Air-Edel is an independent music production company which was founded by Sir George Martin and Herman Edel in 1969. Managing and representing composers for film, television and commercials, the company grew from strength to strength and acquired their own studios in 1990. The company has offices in LA and central London, where their recording studios with 5.1 mix facilities are located.

Maggie Rodford

Managing Director, Music Supervisor & Composer Agent

With wicked good ears, head-honcho Maggie is capable of detecting an out-of tune 6th desk violin at 20 paces.

Over 40 years of experience allows Maggie to turn musical mountains into molehills and if you work in music to picture, you will very likely know her name.

Matt Biffa

Music Supervisor

The musical equivalent of Wikipedia, Matt’s wildly misspent youth has enabled him to form wizarding supergroups and clear the unclearable.

When not listening to obscure vintage funk, he strongly favours ‘Spartan Wednesdays’ (it’s a gym thing).

Trevor Best

Composer Agent

With years of experience, Trev joined Air-Edel as a nipper, soon graduating into producing music for commercials and video games.

His razor-sharp negotiating skills have been honed through berating errant mobile phone and delivery companies in his spare time.

Chantelle Woodnutt

Music Supervisor & Composer Agent

Formula 1 enthusiast and agent-supreme Chantelle started as an intern, tunnelled her way through to being Maggie’s assistant, and emerged blinking into the sunlight of music supervision and agent-ing.

Her knowledge and love of film music is equalled only by her love for Jake Gyllenhaal.

Emily Appleton Holley

Music Supervisor & Composer Agent

Emily ‘s interest in film music was sparked through childhood viewings of Baz Lurhmann’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

A keen advocate of Spotify Discover Weekly, cooking programs and all things disco!

 

Ciara Elwis

Music Supervisor

Ciara is a music supervisor who works across both creative research and source music clearance. She joined the Air-Edel team in 2015 and was quickly inducted into the world of sync, assisting on projects such as Channel 4/Netflix’s doo-wop heavy ‘The End of the Fucking World’ and the John Hughes-inspired ‘Sex Education’, both of which have enjoyed considerable praise for their use of music, with numerous tracks being featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s Billboard Top TV Chart. She also worked on Ricky Gervais’s highly successful ‘Afterlife’.

With credits on over 150 episodes of television and numerous films, Ciara enjoys an excellent working relationship with an extensive roster of labels, publishers and managers as well as possessing finely tuned(!) research skills. In 2017, she music supervised Channel 4’s 90s’ banger-centric ‘Derry Girls’, and the following year, the Simon Pegg exec-produced comedy horror ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ for Sony Pictures.

More recently, Ciara has worked on the latest feature from documentary-making heavyweight Julien Temple, ‘Ibiza: The silent movie’, alongside music director Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim). She has also supervised the latest comedy from Merman Productions, ‘This Way Up’ – the script-writing debut from Irish comedian Aisling Bea, also starring Sharon Hogan.

Alice Atkinson

Marketing

Born in Buckinghamshire and graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Alice joined Air-Edel in 2016.

During her time studying, she involved herself with Conservatoire and London-Based PR campaigns, freelance agent work and events management, as well as founding a Saxophone Quartet, Adventus, with fellow members of her year.

Nadia Ngoo

Office Assistant

Nadia is a recent music graduate from the University of Hull. As a pianist and vocalist, she really enjoys performing and composing. Her interest in film music was sparked by Hans Zimmer’s score for Inception and she has a never-ending love for Bob Marley. Nadia has been involved in various projects including the PRS New Music Biennial as part of Hull City of Culture and ‘STROKESTRA’, a creative-music making programme developed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Emma Francis

Assistant To Maggie Rodford / Assistant Music Supervisor

As a little girl Emma could be found singing ‘Part of Your World’ from The Little Mermaid – all day, every day, everywhere. Her repertoire did gradually increase, eventually leading her to choose to study for a Vocal Performance degree at The Academy of Contemporary Performance. Upon realising that the musician lifestyle wouldn’t finance her online shopping addiction, she turned to the music business. Emma is now the “Admin Overlord” – as Matt likes to call to her.

Becca Nelson

Composer Agent (LA Office)

When she’s not mucking about with muppets of the TV variety (though sometimes also of the Cockney variety), agent extraordinaire Becca Nelson runs our U.S. office located on the Jim Henson Studio Lot in sunny Los Angeles, California.

Off the clock, she’s mostly found at the local watering hole solving everyone’s problems, encouraging budding creative-types to follow their dreams, and foisting country music onto the unsuspecting passerby.

Becca Tomasko

Agent Assistant (LA Office)

Becca T’s experience in music stems from early years of Orch Dork-dom as a cellist, which she uses with her love for film as a force for good, assisting Becca Nelson in Air-Edel’s Los Angeles location. 

Outside of the office, she can be found performing as a vocalist in classical and contemporary ensembles throughout Southern California, and is frequently lost in the worlds of many a sci-fi/fantasy series. 

Henriette Amiel

Legal and Business Affairs Consultant

Having gained valuable experience working on projects associated with the infamous dandy-highway man Adam Ant, Henriette set up her own legal business affairs consultancy in 2002.

She has since been providing legal services to a range of clients in the music industry, including Air-Edel.

Susan Arnison

Music Publishing Manager

Another Air-Edel veteran, Susan has been manning the publishing desk since 1999.

Prior to Air-Edel, Susan could be found admin-ing royalties for prog-rock legends Genesis.

 

Marjan Alexander

Accountant

Capable of finding lost money in far flung corners of the Earth, Dutch numbers wizard Marjan joined the Air-Edel team in 2015.

To this day she patiently endures our valiant attempts at saying her name, the true pronunciation of which has since passed into folklore.

 

 

Tom Bullen

Air-Edel Recording Studios Manager

Well known for his efficiency and ability to juggle multiple jobs simultaneously, our friendly Northerner Tom* has been running the studio like the well-oiled machine it is since 2007.

*Officially endorsed by Pop Chips.

 

Nick Taylor

Recording & Mix Engineer

Impeccably dressed engineer Nick has been working in various UK and London studios for 19 years, residing at Air-Edel since 2004. Throughout the years Nick has worked with the finest selection of world-renowned composers, artists, and bands.

Highlights from recent years include recording and mixing the Ricky Gervais hit comedy feature film; ‘David Brent: Life On the Road’ with musician and songwriter Andy Burrows, as well as his 2019 Netflix series ‘After Life’ and  Yeong-Wook Jo’s BAFTA-nominated score BBC One series ‘The Little Drummer Girl’. Nick has worked on countless feature film scores including Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ scored by Patrick Doyle, Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’ by Gary Yershon, Mike Newell’s ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ by Alexandra Harwood, and Haifaa Al-Mansour’s ‘Mary Shelley’ by Amelia Warner.

Barney and Ruby

Office Mascots

Despite their advancing dog years, Barney and Ruby are regularly mistaken for puppies. Air-Edel arbiters of musical taste, they have been keeping the team and the office in shape for the past five years.

On hearing ‘Ruby’ by the Kaiser Chiefs, Ruby often gets confused… Barney is still waiting for someone to write a song about him.

 

 

We have a great deal of experience overseeing every note of music within a project, ranging from working with initial briefs and scripts, to the composition and recording of an original score to licensing songs. We are very lucky to be able to work alongside Air-Edel Recording Studios so that everything can be done under one roof. We believe music to be a very collaborative process. Please get in touch to discuss the music for your next project.