Richard Bellis

Richard Bellis elected to ASCAP’s Board of Directors

Directors newly elected by the ASCAP Board are film composer Richard Bellis, Sony/ATV Chairman & CEO Martin Bandier and Warner-Chappell Interim CEO David H. Johnson. Bellis is a film and television composer, a former member of the USC faculty and a past president of the Society of Film Composers and Lyricists. His credits include the Emmy Award-winning score of Stephen King’s IT and the

book, The Emerging Film Composer.


The Emerging Film Composer is the most unique and probably — if not certainly — the most useful and practical book about composing with packages ever published. Your homework, figures and conclusions are most useful. If young, would-be composers read nothing else before they hop the freight for LA, they should be forced to read this.”"

Bruce Broughton, Composer and Academy Award Nominee; Ten time Emmy Award

Winner: “Silverado”, “Tombstone”, “Young Sherlock Holmes”

"......Composer and master educator Richard Bellis has assembled a wonderful guide to dealing realistically with the business side of this seductive career. Don't lift a pencil until this book is read from cover to cover. The advice is invaluable.”

Alf Clausen
The Simpsons



The background of Richard Bellis is distinguished by its surprising diversity: child actor, touring rock ‘n roll music director, arranger/conductor for Las Vegas headliners, university lecturer and now, award-winning Hollywood composer.

Born in Pasadena, California in 1946, he began his show business career acting in movies (notably the sci-fi classic “Them!”) and TV (from “Cheyenne” to “Batman”) but turned his attention to music in his teens, fronting his own Dixieland band and writing arrangements for several Los Angeles - based big bands.

Within months of graduating from high school, he became musical director for the touring version of the popular TV rock ‘n roll showcase Shindig, leading the band for such ‘60’s stars as Bobby Sherman, the Dixie Cups and Gerry & the Pacemakers. That led to a long stint as musical director for Johnny Mathis on cross-country and worldwide tours, and Bellis’ own first album of instrumentals (for famed London producer Norman Newell).

Bellis spent several years arranging and/or conducting for a number of top Las Vegas acts, including Connie Stevens, Leslie Uggams, Abbe Lane, Sally Struthers and Ann-Margaret, as well as such vocal groups as The Young Americans, the Doodletown Pipers and the King Cousins. In 1976, he returned to Los Angeles on a full-time basis to begin a film-scoring career.

His very first movie-for-television (“Black Market Baby”) boasts a song with a Sammy Cahn lyric. He won an Emmy for the score of Stephen King’s “IT” and a nomination for HBO’s “Doublecrossed” starring Dennis Hopper.

In addition to his film-scoring career, Bellis is a past president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists; serves on the faculty of the University of Southern California, where he has lectured for the past 11 years in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program; and served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

— Jon Burlingame

“Stephen King’s IT”
Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition.
Film directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. Cast includes Tim Curry,
Seth Green, Richard Masur and Annette O’toole

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition.
HBO Movie directed by Roger Young. Cast includes Dennis Hopper,
G.W. Bailey.
Winner of the Cable Ace Award for Best Film.

“Double, Double, Toil & Trouble”
Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition. ABC Movie of the Week. A Halloween fantasy starring the Olsen Twins and Cloris Leachman.

Recent Projects
“One Special Night”
Directed by Roger Young and edited by Benjamin Weissman. Starring Julie Andrews and James Garner

Recent Features
“Heart of the Storm”
“Reflections of China”
“Apples & Oranges”
“Above & Beyond”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Fox, Paramount

Additional Credits
The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights, CBS
Michael Landon, the Father I Knew, CBS
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story, ABC
Out of Nowhere, ABC, Disney
Seduction in a Small Town, ABC
The Legend of the Ruby Silver, ABC
Where's the Money, Noreen?, USA
The Sister-in-Law, USA
Kidz in the Wood, NBC
How the West Was Fun, ABC
The Disappearance of Vonnie, CBS
The Spider and the Fly, USA
No Child of Mine, CBS
Without a Kiss Goodbye, CBS
A Killer Among Friends, CBS
To Grandmother's House We Go, ABC
Blind Man's Bluff, USA
Nightmare in Columbia County, NBC
A Mother's Justice, NBC
The Haunted, FOX
Torn Between Two Fathers, ABC
Addicted to His Love, ABC
Shattered Innocence, CBS
Money on the Side, ABC
The Other Victim, CBS
Fallen Angel, CBS
A Shining Season, CBS
Black Market Baby, ABC

Theme Parks and Rides
Indiana Jones Adventure — The Ride, Disneyland
Alien Encounter, Walt Disney World
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disneyland,WDW
Star Tours, All Disney Parks
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Disney, Japan
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, MGM Studio Tour, WDW
Motors Stunt Spectacular, WDW, Paris
Mexico Pavilion, WDW EPCOT
China Pavilion, WDW, EPCOT
A Bug’s Life Disney, California Adventure
Railway Station, BGM Disney, Japan
Countdown to Extinction, WDW
GLA Fountain, Disney, Hong Kong

Videos — Songs and Scores
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Camping Party
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Costume Party
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Birthday Party
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Christmas Party
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Mall of America Party
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's New York Ballet Party
You're Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley's Greatest Parties