Universal Composer Initiative Unveils Finalists

The composers will create original scores for two DreamWorks Animation short films currently in production

Universal's Film Music Composer Initiative, whose goal is to nurture up-and-coming composers, has found its finalists. 

Jongnic Bontemps, Amie Doherty, Stephanie Economou, Layla Minoui, Orlando Perez Rosso, George Shaw, Jermaine Stegall and Jessica Weiss are the finalists announced today by the studio's Global Talent Development & Inclusion group.

The composers will create original scores for two DreamWorks Animation short films currently in production, at which point one composer per short will be selected to receive a grant to refine their compositions and have the chance for their work to be fully executed at an orchestral scoring session.

All finalists will have the opportunity to continue mentorship opportunities with Universal Film Music and/or DreamWorks Animation executives for a period of one year from the Initiative commencement date.

Composition remains one of the least diversified fields in filmmaking. Among the top 250 grossing films of 2017, women comprised 3 percent of composers, according to SDSU's Celluloid Ceiling report.