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  • Eye In The Sky - Mark Kilian & Paul Hepker

    Mar 21, 2016

    Rave reviews are pouring in! Eye In The Sky delivers smart, thought-provoking insight into the moral complexity of modern drone warfare.

    Eye In The Sky - Mark Kilian & Paul Hepker

    Mar 21, 2016

    Eye In The Sky scored by Mark Kilian and Paul Hepker and distributed by Bleecker Street, is gaining wide acclaim, drawing comparisons to Dr. Strangelove and 12 Angry Men.

    The gripping war drama, directed by Gavin Hood, stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and the late Alan Rickman. The film explores the complexities of modern drone warfare, when complications arise during a drone missile strike aimed to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi.

    “With the compelling and thrilling new drama Eye In The Sky, we finally have a drone movie worth cheering about… Oscar-winning South African director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) and screenwriter Guy Hibbert have tackled the controversial subject head-on…” – Deadline.com

    “…this soberingly effective ­nail-biter follows the tactical, legal and ethical implications of a drone operation in East Africa… And in Hood’s capable hands, what could easily be a talky, theatrical chamber piece turns into a dynamic work of cinema. The characters and the tense, increasingly dire dialogue drive the action of “Eye in the Sky…”” – The Washington Post

    Eye In The Sky is currently in limited release, with a wide release scheduled for early April. To watch the trailer, click here.

  • Fil Eisler - Newtown

    Jan 22, 2016

    Newtown, the Sandy Hook documentary with music composed and commissioned by Fil Eisler, premieres at Sundance this weekend.

    Fil Eisler - Newtown

    Jan 22, 2016

    Newtown, the Sandy Hook documentary with music composed and commissioned by Fil Eisler, premieres at Sundance this weekend.

    The documentary explores the aftermath of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, in which 20 first-graders and six staff members were killed in the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

    Variety has described the creation of the score as “the most ambitious score of any movie in the festival: 17 different composers contributed music, all because they were moved by the subject matter.”

    After being asked to write the score, Fil quickly realized that the subject matter was just too overwhelming for a father of a four year old. He consulted with the filmmakers and they gave him the approval to open up the scoring process to other great composers, all of whom felt equally passionate about contributing. Contributors include George S. Clinton, Deborah Lurie, Christopher Drake, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Sean Callery, Miriam Cutler, Jeff Danna, Rob Duncan, Christopher Lennertz, Dino Meneghin, Mikael Sandgren, Gingger Shankar, Rob Simonsen, Mark Renk, and Blake Neely.

    For more information on Newtown, please visit the official website: newtownfilm.com

  • Emperor - Abel Korzeniowski

    Oct 8, 2015

    Abel Korzeniowski has begun work on Emperor!

    Emperor - Abel Korzeniowski

    Oct 8, 2015


    Abel Korzeniowski has begun work on Emperor!

    The action-adventure film, directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Adrien Brody Sophie Cookson, and Paz Vega, tells the story of the brilliant strategist Emperor Charles V, trying to hold together a fragmented Empire in a 16th century world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason.

  • Mark Orton - 'My Old Lady' Now Available

    Jan 23, 2015

    My Old Lady, scored by Mark Orton, is now available to purchase on iTunes!

    Mark Orton - 'My Old Lady' Now Available

    Jan 23, 2015

    My Old Lady, scored by Mark Orton, is now available to purchase on iTunes!

    My Old Lady follows the story of Mathias (Kevin Kline) as he travels to Paris to claim the apartment left to him by his late father. Upon his arrival, he finds his flat is legally occupied by Mathilde (Maggie Smith) and her daughter Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas), which causes a comedic battle to ensue. The anticipated humor takes a turn, melting into an unexpected, poignant story of love. This film marks the directorial debut of Isreal Horovitz and is a remake of his play of the same title. The film premiered last September at TIFF. It will be available to rent on-demand January 27th!

    The soundtrack, featuring music by Mark Orton, is also available here!

  • Welcome Trevor Yuile, Olivier Deriviere and Kreng!

    Sep 19, 2014

    We’re excited to announce the talented composers that have joined us within the past couple months!

    Welcome Trevor Yuile, Olivier Deriviere and Kreng!

    Sep 19, 2014


    We’re excited to announce three talented composers that have joined us!

