Two of the
industrys top film music agencies,
Kraft-Benjamin-Engel and Vangelos Management, have
merged into a new company: Blue Focus
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.
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.
repped by the new firm include Mychael Danna,
Christopher Young, Craig Armstrong, John Debney,
John Powell, Trevor Rabin and Mark
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
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.
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.
step, we go from being more a traditional operation
to being a broad spectrum music and media
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.