Zaza, Paul

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Zaza, Paul

(Paul J. Zaza, Paul James Zaza)


Education: Earned degree from Toronto Conservatory of Music.

Career: Composer. Began career as a classically trained pianist; toured with pop band Fifth Dimension, c. 1970s; Zaza Sound Productions Ltd. (a post-production facility), operator.

Awards, Honors: Genie Award (with Carl Zittrer), best music score, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1980, for Murder by Decree; Genie Award nomination, best music score, 1985, for Isaac Littlefeathers; Genie Award nomination (with Peter Simpson), best original song, 1987, for Bullies; won several Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) awards.


Film Work:

(As Paul James Zaza) Orchestrator, Porky's II: The Next Day, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

(As Paul J. Zaza) Music editor, Red Blooded American Girl II (also known as Hit & Run, Hot Blooded, and Red Blooded II), F.C.P. Media Ventures, 1997.

Television Work; Movies:

Music performer, Murder by Night, USA Network, 1989.

Stage Work:

Played bass for the Canadian touring company of Hair.


Film Scores:

Three Card Monte, Ambassador Film Distributors, 1978.

Murder by Decree (also known as Sherlock Holmes and Saucy Jack and Sherlock Holmes: Murder by Decree), AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1979.

Title Shot, Arista Films, 1979.

Stone Cold Dead, Dimension Pictures, 1979.

Hog Wild (also known as Les four de la moto), AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1980.

Prom Night, AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1980.

The Kidnapping of the President, Crown International Pictures, 1980.

Ghostkeeper (also known as Ghost Keeper), American Cinema Marketing, 1981.

My Bloody Valentine, Paramount, 1981.

Gas, Paramount, 1981.

Being Different (documentary), Astral Films, 1981.

Melanie, AVCO Embassy, 1982.

Porky's (also known as Chez Porky's), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.

Curtains, Jensen Farley Pictures, 1983.

American Nightmare, Media Home Entertainment, 1983.

A Christmas Story, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983.

Isaac Littlefeathers (also known as Isaac, Nuage-fougueux), Oasis International, 1984.

Sentimental Reasons (also known as Death Target and Order to Assassinate), Equitable, 1984.

Birds of Prey, 1985.

Turk 182!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.

Breaking All the Rules, New World Pictures, 1985.

High Stakes, 1986.

Blindside, Norstar Entertainment, 1986.

Bullies, Universal, 1986.

The Vindicator (also known as Frankenstein '88), Key Video, 1986.

Meatballs III: Summer Job (also known as Meatballs III: Academie de vacances), 1986.

The Pink Chiquitas, Shapiro Entertainment, 1987.

Higher Education, Palisades Pictures, 1987.

From the Hip, Paramount, 1987.

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (also known as Prom Night II, Prom Night II: Hello Mary Lou, and The Haunting of Hamilton High), Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1987.

Norman's Awesome Experience (also known as A Switch in Time), Hemdale Home Video, 1988.

The Brain, Brightstar, 1988.

Prom Night III: The Last Kiss, Norstar Releasing, 1989.

Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders (also kwon as Flesh Gordon 2), New Horizons, 1989.

Loose Cannons, TriStar, 1990.

(As Paul J. Zaza) Popcorn, Studio Three Film Corp., 1991.

Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil, Norstar Releasing, 1993.

Cold Sweat, Skouras Pictures, 1993.

No Contest, 1994.

The Dark, Norstar Releasing, 1994.

The Club, Norstar Entertainment, 1994.

It Runs in the Family (also known as My Summer Story), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994.

Iron Eagle IV (also known as Aigle de fer IV), Trimark, 1995.

Salt Water Moose, Norstar Releasing, 1996.

Double Take, Twice Removed Productions, 1997.

(As Paul J. Zaza) A Brooklyn State of Mind, Miramax, 1997.

(As Paul J. Zaza) The Ex, Lions Gate Films, 1997.

Red Blooded American Girl II (also known as Hit & Run, Hot Blooded, and Red Blooded II), F.C.P. Media Ventures, 1997.

Stag, New City Releasing, 1997.

The Rage, Miramax, 1997.

(As Paul J. Zaza) No Contest II (also known as Face the Evil and No Contest II: Access Denied), Norstar Entertainment, 1997.

In Her Defense (also known as In Self Defense), New City Releasing, 1998.

Misbegotten, Cinepix Film Properties, 1998.

I'll Remember April, Regent Moonstone, 1999.

Baby Geniuses, TriStar, 1999.

The Base, Sterling Home Entertainment, 1999.

(As Paul J. Zaza) Grizzly Falls, Providence Entertainment, 1999.

(As Paul J. Zaza) The Fourth Angel (also known as Vengeance secrete), Artisan Entertainment, 2001.

Now & Forever, Ardustry Entertainment, 2002.

Fancy Dancing (also known as Au rythme de l'amour), FallsApart Productions, 2002.

Darkness Falling, 2003.

SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2, Triumph Films, 2004.

Television Scores; Series:

Mr. Wizard's World, Nickelodeon, 1983.

Divorce Court, syndicated, 1986.

Katts and Dog (also known as Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop), CTV and Family Channel, 1988.

Hollywood Babylon, syndicated, 1992.

The Parent Trip, 2002.

Television Miniseries:

Ford: The Man and the Machine, syndicated, 1987.

To Catch a Killer, CTV and syndicated, 1992.

Television Scores; Movies:

The Highroller (also known as Las Vegas Hit and The Borrower), 1984.

Ladybear (also known as Lady Bear), 1985.

The Edge (also known as Doomsday Plot), 1985.

Covert Action, CBC, 1987.

Soft Touch II (also known as Birds in Paradise), 1988.

Murder by Night, USA Network, 1989.

(As Paul J. Zaza) Liar's Edge, Showtime, 1992.

(As Paul J. Zaza) Spenser: Ceremony, Lifetime, 1993.

The American Clock (also known as Arthur Miller's "The American Clock"), TNT, 1993.

(As Paul J. Zaza) Blown Away, HBO, 1993.

(As Paul J. Zaza) Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes, Lifetime, 1994.

Fudge-A-Mania, ABC, 1995.

Derby, ABC, 1995.

No Contest, HBO, 1995.

The Ex, HBO, 1996.

Stag, HBO, 1996.

Salt Water Moose, Showtime, 1996.

Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden (also known as Forbidden Memories), Family Channel, 1996.

Married to a Stranger, Family Channel, 1997.

The Base, Cinemax, 1997.

Catch a Falling Star, CBS, 2000.

Television Scores: Specials:

Caught in the Crossfire (documentary), PBS, 1992.

Television Scores; Pilots:

Modesty Blaise, ABC, 1982.