HOLLYWOOD — Christopher Violette has been appointed head of music for Kirk D’Amico’s indie film production, financing and sales outfit Myriad Pictures.
In the newly created post, he will report to D’Amico, president of Myriad Pictures, and the company’s president of production, Lucas Foster. Violette will supervise music for a number of Myriad features and oversee all the company’s film-related interests, including the hiring of other music supervisors and composers, music licensing and the solicitation of soundtracks. He also will work closely with Myriad’s German parent company, IN-motion, and its music affiliates.
“Chris joins Myriad at a time when we are growing rapidly,” said D’Amico. “His track record as a sought-after independent music consultant and music supervisor for film and television makes Chris the perfect choice for this newly created post.”
Myriad Pictures co-prexy Philip von Alvensleben added: “Chris has an impressive skill for spotting new and cutting edge talent. He will enable us to produce top-notch soundtracks to match our slate of quality commercial movies.”
Violette worked for Chris Blackwell and Palm Pictures, advising on feature acquisitions and acting as music supervisor on the Master P starrer “Lockdown.” He has worked on upcoming Myriad Pictures pics, including “Tangled” with Rachael Leigh Cook, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Shawn Hatosy, as well as “A Slipping Down Life” with Guy Pearce, Lili Taylor and Bruno Kirby, bringing in such indie artists as the Brand New Heavies, Zap Mama, Elysian Fields and Ron Sexsmith for the soundtracks.
Violette also supervised the music for features “Orgazmo” and “The Last Time I Committed Suicide,” for which he was also the soundtrack album exec producer. Disc, distribbed by Blue Note Records, featured Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. He also served as a consultant to the Walt Disney Pictures music department.
Prior to that, he was Island Records’ first A&R manager, then director of soundtracks.
Before Island, Violette worked for Polygram Group Distribution as national director for the company’s college representative program, which he founded.
“I have great admiration for Kirk D’Amico’s entrepreneurial spirit and his care as a filmmaker’s advocate,” said Violette. “I look forward to great success with Philip von Alvensleben, Lucas Foster and his terrific Myriad staff along with the great talent the company attracts.”