Harnessing the Power of Music for Film
Sit down with Universal Production Music and friends of the industry to discuss:
- What is Production Music?
- The Art of Locking Down a Track
- The Power of a Great Film Soundtrack or Trailer Sync
- What inspires Composers to Write for a Particular Film or Music Library?
- Soundtracking Music: Easy Paths to Clearances
- Planning a Music Budget
Kris Le-Roy, Music Licensing Executive
Christina May, Music Director, Producer
Garo Setian, Creative Director
Jeff Cardoni, Composer for Film & Television
Ryan Svendsen, Music Director, Producer
Satya Fuentes, Music Creative
Satya FuentesMusic Creative, Series, Netflix
Satya Fuentes is a music executive and musician based in Los Angeles. She currently works on the Original Series team at Netflix where she acts as a creative music executive on a wide slate of projects including Bridgerton, Dahmer and Stranger Things. Satya previously worked for Black and White Music Supervision under Emmy nominated music supervisor Jen Malone, having also held tenure in the film music department at Universal Pictures. Satya holds a degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA with a focus on jazz piano performance and world music. She currently serves on the inaugural alumni board for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and was selected as part of the 2022 Grammy NEXT class. Satya is also the founder of FilAms in Sync, an organization that amplifies the Filipinx community working in the sync industry.
Ryan SvendsenMusic Director, Producer, Millennium Media's Head of Music
Ryan Svendsen is Millennium Media’s Head of Music. In this role, Ryan provides an innovative and multi-faceted approach to music supervision. His work can be heard in feature films including Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, EXPEND4BLES, Red Sonja, Till Death, The Protégé, and The Bricklayer. Prior to joining Millennium, Ryan served as Director of Film and TV Music at Lionsgate where he managed the Music campaigns of over 80 Soundtracks including the Academy Award-winning best song and score for La La Land. While Music Supervision is Ryan’s primary professional focus, he has found commercial success as a trumpet player and horn arranger from his home studio. Ryan has accumulated over 5 billion streams from his collaborations on trending songs and you might have heard him on the chart topping 6x platinum Lil Nas X hit, “Industry Baby”. As an advocate for the Arts and Music, Svendsen currently serves as Alumni Board Chair for the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in addition to being an instructor of Music Supervision at UCLA Extension. Ryan is also an avid masters swimmer and has swam from Alcatraz 3 times.
Christina MayMusic Director, Producer
As a graduate from Musicians Institute, majoring in Music Business & Vocal Performance, Christina spent three years in Post Production before she was offered a Creative Admin job at Universal Music Group’s Rondor Music International. This is where she gained first-hand experience in TV sync, publishing, licensing, and copyright. In 2015, she landed at FirstCom Music serving as Licensing Manager and soon after moved into her full-time role as Music Director for Film & TV as well as a Producer for the catalogue. Now almost a decade into her tenure at Universal, she has produced over 60 albums as well as spearheading culturally impactful initiatives such as 100% HER and Power To the People, aimed at establishing roster diversity and representation. Throughout her career thus far, she’s had much creative success with her productions and established invaluable relationships through her strong work ethic, a pristine ear for music and in-depth understanding of client needs. A creative contribution to the sync process and the marriage of sound & picture are at the very root of her passion for this industry.
Garo SetianCreative Director
Garo Setian is an award-winning filmmaker and trailer editor with over 25 years’ experience in the film industry. He has cut and produced over 430 Trailers and television spots for films and has been nominated for 31 Golden Trailer Awards including categories such as “best horror” trailer (2017’s THE HATRED, 2019’s THE WRETCHED, and 2021’s BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION), “best thriller” trailer (2019’s 1BR) and “most original trailer” (The 2015 Ryan Reynold’s film, THE VOICES).
Garo won 3 Golden Trailers awards for his trailers to THE EYE 3 (Best Foreign Trailer), DRIVE-THRU (Trashiest Trailer) and the Marvel animated feature DOCTOR STRANGE (Best Anime).
He has also been nominated for a Promax Award for his trailer to THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2, a Clio award for the aforementioned, THE HATRED, and won 3 Clios for his work on THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD.
Garo’s feature film work has also been noteworthy. His Award winning and critically acclaimed Sci-Fi films, 2019’s AUTOMATION and the 2023 release of SPACE WARS: QUEST FOR THE DEEPSTAR have both been released theatrically and on home entertainment (Through Epic Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment) both digitally and on physical media.
Garo edits his own films and gives them a dynamic and exciting quality that his years in trailer editing helped refine. He is a true storyteller with a big vision to make entertaining movies that are both exciting and heartfelt.
A lifelong film fan, Garo used to make his own movies using super 8mm film and later worked in public access television making over 100 television shows. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from USC School of Cinema-Television in addition to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University.
Garo and his wife Anahit, operate HUNGRY MONSTER ENTERTAINMENT as both a trailer and film production company.
Kris Le-RoyMusic Licensing Executive
Kris Le-Roy is a music licensing executive who’s been with Universal over 15 years. Kris started out as a marketing assistant and carved a path for himself into the film and tv licensing world. He provides a unique perspective on both sides of production as he’s been involved in all sides of the film industry since 2007, the highlight being a sketch performer for Conan O’Brien for 12 years. Kris prides himself on the relationships he’s created working with filmmakers by taking their projects from start to finish with the best music possible.
Jeff CardoniComposer for Film & Television
Jeff Cardoni’s talents range from intimate independent fare to full orchestral majesty. With over 55 feature film scores and several network series to his credit, one can hear his work worldwide every day. He was voted ASCAP 2019 TV Composer of The Year and nominated again in 2020.
After a brief stint as lead guitarist for the Warner Bros. band “Alien Crime Syndicate,” Jeff left to pursue film scoring full time. He worked under several Hollywood composers including John Murphy (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, 28 Days Later) while studying conducting and orchestration at UCLA.
His film scores include Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Step Up: All In, Just Friends, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off, Circuit Breakers, Players, Me Time, Sweetwater, The Confirmation, Sundance darling The Vicious Kind, Fallen, and the upcoming Amazon drama feature Sitting In Bars With Cake.
His television scores include Heels, Ghosts, Silicon Valley, Training Day, Young Sheldon, CSI: Miami, The Kominsky Method, Smartless: On The Road, and the HBO limited series White House Plumbers.
Jeff has also penned the theme songs to Heels (co-written with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses), The League, “Pimp My Ride”, and MadTV, with songs appearing in films such as “Hard Knock Life” in Austin Powers, “Long Road Home” featuring Gene Simmons of Kiss for CSI, and an updated version of classic “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” with Minnie Driver.
Jeff also produced several songs with Jon Lajoie for the soundtrack to The League and a Lexus Super Bowl spot with The Pixies. He recently produced a reimagined version of the Mariah Carey classic track “Fantasy” for Freeguy.
Agent: Jake Kozarec / Fortress Talent Management 818-858-0020