Bear McCreary receives nod on his score for STARZ’s Original hit series ‘Outlander’
(July 16, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA) On July 16th, the Television Academy announced the nominations for the 67th annual Primetime EMMY® Awards. Bear McCreary received his nomination in Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) for Outlander.
“I am tremendously honored to be nominated, alongside some of the most accomplished composers working today, for Outstanding Music Composition for Outlander. I have adored Scottish folk music since I kid, and have spent my career questing for a project that would allow me to channel that passion for bagpipes and penny whistles into something productive. My lifelong dream came true when I signed on to this remarkable series based on Diana Gabaldon’s visionary novels. I am eternally grateful to executive producer Ron Moore, his entire creative team, my friends at STARZ and Sony Pictures Television, and the exuberant fan community for putting their faith in me.”
McCreary earned his first EMMY Award for his main title theme for STARZ’s Da Vinci’s Demons in 2013. He earned his third EMMY nomination in 2014 for STARZ’s Black Sails and this is the third year in a row McCreary has been nominated for his work on a STARZ television series. This is the only category Outlander has been nominated in for this year’s EMMY® Awards.
About Bear McCreary:
It’s because of his out-of-the-box thinking that led WIRED Magazine to call Bear McCreary a “Secret Weapon” in a recent issue. His unique combination of atypical instrumental background (he is a professional accordionist) with rigorous classical training prepared him to compose for disparate genres. By the age of 24, McCreary was launched into pop culture history with his groundbreaking score to Syfy’s hit series Battlestar Galactica, for which he composed “the most innovative music on TV today” (Variety). It “fits the action so perfectly, it’s almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other” (NPR). Io9.com declared Bear McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of all time, listing him alongside legends John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann. In addition to earning his first EMMYy® Award in 2013, McCreary was voted “Composers’ Choice Composer of the Year – Television” for 2013 by his peers in ASCAP, the first award of its kind.
An EMMY® Award winner for Da Vinci’s Demons, McCreary also composes for The Walking Dead (which shattered records with 17.3 million viewers for its fifth season debut), STARZ’s debut series Outlander (for Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore who he previously worked with on Battlestar Galactica), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—the #1 series debut of the 2013 fall season, NBC’s Constantine for David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons), BBC America’s Intruders, the Syfy series Defiance, and the feature films Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie and Everly.