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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Friday, October 26, 2012

Billboard: Danny Elfman

Composer Danny Elfman finds deep inspiration when writing about tragedy.

The character Jack Skellington's need to escape the little world where he was king in the 1993 animated film "Nightmare Before Christmas" mirrored Elfman's struggle with the end of his band Oingo Boingo. He lost his dog not long before working on his new animated film "Frankenweenie." For the forthcoming biopic "Hitchcock," Elfman focused on the deep wells of emotion springing forth from actor Sir Anthony Hopkins' eyes.

These were some of the secrets unleashed by the Grammy-winning, Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer often associated with his classic collaborations with director Tim Burton ("Pee-wee's Big Adventure," "Batman") as well as filmmaker Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting") during a Q&A at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday.

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