The UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the role of a music supervisor within the entertainment and media industries including film, television, gaming, advertising, trailers, interactive media and theatre.
In promoting the craft of music supervision, our aim is to aid the wider business through the education of the value of music, the advocacy of best practice, and support for the protection of music copyright across all mediums.
The Guild is a resource for both emerging and established professionals, as well as the wider industry, providing knowledge of the craft and the evolving media landscape. The Guild will instill a sense of community through networking opportunities and mentorship of aspiring professionals regardless of social or economic background.
Whilst operating as an independent organisation, the UK & European Guild will collaborate with its equivalent counterparts in North America to address issues relevant to music supervisors worldwide and to safeguard the credibility of the craft
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Our goal is to help bring awareness and education to our sector of the industry and to encourage our community to be part of the solution both together and in our independent work and lives.
President, Head of Education
Matt is a Music Supervisor, specialising in source music research and copyright clearance.
After buying T-Rex’s “Ride A White Swan”, Matt began stealing from his parents’ record collection and watched taped episodes of “The Old Grey Whistle Test” more times than was strictly healthy for an impressionable young mind. He spent his seventeenth year listening to nothing but Tom Waits’ “Rain Dogs” and “Swordfishtrombones”, something he is convinced is responsible for his belief that Radiohead’s “Kid A” is a nice pop record.
Matt joined Air-Edel in 1996. He was quickly recognised as something of an anorak / musical know-all, and cut his creative teeth sourcing music for commercials, such as Jonathan Glazer’s “Guinness – Swimblack” campaign. During this time he began cultivating relationships with key members of the music industry, an activity also known as “ligging”. This stood him in good stead when he began clearing songs for feature films, but did nothing for his health. As well as having a disturbingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of popular music, he has garnered a reputation for being a canny negotiator.
He considers one of the high points of his career to be “Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire”, for which he put together a wizarding rock group consisting of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, and Jonny Greenwood and Philip Selway from Radiohead. He’s also very quietly proud of being the man responsible for putting Nick Cave’s “O Children” in a Harry Potter film.
Vice-President, Head of Events & Sponsorship
Rupert is the Creative Director of Atlantic Screen Music, and supervision agency, Redfive, where is he also co-founder. Ru started his career in music publishing in 1998, initiating the synchronisation departments at both Music Copyright Solutions, and latterly Kingstreet Media. Subsequently, as a freelance music supervisor, Ru worked on various global advertising campaigns with brands including Marks & Spencer, Nike, as well as the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. After four years as a freelance music supervisor, in 2009 joined Imagem (now Concord) as Head of Film exploitation.
During his time at Imagem, he represented the Rodgers & Hammerstein and Boosey & Hawkes catalogues, as well as numerous artists and bands on the contemporary roster including Daft punk, Mark Ronson, Pink Floyd, Vampire Weekend, Genesis, and The Stone Roses. During his five- year tenure, Rupert worked with brands such as Reebok, Skoda, Next, Hyundai, and Tesco amongst others, and several successful US, UK and European-based films. He joined Metropolis Group in 2014 as Creative Director and founded the publishing division (Metropolis Music Publishing) and quickly secured an impressive repertoire of artists, bands and composers, racking up multiple synchronisation placements and campaigns. Having also founded and set up Metropolis Music Supervision, in 2016 he won both Best TV Advert and Overall Sync of the Year as music supervisor at the MusicWeek Sync Awards.
Since co-founding music supervision agency Redfive, Ru’s film and TV projects include Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Oscar-nominated projects films such as The Wife, The Trip, and Number Nine Film’s adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel, Living, starring Bill Nighy, and also films such as Mothering Sunday and Worth.
Ru is co-founder and senior board member of The UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors.
