Music supervisors for ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ talk song placement and music licensing

During the four years of HBO’s production of “Treme” in New Orleans, many local musicians learned for the first time just how lucrative the licensing of a song for television could be. The placement of a single recording on the show could earn an artist fees equal to weeks or months’ worth of gigs, not to mention royalties when the program aired in reruns, if the artist was registered with a performers’ rights organization such as ASCAP or BMI.

In recent years, such placements have become increasingly significant, both as exposure and as revenue streams, for independent musicians. (The Chicago-based music critic Jessica Hopper reported a lengthy piece on the subject for that posted Sunday, Nov. 10.)

On Thursday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 16, the Lafayette-based Catahoula Music Exchange, which shops songs by Louisiana-based artists to film, television and advertising and consults with producers in regard to licensing, convenes a group of music supervisors for panels in New Orleans and Lafayette discussing the process of selling music to visual media. Included in the group are Thomas Golubic, a Grammy-nominated record producer and music supervisor for the hit shows “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead;” Joe Rudge (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Blue Valentine”); Andrea von Foerster (“(500) Days of Summer,” “Bellflower”); Josh Rabinowitz, the senior vice president and director of music for the global advertising agency Grey Worldwide; musician C.C. Adcock, who has composed original music for “Treme” and “True Blood,” and Jay Weigel, the former director of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, who has composed scores for films including “Green Lantern,” “I Love You Philip Morris,” and director Tyler Perry’s last six projects. (Adcock appears in Lafayette only; Weigel in New Orleans only.)

The discussions titled “Inside the World of Music Supervision: Placing Music in Visual Media” are free and open to the public. The New Orleans event takes place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Café Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.) The Lafayette panel is Saturday, Nov. 16 from 3-5:45 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Both events are free and open to the public.