Sean Callery

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Sean Callery
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Callery at the 2015 PaleyFest
Born1964 (age 54–55)

Sean Callery (born 1964) is a film and television composer best known as the composer for the action/drama 24, a TV series for which he also composed three soundtracks. The first soundtrack, containing music from the first three seasons was released on December 7, 2004. The second soundtrack, containing music from the fourth and fifth seasons was on released on November 14, 2006. The third soundtrack contained all the music composed for the 24 television movie, 24: Redemption. Other projects include the 2004 James Bond video game, Everything or Nothing and the television series La Femme Nikita and Homeland. He also composed the music for 24: The Game, based on the series, which was created for Sony's PlayStation 2 game console and 24: Legacy, a spin-off/reboot of the original series. Most recently he composes the music for the ABC series Designated Survivor.


Callery was born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Bristol, Rhode Island. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, earning a degree in piano performance in 1987. In 1987, Callery moved to Los Angeles to work for New England Digital, the creators of the Synclavier synthesizer.

In 1990, he and John Farrar scored the NBC TV movie, A Mom for Christmas. Working as a sound designer on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine also earned him an Emmy nomination. In 1996, Callery was hired to compose the underscore for the USA Network series, La Femme Nikita, which aired for five seasons between 1997 and 2001.

Callery next again collaborated with Surnow on the television series 24 from 2001 to 2010. For his work on that series, he received three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Music Composition For a Series (Dramatic Underscore), in 2003, 2006 and 2010. He also won the 2007 Film & TV Music Awards for Best Score for a Dramatic Television Program and Best Television Theme for his work on the series. In addition to his work on 24, Callery scored the music to the television series Medium from 2005 to 2010, all the episodes of Shark, and is composing the music for Bones since its fourth season.

In 2011 he scored the music to the miniseries The Kennedys and Kiefer Sutherland's webseries The Confession. In December, 2011, he teamed up with executive producer Howard Gordon of 24 again, for the television series Homeland. In 2012, he composed the title music for the CBS television show Elementary. In 2014, he scored the music to the ninth season of 24, "24: Live Another Day", a special event-series, after a four-year hiatus. In 2015, he scored the music to Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix, for which he won the 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Title Music, which brings his total Emmy wins up to four.



Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1995 Fun House Express Yas Takata N/A N/A
2000 Blowback Mark L. Lester N/A N/A
2014 Small Time Joel Surnow N/A N/A


Television films[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1990 A Mom for Christmas George T. Miller Walt Disney Television N/A
2005 Mayday T.J. Scott N/A N/A
2006 Not Like Everyone Else Tom McLoughlin N/A N/A
2008 24: Redemption Jon Cassar 20th Century Fox Television N/A

Television series[edit]

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
1997–2001 La Femme Nikita Warner Bros. Television N/A
2000 Freedom Warner Bros. Television Episode: "Enemy" (Season 1, Episode 4)
2000–2001 Sheena Columbia TriStar Television N/A
2001–2010 24 20th Century Fox Television One Emmy win for Outstanding Music for each season 2, 5 and 8.
2005–2011 Medium CBS Television Studios N/A
2006 Treasure Hunters Imagine Television N/A
2006–2008 Shark 20th Century Fox Television N/A
2007 The 1/2 Hour News Hour 20th Century Fox Television N/A
2008–2017 Bones 20th Century Fox Television N/A
2010 The Whole Truth Warner Bros. Television N/A
2011 The Confession Digital Broadcasting Group N/A
2011 The Kennedys Shaw Media N/A
2011–present Homeland Fox 21 Television Studios N/A
2012 The Finder 20th Century Fox Television Episode: "An Orphan Walks Into a Bar" (Season 1, Episode 1)
Episode: "Bullets " (Season 1, Episode 2)
2012–present Elementary CBS Television Studios N/A
2013 24 (Indian TV series) N/A N/A
2014 24: Live Another Day 20th Century Fox Television N/A
2015 Backstrom 20th Century Fox Television N/A
2015 Minority Report 20th Century Fox Television
Paramount Television
2015 Jessica Jones Marvel Television
ABC Studios
One Emmy win for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme in 2016.
2016–2018 Designated Survivor ABC Studios N/A
2017 24: Legacy 20th Century Fox Television Spin-off of 24
2017 Inhumans Marvel Television
ABC Studios


Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2007 The Rookie N/A N/A

Video games[edit]

Year Title Studio(s) Notes
2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing EA Redwood Shores Composed with Jeff Tymoschuk
2006 24: The Game SCE Cambridge Studio N/A

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