Co-Head of European Outreach
Maggie Rodford is Managing Director of the independently owned Air-Edel Group, incorporating one of the world’s leading music publishing and production companies, representing composers and music supervisors worldwide. The company has offices in London and Los Angeles. Maggie studied music, playing pIaino and cello and singing in choirs including the BBC Chorus. Maggie trained as a music engineer and prior to joining Air-Edel worked at both the BBC and EMI.
Maggie works closely with composers, negotiating contracts, producing, music supervising and co-ordinating music recordings. She has worked as music producer, co-ordinator and supervisor on many high profile films scores including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘A United Kingdom’, ‘Denial’, ‘Everest’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Boxtrolls’, ‘Belle’, JulIain Temple’s London ‘A Modern Babylon’, ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’, ‘Third Person’, ‘Anna Karenina’, ‘Brave’, ‘Cabin in the Woods’, ‘Thor’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘My Week with Marilyn’, ‘W.E.’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘The First Grader’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Gosford Park’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, ‘Beyond the Sea’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Miss Potter’, ‘Igor’, ‘The Soloist’ and ‘Agora’.
Maggie served as a PRS Director for many years and was an active member of the PRS Executive Board. Maggie was a member of the BAFTA Film committee for six years and is currently the Chairman of the BAFTA Archive, Heritage & Exhibition Committee.
Maggie is President for the UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors.
Head of Panels & Speakers
Duncan spent most of his teenage years drumming in an indie band before realising DJ’ing and throwing parties was more fun whilst studying for a Philosophy degree at Middlesex University.
He went on to work in A&R and artist management, where he signed and developed Kosheen, who’s debut album went on to sell over half a million copies worldwide.
Duncan then became Promotions Manager at ZZonked PR – playing a key role in launching the likes of Gorillaz, Mark Ronson, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse in the UK.
In 2007 he joined Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe as Music Supervisor and now heads up the team that licenses commercial music and commissions bespoke composed music for games produced by PlayStation Worldwide Studios, such as Gran Turismo, Dreams, WipEout and Little Big Planet. He also works on PlayStation’s global advertising campaigns.
Duncan also runs the popular sync industry networking event, Sync Drinks, founded Synced In, the portal for advertising job opportunities within the UK sync world, and speaks regularly at events and conferences worldwide.
Duncan is Vice President as well as being in charge of co-ordinating panels and guest speakers on behalf of the UK & European Guild Of Music Supervisors.
Leland Music & Head of the Unions Committee
Ed Bailie is a music supervisor & director at Leland Music and Leland Originals.
With a background in music publishing, Ed previously headed up the UK sync teams at both Blue Mountain Music (U2, Bob Marley, Toots & The Maytals, Kano, John Martyn etc) and Bug Music (Johnny Cash, Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon, The National, Grizzly Bear etc).
In 2016 + 2017 Ed was awarded Advertising Music Supervisor of the year at the Music Week Sync Awards.
Music supervision highlights include television series Top Boy (Netflix), Formula 1: Drive To Survive (Netflix), Small Axe (dir. Steve McQueen), multi-awarding winning advertising campaigns John Lewis ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ & ’The Bear & The Hare’, Paralympics ‘We’re The Superhumans’ and feature films ‘Ronaldo’ (dir. Anthony Wonke) and Christmas In A Day (dir. Kevin Macdonald).
Ed is Head of the Unions Committee at The UK and European Guild of Music Supervisors.
Head of D&I Committee
Carmen Montanez-Callan is an independent Music Supervisor specialising in Film & TV. She has enjoyed 15+ years success in placing music to picture and picture to music across Film, TV, Advertising and Music Video.
Carmen’s career began in 2004 as Head of Music at Academy Films, exec producing a roster of directors for Music Video, including Jonathan Glazer and Lynne Ramsay. She then joined Island Records as Music Video Commissioner and worked with artists including Amy Winehouse, Paul Weller and the Sugababes.
Carmen later moved into Music Supervision and has since supervised TV dramas including Bafta and RTS winning Murdered for Being Different, Bafta winning Don’t Take My Baby, feature films Wildfire and Bull, and feature documentaries Black Power, A Northern Soul and They Will Have to Kill Us First, among many others.