    Gemini Nominated and Juno award-winning composer/arranger/songwriter Trevor Yuile is the composer of the acclaimed BBC America series Orphan Black. His score for this series is a complex mixture of electronica and interesting acoustic elements which perfectly complement the mystery and drama of the series. He’s also composed music for Canadian TV series King, Being Erica, and Billable Hours. As a songwriter for Universal EMI/BMI and Maple Records, Trevor has had songs featured in Grey’s Anatomy and The Ghost Whisperer.

    Olivier Deriviere has been at the forefront of video game composing for nearly a decade. His signature mix of electronic sounds with orchestra creates a filmic experience, which can be heard in his scores to the hit games Remember Me and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Freedom Cry. Olivier will be speaking at the international video game music conference Game Music Connect 2014 in London on September 24. Partners for this year include BAFTA, Sony PlayStation, EA and Classic FM. The gallery for last year’s sold-out inaugural event can be viewed here.

    Pepijn Caudron, known as Kreng, lives in Belgium. He attended the Kunsthumanoira Brussels, an art school for actors, and began fusing his theatrical and musical talents by writing scores for plays. Perhaps his most acclaimed work has been with the bone-chillingly creepy and intense music he’s created for the avant-garde theater group Abattoir Fermè. Kreng is making his US film debut with Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, which will be released by Lionsgate next month. He will also release his third album, “The Summoner”, in early 2015.

  • Erran Baron Cohen - Just Before You Go

    May 12, 2014

    Erran Baron Cohen scored Just Before You Go, Courtney Cox’s directorial debut, which recently premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival!

    Erran Baron Cohen - Just Before You Go

    May 12, 2014

    Erran Baron Cohen scored Just Before You Go, Courtney Cox’s directorial debut, which recently had its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival!

    “Courteney Cox proves her comedic timing extends beyond her acting chops in her directorial debut. Seann William Scott is Ted Morgan, a down-on-his-luck everyman who has decided that what life has to offer isn’t much. He gets motivated for the first (and the last) time to do himself in, but not before tying up a few loose ends back in his hometown. Enter a zany cast of characters, including Rob Riggle, Olivia Thirlby, and Garret Dillahunt, who quickly and inadvertently helps Ted discover that he’s not the only one who lives in a world that is not all sunshine and lollipops.” -Ashley Havey, Tribeca Film Festival

    In other news, The Ali G Show (2000-2004), scored by Erran, is back on the air on the FXX network! FXX has taken episodes of the original series, including ones that never aired in the US, and has reintroduced them to new audiences. Sacha Baron Cohen, Erran’s brother, has even filmed new material for the show!

    Erran has also written the music for The Infidel, The Musical, the stage adaptation of David Baddiel’s 2010 hit film. The musical will premiere October 15 at London’s Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Click to learn more!

  • IFMCA Winners 2013

    Feb 20, 2014

    Congratulations to Abel Korzeniowski and Laurent Eyquem, winners of the 2013 International Film Music Critics Association Awards!

    IFMCA Winners 2013

    Feb 20, 2014

    Congratulations to Abel Korzeniowski and Laurent Eyquem, winners of the 2013 International Film Music Critics Association Awards!

    Abel received three awards – Film Score of the Year and Best Original Score for a Drama Film for Romeo and Juliet, and Film Composer of the Year. IFMCA member Jon Broxton describes Korzeniowski as “a composer who is not afraid to bring out the deeper sentiments in a film through his music”.

    Laurent was honored with Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year, who, after making his film music debut only five years ago, impressed the IFMCA with his emotionally-driven orchestral scores for Copperhead and Winnie Mandela.

    To read the entire article, please visit the IFMCA’s official site.

  • March Film Premieres - Erran Baron Cohen, Mark Kilian, Paul Hepker, Bryan Senti

    Mar 10, 2016

    The Brothers Grimsby scored by Erran Baron Cohen, Eye In The Sky scored by Mark Kilian & Paul Hepker, and Backgammon scored by Bryan Senti hit theaters this Friday!

