In a major
development for the world of film music, a new joint venture has been announced
between the Los Angeles based music conglomerate Media Ventures Entertainment Group, headed by Oscar winning
composer Hans Zimmer and producer Jay Rifkin and Britainís media music
mavericks Extreme Music to create Hot°House, a headquarters for coordination,
supervision and full service agency of feature film music.
The companies will work together in handling all aspects of the
preparation and production of film music and offer a full range of services to
handle every aspect of film score pre-recording through mixing to final
delivery.† In London, the company will be co-headed by Karen Elliott and Becky Bentham.†
Media Ventures Entertainment Group, the vision of a twenty year
partnership between Zimmer and Rifkin, is a multi-faceted company that focuses
on the creation, acceleration, ownership and distribution of content,
technology and services in the motion picture, television, music and new media
industries.† Collectively, the Group focuses on a number of industry sectors
including music, composition and production, studio facilities and services,
the record industry, music publishing, new media and Internet services and film
and television production.† Media Ventures is not only headquarters to Oscar,
Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe winning composer Hans Zimmer, but also serves as
music headquarters for several other composers including Harry Gregson-Williams
and Klaus Badelt.
"We are excited about looking to HotHouse as our gateway for
undiscovered and up and coming European talent," stated Zimmer.
"We feel that we will be providing a service in both the UK
and the US that is very much needed," stated Jay Rifkin, who has been partnered
with Hans Zimmer in the LA based music conglomerate Media Ventures since 1988.†
"Frequently there is a lack of coordination of services between the US and London
and we will be able to offer American and UK composers and studios a new
opportunity to streamline the music production process," stated Rifkin.†
Since 1997 London based Extreme Musicís rapid growth has
been mainly due to their innovative approach to the production music industry.
Exceptionally high production values and strategic venture partnerships have
quickly established them as the undisputed masters in their field.
"HotHouse fills a long overdue much needed gap in film music arena and
all of the partners involved are ideally placed to raise the bar and offer an
extremely high level of service." said Russell Emanuel Extreme Musicís CEO.
The new companies together will offer a unique service both in the UK
and Los Angeles to provide music production for composers, producers and film
companies.† They will handle briefing, composer placement, budgeting, booking
musicians, studios, technical equipment, organizing creative teams as well as orchestrators,
conductors, copyist, music editors and engineers and handling copyright
clearance, negotiation of composer/artist contracts through the final delivery
of the music.
Hot°House, which was established early 2002 by Karen Elliott and Becky
Bentham represents the new breed of music supervision and composer agency in
the UK and exploded onto the scene this month with itís first blockbuster project
"Lord Of The Rings," having just
completed a Directorís Cut of the film, "Fellowship of the Rings," Howard
Shoreís Oscar winning score, which was recorded at Abbey Road and CTS/Watford.†
Hot°House has already started working on film 2, which will record this Fall.† Hot°House
provided all pre-recording and score supervision for the recording of
"Fellowship of the Rings" in England with the London Symphony
Hot°House has close associations with Londonís major
recording studios and post production facilities in sharing first rate
attention and enabling prompt, secure electronic, and conventional transfer of
recorded material overseas, either during or directly following completion of
Karen Elliot is a 14-year veteran of the music industry, who has been a
commercials producer, publishing head and agent and has a wealth of experience
clearing source tracks for films clearing master recording, publishing and
performers rights.† For the past 6 years, she has worked closely with composer
Oscar winning composer Anne Dudley managing all aspects of her career including
all of her feature film commissions, television and commercial projects.† Elliottís
film credits include Miramaxís "Dirty Pretty
Things," directed by Stephen Frears, "A Good Thief," for composer Elliot Goldenthal and director
Neil Jordan, "Snatch," for
director Guy Ritchie, New Lines "American
History X," for director Tony Kaye, and "The Full Monty."
Becky Bentham, has been working in the music industry since 1987 at PRS
and for the past 9 years has been a film music supervisor and agent, working
closely with composers, producers, directors, handling all aspects of film
music production.† She recently was the music supervisor for Stephen Warbeck on
the film "Secret Passage," as
well as supervisor for "My Boy"
for Ferndale Films.† Her other credits include the upcoming release "Insomnia"
for director Christopher Nolan and composer David Julyan, "Captain Corelliís Mandolin" for composer
Stephen Warbeck, "Shakespeare In Love,"
again with Warbech and director John Madden, "Les
Miserables," with director Billie August and composer Basil Poledouris,
"Wings of the Dove," for director
Iain Softley and composer Ed Shearmur and "Muppets
Treasure Island," for Jim Henson Productions and composer Hans
This Summer, Hot°House plans to launch a film music composer agency in
the UK representing a elite group of composers in all musical genreís both in
the UK and the United States.† An announcement of Hothouseís first signings
will follow soon.