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SCL Screening Event: Setting The Tone: A Night with Select Emmy Music Nominees

Cordially invites SCL Members and one guest to



Q&A with

 Music Director

 Primetime Emmy
® Awards Music Consultant

Contributing Editor, Gold Derby



Raleigh Studios | Charlie Chaplin Theater
5300 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038

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RSVPs close 3:00pm Thursday, August 17, or sooner if full.

No changes to your RSVP can be made after that time.

All attendees must have government-issued photo I.D. to show at the Security Gate. Your guest must be with you at the Security Gate and check-in or they will not get in.


  • Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the event. No entry after the event begins.
  • Seating is very limited. If you find you are unable to attend, you must cancel your reservation by 3:00pm Thursday.
  • Once capacity is met, you will be placed on a wait list and informed of availability on the day of the event.
  • This invitation is for current SCL members plus one guest who will stay for the entire event. Seating is first-come, first-served. 
  • Please allow extra time for traffic, security, and check-in.
  • Your guest must be with you at check-in, no saving seats.
  • Screenings are overbooked due to no-shows.


Featuring excerpts from Primetime shows for which the above composers and music director have been nominated, followed by a Q&A with featured panelists, including insights on how the voting process and categories have evolved over the years from Primetime Emmys music consultant Lynn Kowal.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Setting the Tone - Mac QuayleAudiences worldwide have been captivated by the unique musical stylings of Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, Mac Quayle. He currently scores USA Network’s Golden Globe winning suspense-thriller “Mr. Robot,” starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek, for which Mac won an Emmy.

Most recently, Mac received two Emmy nominations for his main title and score for his music in Ryan Murphy’s hit series, FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, about the notorious rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of the 1962 cult classic thriller, “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.” He is currently composing the music for “American Horror Story: Cult,” starring Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” starring Penelope Cruz and Darren Criss.

Quayle has written music for over 40 films and television shows, and has accumulated a long list of credits as a music producer, dance re-mixer and multi-instrumentalist. He scored FX’s Emmy-winning “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” starring John Travolta, Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. Mac also composes the music for FX’s fan favorite series “American Horror Story,” starring Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, for which Mac received his first Emmy nomination. He also scored Fox’s “Scream Queens,” starring Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Setting the Tone - Jeff RussoComposer Jeff Russo, a three-time Emmy and two-time Grammy nominee, is at the top of his field, scoring varied and compelling music for television, film and video games. He recently received his third Emmy nomination for his thrilling and angst-producing music on FX’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series “Fargo.” Jeff was nominated previously for the first two seasons of the show. Russo is currently scoring CBS’s reimagining of an iconic cult-classic series “Star Trek: Discovery,” premiering September 24th. Russo also scores Starz’s hit series “Power,” produced by Curtis Jackson “50 Cent”, as well as Noah Hawley’s recent hit series, FX’s “Legion,” based on Marvel Comic’s X-Men, starring Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza.

In addition to his other shows, Russo scored HBO’s mini-series “The Night Of,” starring John Turturro, CBS’s Steven Spielberg series, “American Gothic,” and Annapurna Interactive’s indie video game, “What Remains of Edith Finch.” Currently, Russo is working on Netflix’s newest original show “Altered Carbon” and has been slated to score three feature films including Jon Avnet’s “Three Christs,” starring Richard Gere; Craig Macneill’s “Lizzie,” starring Chloe Sevigney and Kristen Stewart, and “I, Tonya”; all of which are scheduled to be released in 2018.

Russo began his music career in 1990, after founding his rock band TONIC. The group quickly achieved great success and went on to receive two GRAMMY nominations, one for "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" for "Take Me As I Am," and one for "Best Rock Album.” - both in 2003. The band was a great showcase for Russo’s guitar work and songwriting that allowed him to branch out and begin his solo career in producing and composing.
The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Setting the Tone - Jacob Shea

Jacob Shea is an established and multi-talented composer who has strengthened countless projects with his musical acumen. Jacob was the first to join the team and has served as principal lead composer at Bleeding Fingers Music, a prolific music production house specializing in scoring television series, since its founding in 2013. Within this role, Jacob has helped shape the composer team and contributed countless hours of music to some of the most acclaimed series on television. Most notably, Jacob has worked alongside fellow Bleeding Fingers composer Jasha Klebe as well as composing powerhouse Hans Zimmer, to create the dynamic BAFTA-nominated score for BBC’s Planet Earth II.

A longstanding collaborator with Hans Zimmer, Jacob also co-composed the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed science documentary Through the Wormhole, presented and narrated by Morgan Freeman. He has also steered the helm on some of Bleeding Finger’s most acclaimed projects, winning two BMI awards for his work on the History Channel’s Mountain Men, and another three BMIs for his work on Discovery’s Alaskan Bush People.

