Music Week Sync Awards: first finalists revealed

Music Week Sync Awards: first finalists revealed


The first wave of finalists have been announced for the Music Week Sync Awards, which returns for its fourth year this October. Because of the unprecedented number of entries for all of the categories this year, we will be revealing the shortlist in two parts. This will give the specially selected judges more time to watch all submitted entries and allow for careful consideration before deciding the winners.

The finalists for 12 of the 24 categories are below. The remaining nominees will be announced in early September after a series of judging days.

Music Week is delighted to be working with our Platinum Partner, Tape, on the Sync Awards this year, in addition to PRS For Music as our Event Partner. We are also working closely with the UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors as media partner.

The ceremony will take place on October 19 at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London, and will be hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Shaun Keaveny.

Tables are now available to book for the Sync Awards: visit for more information.


You can read the first part of the shortlistbelow:

Music Supervisor – TV

•    Matt Biffa – loaded / Love Sick / Gap Year / Prime Suspect 1973
•    Iain Cooke – The Halcyon
•    Matt Kaleda – Luther / The Grand Tour / Mrs Browns Boys
•    Pete Kelly – BT Sport
•    Danny Layton – Grantchester / Capital / River / The Tunnel / Flowers
•    Andrea Madden - Made in Chelsea
•    Pete Saville - The Durrells
•    Vicki Williams - Call the Midwife

Music Supervisor – Film

•    Nick Angel – Bridget Jones’ Baby
Sarah Bridge – The Sense of an Ending / Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Karen Elliott - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Me Before You / Wonder Woman
Kirsten Lane – Baby Driver
Ian Neil - Free Fire / Nocturnal Animals
Maggie Rodford - The White Helmets, Denial / A United Kingdom / Whisky Galore
Kle Savidge - Final Portrait / Trespass Against Us / Our Kind of Traitor
Gary Welch – Ethel & Ernest / We’re Going on a Bear Hunt / Pear Cider & Cigarettes

Music Supervisor – Video Games

Janesta Boudreau, Frontier Developments – Planet Coaster Soundtrack / Planet Coaster Trailer / Elite:Dangerous Soundtrack / Elite Dangerous Trailer
Glenn Herweijer & Ben Sumner, Feel For Music – Final Fantasy XV / Ghost Recon Wildlands Launch Trailer / Life is Strange: Before the Storm Announce Trailer / Metro Exodus – Gameplay Launch Trailer / The Crew 2: Calling All Units Trailer
Sergio Pimentel, Ninja Tune – Let’s Sing Hits Francais Et Internationaux / Hybrid Wars Intro Movie / Let’s Sing International Edition / La Voz – Quiero Tu Voz
Duncan Smith, Sony Interactive Entertainment Ltd. – WipEout Omega Collection PSX Announce Trailer/ WipEout Omega Collection Accolades Trailer/ PS4 Pro The Super Charged PS4 Tech Features/ WipEout Omega Collection

Music Supervisor – Advertising

David Bass, Theodore – Lucozade Sport ‘Made to Move’  / M&S Food ‘Spend It Well’ / MoneySuperMarket ‘Skeletor Feels Epic’
Ed Bailie, Leland Music - John Lewis Christmas ‘Buster The Boxer’ / Virgin Media ‘Delivering Awesome’ / VW ‘The Button’ / James Wellbeloved ‘Mega City’
Julz Baldwin, The Most Radicalist Black Sheep Music – Refuge ‘Grow’ / Virgin Media ‘Be the Fastest’ / Audi Sport ‘Spin’
Dominic Bastyra, Theodore - Lucozade Sport ‘Made to Move’ / M&S Food ‘Spend It Well’
Dan Neale, Native
Toby Williams, Leland Music – UEFA ‘We Play Strong’ / Co-Op Food ‘100% British’ / Milka ‘Lost & Found’ / Homegoods ‘Pancake Sunday’
Lauren Wilson, Record Play - adidas Football ‘Here To Create’ / adidas Football ‘Never Follow’ / adidas Running ‘Alpha Bounce “Running”’ / adidas Originals by Alexander Wang – Season 2
Frederic Schindler, Too Young Music – New Renault Range ‘ As Unexpected As Life’ / Paco Rabanne ‘1 Million’ / Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Scandal’ / 30 Millions d’Amis ‘Campagne 2016’ / Prada ‘La Femme et L’Homme’

