Veteran composer Mark Isham and two of his younger colleagues, Cindy O’Connor and Michael Simon, were Emmy-nominated for their music for the final episode of ABC’s long-running fantasy series Once Upon a Time. Walt Disney Records sponsored an event honoring them on Thursday in Hollywood and I was happy to conduct a brief Q&A with the composers as well as series producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. AFM Local 47 also honored them for recording all 156 episodes of the score with L.A. musicians (a rarity in series TV these days). Disney is releasing a seventh-season soundtrack album.
The Television Academy announced its nominees for the 70th annual Emmy Awards on July 12. There are now six music categories in the prime-time race. My overview of the music nominees ran that morning in Variety, highlighting the possibility that an Emmy win for songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul could make them EGOTs (having won all four major show-biz awards). For an Aug. 13 story, I interviewed the nominees for Music Composition for a Series (including Game of Thrones, Jessica Jones, Once Upon a Time, SEAL Team, Star Wars Rebels and Westworld). And for an Aug. 14 story, I interviewed the nominees for Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (including Alias Grace, Black Mirror, Godless, March of the Penguins 2 and two different episodes of Electric Dreams).