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NY Online Seminar: Larger Than Life: Trailer Music

September 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm America/New York

The Society of Composers & Lyricists in New York
invites members to the online seminar

In recent years, theatrical trailer music has surged in popularity among composers and listeners alike. Representing the cutting edge of production music, the genre presents unique challenges and opportunities for media composers. This panel will feature experts from across various areas of the trailer music industry, and will examine the craft and business of writing larger-than-life, high-impact music for trailers.


Featuring Panelists

Moderated by


Tom Evans has worked in the movie trailer industry for almost 15 years and currently heads up the London arm of Audiomachine, a boutique music production company based in LA. Before joining Audiomachine Tom worked as a Producer for Create Advertising and Editpool where he produced marketing campaigns for the likes of Warner Bros, Disney and HBO. Since joining Audiomachine in 2014, Tom has played a pivotal role in Audiomachine’s growth both in the UK and internationally, and particularly enjoys working and learning from such an experienced and passionate team. Career highlights include a Gold Clio Award for a Game of Thrones trailer, and a Screen Award for Black Swan’international trailer.

Co-Owner and Chief Operations Officer of Brand X MusicTom Gire has been producing and composing trailer music for over 20 years. His first placement was with his business partner John Sponsler for The Matrix teaser in 1999. The two would go on to compose trailers for the Nolan Batman films, two more Matrix sequels, all eight Harry Potter films as well as dozens of other films. A prolific composer in his own right, Tom has worked alongside some of the giants of film scoring, creating additional music for Hans Zimmer on Pirates of the Caribbean 2, 3 and 4 and Despicable Me, and for Steve Jablonsky on Transformers 2 and 3. He also helped John Williams produce ethnic and synth instruments for his Academy Award-nominated score for Memoirs of a Geisha. Tom currently heads up the production music arm of Brand X and helps the company work with composers and musicians from all over the globe.

Stephanie Koury‘s career in movie marketing began shortly after graduating from USC in 2011. She has worked throughout the entertainment industry, splitting time between Sony Pictures and two advertising agencies: Big Picture and Wild Card Creative Group. As Music Director at Wild Card, Stephanie was instrumental at providing the marketing soundtracks for breakthrough campaigns such as WidowsDumboBlack Widow and the highly anticipated Dune.

After being at Wild Card for 7 years, Stephanie decided to embark on a new chapter as Head of Sync for the music group Safari Riot, where she helps create and pitch music for theatrical marketing, feature films and ads. She is thrilled to continue fostering new relationships with composers, artists, and labels/publishers to create original and inspiring content for sync. Career highlights include winning a gold 2018 Clio Music Award for “Use of Music” for the Widows trailer “Pull This Off.” She was a member of the 2019 Clio Awards jury.

Born half deaf, Raphaelle Thibaut was pushed at age 4 to start an intensive 17 years of classical music training. After leaving her job at Google in 2015, she quickly started writing for independent films and music houses as well as for brands like Ubisoft, Coca-cola and Nike. Major players like EMI and Warner Music soon started to commission her to compose library albums for films and TV. She also began to write for trailer music publishers and trailer houses and got featured in major Hollywood productions like Incredibles 2 and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. She is currently scoring the forthcoming National Geographic series Secrets of the Whales, executive produced by James Cameron.

Danny Gray is an internationally-awarded composer of multimedia scores and concert music. He has contributed theme music and underscore to over one thousand episodes of major network television, including NBC Dateline20/20, and various programs on History Channel, National Geographic, and Investigation Discovery. In 2017 he received a nomination for Best Original Score at the 2017 World Music and Independent Film Festival, and in 2019 he orchestrated the theme music for the Suncoast Emmy-winning documentary Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière. Danny coordinates the SCL NY Mentor Program.


  • FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check status) and PMA members. 
  • Registered Attendees will be emailed a YouTube Live Stream link 10 minutes before the Seminar starts. The link will be emailed via Eventbrite.
  • Attendees may ask questions using the YouTube Chat function. 


September 22, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
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