Carmen’s hands-on background in TV Production, as well as the Music Industry, gives her a full working knowledge and in-depth understanding of the processes of both industries and places her in a unique position as a Music Supervisor.
Head of Masterclasses & Forums
Iain Cooke is an award-winning and EMMY nominated freelance music supervisor for film & TV and has supervised over 20 feature films including Asif Kapadia’s Oscar and BAFTA-winning feature documentary AMY about the life and untimely death of Amy Winehouse as well as Asif’s documentary feature on Diego Maradona; Eran Creevy’s Collide starring Anthony Hopkins & Ben Kingsley; Desert Dancer starring Freida Pinto; Debbie Tucker Green’s Second Coming with Idris Elba for Film4; Funny Cow starring Maxine Peake; and Oasis: Supersonic about the Gallagher brother’s rise to fame from unsigned band to their monumental Knebworth gigs.
Iain also supervised the TV adaptation of Hanna for Amazon (series 1 & 2); Gangs of London, a 10 part thriller written and directed by Gareth Evans for Sky Atlantic & HBOMax; Informer, a six-part thriller for BBC/Amazon; the four-part animated adaptation of Watership Down for BBC/Netflix; and the 8 part adaptation the Alex Rider books for Amazon.
Iain’s other TV supervision credits include John le Carré’s multi-EMMY nominated The Night Manager, series 3 & 4 of Golden Globe & EMMY nominated Luther starring
Wake The Town
Dom has worked in the music industry for over 20 years. He began working for independent Labels Ultimate Dilemma, & Talkin Loud, and then Sony Music’s college department as the regional scout for the South Coast Of England where he was responsible for promoting Sony artists to student radio and press across the region. He then moved to Universal Island records in the A&R department, as a scout tasked with finding new acts/ bands and developing them, at the same time he also set up the Island records college initiative overseeing 26 student reps over the country.
After leaving Island records he moved in the world of Sync & Brands joining TBWA/stream, Omnicom’s brands entertainment arm as a music supervisor, he then went to BBDO to set up the stream/AMV division in 2005. In 2007 he left to join Platinum Rye Entertainment and run its UK division working with clients all across Europe, including overseeing all of P&G music buying and music activations for western Europe across all the P&G portfolio.
In 2016 he left PRE with all his colleagues to set up their own shops called Wake the Town & Theodore. They have a team of 10 people and specialise in any and all aspects of Brands engagement with music.
Chloe is a music supervisor at the international creative music agency, MassiveMusic in London. She focuses on composition, music search and licensing for advertising and branded content. Recent work includes campaigns for: Age UK, Asahi, Google, Superbet and Toyota.
Prior to working at Massive, Chloe worked as a Music Producer at Adelphoi Music where she co-founded, ‘A Little More Conversation’ – a podcast dedicated to discussing mental health and the advertising industry.
Chloe volunteers with The Cats Mother organisation and runs her own production company, The Vintage Vocals Company where she also performs as a vocalist. Chloe studied Musical Theatre at The Royal Academy of Music.
Laura Bell is a Music Supervisor, exclusively working on film and series and is based in Europe.
Having played as soloist and in bands, orchestras and ensembles, she graduated with first class honours at the Sydney Conservatorium and studied at The Hague Royal Conservatoire. In addition, she’s completed a Master of Management from the Australian Institute of Music, based in the Sydney Opera House boardroom.
In Australia, she worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as Executive Producer & Manager of ABC Classics and Jazz, recording ARIA award-winning soloists, orchestras and choirs, in partnership with Universal Music. After leaving Australia, she was Head of Sync for BMG Talpa Music in The Netherlands and Managing Director for BMG Production Music for Benelux and Germany/Switzerland/Austria, before starting her own music supervision company out of a long-standing love for film and series: Bell Music Supervision.
