John Beal – President, Principal Composer
An accomplished film music conductor with thousands of hours in front of orchestras in Hollywood and around the world, award winning film and television composer John Beal is at home on the concert stage as he is in recording studios conducting to film. He has conducted a wide and diverse variety of shows and film scores with many of the world’s greatest orchestras in venues stretching from London to Japan, and throughout the United States, including several decades in Los Angeles with the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Beal is the founding general manager and producer of the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, shepherding it through its debut season, and is now its consulting television and concert producer.
Fluent in the languages of jazz, classical, contemporary, electronic and world music, John Beal has been featured on the President of the United States of America’s AIR FORCE ONE, he composed the music for 45 theatrical features, television films and documentaries, 26 major network television series or specials, and was music director/music consultant for over 20 major network specials.
Early in John Beal’s film and television scoring career, Warner Bros.’ head of worldwide music, Gary LeMel, introduced Mr. Beal to Hollywood’s movie-advertising pioneer Andrew J. Kuehn, whose creative mastery revolutionized the motion picture trailer. John Beal was part of the ground-breaking creation of today’s contemporary motion picture trailer format and is recognized throughout the industry as the composer who defined its musical style and template. Their creative teaming on trailers continued for more than two decades. Trusted by every major motion picture studio to compose custom original scores for marketing their films, John Beal’s specially created scores for trailer music have been heard by more moviegoers than that of many feature film composers. With over 2,000 major studio projects, including forty of the top grossing films of all time, such as Star Wars, Titanic, Forrest Gump, Aladdin, Braveheart, The Matrix, The Last Samurai and many more, the success of movie campaigns to which John Beal has contributed vital original creative is literally measured in hundreds of billions of dollars.
Over several decades, Mr. Beal’s career also includes work as composer, conductor, music producer and creative consultant for over 35 national advertisers, including Intel, MCI, Microsoft, FlexJet, Dr. Pepper, Apple, Ben & Jerry’s and NASDAQ. Other clients include Arista, Buena Vista, Columbia/TriStar Pictures, Elektra/Asylum, Miramax Films, MGM, New Line Cinema, Fine Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Rastar Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Movie Channel, Here Media, FX, Walt Disney Imagineering for Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Florida.
Mr. Beal’s industry honors include two Key Art awards, two Golden Trailer awards, two trailer awards from Hollywood.com, a Golden Score Award, International Film Music Critics Association Award, two Readers Choice awards, Moviescore Online award, and recognition for his contribution to two Emmy awards in Music Direction and Composition. A United States Marine Corps combat veteran, John Beal has been decorated for heroism, bravery, valor and gallantry.