Bleeding Fingers Music

Bleeding Fingers Music is a composer collective creating original film and television score[1]. A joint venture between composer Hans Zimmer, his business partner Steve Kofsky, and Extreme Music, the production arm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, it is the leading custom scoring company in the film and television industry.[2][3]

Bleeding Fingers Music
IndustryMusic production
FoundersRussell Emanuel, Hans Zimmer and Steve Kofsky
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California
Area served
ServicesScore music for film, television, and digital media
ParentSony/ATV Music Publishing Edit this at Wikidata


Zimmer began composing music for the Extreme production library in the late '90s, and when Extreme expanded from the UK to the United States in 2001, it set up its offices at Zimmer's Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica, California.[4] In 2012, as Extreme sought to meet increased requests from clients for custom scores for television productions, it partnered with Kofsky and Zimmer to develop what would become Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop. During an eight-month test run prior to the company's launch, it created music for 30 television shows, and in August 2013, Bleeding Fingers was officially founded. Extreme's Russell Emanuel served as its CEO and chief creative officer and Kofsky its chairman.[5]

With a staff of experienced TV and film composers assembled by Zimmer, Bleeding Fingers initially focused on unscripted, reality, documentary and light drama television productions, developing custom micro-libraries for client properties in keeping with each program's style and tone.[5][6] Its early work included scores for Survivor, Hatfields & McCoys, The Men Who Built America and Mountain Men, for which it won both ASCAP and BMI awards.[6] [7]

In 2016, Bleeding Fingers was selected to score the BBC docu-series Planet Earth II. The theme was written by Zimmer, and composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe wrote the score. More than a year was spent composing the score for the series, which was recorded by an 80-piece orchestra at Air Studios in London. Zimmer, Shea and Klebe were nominated for a British Academy of Television Craft award in the Best Original Television Music category, and Shea and Klebe were nominated for the Emmy in Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score).[8]

Bleeding Fingers also composed the score for the BBC's Blue Planet II, a sequel to the 2001 documentary The Blue Planet. To promote the series, Zimmer collaborated with Radiohead to create "(ocean) Bloom," an orchestral reworking of Radiohead's song "Bloom" from the 2011 album The King of Limbs. Emanuel produced the track, which debuted in September 2017. Zimmer co-wrote the score with Shea and Dave Fleming.[9][10]

In October 2017, it was announced that Bleeding Fingers would replace longtime composer Alf Clausen for The Simpsons, beginning with season 29.[11][12]

Bleeding Fingers is based at Remote Control's Santa Monica complex, known as "The Stanford of Score."[13] As of 2018, there were 11 full-time composers on the Bleeding Fingers staff, many of whom had apprenticed with Zimmer.[5][3]


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  4. ^ Burlingame, Jon (May 7, 2014). "Remote Control Prods.: Hans Zimmer's Music Factory as a Breeding Ground". Variety. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Galo, Phil (August 12, 2013). "Sony/ATV's Extreme Music and Hans Zimmer Form Joint Venture: The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop". Billboard. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b Post staff (August 12, 2013). "Hans Zimmer & Extreme Music launch 'Bleeding Fingers'". Post Magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  7. ^ Matthews, Christopher M. (July 28, 2015). "When Things Get Real on TV, Music Pays Real Well". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  8. ^ Griffiths, Eleanor Bley (October 29, 2017). "How Claude Monet inspired Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for Blue Planet II". Radio Times. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  9. ^ Maine, Samantha (September 14, 2017). "Radiohead and Hans Zimmer are creating a track together". NME. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  10. ^ Greig, Finlay (October 10, 2017). "How I recorded the Blue Planet II score with Radiohead and Hans Zimmer". iNews. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  11. ^ Staff (October 1, 2017). "Bleeding Fingers Music Taking Over Scoring Duties on 'The Simpsons'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  12. ^ Far, Samira (January 4, 2018). "How to Create a Business Model That is 'Reassuringly Expensive' to Your Clients". Inc. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  13. ^ Gray, Tyler (August 9, 2013). "Can Hans Zimmer Make Reality TV Music Suck Less?". Fast Company. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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