Good Machine tunes up new music unit

NEW YORK — Good Machine is turning up the volume.

The Gotham-based production company founded by Ted Hope and James Schamus is launching a music division that will support supervision, clearances, consulting and soundtrack album negotiations. It has tapped independent music supervisor Tracy McKnight to head the new unit, to be known as Good Machine Music.

Anthony Bregman, Good Machine’s head of production, will oversee the division with McKnight.

GMM plans to create a music publishing arm and is in preliminary talks to form a record label to release soundtracks for films produced by Good Machine and others. “This is one more strategic move by Good Machine to heighten the support level we offer our filmmakers,” Hope said.

During Cannes, the company unveiled a producers service organization to finance, produce, sell and market pics on behalf of other filmmakers (Daily Variety, May 8).

McKnight supervised the music on four upcoming Good Machine features — Frank Grow’s “The Love God,” John O’Hagan’s “Wonderland,” Bart Freundlich’s “The Myth of Fingerprints” and Hilary Brougher’s “The Sticky Fingers of Time,” now in post-production. This fall, “Wonderland” will be released by Fox Lorber, and “Myth” will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.

In addition to handling music supervision chores for Good Machine, McKnight recently negotiated soundtrack releases for “Love God,” “Myth” and “Sticky Fingers” with VelVel Records.

Former Material girl

McKnight was previously general manager of indie record producer Bill Laswell’s Material Inc., where she was involved on more than 200 recording projects with artists such as Bootsy Collins, Pharoah Sanders, the Last Poets and the Master Musicians of Jajouka.

“I’m excited by the challenge of creating a music division that reflects all the passion, individuality and creative spirit that are synonymous with Good Machine’s films,” McKnight said. “With the introduction of a soundtrack label and a publishing deal, GMM looks forward to working with new and established talent while building a creative outlet for music.”

Fest opener

Good Machine, which has a first-look agreement with 20th Century Fox, is best known for its relationships with helmers Ang Lee (“Sense and Sensibility,” “Eat Drink Man Woman”) and Edward Burns (“The Brothers McMullen,” “She’s the One.”). Lee’s next film, “The Ice Storm,” starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver and Joan Allen, will open the New York Film Festival and will be released by Fox Searchlight.

The company is in post-production on Burns’ “Long Time, Nothing New,” a co-production with Marlboro Road Gang and South Fork Pictures, and in pre-production with Todd Solondz’s untitled followup to his Sundance prize-winner “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” a Sony Pictures Classics release.

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