Michael Rogers

Executive director

Michael Rogers, executive director of film music for Universal Pictures Music, died April 25 in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 55.

A memorial is scheduled for June 3 at 11:00 a.m. at The Musician’s Union Hall, 817 N. Vine St., Hollywood.

A native of Southern California, he was the son of the late jazz bandleader Shorty Rogers.

Rogers began his career in the 1960s as a drummer in various L.A. bands. In the 1970s, he became a copyist at Columbia Pictures Music, working on TV shows including “Fantasy Island,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Police Woman” and “Police Story.”

In 1981 he became head of the music library for Universal Pictures and was responsible for music preparation and music licensing on TV shows and movies from “Knight Rider” to “Jurassic Park.”

Rogers then joined the studio’s music publishing company, MCA Music, as director of clearance, in charge of negotiating licensing fees for its catalog of songs and scores. He had been at Universal Pictures Music since 1994.

He was a 36-year member of the Musician’s Union.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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