Alexandra Patsavas

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Alexandra Patsavas at Webster Hall in New York City for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

Alexandra Patsavas (born 1968) is an American music supervisor who has worked on over sixty films and television series, most notably The Twilight Saga, The O.C., Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl.

Early life[edit]

Patsavas was born in Chicago, Illinois and she's of Greek descent. Although under the influence of parents with a musical taste ranging from rock to opera, Patsavas wanted to study politics until her high school years when she developed an interest in music,[1] attending rock concerts, buying LPs and being "the kid with the bad '80s haircut who went to all the clubs and shows".[2] She enrolled in the University of Illinois but dropped out during her junior year.


She has worked in the music department of over sixty different films and television series. From there she joined the BMI music agency,[3] then worked on over fifty[4] Roger Corman B-movies, made-for-television movies and other films. In 1999 she finally broke into television, with her own music company Chop Shop Music Supervision, on the series Roswell and began to work primarily on TV series, including Fastlane, Boston Public, Tru Calling, 1-800-Missing and Criminal Minds. In 2007 alone, she covered dozens of episodes of the series Without a Trace, Shark, Rescue Me and Mad Men. Her most notable work has been on the series The O.C., Grey's Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice, Supernatural, Chuck and Gossip Girl.

Her work on The O.C. involved the selecting, mixing and supervising of all the tracks that featured in the show, as well as on the six soundtracks that followed.[5] Her work was also substantially made up of approaching bands and artists about recording covers and requesting licensing permission to include songs on the show and in the mixes.[6] Because her ongoing search for suitable songs often leads to unsigned or non-mainstream performers,[7] she is partially responsible for re-surfacing the trend of music promotion through television since The Flaming Lips's appearance in Beverly Hills, 90210, particularly on Grey's Anatomy with songs such as Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" and The Fray's "How to Save a Life", which both saw huge success after being featured in the show.[1][8] Following this trend was the Beastie Boys' single "Ch-Check It Out" which debuted in an episode of The O.C., even before its premiere on the radio.[9] Josh Schwartz, who originally hired Patsavas for The O.C., which he created, re-hired her for Gossip Girl and Chuck, both of which he created, after seeing the success that she brought to both The O.C. and the songs and artists featured in it.[10] Her work on Gossip Girl brought in many New York-orientated bands (for the show's setting) and other popular songs including Fergie's "Glamorous" for the series' promotional video.[11] She currently is music supervisor on Marvel's Runaways, also produced by Josh Schwartz.[12]

In 2007 Chop Shop Music Supervision, opened its own music label Chop Shop Records, in a deal with Atlantic Records. The label's roster includes Anya Marina, Scars on 45 (both of whom were featured on Grey's Anatomy), Macintosh Braun, Milo Greene, The Republic Tigers and the Twilight soundtracks.[13]

Patsavas has been nominated three times Grammy Award for the "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media". Her first nomination was for the compilation Grey's Anatomy Original Soundtrack, Vol. 2, the only television soundtrack in the category, shared with producer Mitchell Leib and the various artists that were featured in the album.[14] Her other nominations (both with Paul Katz) were for the Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), each of which were released on her label Chop Shop Records.[15][16][17]

Patsavas was also a judge for the 5th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[18]

Music Supervisor for Midnight Texas 2017 to present.

Personal life[edit]

Patsavas labels herself as a member of "the first MTV Generation",[19] and lists her inspirational musical influences as Henry Mancini, David Holmes, Elvis Costello and Ahmet Ertegün.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Mikki Brammer. "International Dreamer - Alexandra Patsavas". Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  2. ^ "Alex Patsavas: The Music Of "The O.C."". Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  3. ^ Adam Swiderski. "Alexandra Patsavas, Musical Supervisor for The O.C." Archived from the original on 25 November 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  4. ^ Mary Huhn (4 January 2007). "'Anatomy' of a Hit Song". New York Post. Archived from the original on 15 April 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
  5. ^ Chris Carle (31 October 2005). "The O.C. Music Mastermind Speaks". IGN. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  6. ^ Megan Angelo (30 April 2007). "Perfectly Attuned". Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  7. ^ "Industry Veterans Danny Benair, Mike Clink, Alexandra Patsavas, Tommy Tallarico, and The 88, Share Expertise For a Capacity Crowd at The Recording Academy Offices in Santa Monica". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  8. ^ Claire Atkinson (24 September 2007). "What to Watch? How About a 'Simpsons' Episode From 1999?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  9. ^ "'The O.C.' Debuting New Beastie Boys Single". Yahoo! Music. 15 April 2004. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  10. ^ John Kubicek (12 September 2007). "Exclusive Interview: 'Chuck' and 'Gossip Girl' Creator Josh Schwartz". BuddyTV. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  11. ^ Bill Lamb (5 September 2007). "Will 'Gossip Girl' Shake Up the Pop Music World?". Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  12. ^ "'Runaways' boss discusses the importance of music on the Hulu drama". Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  13. ^ Tamara Conniff (29 March 2007). "A 'natural extension' for 'Grey' music chief". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  14. ^ "Grey's Anatomy Awards".
  15. ^ "2009 Grammy Nominees For Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media".
  16. ^ "2010 Grammy Nominees For Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media".
  17. ^ James Montgomery (19 September 2008). "Are Pop-Punks Paramore A Good Fit For 'Twilight'?". MTV. Archived from the original on 22 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  18. ^ Independent Music Awards - Past Judges Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Chris Carle (22 March 2005). "Music of The O.C.: Interview With Music Supervisor Alexandra Patsavas". IGN. Retrieved 2007-11-11.

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