Germaine Franco is a unique award-winning composer working in Hollywood today.
Her work includes collaborating with film directors, storytellers, and production teams on studio blockbusters, independent features, documentaries, television, immersive attractions, concert and choral music. Franco is the first Latina invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences music branch and to receive the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature (COCO).
Recent work highlights include co-composing the epic adventure score to Paramount’s live action film Dora and the Lost City Of Gold, with John Debney, directed by James Bobin. Her score to Little, directed by Tina Gordon Chism for Universal Studios includes a mix of orchestral, hip hop, R&B and gospel music. She created the lively score to Curious George 4, directed by Doug Murphy, for Universal Animation. Franco co-wrote and produced the main title theme song for the upcoming show The Casagrandes for Nickelodeon. In 2018, Franco was one of three female composers to score a major studio project with her work on Tag, directed by Jeff Tomsic for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. She also completed the features Someone Great for Netflix, Life-Size 2 produced by Stephanie Allain for Freeform, and Vida for the Starz television series. She composed the score to Dope for Rick Famuyiwa which premiered at Cannes and Sundance Festivals.
Her work on the Oscar®-winning Pixar film COCO film spanned over four years. Franco co-wrote and produced five of the six original songs with screenwriter and co-director Adrian Molina, including “Un Poco Loco”, “The World Es Mi Familia” and “Proud Corazón”. She produced, orchestrated and arranged the 2018 Oscar®-winning song, “Remember Me”. She contributed additional music and co-orchestrated the score, giving the film its authentic Mexican sound.
At the 2018 ASCAP Screen Music Awards, Franco was recognized with the Shirley Walker Award. She is a Sundance Music Sound Design Fellow and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She is an Advisory Board Member of Women in Media.
Germaine’s work can be heard in concert halls around the world including the Walt Disney Concert Hall with The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Puerto Rico Symphony, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Philharmonic, and many more.