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That Syncing Feeling - Battle of the Sync Managers & Music Supervisors

Four sync managers from top publishing companies and leading music supervisors put their wide-ranging musical knowledge to the test in the Battle of the Sync Managers & Music Supervisors. They will compete to fill a brief provided by veteran ex-Grey Group VP Josh Rabinowitz, which gives the sync managers and music supervisors just fifteen minutes to prepare playlists and present a track, and it all has to be done in front of a live audience. This dynamic panel format will give insight into the processes central to the placement of music – such as responding to a brief for music, and selecting the right musical choices for your clients, something which is not normally done in 15 minutes, of course.


Milena Fessmann (Founder, Cinesong, GE)


Since 1991, Milena Fessmann has worked as a full-time DJ (2001-2014 Radio Eins After Work Lounge, Trompete/Berlin, European Film Awards 2015 etc.) and has worked for various radio stations. Since 1997 she works for Radio Eins/RBB with her own weekly show called "Free Falling". In 1989 she founded CINESONG. Milena Fessmann teaches music supervising and copyright clearing at DFFB Berlin and is advisory board member of the World Soundtrack Academy. She founded a film production company called Sugar Town Filmproduction Gmbh & Co.kg in 2011. The first project is "The Potential of Noise: Conny Plank" by Stephan Plank and Reto Caduff. She is co-producer of "When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit", by award winning director Caroline Link and is co-producer on "Evaluation" and "Girl made of Dust", Director: Hiam Abbass.

Steph Perrin (Head of Sync, Cloud 9 Music Publishing, NL)


Steph Perrin is currently Head of Sync at Cloud 9 Music Publishing, she also oversees Sync for Cloud 9’s joint ventures including Downtown Music Benelux & UK Publisher Phrased Differently. Starting off as an intern at companies including Universal Records and Air Edel, she had a short stint in management before joining Felt Music. At Felt she rose through the ranks as a Music Supervisor, working on a vast number of International Advertising Campaigns, Television Shows & Films. In 2016 Steph moved to Amsterdam to open an office for Felt Music where she was Managing Director before joining Cloud 9 in 2018. Her Supervision work includes the award winning Bodyform ‘Blood Normal’ campaign and most recently the 2019 Webby winner 'Migrant Sound' for Boiler Room. In 2018 she was featured on the SheSaidSo Alternative Power List celebrating exceptional women in music.

Charlotte Stricker (CTM Publishing)


Tristan Wilson (Head of Sync & Brand Partnerships, Downtown Music Publishing, UK)


Tristan Wilson is Head of Sync & Brand Partnerships at Downtown Music Publishing and describes his work as being all about collaboration. Be it together with advertising agencies, music supervisors, TV broadcasters, direct to brands or anybody else who'll listen - it's up to his team to leverage inspiring opportunities both creatively and commercially within these spaces for Downtown clients.

Wilson started out at independent labels Beggars and Domino before moving to BBH as one of the agency's in-house music supervisors, where he worked across brands such as Audi, British Airways, Google, Johnnie Walker and Lynx to name a few. He subsequently spent 4 years at Warner Music as Senior Creative Manager, overseeing sync output for frontline and catalogue artists on Atlantic, Warner Bros, Parlophone, Rhino and ADA imprints. During his time at WMG, Wilson also co-founded W Songs, Warner Music's very own boutique publishing house looking after the rights of writers in the early stages of their development.


Josh Rabinowitz (Music Consultant, Brooklyn Music Experience, US, former EVP/Director of Music at Townhouse Grey WPP, US)


Josh has been of one the most successful music executives in the advertising field for the past 20 years. As an executive music director, he has worked with many top campaigns for brands such as Cover Girl, National Football League, Volvo, SONY and Pantene. In addition, Rabinowitz has worked with an array of hit music artists, such as Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper, Macy Gray, Sia, Dua Lipa, LL Cool J and Max Richter.