NEW SONGWRITER TV SERIES LAUNCHES IN 2016
LONDON, December 2015: Tin Pan Alley TV is a 10 week series that will run on Showbiz TV (Sky 266) and other platforms early in 2016. There will be a set-up programme and a final programme with the eight-week series running in between. The series will be presented by broadcaster and songwriter Mike Read, produced by Scott Millaney and directed by a multi-award winning director whose name will be revealed in the New Year.
Guy Fletcher, Mike Read and David Stark
Guy Fletcher, Mike Read, Victoria Horn, Barry Mason and Gary Osborne
From January 1st 2016 we will be inviting songwriters from the UK and Republic of Ireland to submit no more than one unpublished song on MP3 via our email address. Entries will be uploaded onto a secure area of our web site. Over a 5/6 week period these will be judged by several dozen eminent people from all areas of the music industry. The 12 songs with the most votes will go forward to the TV series where each of the songs, and their writers, will be assigned one of our top record producers, the six of whom have been responsible for over 250 million record sales.
There will be a special programme ahead of the series, setting the scene, meeting the 12 songwriters that have made it to the series and talking with the record producers who will be producing them over the ensuing weeks. We will also meet and talk to the in-vision judges. The premise is that we are making a six-track album, meaning that each week the song with the least votes from the viewers and the judges will go. The final six writers will get a publishing deal with Tin Pan Alley administered by the world's largest independent publisher, Peer Music.
Mike Read commented, "The aim is to put the great British songwriter back in the limelight, help to breathe new life into the industry, secure publishing deals for aspiring writers and introduce their work to other territories. The series will feature two segments where two major songwriters each week talk about some of their successful songs in the segments we've called: Gonna Write a Classic and I Write the Songs. The series will also feature many chart artists talking about the importance of the songwriter. The original British Tin Pan Alley was London's Denmark Street, the home of our songwriters and publishers for almost a century. The new 'virtual' Tin Pan Alley is here on TV and on line. The songwriter once again has somewhere for their songs to be heard."
TV & radio presenter Read has had his songs recorded by dozens of artists including, Don McLean, Gene Pitney, Boy George, David Essex, Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, Cliff Richard, Marc Almond, Steve Winwood, Brian Wilson, Justin Hayward and Jon Anderson. Mike's songs have twice topped the Independent Singles Chart and made the top five in the UK singles Chart. In 2011 he was awarded a BASCA Gold Badge, and has authored many books including 'Inspirations - The Stories Behind The Songs' with SongLink editor David Stark.
Scott Millaney is one of the founders of today's music video industry. Producing film and TV for over 35 years, his credits include major award winning videos for Olivia Newton John, Duran Duran, David Bowie, Queen and Elton John - including several Grammys. Millaney currently produces the long running music TV franchise "Video Killed the Radio Star" for Sky Arts and last year produced the music documentary for cinema "Soul Boys of the Western World". Millaney founded production powerhouses MGMM and Initial Film and TV, the output of which was synonymous with the birth of MTV and the resurgence of independent British Cinema in the 80's and beyond.
"Music is as important as oxygen to millions of people, they simply can't live without it, and now that the digital age is giving us unprecedented access to a vast range of songs, we are listening to more music than at any time in history. This creates a need for new, innovative songwriters and lots of them..." - Guy Fletcher (Chairman, PRS for Music)
"British songwriters have given us many of the world's greatest songs. They are the engine room of the industry. They boost our economy. They give us songs that inspire, comfort, influence, entertain and are part of the fabric of our lives." - Mike Read
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