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Julia Newmann has received three ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2012, 2013, 2015) and is going to receive her third for her work on Fox's hit TV series "Bones" for it's 2014 season. Alongside three-time Emmy award winning composer Sean Callery ("24", "Elementary" "Homeland") Julia is in the midst of scoring her seventh season. "Bones" was nominated for 'Best Television Score' by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2011. In addition, she has composed music for Fox's series, "The Finder" and "Medium."
Before embarking on television, Julia worked for multi Oscar nominated film composer, James Newton Howard. During her time at JNH Studios, she orchestrated the Oscar nominated score "Michael Clayton," as well as "The Water Horse: Legends of the Deep" and "The Great Debaters."
Julia has already amassed a wide variety of credits in film and video games in her 10 year stint. In early 2012, Julia teamed up with Christian Cardona (Visual Effects Supervisor) and Andrea Folprecht (Editor) of "Bones" to score the film, "Y: the Last Man Standing," based on the popular Vertigo comic book. The film received critical acclaim at Comic-Con and has a quarter million hits on YouTube. Some other highlights include Showtime's documentary, "Tapestries of Hope," UK theatrical released, "Radioman," with cast including George Clooney, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks and more, ABC's webseries "Squeeges," feature theatrical release "Freedom Park," MGA Entertainment's DVD game "The $100,000 Pyramid," and Cirque Mechanic's theatrical circus "The Birdhouse Factory." This production has gone on Broadway and toured around the US, Canada and Europe for the last ten years.
Aside from doing music for entertainment, Julia has become passionate about scoring films for animal conservation with an emphasis on elephants. Having been to Africa twice and falling in love with elephants on the first trip, she decided she wanted to raise musical empathy for them and their plight against the horrific ivory trade as well as raising awareness about the issues causing elephants to disappear. As an ongoing effort, she and her husband Cody, (also a composer and elephant lover) have joined forces in scoring many of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's fundraising films. This is a special organization in Kenya that rescues orphaned elephants and any orphaned animal in need and rehabilitates them. Cody and Julia will also be embarking on another conservation feature documentary later this year called "The Price," about the plight of the rhinos due to their desirable horns. And last year, Julia scored a National Geographic Documentary about saving elephants from the illegal ivory trade called, "Let Elephants Be Elephants" which aired widely over South East Asia and was nominated by the 19th annual Asian Television Awards 2014.
Julia is a graduate of University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While participating in USC's Film Scoring Program, she was awarded the BMI Award in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. Upon her USC graduation she was a selected participant of the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. In 2005 Julia was a semi-finalist in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composer's Competition. She has also won awards for her concert music. In 2001 her choral piece, "Where Once the Waters of Your Face" was awarded 2nd place in the National Composer's Guild Composition Contest. And in 1999 her piece "A Night Without Armor" received honorable mention from the same competition.
Julia and her composer husband, Cody Westheimer have operated their own music production and licensing company, "New West Studios, Inc." since 2006.