Ian’s extensive knowledge of music is renowned. His expertise in researching tracks and handling music clearances, in addition to his strong ties with all the major and independent record labels and publishers artists, composers, agents and managers, has inevitably made him the first port of call for all the top UK film directors and producers.
Before becoming an independent Film Music Supervisor Ian built his strong reputation through his work as Head of Film and TV for Polygram Records; Head of Film, TV and Advertising and ultimately Director of the department at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. By placing artists such as LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY, THE CARDIGANS, MOBY, GOLDFRAPP, OVERSEER, GROOVE ARMADA, LAMB & SMASHMOUTH and many more high profile advertising campaigns, TV and Film Productions.
During his tenure at Polygram, one of Ian’s first big films, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, resulted in a double platinum soundtrack and a strong collaboration with Brit director Guy Ritchie. Ian was therefore Ritchie’s first choice for his follow up feature, SNATCH during his period at Warner/Chappell.
In 2005, Ian began to enjoy success as a Freelance Music Supervisor with many credits including CONTROL by Anton Corbin; JOE STRUMMER-THE FUTURE IS WRITTEN by Julien Temple; ST.TRINIANS 1 & 2; KIDULTHOOD; ADULTHOOD; ROCKNROLLA and OF TIME AND THE CITY from the highly acclaimed director Terence Davies. Other recent popular releases in the UK include SEX & DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL which Ian is also an Executive Producer, NOWHERE BOY, KICK ASS, BRIGHTON ROCK & 127 HOURS.
His work across all his projects and include sourcing existing material, finding new original content, organizing pre-records, attaching score composers, full management of source & score budgets, film spotting, licensing and contracting, compiling soundtracks and much more.
TV credits include RED RIDING TRILOGY directed by Julian Jarold, Anand Tucker & James Marsh for Revolution Films. The latter of whom he teamed the composer Dickon Hinchcliffe with the Director of which they have worked several times subsequently. Other TV shows include ECHO BEACH, ASHES TO ASHES & SKINS.
As of May 2010 Ian took the role of Director of Music for Film and TV for Sony Music. Overseeing Sony music content into Advertising, TV, Film and Computer Games. In 2011 he secured the INBETWEENERS soundtrack for Sony Music, which led to a huge hit for SEAN KINGSTON with Party All Night (Sleep All Day). In 2012 procuring PALOMA FAITH’S cover of Never Tear Us Apart in the coveted John Lewis advertising spots, resulting in a top 10 hit and helping album sales reach double platinum. In 2013 FOXES use of Youth in a Debenhams campaign has been another success. Ian was also responsible for the much-publicised brands tie-in of Daft Punk and the Lotus formula one team.
He continues to operate an independent music supervision company which of which it recently supervised Richard Shepard – DOM HEMINGWAY, Jeff Wadlow – KICK ASS 2 & Declan Fowney ALAN PARTRIDGE – ALPHA PAPA.