From the Universal Amphitheater to his prolific partnership with Cameron Crowe, the Rolling Stone writer-turned-uber-successful-film-director, whose path was immortalized in the semi-autobiographical Almost Famous, legendary music industry impresario Danny Bramson joins Q Score’s own Jonathan McHugh for a six part interview. They discuss everyone and everything from Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty to Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire and, of course, Almost Famous.
In this first installment, Bramson shares the beginning of the famous Universal Amphitheater which he pitched to Jules Stein when it was a training stage for animals. Following in the footsteps of “Dutch Uncle” Bill Graham, Bramson built the legendary Universal Amphitheater from a 600-seat outdoor stage to the 5200-seat enclosed Universal Amphitheater we now enjoy. He shares the journey through experiences with Lew Wasserman, Mo Ostin, Frank Sinatra, Jackson Browne, and many many more giving us a glimpse into the music business of the 1960s.
Each week on Q Score, producer and industry expert Jonathan McHugh takes us behind the scenes of the films and television shows we love, illuminating the process of matching composers, songs, and score to specific scenes by talking with the music supervisors and industry professionals responsible for bringing the magic together. Jonathan has welcomed music supervisors including Matt Sullivan (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rock of Ages), Gary Calamar (True Blood), Thomas Golubic (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), Kier Lehman (22 Jump Street), Madonna Wade-Reed (Reign), Eric Huey (ESA & E3), Michael Levine (Star Wars, Cold Case), Season Kent (The Fault In Our Stars) and Kevin Edelman (Homeland, Baywatch) to bring insight into the marriage of music and content. Guild of Music Supervisors President John Houlihan (Training Day, Looper, Austin Powers) and former Guild President Maureen Crowe (Chicago, Perfect Storm, Wayne’s World) share their experience as well as the history, and executives like Randy Spendlove (Paramount Pictures Music Chief, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and authors/journalists like Jon Burlingame (Variety, USC) round out the picture . . . or should we say song.
Jonathan McHugh has spent over two decades working in film, TV and music. During his extensive career he has produced and marketed over twenty hit soundtracks including Austin Powers, The Wedding Singer, Rush Hour, Boogie Nights, Blade, Spawn, Empire Records, Friday Night Lights, Stomp the Yard, Step Up,The Wood and Don Juan Demarco. Jonathan has been the music supervisor for over 25 film and television projects including most recently Hillary Clinton’s intro film that debuted at the Democratic National Convention and the upcoming film “Son Of Mourning” starring Heather Graham, Danny Glover and Jamie Lynn Sigler. Some of his many other credits include Nobel Son, the Saw series, Rize, 2001Maniacs, Be Here To Love Me, Charm School, PS, Dumb and Dumber, On the Line, Roger Dodger and The Secret Lives of Dentists. Additionally, he acted as music supervisor for the television movies A Tail of Two Bunnies, The Lone Ranger and the first-season of the hit WB television show Girlfriends.
Holding positions including Vice President of Creative Development at Jive Records, Vice President of Music at New Line Cinema, and Director of A&R/Soundracks at A&M Records allowed him the rare opportunity to not only create hit soundtracks but to implement and execute the marketing of them at the same time.
Producer of a diverse slate of films from the Lionsgate horror musical; “Repo: a Genetic Opera” to Lifetime’s film “Flying By” starring Billy Ray Cyrus,” and co-producer on the MTV/Paramount film “Crossroads” starring Britney Spears, McHugh also co-created, co-wrote and produced the 2007 Lionsgate hip-hop/horror film anthology; “Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror.”
He currently serves on the NARAS Grammy TV committee and this year helped guide the annual CBS TV awards show to it’s biggest ratings in years.
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