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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Jonathan Zalben

Jonathan Zalben

Composer/Music Supervisor, First Frame Music

Jonathan Zalben creates compelling soundtracks for pictures, drawing on his decades-long experience in music, film, television and media art. He studied violin and music composition at Juilliard Pre-College, Yale, and NYU.

Film/TV credits include the Oscar-nominated film Redemption (HBO) directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill; Alone (NY Times Op-Doc) directed by Garrett Bradley, which won the Sundance Jury Award and was shortlisted for an Oscar; There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (HBO) directed by Liz Garbus; On Pointe (Disney+) directed by Larissa Bills; Just Before I Go (Starz) directed by Courteney Cox; and No Way Jose (Sony Pictures) directed by Adam Goldberg.

Zalben's art has been viewed at the Hammer Museum in LA, MASS MoCa, Boston Public Library, Sony Wonder Technology Lab in NYC, and art galleries around the world. He won an award for his media art collaboration, Compound Pilot, at SXSW. To learn more, please visit

GMS 2023: Through a Supervisor's Eyes: Exploring the Editorial Process

10/12/23, 7:00 PM

This panel will explore how music supervisors in film and television work throughout the editorial process, working picture, sound and music editors. We will look at how a music supervisor can be integral in the process of both on-camera and background music and how important it can be to interface with the people putting it all together in post-production.

GMS 2021: Film/TV Case Study: Crafting the Music for HBO’s Series The White Lotus

10/14/21, 4:00 PM

Listen in on a conversation between Award-Winning Composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer and Award-Winning Music Supervisor Janet Lopez on their work crafting the original and wildly unique score and soundtrack to HBO’s The White Lotus from writer & creator Mike White.

GMS 2020: A Music Spotting Session for Visual Media: Behind the Curtain

10/15/20, 8:00 PM

An important panel/workshop that breaks down the challenges and opportunities of how music is created in today’s Zoom world, the collaborative process, and new tools and techniques available to all members of the creative and placement ecosystem.

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