ACM Connects Nashville Writers With TV, Film Execs

Pictured (L-R):  Carrie Tekautz, ACM Coordinator, Awards & Membership; Nick Di Fruscia, ACM VP, Awards & Membership; Barry Dean; Lori McKenna; Luke Laird; Alec Bailey; Beth Laird, Creative Nation Co-founder/CEO; Pete Fisher, ACM CEO; Frankie Pine, Music Supervisor

The Academy Of Country Music presented a Writers in the Round evening on Oct. 23 in Los Angeles, featuring Creative Nation songwriters and hitmakers Alec Bailey, Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Lori McKenna. The event, Film, Television & Nashville: Songwriters & Stories, held at No Name brought together West Coast film and TV executives with some of Nashville’s renowned writers.

“Fostering a stronger relationship between the Los Angeles film and TV music community and the country music industry in Nashville is one of the Academy’s key long-term goals,” said Pete Fisher, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “With this event, we were delighted to showcase some of Music City’s finest songwriters, who captivated the room with their best work and shared personal stories on how songs come to life. It was a very special, intimate evening for everyone involved.”

Among the industry VIPs attending were Jen Aguillon (Senior Producer, Extra), Maureen Crowe (independent music supervisor, Mr. Right, Houdini, The Bodyguard), George Hunter (Guild of Music Supervisors), Julianne Jordan (Music Soup, A Star Is Born, Pitch Perfect 1-3, American Made, Ferdinand), Brian Lambert (Warner Bros. Pictures), Jonathan McHugh (SongStew, Cowboy Drifter, #REALITY HIGH), Julia Michels (Format, A Star Is Born, Pitch Perfect 1-3, The Greatest Showman), Brian Naguit (CBS), Lori Shefa (CBS), Tracie Verlinde (BMI) and dick clark productions’ Mark Bracco, Linda Gierahn, Patrick Menton and Ben Roy.

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