Shawn LeMone

Shawn LeMone is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Film & Television / Visual Media Department in ASCAP’s Membership Group. Shawn advocates on behalf of film, television and video game composers and resolves high level crediting and distribution issues.

His Department is responsible for servicing ASCAP’s composer members and maintaining a strong market share across all audio-visual media on a worldwide basis.

Having joined ASCAP in 1995, LeMone has spearheaded ASCAP’s outreach efforts to the film and television music community and the video game industry. He has been instrumental in the development of industry standards for television performance data and educating production companies on the role of performance rights. In addition, he is among those at the forefront of ASCAP's efforts exploring and employing strategic and technological innovations to better serve its composer and publisher members.

Prior to ASCAP, LeMone served as the Foreign Levies Administrator for both the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) from 1991 to 1995. During his tenure at the Guilds, he developed and administered a large royalty account derived from levies on the sale and rental of video tape in Europe.

LeMone graduated from UCLA in 1991 with a degree in Social Psychology. He has organized and participated in seminars at UCLA, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, American Film Institute, Game Developers Conference, Austin Music Foundation, Sync Summit, California Lawyers for the Arts and the California Copyright Conference, where he served as President of the Board of Directors.

Robert Messinger

An agent and owner of Fortress Talent Management, a boutique agency representing top film composers and music supervisors. Messinger was previously a founding member and senior vice president of Blue Focus Management and First Artists Management.

He has been instrumental in launching the film music careers of many of today's most exciting composers and is recognized as one of the leading music agents working in film.

Messinger's clients include three time Oscar-nominee Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as well as Oscar and Golden Globe-winners Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain), Oscar-nominee Philip Glass (The Hours) and Golden Globe-nominees Clint Mansell (Black Swan). He also represents the acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Ros and Slash from Guns N Roses.

Fortress Talent Management also represents Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant), Douglas Pipes (Krampus), Rachel Portman (Emma) and Laura Karpman (Taken).

Messinger began his career in music in the publicity department of IRS Records, working with bands such as REM, while attending UCLA as a Theater Arts major.