The eighth edition of Buma Music in Motion – the Amsterdam-based event dedicated to innovation and creativity in the audiovisual sphere – is set to take place on May 23rd, 2018.

As of today the Early Bird tickets are on sale now! There is a limited number of Early Bird tickets available so don't hesitate to get yourself a BMIM 2018 ticket.

Music in Video Games: Call of Duty WWII

The first confirmed speaker is Brandon Young, Sr. Director Music Affairs at Activision, currently the leading video game publisher in the world with franchises spanning its vast portfolio such as Skylanders, James Bond, Prototype, Cabela’s various hunting titles, Spiderman, World of Warcraft, and Call of Duty, which broke entertainment industry records for the third consecutive time with its release of Modern Warfare 3. Activision was also responsible for the hit music franchises Guitar Hero and DJ Hero, which revolutionised the interaction between music and gaming.

Young has been an integral part of each brand’s music direction and integration for nearly 10 years, and has spent a great deal of time managing relationships with top industry artists ranging from Aerosmith, Van Halen, and Metallica, to pop-country superstar Taylor Swift, to Jay-Z and Eminem, to name just a few. In addition, Young and his team have been responsible for licensing over 3,000 songs for more than 130 titles during his tenure with the company. Together with composer Wilbert Roget he will focus on the craft of composing for video games at BMiM. The duo worked together on the best selling game of 2017 Call of Duty WWII, and Roget is also well known for his scores on Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire.

The latest round of speakers to be added to BMIM's 2018 programme lineup features Still Alice, Shaun the Sheep, and The Sims 4 composer Ilan Eshkeri; Horizon: Zero Dawn composer Joris de Man; Executive Vice President from Downtown Music Publishing Jedd Katrancha; owner Score Draw Music Mark Gordon and Thomas Mikusz, a specialist in PR for composers.

Brandon Young

At the helm of Activision’s Music Department, Brandon has led the musical creative direction for all of Activision’s product slate and marketing creative, placed and licensed more than 4,000 commercial songs for in-game use, launched some of the most iconic music collaborations in Activision’s, and in gaming history, and has worked with the world’s most prolific modern composers to create orchestral soundtracks rivaling Hollywood’s top feature films.

Wilbert Roget

Wilbert Roget, II is a veteran composer in the video game industry. He joined LucasArts as a staff composer in 2008, where he scored several games in the Star Wars universe, including Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Wars: First Assault. He later became a freelance writer, scoring Call of Duty: WWII, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Dead Island 2, Anew: The Distant Light and other indie and AAA titles. His scores have earned him several awards and nominations from the Game Audio Network Guild, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (D.I.C.E. Awards), and others.

Mark Gordon

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Mark Gordon runs Score Draw Music; a multi-award winning composition company working in film, television, advertising and animation. The last 12 months have seen the company win the Royal Television Society award for best music for their work with Dolly Parton on the pre-school animation ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’. The company also has co-written the titles music for the US box office number one film, Tyler Perry's ‘Boo 2’ , and contribute music to the multi-oscar nominated Guillermo Del Toro film ‘The Shape Of Water’. Alongside this the company’s current slate of work includes music and songs for an 80 part series for PBS America, all music for a 52 part series for Disney, feature documentary score work for BBC and Channel 4, and ongoing music for a range of global brands. Mark has also programmed and spoken on music and image panels and discussions at SXSW, Primavera Pro, Paris Sync Summit, XPO North and The Great Escape.

Thomas Mikusz

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Thomas Mikusz founded White Bear PR in 2011, together with his partner Chandler Poling.
Originally from Vienna, he has used his European connections to bring international acclaim to his clients.  He has represented composers at major Film Festivals, such as Berlinale, Festival de Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. He currently is the US publicist for SoundTrack_Cologne, Hollywood in Vienna, Synchron Stage Vienna, Hollywood Music Workshop and worked on the Babylon Berlin Premiere.
White Bear Public Relations specializes in PR for composers, music supervisors, foreign film, and film & music festivals around the world.

Ilan Eshkeri

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Ilan Eshkeri is an award winning British / French composer whose work uses multiple disciplines in various fields of art. Composer, songwriter, producer and conductor, Eshkeri’s work is performed in concert halls, theatres, galleries and commissioned for film, television and video games. This eclectic body of work is linked by his love of narrative. Amongst his extensive catalogue of over fifty film & television scores are multiple Oscar & BAFTA winning films such as Still Alice, The Young Victoria and Shaun The Sheep. Eshkeri has been nominated for an Ivor Novello award, as well as nominated for a BAFTA for The Snowman & The Snowdog, where he co-wrote the hit ‘Light The Night’.

Janesta Boudreau

Janesta Boudreau is Owner and Sync & Licensing Director at Rocking Horse Road Productions – a music licensing house and sync company based in Nova Scotia, Canada. RHR is a full service Sync and Licensing Agency - with a great OneStop roster and its recently launched COVERSION - a sync focused covers catalogue for high quality and sync ready clearable cover songs. Under the RHR banner, Boudreau also does video game music supervision, starting with the iphone / android app game Music Mogul, and moving to Frontier Developments games and trailers in 2014.
With Frontier, Janesta has worked on games and soundtracks for Elite Dangerous, Planet Coaster, Planet Coaster DLC, and is currently supervising for the upcoming Jurassic World Evolution. She recently gained recognition from Music Week Sync Awards as a 2018 Nominee for Music Supervisor (Video Games).

Joris de Man

Joris Maarten de Man, known as Joris de Man, (born 30 June 1972) is a Dutch composer and sound designer, well known for his work on the video games Killzone and Horizon Zero Dawn. His first work involving video games was chip music written for Atari computers under the moniker "Scavenger." He was also employed as a freelance composer writing for CD-i games in The Netherlands. He spent 3 years working in London for the Bitmap Brothers on sound design and music composition. In 1999 he returned to the Netherlands and found work with Guerrilla Games.
He has also written music for various film and television projects. He also lead the composition of the soundtrack for Horizon Zero Dawn, along with The Flight and Niels van der Leest and lately De Man has composed a new soundtrack for Vainglory new 5v5 game mode. Joris de Man won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Video Game Score for Killzone 2.

Jedd Katrancha

As EVP at Downtown Music Publishing, Jedd Katrancha oversees the company's global creative department, including efforts as they relate to placement of catalog in film, television, video games, product placement, advertising, and more. Jedd has personally worked on licenses with dozens of brands, including Anheuser Busch, Kia, Yahoo, Chevy, Vitamin Water, Mountain Dew, Sprint, and Cadillac.
Established in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing is one of the leading rightsmanagement firms in North America, with offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam. The company's catalog spans over seven decades of popular music, including the works of such diverse writer/artists as The Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Cy Coleman, The Kinks, Randy Newman, Hans Zimmer, Mötley Crüe, Jewel, Neon Trees and One Direction.

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