WFTV Online: Inclusive Hiring Practices and Positive Action to Diversify Music Production

Chaired by Jenna Fentimen, UK Director of the Alliance For Women Film Composers, join us for a discussion with composer Nainita Desai and music supervisors, Yvette Metoyer, Free The Work Music Industry Advocate, and Abi Leland, Board Member of Guild of Music Supervisors.

The panel will be exploring existing structural barriers in the music industry and discussing where, when, and how inclusive hiring practices in music for media can be engaged, to provide audience members with the toolkit to affect change and improve diversity.

This conversation will focus on positive action that can be taken, giving an overview of existing initiatives already underway and signposting resources which platform diverse talent.

This event is aimed at those working in the music industry as well as those who want to develop their knowledge of the process of music production for film, TV and media.




Nainita Desai,

RTS and BIFA nominated composer Nainita is Ivor Novello Nominated for her score for For Sama, she is a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and is the International Film Music Critics Association Breakthrough Composer of 2020. 


She has scored countless BAFTA, Oscar, Emmy acclaimed productions. The PRS placed Nainita at No2 in their Top 10 female writers whose work was most used in Film & TV through 2018. She has also been awarded Best Original Music at the Music+Sound Awards 2019 and Naturvision Film Festival 2019.


Music Supervisor

Yvette Metoyer

California based Music Supervisor Yvette Metoyer began her career with SuperMusicVision, working with them for ten-years on film & TV projects, including the Emmy-award winning, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Yvette currently works as the music supervisor on the new courtroom drama For Life, as well as comedy drama series Sistas for Tyler Perry Studios.

Yvette is a member of Black Women in Media Collective and she is a Music Industry Advocate for non-profit Free The Work, an organization that focuses on promoting the employment of underrepresented talent.


Music Supervisor and Founder, Leland Music and Leland Originals

Abi Leland

Abi set up Leland Music in 2005. Establishing the company with celebrated campaigns for Sony, Nike, Lloyds and Honda, she has since supervised every John Lewis Christmas campaign since 2010. Abi has built a music supervision team working closely with filmmakers from around the world. Sister company Leland Originals sits alongside Leland Music, representing established and emerging Film & TV composers.

Recent credits include Nike You’re It, Netflix docuseries Formula 1: Drive to Survive, Netflix drama series Top Boy, and the forthcoming Steve McQueen directed BBC series Small Axe.


Head of Creative, Manners McDade

Jenna Fentimen

Jenna began her career in production music, before opening the Amsterdam office of Wake The Town and music supervising global campaigns. After returning to London, Jenna joined Manners McDade in 2018.

She founded the Women Composers’ Forum in Autumn 2018, organising workshops, panels and networking events for members, which has since merged with the LA-founded Alliance For Women Film Composers, with Jenna named UK Director of Relations and elected to the AWFC board. In 2019 Jenna became the Music Industry Advocate for under-represented talent directory, Free The Work. Jenna became Head of Creative at Manners McDade in Dec 2019, working across both the composer agency and publishing arms.

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