Glen Brunman

Executive vice president

Sony Music Soundtracks

These days, movie music often can be as big a hit as the movie itself.

That's due in large part to the efforts of Glen Brunman the man behind the blockbuster soundtracks from "Titanic" (35 million copies) "Forrest Gump" (9 million) and "Sleepless in Seattle" (5 million).

"Without a doubt he is the best at it," said Gary Foster, the producer of "Sleepless in Seattle." "He has a great sense of what makes music work in a film and how to translate in onto a record."

Brunman is responsible for the acquisition and creation of soundtracks for all the labels and divisions of Sony Music Entertainment. He is involved in most stages of soundtrack production, from working with a director to determine what style of music would best complement a film, to securing the appropriate composers and musicians, to deciding which songs will go on the CD.

He got his start in the music business as a journalist working for Long Island rock 'n' roll magazine "Good Times." In 1975, Brunman joined the marketing division of CBS Records, which was later bought by Sony. In 1991, he co-founded Epic Soundtracks, which later became Sony Music Soundtracks.

Brunman says that soundtracks have progressed from being an appendage to a film, to an art-form all their own. "The soundtracks created today are albums in their own right," he said. "You can listen to them from beginning to end."

Filmmakers and record companies meanwhile, have realized that soundtracks are simply good business.

"There is more attention being paid to the bottom line and there is a realization that soundtracks can contribute profits year after year," Brunman said.

Jason Booth

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