James S. Levine

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This article is about the composer. For the conductor and pianist, see James Levine.

James S. Levine is a composer and member of Remote Control Productions.[1] He has won seven BMI awards and seven ASCAP awards.[2] His credits include the films Running with Scissors, Delta Farce, and The Weather Man, and the television shows Nip/Tuck, Glee, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, and American Horror Story.[3] He has also provided additional music for films such as Madagascar, Pearl Harbor, and Something's Gotta Give.

Early life[edit]

James Levine grew up in Massachusetts, where he played multiple instruments in various genres. The main instrument he played growing up was the piano, performing at multiple events growing up. At the age of 13 Levine shifted his focus from playing the piano, to learning Jazz, as well as improvisation. Composers that Levine looked up to when he was younger were Mozart, Morricone and James Newton Howard. In college Levine studied Sociology and Musicology, and got his degree in American Studies. Levine came to Hollywood in 1997 to begin his career as a composer, leaving behind money and family. He first started off his career by doing intern work around Los Angeles.[4]

Career[edit]

James Levine is a composer for shows like American Horror Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck, Royal Pains and The Closer.

The music for American Horror Story is one of his most known works, receiving many awards such as the Best Music in a Series, Best music in a non-series, and has been nominated for outstanding sound mixing for television movies and miniseries two years in a row.[citation needed] Due to the success of his music he has continued to create music for the show. He is now working of American Horror Story’s newest installment “Freakshow”. His work on Glee has also won him many awards and he has gone on to keep composing for the show until the final season. He is currently composing for The Last Ship with James Dooley.[5]

Composing[edit]

Year Title Notes
2000 Die Motorrad-Cops: Hart am Limit TV series
2001 Siren Film
2001 About Barbers Short
2003 Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie Documentary
2003 Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast Short
2003 The Challenge TV movie
2003 The In-Laws Film
2003–2010 Nip/Tuck TV series
2004 Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again TV documentary
2005 More Sex & the Single Mom TV movie
2005 Roar: Lions of the Kalahari Documentary short
2005 The Weather Man Film; co-composer
2005–2012 The Closer TV series
2006 3 lbs. TV series
2006 Running with Scissors Film
2006 American Storage Short
2006 Ajax Short
2007 Hidden Palms TV series
2007 Delta Farce Film
2007–2012 Damages TV series
2008 Otis Film
2008–2009 Raising the Bar TV series
2009–2010 NCIS: Los Angeles TV series
2009–2012 Royal Pains TV series
2009–2015 Glee TV series
2010 Outlaw TV series
2010–2013 Rizzoli & Isles TV series
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Documentary
2011–2014 American Horror Story TV series
2012–2013 Major Crimes TV series
2012–2013 The New Normal TV series
2013 Do No Harm TV series
2013 The Blacklist TV series (3 episodes, replaced by Dave Porter
2014–present The Last Ship TV series (Composed with James Dooley)

Awards[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2001 BMI Award What About Joan? Won
2005 BMI Award Nip/Tuck Won
2008 BMI Award The Closer Won
2011 ASCAP Award Top TV Series Glee Won
2012 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music in a Series American Horror Story Won
2012 ASCAP Award Top TV Series Glee Won
2013 ASCAP Award Top TV Series Glee Won
2013 ASCAP Award Top Television Series Major Crimes Won
2013 ASCAP Award Top Television Series The New Normal Won
2013 ASCAP Award Top Television Series Royal Pains Won
2013 ASCAP Award Most Performed Themes and Underscore Won
2013 Emmy Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special American Horror Story: Coven Nominated
2013 Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movies and Mini-Series American Horror Story: Asylum Nominated
2013 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music in a Non-Series American Horror Story Won
2014 Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movies and Mini-Series American Horror Story Nominated
2014 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Music in a Non-Series American Horror Story Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jon, Burlingame (7 May 2014). "Remote Control Prods.: Hans Zimmer's Music Factory as a Breeding Ground". Variety. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Variety, Staff (14 August 2014). "Creative Arts Emmys 2014 Winners and Nominees". Variety. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Oh, the Horror: Master Session with James S. Levine". 2013 ASCAP Expo. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Eric, Rangle (1 April 2014). "James Levine Reveals the Horrors (and Joys) of Composing". ASCAP. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Ralph, Galvan (2 August 2014). "James Levine Adds His Magic Touch To Music for 'American Horror Story: Coven'". Gold Derby. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 

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