As seasoned music industry executive, she is now proud to be an advocate for the craft of music supervision, shaping many soundtracks over the past 2 years for Dutch and international films, documentaries and series. Credits include Steve McQueen’s OCCUPIED CITY, Netflix’ STROMBOLI and HAPPY ENDING, Amazon Series MODERN LOVE AMSTERDAM, Cannes-nominated drama series CHILDHOOD DREAMS, Dana Nechushtan’s PIECE OF MY HEART, Aaron Rookus’ GOODBYE STRANGER and Sacha Polak’s SILVER HAZE.
Dan is Managing Director of Native Music, he has worked in or around the advertising and music industries for nearly twenty years. Dan’s background as an agency TV Producer and then advertising composer led to him bringing the skills together and spending just over six years as Head of Music at RKCR/Y&R. While there he brought a focus to the role of music in many of their campaigns.
In 2013 he set up Native and in that time has supervised projects of all sizes for clients such as M&S, Lloyds Bank, BBC Sport, Honda, Virgin Atlantic and many more. Some of Native’s recent and most well known work includes BBC Rio Olympics campaign featuring Jamie N Commons, M&S Food’s use of “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit, and M&S Christmas 2016 “With Love” – with a score composed by Rachel Portman.
Ian’s extensive knowledge and experience of music and the industry is vast. His expertise in researching tracks and handling music clearances and problems solving budgetary issues, in addition to his strong ties with all the major and independent record labels and publishers has inevitably has made him one of the the first ports of call for all the a number of film directors and producers. Before becoming an independent Film Music Supervisor Ian built his strong reputation through his work as Head of Film and TV for Polygram Records; Head of Film, TV and Advertising and ultimately Director of the department at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. With many successes in the world of music for advertising.
On the film side, Ian’s first film as supervisor was Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, which resulted in a double platinum soundtrack and a strong collaboration with Brit director Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn. Ian was therefore Ritchie’s and Vaughn’s first choice for the follow up feature Snatch and Ian has worked together on all other subsequent films they have both made. From 2004 he went freelance and has enjoyed huge success as a Music Supervisor with credits from Control (Anton Corbin) Joe Strummer: The Future Is Written (Julien Temple) Kidulthood & Adulthood (Noel Clarke) Kick Ass (Matthew Vaughn) & 127 Hours (Danny Boyle) and included TV shows such as Red Riding for Revolution Films and Skins for Company Pictures.
Ian is now at Sony Music as Director of Film & TV and has continued to see success in the world of advertising, TV, films and computer games. Ian continues to run a freelance music supervision consultancy and works on a few carefully chosen projects every year. These include projects with Matthew Vaughn, Guy Ritchie, Ben Wheatley, Steve McQueen, Alfred Bailey, Julien Temple, Johnny Owen & Chris Atkins. He has also exec produced the feature film Sex, Drugs & Rock N Roll about Ian Dury and the upcoming documentary Who Killed The KLF with several other projects in development.
Most recently; Kingsman 1 & 2 (Matthew Vaughn) Eddie The Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) , High Rise & Free Fire (Ben Wheatley) Sunset Song & Quiet Passion (Terence Davies).
Claire is an independent music supervisor for film and TV.
Originally starting out as film composer, she then spent two years in music management
working with artists such as Yusuf Islam, (Cat Stevens), Lemon Jelly, and film composer
She made the move into music supervision in 2008, working on films such as ‘Me and Orson
Welles’, ‘Wild Target’ & cult hit ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’.
Later credits include Working Titles multi award winning Stephen Hawking biopic ‘The
Theory of Everything’, Ricky Gervais ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’, BBC Films critically
acclaimed ‘Testament of Youth’, Hera Pictures gripping drama series ‘Temple’ for Sky,
Mammoth Screens Agatha Christie adaptations ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans‘, ‘The Pale
Horse’ & ‘The ABC Murders’, J Blakesons darkly comic drama ‘I Care A Lot’ and Amazons
comedy drama series ‘Mammals’.
