Martin Davich

Martin began studying piano at the age of 4, and, having played most of the instruments in the orchestra and band during grade school and high school, went to college with a firm grasp of music. He studied music and composition at USC and went on to have a professional career playing and conducting for various artists including Anthony Newley and Burt Bacharach. For the last 30 years, he has made his living as a composer, having written for many dramatic series, including ER for 15 years, Trinity, andBeverly Hills 90210. He has also written for several miniseries, TV movies, cable movies, and motion pictures, such as Mad MoneyTouching Home, and I Bring What I Love. He is currently enjoying writing for many media and continuing to grow as a composer.

John was born into a musical household and raised in San Gabriel, California. He began playing guitar at six and bass at sixteen. John cut short his musical studies at East L.A. College to tour with El Chicano and soon found himself on tour opening for Santana. John later toured with jazz vocalist Randy Crawford, and, in 1981, he co-founded Food For Feet. He then joined New Wave band Oingo Boingo in 1984, who he played with until 1995. During his tenure with Oingo Boingo, John co-produced four full-length releases with Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek. Since 1995, John has run his own recording studio called Brando’s Paradise, producing bands such as Reel Big Fish, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Quetzal, and Robbie Krieger. During this time, he also played bass on recordings by Steve Vai and the Stewart Copeland Orchestra. He also sang lead vocals on Disney’s Another Goofy Movie.

Mark Cross is an award winning Producer, Composer, Mixer, Educator and Author with an extensive discography in both film and television that spans over 2 decades.

As a Engineer / Mixer Mark has worked on numerous albums, film scores, and television episodes, including the Grammy-winning “I Am Shelby Lynne”, Randy Newman’s Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning “CARS” and “Meet the Parents” score and soundtracks, along with mixing hundreds of episodes of the NBC prime time series: ER. Additional film credits include: Alien Resurrection, Seabisquit and Beavis and Butthead Do America.

As a composer he has created original music for the NBC Prime Time Series: Last Comic Standing as well as contributing additional music for: American Idol, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The CBS Evening News (and most recently for HBO’s: Getting On and Comedy Central’s: Key and Peele). Mark has created musical themes for Nickelodeon’s Wow Wow Wubbzy, the Seinfeld Season 8 DVD, as well as producing and performing with Grammy winner John Legend on HBO’s: Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Additionally, Mark authored the renowned book, “Audio Post Production for Film and Television”. This introduction to audio post production is based on his vast and diverse background along with the input and experience of numerous A-list professionals and addresses all aspects of working with dialogue, music and sound effects for film and television. Many of these professionals and institutions recognize this textbook as the “ De Facto / Go To” book for anyone interested in studying audio post production.

Bassist, producer, and composer Mark Browne has played with Melissa Etheridge, Paula Cole, Emmylou Harris, Philip Sayce, Chrissie Hynde, Sarah McLachlan, Lily Wilson, k.d. lang, George Michael, Patty Griffin, Sheryl Crow, Wynonna, Beth Thornley, Neil Finn, Joan Osborne, The Dixie Chicks, Billy Idol, Dolly Parton, Lindsay Buckingham, Mark Goldenberg, Gloria Estefan, Chaka Khan, Rufus Wainright, Donna Delory, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Garth Brooks, Cindy Lauper, Destiny’s Child, Pat Benatar, Simple Minds, Anne and Nancy Wilson, Ichiro, and Vonda Sheppard.

André Knecht was born in Switzerland in 1959. His academic and professional background include Electronic Music studies at Padua University, Italy, and a 7-year stint as a Sound Designer, Recording Engineer, Music Supervisor and composer with the Swiss Broadcasting Company (SSR), where he also hosted both radio and TV shows. In 1983 he moved to California where he began a twin-track career in audio engineering and marketing at Warner Bros. Records. With a solid grounding in analog technologies, he embraced the digital era at its dawn – adopting MIDI and Digital Audio Workstations as they first appeared. (A Pro Tools user since v1.0, he still makes use of his beloved Moogs and Studers, etc.) Today, he is active as a freelance engineer and producer, as well as a consultant, instructor, beta-tester, and technical editor for book projects in the audio field. Andre Knecht is happily married and teaches many of the classes in the Producer Department that require his mastery of all things audio technical.