    March Film Premieres - Erran Baron Cohen, Mark Kilian, Paul Hepker, Bryan Senti

    Mar 10, 2016


    Three films by EMP clients are hitting the theaters this weekend:

    Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilarious British spy spoof The Brothers Grimsby, scored by Erran Baron Cohen, hits theaters nationwide! Distributed by Sony Pictures, the film centers on a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan who reunites with his long-lost brother (a deadly MI6 agent) to prevent a massive global terror attack. Click here for the trailer.

    Eye In The Sky scored by Mark Kilian and Paul Hepker and distributed by Bleecker Street, is opening in very limited release, with a wide release due in the coming weeks. The gripping war drama is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and the late Alan Rickman. The film explores the complexities of modern drone warfare, when complications arise during a drone missile strike aimed to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi. To watch the trailer, click here.

    Francisco Orvañanos’ psychological indie thriller Backgammon, scored by Bryan Senti, tells the story of a young man who is drawn into the web of two questionable bohemians – with disastrous results. Watch the trailer here.

  • Fil Eisler

    Dec 14, 2015

    Fil Eisler is wrapping up How To Be Single and starting work on CHiPs!

    Fil Eisler

    Dec 14, 2015

    Fil Eisler is putting the finishing touches on his score to How To Be Single, the Warner Brothers comedy starring Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, and Alison Brie. The film hits theaters February 12.

    He’s also commencing work on CHiPs! Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star in the screen version of the famous TV series, with Shepard also serving as director and co-writer.

    It’s been an exciting year for Fil! Aside from his film work, he’s also scored two hit TV shows – Fox’s Empire and Lifetime’s UnREAL.

  • Mountain Cry - Nicolas Errera

    Sep 15, 2015

    Mountain Cry, scored by Nicolas Errera has been selected as the closing title of the Busan International Film Festival!

    Mountain Cry - Nicolas Errera

    Sep 15, 2015


    Mountain Cry, scored by Nicolas Errera has been selected as the closing title of the Busan International Film Festival!

    The Chinese film, directed by Larry Yang, stars Yueting Lang and Ziyi Wang.

    BIFF is one of the largest and most significant film festivals in Asia. Held annually in Korea, the focus of BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries.

    For more information about the festival, please visit their official website.

  • Marty Beller - The Last Patrol

    Nov 10, 2014


    The Last Patrol, Sebastian Junger’s documentary scored by Marty Beller, premieres tonight on HBO!

    Marty Beller - The Last Patrol

    Nov 10, 2014

    The Last Patrol, Sebastian Junger’s documentary scored by Marty Beller, premieres tonight on HBO at 9pm PT!

    “In an era when documentaries about soldiers tend to focus on their injuries or mental illness, ‘The Last Patrol’ opens wide a different vista that is moving and beautiful—and abundantly life affirming.

    The patrol of this HBO film is not over foreign terrain. It reflects a 300-mile journey through the relatively calm, if sometimes desolate, landscape of the railroad tracks and environs between Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia and then west toward the Allegheny mountains. Not all of the four men we meet have been in the service. Two, including the filmmaker and author Sebastian Junger —who directed “The Last Patrol” as a meditation on the experience of re-entering the world after combat—have experienced war as journalists. The other two are vets they know from Afghanistan." Read the full feature on the Wall Street Journal!

    Catch the trailer here.

  • Mark Orton, Mark Kilian - TIFF Premieres

    Sep 11, 2014

    We’re proud to announce that two of our composers, Mark Kilian and Mark Orton, had projects that premiered at TIFF this year!

    Mark Orton, Mark Kilian - TIFF Premieres

    Sep 11, 2014

    We’re proud to announce that two of our composers, Mark Kilian and Mark Orton, had projects that premiered at TIFF this year!

    Revenge of the Green Dragons, scored by Mark Kilian and executive produced by Martin Scorcese, premiered at the Ryerson Theater. The film is centered around New York’s 1980s Chinese American street gangs and their relentless empire of drug smuggling and human trafficking. Director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs, later remade into The Departed) brought on stars Justin Chon, Kevin Wu and Ray Liotta to lead the cast. Audiences are recommended to brace themselves for the twists and turns of the violent plot. The film will receive a 30-day digital release, followed by a limited US release in October.

    Check out the Enstarz review.

