Mervyn Warren

Mary J. Blige’s My Life Composer Mervyn Warren Writes Complementary Score to Her Music and Animated Sequences

In 1994, Mary J. Blige released the album My Life,  a confessional collection of songs relaying her battles with abuse, depression, and addiction. Through the years it became an anthem to her fans, who, facing similar demons, found solace in Blige’s lyrics and music. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Grammy®-winning LP, Director Vanessa Roth brought the singer, and the most influential players in her life together to tell […]

John Clarence Stewart

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Music Supervisor Jen Ross Lays Hearts on The Line for Song Rights

Music is at the center of “Zoeyverse,” the world of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist where “heart songs” illustrate the emotional depth of what lies behind what a character is feeling through beat and  melody. Music Supervisor Jen Ross had to follow that musical mantra from the start when it came to obtaining the best songs to match the character’s emotions in that moment.  Ross fell in love with movie music watching […]

Your Honor

Emmy Watch: Your Honor Composer Volker Bertelmann Gets Under Your Skin With Emotional Score

The spirit of New Orleans can be palpably felt throughout the Showtime series, Your Honor. Taking place in The Big Easy, it has a foreboding feeling of the impending doom about to happen involving the town’s judge [Bryan Cranston] and his son [Hunter Doohan], which composer Volker Bertelmann, SCL, tapped into when creating the chilling and slow-burning music. Bertelmann has provided soundtracks for a large number of films and TV […]

Contender Portfolios

Girls5eva Costume Designer Tina Nigro Mixes ’90s Girl Group Getups With Real Clothes

The Peacock series, Girls5eva, is named for the one-hit-wonder girl group from the ’90s. In the series, their members are made up of Grammy winners Sara Bareilles and Renée Elise Goldsberry, comedienne Paula Pell, and actress Busy Philipps. When an inopportune gig to back up a young rapper on The Jimmy Fallon Show gets the girls back together over a decade later, they reunite despite growing out of their popstar getups. […]

Art Direction

Lovecraft Country Production Designer Kalina Ivanov Ventures Boldly Into Real and Fantastical Worlds

HBO’s limited series Lovecraft Country needed a bold and specific production designer who could not only tap into the imaginative elements of creating certain structures that didn’t exist but also design some that were historically accurate. In addition they had to be able to delve into multiple genres while traversing through both time and space. That seems like a very tall order to fill, 162 sets to be exact, but for […]

Contender Portfolios

Contender Profile: Pose Costume Designer Analucia McGorty on the Show’s Fabulous Looks

Spanning three decades from the 1970s through the 1990s, FX’s Pose follows a cast of colorful multi-cultural, multi-ethnic LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming characters in New York City. At the center of their world is the underground ball scene, emceed by patriarch Pray Tell, played by Billy Porter, where chosen House members strut outrageous outfits befit of a designated category, for trophies and recognition of their House matriarchs. Analucia McGorty, CDG, is the two-time Emmy®-nominated […]


Big Sky Cinematographer Oliver Bokelberg, ASC, on Capturing the Vastness and Scope of the Show

In the ABC series Big Sky, the operative word was certainly “big” when it came to cinematographer Oliver Bokelberg, ASC designing the vast vision for the show. The story of the search for a serial killer is set among the expanding backdrop of Helena, Montana with Albuquerque, New Mexico and its orange mountains as the original doppelganger location. However, due to the pandemic, locations were moved to Vancouver where Bokelberg had […]


This Is Us Casting Director Josh Einsohn Discusses Matching Older Cast With Younger Counterparts

When casting director Josh Einsohn, CSA, got the gig for This Is Us, the multiple Emmy-winning drama on NBC, which has been running for five seasons, he knew it would be a special assignment. Einsohn joined the team after the pilot; the principal cast of the Pearson family featuring Mandy Moore [Rebecca Pearson], Milo Ventimiglia [Jack Pearson], Sterling K. Brown [Randall Pearson], Chrissy Metz [Kate Pearson], and Justin Hartley [Kevin […]

For All Mankin

For All Mankind Cinematographer Stephen McNutt Creates A Luminous Look on Earth And Moon 

When the space-themed television series For All Mankind debuted in November 2019, it presented an alternative reality to the year 1969. The biggest accomplishment in the history of space travel was turned upside down. The jarring and unsettling reality in the world of creator Ronald D. Moore was the fact that the Soviet Union had beat the United States to the moon. In Season 2, it’s 1983, almost two decades […]


Dickinson Hair and Makeup Team Discusses Fusing Research with Modern Twists

At first glance, Apple TV+‘s  Dickinson looks like a period drama from the 1850s featuring the lovelorn poet Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) and her near-miss adventures with requited love and becoming famous. But watch closely through the 10 episodes in Season 2 and you’ll see a much more interesting modern mash-up featuring hairstyles such as Elvis Presley-inspired pompadours and bushy eyebrows that would rival those of model Brooke Shields circa the 1980s. These […]