Kasia Livingston

KC has been writing songs since the age of ten. Initially, KC was discovered by Grammy award-winning producer David Foster early in her career. Since then, she has had cuts on many prominent artist’s albums, including Flo Rida, Jessie J, Ricki Lee, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, the Pussycat Dolls, NKOTB, The Wanted, Big Time Rush, Jordin Sparks, Jessica Simpson, Gloria Gaynor, Dream, Eden’s Crush, and Toni Braxton, among others. Writer and producer collaborations include: Flo Rida, Jessie J, David Guetta, Alex Da Kid, Britney Spears, Will.I.Am, Scott Cutler, Tokio Hotel, BC Jean, Matt Squire, Carmen Michelle, Freescha, Fraser T. Smith, Victoria Justice, Kevin Griffin, Lindy Robbins, Ashley Gorley, Neon Hitch, Josh Abraham, Ari Levine, Luke Boyd, Brandy, Esmee Denters, Jordyn Taylor, Pixie Lott, Cassie, Rock City, Mike City, Frankie Storm, Bloodyshy & Avant, Danja, Fernando Garibay, Mike Elizondo, Rodney Jerkins, Brian Kennedy, JR Rotem, The Stereotypes, Andre Merritt, Rob Fusari, Dan & Leah, Cathy Dennis, The Writing Camp, Madd Scientist, The Jam, James Fauntleroy, Underdogs, Makeba, Greg Wells, Evan Bogart, Kara DioGuardi, Fredwreck, Stacy Barthe, Oak, Harvey Mason, Qura Rankin, and Greg Kurstin.

Jon Kull maintains a busy and diverse schedule covering many musical disciplines. As a film orchestrator he has amassed over 175 credits, working with many of the top composers in Hollywood on some of their biggest projects, including James Horner (Avatar, Troy, The New World), Elmer Bernstein (Twilight, The Deep End of the Ocean), Christopher Young (Spider Man 3), Marco Beltrami (Hellboy, The Wolverine) and James Newton Howard (King Kong, Maleficent). His recorded arrangements cover a wide variety of styles: classical, featuring Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening (Angels’ Glory); popular, with Neil Diamond (The Movie Album); and specialty ethnic works featured in multi-CD releases of Yiddish Theatre songs (including the crossover hit,“Bay mir bistu sheyn”) for the Milken Archive’s ambitious recording project dedicated to the preservation of American Jewish music. Jon is also experienced as a session conductor in every genre of music.

Jon’s composition credits include a large catalog of production music for a wide variety of genres and ensembles. His music is heard daily in theatrical trailers and network promos in the U.S. and worldwide, most notably in NBC’s “Must See TV” campaign. As a composer for the New York- based creative house Siblings, Kull has also written music for commercials, among them efforts for Neutrogena, J.C. Penney, Snapple, and Canon. His feature film original score credits include Lone Wolf, Retribution, Be Somebody, and the recent festival favorite The Real Old Testament. At present he is fine-tuning a stage musical, Plug, a collaboration with writer/comedian Steve Stajich. Jon is a graduate of the University of Colorado (BM, MM) and holds a certificate in Film Scoring from the University of Southern California.

Tom Hiel is an award-winning composer for film and TV living in Los Angeles, Hiel is best known for his work on the television show “The Practice” which he composed the background underscore on 88 episodes for the last four years of the show. Hiel is also known for his score for the film “Swimming with Sharks” starring Kevin Spacey. . Hiel has also contributed additional underscore, orchestration, and arranging talents to the following major motion pictures: “Red Eye”, “Cursed”, “Good Boy”, “Rugrats Go Wild”, “Rugrats Go to Paris”, “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys”, “Angel Eyes”, “The First 20 Million”, and “Scary Movie 2”, working with composers Marco Beltrami, and Mark Mothersbaugh.

Other notable films of Hiel’s include “A Plumm Summer” starring Henry Winkler, William Baldwin, & Brenda Strong. “Under Still Waters” starring Lake Bell, and Jason Clarke, and the Syfy hit “Sharktopus” starring Eric Roberts.

Hiel holds an MFA from CalArts and a Bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota.

BRETT PERRY Composing for Visual Media Department Brett Perry is currently owner of Daddy Jack Music in Burbank; CA. Daddy Jack Music is full service music Production Company for Film and Television. To date over 400 episodes scored, including That 70s Show, It’s a Miracle and New Jim Henson property Sid the Science Kid. DJM also produces records in between film production. He has selected artists to be a part of DJM for the purpose of licensing content for media. All is housed in a 3500 sq. ft. facility with 4 studios and office space. Prior to going on his own Brett was a staff composer and editor at Jonathan Wolffs Music Consultants Group (Seinfeld, Will and Grace). Brett modeled his company after Jonathan’s successful game plan of streamlined content and communication in the post production process which allows for massive amounts of content to be provided in a short amount of time. Before MCG Brett had worked with who he considers to be his musical father and best musician he knows, Robbie Buchanan. Robbie is a monster musician with arrangement credits from Phil Collins against All Odds to Quincy Jones Just Once. Brett worked alongside Robbie as a keyboard tech, and studio manager. They often wrote together and at the time Brett had a music pub deal with BMG. Credits with Robbie include Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville, Peter Cetera, Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, and the Wilson Sisters. Brett’s musical career began in Nashville where after the usual internships he became a Synclavier programmer. Credits include the duet with Hank Jr. and Sr. Tear in My Beer, Amy Grant, Alabama, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Earnest Goes to Camp and Three Men and a Baby. Brett has penned two #1 songs with BeBe and CeCe, and Paul Smith.