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.
He has spent his multi-decade career striving to make an impact in pop culture and education via music anchored media. Spencer is a disruptor and a pioneer in the convergence media integration of music anchored projects into film, television and other platforms. He 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 is a highly regarded media producer and strategist with a long history of connecting with audiences. His productions have garnered Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards and nominations, and as music producer, his work has sold millions of gold and platinum records.
He has a career-long commitment to issues of civil and human rights, among other civic issues to which he gives time and resources. In 2018-19, he is producing multiple projects with a very meaningful 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 nexus of the impact the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American churches had, in tandem with the anti- apartheid results promulgated by Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Spencer has a meaningful nexus with leading theater event organization, Fathom Events (www.fathomevents.com), owed by the 18,000 screen strong AMC, Regal and Cinemark theater chains. He has served as a consultant, producer and strategist to Fathom for the past 13 years.
In 2018, Marc Rosen, SVP of Authentic Brands (who handle the estate management for Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali amongst others) and Spencer, produced a one night event in 752 theaters exhibiting the iconic '68 Elvis Comeback Special, directed and produced by Steve Binder.
One of Spencer's proudest 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 5 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 WSJ 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 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 over 121 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 35 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 well as select media projects for two otherViacom companies, MTV and VH1.
Proffer has served as a producer and executive producer on nineteen 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 197 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 the first, million selling #1 rock album, Billy Thorpe’s Children Of The Sun (which he also co-wrote), to be developed into computer-animated laser choreography and exhibited in planetariums across North America.
Spencer Is particularly proud about the 2017 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 acceptance and acclaim. The film features commentary and appreciations from such diverse devotees as Denzel Washington (who renders the narrative voice of Coltrane), to President Bill Clinton, Carlos Santana, Common, Wynton Marsalis, John Densmorne (Doors) and some 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).
For 2018-2019, 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 Eddie Kramer); a 192 page book (designed by Hugh Syme) and feature documentary production about Elvis Presley’s iconic Comeback Special, partnered with original producer/director Steve Binder; as well as a feature film about Presley’s notorious manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to be directed by 7 time Academy and Emmy award nominee, Joe Berlinger, amongst others.
More detail on the passion projects above and others within our company can be found within the Projects section of this Meteor 17 website.http://www.meteor17.com/projects-partners-all/
After graduating law school at the age of 23 with honors, having received a 3rd year scholarship from Loyola University School of Law, 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 site of his previous company, www.morlingmanor.com.