Giffin, Philip

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GIFFIN, Philip

(Phil Giffen)


Married Karen Blake (a singer); children: two. Education: Graduated from Berklee College of Music, 1975.

Addresses: Office LA Music Academy, 370 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. Publicist Costa Communications, 8265 Sunset Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Contact Soundtrack Music Association, 8938 Keith Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069;

Career: Composer, orchestrator, and conductor. LA Music Academy, Los Angeles, CA, studio recording instructor. Musical director and conductor for touring performers, U.S. and Japanese cities. Also a musician, an album producer, and a composer and arranger for commercials.

Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nomination, outstanding main title theme music, 2003, for Boomtown.


Film Orchestrator:

Lethal Weapon, Warner Bros., 1987.

Die Hard, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1988.

Sweet Hearts Dance, TriStar, 1988.

Lethal Weapon 2, Warner Bros., 1989.

(Uncredited) The Little Mermaid (animated), Buena Vista, 1989.

Say Anything (also known as Say Anything ... ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1989.

(As Phil Giffen) Die Hard 2 (also known as Die Hard 2: Die Harder ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1990.

The Last Boy Scout, Warner Bros., 1991.

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Vestron Video, 1991.

A Gnome Named Gnorm (also known as The Adventures of a Gnome Named Gnorm and Upworld ), PolyGram, 1992.

Ladybugs, Paramount, 1992.

Once upon a Crime..., MetroGoldwynMayer, 1992.

Passed Away, Buena Vista, 1992.

Amos & Andrew, Columbia, 1993.

Fatal Instinct, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1993.

Sommersby, Warner Bros., 1993.

Son in Law, Buena Vista, 1993.

Clifford, Orion, 1994.

Doctor Dolittle, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

Film Conductor:

A Gnome Named Gnorm (also known as The Adventures of a Gnome Named Gnorm and Upworld ), PolyGram, 1992.

Television Work; Series:

Arranger, The Tracey Ullman Show, Fox, 19871990.

Arranger and conductor, Northern Exposure, CBS, 19901995.

Orchestrator, The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1990.

Musical director, Muppets Tonight!, ABC, 1996, The Disney Channel, 19971998.

Musical director, Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 19961999.


Album Producer:

(And arranger of some songs) Jeff Richman, The Way In, MGR Records, 1990.

Karen Blake, Small Potatoes, 2002.

Producer of other albums, including the Karen Blake album Just One Heart.


Film Scores:

Kudzu (short documentary), 1976.

The Audition (short film), 2000.

Beethoven's 3rd, Universal, 2000.

Beethoven's 4th, Universal Studios Home Video, 2001.

The Space Between (short film), 2002.

Topa Topa Bluffs, 2002.

Composer for the short film Punch Drunk and the educational short film Brandon Tells His Story.

Film Music; Additional Music:

PeeWee's Big Adventure, Warner Bros., 1985.

Fatal Instinct, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1993.

First Kid, Buena Vista, 1996.

That Darn Cat, Buena Vista, 1997.

Like Mike, Twentieth CenturyFox, 2002.

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, Walt Disney Home Video, 2003.

Television Music; Series:

(With others) The A-Team, NBC, 19831987.

Darkwing Duck (animated), ABC and syndicated, 19911993, The Disney Channel, 19931996.

Muppets Tonight!, ABC, 1996, The Disney Channel, 19971998.

Tracey Takes On..., HBO, 19961999.

(And theme music) Boomtown, NBC, 20022003.

Television Music; Movies:

The Midnight Hour (also known as In the Midnight Hour ), ABC, 1985.

Dead in the Water, USA Network, 1991.

Murder 101, USA Network, 1991.

Red Wind, USA Network, 1991.

White Lie, USA Network, 1991.

Ladykiller, USA Network, 1992.

Deadly Relations, ABC, 1993.

Dangerous Heart, USA Network, 1994.

Escape from Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story (also known as Crimes of Passion: Escape from Terror ), NBC, 1994.

The Barefoot Executive, ABC, 1995.

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, ABC, 1995.

Sharon's Secret, USA Network, 1995.

Before He Wakes, CBS, 1998.

Like Father, Like Santa, Fox Family Channel, 1998.

The Spring (also known as NBC Movie of the Week ), NBC, 2000.

Composer for Betting Even, HBO.



Philip Giffin Official Site, March 30, 2004.