David Newman (composer)

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David Newman
Born David Louis Newman
(1954-03-11) March 11, 1954 (age 61)
Los Angeles, California U.S.
Occupation Composer, orchestrator, conductor
Spouse(s) Krystyna Newman (2 children; 1 stepchild)[1]
Relatives Alfred Newman (father)
Lionel Newman (uncle)
Emil Newman (uncle)
Thomas Newman (brother)
Maria Newman (sister)
Randy Newman (cousin)

David Louis Newman (born March 11, 1954) is an American composer and conductor known particularly for his film scores. In a career spanning nearly forty years, he has composed music for nearly 100 feature films.

Life and career[edit]

Newman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Mississippi-born Martha Louis (née Montgomery) and Hollywood composer Alfred Newman. He is the brother of Thomas Newman, Maria Newman and the cousin of Randy Newman, all of whom are also composers. He is also the nephew of composers Lionel Newman and Emil Newman. An accomplished violinist, and successful concert conductor, Newman was educated at the University of Southern California.

His first film work was on Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie in 1984. In 1987 he scored Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train. This was his first collaboration with DeVito, and he went on to score nearly all of his subsequent films, including The War of the Roses (1989), Other People's Money (1991), Hoffa (1992), Matilda (1996) and Death to Smoochy (2002). Newman has also scored the comedies The Flintstones (1994), The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Nutty Professor (1996), and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

Like his counterpart Henry Mancini, Newman's credits during the early years of his career were mostly scoring B-movies such as The Runestone (1990) and The Kindred (1987) before he gradually transitioned to score mostly comedy films during his prime such as Bowfinger (1999), The Freshman (1990) and The Spy Next Door (2010). His score for The Spirit (2008) was a tribute to Mancini's 1950s and 60s neo-noir scores such as Touch of Evil (1958) or Experiment in Terror (1962).

He received an Academy Award nomination for the score to the animated film Anastasia, following his father, who scored the 1956 live-action version. However, he lost to Anne Dudley for The Full Monty. His other scores include Critters, The Phantom, The Brave Little Toaster, Malone, Ice Age, and Serenity, among others.

In 1997, Newman began a four-year stint as the music director for the Sundance Institute, and he has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra on several occasions. That year, he also re-recorded the Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare, composed by his father Alfred.

In February 2007, he was elected president of The Film Music Society.[2]

On May 21, 2009, Newman was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the annual BMI Film & Television Awards. The prestigious award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.[3]

Since 2012,[citation needed] Newman is conducting the RSO Vienna orchestra at the annual film music gala concert Hollywood in Vienna which is broadcast on radio and TV.

Newman is an alumnus and Board Member of the American Youth Symphony.[4]

Filmography[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1984 Frankenweenie Tim Burton Walt Disney Pictures Short film
1986 Critters Stephen Herek New Line Cinema N/A
Vendetta Bruce Logan Vestron Pictures N/A
1987 The Kindred Stephen Carpenter
Jeffrey Obrow
FM Entertainment N/A
My Demon Lover Charlie Loventhal New Line Cinema N/A
Malone Harley Cokeliss Orion Pictures N/A
The Brave Little Toaster Jerry Rees The Kushner-Locke Company
Hyperion Pictures
ITC Entertainment (UK theatrical)
Walt Disney Home Video (US video release)
N/A
Throw Momma from the Train Danny DeVito Orion Pictures N/A
1988 Heathers Michael Lehmann New World Pictures N/A
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Stephen Herek Nelson Entertainment
Interscope Communications
Orion Pictures (US)
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (International)
N/A
Disorganized Crime Jim Kouf Silver Screen Partners IV
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
Little Monsters Richard Alan Greenberg Children's Television Workshop
Henson Associates
Allied Stars Ltd
Davis Entertainment
Vestron Pictures
United Artists
N/A
Gross Anatomy Thom Eberhardt Sandollar Productions
Silver Screen Partners IV
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
The War of the Roses Danny DeVito Gracie Films
20th Century Fox
N/A

