John Debney

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John Debney
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Debney at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth name John C. Debney
Born (1956-08-18) August 18, 1956 (age 60)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Genres Film scores, soundtracks
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1961—present
Website www.johndebney.com

John C. Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American film composer and conductor. He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004). He also composed the score for Cutthroat Island, which has been celebrated by music critics as a notable example of swashbuckling film music.[1][2][3][4]

Life and career[edit]

The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney (Zorro, The Mickey Mouse Club), John was born and raised in nearby Glendale, California, where he began guitar lessons at age six and played in rock bands in college. Debney earned his B.A. degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts in 1979. Two weeks after graduating from CalArts, he got a job at copying department at Disney. One day, Buddy Baker saw him and had him arrange music that would later be used for different pavilions and rides at EPCOT Center (at Walt Disney World in Florida).[5] After three years at Disney, he freelanced for television composer Mike Post. Debney furthered his hands-on training by working with Hanna-Barbera composer Hoyt Curtin. After this, Debney went on to score television projects as diverse as Disneyland, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, SeaQuest DSV, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Cape, The Lazarus Man, Piggsburg Pigs!, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, Doctor Who, Cagney and Lacey, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Young Riders, The New Yogi Bear Show, Police Academy: The Animated Series, Fame, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Dragon's Lair, Freshman Dorm, Pop Quiz and Dink, the Little Dinosaur, for which he won an Emmy for Best Main Title. In the early 1990s, Debney began to score indie films and Disneyland attractions. In 1991, Debney composed the music for Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris and SpectroMagic at Magic Kingdom. In 1993, he scored his first studio feature, the Disney comedy Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler.

Debney has since gone on to have a career composing scores for many films including: The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Elf, Sin City, Chicken Little, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries[6] and Predators.[7]

Debney has also composed scores for the video games Lair and The Sims Medieval. In 2010, he composed the theme music for the Nickelodeon television series Supah Ninjas.

Filmography[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1990 Jetsons: The Movie William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Hanna-Barbera Productions N/A
The Face of Fear Farhad Mann Columbia Broadcast System
Warner Bros. Television
Television film
1991 Into the Badlands Sam Pillsbury MCA Television
The Ogiens/Kane Company
Television film
1992 Still Not Quite Human Eric Luke Walt Disney Productions Television film
1993 I Yabba-Dabba Do! William Hanna Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
Jonny's Golden Quest Don Lusk
Paul Sommer
Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
Class of '61 Gregory Hoblit Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Television film
Hocus Pocus Kenny Ortega Walt Disney Pictures N/A
The Halloween Tree Mario Piluso Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
The Town Santa Forgot Robert Alvarez Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby William Hanna Hanna-Barbera Productions Television film
1994 Gunmen Deran Sarafian Davis Entertainment
Dimension Films
N/A
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Ken Olin Walt Disney Pictures Also composed a theme for the Walt Disney logo.
Little Giants Duwayne Dunham Amblin Entertainment
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
N/A
1995 Chameleon Michael Pavone Rysher Entertainment Direct-to-video
Houseguest Randall Miller Caravan Pictures
Hollywood Pictures
N/A
In Pursuit of Honor Ken Olin HBO Films Television film
Runaway Brain Chris Bailey Walt Disney Pictures Short film
Cutthroat Island Renny Harlin Carolco Pictures
Tele-Communications, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US)
StudioCanal (International)
Score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Sudden Death Peter Hyams Universal Pictures N/A
1996 Getting Away with Murder Harvey Miller Savoy Pictures N/A
Doctor Who Geoffrey Sax Universal Studios
BBC Films
BBC Worldwide
20th Century Fox
Fox
Television film
Carpool Arthur Miller Regency Enterprises
Warner Bros.
N/A
1997 The Relic Peter Hyams Mutual Film Company
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Paramount Pictures (US)
Universal Pictures (International)
This score was entierely MIDI-generated.
Liar Liar Tom Shadyac Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Theme composed by James Newton Howard
I Know What You Did Last Summer Jim Gillespie Mandalay Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
N/A
1998 Paulie John Roberts Amblin Entertainment
Allied Filmmakers
Mutual Film Company
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
I'll Be Home for Christmas Arlene Sanford Mandeville Films
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
1999 My Favorite Martian Donald Petrie Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Lost & Found Jeff Pollack Alcon Entertainment
Warner Bros.
N/A
Inspector Gadget David Kellogg Caravan Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Dick Andrew Fleming Phoenix Pictures
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Komodo Michael Lantieri Scanbox Entertainment N/A
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Gary Halvorson Jim Henson Productions
Children's Television Workshop
Columbia Pictures
with Harry Gregson-Williams
End of Days Peter Hyams Beacon Pictures
Universal Pictures (US)
Buena Vista International (International)
N/A

