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'Supernatural Composer' Christopher Lennertz earns Emmy nomination
11-Jul-2006 - Film and television composer Christopher Lennertz receives an Emmy nomination for his score for the WB series Supernatural. The cult science fiction show, created by Eric Kripke, follows two brothers who repeatedly meet with the paranormal as they search for their missing father and the cause of their mother's mysterious death. Lennertz's eerie and rousing score for the pilot episode earned him his nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards air live on August 27th. Lennertz and Kripke were students together in the USC film program.

Lennertz began his musical education at the early age of nine and quickly developed what director Joshua Butler (Saint Sinner) calls "an incredible gift for melody." After learning to play the trumpet and guitar, he ventured out of performance to study composition, jazz arranging, and theory in high school. Soon, he made his way to the University of Southern California where his relationship with "Supernatural" creator and executive producer Kripke began. With Kripke directing and Lennertz composing, they collaborated on two short films, Truly Committed, which won the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, and Battle of the Sexes, starring Sasha Alexander.

Lennertz has since expanded his repertoire as a composer for all types of media, from film to television and even to videogames. Among his film scores are several notable independent films, including the jazz-based gangster drama Baby Face Nelson featuring Academy Award winner F. Murry Abraham, the seductive thriller Lured Innocence starring Dennis Hopper, and the film festival favorite, Art House. His television credits include Fox's Brimstone, the WB's The Strip, and the theme song for the MTV series Tough Enough, which appeared on the album for the show and put him on the Billboard top 100 charts for weeks. His powerful, full orchestral score for the Stephen Spielberg-created videogame Medal of Honor: Rising Sun earned an award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and led him to score two more Medal of Honor games.

Most recently, Lennertz scored the thriller The Deal, starring Christian Slater and Selma Blair, Sledge: The Untold Story, a mockumentary featuring Angelina Jolie, and the latin comedy Tortilla Heaven.

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