Thursday, December 17, 2009

Greg Steiner Receives 2009 Emmy Award

Fort Lauderdale, Florida - December 5, 2009 – Local producer and sound engineer Greg Steiner has held many titles during his 23 years in the entertainment industry: musician, recording engineer, record producer, and film director to name just a few. But now he can proudly add one more to the list: Emmy winner.

This past weekend at the 2009 Suncoast Emmy Awards in Orlando, Florida, Mr. Steiner took the stage to receive his first Emmy award in the category of “Audio: Live Sound or Post Production” for his sound design contribution to the Becon-TV produced educational series “Science and Me.”

“It was a great thrill to be honored alongside some of South Florida’s most talented production professionals,” says Mr. Steiner, “and to have my work recognized by the Academy.” Florida news legends Dwight Lauderdale and Tony Segreto were both honored with the Academy’s Governor’s Award at the same ceremony.

Mr. Steiner started his career as a musician at the age of fourteen. After high school, he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Production and Engineering.

Shortly after graduation he relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and built Q Station, a state of the art recording studio and post-production facility ( In 2006, Mr. Steiner produced and directed his first feature length comedy, Bumping off Burt, which is currently awaiting distribution (

So what’s next for this Emmy winner?

“A little bit of this and a little bit of that.” jokes Steiner. “We have several other film projects in development and a number of commercial projects ready to move into production. Plus, we’ve just completed a business plan for an authentic Irish Pub concept that we’re preparing to present to investors.”

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Greg Steiner nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award

Producer, Director, Audio Engineer, and Q Station founder Greg Steiner received a nomination for a 2009 Emmy award for Sound Design for his work on the BECON TV educational science program "Science Matters". The Award ceremony will take place in Orlando on December 5th, 2009.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

So You Wanna Work in Movies?

Well, it's been quite a while since my last post to this blog. But rest assured, I haven't forgotten about you all! Sometimes life gets in the way, other priorities take precedence, and I just can't seem the time to do all of the things I'd like to do!

A few weeks ago, fellow South Florida filmmaker Alex Ferrari of Numb Robot, send me the link to a very interesting article by British DP Oliver Stapleton. In essence, it's a very detailed response to all the people who want to know: What do I do to get into Movies?

Oliver Stapleton BSC

Since the article is too long to post here in it's entirety, I've decided to simply provide the link so that you can read it for yourself at your leisure:


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Music Licensing: Exclusive vs. Non Exclusive Contracts

Lately I've been getting a lot of emails from people regarding the issue of signing exclusive vs non exclusive contracts with music publishers. In today's newsletter I thought I'd address this issue and give you my own personal thoughts on the subject.

First of all it's important to understand that any given song can only have one publisher that represents it at a given time. It's either going to be you, or it's going to be a third party in the event that you sign away your publishing rights to someone else.

A lot of writers are understandably reluctant to sign exclusive contracts with publishers. I can understand and relate to this reluctance, but to fully appreciate the issue it's important to consider the point of view and the role of the music publisher in the context of music licensing.

Music publishers make their living by developing relationships with music supervisors, ad agencies and the like, as well as the songwriters whose music they represent. Based on my own recent personal experiences with my new music marketing company I can assure you that this is very hard and competitive work. In order for successful music publishing companies to make a name for themselves, they like to have a unique catalog to present to the licensing community. If all catalogs were the same there would be no incentive for someone to do business with one publisher vs another.

The analogy I often make is that it's similar to the way music retailers operate with the manufacturers they represent. There are geographic restrictions that allow music retailers to carry instruments and equipment that can't be found within a certain proximity to a retailer's location. It's the same principle at work. If you could simply walk into any one of a dozen stores in the same town and find the exact same type of gear there would be little incentive to do business with one store over another and retailers would have much less leverage in the marketplace.

So the question remains. Should you or shouldn't you sign exclusive contracts? I always advise writers to assess several factors when making a decision. First of all, what other offers do you have on the table? And secondly, if you are offered an exclusive contract, what is the track record of the company that is offering you the deal? Are they a fairly new company with few credits or are they an established company with a verifiable track record of placing music in TV, Film, etc.? If the latter is the case it would probably make sense to take a chance and sign a couple of your songs. You can always negotiate for a contract that releases the publishing rights back to you after a finite period of time. For example, one to two years. Also keep in mind that if you are a prolific writer, and you should be if you're pursuing licensing opportunities you will always be writing new material that you can place with other companies as well.

Over a year ago I created a one of a kind program that teaches musicians, in a step by step fashion, how to license their music for use in TV, Films and even Video Games. This program took me several months to develop and is based on my own personal experiences of licensing my own music for the last six years. My program is called The A-Z Of Music Licensing and it includes EVERYTHING you need to know to begin the process of successfully licensing your music. It even includes a directory of contact information for the music licensing industry so you'll know who to contact. The program is a digital product that contains both an audio and PDF portion. I also offer the program with additional email coaching if you feel like you need extra support in getting started.  My service, to the best of my knowledge, is the only service of its kind for musicians interested in entering into this exciting business.