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 – and 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 earlier careers 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 booking sessions in the UK and across Europe.
Simone was born in Italy, and studied at the State Conservatory in Florence and later at The Juilliard School in New York. He is a composer, arranger, record producer, published author, a music nomad.
He wrote original music for Spike Lee’s Humanity project, the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, True Blood, the CBS News theme for Logo/VH1 and national adverts campaigns for Volkswagen and Sony. He composed the soundtrack for Facing Forward, the film directed by Laura Paglin, broadcasted nationally on PBS in the United States, and the soundtrack of Reject, directed by Ruth Thomas and produced by Kurt Engfehr. He scored the TV movie A Raisin in the Sun featuring P. Diddy and John Stamos, nominated for a Golden Globe Award; he’s also the composer of the Italian film Muro di Carta; and Little Gold Men, presented at Sundance Film Festival.
As well as scoring for movies, Simone is in huge demand as a musician, writer, remixer and record producer. He has worked in the past two decades with an array of international artists: Beyoncé, DJ Logic, Wu Tang Clan, Cibo Matto, Bebel Gilberto, Groove Collective, Jovanotti, Monday Michiru, Jamie Catto, Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin, Suzie Katayama, Natalie Williams, Lévon Minassian and many more.
King of the movie trailers Dean Valentine’s latest high profile outing is the trailer music for Brad Pitt’s Columbia Picture’s hit WW2 epic Fury, written and directed by David Ayer. Dean’s other trailer hits include 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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