Music supervision will now have its own Emmy Award – Chicago Tribune

The term “music supervisor” may conjure the image of a foreman on a worksite, a bundle of keys jangling on his belt as he oversees musical laborers of some kind. But for the women and men who claim the title, it is a term of creative artistry – and this year, the Television Academy agrees.

In September, the inaugural Emmy Award will be granted for outstanding music supervision. It’s an acknowledgment that the folks who select, license and place songs and other preexisting music are key contributors to small-screen storytelling. The honor was lobbied for by the Guild of Music Supervisors, particularly board member Thomas Golubic, whose television credits include “Breaking Bad,” “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Better Call Saul.”

“It’s definitely evolved,” Golubic said of his profession. “Like all crafts, the excellence in the craft is largely representative of the ambitions of the medium. Television, in particular, has had such a resurgence in the last few years.”

He singled out “The Sopranos,” as many have, as the dawn of the new TV renaissance.


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