BIOGRAPHY

Jim Lang is a seasoned composer in the film and television world, having strengthened many projects through his diverse musical palette. He is most recognized for his theme music, original songs, and score for Nickelodeon‘s hit animated series Hey Arnold!, which has aired in over 70 markets worldwide. Most recently, Jim scored Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie, the highly-anticipated return to television after a 13-year hiatus. The film, which features updates to the iconic themes from the series, picks up after the cliffhanger ending of Hey Arnold: The Movie, and finds Arnold and friends searching for his parents in Central America.

Jim is currently scoring season two of Wind Dancer Films‘ popular early childhood science show, Ready, Jet, Go! for PBS. His original music is also featured in the Ron Howard films The Paper, Ransom, and ED TV. Other film scores include the independent features Born Killers, Fred & Vinnie, Cellmates, and Guido. Additionally, Jim scored The Jim Henson Company’s animated feature series Unstable Fables, and Houston International Film Festival’s Best Short Grand Prize winner World Song. He has also collaborated with acclaimed horror director John Carpenter, for his film In the Mouth Of Madness.

His numerous record credits include a series of collaborations with Eels writer and producer Mark “E” Everett. Eels albums Blinking Lights, as well as Electro-Shock Blues, and Daisies of the Galaxy feature songs by E and Lang, and string and horn arrangements written and conducted by Lang. Jim has also played on, produced, and arranged records for diverse artists including Smokey Robinson, Steve Wynn, Vince Gill, Public Image founding member Keith Levene, The Four Tops, Stan Ridgway, The Pointer Sisters, and the Los Angeles soul-jazz collective, Build An Ark.

Jim was born and raised just outside Kansas City, Missouri. Although largely self-taught, he studied music briefly at the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City. In his early career, he served a three year stint as composer and musical director of the Goodman Theater’s Free Street Theater Project where he did pioneering work in integrating prerecorded tapes and synthesizers with live musicians and actors. He moved to Los Angeles to play with Todd Rundgren, and subsequently toured with several other acts, including Joe Cocker and the Pointer Sisters.

Jim now divides his time between the Bay Area and Los Angeles. He has a daughter and a son by his first marriage. His son, Garret is an up and coming Los Angeles bass player and can be heard on Jim’s scores.

Credits

Film

Guido
Colin Campbell, Director

Cellmates
Jesse Baget, Director

Fred and Vinnie
Steve Skrovan, Director
Independent Film

Three Pigs and A Baby
Howard Baker, Director
The Jim Henson Co.

The Goldilocks and 3 Bears Show
Howard Baker, Director
The Jim Henson Co.

Tortoise vs Hare
Howard Baker, Director
The Jim Henson Co.

El Mascarado Massacre
Jesse Baget, Director
Independent

Hey Arnold! The Movie
Craig Bartlett, Director
Paramount

Born Killers aka Piggybanks
Morgan J. Freeman, Director
Independent

Ransom (addl music)
Ron Howard, Director
Touchstone

ED TV (addl music)
Ron Howard, Director
Touchstone

In The Mouth of Madness
John Carpenter, Director
New Line

The Paper (addl music)
Ron Howard, Director
Universal

Hey Arnold! Theatrical Short
Craig Bartlett, Director
Nickelodeon Films

BodyBags
John Carpenter, Director
Showtime

Love or Money
Todd Hallowell, Director
Hemdale

The Letters from Moab
Mark Krenzien, Director
Chanticleer Films

Hollywood Vice Squad
Penelope Spheeris, Director
Republic

Postcards
Bob Rogers, Producer
BRC Arts

World Song
Bob Rogers, Producer
BRC Arts

Television

Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie
Nickelodeon

Ready, Jet, Go!
PBS

Dinosaur Train
The Jim Henson Company

Hey Arnold!
Nickelodeon

Lloyd in Space
Walt Disney TV Animation

NOVA
PBS

Special Format Films and Special Venue Attractions

BRC Imagination Arts “United States Pavilion” Shanghai Expo 
BRC Imagination Arts “Mystery Lodge” Knott’s Berry Farm
BRC Imagination Arts “Space Center Houston”
BRC Imagination Arts “World Song” USA Pavillion Expo
Iwerks Entertainment “Vitual Vacations” Cinemadrome 360
Iwerks Entertainment “Dinosaur Adventure” Cinemadrome 360
Metavision / MCA “Jurassic Tour” Shirahama, Japan
BRC Imagination Arts “Mi Pais Vasco” Basque Pavillion Expo
Mitsui / Toshiba “Roboshow” Expo ’90 Osaka, Japan
BRC Imagination Arts “Postcards” Korean Air Pavillion Expo Seoul
General Motors “Teamwork and Technology Expo”

Corporate Films and Presentations

General Motors Corporation
NASA
Northrop Corporation
Toshiba
Korean Air Lines
Collins Avionics

Awards

ASCAP Film and TV Awards: Most Performed Scores
ANNIE Awards “Lloyd In Space” Nominated for Best Theme Song
“WorldSong” Best Short Film: Houston Int’l Film Festival
“Mi Pais Vasco” Certificate for Creative Excellence
US Industrial Film and Video Festival
“Richard Marx” Richard Marx NARAS Platinum Record
“Quiet Lies” Juice Newton NARAS Gold Record
“Mystery Lodge” TEA Special Achievement Award
“Alive” Theatrical Trailer Clio Award