Hollywood Studio Symphony

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The Hollywood Studio Symphony is the credited name of the symphony orchestra behind many major soundtracks, including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sucker Punch, Jurassic Park 3, Last Samurai, Pirates of the Caribbean, We Are Marshall, Spider-Man 2, Lost and The Bourne Supremacy. Although the name "Hollywood Studio Symphony" may lead listeners to think that it is a conventional symphony orchestra like the London Symphony Orchestra, the actual members of the ensemble are session musicians contracted individually and differ from soundtrack to soundtrack.

Note, the Hollywood Studio Symphony bears no relation to the similarly named Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, which is more akin to a traditional orchestra with a set roster.

Background[edit]

Often in soundtracks, the individual members of the orchestra that performs the actual score are not credited (with some exceptions being the "orchestra leader" or concertmaster). Usually, only the "orchestra contractor" is credited.

The use of the "Hollywood Studio Symphony" name is part of a 2002 contract negotiated between the American Federation of Musicians and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to provide an incentive for soundtracks to be recorded with Los Angeles musicians instead of foreign musicians and recording venues (often in London and Prague) who were cheaper. In the new contract, the AFM musicians agreed to lower their record rates in exchange for individual credits to all the musicians that perform the score as well as recognition for the local community venture. Thus, the "Hollywood Studio Symphony" name is given to the entire ensemble in addition to the individual musician credits as a way to brand the LA effort.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Composer Conductor Orchestrator
1951 David and Bathsheba Alfred Newman Alfred Newman
1954 Hell and High Water Alfred Newman Alfred Newman Edward B. Powell
1955 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Leigh Harline Lionel Newman
1962 Lonely Are the Brave Jerry Goldsmith Joseph Gershenson Jerry Goldsmith & David Tamkin
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith David Tamkin
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Lionel Newman & Fred Steiner Lionel Newman
1968 The Devil's Brigade Alex North Alex North Henry Brant
1971 Escape from the Planet of the Apes Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Arthur Morton
1974 Blazing Saddles John Morris John Morris Jonathan Tunick
1975 Rooster Cogburn Laurence Rosenthal Laurence Rosenthal
1976 Midway John Williams John Williams
Silver Streak Henry Mancini Henry Mancini Jack Hayes
1978 Gray Lady Down Jerry Fielding Jerry Fielding Lennie Niehaus
Big Wednesday Basil Poledouris Basil Poledouris Greig McRitchie
Capricorn One Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Arthur Morton
The Swarm Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Arthur Morton & Franklin Daniel
Who'll Stop the Rain Laurence Rosenthal Laurence Rosenthal Herbert W. Spencer
1980 Brubaker Lalo Schifrin Lalo Schifrin Jack Hayes
Airplane! Elmer Bernstein Elmer Bernstein David Spear
1981 Stripes Elmer Bernstein David Spear & Peter Bernstein
Escape to Victory Bill Conti Bill Conti
Taps Maurice Jarre Maurice Jarre
1982 Heartbeeps John Williams John Williams Herbert W. Spencer
1983 Something Wicked This Way Comes James Horner James Horner Greig McRitchie
WarGames Arthur B. Rubinstein Arthur B. Rubinstein Mark Hoder & Arthur B. Rubinstein
The Right Stuff Bill Conti Bill Conti Angela Morley & Richard Hazard
Gorky Park James Horner James Horner Greig McRitchie
1984 Ghostbusters Elmer Bernstein Elmer Bernstein Peter Bernstein & David Spear
1985 Back to the Future Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri James Campbell
The Journey of Natty Gann James Horner James Horner Greig McRitchie
1987 Predator Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri James Campbell
Innerspace Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Arthur Morton
The Monster Squad Bruce Broughton
1988 Die Hard Michael Kamen Michael Kamen Michael Kamen & Chris Boardman
Cocoon: The Return James Horner James Horner James Horner & Greig McRitchie
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure David Newman
Lock Up Bill Conti Bill Conti
The Abyss Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri James Campbell
1990 Stanley & Iris John Williams John Williams Herbert W. Spencer & John Neufield
Joe Versus the Volcano Georges Delerue
Quigley Down Under Basil Poledouris Basil Poledouris Greig McRitchie & Mark McKenzie
1993 Jack the Bear James Horner
The Fugitive James Newton Howard James Newton Howard & Marty Paich Brad Dechter, Chris Boardman & James Newton Howard
Judgment Night Alan Silvestri
RoboCop 3 Basil Poledouris Basil Poledouris Greig McRitchie & Mark McKenzie
1995 Dolores Claiborne Danny Elfman Richard Stone Steve Bartek
Bad Boys Mark Mancina
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Basil Poledouris Basil Poledouris Greig McRitchie & Lolita Ritmanis
1996 Executive Decision Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Alexander Courage
