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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... »

SCL Awards: Encanto Wins Best Score as No Time to Die and Don’t Look Up Take Song Prizes

March 9, 2022 | By
SCL Awards: <i>Encanto</i> Wins Best Score as <i>No Time to Die</i> and <i>Don’t Look Up</i> Take Song Prizes

Encanto composer Germaine Franco was the big winner at the Society of Composers and Lyricists’ SCL Awards on Tuesday night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Disney’s animated movie defeated live-action competitors such as Dune, The Power of the Dog, The French Dispatch and Don’t Look Up for the most notable award... »

Lucky #13? Diane Warren on Her Latest Oscar-Nominated Song — This One From Four Good Days

March 3, 2022 | By
Lucky #13? Diane Warren on Her Latest Oscar-Nominated Song — This One From <i>Four Good Days</i>

Songwriter Diane Warren is a legend in Hollywood at this point, having received 13 Oscar nominations over the past 35 years. Though she has yet to win thus far, she’s hoping that the lucky #13 will be the one to finally bring her the elusive gold statue she seems destined to win one day. This... »