JILL SMITH Director / Producer / Writer / Music Supervisor
Jill Smith is a Music Supervisor, Singer, and first-time Director-Doc filmmaker. Daughter of Pioneer Hollywood Make-Up Artist, Dee Manges, Born & raised in Los Angeles, Jill grew up in and around the Film/Television & Music Business. Discovering early on her passion for the Arts, by 19 she had signed a record deal and found herself between LA & NYC recording with artists such as Cameo (including the Billboard #1 song “Word Up”), Bobby Brown & Lenny Kravitz. A chance to meet Miles Davis quickly put her musical instincts & business sensibilities to the test. Eventually earning Davis’ trust, she became an integral part of his internal creative ensemble. Jill introduced Miles to music, artists and producers, with many of her recommendations eventually leading to recording and live collaborations for Davis.
With a unique & varied music background, Jill eventually transitioned from records to Music Supervision. As a Music Sup, Jill has supervised features, multiple network & cable series for ABC, CBS, NBC & Showtime, Web series and MFTV original movies for NBC, A&E, including 16 Disney Channel originals. Her love of music and continued passion for singing & songwriting remains constant- most recently she sings the Main Title Theme Songs for the syndicated series “Are We There Yet” as well as the Theme to the edgy, original Web Series, “The Oversharer”, co-written with husband, Composer, Stanley A. Smith.
In addition to working with Stanley in Film & TV Music with their Standard Music Prod. Co., and now with their new Standard Entertainment Film Prod. Co. Together the couple is Producing, and Jill is Directing the long overdue Doc about Hollywood’s first Make-Up Women- which also happens to feature Jill’s Mother. Elated when their doc was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute | Women In Film, Finance & Strategy Intensive... this first-time filmmaking duo took it as a sign they are perhaps on the right track.
Memberships include: Television Academy Music Peer Group, Women In Film, Guild of Music Supervisors, ASCAP, SAG-AFTRA, IDA, Film Independent & Sundance Institute (2017 Alumni- Sundance Institute | Women In Film, Finance & Strategy Intensive Documentary Selection)
STANLEY A. SMITH Producer / Composer
Stanley A. Smith is an LA native who proudly grew up in Compton, CA, majoring in music at nearby Cal State University, Long Beach where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. An award-winning Film & Television Composer (2015 ASCAP Film & Television Music Award) and multi-instrumentalist, Smith composed the weekly underscore and wrote the Theme Songs for the hit TV shows: The Bernie Mac Show, Let’s Stay Together & Ice Cube’s- Are We There Yet? No stranger to the large screen, he has also created original scores for several critically acclaimed and award-winning dramatic Feature Films: The Gospel, The Visit, Constellation, and Catfish in Black Bean Sauce. Other credits include the retro AMC/Mad Men Unilever Brands Commercials, Motion Picture Soundtracks, Billboard Charting Songs & Re-mixes, including Co-Producing with David Foster. Stanley and wife, Jill have teamed for years on music for various projects (Score/Songs/Supervision) with their successful LA-based Music-Production Company and Studio, Standard Music. Co-Producing the duo’s first documentary “Make-Up Women-Glamour & Guts,” under their Standard Entertainment film production banner, Stanley is also creating the doc’s original Score/Soundtrack.
Currently serving on the Television Academy Music Peer Group Executive Committee and the ASCAP Writers Nominating Committee. Other memberships include: The Recording Academy, Society of Composers & Lyricists, SAG-AFTRA, Composers Diversity Collective & Sundance Institute Alumni (2017 Sundance Institute | Women In Film, Finance & Strategy Intensive Documentary Selection)
DEE MANGES Consulting Producer / Make-Up Artist / “Resident Historian”
Featured in the “Make-Up Women” Doc, Dee is one of Hollywood’s first Pioneer Make-up Women accepted into the Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists Union/Local 706 and was also the original inspiration for this project. Secretary in the Universal Studios Make-Up Department in the 1960’s to then Make-Up Department Head, Bud Westmore. Her subsequent transition into Body Make-Up, ignited her interest in pursuing becoming a Make-Up Artist, at a time when Studio Make-Up Departments and the Hollywood Make-Up Union permitted “Men Only.” Learning everything she could about the craft, often covertly, she navigated the Studios, the Union and the Make-Up Men for a decade. Faced with ongoing discrimination and limited work opportunities, she boldly forged ahead standing up for a Woman’s right to do Make-Up alongside Men, even resigning from the union for seven years until she was finally allowed to take the Union’s Make-Up Test. A 36-year Make-Up Veteran, Dee has worked on a vast array of Film & Television shows, finally retiring in 2005 as one of the Make-Up Department Heads of the Warner Bros. Television Series “ER.” Dee is our Consulting Producer & “Resident Hollywood Make-Up Historian” And our Director Jill Smith’s Mother (how convenient!). Her personal story and career experience including her long-standing relationships with other Make-Up Women (and Men) as well as her career-long affiliation with the Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists Union/ Local 706 makes her an invaluable part of our team.…and yes, we tell her she’s the Boss!
Erika Takagi Production & Music Coordinator ("The Fixer")
On the Standard Music team since 2014 and now part of the small but mighty Standard Entertainment family. Erika works with us from technical & creative to administrative, throughout all phases of production. Hailing from Kagawa, Japan, Erika is currently a graduate student at Cal State University, Fullerton.
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