Jim Dooley is an Emmy-winning composer/songwriter well known in film, television and video game circles.
Dooley recently completed Disney Interactive’s musically groundbreaking video game “Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,” the first video game musical. His work has also included ABC’s critically acclaimed series, “Pushing Daisies” – still a fan-favorite years after the show ended – for which Dooley earned a 2008 Emmy for “Best Original Music Composition for a Series.” This year, two projects featuring Jim’s music were honored with Academy Awards nominations, the animated short “Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare”, and the live action short “The Buzkashi Boys”.
2012 saw Dooley pair-up again with “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller for NBC’s “Mockingbird Lane”. Dooley also wrote original music for FX’s quirky series “Wilfred,” NBC’s “Best Friends Forever,” CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.” and TBS’ satirical animated series, “Neighbors from Hell.”
For film, Dooley composed Screen Gems’ thriller “Obsessed” starring Beyoncé Knowles; Simon West’s remake of the cult-classic-thriller “When a Stranger Calls”; and Bahr Productions Inc.’s “The Forger,” starring Hayden Panettiere, Josh Hutcherson, Alfred Molina and Lauren Bacall. Dooley also worked on several animated feature scores such as the German animated release “Urmel aus dem Eis” (“Impy’s Island”) and its sequel, DreamWorks Animation’s musically acclaimed short “First Flight,” and worked closely with director Fred Savage on the theatrical sequel “Daddy Day Camp.”
Other projects for DreamWorks include: “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” “Madagascar” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” its spin-off short “A Christmas Caper,” and the Academy Award-winning “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”
Dooley’s expertise in other mediums can also be found in the complex, interactive scores for best-selling videogame titles such as “Epic Mickey,” “Infamous” and “Infamous 2,” “NERF: N-Strike”, “Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier,” “SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy Seals,” “U.S. Navy Seals: Combined Assault.”
Dooley is a graduate of New York University, and upon completion of his degree, he moved to Los Angeles to study the art of film composing at USC in the SMPTV program with prolific scoring legends such as Christopher Young, Elmer Bernstein and Leonard Rosenman. He joined Media Ventures (now Remote Control Productions) in 1999 and collaborated with the world- renowned Hans Zimmer on DreamWorks’ “Gladiator” and as an additional composer, arranger and orchestrator on such notable features as Columbia Pictures’ “The Da Vinci Code,” Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” DreamWorks’ “The Ring,” and many others.