Debney received his BA in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts. He began work at Disney in the copying department before becoming a freelance composer and then as a television series composer, including music for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for the soundtrack of The Passion of the Christ.
The Orville Edit
Debney was recruited for The Orville in August, 2017, the third composer hired after Joel McNeely and Bruce Broughton. In September, the show's creator, Seth MacFarlane, posted a videos of Debney directing their orchestra for the upcoming episode Pria.
At the close of Season 1, Debney commented: "Seth wants these to have a big, cinematic feeling. It’s huge for television, and it’s the biggest gift a composer can get. We go from funny, comedic scenes to big, adventurous battle scenes."
In 2018, Debney, McNeely, Broughton, and Andrew Cottee collectively won Best Original Score for Television from the International Film Music Critics Association Awards for their music for Season 1 of The Orville.
- ↑ "John Debney Joins ‘The Orville’ Music Team". Film Music Reporter. Aug. 15, 2017.
- ↑ @macfarlaneseth. "John Debney conducting his score for The Orville episode 5 - tryin to hide the screen so there's no spoilers". Instagram. Sept. 19, 2017.
- ↑ Burllingame, John. "Emmys 2018: The Orchestral Arms Race of TV’s Sci-Fi". Variety. June 4, 2018.
- ↑ "IFMCA Award Winners 2017". IFMCA. Feb. 22, 2018.