May, Cagan to top new Zomba unit

With an eye toward giving established film and TV composer management firms a run for their money, the newly formed Zomba Screen Music has tapped David May and Steven Cagan, a pair of musicians and industry vets, to oversee the operation of the firm.

May will helm the features arm while Cagan will head the TV division as Zomba Screen Music endeavors to grab a piece of a lucrative market in which A-list composers can earn around $700,000 per film.

The business is currently controlled by a handful of powerful firms who’ve had a decades-old lock on the market.

The new firm, which will operate under the aegis of Zomba veep and West Coast chief Neil Portnow, will focus on career direction and management while bringing the next generation of film and TV music composers to the fore.

“We plan a very different approach to this area than (our competitors),” Portnow told Daily Variety. “We’ll com-bine career development with a structure which divides feature film and TV work, with specialists in each area who can maximize opportunities for our clients and exercise the best possible creative judgment.”

Zomba Screen Music will be uniquely poised to offer its composers access to projects developed by Zomba’s music publishing arm and its numerous record labels.

It also boasts an alignment with its Segue Music, the town’s leading music editing firm, which handles the bulk of the industry’s feature film action, and from which work can be directed to Zomba clients.

“We determined that there really was an opportunity and a need for a fresh, new approach to this important part of the film and TV music business,” Portnow said.

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