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  • 3 GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS FOR THE JUNGLE BOOK WITH THE HIT HOUSE’S MUSIC

    The categories of “Best Original Score,” “Best Family TV Spot,” and “Best Original Score TV Spot” for the 17th Annual Golden Trailer were swept by The Jungle Book.

    On May 4, 2016, Comedian Wayne Brady hosted the 17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards, which garnered big wins for both Create Advertising Group and Vibe Creative’s work for Disney’s The Jungle Book. The Golden Trailer Awards were created in 1999 by Evelyn Watters and Monica Brady to recognize the best in worldwide motion picture and television marketing. “Trailers remain the single most important tool to open a movie,” said Watters. “One night per year, the tireless efforts and innovations of the artists who cut these two minutes of movie magic are recognized for their craft.”

    The Hit House created music for wins for Vibe in the “Best Original Score” category for “Mowgli.” The “Bare Necessities” arrangement, recording, and whistles by The Hit House composers William Hunt and Scott Miller can be prominently heard as trailer music in spots leading up to the release of and in a final scene of the actual film, as well as here on SoundCloud: Bare Necessities.

    For Create Advertising’s Jungle Book campaign The Hit House composers Scott Miller and William Hunt created the “Legend,” TV spot (see above), which won “Best Original Score TV Spot” as well as the “Best Family TV Spot.”

    The Golden Trailer Awards were an exciting night filled with growls, roars, and beautiful music experienced by all in The Hit House team. We look forward to all the wild musical adventures the next year may bring and are so happy for Vibe and Create‘s successes!

    17th Annual Golden Trailer Awards Red Carpet
    Pictured (l-r) The Hit House’s: Composer William Hunt, Composer Dan Diaz, Executive Producer Sally House, Creative Director Scott Miller, VP of Music Supervision Jesse Goodwin, Sound Designer Chad Hughes.

  • THE HIT HOUSE NAMES JESSE GOODWIN AS COMPANY’S FIRST VICE PRESIDENT OF MUSIC SUPERVISION

    Jesse Goodwin The Hit House's VP of Music Supervision

    Goodwin Previously Worked as Music Supervisor for Seismic Productions

    Jesse Goodwin has been a fixture of Trailer Music Supervision in Hollywood since 2003. In addition to Seismic, he also ran the music departments for several other houses including Big Picture Entertainment and Herzog & Co. He has sonically overseen countless marketing campaigns, winning two Golden Trailers for Best Music, and has freelanced on many other entertainment projects.

    Sally House, said “Well it finally happened! The success of the Hit House has not only exceeded our hopes and expectations but our capacity to manage it on our own. After a long string of tremendous victories for our company, it become clear that we would need to bring a heavy hitter on to expand the depth and range of services we provide to our clients. We’ve worked shoulder to shoulder with Jesse on so many great campaigns – and it is a real win for us now to have him aboard. He truly embodies The Hit House spirit: creative, driven, genuine and passionate about music.”

    Adds Goodwin, “I have been a client of the Hit House since their inception, for no other reason than they are amazing at what they do and made my life as a Music Supervisor much easier. I’ve always appreciated how they work and interact with people, which to me is just as important as the work they create. When the opportunity arose to become part of their ever growing company, it felt like a no brainer. I can’t imagine a better fit for me. I look forward to helping them become a full service agency with my Music Supervision experience, while also guiding the expansion of their catalog and lending a knowing ear to the production of the custom scoring they are famous for.”

    Prior to joining The Hit House, Jesse Goodwin had been the Music Supervisor since 2011 with Seismic Productions, an award winning entertainment marketing company for the entertainment industry. Goodwin is the winner of two Golden Trailer Awards: “Best Use of Music in A TV Spot” (2011) and “Best Use of Music in a Movie Trailer” (2013).

    Before his role with Seismic, Goodwin ran the music departments for several renowned entertainment marketing houses, including Big Picture Entertainment (2004–2006), Herzog & Co. (2010–2011) and Disney’s Four Wall. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University in 2003 with an emphasis in Film and Music, Jesse has spent the last 13 years as a fixture of Trailer Music Supervision in Hollywood.

