Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park will join Peter Himmelman, "Drive" composer Cliff Martinez and Take 6 co-founder Mervyn Warren in discussing their experiences writing for film at the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Conference being held Oct. 24 and 25 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. Curt Smith of Tears for Fears and singer-songwriter J. Ralph will also contribute to the panel "Out of the Band and Onto the Screen."
Working with Joe Trapanese, Shinoda has made his scoring debut with the martial arts film "The Raid," which was a hit at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Sony will release the film early next year. Trapanese will also be speaking on the panel.
The annual conference brings together composers, music supervisors, film and television executives, directors, producers and songwriters sharing their histories and details on works in progress. On the second day of the conference, Lionsgate music head Tracy McKnight, William Morris Endeavor's Amos Newman, EA's Steve Schnur and music supervisor PJ Bloom ("Glee") are among the professionals who will be asked to peer into the crystal ball on the panel "2012 and Beyond: What the Near Future Holds."
Alan Menken ("Little Mermaid," "The Lion King," "Tangled") will be honored with the Maestro Award. He will also participate in a question and answer session.
ASCAP is sponsoring a panel that looks at the music of the upcoming film "The Muppets" while BMI will bring together the composers and directors of "Moneyball" and "Abduction."