Julia is an accomplished composer known for her diversity, keen dramatic sense, and precision. She is currently scoring her 6th season of BONES alongside Emmy winning composer Sean Callery. This past June ASCAP honored Julia with a second award for her contribution to the hit series and a writeup in Variety. The score was also nominated for best primetime television music of 2011 from the Hollywood Music and Media Awards. Julia also composed music for the BONES spinoff series, THE FINDER. In addition, Julia has orchestrated scores for studio feature films along with her composing work in independent film and video games.
- James Newton Howard, 7 Time Oscar Nominated Composer (Dark Knight, Michael Clayton, King Kong)
Julia Newmann has received three ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2012, 2013, 2015) and is going to receive her third for her work on Fox's hit TV series "Bones" for it's 2014 season. Alongside three-time Emmy award winning composer Sean Callery ("24", "Elementary" "Homeland") Julia is in the midst of scoring her seventh season. "Bones" was nominated for 'Best Television Score' by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in 2011. In addition, she has composed music for Fox's series, "The Finder" and "Medium."
Before embarking on television, Julia worked for multi Oscar nominated film composer, James Newton Howard. During her time at JNH Studios, she orchestrated the Oscar nominated score "Michael Clayton," as well as "The Water Horse: Legends of the Deep" and "The Great Debaters."
Julia has already amassed a wide variety of credits in film and video games in her 10 year stint. In early 2012, Julia teamed up with Christian Cardona (Visual Effects Supervisor) and Andrea Folprecht (Editor) of "Bones" to score the film, "Y: the Last Man Standing," based on the popular Vertigo comic book. The film received critical acclaim at Comic-Con and has a quarter million hits on YouTube. Some other highlights include Showtime's documentary, "Tapestries of Hope," UK theatrical released, "Radioman," with cast including George Clooney, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks and more, ABC's webseries "Squeeges," feature theatrical release "Freedom Park," MGA Entertainment's DVD game "The $100,000 Pyramid," and Cirque Mechanic's theatrical circus "The Birdhouse Factory." This production has gone on Broadway and toured around the US, Canada and Europe for the last ten years.
Aside from doing music for entertainment, Julia has become passionate about scoring films for animal conservation with an emphasis on elephants. Having been to Africa twice and falling in love with elephants on the first trip, she decided she wanted to raise musical empathy for them and their plight against the horrific ivory trade as well as raising awareness about the issues causing elephants to disappear. As an ongoing effort, she and her husband Cody, (also a composer and elephant lover) have joined forces in scoring many of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's fundraising films. This is a special organization in Kenya that rescues orphaned elephants and any orphaned animal in need and rehabilitates them. Cody and Julia will also be embarking on another conservation feature documentary later this year called "The Price," about the plight of the rhinos due to their desirable horns. And last year, Julia scored a National Geographic Documentary about saving elephants from the illegal ivory trade called, "Let Elephants Be Elephants" which aired widely over South East Asia and was nominated by the 19th annual Asian Television Awards 2014.
Julia is a graduate of University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While participating in USC's Film Scoring Program, she was awarded the BMI Award in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. Upon her USC graduation she was a selected participant of the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. In 2005 Julia was a semi-finalist in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composer's Competition. She has also won awards for her concert music. In 2001 her choral piece, "Where Once the Waters of Your Face" was awarded 2nd place in the National Composer's Guild Composition Contest. And in 1999 her piece "A Night Without Armor" received honorable mention from the same competition.
Julia and her composer husband, Cody Westheimer have operated their own music production and licensing company, "New West Studios, Inc." since 2006.
NETWORK TELEVISIONBONES (2008-present), Fox Television, Seasons 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
THE FINDER (2011-2012), Fox Television
MEDIUM (2010), CBS Television
NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMSNINAH'S DOWRY (2012), dir. Victor Viyuoh
TUMBLING AFTER (2008), dir. Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt
PREMONITIONS (2005), dir. Shawn Sourgose, Ludicrous Productions
FREEDOM PARK (2004), dir. Jon Artigo, Ludicrous Productions
DOCUMENTARIESLET ELEPHANTS BE ELEPHANTS (2014), dir. Nadya Hutagalung, Nat Geo Int.