    In addition to his oversight of music in numerous, high profile movie marketing campaigns, Goodwin has also freelanced on a handful of other features, documentaries and TV shows. With a love of all things music and film related, Jesse Goodwin is constantly looking for the next great track to define a campaign and to push the boundaries of entertainment marketing to new levels.

    For more details on Jesse’s plans to rule the world read on here: Jesse Goodwin

  • NEW DARK SOULS III LAUNCH TRAILER HITS RIGHT ON GAME DAY RELEASE

    Petrol Advertising chose The Hit House to create sound design and overlay Hozier’s track for DS3’s launch premiere in the U.S.

    Dark Souls III is dropped the launch trailer with our overlay of Hozier’s track, “In the Woods Somewhere,” and our custom sound design. The brand new role playing game, set in Bandai Namco’s dungeon, a crawling universe full of fear inducing enemies and new adaptable gameplay, officially releases on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in the U.S.

    In a world filled with horrifying encounters and raw brutality, Dark Souls III required a fitting piece designed to highlight the intensity of the gameplay and stir the fangirls and boys. The Hit House composers Scott Miller and William Hunt and sound designer Chad Hughes provided an overlay of Hozier’s song along with the sound design to fit the spectral and haunting tone of the gameplay visuals.

    Watch the Dark Souls III official launch trailer, embrace the darkness, praise the sun, then order the killer RPG game here: http://www.darksouls3.com/us/.

  • 2016 GOLDEN TRAILER AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE IN!

    Golden Trailer Awards, The Jungle Book, Suicide Squad, Uncharted 4,

    Six major category nominations included music from The Hit House for Disney, Warner Bros., & Playstation.

    The 2016 Golden Trailer Awards are devoted to the entertainment industry’s most outstanding achievements in motion picture marketing. In the 17th annual competition they acknowledge the work of marketers and companies that create movie trailers, commercials and key art worldwide.

    For Disney, The Hit House worked on The Jungle Book with Vibe Creative to create “Mowgli,” the first trailer created exclusively for Disney’s annual D23 Expo. Our reimagining of “The Bare Necessities,” hear it here: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseSoundcloudDisneyJungleBookBareNecessities, was nominated for “Best Original Score.”

    We’re thrilled that the “Legend” TV spot by Create Advertising was nominated for not only “Best Animation/Family TV Spot,” but also “Best Original Score TV Spot.”  “The End of the Jungle,” was composed exclusively for “Legend” by Scott Miller and William Hunt: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseJungleBookTVSpot. You can also hear our reimagining of “The Bare Necessities” in Trailer Park’s “Man Cub Combo” Super Bowl trailer,  nominated for “Best Fantasy Adventure,” http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseOfficialJungleBookTrailer.

    Team Aspect blew everyone away with the Suicide Squad, “Rhapsody” trailer, and it’s nominated for the “Summer 2016 Blockbuster” category! It featured our enhancements to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and can be heard here: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseSuicideSquadTrailer. Suicide Squad is Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics’ tent-pole comic book movie of the year, and we can’t wait for it.

    For Sony PlayStation and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End video game, The Hit House’s reimagined The Pixies’ “Where is My Mind,” heard here: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseSoundCloudUncharted4TrailerMusic. The Golden Trailer Awards nominated the spot, “Man Behind The Treasure,” for “Best Video Game TV Spot” as seen here: http://bit.ly/TheHitHouseUncharted4PS4Trailer. The Hit House’s composer Scott Miller produced and arranged a unique cover composition of The Pixies’ classic song with stirring strings and haunting vocals, as an accompaniment to the trailer for Uncharted 4’s action-adventure third-person shooter’s heart-rending narrative of love, loss, and potential redemption. The Playstation 4 game releases on May 10, and is available for pre-order here: http://www.unchartedthegame.com/en-us/purchase.

