CEO, Music & Media Producer, Strategist
Spencer Proffer has been at the forefront of successful and inventive multimedia projects for years. Throughout an extensive entertainment career, he has consistently broken new ground with pioneering work on both creative and business fronts. As a marketing and media architect with an anchor in how music plays an organic role in various platforms, he has created and then implemented numerous initiatives on behalf of major television networks, advertising agencies, online, record, and motion picture companies. He also has a meaningful history of producing socially conscious events and enterprises which have both charitable as well as commercial components.
Spencer has spent his multi-decade career striving to make an impact in pop culture and education via music and media. He is a disruptor and a pioneer in the convergence integration of music anchored projects into film, television and other platforms. Spencer continues to use his skills, reach and career to make a meaningful difference. He accomplishes that by producing for commercial purposes while having a positive, lasting impact for good, across the globe.
Spencer Proffer is a highly regarded media producer and strategist with a long history of connecting with audiences. His productions and many he has been integrally involved with have garnered Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, Tony awards and nominations. As music producer and arranger, his work has sold millions of gold and platinum records.
He has a career-long commitment to issues of civil and human rights, amongst other civic and charitable causes to which he gives time and resources. In 2019-20, Spencer will be producing multiple enterprises with a meaningful social responsibility, diversity and civil rights focus.
An example of a project very important to Spencer's ethos is the forthcoming VOICES OF HOPE & CHANGE: Nelson Mandela & Martin Luther King concert and film. The feature documentary, will be a powerful, informative and inspiring work which will explore the nexus of the impact which the Civil Rights Movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American churches had, paralleling with the anti- apartheid journey experienced by Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Spencer has a long term arrangement with leading theater event organization, Fathom Events (www.fathomevents.com), owned by the 20,000 screen strong AMC, Regal and Cinemark theater chains. He has served as a consultant, producer and strategist to Fathom for the past 14 years.
In August, 2018, Marc Rosen, SVP of Authentic Brands (who oversee the estate management for Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali amongst others) and Proffer, produced a highly acclaimed theatrical event, the iconic ‘68 Elvis NBC Comeback Special, which was originally directed and produced by Steve Binder. It exhibited on 1983 theater screens in 32 countries around the world. The project grossed $ 2.35M over two days and is considered one of the most successful music events in big screen history.
Rolling Stone Magazine did an extensive interview with Steve Binder which proceeded the Fathom exhibition. This interview embedded 3 minutes of the mini documentary Spencer produced with Priscilla Presley and Steve Binder re-visiting the NBC Sound Stages where the original special was filmed and interviewing one another very poignantly. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/revisiting-elvis-presleys-68-comeback-special-with-its-director-706220/
On November 25, 2018, The L.A. Times did an interview with Binder which beautifully summarized the Comeback Special and projects that Spencer and Steve will be producing in 2019 connected to the original NBC Special. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-elvis-presley-1968-comeback-special-50th-anniversary-20181121-story.html
For 2019, 20, & 21, Spencer is producing numerous one night event projects on AMC, Regal and Cinemark screens featuring ICONIC VOICES as well as films dealing with timely social responsibility subjects under the franchise banner of EYES OPEN.
Additionally, he is overseeing projects such as the authorized Jimi Hendrix Acoustic Experience recordings (a re-imagination of some of Hendrix' classic songs performed by timeless, legacy artists in duets with contemporary music stars mixed by original Hendrix engineer, Eddie Kramer); a 192 page elegant, table top book from Steve Binder (designed by Hugh Syme) and feature documentary production about Elvis Presley’s iconic Comeback Special, partnered with original producer/director Steve Binder. Additionally, Spencer will produce a feature film about Presley’s notorious manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to be directed by 7 time Academy and Emmy award nominee, Joe Berlinger.
More detail on the passion projects above and others within our company coming in 2019-21 can be found within the Projects section of this Meteor 17 website.http://www.meteor17.com/projects-partners-all/
Spencer Is particularly proud about worldwide release of the John Coltrane Feature Documentary, soundtrack album (with vinyl) and blu ray DVD (via Universal Music Enterprises), Chasing Trane. It can be seen via Netflix around the world. https://vimeopro.com/meteor17productions/chasing-trane-trailer
The film made its debut at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day, 2016 and its international premiere at The Toronto Film Festival, to great acclaim. The film features commentary and appreciations from such diverse Coltrane lifelong fans such as Denzel Washington (who renders the narrative voice of Coltrane), to President Bill Clinton, Carlos Santana, Common, Wynton Marsalis, John Densmorne (Doors) and many of the living, esteemed musicians that performed with Coltrane such as Sonny Rollins & McCoy Tyner amongst others. Chasing Trane is the first authorized film undertaken with the full participation of the estate and all of the relevant record companies (Universal, Rhino-Warner Brothers and Concord Music Group).
