll get to pitch to decision makers and influentials in LA. The aim of the pitch event is to create digital connection that lead to new inspiration, cooperation and collaboration which contribute and add value to your work, projects and productions.

This session takes place online via the platform NetworkTables. Please note that seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. So get yourself in motion and save your seat.

Speakers

Gary Calamar (president, Go Music, US)

Gary Calamar, president of Go Music, is a five time Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor who has overseen the music on some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television including “True Blood”, “Six Feet Under”, “Dexter”, “Entourage”, "Weeds", "House” and “Man In The High Castle”. Gary has also music supervised the films "Carrie Pilby", "Slums Of Beverly Hills", "I Love You Philip Morris" and "Varsity Blues," for which he received a gold record for the soundtrack. Gary was twice awarded the Guild Of Music Supervisor Award for Best Music Supervision for Television. Gary’s current television projects include “Cobra Kai” (Netflix), and “Titans” (HBO MAX).
Gary is a veteran DJ currently at 88.5 KCSN and the co-author of "Record Store Days (From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again)". Gary is also a songwriter and co-wrote the song “Let’s Boot and Rally” performed by Iggy Pop and Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) which was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of Iggy’s all-time best collaborations.

Thomas Golubić (music supervisor, SuperMusicVision, US)

Thomas Golubić is a three-time Emmy-nominated music supervisor, DJ and twice Grammy-nominated record producer. His music supervision credits include the AMC series Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Halt and Catch Fire and The Walking Dead, the Netflix series Grace and Frankie and Love, the Amazon series Sneaky Pete, the Showtime series Ray Donovan, and the HBO series Six Feet Under among many other film & television projects. In 2017 Thomas became the president of the Guild of Music Supervisors, the same year he was nominated for the first Outstanding Music Supervisor Emmy Award for his work on Better Call Saul. He received subsequent nominations again in 2019 and 2020. The Guild twice awarded Thomas with Best Music Supervision in a Television Drama for his work on Breaking Bad.

Michael Gross (Google, US)

Michael Gross is a polymath freelance executive-producer and independent music supervisor, focusing on the intersecting fields of media arts, technology and advertising. You can find him these days at Google, producing campaigns for their new cloud-gaming platform, Stadia.
Michael is well-traveled in the brand space, both literally and figuratively. Having cut his teeth at ad agencies in his native Los Angeles, he moved to the UK in 2013 to focus on opportunities in fashion & music. Recently returning to California, he’s reluctantly traded the wonderful moods of London for the sunshine of the Golden State, but still misses a good pub ale.
When not doing dad things with his way-too-many-children, he’ll occasionally find the time for a surf.

Ted Kocher (Sr. Editor, Music Supervisor, PlayStation, US)

Ted is a music professional with high-level experience performing every discipline of interactive music, including music production, composition, performance, editing and implementation, marketing and brand audio development and management, music library and publishing relations, audio implementation, and most importantly- "telling a story through music." Ted has been nominated for a GRAMMY award and has won BAFTA, TEC and G.A.N.G. awards for many game titles. He’s 10+ years of experience as part of the Playstation Music Team.

Mike Ladman (Droga5, US)

Since joining Droga5 in 2016, Mike Ladman has developed the Music Department and manages music and audio capabilities across the agency and client roster. During this time, Mike has helped lead the agency to win over 25 music and advertising industry awards, notably four Cannes Lions, two D&AD Pencils, four Clios and six AMP awards, among others, across Droga5 clients such as Google, The New York Times, Hennessy and others. In 2018, Mike was named one of Billboard's Top Branding Power Players. He has been an international music delegate around the world at music festivals and conferences in Denmark, Amsterdam, Israel, Brazil and more. Prior to joining Droga5, he was a Music Producer at McCann for nearly seven years, where he provided music for clients, such as Microsoft, the United States Army, Verizon, MasterCard and more, across the agency’s roster. Mike received his first film credit managing the music supervision for an indie film, Tracktown, which premiered at the LA Film Festival in 2016. In his free time, you can find Mike DJing around New York City as DJ PuppyHiccups.

Jacob Piontek (idependent music supervisor, composer, sync agent, US)

Jacob is a music supervisor, composer and sync agent currently based in Los Angeles. Originally from St. Louis, he studied piano and percussion from youth through college, achieving degrees in Communications (Fordham University) and Film Scoring (Berklee College of Music).
After graduate school, he began composing for advertisements in New York City, eventually relocating to Paris for a work contract with Gabriel Yared.
Following a move to Los Angeles, his work in supervision began with Walker, where he produced and supervised numerous projects for clients including Nike, Apple, Google and Tom Ford.
While continuing as an independent supervisor, Jacob has been privileged to work alongside Dan Koplowitz as a sync agent at Friendly Fire Licensing, which represents a world-spanning catalogue of genres/artists for placement in film, television, advertising and video games.

Michael Todd (AVP, Film & TV Music / Visual Media, ASCAP)

With over 20+ years of experience in the film & television music industry, Mike Todd is a leader who has championed the composer/ songwriter community at all career levels.
A professional musician himself, Todd nurtures the diversity of talents and has been responsible for some of ASCAP’s most significant signings. He has produced many of ASCAP’s flagship career development opportunities including; “I Create Music” Expo content and the highly regarded ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. Todd also promotes ASCAP’s Global presence by consulting for a number of international film music festivals & concerts within Europe, serving on the committee for the Songwriters Hall of Fame (West Coast Events) and the board of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) as well as served for the Professional Development committee and Grammy Next mentor program for the Recording Academy LA Chapter.

Jake Versluis (VP A&R, Position Music, US)

Jake Versluis is VP of A&R for Position Music, a publishing and record company based in Los Angeles, where he signs composers and artists. Artists he’s signed to Position have licensed hundreds of songs across trailers, film, TV, video games, and ads. In addition, Versluis manages the L.A.-based band "Dead Posey."
On the sync side Versluis oversees placement of Position Music’s catalog within video games. As a pitching person, he’s landed music in video games and trailers in such games as PUBG, Destiny 2, FIFA, Apex Legends, Far Cry 5, Rainbow 6 Siege, Prey, Shadow of War, Dragon Age: Inquisition, League of Legends, Uncharted Lost Legacy, Titanfall 2, Call of Duty WWII and many more. Jake was heavily on the artist management side of things from 2004-2011 when he worked for REN Management in Beverly Hills. Duties included doing day-to-day management for the multi-platinum band Incubus.

Martin van der Werff (director, the very creative firm, US)

Martin started working as an executive producer for various touring productions. He later developed as a director and has been working as a creative director, show director, and director for many projects and different partners during the past few years with his own creative agency, The very creative firm.
As an all-round creative, Martin is able to offer a 360 degree scope of services. From creative direction of music productions, to storyboard creation and script writing, to coaching of speakers. From creative direction of video productions to creating and rehearsing entire show productions.