New Round of Music Supervisors Announced for CMW’s Synch Summit


CMW is pleased to announce a second round of music supervisors confirmed for the 2014 Global Synch & Consumer Brands Summit.  The largest gathering of music supervisors in Canada ever, this Synch Summit will give you the opportunity to get face to face with the decision makers and influencers in placing music in some of the best films, commercials, television programs and games ever made, being made and soon to be made.



Billy Gottlieb is a Baltimore native who grew up with a passion for all things music. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles in the early ’90s Billy hooked up with a top film music supervisor and was involved with such classic films as PULP FICTION, CLUELESS and THE BASKETBALL DIARIES.

In 1995 Billy helped establish a film soundtrack department at Capitol Records. While there he worked on soundtracks to the films ROMEO & JULIET, CLUELESS, STEALING BEAUTY and the U.S. release of TRAINSPOTTING.

Several years later Billy struck out on his own starting Playback Music Supervision. Over the past decade Playback has supervised such diverse film and TV projects as BRING IT ON, THE COOLER, LIKE MIKE, THE TUXEDO, !HUFF, ALIAS, THE TICK, JOURNEYMAN and BONES to name a few.

Billy is currently working on the TV shows FRINGE, HUMAN TARGET and FRANKLIN & BASH.



When Carianne Marshall joined SONGS Music Publishing as a partner and Head of Creative Licensing in 2006, she was the company’s third employee and the first on the west coast. Founder and CEO, Matt Pincus and President and Head of A&R Ron Perry had already been hard at work for two years in New York City, building the SONGS roster with the ambitious vision of creating the most successful independent music publishing company in the world. Marshall had held positions at Elektra Records, Universal Music Publishing and Dreamworks, after getting her start in the business at L.A.-based company VOX Productions doing live music production work, and managing and booking local bands. She threw her lot in with Pincus and Perry and formed the third side of the triangle of SONGS, a company that has become a magnet for some of the most successful songwriters making music today. Under her tutelage, Marshall’s SONGS team recently placed music with the following: top advertisers Victoria’s Secret, GE and Nissan, acclaimed shows HBO’s Girls, Parenthood, Shameless, and filmsThe Five Year Engagement, Crazy Stupid Love and many more.



Born in Chicago and raised in the ‘burbs, Zach Pollakoff was a music person from early on. Though an avid live music fan and in bands throughout Junior High and High School, it was in college at Indiana University when it really became his life.

As a DJ–and later the General Manager–at student station, WIUX, he learned about more about music than ever before. He helped the station make the move to FM and then fought alongside state legislators to keep them there.

After a stint of LPFM advocacy, Pollakoff moved to Brooklyn to work for indie giant, Beggars Group/Matador Records as a radio and video promoter. From Beggars, Pollakoff proudly founded Twosyllable Records, a finely curated collection of some of his favorite young artists.

Later that year, while working on supervising a film–and founding his band, Eastern Midwestern–Pollakoff was introduced to the advertising industry. He spent a few years working at music and film production companies with some amazingly talented people before landing at Grey Group in 2010.

At Grey, Pollakoff has worked closely on Cannes-Lion-winning work for DirecTV, E*Trade and the NFL and has most recently won an Emmy for his work with Canon.



Alan Wilkis is the Creative Director and Artist-In-Residence at Spirit Music Group, one of the leading global independent music publishers, and home to the music of The Who, T. Rex, The Naked & Famous, and Matt & Kim, to name a few. Alan is also a critically-acclaimed music producer and 1/2 of the band, Big Data.

At Spirit, Alan holds the dual position of Creative Director and Artist-In-Residence. His unique musical background, encyclopedic knowledge of songs and recordings, and his knack for finding intelligent, creative licensing solutions for complex campaigns have endeared him to a long list of agency producers, creatives, and music supervisors. He has strategically placed Spirit’s rich and diverse catalog across a wide variety of media and advertising campaigns, with clients ranging from Trident, Progressive Insurance, Microsoft, Best Buy, SAP, Bing, Blu Dot Furniture, Honda, to Miller Lite.

When Alan is not navigating the music licensing landscape, he can most often be found in the recording studio. His band, Big Data, has recently taken the internet by storm, reaching the coveted #1 spot on HypeMachine’s most-popular chart, as well as garnering considerable praise from Wired, Vice’s Creators Project, Mashable, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, Esquire, USA Today, Fast Company, The Tribeca Film Festival, and countless others. He’s also remixed the music of The Who, Yelle, Yeasayer, The Joy Formidable, RJD2, The Temper Trap, Phantogram, and many more. His project, PRINTS, a series of collaborations with different vocalists, found him teaming up with the likes of Childish Gambino, Lyrics Born, Joywave, White Hinterland, and The KickDrums.