RADIONMAN (2011), dir. Paul Fisher and Mary Kerr
TAPESTRIES OF HOPE (2008), dir. Michealene Cristini Risley
FEMA CITY (2007), dir. Jamin H. Griffiths
GIVING FOR GIVING (2006), dir. Genevieve Vaughan, Full Circle Productions
OUTREACHTHE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST (2012-present) promotional/outreach video content
SHORT FILMSY. THE LAST MAN RISING (2012), dir. Christian Cardona
NOT ALONE (2012), dir. Billy Higgins
HIRED GUNS (2011), dir. Devin Currys
SQUIRREL'S TALE (2009), dir. Jenny Sherman
ALBERTO'S REVENGE (2009), David Krissman
THE J.H. GUNN PROJECT (2009), Shequeta Smith
GEMINI MAX AND THE GLOWING GODDESS (2007), dir. Ben Shalom
MONKEY (2007), dir. Yoshie Suzuki
SHUGAR SHANK (2006), dir. Meredyth Wilson
NAUGHTY OR NICE (2006), dir. Zach Lee De Gregorio
JENKIN'S LAST MEAL (2006), dir. Genevieve Gilson
AUDREY (2005), dir. Yoshie Suzuki
EMPTY (2005), dir. Alex Killian
THE BLACK PLUM (2005), dir. Meredyth Wilson
LIVE-IN (2004), dir. Zach Lee De Gregorio
EVICTION (2004), dir. Devin Curry
BE ASSURED (2003), dir. Zach Lee De Gregorio
MONSTER (2002), dir. Devin Curry
MAN'S BEST FRIEND (2002), dir. Shan Makor Prum
DANCE (2002), dir. Zach Lee De Gregorio
DYSFUNCTIONAL (2001), dir. Ari Sandel
LOST SOUL (2000), dir. Eli Murphy
WEB SERIESSQUEEGEES (2008), ABC.com, Stage 9 Digital Media
THE BIRDHOUSE FACTORY (2004), dir. Chris Lashua, Cirque Mechanics
VIDEOGAMESBRATZ BABYZ DARE-A-OKE (2006), DVD Game, dir. Lawrence Everson, MGA Entertainment
THE $100,000 PYRAMID (2006), DVD Game, dir. Lawrence Everson, MGA Entertainment
INTERACTIVE MEDIAQI GONG TI CHI II (2007), dir. Lee Holden, Exercise to Heal, LLC
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY (2005), dir. Blaine Berringer, Earthbound Entertainment
QI GONG TI CHI (2004), dir. Lee Holden, Exercise to Heal, LLC
UNIVERSITY OF LAVERN (2004), dir. Blaine Berringer, Earthbound Entertainment
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (2004), dir. Blaine Berringer, Earthbound Entertainment
USC PHYSICAL THERAPY (2004), dir. Blaine Berringer, Earthbound Entertainment
ORCHESTRATIONULTRA MARATHON MAN (2008), dir. J.B. Benna, Journey Film Productions
SPACE CHIMPS (2008), (additional orch.), dir. Kirk De Micco, Vanguard Animation
EASTERN STATE: LIVING BEHIND THE WALLS (2008), dir. Tony Alosi
MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007), dir. Tony Gilroy, Warner Bros./Castle Rock Entertainment
THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007), dir. Denzel Washington, The Weinstein Company
THE WATER HORSE (2007), dir. Jay Russell, Revolution Studios
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CATTLE CALL (2006), dir. Martin Guigui
SMILE (2005), dir. Chris Mais, Earthbound Entertainment
SPARTACUS (2004), (TV mini series), dir. Robert Dornhelm, USA Network
MUSIC PREPARATIONMERRY DAUGHTER OF THE BRIDE (2008), dir. Leslie Hope, Lifetime
ULTRA MARATHON MAN (2008), dir. J.B. Benna, Journey Film Productions
HEART ATTACK! (2008), dir. Chris Mais, UCLA Animation
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CATTLE CALL (2006), (copyist), dir. Martin Guigui
SMILE (2005), (copyist, librarian), dir. Chris Mais, Earthbound Entertainment
THE RUNNER (2005), (copyist, librarian), dir. JB Benna, Journey Film Productions
KING SOLOMON'S MINES (2004), (MIDI transcription), dir. Steve Boyum, Hallmark Hall of Fame
SPARTACUS (2004), (MIDI transcription, copyist), dir. Robert Dornhelm, USA Network
OTHER MUSIC CREDITSTHE HAPPENING (2008), (scoring co-coordinator), dir. M. Night Shyamalan
CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR (2007), (scoring assistant), dir. Mike Nichols, Universal Studios
I AM LEGEND (2007), (scoring assistant), dir. Francis Lawrence, Warner Bros.
THE LOOKOUT (2007), (scoring intern), dir. Scott Frank, Miramax Films
BLOOD DIAMOND (2006), (scoring intern), Edward Zwick, Warner Bros.
LADY IN THE WATER (2006), (scoring intern), dir. M. Night Shyamalan
RV (2006), (scoring intern), dir. Barry Sonnenfeld, Columbia Pictures
KING KONG (2005), (scoring intern), dir. Peter Jackson, Universal Pictures
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTSMART RECOVERY (2000), dir. Don MacDonald