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000 Relative Values Eric Styles Alliance Atlantis Communications
Starz Encore Entertainment
N/A
Michael Jordan to the Max James D. Stern
Don Kempf
Giant Screen Films IMAX documentary
The Replacements Howard Deutch Dylan Sellers Productions
Bel-Air Entertainment
Warner Bros.
N/A
Running Mates Ron Lagomarsino Turner Entertainment Television film
The Emperor's New Groove Mark Dindal Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
G-Saviour Graeme Campbell Bandai Visual Theme music only
2001 See Spot Run John Whitesell Village Roadshow Pictures
Warner Bros.
N/A
Heartbreakers David Mirkin Davis Entertainment
Winchester Films
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
N/A
Spy Kids Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
with Danny Elfman and Robert Rodriguez
Cats & Dogs Lawrence Guterman Zide/Perry Productions
Rhythm and Hues Studios
Village Roadshow Pictures
Warner Bros.
N/A
The Princess Diaries Garry Marshall BrownHouse Productions
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius John A. Davis Nickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
DNA Productions
Paramount Pictures
N/A
2002 Snow Dogs Brian Levant Kerner Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Dragonfly Tom Shadyac Shady Acres Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Universal Pictures (US)
Buena Vista International (International)
N/A
The Scorpion King Chuck Russell Alphaville Films
WWE Studios
Universal Pictures
N/A
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
with Robert Rodriguez
Swimfan John Polson 20th Century Fox Themes only
The Tuxedo Kevin Donovan Blue Train Productions
Vanguard Films
DreamWorks Pictures
with Christophe Beck
The Hot Chick Tom Brady Happy Madison Productions
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
2003 Most Bobby Garabedian Prague Indies Productions
Eastwind Films
Short film
Malibu's Most Wanted John Whitesell Warner Bros. Pictures Themes only
Bruce Almighty Tom Shadyac Shady Acres Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Universal Pictures (US)
Touchstone Pictures (International)
N/A
Elf Jon Favreau New Line Cinema N/A
Looney Tunes: Back in Action Joe Dante Warner Bros. Pictures Additional music only
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Donald Petrie 20th Century Fox N/A
The Passion of the Christ Mel Gibson Icon Productions
Newmarket Films
20th Century Fox (video release)
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score at the 78th Academy Awards.
The Whole Ten Yards Howard Deutch Franchise Pictures
Cheyenne Enterprises
Warner Bros.
N/A
Raising Helen Garry Marshall Beacon Pictures
Hyde Park Entertainment
Mandeville Films
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi Marvel Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Additional music only.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Garry Marshall Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Christmas with the Kranks Joe Roth Revolution Studios
1492 Pictures
Columbia Pictures
N/A
2005 The Pacifier Adam Shankman Offspring Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Sin City Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
Miramax Films
with Robert Rodriguez and Graeme Revell
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Robert Rodriguez Troublemaker Studios
Dimension Films (Original US theatrical distributor)
Miramax Films (Current US theatrical distributor)
Columbia Pictures (International)
with Robert Rodriguez and Graeme Revell
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Mike Bigalow Happy Madison Productions
Columbia Pictures
Theme music only
Duma Carroll Ballard C.O.R.E.
Warner Bros. Pictures
with George Acogny
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story John Gatins Tollin/Robbins Productions
Hyde Park Entertainment
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
The Seed Joe Hahn Warner Bros. Pictures with Unkle and Mike Shinoda. Short film.
Venom Jim Gillespie Dimension Films Themes only
Chicken Little Mark Dindal Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Zathura Jon Favreau Radar Pictures
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Adam Shankman 21 Laps Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
2006 Keeping Up with the Steins Scott Marshall Miramax Films N/A
The Ant Bully John A. Davis Legendary Pictures
Playtone
DNA Productions
Warner Bros.
N/A
Barnyard Steve Oedekerk Nickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
Omation Animation Studio
Paramount Pictures
N/A
Idlewild Bryan Barber Atlas Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Everyone's Hero Colin Brady
Dan St. Pierre
Christopher Reeve
IDT Entertainment
Arc Productions
20th Century Fox
N/A
2007 Spider-Man 3 Sam Raimi Marvel Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Additional music only.
Georgia Rule Garry Marshall Morgan Creek Productions
Mandalay Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Evan Almighty Tom Shadyac Universal Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Relativity Media
Shady Acres Entertainment
N/A
Big Stan Rob Schneider Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Themes only
2008 Meet Dave Brian Robbins 20th Century Fox
Regency Enterprises
N/A
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Rob Cohen Universal Pictures Additional music only
Swing Vote Joshua Michael Stern Touchstone Pictures
Treehouse Films
N/A
The Stoning of Soraya M. Cyrus Nowrasteh Roadside Attractions N/A
My Best Friend's Girl Howard Deutch Lionsgate N/A
2009 Hotel for Dogs Thor Freudenthal Paramount Pictures
Dreamworks Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
N/A
Hannah Montana: The Movie Peter Chelsom Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Aliens in the Attic John Schultz 20th Century Fox
Regency Enterprises
N/A
Old Dogs Walt Becker Walt Disney Pictures N/A