Sync Team - Record Company

•    BMG  
Lloyds Bank ‘By Your Side’ – ‘Praise You’ Hannah Grace (Advert)
Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ – ‘Suicide’ Dream Baby Dream (Advert)
•    Sony
Channel 4 ‘We’re All Going on a Bear Hunt’ – ‘Me & You’ George Ezra (TV Adaptation)
Don’t Take Me Home – ‘La Responsible’ Jaques Dutronc (Film Trailer)
Collide – ‘God’s Whisper’ Raury (Feature Film Scene)
Mass Effect: Andromeda – ‘Human’ Rag’N’Bone Man (Worldwide TV / Online campaign for video game trailer)
EE ‘Britney Spears & Kevin Bacon’ – ‘Oops… I Did It Again’ Britney Spears (National TV/Online Advertising)
Universal Music Globe
NCDV ‘Break the Routine’ – ‘Break’ Ellie Goulding (Advert)
Bridget Jones’ Baby – ‘Still Falling For You’ Ellie Goulding (Film)
Cold Feet – ‘The Rover Returns’ Garson (TV Series)
John Lewis ‘Buster the Boxer’ - ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ Vaults (Advert)
Dirt 4 - ‘Night Drive’ Sigma (Video Game)
Warner Music
EON ‘A Solar Collaboration’ – ‘We Got The Power’ Gorillaz (Gorillaz + EON Advert & Brand Partnership)
Kong Skull Island - ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This’ The Animals (Film)
Canon – ‘Doin’ Me’ Mikey Mike (Advert)
M&S Food ‘Spend It Well’ – ‘Shape of You’ Ed Sheeran (Advert)
BBC One Planet Earth II – ‘Hoppipolla’ Sigur Ros (Trailer)

Sync Team - Independent Record Company

•    Beggars Group Media
Easyjet ‘Why Not’ – ‘Li’l Devil’ The Cult (Advert)
Toyota Yaris –‘Busy Earnin’’ Jungle (Advert)
Stella McCartney ‘POP’ – ‘Venus Fly’ Grimes ft. Janaelle Monae (Advert)
Lidl Christmas Campaign – ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Xmas’ Soak (Advert)
Nike ‘Do You Believe In More’ – ‘Trust In Me’ FKA Twigs (Advert)
•    Believe Sync
Google Home ‘Be More At Home’ – ‘Spinning All Around’ Noonday Underground (Advert)
FNB ‘Help’ – ‘Believing’ Brolin (Advert)
Lookers ‘For You, For Life’ – ‘For You’ Fyfe (Advert)
NCS ‘Change Your Summer’ – ‘Electric Pow Wow Drum’ A Tribe Called RED (Advert)
Wealthify – ‘Outro’ M83
•    Cooking Vinyl
FIFA 18 ‘Reveal Trailer: Fuelled by Ronaldo’: ‘Energy’ Avelino ft. Skepta (Videogame Trailer)
Game of Thrones Season 6 DVD: ‘War’ The Balconies (TV Advert)
Sky Sports HD Nissan: ‘Ready For The Magic’ Honeyblood (TV Advert)
Boux Avenue ‘Impress Yourself’ Summer 17 Campaign: ‘Moving As One’ LOYAL (TV Advert)
Claro Mobile: ‘Medicine’ The Prodigy (TV Advert)
•    !K7 Music
iPhone 7 ‘The Archives’ – ‘Her Dreams’ Luca D’Alberto (Advert)
Wimbledon ‘In Pursuit of Greatness: A Year in the Making’ – ‘Wait For Me’ Luca D’Alberto (Advert)
Apple Watch Series 2 – ‘Dark Matter’ Muzi (Advert)
Givenchy Spring 2017 – ‘Voyage Intérieur’ - Michael Mayer & Miss Kittin (Online Advert)
National Geographic ‘Genius’ – ‘Where Is My Mind’ Max Cyrin (Promo)
•    [PIAS]
Alien:Covenant – ‘I Feel You’  Melanie De Biasio (Film Trailer)