Music Producer, Entertainment Executive, Music Supervisor, Creative Consultant, Licensing Specialist, Music Publisher, Dealmaker, Song Plugger, Engineer, Artist Manager, Musician … John is one of a rare few with equally strong creative skills, technical abilities and business chops.

Currently MELILLO serves as Executive Producer, MELILLO MUSIC – a boutique music production and supervision consultancy.

MELILLO has produced and placed music for clients including Absolut, Aquafina, AT&T, Bank of America, Belvedere, Blackberry, Budweiser (Superbowl 2009), Campbells, Canon, Chevy, Cingular, Coors, Crayola, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Ford, Gatorade, GE, Gillette, Guinness, Hershey’s, HP, Jet Blue, JC Penny, JP Morgan Chase, Kellogg’s, Kodak, Lee Jeans, Lowe’s, Macy’s, M&Ms, McDonalds, Mitsubishi, Mt. Dew, Noxzema, Old Spice, Pepsi, Samsung, Sharpie, Smirnoff, St. Ives, Tropicana, Visa, Volvo, Yoplait… and numerous television shows, video games, films and multimedia projects.

John played a founding role in the Guitar Hero phenomenon, providing over half of the repertoire and writing the original business framework.

John was the first in the music business to monetize You Tube.

In 1993 John founded the first division within a major music company to provide a creative bridge between the mainstream music business and the world of branded communication, essentially heralding in the era of convergence between the two media. Under John’s leadership, his EMI Music Resources (at EMI Music Publishing) expanded it’s reach to all media and grew from a one person operation to the gold standard in the industry.

After formally studying Television Radio and Film Production with a specialty in sound, MELILLO began his career at the legendary Power Station recording studios as a production assistant and assistant engineer.  Witnessing first hand the dramatic shift toward digital technology and the revolution that would affect what were then the temples of sound, MELILLO set his sites on the broader music industry.

Over the years MELILLO has held various senior creative executive positions throughout the industry.



Boris Salchow has created cinematic music scores and unique soundscapes for some of the most prestigious brands in the world (ADIDAS, AUDI, LAMBORGHINI), award-winning documentaries (Germany From Above), Hollywood and international feature films (80 Minutes, Prom Night), drama television series (BALKO, Wolff’s Turf), and cinematic video games (FUSE, Resistance 2 and 3, Ratchet & Clank, Rainbow Six). Classically trained but just at home in the electronic music world, Salchow’s artistic range and versatility encompasses live orchestra, hybrid acoustic and electronic music, and immersive musical sound design.

Salchow began his scoring career writing commercials, promos and prime time television series for leading networks in Germany. Now based in Los Angeles, Salchow has composed for feature films such as the internationally-released action thriller 80 Minutes starring Gabriel Mann, additional music for Elsewhere starring Anna Kendrick, and additional music for the Sony/Screen Gems’ teenage horror mystery and #1 US box office hit Prom Night featuring Idris Elba.

Salchow also scored the feature film adaptation of the award-winning documentary series Germany From Above (Buena Vista International) recorded with a 70-piece orchestra and mixed at Babelsberg Studios in Berlin. This visually stunning film is comprised of breathtaking aerial shots of Germany. With only a few words from the narrator, the movie provided a unique opportunity to take the audience on an inspiring musical journey befitting the film’s grand scale. Germany From Above premiered with a special event at Germany’s largest movie theater, where Salchow’s 90-minute score was performed live along with the film.

Salchow recently swapped his baton and orchestra for Moog synthesizers and rare vintage audio processors to score Electronic Arts’ sci-fi video game FUSE. The score blends analog electronic elements, adrenaline infused drums and musical sound design to provide a foreboding and rousing sonic landscape for FUSE’s dark futuristic setting and intense action experience. Salchow’s previous scores for video games include Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, Sony’s Resistance 2, Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time, and Resistance 3. Recorded with A-list musicians at Abbey Road Studios in London, Salchow’s dark, emotional orchestral music for Resistance 3 was hailed as one of the top video game scores of 2011 by Classical MPR.

Based in Los Angeles, Boris Salchow is represented by The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.