Daniel Pemberton

Composer Daniel Pemberton on Scoring the Apple TV+ Shows The Afterparty and Slow Horses, Plus the Animated Pic The Bad Guys

Composer Daniel Pemberton has been exceedingly busy the past few years despite the world being fully immersed in a pandemic for the last two. Since 1994, Pemberton has been one of Hollywood’s go-to composers for film and television, and in 2021, he was nominated for his first Oscar — not for one of his terrific scores but for co-writing “Hear My Voice” with Celeste for The Trial of the Chicago […]


Peacemaker VFX Supervisor Betsy Paterson on Creating John Cena’s Flying Sidekick and Other Wild Things for James Gunn’s Hit Series

Betsy Paterson has been working in visual effects for over 25 years, but she has found a niche for herself of late as VFX Supervisor for television shows like Marco Polo and Carnival Row. After finishing last year’s movie, The Suicide Squad, filmmaker James Gunn decided to spin-off John Cena’s Peacemaker character into his very own HBO Max series, and Paterson signed on as VFX Supe.  There were many visual […]

Art Direction

Hacks Production Designer Alec Contestabile on Taking the Hit HBO Max Series on the Road in Season 2

Hacks stars Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder get a lot of credit for the success of the HBO Max show along with its multi-hyphenate creators, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen Statsky — and rightfully so. But Hacks would not have earned 15 Emmy nominations its first time out of the gate had “JPL” (as the creators are referred to by those on the show) not assembled an impressive below-the-line […]


Yellowstone and 1883 Composer Breton Vivian on Linking the Shows Through Music While Striving to Make Each Score Unique

Breton Vivian had worked with Brian Tyler for a number of years as a composer’s assistant, but now he’s working with Tyler as an equal for a pair of Taylor Sheridan series — Yellowstone and 1883. Yellowstone is Paramount’s flagship streaming series and one of many that Sheridan has either on the air or in the works. The show grew in popularity because of the pandemic, leading the fourth season […]

Carl Herse

The Afterparty DP Carl Herse on Working With Lord & Miller Again and Lighting for Several Different Genres

When Cinematographer Carl Herse found out about the Apple TV+ series The Afterparty, he immediately sent an email to executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, having previously worked with the directing duo behind the 21 Jump Street movies. Created by Miller, The Afterparty is a comedy series that doubles as a murder mystery. The star-studded whodunit takes place at a lavish California mansion shortly after a 20-year high school […]

Impeachment: American Crime Story

Impeachment: American Crime Story Hair and Makeup Department Heads Natalie Driscoll and Robin Beauchesne on Recreating Monica and the Clintons

The sexual affair between White House intern Monica Lewinsky and former President Bill Clinton may seem like old news, but in FX’s limited series Impeachment: American Crime Story, executive producer/director Ryan Murphy breathed new life into the torrid scandal of 1998. The 10-episode series debuted last fall and starred Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky and Clive Owen as Clinton, and it turned the tables on the typical he-said/she-said narrative. This dramatic retelling […]

Curt Beech

Only Murders in the Building Production Designer Curt Beech on Treating the Arconia Like a Living, Breathing Character

Only Murders in the Building stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez… and the Arconia. Though it’s a fictional building, it — along with the apartments belonging to Charles-Haden Savage (Martin), Oliver Putman (Short), and Mabel Mora’s (Gomez) aunt — feels as real as any other character on Hulu’s hit mystery comedy series. The lion’s share of the credit for that goes to Production Designer Curt Beech, who has risen […]

The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age Costume Designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone on the HBO Show’s Extravagant, Museum-Inspired Period Creations

Over two centuries ago, the Gilded Age era was all the rage in New York City with mansions lining the streets and dirt-paved roads providing the way for horses and buggies. It was a time of extreme division between the haves and the have-nots, illustrated by the social society in which the wealthy held extravagant balls orchestrated by servants and butlers. All that is on display at the corner of […]

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Composers Thomas Mizer & Curtis Moore on Highlighting Diversity and Writing a “Bad” Fake Broadway Musical

Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore were fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel well before Amy Sherman-Palladino brought them in to write music for Season 3. With laughs coming a mile a minute from the stage, the Amazon Prime Video series isn’t one that relies heavily on a score. Instead, what Mizer and Moore do is compose the songs for the Emmy-winning show. The duo wrote ditties for Shy Baldwin and […]


Maid Composers Este Haim and Chris Stracey on Fusing Their Musical Styles and Skills for the Netflix Show’s Synth-Heavy Soundtrack

Este Haim, best known as one-third of the Grammy Award-nominated musical sisterhood HAIM, had never imagined what writing a soundtrack would entail. Never one to set creative boundaries, Haim put it out to the universe that she wanted to try her hand at composing, and her desire manifested with the opportunity to compose the original music for Netflix‘s acclaimed limited series Maid. Sure, Haim could write catchy pop tunes, but […]