The film had it South African premiere on that country’s iconic Blue Train (the name of an acclaimed Coltrane recording) in November, 2017.
4 Minute sizzle : https://vimeopro.com/meteor17productions/trane-tracks-sizzle-reel
One of Spencer's career moments came In 2013 when then Governor Robert Bentley of the State of Alabama, proclaimed Proffer an honorary citizen of that State due to his continuing commitment to children's education and the building of fraternal skills via Huntsville's Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. His son Morgan attended there for 8 consecutive summers.
Proffer provided twenty five scholarships to kids across North America to further science and space education while producing the SET Award winning movie, Space Warriors, in partnership with Walden Media at that time.
Here are a few links to get a better sense of Spencer, his background and ethos:
Proffer's progressive thinking and results are highlighted in The Wall St Journal article on the Citizens Of The World enterprise which he architected and produced. Spencer accomplished the goal of uniting the world through music with his co-writing and production of the title song, performed in 5 languages. This initiative brought together artists from multiple continents who have collectively sold 73 Million albums.
The execution of this vision was considered a major socio cultural accomplishment by many in the media including the Wall Street Journal and its readers. The article featured the video Spencer produced, embedded in the story.
Here is a snippet from the PBS aired documentary Special on this venture, via You Tube.
In 2010, Proffer, together with long time collaborator and Emmy award winning composer Larry Brown, won the Grand Prize Gold Medal at the 7th Annual Park City Film Music Festival for their his production, songwriting, scoring and music supervision work on the acclaimed documentary film, narrated by Dr. Maya Angelou entitled "As Seen Through These Eyes." It was financed by and premiered on The Sundance Channel: http://www.meteor17.com/as-seen-through-these-eyes/. ASTTE is a never before seen window into the surviving art and artists of the Holocaust. This film is more than a Holocaust study; it offers an incredible look at the survival mechanism of humankind and the profound need to communicate at any cost.
As a Music Director/ Supervisor, Spencer has handled 122 films/television projects in a proactive, hands-on capacity for most of the key motion picture studios and major broadcast television networks (see IMDB for a detailed listing of his film and television music work).
In addition to implementing the creative elements, Spencer negotiated all talent, licensing and soundtrack elements on behalf of the respective studio, network or production company. Over 36 of these were nominated or won major industry awards, and includes projects with CBS, NBC, ABC, MTV, VH-1, Showtime Networks, TNT, USA Networks, Paramount, Touchstone, Lions Gate, 20th Century Fox and New Line Cinema. Additionally, he oversaw Showtime’s music interests on all levels for seven years, off campus as a business partner. He also oversaw music on select media projects for two other Viacom companies, MTV and VH1.
Proffer has served as a producer and executive producer on twenty one financed and distributed films to date and continues to do so. A few highlights: Spencer served as a Producer & Cast Album Producer of the 4 time Tony nominated Broadway hit, "It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues“; the 2 time Emmy nominated television special, "Robbie Robertson, Coming Home", CBS mini-series “Shake Rattle and Roll” and HBO’s award-winning multi-cultural series “Happily Ever After,” as music producer/director, songwriter. He was also a Co-Executive Producer of “Gods and Monsters” which won Academy, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and other major awards.
Spencer’s music career and credits are equally formidable, having produced and overseen projects involving: Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Beyonce and Destiny’s Child, Darius Rucker/Hootie & The Blowfish, KISS, Green Day, Godsmack, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, Keith Urban, Britney Spears, 3 Doors Down, BB King, Heart, Cheap Trick, Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Ritchie Sambora of Bon Jovi, Graham Nash, Alanis Morissette, Beach Boys, Quiet Riot and N’Sync to name a few. Amongst the 202 albums which Spencer has produced throughout his career, he helmed Tina Turner’s Acid Queen album from her role in The Who’s “Tommy” while serving as worldwide chief of A&R at United Artists as well as Quiet Riot’s “Metal Health”, the first debut hard rock album to reach #1 on the Billboard charts, selling over 7.6 million copies at that time.
As an early pioneer of laser light shows, Spencer also produced a million selling #1 rock album, Billy Thorpe’s Children Of The Sun (which he also co-wrote). It was developed into computer-animated laser choreography and the visual enterprise was exhibited in planetariums across North America, which he also produced.
Spencer graduated law school from Loyola University School of Law at the age of 23 with honors. While playing guitar in his then band and doing West Coast touring, he earned a 3rd year scholarship from the Ahmanson Bank. He went on to be the youngest individual to pass the California Bar Exam at that time. His B.A. in Political Science (received at 20 years of age) is from UCLA.
Spencer has taught numerous courses at UCLA, USC and Syracuse U. He also served on the Dean’s Council at the American University School of Communication in Washington, DC. He is happily married to Judith and has two sons, Morgan and Sterling.
For additional Proffer history, please visit the website of his previous company, www.morlingmanor.com