simon (at) accordermusic.com
Simon, a founder of Accorder, is a highly experienced media executive working at the highest level within a number of organisations. At Accorder, he is focussed on UK and global new business development. His extensive network of contacts and ability to forge new relationships has helped build Accorder’s formidable client base.
Simon started his career as a news and current affairs journalist, working at STV and ITN and then as News Editor of Channel Four News. He was a Senior Vice President at HIT Entertainment (Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and Pingu) overseeing their non-North American activities, and previously Commercial Director of The HTV Group. Simon founded Impact Consultancy, a media sector financial corporate communications agency advising a wide range of media companies including Carlton TV, VTR, HIT Entertainment, First Independent Films and Bloomsbury Publishing.
Creating content has been a big part of Simon’s past, with original programming including The Top Ten of Everything (ITV Kids) and The John Stonehouse Affair (ITV drama). Simon is a member of BAFTA and the Royal Television Society, as well as former Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
anne (at) accordermusic.com
Anne, one of the founders of Accorder Music, is a highly experienced film & TV music publisher and music supervisor.
Her team work with producers and developers from the earliest stages: creating music briefs, liaising with composers, helping on contractual matters and ensuring accurate royalty collection. She also works closely with Accorder’s composers, supporting both emerging and established talent ensuring they are maximising their credit opportunities and music royalties.
After running her own music publishing businesses in the mid 1990s (representing some of the best UK TV & film composers), Anne launched the UK and European film & TV division of J Albert & Sons (a subsidiary of the oldest independent music publisher in Australasia: AC/DC, Easy Beats, and Strictly Ballroom). Anne is now actively involved in shaping television and film music policy, sitting on various industry committees; including on the board of the Music Publishers’ Association, Co-Chair of the PRS’s Operational Group, a member of its Commercial Advisory Group, and Pop Publishers’ Committee and the industry-wide organisation Women in TV & Film. Anne’s recent creative work includes as music supervisor for Michael McIntyre’s BBC shows, Alan Carr’s Happy Hour and All Round to Mrs Brown and various independent film.
Copyright Manager, Head of A&R
frankie (at) accordermusic.com
Frankie is the Copyright Manager at Accorder Music. He is responsible for handling the vast amount of data and information flowing into the company from producers, composers, broadcasters, collection societies and more.
As a specialist in administrating television and film copyright, Frankie is constantly maintaining Accorder’s catalogue and ensuring all royalty payouts are maximised. He also has a hand in acquiring music for Accorder’s sync catalogue, helping new artists into the industry through exposure in TV, film and ads.
His previous experience in the music industry has been varied, and includes roles such as stage crew at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, working in the sound department for RAI and SKY, and as an A&R scout for a division of Sony Music. Frankie keeps an open-mind in his musical preferences and his tastes vary – he can be caught listening to almost everything, but his favourites often include alternative/classic rock and chilled hip hop.
paul (at) accordermusic.com
Paul is a barrister, and his responsibilities at Accorder Music include dealing with legal, financial and corporate matters.
He worked at County Bank, the merchant banking arm of the NatWest Group, where he arranged tax-based financing on high budget feature films. He left to launch The AV Department, producing and recording soundtracks and music for TV commercials and programmes.
He sold the AV Department to VTR plc (now Prime Focus London plc), one of the UK’s leading media services companies, of which he later became Chief Executive. He has been on the boards of a number of quoted and private companies, and now advises businesses in the media sector on growth and development strategies, mergers and acquisitions.