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. The team here is experienced and realistic, passionate about music and dedicated – and as an added bonus we’re told 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 experiences in major record companies and music publishing we have an unrivalled wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the score writing and recording process, preparing budgets and music publishing in the UK and across Europe.
We work closely with the composer, producer and director and we can cover all aspects of music production including: budgeting, booking of musicians, copyright clearance, contract negotiations and music publishing and can, in effect, be a production company’s “off-site music department“, either on a one-off basis or as a bona fide HOD.
King of the movie trailers Dean Valentine’s latest high profile outing is the trailer music for Clint Eastwood’s The Sniper. , written and directed by David Ayer. Dean’s other trailer hits include Brad Pitt’s Columbia Picture’s hit WW2 epic Fury, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Sony’s Captain Philips starring Tom Hanks and Lionsgate’s worldwide mega hit Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow have completed the score for the new DNA/Universal movie Ex Machina. Written and directed by Alex Garland it tells the story of a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company who interacts with the world’s first true artificial intelligence housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Producers are Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich for DNA Films.
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.
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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