Warner Bros. got the nod for best studio music department on the film side while ABC Entertainment/Disney Channel won for smallscreen.
“American Hustle’s” wall-to-wall soundtrack of mostly 1970s tunes, supervised by Sue Jacobs (pictured), won for pic budgeted at more than $35 million. The reconfigured traditional folk assembled by T Bone Burnett for “Inside Llewyn Davis” won for pic budgeted under $35 million. Gabe Hilfer’s mashup of ’80s and contemporary artists for “Place Beyond the Pines” won for pic budgeted under $10 million.
The ceremony, held at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake, was a notable departure from past awards events hosted by the guild that was founded in 2007, in both scale and presentation. Fete featured live music by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc and Brit popsters Rixton, and an aesthetic that was part runway show, part schmooze-fest.
Sponsors like Interscope, Warner Chappell and Killer Tracks helped up the ante, while studio and network music department heads mingled freely with supervisors, publishers, composers and their reps, alternating between two of the storied facility’s sound stages. Seen roaming the rooms were such execs as Paul Broucek of Warner Bros. and bigwig maestro agent Richard Kraft, among other movers and shakers in this sector of the biz. Celebrity presenters included Leann Rimes and Bobby Womack.
Winners in television included ABC’s “Nashville” (Frankie Pine), for comedy or musical; AMC’s “Breaking Bad” (Thomas Golubic) for drama; HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” (Evyen Klean) for longform and movies, and Fox’s “American Idol” (Robin Kaye) for reality.
Dawn Soler, senior VP of TV music for ABC, accepted the award for ABC/Disney.
There were also awards handed out in the newly created categories of documentary (Jill Meyers, “Muscle Shoals”) and brand advertising (Dave Taylor, Apple), as well as games (Ivan Pavlovich, “Grand Theft Auto V”), advertising body of work (Jason Kramer, Elias) and trailers (Maura Duval Griffin of Motive Creative for “Saving Mr. Banks”).
Guild president Maureen Crowe served as emcee, and was happy to shine a light on a discipline misunderstood by many but integral to all forms of visual entertainment.
“We have an incredibly talented community of music supervisors,” she beamed, “and we are always proud to spotlight their craft.”