David Ari Leon

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David Ari Leon
David Ari Leon at Comic-Con speaking on a panel of composers in San Diego, July 2012.
David Ari Leon at Comic-Con speaking on a panel of composers in San Diego, July 2012.
Background information
Born (1967-12-12) December 12, 1967 (age 55)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, songwriter, music supervisor
Years active1990–present
LabelsVitamin Records, SoundMind Music

David Ari Leon (born December 12, 1967) is an American music supervisor, composer, songwriter and musician.[1]

Leon's first professional music credit was in 1990 working with Danny Elfman on the feature film Nightbreed.[2] He is best known for writing and supervising music for Marvel Entertainment on titles including Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk.[3] He is a songwriter on the themes to the Marvel series Avengers and Super Hero Squad, and he composed the main title music to the shows Xyber 9 and Mr. Bill Presents.[4]

Featured music[edit]

Leon has been featured as a music artist on NPR's syndicated programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered in ten episodes between the years 2005 to 2018.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

He was also featured on the album "Rockabye Baby! Baby's Favorite Rock Songs,"[15] which was available exclusively at Starbucks March 23 – April 19, 2010. The album reached #3 on Billboard's Kids Albums chart,[16] #18 on the Billboard Independent Albums,[17] and #111 on the Billboard Top 200.[18] It contains a version of the Rolling Stones song Ruby Tuesday that Leon performed and produced for the Rockabye Baby! series,[19] which also features the artists Björk, Journey and Kanye West.

Education and early career[edit]


In 1990, Leon received a B.A. degree from UCLA in music composition, where he focused on piano performance, film scoring and electronic music production. While attending the university, he did internships with Academy Award-nominated composers, Mark Isham and Danny Elfman, the latter of which resulted in Leon's first feature film credit on the Clive Barker movie, Nightbreed.[20] Immediately following his completion of university, Leon worked on Days of Our Lives, garnering him an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Music Director."[21]

Marvel and Fox[edit]

In 1994, Leon began working for New World, the parent company of Marvel at that time, as Music Director and composer on the TV series Valley of the Dolls.[22] The following year (1995) was the start of his work for Marvel as composer and music supervisor on the show Spider-Man, along with other titles for Fox Kids.[23]

Leon subsequently held a Vice President of Music title for Fox from 1997 to 2002. During that time, he received music supervisor credits on many film and television projects for Fox such as the miniseries Les Misérables starring John Malkovich and the primetime series State of Grace, starring Frances McDormand.[24]

Recent works[edit]

More recently, Leon performed and arranged songs for a series of albums on Vitamin Records by artists including Neil Young, The Cure, R.E.M. and Pink Floyd.[25][26] He has also music supervised and written music for a series of interactive and Motion Comics for Marvel, starting with The Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon,[27] and including the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was the first digital comic to have an interactive soundtrack. Other more recent work for Marvel includes Leon being the music supervisor on eight movies co-produced by Lions Gate including Thor: Tales of Asgard and Invincible Iron Man.[28] 2019 found Leon writing a series of songs for the successful Netflix Original series, Super Monsters. While continuing his TV music work on shows such as the Emmy winning ABC show Sea Rescue and the Emmy nominated ABC show The Wildlife Docs, Leon also currently scores music for popular titles for EA and other interactive companies. Games with Leon's music include hit titles such as Contre Jour,[29] Superman,[30] Snoopy Coaster and Woody Woodpecker,[31] which garnered Leon a Hollywood Music in Media Award nomination for his original score to the title.[32] Leon's music was also included in the educational project Kiwaka, a game specifically designed to explore the concept of tangential learning.[33]


  1. ^ "All Music Guide". AllMusic.com. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: June 29, 2005". NPR.org. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: Aug. 29, 2005". NPR.org. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: July 31, 2007". NPR.org. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: Dec. 31, 2008". NPR.org. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: Aug. 19, 2010". NPR.org. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: Jan. 16, 2012". NPR.org. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: Apr. 6, 2012". NPR.org. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  12. ^ "NPR, Morning Edition: June 6, 2014". NPR.org. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "NPR, All Things Considered: Jan. 5, 2015". NPR.org. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "NPR, All Things Considered: Nov. 17, 2015". NPR.org. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Album Credits Profile". AlbumCredits.com. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  16. ^ "Billboard". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard.
  19. ^ "David Ari Leon at AllRovi". AllRovi.com. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  20. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  21. ^ "Awards Page: Internet Movie Database". IMDB.com. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  22. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.[unreliable source]
  23. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.[unreliable source]
  24. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.[unreliable source]
  25. ^ "Artist Page: David Ari Leon". Billboard.com. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  26. ^ "David Ari Leon at Amazon". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  27. ^ "Marvel Debuts 'Astonishing X-Men' Music Video". TheFlickCast.com. October 28, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  28. ^ "IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  29. ^ "Contre Jour HD: A Wonderful Puzzler". USA Today. September 8, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  30. ^ "Superman Review". 148 Apps. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  31. ^ "Woody Woodpecker Arrives on iOS Devices". Electronic Theatre. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  32. ^ "HMMA 2012 Visual Media Nominees". Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  33. ^ European Southern Observatory. "New App Kiwaka Features ESO Material". www.eso.org. Retrieved July 6, 2018.

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