    My Old Lady, scored by Mark Orton, follows the story of Mathias (Kevin Kline) as he travels to Paris to claim the apartment left to him by his late father. Upon his arrival, he finds his flat is legally occupied by Mathilde (Maggie Smith) and her daughter Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas), which causes a comedic battle to ensue. The anticipated humor takes a turn, melting into an unexpected, poignant story of love. This film marks the directorial debut of Isreal Horovitz and is a remake of his play of the same title. My Old Lady is in currently in limited release.

    Read the write-up in the NY Times.

  • Nathaniel Méchaly - Asian Film Awards

    Mar 20, 2014

    Nathaniel Méchaly and Shigeru Umebayashi win Best Original Score for their work on The Grandmaster at the Asian Film Awards.

    Nathaniel Méchaly - Asian Film Awards

    Mar 20, 2014

    Nathaniel Méchaly and Shigeru Umebayashi win Best Original Score for their work on The Grandmaster at the Asian Film Awards.

    This French-Japanese collaboration resulted in a beautiful score that fuses traditional Chinese and western musical elements. Listen to the score on iTunes.

    Click here to see the full list of winners.

  • David Majzlin - Las Marthas

    Feb 17, 2014

    Las Marthas, scored by David Majzlin, debuts tonight on PBS!

    David Majzlin - Las Marthas

    Feb 17, 2014

    Las Marthas, scored by David Majzlin, debuts tonight on PBS!

    The bordertown of Laredo, Texas hosts a celebration unlike any other. For 116 years, this Mexican American community has honored a man who never set foot in Laredo: George Washington. The highlight is a Colonial Ball in which Mexican American debutantes are presented as guests of Martha Washington. Las Marthas follows two of the girls as they prepare for this extraordinary rite of passage. The film unveils layers of tradition as questions arise regarding the nature of borders, biculturalism, and the performance of identity.

    “Las Marthas is so expertly told that by the end of the movie you’re at the edge of your seat.” -Enrique Lopetegui – The Current

    “Lovingly put together… You’ll be enthralled.” -Wendy Kaufman – The Examiner

    Click here to view the trailer.

  • Sundance 2016

    Jan 26, 2016

    Our clients are having an incredible run at Sundance 2016! Here are some highlights from the festival!

    Sundance 2016

    Jan 26, 2016




    Our clients are having an incredible run at the Sundance Film Festival! Here are some highlights from the week so far.

    Lesley Barber | Manchester By The Sea
    After an intense bidding war, Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to Kenneth Lonergan’s family drama Manchester By The Sea for $10 million. The film stars Casey Affleck as Lee, loaf by night, janitor by day, who is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

    Variety’s glowing review of the film describes Lesley Barber’s score as an extension of the characters, whose discord “extends even to the music, courtesy of composer Lesley Barber and music supervisor Linda Cohen, which adds yet another deliberate layer of cacophony… Only a wordless, beautifully harmonized vocal performance, recurring at key intervals, offers the respite of something resembling silence.”

    Fil Eisler | Newtown
    Hailed by Variety as an “elegant, devastating portrait of a town in mourning,” this documentary delves into the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Massacre that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six staff members. The film premiered Sunday to rave reviews.

    After being asked to write the score, Fil quickly realized that the subject matter was just too overwhelming for a father of a four year old. He consulted with the filmmakers, who gave him approval to open the scoring process to other renowned composers, all of whom were moved by the film’s subject matter.

    Sam Retzer & Tim Boland | Spa Night
    Spa Night, scored by Sam Retzer and Tim Boland, is the first feature-length film from Korean-American director Andrew Ahn. The film explores the complexity of identity in the Los Angeles Korean-American community, touching on issues of class, race, religion, and sexuality.

    The Wrap has noted Ahn as one of their “13 Hot Directors to Watch.” RogerEbert.com praises Ahn as a “new and necessary voice in indie cinema.”

    Alexis & Sam | Equity
    Sony Pictures Classics acquired the worldwide rights to Equity, which stars Anna Gunn as an investment banker who gets entangled in a controversial public offering.

    The film is the first female-driven Wall Street drama, in the same vein as The Big Short and Margin Call.

    Graham Reynolds | Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny
    “One of the most enriching and enjoyable docs about a filmmaker in recent memory” – The Hollywood Reporter

    Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, scored by Graham Reynolds and directed by Karen Bernstein and Louis Black, gives unprecedented access to Linklater’s history, including rare footage, journals, and even budgets – the documentary feels as if it were told through the perspective of an old friend.

