by Dan Goldwasser
I had a moment to talk to a few composers (and a few nominees) about their current and upcoming projects.
Composer Lynn Kowal, who composed the theme to "Homicide: Life on the Streets", gave us an update. She is currently working on a new solo album, which will be released on her own label, Curly Girl Music. The album, called "Delicate One", contains songs written and performed by Kowal, and should be out by the end of September.
"X-Files" composer (and Nominee) Mark Snow has a new film coming out this fall, entitled Crazy In Alabama. This film also marks the directorial debut of Antonio Banderas. In addition to his "X-Files" duties, he is also working on a new Chris Carter television show (now that "Millenium" has been cancelled) called "Harsh Realm" that will air this fall on Fox.
Mark Adler, who won the Emmy this year for Music Direction for The Rat Pack is currently working on a film based on the classic story, "Flowers for Algernon". The television film adaptation will air on CBS next February.
Veteran television composer Alf Clausen received his 20th Emmy Nomination this year, marking his 13th for "The Simpsons". He has been working on scoring four holdover episodes from last season of "The Simpsons" which will air this fall, and as such, doesn't have much time for any side projects.
Marco Beltrami received his first Emmy nomination for David and Lisa. Since the fall (when we spoke with Marco), he has worked on quite a few films, including The Minus Man, Deep Water, The Faculty, and The Crow III. He is currently beginning work on Scream 3, which is scoring in October, and will be released in theaters December 10th.
Lee Holdridge, who was nominated for his work on The Mutiny, has just completed work on an epic film about the first 50 years of Israel. This feature film was produced by the same team as the Oscar-winning documentary, "The Long Way Home", and should be out later this year.
Danny Lux has been keeping very busy in the television world, with his work on "Ally McBeal", "Sliders", "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch", and others. Now he adds another show to his busy schedule: "Ally", a half-hour condensed version of "Ally McBeal" which uses unused scenes to expand upon plotlines from the series.
Composer John Ottman has been very busy lately working on his directorial debut, Urban Legend II, which he also plans to score. Next year will also see him score the highly anticipated feature film adaptation of X-Men.
The Emmy Results (winners are in BOLD):
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (DRAMATIC UNDERSCORE)
Fantasy Island Pilot ABC Glenhill Productions, Inc. in association with Columbia Tristar
John Ottman, Composer
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror IX FOX Gracie Films in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Alf Clausen, Composer
The X-Files S.R. 819 FOX Ten Thirteen Productions in association with 20th Century Fox TV
Mark Snow, Composer
Xena: Warrior Princess Devi SYN Renaissance Pictures in association with Studios USA
Joseph Lo Duca, Composer
Invasion America Final Mission WB Dreamworks Animation
Carl Johnson, Composer
OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE (DRAMATIC UNDERSCORE
Mutiny NBC Revelations Entertainment/Big Productions/NBC Studios
Lee Holdridge, Composer
Oprah Winfrey Presents: David And Lisa ABC Harpo Films, Inc.
Marco Beltrami, Composer
Rear Window ABC Babelsberg International Film Production
David Shire, Composer
Winnie The Pooh, A Valentine For You ABC Walt Disney Television Animation
Carl Johnson, Composer
Alice In Wonderland NBC Hallmark Entertainment in association with Babelsberg International Film Production
Richard Hartley, Composer
OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
71st Annual Academy Awards ABC Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Bill Conti, Music Director
And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny And Cher Story ABC Larry Thompson Organization
Steve Tyrell, Music Director
Christmas In Washington NBC New Liberty Productions
Ian Fraser, Music Director
Janet: The Velvet Rope HBO A Picture Vision Production in association with jdj Entertainment, Inc.
Rex Salas, Music Director
The Temptations Part 1 NBC de Passe Entertainment in association with Babelsberg International Film Productions, GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG
Daniel Carlin, Music Director
The Rat Pack HBO A Home Box Office Production/A Neal H. Moritz/Original Film Production
Mark Adler, Music Director
OUTSTANDING MUSIC AND LYRICS
Home Improvement The Long And Winding Road ABC Song title:
"We've Got It All" Wind Dancer Production Group in association with Touchstone Television
Dan Foliart, Composer/Lyricist
Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular #118 FX Song title:
"FreedomDot Com" Buccieri & Weiss Productions in association with FX Networks
Gary Stockdale, Composer; Penn Jillette, Teller, Colman deKay, Lyricists
Winnie The Pooh, A Valentine For You ABC Song title:
"Places In The Heart" Walt Disney Television Animation
Michael Silversher, Composer; Patty Silversher, Lyricist
You Lucky Dog The Disney Channel Song title:
"Togetherness" Finnegan-Pinchuk in association with Disney Channel
David Michael Frank, Composer; Todd Smallwood, Lyricist
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies CBS Song title:
"A Ticket To Dream" American Film Institute presentation in association with Smith Hemion Productions
Marvin Hamlisch, Composer; Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Lyricists
OUTSTANDING MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
The PJs FOX Imagine Television, The Murphy Company and The Will Vinton Studios in association with Touchstone TV
Q D-III, Composer; George Clinton, Larita Norman, Marie Norman, Lyricists
Profiler NBC NBC Productions
Danny Lux, Composer
VIP SYN LaFitte Productions
Frankie Blue, Composer
Viva Variety Comedy Central RickMill Productions, Inc. in association with Comedy Partners
Glen Roven, Composer; Ben Garant, Lyricist
Trinity NBC A John Wells Production in association with Warner Bros. Television
Martin Davich, Composer
Very special thanks to Ray Costa for his continual support and guidance