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2010 Valentine's Day Garry Marshall Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
Snowmen Robert Kirbyson Arc Entertainment
Heritage Films
N/A
Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau Paramount Pictures
Marvel Studios
N/A
Predators Nimród Antal 20th Century Fox Adapted Alan Silvestri's scores
Yogi Bear Eric Brevig Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2011 No Strings Attached Ivan Reitman Paramount Pictures N/A
The Change-Up David Dobkin Universal Pictures with Theodore Shapiro
Dream House Jim Sheridan Universal Pictures N/A
The Double Michael Brandt Image Entertainment N/A
New Year's Eve Garry Marshall Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
2012 A Thousand Words Brian Robbins Paramount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
The Three Stooges Farrelly brothers 20th Century Fox N/A
Alex Cross Rob Cohen Summit Entertainment N/A
2013 The Call Brad Anderson TriStar Pictures N/A
Jobs Joshua Michael Stern Open Road Films N/A
2014 Draft Day[8] Ivan Reitman Lionsgate N/A
Walk of Shame Steven Brill FilmDistrict N/A
The Road Within Gren Wells Well Go USA Entertainment Theme music only
The Cobbler Thomas McCarthy Voltage Pictures N/A
Stonehearst Asylum Brad Anderson Millennium Films N/A
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[8] Paul Tibbitt Paramount Pictures
Paramount Animation
Nickelodeon Movies
United Plankton Pictures
N/A
Careful What You Wish For Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum Big Air Studios Theme music only
Broken Horses Vidhu Vinod Chopra Reliance Entertainment
Fox Star Studios
N/A
2016 The Young Messiah Cyrus Nowrasteh Focus Features N/A
The Jungle Book Jon Favreau Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Mother's Day Garry Marshall Open Road Films N/A
Ice Age: Collision Course Mike Thurmeier 20th Century Fox
Blue Sky Studios
N/A
Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson Cross Creek Pictures
Icon Productions
Replaced James Horner
Year Film Director
1989-PAST Trenchcoat in Paradise (1989)
Welcome to Pooh Corner (episode: "Too Smart For Strangers", as "MUSIC ARRANGED BY")
Seven Hours to Judgement (1988)
The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck (1988)
Not Since Casanova (1988)
The Wild Pair (1987)
The Day My Kid Went Punk (1987)
Martha Coolidge
Philip F. Messina
Beau Bridges
David Keith
Brett Thompson
Beau Bridges

Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
2015 Emmy Award – Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: Texas Rising (with Bruce Broughton) (2015) Nominated
2012 Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score): Hatfields & McCoys: Part 1 (with Tony Morales) (2012) Nominated
2005 Academy Award – Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: The Passion of the Christ (2004) Nominated
1997 Emmy Award – Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: The Cape (1996) Nominated
1997 Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Cape: Pilot (with Louis Febre) (1996) Won
1994 Emmy Award – Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: SeaQuest DSV (1993) Won
1991 Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Young Riders: Kansas (1989) Won
1990 Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: The Young Riders (1989) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cutthroat Island (John Debney)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Cutthroat Island (John Debney) soundtrack review". ScoreReviews.com. 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2005-05-12). "Soundtrack: CutThroat Island (2005)". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ "Movie Music UK - Cutthroat Island – John Debney". MovieMusicUK.us. 2010-01-13. Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ Burlingame, Jon (2009-11-10). "Go-to composer grew up in Disney family - Entertainment News, Billion-Dollar Composer: John Debney, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  6. ^ "John Debney to Score 'Predators' Prequel". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  7. ^ "A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Predators Scoring Session". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  8. ^ a b "John Debney to Score Ivan Reitman's 'Draft Day' | Film Music Reporter". 25 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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