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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Billboard: Rock Stars Turned Composers

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) and Cliff Martinez (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dickies) are a few of the musicians in possession of the unique temperament, artistic outlook and skill sets necessary to crossover from the soundtrack to the score. They were among the musicians assembled for the "Out of the Band and Onto the Screen" panel at Billboard / The Hollywood Reporter's Film and TV Music Conference on Monday at Hollywood's Renaissance Hotel, moderated by 20th Century Fox Music President Robert Kraft.

Martinez joked that it was the Red Hot Chili Peppers infamous "sock" band photo (where the members all appeared wearing nothing but socks over their private parts) that set him on his current career path. "The sock is what made me make the move from the world of rock to the world of movies," he deadpanned. "I kept trying to visualize myself at the age of 40, 50, 60, walking out on stage with the sock." CLICK HERE to read the rest of my report.

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