In this panel we’ll discuss how best to use archive and music in factual tv and film, with three of the best archive and music supervisors and producers in the business. We’ll cover the creative processes involved in sourcing and using archive and music to the legal negotiations and detective work involved in sourcing it. The success of feature docs such as American Murder and Wild Wild Country to the new reliance on using archive during lockdown, it’s clear that this is an area of growth that shows now sign of slowing - and it’s an area of expertise producers must increasingly add to their skillset.
James RM Hunt is a multiple award winning producer and archive producer with over 23 years experience. He was then Head of Archive at Princess Productions for many years where he worked on prestigious entertainment and factual shows such as The Friday Night Project, School of Saatchi and Imagine: Jay-Z; He Came He Saw He Conquered. Since going freelance he archive produced on The BAFTA award winning 7/7 One Day in London and BBC Four’s Ronnie’s: Ronnie Scott and his World Famous Jazz Club. Most recently, he was archive producer for the Netflix hit American Murder.
Kate Griffiths is an archive producer who’s been working in the film and TV industry for over 30 years. Specialising in Music and Entertainment, she runs her own company ‘Clearance Matters’ and has worked with renowned documentary directors including Julien Temple, James Marsh, Don Letts and Kevin MacDonald. In 2015 she won FOCAL’s Archive Researcher Of The Year Award for her work on Soul Boys Of The Western World an all-archive feature documentary about 80’s supergroup Spandau Ballet. She’s just finished working with Edgar Wright on his first feature documentary about the band Sparks and is currently in post-production with the team behind American Epic working on an official feature documentary about Led Zeppelin.
Gary Welch is an independent film music supervisor specialising in feature films and documentaries. He won Film Music Supervisor of the Year at the Music Week Sync Awards in 2016 and has been nominated for Best Music Supervision for a Documentary at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards. Film credits include Northern Soul (winner of Best Film at 2015 NME Awards), Oscar nominated short film Pear Cider and Cigarettes, and The More You Ignore Me an adaptation of Jo Brand's novel set in the1980’s. Gary has worked on many music documentaries including Whitney and Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars both of which were shortlisted for Grammy Awards in 2019.
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