NEW YORK, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Watch!, the glossy celebrity/fashion/lifestyle magazine published by CBS, announced today a collaboration with 28-year-old violin virtuoso Charlie Siem, who penned his very first composition for the magazine's annual marketing campaign. Siem, whose fourth album, Under the Stars, will be released by Sony Classical Music this September, wrote and performed an original score for the CBS publication, which will use the music for its interactive, tablet, mobile and social media campaigns. The score – a five-minute composition with three distinct melodies – was recorded in London on Dec. 20 with members of the prestigious English Chamber Orchestra. The behind-the-scenes video and the official marketing presentation can now be seen here. The video will be live for viewers to see on www.cbswatchmagazine.com, CBS.com, TV.com, the CBS Audience Network and a growing list of digital platforms.
Watch! was created and is published by the CBS Communications Department. The bimonthly publication is available on newsstands and through subscription.
"I've had a terrific relationship with Watch! for several years now," said Siem. "It's a very unique magazine with a distinct point of view, and composing its first original score turned out to be one of the most enjoyable, creatively fulfilling projects of the last year."
"So much of what we do today is in the interactive space, and we wanted an original piece of music that reflected our brand to complement our digital strategy," said Jeremy Murphy, Editor-in-Chief of Watch! magazine and Vice President, Communications, CBS Television. "Charlie's score does that perfectly – he is a world-class talent, and to know this is the first piece of music he has ever written makes it extra special. We are incredibly pleased to have partnered with him on this ambitious project.""To bring all those different things together – an old church in London, a 28 year-old violin virtuoso and a classical chamber orchestra, all playing a score for a magazine that had never even been performed before that morning we made the video – that's the epitome of creativity. That says everything about Watch!," said James Hendry, Group Creative Director, Team One, the division of Saatchi & Saatchi that produced and edited the campaign. The composition – titled "Canopy" – was recorded and filmed last December in St. Silas, the Martyr, a church in Northern London. CBS used portions of the score for a two-minute brand presentation, which was narrated by "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette. The five-minute behind-the-scenes video tells the story of how the composition came together and will be seen on CBS websites. Siem will make his first national appearance to promote the composition on "THE INSIDER," the CBS Television Distribution-produced entertainment magazine (check local listings for time and station).