IF Music Panelists

IF Music

2:30pm:  Music Business Panel

Russell Ziecker

Ziecker has had multiple careers within one vocation…starting out as a bass player in a number of touring and recording bands, moving into his music business career as a music publisher at both Chrysalis Music Group and Virgin Music Publishing. In the mid-90’s, Ziecker moved into personal management for several artists including major-label acts Jason Falkner (Elektra), Jeremy Toback (RCA), and Lazlo Bane (Almo Sounds). Later in the decade, Ziecker emerged as President/COO of Milan Records/BMG, and was responsible for releasing 75+ titles ranging from soundtracks to chill-out compilations. There, collaborating with some of most talented directors, composers and producers, Ziecker stretched the boundaries that define the typical soundtrack release. Upon leaving Milan Records, Ziecker ran US operations for Simon LeBon’s Tokyo- based music production company, SYN, which specialized in high-profile commercial and advertising – production and branding. Ziecker has produced the music for over 350 commercials. Ziecker currently heads up television music at Lionsgate Music & Publishing, overseeing music for Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning MAD MEN, WEEDS, NURSE JACKIE, BOSS, the ANGER MANAGEMENT series with Charlie Sheen, NASHVILLE, and the upcoming Netflix original ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and the Simon Fuller produced, music-oriented, scripted show (currently untitled), as well as a number of pilots for the 2013 season. Ziecker oversees our soundtrack business, and to date, Vol 1 of NASHVILLE, has sold 231,000 physical albums, 78,000 bundled album downloads (digital) , and 1.75 million individual downloads of featured songs from the series. Ziecker continues to explore additional business initiatives and revenue streams for the company, including a branded, live-touring business for MAD MEN and NASHVILLE.

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Joe Rudge

An experienced music supervisor, Joe Rudge has spent over a decade working in film, television and commercial advertising. He began his career with Rian Johnson’s cult hit Brick, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Since then, he has supervised over fifty independent and studio films, in addition to numerous spots for clients including Expedia and Mitsubishi. Joe is best know for his work on Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine, Martin Scorsese’s documentaries Public Speaking and George Harrison: Living In The Material World, J.C Chandor’s Margin Call, and Beasts of the Southern Wild directed by Behn Zeitlan. His most recent film credits include Cold in July, I Origins & Land Ho, all hitting theatres this summer. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Nick Ferrara

Since his undergraduate days at New York University in the early 1980’s, Nicholas Ferrara has been involved in the music industry.   Nick credits NYU classmate Jason Flom (founder of Lava Records and former CEO of Atlantic Records) with giving Nick his start in the music business.   During a 1983 West Coast trip, Nick discovered an independent EP by RATT in Tower Records. Nick facilitated the signing of the band by Atlantic’s President Doug Morris and RATT went on to record platinum-selling albums for the label.

After Nick received his Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School in 1986, he practiced entertainment law and corporate litigation for three years.   Doug Morris hadn’t forgotten Nick’s keen ear and in 1989 he persuaded Nick to join Atlantic’s A&R staff.   In 1992, Nick joined Joseph Lloyd Serling and Wayne Rooks as a partner in the new firm of Serling Rooks & Ferrara LLP.

Scott Frazier

Scott Frazier is the CEO of Overtone Music Group and is one of the most knowledgeable and respected managers in the entertainment industry.  Frazier has created and maintained relationships at every level in music.  These include all major record labels, brand partners, music supervisors in Film and TV, etc.  He comes with over 17 years of a proven track record, and brings the success of the past into the high tech, fast moving, social media based presence of today’s business of music.

Overtone Music Group practices the lost art of artist development taking artists from the bottom to the top of the charts with a strategy combined with Social Media, Touring and Radio.  Overtone offers a creative and powerful alternative to the giant conglomerates as a boutique Artist Management, PR and consulting firm.  Overtone is partnered with Rick Smith’s Wild Justice Records/Management and together manage some of the biggest names in music from the past to present including Multi-Platinum Saving Abel, Days of the New, Flaw, Seether and most recently, Grammy Nominated Volbeat and many more.