Peter’s talents as a composer, arranger, and producer span feature films, Top 10 singles, and network television series. For film, he composed and co-produced the score for Abel Ferrara’s Warner Bros. film, Bodysnatchers, and co-composed and produced the score for Ferrara’s Dangerous Games for MGM and Madonna’s Maverick Films. Most recently, he scored the film Bert and Arnie’s guide to Friendship, starring Anna Chulmsky, Stephen Schneider and Cristin Milioti. The film won both the London International Film Festival and the Hoboken Film Festival for Best Picture.
He also completed A Tale of Two Pizzas, starring Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore, which enjoyed a 26 market limited release and scored the feature documentary Tie-Died, as well as scenes of Samuel Goldwyn Company’s feature Wigstock: The Movie, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Other features include Sony’s interactive film Ride For Your Life,the much acclaimed documentary feature Painting the Town, and HBO Undercover’s critically acclaimed Dead Blue, Panic (which earned him an Emmy nomination for music score), The Vampire Murders, Suicide and Crank, all directed by Eames Yates. He is the sole composer working on HBO’s Cathouse and Real Sex series, as well as the composer of both the theme music and underscore for the acclaimed PBS series A Moment of Luxury, for which he garnered his 17th Emmy nomination in the category “Best Original Theme Song”.
For theatre, he was the composer for Universal Hollywood’s Creature from the Black Lagoon, a live rendition of the Universal classic. For this show, he created both the original songs and the score. Peter’s Broadway debut occurred with the Boy George musical Taboo, where he created all synthesizer programming and orchestration for the acclaimed musical.
Peter also scored Zussana Justman’s 1999 Emmy award winning Voices of the Children (Best Television Documentary) and A Trial in Prague. On the stage, he made his NYC theatrical debut as composer of “The Unlucky Man in the Yellow Cap” for the New York Fringe Festival. Earlier this year he recorded and conducted three original compositions commissioned by the Czech National Symphony in Prague, and he recently completed Joyce Dragnosky’s short feature Happenstance starring Jay O. Sanders for HBO and I Was A Creature from Outer Space, the prequel to Vinny Sassone’s upcoming feature Monster Makers.
Peter has won numerous awards for his work. In addition to his 2010 Emmy nomination for Best Original Theme Song for his composition “Moment of Luxury” for the PBS series of the same name, he received the 2002, 2003 and 2005 Emmys for Best Original Score for a Daytime Drama (All My Children), as well as three additional Emmys for his work on Sesame Street Along with his 6 Emmy Awards and 17 Emmy nominations, he has also earned a Grand Mercury Award for NBC’s Today promo theme, a Gold Mobius Advertising Award, inclusion in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Who’s Who in Composing”, a Monitor Award, New York Festivals Awards, ASCAP’s “Most Performed Themes” award for 2000, 2001 and 2004, and ASCAP’s Special Awards for sixteen consecutive years.
Peter constantly creates music and sound design for television, with his work reaching 200 million homes worldwide. Along with his primetime themes for CBS’ Street Stories and Verdict, he has also composed and/or produced themes for The Rosie O’Donnell Show, A Current Affair (both the original version and2005 version), Extra, Fox 5 News (NY), HBO’s groundbreaking series Real Sex, The Jane Whitney Show, The Judge Mathis Show, Curtis Court, CBS’ Face the Nation, NBC’s A Closer Look, the CBS special Charles Kuralt: One for The Road, MSNBC’s The News With Brian Williams, and NBC’s special Lost Youth of Hollywood and A Day at the White House, as well as themes for the CBS Evening News and all three network morning shows. His work is also regularly featured on Harpo Productions Oprah show. In London, he composed and recorded all the thematic material for NBC SuperChannel, the largest pan-European general entertainment television network. In addition, he has composed scores for Lifetime’s Good Housekeeping TV & Our Home, MSG’s Live from the Play by Play, NY-1 News and countless other television specials and series. Among Peter’s musical feats for television was the symphonic score for former Vice President Al Gore’s video biography at his nomination for the Presidency, which premiered at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles to a television audience in excess of twenty million viewers. That presentation culminated in the former VP’s now famous on stage kiss with his wife Tipper. In John Kerry’s 2004 campaign, Peter scored all of Kerry’s campaign commercials to great acclaim.
Currently Peter is wearing many hats on the upcoming PBS series Real Guys, including composer, sound designer, music supervisor and co-producer for the series.
More information about Peter’s work is available at Sound Stories.
Bodysnatchers (Warner Bros.)
Dangerous Games (MGM)
Wigstock (Samuel Goldwyn)
Tie Died (ISA Releasing)
Ride for Your Life (Sony Interactive)
Manny & Lo (Sony Classics)
The Vampire Murders (HBO)
Dead Blue (HBO)
Intimate Betrayal (Arrow Films)
Middle School Confessions (HBO)
Tale of Two Pizzas (Newmark/Echelon)
Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship (Justified Ends Entertainment)
RECORDING ARTISTS PRODUCED
Peaches & Herb
MAJOR TELEVISION SHOWS/PROJECTS
Rosie O’Donnell Show –Telepictures- (Theme)
Face The Nation –CBS- (Theme)
Caroline Rhea Show –Telepictures- (Theme)
Extra –Telepictures- (Theme)
Jenny Jones Show –Telepictures- (Theme)
48Hours –CBS- (Theme)
The News with Brian Williams –CNBC- (Theme)
Sesame Street (4 Emmy nominations, 2 Emmys)
HBO Undercover (6 separate hours)
HBO Real Sex
CBS Early Show (Promos)
Voices of the Children (1999 Emmy-Best TV Documentary)
A Current Affair -20th Television- (Theme)
Curtis Court –KingWorld- (Theme)
Judge Mathis –Telepictures- (Theme)
Jane Whitney Show –Telepictures- (Theme)
Mobile Court –Endemol- (Theme)
NY-1 News –TimeWarner- (Theme)
MSG Network (Theme)
NY Mets Baseball –MSG- (Theme)
MSG Sportsdesk (Theme)
Anything For Love – Fox– (Theme and Underscore)
All My Children (Songs and Underscores, 5 Emmy nominations, 3 Emmys)
Oprah (Themes and Underscores)
A24 –All African News Channel- (Theme)
PBS Moment of Luxury – 2010 Emmy Nomination
Real Guys – PBS
Working Girls in Bed – HBO