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Tom Griffith

Tom Griffith

Tom is a producer, composer and arranger who has done award-winning work for film, advertising and records.

His film work can be heard in Beer, Night of the Creeps, Excessive Force, Caught in the Crossfire, Girlfriends, The Key, and the Martha Coolidge film Not a Pretty Picture. The Key, which he scored with Jonathan Helfand, won the 1996 National Education Fiction Video Award.

Tom has written and produced countless TV and Radio commercials. He has produced such artists as Michael Bolton, Marc Cohn, Ry Cooder, Fats Domino,Dave Edmunds, Allen Toussaint, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Rogers and George Benson for a blue-chip list of clients that includes the Miller Brewing Company, Hyundai N.A., Mars, Helene Curtis and Campbell's. Among his commercial compositions is the song for Miller Genuine Draft's first campaign, It's as Real as It Gets, for which he won both Clio and NYMRAD awards for Best Musical Campaign. Tom produced Hyundai's debut campaign,Cars That Make Sense, for which he received a Cannes Silver Lion. He also produced The Art of Noise for Xerox's Revolution campaign, garnering another Clio. Some of his other jingles are Welcome to Millertime, Finesse's Sometimes You Need A Little, Grab on to That M&M's Feeling and Starburst's Turn Your Tastebuds Loose.

Currently, Tom is working with 600 LBS, a production company based in Smithtown, New York. It's About Time, an album by Martha Trachtenberg that he produced and arranged, has been featured in The New York Times, reviewed in the Long Island Voice, and the lucy-list, and is being played on WUSB, WPKN, WPRB and other acoustic music oriented radio stations throughout the Northeast. His last album, The Better Half, was picked by the LI Voice as one of the Top Ten albums of 1997. His song, 'Wrestling with the Light,' is featured on the Voice's compilation CD, Those Damn Folkies, as well as Lawnguyland, the official album of the 1998 LI Music Awards, and his "Livin' in a Combat Zone" was on the LI Voice's 1999 Valentine's compilation CD, Jilted.

Tom divides his time between New York City and East Northport, LI, where he lives with his wife and son.

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Tom Griffith

44 B Kalmia Street, East Northport, NY 11731

(P) 631-754-2820 (F) 631-754-8699


12/98 - Present

Producer and Partner in 600 LBS Music, CEO Mom and Pop Records

Formed Mom and Pop Records to produce and promote high quality singer-songwriter projects.

Produced It's About Time by Martha Trachtenberg (Mom and Pop Records), Lessons of Love by Eileen Sharkey (self released), Whole Latt' Luv by Michele Mont' (self-released), "Wild Lights" by James Yarsky for The Poe Project (LI Voice), "The Nature of His Soul" by James Yarsky for The Poe Project 2 (LI Voice) and "Wrestling with the Light" by Tom Griffith for Those Damn Folkies (LI Voice).

Currently in negotiation to produce projects with Eddie Gomez (internationally known jazz bass bassist), Liz Knowles (violinist for Riverdance) and John Whalen (seven time All Irish button accordion champion).

6/92 - 12/98

Music Consultant, Producer, Composer and Arranger

Responsible for musical aspects of new business pitches for Bates and Lord Dentsu & Partners Advertising Agencies.

Produced music for TV commercials for Wendy's, Visine, Mazola, Avis, M&M's and Campbell's/Bates USA.

Produced radio spots for Beck's/Rapp Collins Wwd and Tower Air/Krimstein & Klapps.

Wrote, produced and arranged music for TV commercials for Sharp/Griffin Bacall; HeadStart/Lord Dentsu; Wendy's, M&M's, Footlocker/Bates USA, Coca Cola/CAA; Budweiser/DMB&B; and Easy Bake, Hi Ho Cherry-O/Grey Advertising.

Wrote, arranged and produced music for The Key by Eudora Welty, directed by Francis James for Gigantic Pictures.

3/81 - 6/92

Vice President, Creative Services, Backer & Spielvogel, Backer Spielvogel Bates

Headed a Music Department of seven.

Produced music for TV and radio spots, including pre scores for animation, jingles, post scores, on the set recording, remote recording, celebrity talent, overseas recording, etc., for The Miller Brewing Company/Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life; Campbell's/Red & White, V8, Uncle Ben's; Mars/Snickers, Kudos, M&Ms; Xerox; Prudential; Wendy's; Fisher Price; Avis; Helene Curtis/Finesse, Hyundai; Burroughs Wellcome/Trojans; and new business.

Produced and wrote music for the films Caught in the Crossfire, Rad, Excessive Force, Not a Pretty Picture, Beer, Night of the Creeps and Girlfriends.


Cannes Silver Lion - Hyundai/Getting Them Both Home.

2 Clios - Miller Genuine Draft/It's As Real As It Gets, and Xerox/Revolution.

2 NYMRAD Big Apple Radio Awards - Best National Music.

'Top Ten Album of 1997' - LI Voice (The Better Half).

National Education Fiction Video Award (The Key).