20 22 oct '22

Michael A Levine

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Function: Composer, violinist WSAcademy: WSA Advisory Board Member
Michael A. Levine was the composer for the Netflix hit The Lost Pirate Kingdom, the 2021 and 2022 Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center, and Freeform’s Siren, writing its signature "Siren Song." His Oscar shortlisted song, Running, featuring legendary vocalist Roberta Flack is the closing credits song for the film 3100: Run And Become. He has been awarded eight ASCAP awards for his work on the Jerry Bruckheimer/CBS dramas Cold Case and Close to Home. He scored the Lego DC Supergirls film, Brain Drain, the not-yet-released George Lucas produced Star Wars Detours animated Star Wars parody, and the award-winning documentary, Landfill Harmonic, for which he wrote its Oscar-shortlisted song, "Cateura - Vamos a Soñar". His theme song (Go Tell Aunt Rhody/Everybody’s Dead) for Resident Evil VII: Biohazard VR became a viral hit as did Lorde's version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" which he produced along with chart-topping records for Nat and Alex Wolff. Michael also wrote the theme for Scrat, the sabertooth squirrel featured in the Ice Age shorts.


Levine provided additional music and violin on a number of Hans Zimmer scores, including Dunkirk, The Simpsons Movie, Batman: The Dark Knight, Megamind, and Rango. Michael's choir arrangement of "Spider Pig" was conducted by Hans Zimmer at the Hollywood Bowl. Levine’s concert music includes "Anthem", performed by piano virtuoso Lang Lang and Double Crossings, featuring duets with percussionist great Evelyn Glennie on mallets and Michael on electric violin. Glennie and Levine performed in concert at London’s Wembley Arena in September 2021.


Michael began his career in advertising where he composed the classic KitKat candy bar “Gimme a Break” jingle. He also wrote the screenplay for, scored, and produced the short science-fiction film, The Aspirant, which has been selected for film festivals around the world from New York to Seoul and won 20 festival awards thus far.


Levine was a Governor of the Television Academy (Emmys) Music peer group for two consecutive terms from 2013-2017. During his tenure, Michael produced the enormously successful Score! and Words & Music concerts, spearheaded the admission of Music Supervisors to the Academy, led the effort to secure an Emmy award for them, and dramatically increased the diversity of both the Music Executive committee as well as the general music peer group membership.

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