A music executive, composers agent and manager. Robert Messinger has been instrumental in launching the film music careers of many of today's most exciting composers and is recognized as one of the leading music agents working in film. Messinger's clients include three-time Oscar-nominee Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as well as Oscar- and Golden Globe-winners Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit), Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel; Brokeback Mountain) and Rachel Portman (Chocolat; Emma); Oscar-nominee Philip Glass (The Hours; Notes on a Scandal); Golden Globe-nominees Clint Mansell (Black Swan; The Fountain) and Michael Brook (The Fighter; Into the Wild); and Grammy nominee David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven). He also represents the acclaimed Icelandic band Sigur Ros and Slash from Guns'N'Roses. Robert began his career in music in the publicity department of IRS Records, working with bands such as REM, while attending UCLA as a Theater Arts major. Then he was a founder and Senior Vice President at Blue Focus Management. And further, an agent and owner of First Artists Management — the music agency representing such Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composers as Mychael Danna, Howard Shore, Gustavo Santaolalla, Philip Glass and Clint Mansell, and other top film composers and music supervisors, among them: Craig Armstrong (The Great Gatsby), David Arnold (Casino Royale), Carter Burwell (True Grit) and Rolfe Kent (Up in the Air). Robert Messinger, Rich Jacobellis and Randy Gerston have left the First Artists and formed Fortress Talent Management, a full-service boutique agency representing composers and music supervisors for visual media. The company is involved in major stage musicals including "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Like Water for Chocolate" and also has a significant presence in videogames and advertising. Fortress Talent Management boasts a roster of Oscar-winning clients, including three-time winner Howard Shore, two-time winner Gustavo Santaolalla, Mychael Danna and Rachel Portman, as well as three-time Oscar-nominees Philip Glass, Alberto Iglesias and 2014 nominee Owen Pallett (Her). The company’s clients include Golden Globe nominees Clint Mansell, Michael Brook, Terence Blanchard (25th Hour) and Reinhold Heil (Cloud Atlas), as well as Emmy-winners/nominees Jeff Beal (House of Cards), Nathan Barr (The Americans), Jon Ehrlich (House), Jeff Russo (Fargo), Paul Haslinger (Fear the Walking Dead), David Schwartz (Arrested Development) and Wendy & Lisa (Nurse Jackie) and Jay Gruska (Supernatural). Fortress represents music supervisors including Alexandra Patsavas, Liza Richardson, Kevin Edelman, Tracy McKnight, Wendy Levy and Gary Calamar.