Joel Goodman creates music for narrative feature films, documentaries, television, album releases, concert music and other forms of media. As an Emmy Award-winning composer, Joel has scored over 125 films and television programs that have received 5 Oscar nominations, 20 Emmy awards and over 30 Emmy nominations. He has scored over 40 films for HBO and composed the Main Theme for the long-running and critically acclaimed PBS series American Experience. His scores can regularly be heard in movie theaters and on television around the world.
Joel has collaborated with an impressive array of distinguished directors and producers including Neil LaBute, Albert Maysles, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Jarecki, Barbara Kopple, Wong Kar-wai, Rachel Grady, Marshall Curry, Sebastian Junger, Michael Epstein, Oren Jacoby, Irene Taylor Brodsky, and Fisher Stevens. Joel recently completed scores to: Voyeur (Netflix), the story of iconic journalist Gay Talese’s relationship with a motel owner that spied on guests; Hell On Earth, directed by Sebastian Junger, which explores Syria’s descent and the rise of the Islamic State; Obit (Amazon), an endearing and uplifting look into the secret world of New York Times obituary writers; and Everything Is Copy (HBO), a candid portrait of beloved author and screenwriter Nora Ephron.
In 2002, Joel co-founded MusicBox, a music licensing and publishing company that he grew to represent over 20 catalogs, establishing worldwide distribution in more than 45 countries and generating thousands of placements every week in television and other media. In 2011, MusicBox was acquired by Ole Music Publishing, one of the largest independent music publishers in the world. In 2015, Joel founded Oovra Music, a music licensing company that represents the works of highly acclaimed composers. Joel continues as an active partner in the production music libraries Cue, Icon, Spot On and Red Matter. He conducts university master classes in the US and Europe, is a regular panelist for such organizations as ASCAP, IFP, AFI and SCL amongst others, and is proud to serve on the board of the Production Music Association, where he is Chairman of the Performing Rights (PRO) Committee.