Mission: Impossible Danny Elfman Artie Kane Steve Bartek & Mark McKenzie
Chain Reaction Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Arthur Morton & Alexander Courage
Jingle All the Way David Newman
Mars Attacks! Danny Elfman
1997 Air Force One Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Alexander Courage & Dave Slonaker
L.A. Confidential Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Arthur Morton & Alexander Courage
Mad City Thomas Newman Thomas Newman Thomas Pasatieri
Starship Troopers Basil Poledouris Basil Poledouris Greig McRitchie & Steven Scott Smalley
1998 Blade Mark Isham
1999 The Haunting Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Alexander Courage
The Matrix Don Davis Don Davis Don Davis
2001 Along Came a Spider Jerry Goldsmith
Evolution John Powell
Cats & Dogs John Debney Pete Anthony
The Princess Diaries John Debney John Debney
Rush Hour 2 Lalo Schifrin Lalo Schifrin Lalo Schifrin & Ira Hearshen
Bubble Boy John Ottman Damon Intrabartolo John Ottman & Damon Intrabartolo
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back James L. Venable Ardell Hake Ardell Hake
The Glass House Christopher Young Pete Anthony
Don't Say a Word Mark Isham
Joy Ride Marco Beltrami Marco Beltrami & Pete Anthony
Domestic Disturbance Mark Mancina Don Harper
The One Trevor Rabin Gordon Goodwin
Black Knight Randy Edelman Randy Edelman Ralph Ferraro
The Affair of the Necklace David Newman David Newman
I Am Sam John Powell
2002 Collateral Damage Graeme Revell
Dragonfly John Debney John Debney John Debney
Ice Age David Newman
Blade II Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
The Scorpion King John Debney Pete Anthony
The Salton Sea Thomas Newman
Unfaithful Jan A. P. Kaczmarek Michael Nowak Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Enough David Arnold Nicholas Dodd Nicholas Dodd
The Bourne Identity John Powell Pete Anthony Bruce Fowler & Suzette Moriarty
Passionada Harry Gregson-Williams Harry Gregson-Williams
Pumpkin John Ottman Damon Intrabartolo John Ottman & Damon Intrabartolo
Signs James Newton Howard Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
xXx Randy Edelman Randy Edelman Randy Edelman & Ralph Ferraro
The Tuxedo Christophe Beck & John Debney John Debney & Pete Anthony Kevin Kliesch
White Oleander Thomas Newman
Far from Heaven Elmer Bernstein Elmer Bernstein Emilie A. Bernstein
The Emperor's Club James Newton Howard Pete Anthony Brad Dechter
Star Trek: Nemesis Jerry Goldsmith Jerry Goldsmith Conrad Pope & Mark McKenzie
Catch Me If You Can John Williams John Williams
2003 Daredevil Graeme Revell Tim Simonec Tim Simonec
Tears of the Sun Hans Zimmer
Dreamcatcher James Newton Howard Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Identity Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri
Bruce Almighty John Debney Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
The Italian Job John Powell Pete Anthony
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Klaus Badelt
Gigli John Powell
Jeepers Creepers 2 Bennett Salvay
Matchstick Men Hans Zimmer
The Rundown Harry Gregson-Williams
Out of Time Graeme Revell
Scary Movie 3 James L. Venable
Looney Tunes: Back in Action Jerry Goldsmith Pete Anthony
Gothika John Ottman
Timeline Jerry Goldsmith
The Last Samurai Hans Zimmer
House of Sand and Fog James Horner
Paycheck John Powell
Peter Pan James Newton Howard
2004 Miracle Mark Isham
Hellboy Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius James Horner
The Day After Tomorrow Harald Kloser
The Chronicles of Riddick Graeme Revell
The Terminal John Williams John Williams
The Notebook Aaron Zigman
I, Robot Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
The Bourne Supremacy John Powell Pete Anthony
The Village James Newton Howard
Surviving Christmas Randy Edelman
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood
Flight of the Phoenix Marco Beltrami
Meet the Fockers Randy Newman
2005 Elektra Christophe Beck
Robots John Powell Pete Anthony
The Interpreter James Newton Howard
Dark Water Angelo Badalamenti
The Island Steve Jablonsky
Four Brothers David Arnold
The Skeleton Key Edward Shearmur
Serenity David Newman
Flightplan James Horner
The Greatest Game Ever Played Brian Tyler
Zathura: A Space Adventure John Debney John Debney
Syriana Alexandre Desplat
King Kong James Newton Howard Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
The Family Stone Michael Giacchino
Fun with Dick and Jane Theodore Shapiro Pete Anthony
2006 Annapolis Brian Tyler
Firewall Alexandre Desplat Pete Anthony
The Pink Panther Christophe Beck Pete Anthony Kevin Kliesch
Freedomland James Newton Howard
Inside Man Terence Blanchard Terence Blanchard Terence Blanchard & Howard Drossin
Ice Age: The Meltdown John Powell Pete Anthony
The Sentinel Christophe Beck Pete Anthony Kevin Kliesch
Mission: Impossible III Michael Giacchino
X-Men: The Last Stand John Powell Pete Anthony Kevin Kliesch
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Brian Tyler Brian Tyler
Lady in the Water James Newton Howard Pete Anthony Brad Dechter
The Ant Bully John Debney John Debney
World Trade Center Craig Armstrong Pete Anthony
Snakes on a Plane Trevor Rabin
All the King's Men James Horner
