Composer Fil Eisler (Revenge, Empire) came up with a unique approach to scoring Newtown, the new documentary about the Sandy Hook elementary-school shootings and their aftermath: ask 16 colleagues — all of whom felt equally strongly about the need for a solution to gun violence in America — to contribute music, while he worked closely with the director to apply the various musical moods to the film itself. I attended the scoring sessions just before Christmas, and wrote about it for Variety just as the film is about to debut at Sundance.
My editors at Variety asked me for a slightly different spin on TV music this year. I had been fascinated by how many composers felt strong support for orchestral scores at ABC, singling out Dawn Soler, the head of music for ABC Studios. Here‘s the story.