  • Introducing Bryan Senti

    Nov 16, 2015

    New EMP signing Bryan Senti is having a very active year!

    Introducing Bryan Senti

    Nov 16, 2015

    New EMP signing Bryan Senti is having a very active year. Bryan scored the recent critically-acclaimed release Experimenter, directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Winona Ryder, Taryn Manning, and Peter Sarsgaard, and is receiving some excellent notices for the score:

    …Experimenter becomes a compelling experience, a film of ideas that is almost a tone poem, too (thanks in part to Bryan Senti’s music).Herald.net

    …Bryan Senti’s music finds a balance between scientific detachment and sorrow over the human capacity for cruelty.Vulture.com

    Bryan also scored scored the 2015 Sundance documentary selection and HBO acquisition How to Dance in Ohio as well as the Tribeca Audience Award winner King Jack, directed by Felix Thompson. He is currently scoring Killer Films’ London Town starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Liv Tyler and Daniel Huttlestone.

    For more information on Bryan, please visit his official website bryansenti.com.

  • EMP at TIFF

    Aug 19, 2015

    Eye in the Sky and Forsaken will premiere at TIFF 2015!

    EMP at TIFF

    Aug 19, 2015


    Eye in the Sky and Forsaken will premiere at TIFF 2015!

    Eye in the Sky, scored by Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian, is directed by Gavin Hood. The thriller stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren alongside Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Iain Glen in a terrorist-targeting drone mission that becomes a flashpoint when a civilian girl enters the kill zone.

    Forsaken, scored by Jonathan Goldsmith and directed by Jon Cassar, stars Kiefer and Donald Sutherland in a brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father while their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

    For more information on this year’s festival, please visit TIFF’s official site.

  • Eef Barzelay - Rudderless

    Oct 21, 2014

    The Rudderless soundtrack, featuring music by Eef Barzelay, hit #6 on the iTunes top 10 soundtracks!

    Eef Barzelay - Rudderless

    Oct 21, 2014

    The Rudderless soundtrack, featuring music by Eef Barzelay, hit #6 on iTunes top 10 soundtracks! Ruddlerless opened in theaters on October 17th.

    “Earlier this year, actor William H. Macy made his feature-length directorial debut with “Rudderless,” a music-based drama starring Billy Crudup, Selena Gomez and Anton Yelchin. About a man (Crudup) trying to forget a past full of tragedy, when he stumbles across a box of unpublished music from his former life, it spurns him on to form a small band. These experiences lead to local success and ultimately changes his life.” -Indiewire

    Head over to Film Music Daily for the full story!

  • Bruce Gilbert Featured in The Wall Street Journal

    Jul 24, 2014

    Bruce Gilbert and his work on Orange Is the New Black were featured in The Wall Street Journal!

    Bruce Gilbert Featured in The Wall Street Journal

    Jul 24, 2014

    Bruce Gilbert and his work on Orange Is the New Black were featured in The Wall Street Journal!

    Bruce gives details about the creative freedom he’s allowed as a music supervisor, the approach to this particular show, and his collaboration with Jenji Kohan. He also created a playlist [left] of his favorite songs from the first two seasons.

    “The show’s soundtrack comes together in a rather collaborative way, typically with Gilbert steering the ship and taking input from writers and creator Jenji Kohan. ‘I work a lot by feel,’ he says. ‘I feel like the emotion of what’s happening in the story determines more than anything. It was revealed early on that we had a lot more freedom because of the diverse, dynamic cast and the little vignettes that cut back into their lives before prison.’”

    Read the full article, “How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Diversifies Its Soundtrack,”.

  • Tim Boland, Sam Retzer - Bottled Up

    Feb 28, 2014

    Bottled Up, scored by Sam Retzer and Tim Boland, hits select theaters today!

    Tim Boland, Sam Retzer - Bottled Up

    Feb 28, 2014

    Bottled Up, scored by Sam Retzer and Tim Boland, hits select theaters today! Writer/director Enid Zentelis’ fresh, indie dramedy tells the story of motherhood, unconditional love, and the struggles of addiction, with Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, Marin Ireland and Josh Hamilton leading the cast.

    Check out the trailer which features music from the score!