Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association

Mix Sessions: Emmy® Awards Season


4 hours

Celebrating the Year’s Best Creative Talent in Television Sound

Mix Sessions: Emmy® Awards Season is a virtual event honoring the year’s best creative talent in television sound—Editing, Mixing and Music. While the global pandemic has affected media distribution, schedules and attendance, it has not affected the quality of the sound work, and that work deserves to be recognized.

The free, one-day event will include behind-the-scenes interviews with the leading supervising sound editors, sound designers, re-recording mixers, composers, production sound mixers, editors, technologists and creative talent vying for this year’s Best Sound awards.

In addition to a series of profiles on the year’s best dramatic and documentary programs, Mix Sessions: Emmy® Awards Season will feature two special roundtable discussions:

The Documentary Score: Emotional Reality

Sound Editing and Mixing: Comedy, Drama and In-Between


Wednesday, May 26, 2021
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (PDT)

Welcoming Remarks

Sound for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow with the March 2021 release of the six-episode The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. While the overall themes might be familiar to viewers, the sound design and mix is unique, with pacing, dynamics and new environments driving the action.

Presented by Disney+

Tom Kenny Jennifer Walden Kimberly Patrick Bonnie Wild Matthew Wood Tony Villaflor
10:35 AM – 10:45 AM (PDT)

Music for The Underground Railroad

Two-time Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) brings a modern voice to this re-imagination of the path to freedom by Academy Award-winning Barry Jenkins, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Colson Whitehead.

Presented by Amazon Studios/Prime Video

Lily Moayeri Nicholas Britell
10:50 AM – 11:20 AM (PDT)

Sound for Sylvie’s Love

After its premiere at Sundance, this critically acclaimed drama was picked up by Amazon Studios and had its public debut in December 2020. Set in the late 1950s to early 1960s, the story is based around a tenor sax player, musicians, clubs and music fans—a rich palette for sound and music coming together to re-create both the period and the performance.

Presented by Amazon Studios/Prime Video

Jennifer Walden Frankie Pine Mandi Collier Fabrice Lecomte
11:25 AM – 11:35 AM (PDT)

Music for WandaVision

Composer Christophe Beck burst onto television’s A-list with his score for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which he won an Emmy, and then established his film credentials with Bring It On, The Hangover trilogy, Pitch Perfect, Marvel’s Ant Man films,  the Grammy- and Oscar-winning film Frozen, and many more. Listen in as he details his creative process in bringing WandaVision to life through music, combining comedic and dramatic techniques in creating an energetic, unique world view.

Presented by Disney+

Lily Moayeri Christophe Beck
11:40 AM – 12:10 PM (PDT)

Sound Editing and Mixing: Comedy, Drama and In-Between

Subtle choices in timing, backgrounds, EQ, reverb or overall balance in the dialog, music and effects can make the difference between a good mix and an award-winning mix. From production sound, to editing, to the re-recording stage, these expert sound editors and mixers discuss the sonic choices and overall tone that make their shows unique.

Presented by Amazon Studios/Prime Video

Tom Kenny Odin Benitez Joe Schultz Danika Wikke
12:15 PM – 12:40 PM (PDT)

Sound for WandaVision

The first series in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, WandaVision premiered on January 15, 2021, and drew instant praise from critics and fans for its bold approach and fresh storytelling. A huge part of that came from the talented, veteran sound team, which brought a theatrical approach to the small screen.

Presented by Disney+

Jennifer Walden
12:45 PM – 1:10 PM (PDT)

Sound for Steve McQueen’s Small Axe & Closing Remarks

Creator and director Steve McQueen’s five-film series Small Axe, detailing the lives of London’s West Indian immigrants from the 1960s to 1980s, has had three “episodes” debut at the New York Film Festival and two more selected for the official competition at Cannes 2020. It premiered on the BBC, then Amazon Prime in November 2020 with a gritty, real, street-centered sound design central to the cinematic experience and equally riveting on the small screen.

Presented by Amazon Studios/Prime Video

Tom Kenny Jennifer Walden Ed Bailie Dennis Bovell James Harrison Paul Cotterell
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