David Newman (composer)
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David Newman Composer
David Newman
Born
David Louis Newman

(1954-03-11) March 11, 1954 (age 65)
OccupationComposer, orchestrator, conductor
RelativesAlfred Newman (father)
Lionel Newman (uncle)
Emil Newman (uncle)
Thomas Newman (brother)
Maria Newman (sister)
Randy Newman (cousin)
Joey Newman (cousin) Musical career
GenresFilm score
1982-present

David Louis Newman (born March 11, 1954) is an American composer and conductor known particularly for his film scores. In a career spanning more than thirty years, he has composed music for nearly 100 feature films. He received an Academy Award nomination for writing the score to the 1997 film Anastasia, contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories.

Life and career

David Louis Newman was born on March 11, 1954, in Los Angeles, California, the son of Mississippi-born Martha Louis (née Montgomery) and Hollywood composer Alfred Newman. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants.[1] He is the brother of Thomas Newman, Maria Newman and the cousin of Randy Newman, all of whom are also composers. He is also the nephew of composers Lionel Newman and Emil Newman, and first cousin, once removed, of musician Joey Newman. An accomplished violinist, and successful concert conductor, Newman was educated at the University of Southern California. From late 70s till early 80s he played violin on most of John Williams' L.A. scoring sessions, and credits him for learning much about film-music composition.[2]

His first film work was on Tim Burton's short film Frankenweenie in 1984. In 1987, he scored Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train. This was his first collaboration with DeVito, and he went on to score nearly all of his subsequent films, including The War of the Roses (1989), Other People's Money (1991), Hoffa (1992), Matilda (1996) and Death to Smoochy (2002). Newman has also scored the comedies The Flintstones (1994), The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Nutty Professor (1996), and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

Like his counterpart Henry Mancini, Newman's credits during the early years of his career were mostly scoring B-movies such as The Runestone (1990) and The Kindred (1987) before he gradually transitioned to score mostly comedy films during his prime such as Bowfinger (1999), The Freshman (1990), and The Spy Next Door (2010). His score for The Spirit (2008) was a tribute to Mancini's 1950s and 60s neo-noir scores such as Touch of Evil (1958) or Experiment in Terror (1962).

He received an Academy Award nomination for the score to the animated Don Bluth film Anastasia (1997), following his father, who scored the 1956 live-action version. However, he lost to Anne Dudley for The Full Monty. His other scores include Critters, The Phantom, The Brave Little Toaster, Malone, Ice Age, and Serenity, among others.

In 1997, Newman began a four-year stint as the music director for the Sundance Institute, and he has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra on several occasions. That year, he also re-recorded the 20th Century Fox Fanfare that was originally composed by his father Alfred, which debuted in the aforementioned Anastasia and is still being used as of 2019.

In February 2007, he was elected president of The Film Music Society.[3]

On May 21, 2009, Newman was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the annual BMI Film & Television Awards. The prestigious award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.[4]

Since 2012,[] Newman has conducted the RSO Vienna orchestra at the annual film music gala concert Hollywood in Vienna which is broadcast on radio and TV.

Newman is an alumnus and Board Member of the American Youth Symphony.[5]

