SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 9, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- APM film and television composer Gregor Narholz is set to score Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) X-Men(TM) Legends II, based on Marvel's legendary Super Hero team.
Through an agreement with APM (http://www.apmmusic.com), the world's largest provider of music for use in film, television and interactive productions, Narholz -- who composed the original score for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie and whose library compositions have been used in Return to Neverland, The Rookie and Soul Plane, as well as television shows Star Trek, The X-Files, Seinfeld, Friends and Saturday Night Live -- will compose and arrange the music for the highly anticipated sequel.
"The futuristic, high adrenaline adventures of the X-Men create a prolific playground for my imagination and music," said Narholz. "I am looking forward to creating unique, modular compositions to underscore this exciting new branded interactive production."
In addition to his work in Hollywood, Narholz is an accomplished conductor who is co-founder and co-director of the Budapest Film Orchestra. Much of Narholz's music can be licensed in the APM library as well.
"Narholz's ability to create distinctive and powerful music will add a unique dimension and energy to the X-Men Legends sequel," said Will Kassoy, vice president of global brand management, Activision Publishing. "Given his talents and success in composing for film and television, I know he will do an excellent job of bringing Marvel's X-Men universe to life in a score that perfectly complements the game."
X-Men Legends II is currently in development by Raven Software and will be available later this year. The first game in the X-Men Legends series is currently available worldwide for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube(TM).
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Associated Production Music, a joint venture of EMI Music Publishing (the world's largest music publisher) and BMG Music Publishing (a division of Bertelsmann AG) provides the United States and Canada with music selection services and exclusive licensing rights to 21 different music libraries specifically for use in film, television, radio, recording and new media.
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