Current projects include Severn Screens true crime drama ‘Steeltown Murders’ for BBC,
Ecosse films ‘The Great Escaper’ , S2 of ‘Signora Volpe’ for Acorn TV, ‘The Contestant’ for
Misfits Entertainment and House Productions horror feature ‘Starve Acre’.
Claire was also nominated for Best Sync, TV series in the 2020 International Music and
Sound Awards for ‘The Pale Horse’ and in the 2017 International Music and Sound Awards
& Music Week Sync Awards for the haunting film noir ‘City of Tiny Lights’.
Claire is a member of BAFTA & PRS
Feel for Music
Founder of music consultancy, Feel for Music, Ben Sumner is a music supervisor specializing in the field of video games. Ben is the 2023 AIM Music Supervisor of the Year and was twice voted Music Week Music Supervisor of the Year for Video Games as well as the recipient of numerous other awards for music creation and supervision across gaming, advertising and radio.
Ben has worked on music for numerous games franchises including Assassins Creed, Just Cause, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Far Cry, Final Fantasy, Life is Strange to name just a few. As well as many other projects including work for Google, Jaguar and the BBC.
Having started out as a DJ/producer over 20 years ago, his career has spanned numerous artist and media projects in a variety of roles. Career highlights include remixing Candi Staton’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’, working with Florence & The Machine (Final Fantasy XV), Dua Lipa (Jaguar) and Daughter (Life Is Strange) and voicing a character for CBBC!
More recent projects include Assassins Creed Valhalla, Life is Strange: True Colors, Outriders and Dead Island 2.
Bruce is currently a Composer Agent for Commercials and Video Games at Air Edel, this role also cover the Live to Picture concerts catalogue.
Formerly, Bruce began working at EMI Music Publishing in 2004, spending time in Copyright, Royalties and Sampling departments, moving into Accounts and then Sync Licensing in December 2007. Over the years in this area he licensed commercial music into all types of traditional medias, TV, Film, Commercials, Radio and Video Games and oversaw the development of new and changing medias such as merchandise, video games moving from physical to include digital sales, cloud-based gaming, VR and AR productions.
Alongside the normal working day, Bruce took on the role of being an internal musicologist at EMI Music Publishing and what has now become Sony Music Publishing, helping the Sampling and A&R departments with new commercial works, EMI Production Music and KPM libraries and the sync licensing departments. He has continued his involvement with musicology independently, taking on new cases where necessary.
Danny Layton is a music supervisor & music rights specialist with over 18 years of experience spanning hit dramas, award-winning documentaries and global non-scripted formats.
Prior to launching Danny Layton Music in 2021, Danny led the Music Department for Endemol Shine Group, the world’s largest independent TV production and distribution company. As Group Director of Music & Secondary Rights, Danny oversaw global creative & commercial strategy, driving increased revenues from music activity whilst also providing hands-on music supervision across a wide variety of projects.
Danny combines his genuine passion & creative energy with a wealth of knowledge & experience to help content producers to realise their vision through music.
With an MA in Ethnomusicology and the Anthropology of Media from SOAS, Kadambari’s love for and knowledge of music is varied. Her work in the music industry has been curatorial – be that programming series, shows and festivals across genres for the spaces ‘Beyond the Main Stage’ at the Royal Albert Hall to make the venue interesting to younger and diverse audiences or creating compilations and playlists for Sony Music’s catalogue repertoire. She also helped deliver Cuba’s first folkloric and electronic music festival and has extensive experience working directly with artists and composers.
Kadambari is new to music supervision despite a teenage curiosity for the profession. She made the switch in 2020 and, whilst working as a music supervisor for a production music library 2021 onwards, found an outlet for her interest in connecting unsettling narratives with familiar songs – meeting trailer music supervisor Emma Allaway and together producing a bespoke album of dark cover songs for trailers. Her love for storytelling and soundtracks has now resulted in the pursuit of music supervision for long form (film and contemporary drama). She serves on the Guild’s D&I Committee and is passionate about representation in industry.