Filmography

1980s

1990s

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1990 Madhouse Tom Ropelewski Orion Pictures N/A
Fire Birds David Green Touchstone Pictures N/A
The Freshman Andrew Bergman TriStar Pictures N/A
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp Bob Hathcock DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Mr. Destiny James Orr Silver Screen Partners IV
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
Meet the Applegates Michael Lehmann New World Pictures N/A
1991 The Marrying Man Jerry Rees Silver Screen Partners IV
Hollywood Pictures
N/A
Talent for the Game Robert M. Young Paramount Pictures N/A
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Stephen Herek
HBO Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Peter Hewitt Nelson Entertainment
Interscope Communications
Orion Pictures
N/A
Rover Dangerfield James L. George
Bob Seeley
Hyperion Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Paradise Mary Agnes Donoghue Interscope Communications
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
Other People's Money Norman Jewison Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
The Runestone Willard Carroll Hyperion Pictures
LIVE Entertainment
N/A
1992 Itsy Bitsy Spider Matthew O'Callaghan Hyperion Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Short film
Honeymoon in Vegas Andrew Bergman Castle Rock Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Columbia Pictures
N/A
The Mighty Ducks Stephen Herek Avnet-Kerner Productions
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
That Night Craig Bolotin Le Studio Canal+
Regency Enterprises
Alcor Films
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Hoffa Danny DeVito Le Studio Canal+
Jersey Films
20th Century Fox
N/A
1993 The Sandlot David Mickey Evans Island World
20th Century Fox
N/A
Coneheads Steve Barron NBC Films
Paramount Pictures
N/A
Undercover Blues Herbert Ross Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
1994 The Air Up There Paul Michael Glaser Nomura Babcock & Brown
Interscope Communications
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Hollywood Pictures
N/A
My Father the Hero Steve Miner Touchstone Pictures N/A
The Flintstones Brian Levant Hanna-Barbera Productions
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
The Cowboy Way Gregg Champion Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
I Love Trouble Charles Shyer Caravan Pictures
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
1995 Boys on the Side Herbert Ross Le Studio Canal+
Regency Enterprises
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Tommy Boy Peter Segal Paramount Pictures N/A
Operation Dumbo Drop Simon Wincer Interscope Communications
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
1996 Big Bully Steve Miner Morgan Creek Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
The Phantom Simon Wincer The Ladd Company
Village Roadshow Pictures
Paramount Pictures
N/A
The Nutty Professor Tom Shadyac Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Matilda Danny DeVito Jersey Films
TriStar Pictures
N/A
Jingle All the Way Brian Levant 1492 Pictures
20th Century Fox
N/A
1997 Out to Sea Martha Coolidge Davis Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
Anastasia Don Bluth
Gary Goldman
20th Century Fox
Fox Animation Studios
N/A
1999 Never Been Kissed Raja Gosnell Fox 2000 Pictures
Flower Films
20th Century Fox
N/A
Bowfinger Frank Oz Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Brokedown Palace Jonathan Kaplan 20th Century Fox N/A
Galaxy Quest Dean Parisot DreamWorks Pictures N/A

2000s

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Brian Levant Hanna-Barbera Productions
Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Peter Segal Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Duets Bruce Paltrow Hollywood Pictures N/A
Bedazzled Harold Ramis Regency Enterprises
20th Century Fox
N/A
102 Dalmatians Kevin Lima Walt Disney Pictures N/A
2001 The Flamingo Rising Martha Coolidge CBS
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Television film
Lost Soul David Mickey Evans Brocita Entertainment (S) Pte Ltd
Onetree Pictures
United International Pictures
N/A
Dr. Dolittle 2 Steve Carr Davis Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
The Affair of the Necklace Charles Shyer Alcon Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
2002 Ice Age Chris Wedge Blue Sky Studios
20th Century Fox
N/A
Death to Smoochy Danny DeVito Jersey Films
Film4
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
Life or Something Like It Stephen Herek Regency Enterprises
Davis Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
Scooby-Doo Raja Gosnell Atlas Entertainment
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Donald Petrie Paramount Pictures N/A
Daddy Day Care Steve Carr Revolution Studios
Davis Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Duplex Danny DeVito Flower Films
Red Hour Productions
FilmColony
Miramax Films
N/A
The Cat in the Hat Bo Welch Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures (North America)
DreamWorks Pictures (International)
N/A
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Raja Gosnell Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
2005 Are We There Yet? Brian Levant Revolution Studios
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Man of the House Stephen Herek Bel Air Entertainment
Revolution Studios
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Monster-in-Law Robert Luketic Sesame Workshop
Allied Stars Ltd
New Line Cinema
N/A
Serenity Joss Whedon Universal Pictures N/A
2007 Norbit Brian Robbins Tollin/Robbins Productions
Davis Entertainment
DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
N/A
2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins Malcolm D. Lee Spyglass Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
The Spirit Frank Miller OddLot Entertainment
Lionsgate
N/A
2009 My Life in Ruins Donald Petrie Playtone
Echo Bridge Entertainment
Fox Searchlight Pictures
N/A
Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins Brian Levant Cartoon Network
Warner Premiere
Television film
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Betty Thomas Bagdasarian Productions
Dune Entertainment
Regency Enterprises
20th Century Fox
N/A


2010s

2020s

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2020 West Side Story Steven Spielberg 20th Century Fox
Amblin Entertainment
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Newman's first collaboration with Steven Spielberg.
Fifth Spielberg film without his long-time collaborator, John Williams, since Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), The Color Purple (1985), Bridge of Spies (2015) and Ready Player One (2018).

References

  1. ^ MacDonald, Laurence E. The Invisible Art of Film Music: A Comprehensive History, Scarecrow Press (2013)
  2. ^ Maurizio Caschetto, audio file interview with David Newman, April-May 2019, Legacy Conversations, available: www.thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com
  3. ^ "David Newman Elected President of The Film Music Society". The Film Music Society. 22 February 2007. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "BMI Film & Television Awards Tout Composers of Year's Top Film, Television, & Cable Music". bmi.com. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". American Youth Symphony. Retrieved 2019.

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