Sync Team – Publisher

•    BMG
The National Lottery ‘This Girl Can’ – ‘Oo La La’ Beth Ditto (Advert)
Amazon Prime ‘Street Musician’ – ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ Cat Stevens (Advert)
John Lewis ‘Buster the Boxer’ - ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ Vaults (Advert) ‘Together #WePlayStrong’ – ‘Swipe It Off (feat. Zanillya)’ - Leo Justi & Brazzabelle (Advert)
•    SONGS Music Publishing
Burberry ‘Tale of Thomas Burberry: Burberry Festive Film’ – ‘Diminuendo’ Lawless (Advert)
Bulmers Cider ‘100% Irish’ – ‘8am’ Nvdes (Advert)
Pampers ‘UNICEF’ – Jennifer Ann ‘Lean On’ [Major Lazer] (Advert)
Audi ‘e-tron Sportback’ – ‘Go’ The Chemical Brothers (Advert)
Gold – ‘Glitter and Gold’ Barns Courtney (Film Trailer)
•    Sony ATV
Ford Mustang ‘Ford Mustang Arrives in Europe’ – ‘Close To Nowhere’ Cortes (Advert)
Philips ‘Everyday Hero’ – ‘Revolution’ Leah Siegel (Advert)
Sky Sports ‘The Run In’ – ‘Ill Ray’ Kasabian (TV Promo)
Deep Silver ‘Agents of Mayhem’ – ‘The A Team’ Theme (Video Game Trailer)
Supersonic – ‘Various Oasis Songs’ (Film Trailer)
Universal Music Publishing
John Lewis ‘Buster the Boxer’ - ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ Vaults (Advert)
Lloyds Bank ‘By Your Side’ – ‘Praise You’ Hannah Grace (Advert)
Wonder Woman End Credits – ‘To Be Human’ - Sia feat. Labrinth (written by Florence & The Machine) (Film)
Netflix ‘Stranger Things’ – ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ The Clash (TV Series)
Design Museum ‘Opening Film’ – ‘Blue Monday’ New Order (Advert)
Warner/Chappell Music
The AA ‘Singing Baby’ – ‘Proud Mary’ Tina Turner (Advert)
Sky Atlantic ‘Big Screen Drama Every Month’ – ‘Ready Or Not (Here I Come)’ Scala & Kolacny Brothers (Advert)
Pampers ‘Little Fighters’ – ‘Coming Home’ Chanelle McGuiness (Advert)
My Cousin Rachel – ‘Wicked Game’ Ursine Vulpine (International Film Trailer)

Sync Team - Independent Publisher

 Beggars Music
Toyota C-HR ‘Reflections’ – ‘Toes’ Glass Animals (Advert)
Uniqlo ‘Airism’ – ‘Evaporate’ William Doyle (Online Advert)
Jackie Original Soundtrack – Mica Levi (Film)
BT Sport TV ‘Champions League’ – ‘Blood On Me’ Sampha (TV)
•    Bucks Music Group Limited
Sofology ‘Life’s too short to be with the wrong sofa’ – ‘High Alert’ Netsky ft. Sara Hartman (Advert)
Sense of an Ending – ‘Psychotic Reaction’ Count Five (Film)
Boots No. 7 ‘Age Defying Serum’ – ‘Take It All’ Ruelle (Advert)
TVC Boohoo Man Summer Ad – ‘Know My Ting’ Ghetts ft. Shakka (Advert)
BT Sport ‘UEFA Champions League Closer’ – ‘Ready for the Magic’ Honeyblood
 Downtown Music Publishing
Opel Deutschland ‘Opel goes wild: Racing Faces’ – ‘Kickstart My Heart’ – Motley Crue (Online Advert)
Apple Turkey ‘iPhone 7’ – ‘Vacay’ Sunny & Gabe (TV Advert)
Adidas ‘Stormzy & Manchester United’ – ‘Know Me From’ Stormzy (Online Viral Campaign)
Superdry ‘The Night is Young’ – ‘Bang Bang’ The Graveltones (Online Advert)
Argos ‘Fast Track Same Day Delivery’ – ‘Boom Babba Do Ba Dabba’ Powersolo (Advert)
 Erased Tapes Music Publishing
Everything – ‘Winding & Unwinding’ Ben Lukas Boysen (Trailer & Video Game)
Jaguar ‘I-PACE’ - ‘Bespoke Composition’ Ryan Lee West (Advert)
BT Sport – ‘It’s A Storm When I Sleep’ Peter Broderick (TV + Online Advert)
VW ‘Amarok’ – ‘Bespoke Composition’ Ben Lukas Boysen (Online & TV Advert – Germany)
Netflix ‘iBoy’ – ‘Looming, Swim’ (Douglas Dare Remix), ‘Burnt’ -  Rival Consoles, Douglas Dare, Kiasmos (Trailer)
Imagem Creative Services
Thomson Holidays ‘Moments’ – ‘A Day In The Sun’ Biggi Hilmars (Campaign)
Lacoste ‘Timeless’ – ‘November’ Max Richter (TV Advert)
Heinz Tomato Ketchup ‘Wiener Dogs’ – ‘Without You’ Harry Nilsson (UK TV Advert)
Pampers ‘Little Fighters’ – ‘Coming Home’ Chanelle McGuiness (UK TV Advert)
Giff Gaff ‘The Big Swim’ – ‘Stay With Me Baby’ The Walker Brothers (UK TV Advert)
 Just Isn’t Music
Viacom ‘The Culture of Proximity’ – ‘Kerala’ Bonobo (Documentary)
Three Mobile ‘Go Roam’ – ‘Shoop’ Salt N Pepa (Advert)
Boux Avenue Limited – ‘Moving As One’ Loyal (Advert Campaign)
Snapchat ‘Introducing New World Lenses’ – ‘Sun Models (ft. Madelyn Grant)’ ODESZA
•    Kobalt Music Publishing Limited
Suzuki Vitara S - ‘Everything And More’ – Jax Jones (Advert)
EE & Apple Music – ‘Hold Back The River’ James Bay / ‘Oops!... I Did It Again’ Britney Spears (TV & Online Advert)
SEAT ‘Beautiful Journey’ – ‘Unlocking the Mind’ Samuel Bohn (TV & Online Advert)
•    Manners McDade
Netflix Black Mirror ‘Hated in the Nation’ – ‘Fall Into Me’ Alev Lenz (TV)
Netflix ‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead’ - ‘Paganism’ Guy Andrews (TV Trailer)

