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Bob Hunka

Legacy Award
Bob Hunka was born in Edmonton, Alberta. After earning a degree in (Canadian) History and commencing further studies in Political Science at the University of Alberta, he was hired as the Assistant General Manager of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. During three seasons with the orchestra he revamped the programming of the Pops Concert Series inviting “non-classical” artists including Anne Murray, Chuck Mangione, Mason Williams, Lighthouse and Procol Harum to perform with the orchestra at a time when those musical collaborations were not as familiar as they are today. The Procol Harum concert was recorded and released by A&M Records on a platinum selling album, “Live with the Edmonton Symphony” that included the #1 single “Conquistador”.

After three seasons with the ESO he moved to Toronto and joined Happy Sack Productions, a successful Independent Record Production Company founded by legendary record producer, Brian Ahern. During his nearly ten with the company he was involved in the recording careers of Johnny Cash; Rodney Crowell; Emmylou Harris; Anne Murray; Mary Kay Place; Jesse Winchester; and British guitar legend Albert Lee among others.

The company expanded its business to include the first state-of-the-art mobile recording studio, The Enactron Truck, and moved its base of operations to Los Angeles. The Truck, which recorded live albums with Jimmy Buffet; Dan Fogleberg; Willie Nelson; and James Taylor as well as the soundtracks for the films "Honeysuckle Rose"; "A Star Is Born"; "The Rose"; and portions of Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz", is now installed as a permanent exhibit in the Musicians’ Hall of Fame in Nashville.

At the invitation of Dolly Parton, Bob relocated to Nashville to manage her music publishing companies. He segued to become General Manager of Nashville-based Monument Records
–the original label home of Roy Orbison; Dolly Parton; Kris Kristoferson; Willie Nelson; and later The Dixie Chicks. He returned to Los Angeles as Director of West Coast Operations for Copyright Management Inc., a music publishing licensing and administration service. CMI loaned his services to Cannon Films to set up the administration of their Music Department, a task that took nearly two years.

He joined TWE/Epic Productions as their Director of Music where he supervised the music on 20-plus pictures including cult favourite "Killer Klowns (From Outer Space)"; "Full Moon in Blue Water"; "RobotJox"; "I Madman"; "The Gate II" and "Why Me?” During this period he and fellow Canadian John McCullough provided music supervision services on the successful feature film "Best of The Best" and co-produced the soundtrack album for Anne Wheeler's award winning Canadian film "Bye Bye Blues".

In 1989, the same year he directed the televised Pre-Game Ceremonies at the annual NHL All-Star Game, Mr. Hunka joined Columbia Pictures Television as Director of Television Music. In 1998 he was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Television Music of the Columbia TriStar Television Group –now Sony Pictures Television. During his fifteen-and-a-half years at the company, he worked on primetime network series “Designing Women”, “Who’s the Boss”, “Married…With Children”, “Who’s the Boss”, “Party of Five”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “King of Queens” and "Joan of Arcadia" among many others; cable series “V.I.P.”, “Strong Medicine”, “Huff” and “Rescue Me”; syndicated game shows “Jeopardy!”, “Rock and Roll Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune”; and the long running daytime dramas "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and The Restless". His responsibilities also extended to the company’s movies-for-television, animated and live-action programming, and the International Television Division.

Bob was the Executive Music Producer for Columbia TriStar Television on the two platinum selling "Songs From Dawson's Creek" soundtrack CDs and was supervised the releases of soundtrack CD's for "Party of Five", "Mad About You", "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and The Restless".

After leaving SPT in 2005 he represented the Canadian performing rights organization, SOCAN in Los Angeles. Since 2012 he has been an active conference panelist, keynote speaker and educator, and has provided independent consulting services to music industry clients including Canadian Heritage, CIMA, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and select independent companies.

Bob and his wife, Franny Parrish, are avid art collectors, and enthusiastic concert goers. They live in Los Angeles where he might one day put his industry connections and degree in history to belated good use and write about the music biz.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, February 6

8:55pm PST