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Composer Contracts for Dummies

May 15, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm PDT


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5:00pm PT // 7:00pm CT // 8:00pm ET

YouTube Live Stream

Garry Schyman is a BAFTA-winning composer and one of the world’s most celebrated voices in video game music as evidenced by his award-winning scores to the BioShock game series, as well as dozens of hit games, films, and television productions.

Schyman has most notably given the universe of BioShock (including BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite) its musical identity, scoring the hugely successful game series with a blend of haunting beauty and terrifying unease. He paid playful homage to ’50s sci-fi with his score for the 2005 game Destroy All Humans! (followed by two sequels), accelerated the heartbeat in action games like Resistance: Retribution and Dante’s Inferno, and gave a nod to the hypnotic style of Bernard Herrmann in the mystery game Voyeur. He has been in the fantasy world of Tolkien for the adventure game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Schyman’s film and television credits span every genre, including classic series like The A-Team and Magnum, P.I., stormy action (Tornado!), thrillers (Horseplayer, starring Brad Dourif), and family horror (Spooky House, starring Ben Kingsley) and more recently Itsy Bitsy. Among his most recent work is the Square Enix game Forspoken released in January of 2023.

J. Charley Londoño is an attorney who primarily practices in the areas of film, television, music, and new media. Prior to practicing law, Charley was a music industry executive, having worked in the radio promotion departments of major label record companies (Arista, A&M, IRS, and MCA). Charley counsels both companies and individuals regarding entertainment transactional issues. His practice concentrates in the protection, clearance, licensing and distribution of intellectual property rights for film, television, music, and varied digital platforms. Charley is a member of The State Bar of California and The Florida Bar.


The information provided on this online presentation does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this online seminar are for general informational purposes only. Information provided on this online seminar may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information.

Attendees of this online seminar should contact their attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. No attendee of this online seminar should act or refrain from acting on the basis of information from this online seminar without first seeking legal advice from counsel in the relevant jurisdiction. Only your individual attorney can provide assurances that the information contained herein – and your interpretation of it – is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation. Your participation in, and attendance of, this online seminar does not create an attorney-client relationship between the attendee/participant and J. Charley Londoño.

The views expressed at, or through, this online seminar are those of J. Charley Londoño acting in his individual capacities only – not those of the Society of Composers and Lyricists. All liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this online seminar are hereby expressly disclaimed. The content on this online seminar is provided “as is;” no representations are made that the content is error-free.


FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check membership status).

Attendees will be emailed a Screening Link upon Registration and a Q&A YouTube Live Stream link on Monday, May 15, 10 minutes before Q&A start.

Attendees can ask questions on YouTube chat, and the SCL Host will pass them on to the Moderator. The SCL Member Code of Conduct applies to online Q&As.