    Competition for Golden Trailer Awards nominations was fierce as a record number of submissions were entered, up 15% from last year. Evelyn Watters, GTA Executive Director, explained, “Everyone loves trailers. They are the most important and impactful part of a film campaign and they now live well beyond the movie theaters and have become the most consistently popular content online. The Golden Trailer Awards celebrates the trailer as an art form and recognizes those who work incredibly long hours behind the scenes to create this masterful short form entertainment.”

    We’re so proud to be part of this creative industry. All the nominees are a shining example of just how hard the talented people in our industry work to make everything perfect for just the right tone and note in each trailer. We wish everyone the best on May 4th and we’ll be seeing you all at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

  • OFF TO THE ROMAN RACES!

    Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ Ben-Hur remake’s official trailer includes The Hit House’s sound design elements.

    An epic tale retold for contemporary times necessitates the grandeur and opulence of past empires. What better way than to interweave a fatal fraternal fight, Jesus of Nazareth, and death defying chariot races? That is what the new Ben-Hur movie encompasses. For epic scale the trailer needed the perfect sound design, so The Hit House provided elements from the “Framework: Layer I” album by Chad Hughes. When chaos reigned in ancient Rome, we filled the silences with nuanced sound to set the stage.

    Directed by Timur Bekmanbetov and starring Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman, Ben-Hur weaves a lurid tale of a Judah Ben-Hur. After a Jerusalem prince’s family is brutally murdered by his own adopted brother, he rises from subsequent slavery, becomes a justice dealing avenger, and ultimately a chariot racer who seeks to vanquish an evil empire. Adapted from Union Civil War General Lew Wallace’s 1880 historical adventure novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the 2016 remake seeks to fill the gaping shoes of the 1959 Charlton Heston-starring version that won an unprecedented 11 Oscars!

    Serving the exact purpose for which it was released, The Hit House’s album, “Framework: Layer I” is an incredible collection of original hits, rises, wooshes, crashes, booms and bangs, and original field recordings written by three-time Emmy Award nominated sound designer, Chad Hughes. Certain unique elements of the album served just the right tones for Paramount and MGM, and thus can race into your next project as well.

    Ben-Hur gallops into theaters on August 12.

  • THE “ICONIC THEME SONG” FOR BUSTING GHOSTS

    Ghostbusters Official Trailer began with The Hit House’s special touch.

    30 years ago it began, this summer it ends: Ghostbusters. Entertainment Weekly said, “When Sony dropped the trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie a few weeks ago, there were multiple references to the original 1984 film, including proton packs, the Ecto-1, and plenty of slime. But perhaps the most obvious callback was the trailer’s soundtrack: a simple piano version of Ray Parker Jr.’s iconic theme song.”

    Created by The Hit House’s Scott Miller the 2016 piano version brought the perfect balance between homage to the past with notes of a tantalizing future.

    Next time a spectre beckons, keep in mind, we’ll bust ghostly notes past, present, and future for you. Watch the trailer and see the movie bust ectoplasm all over theater screens this July 15.

  • RETURN FROM THE JUNGLE

    “Live the Legend” with Disney’s The Jungle Book TV Spot featuring The Hit House’s “The End of the Jungle” piece.

    Not only “The Bare Necessities,” but additional music is what we brought through Create Advertising to Disney’s previews of The Jungle Book. A whole new retelling by Jon Favreau of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless classic necessitates a continuous messaging with contemporary musical sensibilities.

    In the “Live the Legend” spot Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) realizes just how special Mowgli (Neel Sethi) truly is. He vows to Baloo (Bill Murray) to return Mowgli from out of the jungle to the human civilization “where he belongs.” Also featuring the voice acting of Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, and Christopher Walken as King Louie, The Jungle Book is set to release April 15.

    Composed by The Hit House’s Scott Miller and William Hunt, “The End of the Jungle” vaults listeners from a contemplative wistfulness with rising rhythmic momentum propelling the spot’s plot to a glorious climax. Evoking memories of past melodies the music resolves in a whistled “The Bare Necessities” tune revamped for this generation’s fans of Disney’s The Jungle Book.

    We’ll see you in theaters opening night, but ’til then, give the trailer a view, and keep in mind The Hit House will always navigate you safely through any musical jungle.

  • WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

    The Hit House reimagines an iconic music sequence for Sony’s Ghostbusters trailer teaser.

    A ghostly original franchise rebooted, a trailer tease, and a conspicuous music sequence, all combined for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s announcement of the 2016 Ghostbusters movie. To layer in just the right tone for a new generation of characters and movie-goers they asked The Hit House’s Scott Miller to add a contemporary flavor to the classic theme. Playing to just one of the powerful elements of his skillsets, Scott put fingers to keys, mind to task, and “busted” out just the right notes to honor the past and tantalize the future.

    Directed by Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa, McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Neil Casey, Charles Dance, Michael K. Williams, Elizabeth Perkins, Andy García, and Chris Hemsworth, the remake of the Ghostbusters movie from 30 years ago, combines the war against the paranormal with a cast of today’s funniest actors. The plot centers around two authors of a book that suggests ghosts are real. After being ostracized by their academic peers the duo teams up with a nuclear engineer and a subway worker to save Manhattan and the world from a demon and his legion of evil apparitions.

    Slay some ghosts, save the world, and make quintessential music? You know who to call.

    Watch the Ghostbusters trailer now, then get ready for busting ghosts, theaters, and your minds on July 15, 2016!

  • BULLETS FLY “AS THE STREETS CRY”

    The Hit House’s delivers the goods for Team Aspect’s Triple 9 Spot.

    Theatrical trailers with organized crime, brazen heists, and dirty cops demand appropriately themed music. A delicate balancing act of soulful lamentation is how The Hit House balanced gunfire, deceit, sirens and the ultimate double-cross: police turning on their own.

    Directed by John Hillcoat and written by Matt Cook, Triple 9 is a 2016 American heist thriller that follows the bloody trail of a gang of criminals and corrupt cops being blackmailed by the Russian mafia to pull off the ultimate heist. Featuring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael K. Williams, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot, the ensemble cast delivers a fresh take on the classic heist.

    Composed for Team Aspect by Scott Miller and William Hunt, “As the Streets Cry.” When an officer is down, corrupt cops abound, and the mob gunning for you…

    Who can you trust? The Hit House. We’ll deliver true justice: music for the righteous.

    Dropping jaws in theaters February 26, 2016.

  • WELCOME TO OUR JUNGLE

    Disney’s 2016 The Jungle Book movie trailer features The Hit House’s arrangement (and whistles) of “The Bare Necessities.”

    The roll-out for the hotly anticipated release of Disney’s live-action epic adventure The Jungle Book began at the D23 Expo last year and continued with a Super Bowl 50 spot seen by millions. This critical marketing juncture needed just the right tone of light-hearted music to balance out an otherwise dark tale. So Disney tapped The Hit House to reimagine the timeless 1967 classic by Terry Gilkyson and originally sung by Phil Harris as Baloo. “The Bare Necessities” is arranged, performed, recorded, and whistled by Scott Miller and William Hunt.

    The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau and based on Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 eponymous collection of short stories, the movie is a modern day retelling as a live-action epic adventure about Mowgli’s (played by Neel Sethi) quest to survive in a jungle fraught with danger. An orphan raised by wolves, Mowgli is hunted by the tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba), who is bent on revenge due to prior violent encounters with man. Forced to flee the only place he’s known, Mowgli departs the jungle with the help of panther and strict teacher Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley), and the happy-go-lucky bear Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray). Through his journey of self-discovery and flight from danger Mowgli runs into varied jungle denizens with their own agendas, from Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), a hypnotic and seductive python, to King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken), a slick con-man of an orangutan who attempts to get Mowgli to teach him the secret of fire. The mother wolf Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito) are also included in the premiere cast of voice actors.

    Unlike the slick seductive python Kaa, Disney decided to trust The Hit House with their eminently recognizable tune and allowed our composers to do the work. The result? A revamped tune for 2016 that everyone will be whistling along to.

    Watch The Jungle Book trailer, forget about your worries, your strife, and whistle along to the tune with us!