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Blockbuster Composer Brian Tyler Named BMI Icon as Women Warriors Team Wins Impact Award

May 23, 2022 | By
Blockbuster Composer Brian Tyler Named BMI Icon as <i>Women Warriors</i> Team Wins Impact Award

Broadcast Music, Inc. recently held its 38th Annual BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards to celebrate the top-performing composers of the past year. The private ceremony was hosted by BMI President/CEO Mike O’Neill, EVP of Creative and Licensing Mike Steinberg, and SVP of Creative Alex Flores. The highest honor of the evening went to renowned... »

Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, Dies at 79

May 19, 2022 | By
Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind <i>Chariots of Fire</i> and <i>Blade Runner</i>, Dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek composer who won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire, died on Tuesday in a French hospital while being treated for COVID-19, according to Greek media reports. He was 79. Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou on March 29, 1943, Vangelis was raised in Athens,  Greece, where he taught himself piano and formed a... »

Candy Composer Ariel Marx on Creating Macabre Music for the Repressed World of Hulu’s True-Crime Series

May 17, 2022 | By
<i>Candy</i> Composer Ariel Marx on Creating Macabre Music for the Repressed World of Hulu’s True-Crime Series

It was Friday, June 13, 1980, when Candy Montgomery, a bible-belting bored housewife hacked her neighbor, Betty Gore, to death with an ax. The shocking crime shook the tight-knit community of Wylie, Texas, and led to a murder trial that saw Montgomery claim self-defense. More than 40 years later, the events that led up to that... »

The Flight Attendant Composer Blake Neely on 20 Years With Greg Berlanti and How a College Rejection Letter Fueled His Emmy Win

May 11, 2022 | By
<i>The Flight Attendant</i> Composer Blake Neely on 20 Years With Greg Berlanti and How a College Rejection Letter Fueled His Emmy Win

If you’re a fan of the CW, you’ve probably heard the work of veteran Composer Blake Neely, whose many credits include All American, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, and Supergirl, as well as Netflix’s creepy thriller You. All of those shows hail from executive producer Greg Berlanti, who goes back 20 years with Neely, who composed the main title theme for Berlanti’s show Everwood.... »

The Dropout Composer Anne Nikitin on Embracing Her Synth Side to Make Digital Music for Hulu’s Hit Series

May 10, 2022 | By
<i>The Dropout</i> Composer Anne Nikitin on Embracing Her Synth Side to Make Digital Music for Hulu’s Hit Series

The trial of Theranos founder/CEO Elizabeth Holmes, the wide-eyed, deep-voiced blonde who convinced some of America’s savviest investors to back her biotech company, which promised to make the world a better place with just a single drop of blood, piqued the interest of millions of people — especially the media. Coverage was extensive, and an ABC News podcast set... »

Stephen Arnold Music Wins Nine Times at Broadcast Production Awards

May 9, 2022 | By
Stephen Arnold Music Wins Nine Times at Broadcast Production Awards

Stephen Arnold Music enjoyed a strong showing at the annual NewscastStudio Broadcast Production Awards, winning nine awards including Best Overall Use of Music for its work on Al Jazeera Arabic’s 25th Anniversary rebrand. Other honors came for custom music for CNN’s flagship morning program New Day, Nexstar Media Group’s NewsNation, Las Vegas station KTNV, and New York... »

Exclusive: Mogwai to Compose Original Score for Apple TV+ Series Black Bird Starring Taron Egerton

May 4, 2022 | By
Exclusive: Mogwai to Compose Original Score for Apple TV+ Series <i>Black Bird</i> Starring Taron Egerton

In exciting music news, Scottish rock band Mogwai has been tapped to provide the score for the upcoming Taron Egerton–Paul Walter Hauser limited series Black Bird, which will premiere July 8 on Apple TV+, an individual familiar with the project has told Below the Line. The six-episode series is based on the true-crime memoir... »

Joe vs. Carole Music Supervisor Ann Kline on Why Southern Rock Roars Loudest on Eclectic Soundtrack

April 7, 2022 | By
<i>Joe vs. Carole</i> Music Supervisor Ann Kline on Why Southern Rock Roars Loudest on Eclectic Soundtrack

The plethora of soundtrack selections in Joe vs. Carole, Peacock’s genre-bending limited series that takes place over multiple time periods, might intimidate most music supervisors — but not Ann Kline. Kline enthusiastically embraced the task of selecting a wide range of tunes for the show, which benefited from her attention to detail — something instilled in her... »

Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: Zola and Encanto‘s Big Wins Ring Loud and Clear

March 20, 2022 | By
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: <i>Zola</i> and <i>Encanto</i>‘s Big Wins Ring Loud and Clear

A24’s Zola and Disney’s Encanto — the first time those two movies have appeared in the same sentence before, no doubt — were among the big winners at the Guild of Music Supervisors‘ 12th annual awards ceremony, which took place on Sunday. Netflix’s Tick, Tick… Boom! (supervised by Steven Gizicki), and Lionsgate’s comedy Barb and Star Go... »

The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

March 11, 2022 | By
The Year’s Most Anticipated Movies From a Below-the-Line Perspective

The Batman and Scream were my two most anticipated movies of the year, and with the former currently playing in theaters and the latter now available On Demand, it’s time to turn our attention to my other Most Anticipated Movies of the Year, albeit with a below-the-line twist this time around. Rather than simply... »