The Prestige Hans Zimmer
The Holiday Hans Zimmer Rupert Gregson-Williams Suzette Moriarty & Walt Fowler
Night at the Museum Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri
2007 Because I Said So David Kitay
Partition Brian Tyler Brian Tyler
Disturbia Geoff Zanelli
Evan Almighty John Debney John Debney Brad Dechter
Live Free or Die Hard Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Transformers Steve Jablonsky Nick Glennie-Smith
Rush Hour 3 Lalo Schifrin
The Invasion John Ottman
Michael Clayton James Newton Howard
American Gangster Marc Streitenfeld
Lions for Lambs Mark Isham
Beowulf Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri
August Rush Mark Mancina
I Am Legend James Newton Howard
Charlie Wilson's War James Newton Howard Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Brian Tyler
The Bucket List Marc Shaiman Pete Anthony
2008 Vantage Point Atli Örvarsson Nick Glennie-Smith
Horton Hears a Who! John Powell Kevin Kliesch
Stop-Loss John Powell
Nim's Island Patrick Doyle
Standard Operating Procedure Danny Elfman
Speed Racer Michael Giacchino
Get Smart Trevor Rabin
Hancock John Powell Pete Anthony, Blake Neely, Don Harper Kevin Kliesch
Pineapple Express Graeme Revell
Tropic Thunder Theodore Shapiro Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
The Day the Earth Stood Still Tyler Bates
Bolt John Powell Pete Anthony
The Tale of Despereaux William Ross William Ross
Meet Dave John Debney John Debney Frank Bennett
The Spirit David Newman
2009 He's Just Not That into You Cliff Eidelman
Watchmen Tyler Bates
Dragonball: Evolution Brian Tyler
Duplicity James Newton Howard
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Harry Gregson-Williams
Star Trek Michael Giacchino
Angels & Demons Hans Zimmer Nick Glennie-Smith
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Alan Silvestri Alan Silvestri
Land of the Lost Michael Giacchino
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs John Powell Pete Anthony Pete Anthony & Kevin Kliesch
Aliens in the Attic John Debney
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Alan Silvestri
The Time Traveler's Wife Mychael Danna
All About Steve Christophe Beck Kevin Kliesch
2010 Valentine's Day John Debney
In My Sleep Conrad Pope
The A-Team Alan Silvestri
Predators John Debney Pete Anthony
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Christopher Lennertz
Charlie St. Cloud Rolfe Kent
The Tourist James Newton Howard Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Little Fockers Stephen Trask Pete Anthony
2011 I Am Number Four Trevor Rabin
Battle: Los Angeles Brian Tyler
Hop Christopher Lennertz
Your Highness Steve Jablonsky Nick Glennie-Smith
Rio John Powell Pete Anthony
Fast Five Brian Tyler
Super 8 Michael Giacchino
Green Lantern James Newton Howard
Mr. Popper's Penguins Rolfe Kent
Monte Carlo Michael Giacchino
Cowboys & Aliens Harry Gregson-Williams
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Patrick Doyle James Shearman James Shearman
The Help Thomas Newman J. A. C. Redford
Fright Night Ramin Djawadi
Real Steel Danny Elfman Pete Anthony
The Thing Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Michael Giacchino
2012 Big Miracle Cliff Eidelman
The Lorax John Powell Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Battleship Steve Jablonsky Nick Glennie-Smith
Ice Age: Continental Drift John Powell Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
The Bourne Legacy James Newton Howard
Trouble with the Curve Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
2013 Gangster Squad Steve Jablonsky Nick Glennie-Smith
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Henry Jackman Nick Glennie-Smith
After Earth James Newton Howard Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Pacific Rim Ramin Djawadi
The Smurfs 2 Heitor Pereira
Kick-Ass 2 Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson
Romeo & Juliet Abel Korzeniowski
2014 Ride Along Christopher Lennertz
Winter's Tale Hans Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams Nick Glennie-Smith
300: Rise of an Empire Junkie XL
Rio 2 John Powell Nicholas Pike
Godzilla Alexandre Desplat
The Equalizer Harry Gregson-Williams
The Homesman Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony
2015 Jupiter Ascending Michael Giacchino
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water John Debney John Debney John Debney
Pixels Henry Jackman Nick Glennie-Smith
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Matthew Margeson
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course John Debney John Debney John Debney & Pete Anthony
Lights Out Benjamin Wallfisch
Star Trek Beyond Michael Giacchino
Suicide Squad Steven Price Pete Anthony
2017 xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Brian Tyler
Logan Marco Beltrami Pete Anthony Pete Anthony
Annabelle: Creation Benjamin Wallfisch


Television[edit]

Years Title Composer Seasons
2004-2010 Lost Michael Giacchino 4, 5
2007-2009 Pushing Daisies James Dooley 2
2008-2013 Fringe Michael Giacchino 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2011–present Once Upon a Time Mark Isham 2
2013–2018 House of Cards Jeff Beal 2, 5
2014-2016 Penny Dreadful Abel Korzeniowski 2, 3

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