Harry Gregson-Williams

Composer of Penguins, Catch-22, and Mulan

Source: Johnny Grieg

Source: Johnny Grieg

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers whose long list of film and television credits underscore the diverse range of his talents.  His recent projects include Warner Bros summer hit “The Meg” directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action thriller “The Equalizer 2,” starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua, and Aardman Animation’s “Early Man” directed by Nick Park for which he received an Annie Award nomination. He wrote the score for Disneynature’s “Penguins,” opening on April 17, 2019 and will next score Disney’s live-action feature film “Mulan” scheduled for release in 2020. His current television projects include the ABC action dramedy series “Whiskey Cavalier” starring Scott Foley which premiered in February 2019 and the limited series “Catch-22” directed and executive produced by George Clooney for Hulu which premieres on May 17, 2019 for which he is writing the music with his brother, composer Rupert Gregson-Williams.  Last year he created the main title theme and scored two episodes for Amazon’s 10-episode sci-fi anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” For the episode titled “The Commuter,” he received an Emmy nomination. 

Gregson-Williams was the composer on all four installments of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” franchise, garnering a BAFTA Award nomination for the score for the Oscar-winning “Shrek.”  He also received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score for Andrew Adamson’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” 

In 2018, Gregson-Williams received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and the Society of Composer & Lyricists’ prestigious Ambassador Award.  He has also been a regular mentor at the Sundance Composers Lab working directly with talented emerging composers from all over the world.


Listen to the Penguins score.


Watch the trailers for Penguins and Catch-22.


This episode of The Pop Disciple Podcast is hosted by Paul Goldowitz.

Production, Editing, Mixing, Mastering | Paul Goldowitz
Select Cues Throughout Episode | Harry Gregson-Williams
The Pop Disciple Podcast Theme and Outro Music | Paul Goldowitz

Special thanks to Harry Gregson-Williams and Jeff Sanderson of Chasen & Co.