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1990 Madhouse Tom Ropelewski Orion Pictures N/A
Fire Birds David Green Touchstone Pictures N/A
The Freshman Andrew Bergman TriStar Pictures N/A
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Bob Hathcock DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Mr. Destiny James Orr Silver Screen Partners IV
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
1991 Meet the Applegates Michael Lehmann New World Pictures N/A
The Marrying Man Jerry Rees Silver Screen Partners IV
Hollywood Pictures
N/A
Talent for the Game Robert M. Young Paramount Pictures N/A
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Stephen Herek Children's Television Workshop
Henson Associates
HBO Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Peter Hewitt Nelson Entertainment
Interscope Communications
Orion Pictures
N/A
Rover Dangerfield James L. George
Bob Seeley
Hyperion Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Paradise Mary Agnes Donoghue Interscope Communications
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
Other People's Money Norman Jewison Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
1992 The Runestone Willard Carroll Hyperion Pictures
LIVE Entertainment
N/A
Itsy Bitsy Spider Matthew O'Callaghan Hyperion Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Short film
Honeymoon in Vegas Andrew Bergman Castle Rock Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Columbia Pictures
N/A
The Mighty Ducks Stephen Herek Avnet-Kerner Productions
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Hoffa Danny DeVito Le Studio Canal+
Jersey Films
20th Century Fox
N/A
1993 The Sandlot David Mickey Evans Island World
20th Century Fox
N/A
Coneheads Steve Barron NBC Films
Paramount Pictures
N/A
That Night Craig Bolotin Le Studio Canal+
Regency Enterprises
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Undercover Blues Herbert Ross Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
1994 The Air Up There Paul Michael Glaser Nomura Babcock & Brown
Interscope Communications
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Hollywood Pictures
N/A
My Father The Hero Steve Miner Touchstone Pictures N/A
The Flintstones Brian Levant Hanna-Barbera Productions
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
The Cowboy Way Gregg Champion Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
I Love Trouble Charles Shyer Caravan Pictures
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
1995 Boys on the Side Herbert Ross Le Studio Canal+
Regency Enterprises
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Tommy Boy Peter Segal Paramount Pictures N/A
Operation Dumbo Drop Simon Wincer Interscope Communications
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
1996 Big Bully Steve Miner Morgan Creek Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
The Phantom Simon Wincer The Ladd Company
Village Roadshow Pictures
Paramount Pictures
N/A
The Nutty Professor Tom Shadyac Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Matilda Danny DeVito Jersey Films
TriStar Pictures
N/A
Jingle All the Way Brian Levant 1492 Pictures
20th Century Fox
N/A
1997 Out to Sea Martha Coolidge Davis Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
Anastasia Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
20th Century Fox
Fox Animation Studios
N/A
1998 1001 Nights Mike Smith Blur Studio Short film; music inspired by Yoshitaka Amano's illustrations for the picture book Princess Budou to be performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to concert video directed by Mike Smith[5]
1999 Never Been Kissed Raja Gosnell Fox 2000 Pictures
Flower Films
20th Century Fox
N/A
Bowfinger Frank Oz Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Brokedown Palace Jonathan Kaplan 20th Century Fox N/A
Galaxy Quest Dean Parisot DreamWorks Pictures N/A

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Brian Levant Hanna-Barbera Productions
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Peter Segal Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Duets Bruce Paltrow Hollywood Pictures N/A
Bedazzled Harold Ramis Regency Enterprises
20th Century Fox
N/A
102 Dalmatians Kevin Lima Walt Disney Pictures N/A
2001 The Flamingo Rising Martha Coolidge CBS
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Television film
Dr. Dolittle 2 Steve Carr Davis Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
The Affair of the Necklace Charles Shyer Alcon Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
2002 Ice Age Chris Wedge Blue Sky Studios
20th Century Fox
N/A
Death to Smoochy Danny DeVito Jersey Films
Film4
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Life or Something Like It Stephen Herek Regency Enterprises
Davis Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
Scooby-Doo Raja Gosnell Atlas Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Donald Petrie Paramount Pictures N/A
Daddy Day Care Steve Carr Revolution Studios
Davis Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Duplex Danny DeVito Flower Films
Red Hour Productions
FilmColony
Miramax Films
N/A
The Cat in the Hat Bo Welch Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures (North America)
DreamWorks Pictures (International)
N/A
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Raja Gosnell Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2005 Are We There Yet? Brian Levant Revolution Studios
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Man of the House Stephen Herek Bel Air Entertainment
Revolution Studios
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Monster-in-Law Robert Luketic Sesame Workshop
Allied Stars Ltd
New Line Cinema
N/A
Serenity Joss Whedon Universal Pictures N/A
2007 Norbit Brian Robbins Tollin/Robbins Productions
Davis Entertainment
DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
N/A
2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins Malcolm D. Lee Spyglass Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
The Spirit Frank Miller OddLot Entertainment
Lionsgate
N/A
2009 My Life in Ruins Donald Petrie Playtone
Echo Bridge Entertainment
Fox Searchlight Pictures
N/A
Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Brian Levant Cartoon Network
Warner Premiere
Television Film
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Betty Thomas Bagdasarian Productions
Dune Entertainment
Regency Enterprises
20th Century Fox
N/A

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2010 Crazy on the Outside Tim Allen Freestyle Releasing N/A
The Spy Next Door Brian Levant Relativity Media
Lionsgate
N/A
Animals United Reinhard Klooss
Holger Tappe
Ambient Entertainment
Constantin Film
N/A
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Brian Levant Atlas Entertainment
Warner Premiere
Television Film
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son John Whitesell Regency Enterprises
20th Century Fox
N/A
2012 A Christmas Story 2 Brian Levant Warner Premiere
Warner Bros. Pictures
Direct-to-video film
2013 Tarzan Reinhard Klooss Ambient Entertainment
Constantin Film
N/A
2014 Behaving Badly Tim Garrick Vertical Entertainment N/A
2015 5 Flights Up Richard Loncraine Focus World N/A

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