WrapPRO Roundtable: Music Supervisors Put Metallica in ‘Stranger Things’… Now They Want a Union

The Hollywood workers who clear the rights to use songs in film and TV discuss juggling multiple jobs to make ends meet

WrapPRO roundtable music supervisors

Thanks to Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” are soaring back to the top of the worldwide music charts decades after their initial release. Such pop culture phenomena wouldn’t be possible without the work of music supervisors, who are among the few workers in Hollywood without a union.

Madonna Wade-Reed, vice president of the Guild of Music Supervisors, joined WrapPRO for a roundtable discussion of the grassroots movement that emerged from the pandemic to create a union for music supervisors under IATSE. After going public earlier this summer, the campaign is trying to raise awareness about the poor wages and working conditions that music supervisors face as they juggle multiple film and TV projects at once.