SMA Talent has long been one of the UK’s leading international film/tv composer management companies and we’ve now successfully added film directors and screenwriters to our roster of activities. Our extensive network of relationships within the industry is based on our hard won reputation for representing the most creative talent. Delivering Excellence is our core belief.
The company is headed by the husband and wife team of Olav and Carolynne Wyper who have more than 25 years expertise working in the UK, US and international film and television communities. Working alongside is composer agent and marketing wiz Lesley Jackson and assistant Marcia Whan. The team here is experienced and realistic – and we’re nice people to deal with.
Our aim is to deliver the best music possible on time, within budget and hassle free. Because of our earlier careers in major record companies and music publishing we have a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the score writing and recording process, preparing budgets and booking sessions in the UK and across Europe.
Kim Fupz Aakeson was already a successful an established novelist and illustrator when in the mid-90’s he switched careers and enrolled at Denmark’s National Film School to study screenwriting. Since then he has established himself as one of Scandinavia’s leading screenwriters – in all categories his films have won 106 national and international awards and received 195 nominations across a whole range of genres. His 2011 feature Perfect Sense, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, directed by David Mackenzie for BBC Films, won awards that year at Edinburgh, Philadelphia and Bratislava. He has two projects currently in production; Rosita for Nordisk Film and a tv series Broken for DR. He is currently working on Funny Man for Sigma Films and If You Love Somebody for Hyde Park Films.
The multi-award winning Danish director/writer Jesper W. Nielsen has joined SMA for representation outside Scandinavia. He is best known for his work on 6 of the 30 episodes of Borgen, DR’s international hit series shown in more than 80 countries. His most successful feature to date is Okay for the Bech Company which remains one of the most popular Danish films of all time. In all he has directed, written or edited more than 23 features and more than 60 episodes of tv drama. He is currently directing Dicte, a crime series for Misofilm and before that The Seaside Hotel, a major new comedy series for TV2, set in a North Sea resort in the late 1920s – early 1930s.
Award winning film composer Marco Werba was born in Spain and later moved to Rome where he started his formal musical studies and where he is now based. In addition to Italian films he also scores US and UK movies and has a number of projects in development in all 3 countries. He won the prestigious Colonna Sonora Award for his music for Zoo directed by Cristina Comencini; his score for Giallo, directed by Dario Argenta, won the Fantasy & Horror Award and the FantaFestival Award; and more recently he was awarded Italy’s Golden Globe and the Premio Cinema Click for his score for Native, directed by John Real. He has written the music for a number of historical dramas and he has also been involved in several horror/fantasy genre movies. Other credits include the thriller Nero Infinito, directed by Giogio Bruno; Le Lacrime di San Lorenzo for director Giampiero Caira; and Bellerofonte directed by Domiziano Christopharo.
Marco has composed a number of chamber and symphonic concert works including Adagio For The Victims of Auschwitz, Symphonic Tango, Cantus Superstium, Misterium, and Dark Symphony. He was recently a guest of the Republic of Belarus and attended a concert of some of the above works performed by the Gomle City Symphony Orchestra.
Novelist and screenwriter Dougie Brimson’s 15 books have sold in excess of half a million copies in print and many more as downloads. The Crew topped the Amazon sports book download charts for over two years following its 2011 publication in eBook format, and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which was initially an electronic release, was recently issued in print. 2014 will see the release of two new novels including the highly anticipated sequel to his best-selling comedy, Billy’s Log.
His first move into films was the critically acclaimed short It’s A Casual Life, followed two years later by the award winning Green Street for Odd Lot Entertainment and Lionsgate. May saw the release of his eagerly awaited second feature Top Dog, which he adapted from his own best selling novel of the same name. Directed by Martin Kemp for Richwater Films/Universal Pictures, it won Best Feature at the British Independent Film Festival. His next feature, the urban revenge thriller We Still Kill The Old Way, is now shooting and is directed by Sacha Bennett for Richwater Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Nick Green now working on Big Talk’s Oakfield. The 6-parter for the BBC tells the story about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930′s. The Producer is Marcus Wilson and director Andy de Emmony. Cast includes Anne Reid, Lee Ingleby, Liz White and Ralf Little.
SMARawTalent offers a shop window for unrepresented yet experienced, hardworking and extremely talented international media composers looking for their break into feature film, tv drama and digital platforms.
All SMART composers have been assessed and approved by the experts at SMA Talent who, on a production-by-production basis, will negotiate on their behalf and assist in music supervision if required.
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