2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

It Takes a Village to Score a Show

In the fast-paced world of television production, many key creative decision makers are involved in crafting the score for the show. Many different deal structures come into play. This collaborative effort includes producers, editors, composers, music supervisors, music libraries and music production houses. Understand how to navigate this unique set of relationships.



Darren Drew

Partner, Exec Producer

In The Groove Music

We do music: original and licensed. We are composers, producers, artists, and bands. We use the power of music to connect with each other, with the world, and with you. For over fifteen years, we’ve helped brands break boundaries and communicate ideas.

Darren is the heart and soul of In The Groove. His enthusiasm is obvious; it permeates every facet of every project. You will find his imprint on every job we do. He fills his spare moments with his other passions: working out, designer clothes, designer coffee, and raising two curious kids.


David Ries

Dir, Discovery Music Source

Discovery Communications

Creative Director, Global Music Services - Discovery Communications A Composer and Musician with over 15 years experience in all aspects of Film, TV and Music Production. For the past 8 years at Discovery, Dave has managed the development of the Discovery MusicSource library and the creative reach of the Global Music Services Creative team.


David Vanacore


Vanacore Music

David Vanacore

Over 100 million people hear his music every week watching their favorite programs. Dubbed by television music industry insiders as ‘The King of Reality’, David Vanacore is the composer behind such acclaimed series as Survivor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, Hell’s Kitchen, Mobbed, Wipeout, Whale Wars and hundreds more.

David’s diligence in working closely with producers and directors to understand their vision has earned him top honors among Film & TV composers, winning ASCAP’s prestigious Most Performed Themes and Most Performed Underscore awards every year since 2005.

David began his musical journey studying piano at the age of seven. For years he worked as a studio session pianist/keyboardist and toured with Cher among other well-known artists. While continuing to refine his chops as a studio musician David studied composition, orchestration and conducting at Cal State University and the Grove School of Music. A chance meeting with famed television composer Mike Post led to an offer as his studio keyboard player, which introduced him to the world of music supervision for television.

David’s first major breakout as a TV composer occurred when he landed a job with Mark Burnett for the first season of Survivor in 2000. At that time, Reality TV was new to audiences around the world; as a result, David was able to craft a style of music which today is commonly used for unscripted TV.

As his success and workload increased he began to hire composers in order to keep up with the high demand of music. His venture as a one-man composer blossomed into a full-fledged composing house with an impeccable reputation for producing the best music for unscripted television series.

Today as President & CEO of Vanacore Music, David continues to provide music for major network and cable shows in collaboration with his team of diversely talented composers and producers at his full-services, state-of-the-art music production facility in Los Angeles and recently established offices in Santa Monica and New York.


Pat Weaver

Music Supervisor

Discovery Communications

Weaver's diverse music career includes record label marketing and publicity, music production for various high-end L.A. music houses, founder of a song licensing company (LakeHouse Sound) and, currently, music supervisor with Discovery Communications where she assists with sourcing original and licensed music for Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, OWN, I.D., Destination America and more.

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