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“There’s so much great music happening and so many TV, film and videogame outlets looking for new stuff, that this is a real growth area."
—-Colin Chambers, Worlds End
WORLDS END FINDS NEW WORLDS TO CONQUER
Sandy Roberton Looks to Film, TV Music with Colin Chambers
Once a leading U.K. producer, Sandy Roberton is enjoying a second career as the founder and head of producer/management operation Worlds End. The L.A.-based company boasts an A-list roster that includes The Matrix, Nick Launay, Malcolm Burn, George Drakoulias, Jack Endino, David Kershenbaum, Larry Klein, Danny Kortchmar, Tim Palmer and Dave Sardy.

Never one to stand still amidst the shifting tides of an ever-changing music industry, Roberton has transformed his firm into a hothouse for developing new talent, launching a pair of in-house labels in Beverly Martel, named after the cross streets of his longtime office headquarters, and IAMSOUND, run by Niki Roberton, spotlighting up-and-coming U.K. bands. He has also brought in Andrew Harper and Gabe Deluc to head up an artist management and booking division, working with bands like Young Heart Attack, THEART and Teenage Bottle Rocket.

Roberton’s latest enterprise is launching a film and TV music department, Worlds End Creative Licensing, which is being run by Colin Chambers, who got his start working for legendary mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. After Larry Klein introduced them, Roberton brought Chambers in to help with his groups’ sync and mastering licenses as well as manage Sunny Levine, the son of famed producer Stewart Levine.

“There’s so much music out that’s still not being serviced to the film, TV and videogame industries by the traditional outlets,” Chambers explains.

Working with Worlds End’s bands like IAMSOUND’s London-based KCRW faves Sunny Day Sets Fire and Black Ghosts or Beverly Martel’s Belgian garage duo Black Box Revelation, Chambers has been making some impressive licensing inroads.

Sunny Day Sets Fire has a song, “Lack of View,” in the hit documentary American Teen, alongside such hot alternative acts as MGMT, The Ting Tings and the Black Kids. Another Worlds End band, Get Shakes, has a track, “Sister Self Doubt” on the soundtrack to the movie 21, thanks to Dave Sardy, who composed the score.

The division has been so successful with its own groups that Chambers and Roberton are now looking to bring in other indie bands, like Dhani Harrison’s Thenewno2 and buzz group Hockey, to showcase their songs to music supervisors. A full film and TV page has been set up on worldsend.com that is constantly updated, with easily accessed music and a dedicated player to make searching easy.

For Chambers, whose father was a TV director and mother an actress, this new gig is a natural extension of his artistic upbringing. Working with someone of Roberton’s reputation has helped open up the doors, leading to his own work as a music supervisor.

“Worlds End is involved in so many different areas, including our producers working with their own developmental projects,” he says. “There’s so much great music happening and so many TV, film and videogame outlets looking for new stuff, that this is a real growth area. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t stumble on something that I get excited about and think would be great for a particular TV, movie, ad or videogame.”

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