Remote Control Productions (American company)

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Remote Control Productions, Inc.
Company typePrivate
PredecessorMedia Ventures Entertainment Group
FoundedMarch 29, 1989; 35 years ago (1989-03-29)[1]
Key people
Hans Zimmer

Remote Control Productions, Inc. is a film score company run by composer Hans Zimmer and based in Santa Monica, California. Originally known as Media Ventures Entertainment Group, which was conceived and founded by Jay Rifkin and Hans Zimmer,[2] the company changed its name after the partners both filed lawsuits against each other.[3][4] Today, Remote Control is home to a large group of composers mentored by Zimmer, many of whom have had successful film scoring careers as part of the company or on their own.

Remote Control Productions has been responsible for the scores for a number of successful live-action films including the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Iron Man, Gladiator, Mission: Impossible 2, The Last Samurai, Transformers, Hancock, Kingdom of Heaven, The Da Vinci Code, Inception, Sherlock Holmes and its sequel, and The Dark Knight Trilogy, along with successful animated films such as the Shrek series, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, The Lion King, and more. Many composers from Remote Control Productions have also worked on the scores of successful video games such as the Metal Gear and Skylanders series, The Sims 3, Gears of War 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, its sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Crysis 2, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and Assassin's Creed III. Harry Gregson-Williams was the first Media Ventures composer to work in the video game industry on Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty in 2001.[5] Klaus Badelt, Stephen Barton, Steve Jablonsky, Lorne Balfe, and Hans Zimmer joined a few years later.


Composers who are working or have worked with Hans Zimmer at Remote Control Productions include:[6][better source needed]


Christian Clemmensen of Filmtracks has noted Zimmer's use of ghostwriters.[10][11][12] Other reviewers have also criticized Zimmer's approach to scoring films,[13] as well as Remote Control Productions' dominance.[14]


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  2. ^ "Spotlight Media Venture". Studio Expresso. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  3. ^ Munoz, Lorenza (January 6, 2004). "Hans Zimmer Files countersuit". LA Times. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  4. ^ Shprintz, JAnet (December 4, 2003). "Music ends as Rifkin sues Zimmer $10 mil". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "Hans Zimmer Website".
  6. ^ "Remote Control Productions Unofficial Site".
  7. ^ "Guillaume Roussel". IMDb. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  8. ^ "Nathan Whitehead". IMDb. Retrieved April 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Nathan Whitehead". Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  10. ^ "Filmtracks: Man of Steel (Hans Zimmer/Various)".
  11. ^ "Filmtracks: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Hans Zimmer/Various)".
  12. ^ "Filmtracks: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Hans Zimmer/Tom Holkenborg/Various)".
  13. ^ "The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack review | Hans Zimmer |". Archived from the original on September 22, 2013.
  14. ^ "Movie Music UK – Clash of the Titans – Ramin Djawadi". Archived from the original on July 23, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2022.

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