Julia Michels & Julianne Jordan
Julia Michels and Julianne Jordan are two veteran music supervisors who teamed up to oversee Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2— the first a-capella musical film series ever made. Their work on Pitch Perfect 2 earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. They also teamed up to produce the music for the MTV Movie Awards. As a duo they are uniquely poised for film projects with heavy music and song demands, pooling a combined 40 years of supervising experience. “It just happened organically,” says Michels of their collaboration. “We both said, ‘I don’t want to do another movie without you.’” “It was the culmination of every movie we’ve ever worked on,” says Jordan. Their other films together include the Universal Pictures’ comedy Sisters starring Amy Poehler & Tina Fey and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls directed by Mike Mitchell and starring Anna Kendrick. Their most recent work includes the third installment of the hit Universal Pictures franchise Pitch Perfect 3 and Warner Bros.’ romantic musical feature A Star Is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
Michels began her career in the record industry (at Capitol and later EMI), and from there transitioned to being an in-house music executive at 20th Century Fox and then MGM (working on such films as Unfaithful, Daredevil, Down with Love, and The Pink Panther). After leaving MGM she joined up with fellow music supervisor Dave Jordan at Format Entertainment. She has curated the soundtracks for a spectrum of popular films, including both Sex and the City films, The Blind Side, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Soul Surfer, and Parental Guidance. She is a regular collaborator with director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Hope Springs). She has been recognized two times for Outstanding Music Supervision in Film by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and four times by the Guild of Music Supervisors. Recent films for Michels include the comedy A Bad Moms Christmas starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Christina Applegate, the Netflix comedy El Camino Christmas, and Twentieth Century Fox’s feature comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
Jordan began her career working for longtime music supervisor, Dawn Soler. In 1996 she did a “little side project,” supervising the music for Swingers—launching her career in the process (as well as a culture-wide obsession with swing music), and a lifelong collaborative relationship with director Doug Liman. She’s now a 20-year veteran in her own right, and has worked on such films as The Bourne Identity, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Valentine’s Day, Red, and Edge of Tomorrow, and collaborated with directors including John McTiernan, Garry Marshall, and Andy Tennant. “I always wanted to work in music,” says Jordan, who grew up in Albany, New York and is a skilled violinist. “When I found out there was such a job as marrying film and music I was hooked.” Jordan was named Music Supervisor of the Year in 2011 by the Guild of Music Supervisors. Jordan was the original song supervisor for Columbia Pictures animated film Sausage Party starring the voice talent of Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig. Recent films for Julianne include Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s drama Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara, Doug Liman’s action comedy American Made starring Tom Cruise, and the Academy Award-nominated Ferdinand from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Upcoming for Julianne is Doug Liman’s next film Chaos Walking and the animated film Spies In Disguise from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.