Jacob’s eclectic musical tastes allow for rich and novel orchestrations in his compositions. Equally adept with a traditional symphonic palette and a self-created arsenal of analog synths, he enjoys finding new and unexpected sonic textures to solve compositional problems in innovative ways.

Jacob’s previous credits also include work as music programmer for Public Enemies, an arranger for Madagascar 2 and Despicable Me, and a composer of additional music for Lone Survivor, Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Transformers: The Dark of the Moon and Battleship. Jacob was also selected to attend the prestigious Sundance Composers Lab.

Jacob currently resides in Los Angeles, and when not working on new music, he’s busy with his other full-time job, being a loving husband and father.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Setting the Tone - Christopher Willis Christopher Willis is an Emmy-nominated, multi-talented composer working in the mediums of film, television, and games. His strong classical music background and musicological approach to composition have quickly established him as a leading voice in orchestral scoring, and his adaptability to any musical style or culture has put him at the forefront of his field, particularly in animation. Christopher is most known for his work on HBO's hit comedy series, "Veep", starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. A favorite choice of Disney creatives, he currently scores "The Lion Guard" and the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mickey Mouse Shorts. For the latter, he won the Annie Award for Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production for three consecutive years (2014–2016). His work on "Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special" has earned him an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics category, for the song "Jing-A-Ling-A-Ling".

?Christopher was born in Australia and grew up in the UK. He trained principally as a classical pianist and musicologist, attending the Royal Academy of Music in London and completing a PhD in Musicology at the University of Cambridge. His love of eighteenth-century music led to his doctoral dissertation on the music of Domenico Scarlatti.
In 2007 he relocated to California to pursue a film music career. He assisted on many Hollywood feature film scores as an additional music composer, working with renowned composers including Carter Burwell, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert Gregson-Williams, and Henry Jackman, before becoming a composer in his own right. He contributed significant music to a number of fan-favorite films, including the Twilight Saga, X-Men: First Class, Shrek Forever After, Winnie the Pooh, and the Oscar-winning animated short, Feast.

Upcoming projects for Christopher include The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!, featuring two new original songs; and another collaboration with Veep creator Armando Iannucci: The Death of Stalin, a feature film which will premiere as a part of the opening slate of films at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Setting the Tone - Mac QuayleThree-time Emmy-winning composer Gary Lionelli has earned critical acclaim for his epic score for the 2017 Academy Award winning film "O.J.: Made in America," directed by Ezra Edelman, and has received a 2017 Primetime Emmy nomination for the score. Gary Lionelli's intensely dramatic melodies and textures set the perfect tone for this haunting saga, depicting the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson from football legend to murder suspect.

In addition to "O.J.: Made in America," Gary Lionelli has captured the attention of the film and television industry with his unforgettable compositions for director Rory Kennedy's 2015 Academy Award nominated film "Last Days in Vietnam" and HBO's dramatic series "LUCK," helmed by Michael Mann and David Milch and starring Dustin Hoffman. Lionelli is currently composing the score to HBO’s upcoming documentary on Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post editor during the infamous Watergate era, and PBS’ 6-part series Chasing the Moon.

Lionelli performs on his scores with a large variety of acoustic instruments he has in his collection--from a grand piano, marimba, harp, vibraphone, cello, violin, guitars, and percussion, to some very odd instruments such as the Array Mbira, a Guitar Viol, a Guitaret, a keyboard blown flute, a cumbus, hang drums, and so forth. Lionelli likes to use these real instruments almost exclusively over digitally generated electronic samples played on a keyboard. Gary resides in Los Angeles, CA.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Setting the Tone - Ricky Minor

Rickey Minor is a seven time Emmy-nominated music director and composer. Most recently, Rickey received 2 Emmy nominations for outstanding music direction for “Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” and “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America.”

Rickey is best known for being the band leader and musical director on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” as well as the musical director for Fox’s “American Idol” and “Don’t Forget The Lyrics!.” Rickeys other projects include shows such as “The Emmys,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “The Super Bowl,” and “The Grammy Awards.”

In addition to Rickey’s television work, he’s served as the musical director for the tours of Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé.

Minor’s book, There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile, was released in January 2009.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Setting the Tone - Nora Felder

Composer and songwriter Lynn F. Kowal has served as the Music Consultant to the Primetime Emmy® Awards since 2000. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University with an M.M. in Electronic and Computer Music Composition.

Lynn’s music debuted on Primetime television with the Main Title Theme of NBC’s series “Homicide: Life on the Street.” While classically trained, she is passionate about developing non-traditional composing techniques and specializes in unique, interactive performances.



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