The OA - ‘Keep’ & ‘Let My Key Be C’ Nils Frahm (TV Show Drama)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - ‘Avarice’ Throwing Snow (Film Trailer)
•    Mute Song
BUPA UK ‘For Owning The Dancefloor’ – ‘Pain In My Heart’ Helene Smith (Advert)
Criminal Case: Pacific Bay – ‘Sip O’Poison’ Cherry Glazerr (Video Game TV Advert)
Transformers 5: The Last Knight – ‘Path 5 (Delta)’ – Max Richter (Film Trailer)
The Handmaiden Film – ‘Red Sex’ Vessel (Official International Trailer)
Lipton Tea ‘A Christmas Story’ – ‘Love Is All’ The Tallest Man On Earth (Advert)
•    Sentric Music
BBC ‘Coverage of the World Snooker Championship Final’ – ‘Big N Serious’ Coco
BoohooMAN – ‘Know My Ting’ Ghetts feat. Shakka (TV Advert)
Expedia – ‘Locking Horns’ Abacus Explosion (Advert)
Adidas x Stella McCartney – ‘Bounce & Twist’ Stanton Warriors (Online Viral)
Wellman – ‘Hollandia’ Ethan & The Reformation (Advert)

Sync Team - Broadcaster Music Department

•    BBC Music Copyright
•    BT Sport
•    Channel 4
•    Sky TV 

Best Branded Entertainment

Nike ‘Do You Believe in More?’ – ‘Trust In Me’ FKA Twigs
Young Turks (Beggars Group Media) / FKA Twigs / Nike / BMG / Mikey Stirton
EE / Apple Music ‘Kevin Bacon Meets Britney’ – ‘Oops… I Did It Again’ Britney Spears
Sony Music / Britney Spears / EE / Havas Worldwide / Zomba Music Publishing
EON + Gorillaz ‘A Solar Collaboration’ – ‘We Got The Power’ Gorillaz
Warner Music / Gorillaz / EON / Tin Drum Music / Warner Chappell / WCRS
Deichmann ‘Star Collection’ – ‘Something In The Way You Move’ Ellie Goulding
Universal Music Globe / Ellie Goulding / Deichmann / Polydor / Globe / Sony ATV / Grey Germany

Best Social Media / Online Partnership

Cow & Gate ‘The Happy Song’ – ‘The Happy Song’ Imogen Heap
Felt Music / Imogen Heap / Cow & Gate / Magaphonic Records / Felt Music (Liz Williams) / BETC
Rimmel ‘Volume Shake Mascara #LiveTheLondonLook’ – ‘Skwod’ Nadia Rose
Sony Music / Nadia Rose / Rimmel / Finger Music (Chris Phelps)
 McDonalds ‘Good Times’ – ‘Mamacita’ Tinie Tempah
Sony/ATV Music Publishing / Tinie Tempah / McDonald’s / Sony Music / Jane Bridgeman / Universal Music Publishing / Warner Chappell / Modern Works Music Publishing
KFC ‘Vs’ – ‘Panasonic’ P-Money
The Most Radicalist Black Sheep / P-Money / KFC / via RINSE / Ayla Owen, Julz Baldwin / BBH


By Georgina Littlejohn

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