The Village is a recording studio complex, originally founded as the Village Recorder by musician and entrepreneur Geordie Hormel. The renovated facilities are housed in a converted Masonic temple built in 1922, giving the Village an alluring aura and unique architectural qualities (secret passageways!) that continue to attract clients.
Jonathan Elias, a composer and record producer, founded Elias Associates in 1980. The music and advertising firm later became Elias Arts, responsible for the MTV “Moon Landing” theme, the Columbia Pictures theme, and the unmistakable Yahoo! yodel.
Skywalker Sound began as a three-man operation: Sprocket Systems, led by George Lucas, Gary Kurtz, and the young Ben Burtt. In 1987, the operation moved to the new Skywalker Ranch with three Academy Awards in tow. It was announced in October 2012 that Walt Disney Company would purchase Lucasfilm for $4 billion.
When record producer Gary Kellgren left Mayfair Studios to set up his own shop, his impressive roster of clients went with him: The early success of the Record Plant is due in large part to the support of artists like Frank Zappa. Chris Stone supplied the business know-how to the new enterprise, and Revlon heiress Ancky Johnson put up the cash. By the grand opening, the studio was booked three months in advance.
Composers of film and stage music need musicians to perform their pieces, and this is when the orchestra contractor gets to shine. Orchestra contractors, often referred to as “fixers” in Europe and the U.K., are responsible for making sure that composers have the musicians they need when they need them.