Former WB Music President Doug Frank Joins Mind Technologies, Inc.

Film Music Magazine • February 24, 2011

Mind Technologies, Inc., a leader in thought controlled technologies, announced that Doug Frank, former President of Music Operations at Warner Pictures, has joined the company’s “Brain Trust for Medicine and Technology.”

Doug Frank is the former President of Music Operations, Warner Pictures who supervised the music on the Batman, Harry Potter, Lethal Weapon and Matrix series, as well as on such feature films as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “City of Angels”, “Space Jam”, and more recently on the Academy Award-winning “Happy Feet” and “The Departed”, as well as the blockbusters “300″, “The Dark Knight” and “Sherlock Holmes”. Currently, Frank serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and was selected to join the Board of Directors of MusiCares. He is also working with Celine Dion on her new Las Vegas show, scheduled to open on March 15, 2011.

Working with Warner Bros. Animation in the mid-’90s gave Frank the opportunity to contribute to the Studio’s great history of animation and animation scores. Under his direction, composers hired for the company’s animation projects consistently won Emmy Awards for series including “Animaniacs”, “Batman”, “Superman”, and “Tiny Toon Adventures”.

Frank began his musical career as a studio musician, following a formal education in music at Brooklyn College. He has composed scores for television and co-wrote the musical “Marilyn: An American Fable”, which ran on Broadway in 1983. He is also a successful songwriter whose songs have been recorded by many artists including Dionne Warwick and Placido Domingo.

“I am thrilled and honored to be joining Mind Technologies Inc., in their quest to be the leader in the cutting edge technology that resides at the intersection of music, medicine, science and technology. It’s a tremendous opportunity,” said Frank.

Dr. Chiu of Mind Technologies comments, “Is music food for the soul? Famous playwright Shakespeare once said, ‘If music be the food of love; play on.’ Scientists have long discovered that music has significant effects on the brain. In 1993, Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky investigated the effect of listening to music by Mozart on spatial reasoning, and the results were published in Nature. The development of applications in medicine and technology towards learning, parenting, sports as well as therapy for vast chronic disorders (i.e. insomnia, Alzheimer Disease, anger management) are substantial and needed public health alternatives. In studying EEG, brain, and music, we have found remarkable correlations that can repeatedly generate experiences such as nostalgia, happiness and sadness. But research and clinical evidence aside, Doug has lived a successful career in the music and entertainment industry. His insights are an invaluable asset to the Brain Trust including producing expansive applications and even self-help consumer products.”

Brent Fouch, President of Mind Technologies Inc., stated, “We’ve come very far in our understanding of brain computer interface technologies thanks to the leadership of Dr. Gordon Chiu and the quality of the members in the Brain Trust. Today’s addition of a legendary talent like Doug Frank is indicative that Mind Technologies Inc’s potential value and assets are increasingly attractive within top industries.”

Comments

By Michael Arciaga on March 27th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Congratulations, Doug!

Having managed Stage Four cancer these last 15 years, I can attest to the healing power of music and its many applications to improving the human condition. Please contact me as I would like to compare notes and share my own resources to advance your organization’s agenda.

Again, major kudos!

Michael Arciaga
(949) 374-7391

By Brian O'Neal on June 6th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Doug,

Congratulations on your new position. I know that you are experienced and able to bring real time meaning and understanding to the healing powers of music. My sons, twin 15 year old boys, were diagnosed as autistic when they were very young. Some experts thought they might not ever have the gift of speech.

Music, love and faith in the power of everyday miracles, have proven those experts wrong! My sons are freshmen in high school, singing and playing songs and on track to have wonderful, productive lives.

Music provided us with the initial bridge to facilitate their development. I’m not only a supporter of your involvement with Mind Technologies, Inc., I’m a living witness.

Brian O’Neal

By John Calwile Vinestreet on June 16th, 2012 at 8:46 am

Congratulations Doug,

Music is something that the VA is starting to use to help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for veterans of OIF/OEF. As a combat veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, I know the healing power of music and the peace that it brings to those traumatic situations. I would emplore you in your new position to reach out to the VA to help further facilitate the development of those programs to aid those of us who suffer from PTSD. As a singer-musician and retired Marine, I would greatly appreciate it. Take care big brother and God bless.

John Calwile Vinestreet

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