Transmedia 101: Music Rights 101
The constant changing digital landscape makes managing music rights for divergent media properties a heady experience for both seasoned producers and independent creatives alike. The speakers of our Music Rights 101 session, Tony Tobias (consultant, producer), Jason Leaver (writer & director) and Adrian Ellis (composer) will offer a variety of perspectives for managing music rights in this digital/transmedia age. Special Note: This meetup will be an informational session that will touch upon strategies and tactics of managing music rights across multiple properties from practitioners in the field as opposed to providing legal advice.
Music Rights 101 will take place Sept 18, 7-9 pm. Location: Interaccess, 9 Ossington (lower level).
Tickets are $5 cash at the door. Please RVSP on Transmedia 101′s Meetup page:
Tony Tobias has been working in the cultural industries in Canada for over thirty-five years spanning music and media rights management, artist management, and the writing and producing of music videos, film, television and interactive media. Through his company Pangaea Media & Music, he consults to independent creators, media production companies and cultural organizations providing creative business, international marketing and transmedia strategies, rights clearances and licensing. Tony is an award winning documentary film and interactive media producer. He is a regular speaker on the impact of new technology on cultural industries; cultural training; music publishing; copyright and cultural economics. Tony is considered a Canadian pioneer in digital media production and is a founding director (served 10 years) of Interactive Ontario (IO).
Tony is a culture and new media advisor to the Arts Games project for International Performing Arts for All (IPAFA) and in 2008 he provided cultural and business affairs services to IPAFA at the Beijing Olympics. He has negotiated music deals for digital and mobile in China and is working on arts projects for Brazil. He has been an advisor to federal and provincial governments on several cultural, music and new media initiatives.
Adrian Ellis is an award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist who studied in Canada and Germany. He was immersed early on in the traditions of classical and operatic music via his father, a professional French Horn player. Most recently, he composed the theme and music package for CTV/Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet, scored the popular series Out With Dad (Winner: Best Use of Music, 2010 Indie Soap Awards), and produced the sophomore album for Late July, which was called “a work of art from beginning to end” by Spill Magazine. He has produced everything from solo artists to live orchestral scores, and appears on numerous recordings and live performances as a musician, arranger, and producer. Also busy in media and music communities, he has developed and moderated panels for the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Canadian Film Center, and served as a jury member for the Gemini Awards. Adrian is an associate composer at Drastic Music Inc., and co-founder of Lolzilla Sound, a full service studio focused on providing music & sound for children’s entertainment.
Jason Leaver has created a number of short films and is heavily involved in the making of several web series. Out With Dad marks Jason’s first foray into web series production; for which he serves as the series creator, producer, writer, director, cinematographer, editor, visual effects and somehow finds time to maintain the series’ website and all other social networking.
Since 2004, Jason has received a number of awards for his short films. His video installation project “Mobius” was selected and appeared in Toronto’s 2009 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. In February 2011, Jason was nominated for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Writing in the Independent Soap Awards in NYC, and again for writing in 2012. In both 2011 & 2012 he won Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series at the LAweb Festival for his work on Out With Dad (which also won grand-jury prize in 2012). His short film lol_wom3n won Best Narrative at the 6th annual One Minute Film Festival in Toronto. In 2012, The Indie Intertubes honoured Jason with Best Writing in a Drama.
Over the past year Jason has been heavily involved the Toronto Web Series Community, a growing, supportive network of digital storytellers. Through this amazing community of digital storytellers, Jason has gotten involved with several upcoming web series, including cinematographer of Nadine Bell’s Leslieville; co-creator (with Elize Morgan & Ash Catherwood) and director of The Gate; co-director and cinematographer of Mike Donis’s Pete Winning and the Pirates and guest director of two second season episodes of Jonathan Robbins’ Clutch.
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