Two of the industrys top film music agencies, Kraft-Benjamin-Engel and Vangelos Management, have merged into a new company: Blue Focus Management.
The new firm will rep such major composers as Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Marc Shaiman, Elmer Bernstein, David Newman, David Arnold, Rachel Portman, Graeme Revell, Bill Conti, Vangelis, Stewart Copeland, Basil Poledouris and John Barry.
Vasi Vangelos, wholl partner with Richard Kraft in the new venture told Daily Variety: Were going to create an entire department for independent film. Were also going to open an office in London to create scoring opportunities for U.S. composers in European productions.
Other composers repped by the new firm include Mychael Danna, Christopher Young, Craig Armstrong, John Debney, John Powell, Trevor Rabin and Mark Mothersbaugh.
In addition, the new company will rep such top music supervisors as Randy Gerston (Titanic), Elliot Lurie (Stuart Little), G. Marq Roswell (The Hurricane) and Mike Morrison (The Insider).
Blue Focus Management also will rep a number of recording artists and music producers with regard to film, including Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Van Dyke Parks, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. and Walter Afanasieff, the last of whom is Grammy-nominated for producer of the year.
The company is also affiliated with Chapter III Records, which has released the soundtracks for such films as The Blair Witch Project and Tomorrow Never Dies.
Along with expanding the careers of their composer clients into screenwriting, directing and film production, Blue Focus Management is producing several music-driven films, including two projects in development at Disney.
Kraft said that the purpose of the merger is to take two agencies and create a stronger, more powerful entity, while retaining the boutique size and service for which weve become known.
With this step, we go from being more a traditional operation to being a broad spectrum music and media management company.
Laura Engel, who will be part of the new company, noted that we now represent 18 of Varietys Top 50 Film Composers, which is more than any other company in our business.
Lyn Benjamin will not be joining the new entity so she can devote more time to her family.