Bear McCreary

Emmy® Award-winning composer Bear McCreary was first launched into pop culture with his groundbreaking score to the hit series Battlestar Galactica, which was lauded by Variety as “the most innovative music on TV today.” It “fits the action so perfectly, it’s almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other” (NPR). Io9.com ranked McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of All Time, and recently WIRED Magazine declared him one of only five “Secret Weapons” of the television industry. McCreary was recently voted “Composers’ Choice Composer of the Year – Television” by his peers in ASCAP, the first award of its kind. Bear made an impressive splash at Sundance early this year with three films at the festival: Danny Strong’s drama Rebel In The Rye, the sci-fi thriller Colossal starring Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Brea’s documentary Unrest.

Bear is currently scoring ABC’s hit series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., collaborating with the visionary Joss Whedon on Marvel’s first foray into network television. Bear’s many other credits include AMC’s record-shattering global phenomenon The Walking Dead. Bear works with David S. Goyer (co-writer of The Dark Knight trilogy / Man of Steel) to score Da Vinci’s Demons, the epic historical fantasy that broke ratings records for STARZ and earned Bear his first Emmy Award, for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music (the theme is a carefully-constructed palindrome that sounds the same forwards and backwards!). Bear also scores STARZ’s hit pirate drama Black Sails, which earned McCreary his third Emmy® nomination, for executive producer Michael Bay. Bear has returned to STARZ, collaborating once again with BSG showrunner Ronald D. Moore on his adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander novels, which has resulted in Bear’s most recent Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For a Series. McCreary’s most recent work can be heard in The Forest starring Natalie Dormer, The Boy for Lakeshore, Fox’s new series Damien based off of the classic horror film The Omen and 10 Cloverfield Lane for Bad Robot and Paramount. Upcoming for McCreary is the sci-fi thriller Revolt for Voltage Pictures.

Bear’s swashbuckling score for Human Target featured the largest orchestra ever assembled in the history of series television, and earned him his first Emmy nomination. Bear has also composed evocative scores for series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Eureka, Caprica, TraumaThe Cape and the groundbreaking videogame / television hybrid Defiance. His feature film work includes the critically-acclaimed Europa Report (2013, starring Sharlto Copley), Knights of Badassdom (2013, starring Peter Dinklage and Steve Zahn), Disney’s worldwide hit Step Up 3D and most recently the action/ thriller Everly starring Salma Hayek.  His videogame credits include Sony’s successful SOCOM 4: U.S. NAVY SEALs and CAPCOM’s Dark Void.

Bear has performed his music in concert before thousands of fans from around the world.  He has conducted orchestral performances of his music in North America and Europe, and has been invited to conduct at film music festivals such as Fimucité in Tenerife, SCORE! A Concert Celebrating Music Composed for Television from the Television Academy in Los Angeles, and the International Film Music Festival in Úbeda, Spain.  In July, his music was performed by members of the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

In 2013, Bear founded Sparks & Shadows, a boutique record label specializing in soundtracks. In its first year, the label burst out of the gate with eight albums, including digital and physical packages, and two singles.

Attending the prestigious Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Bear completed degrees in composition and recording arts. However, his professional training came from film music legend Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird). Bear was one of Bernstein’s select protégés, and learned the tools of the trade working with and orchestrating for the maestro. Bear spent his childhood immersed in film and television music; he is delighted now to contribute back to the genres that inspired him.