Catherine is an independent music supervisor specialising in television drama and
In 2020, Catherine was nominated for an EMMY for Outstanding Music Supervision for her
work on Killing Eve, with her collaborator on the show, producer and BAFTA-winning
composer David Holmes. They picked up the Hollywood Music and Media Award for the
second series of Killing Eve the previous year. Other awards include the 2018 Music Week
Sync Award for Outstanding Overall Soundtrack for Lynne Ramsay’s feature You Were Never
Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Other recent credits include BAFTA nominated feature His House for New Regency, Riviera
for SKY, David Nicholls’ adaptation of Us for BBC One, , Doctor Foster spin-off LIFE and
HBO’s Brexit: The Uncivil War starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Catherine studied Music and Sound Recording on the prestigious Tonmeister course at the
University of Surrey, before starting her career at music supervision and composer agency
HotHouse Music, working on numerous film and TV projects including Les Misérables, Sing
Street, The Inbetweeners Movie 1 + 2, Wolf Hall and London Spy. She moved to Faber Music
as Head Of Film and TV in 2017, before branching off with her own music supervision
company, Eyeline Music, in 2020. Catherine continues her role as a composer agent at Faber
Music, representing a boutique roster of film and TV composers.
Siân Rogers is a multi-award winning producer & music supervisor and heads up SIREN Music as Creative Director.
Siân studied music from a young age; playing piano, flute and singing in choirs including The CBSO Chorus, The Bach Choir & NYCGB. Her first taste of the music industry was at XL Recordings / Beggars making copious, but rather wonderful, cups of tea followed by a 3 year stint at EMI.
In 2012 Siân joined the SIREN team and quickly fell in love with the art of producing music to picture. She has since worked on global advertising campaigns for top agencies & brands such as W&K, Nike, Droga5, Coca Cola, BBC, adam&eveDDB, Google, 72&Sunny and Samsung to name just a few.
Working directly with artists & composers on bespoke compositions, as well as sync, Siân has developed an outstanding reputation. She is renowned in both in the UK and overseas for expert client and artist management, and an on-point musical instinct.
As well as a vast array of high-end advertising projects Siân has also been involved in longer form music supervision including the feature films ‘Kissing Candice’, ‘River Runner’ and ‘Raging Grace’ which premiered at SXSW 2023 and won the Narrative Feature Competition award.
Siân is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a CSW67 UN Women UK Delegate and is currently on the jury for Creative Circle & AICP as well as sponsoring the British Arrows & Young Arrows who champion up and coming talent.
Throughout his early career, Tom worked across many facets of the music industry. He started in music marketing working on projects for Blink 182, Ash, Kaiser Chiefs and more, before moving on to work at the Camden Crawl music festival. His next move was into management (The Sunshine Underground) and finally landing at City Rockers record label as a marketing manager. Whilst doing all this, in his private life, he also ran his own record label, managed a band, ran club nights, put on live events and DJ’ed all across the UK (including at Glastonbury and Reading Festivals). This passion for music led to the next step in his career and matching music with visuals.
His music supervision journey started shortly after leaving City Rockers, at Stream Worldwide in 2008. Working in-house, he music supervised all projects for TBWA London and their clients (which at the time included Playstation, Nissan, Muller, Sony Bravia etc). In 2010, Tom moved to join Platinum Rye, where he moved focus from working just for TBWA, to focus on DDB London (now Adam&EveDDB on brands such as VW, Phillips, Tropicana, Budweiser, John Lewis etc) and other key London agencies. In 2016, Tom left to set-up Theodore and Wake The Town alongside Dominic Bastyra, Arnold Hattingh and David Bass. Both companies are now regular award winners at industry events and have expanded their offering beyond advertising to now also working in TV & Film (Midas Man, Industry etc).