About Roger

Roger's current projects include MGM Pictures' "Valley Girl," directed by Rachel Goldenberg, "A Kid Like Jake," directed by Silas Howard and starring Jim Parsons, Claire Danes and Octavia Spencer, "Like Father," directed by Lauren Miller and starring Kristen Bell, Seth Rogan and Kelsey Grammer and his ongoing work on CBS' "Mom."

Roger Neill is a film and television composer, best known for his scores for the films “20th Century Women,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “Beginners,” and his work on television series such as Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” CBS’s “Mom” and the long-running Fox animated series “King of the Hill.”

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Roger Neill is a film and television composer, best known for his scores for the films “20th Century Women,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “Beginners,” and his work on television series such as Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” CBS’s “Mom” and the long-running Fox animated series “King of the Hill.” Neill, who holds a PhD from Harvard in music, has a vast award-winning music catalog, including the scores to more than twenty feature films, hundreds of television episodes, video games, commercials, and an opera.

2016 saw the release of “20th Century Women,” his second film with director Mike Mills, with whom he has also collaborated on multiple commercial campaigns. The Academy Award-nominated film, starring Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Lucas Jade Zumann, features a striking retro synth score evoking 1979 Santa Barbara. 

Another recent film is Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice.”  DTT was produced by Ira Glass of “This American Life” fame.  Roger has contributed music to that series and many other of Ira’s projects, including his live shows and a shared project for Google.  Roger also recently scored Birbiglia’s new podcast, “The Old Ones.”

Roger has been worked extensively in game music, primarily in association with renowned game composer Jesper Kyd. Together they have collaborated on many blockbuster game titles, such as Assassins Creed: Revelations, Borderlands 2, Darksiders 2, State of Decay, Heroes and Generals, and many others.

As an arranger, orchestrator, conductor and collaborator, Roger has worked with a who’s who in the recording industry, including Beck, Michael Jackson, The Kronos Quartet, John Legend, Sondre Lerche, Mellow, Natalie Merchant, Spoon, Stereolab, David Sylvian and Kygo. Roger has enjoyed a long-term relationship with the French electronica duo AIR, on record and on stage. He was conductor and arranger for a legendary orchestral concert with AIR at the Hollywood Bowl, followed by a similar concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. 

Neill is a multi-instrumentalist and avid world music specialist, codified with studies in Swahili music in Mombasa and Zanzibar with Ahmed Sheikh Nabhany, considered the father of Kiswahili scholarship. Among the many instruments he plays are piano, acoustic and electric guitars and basses, a multitude of flutes and other wind instruments, exotic percussion, and an ever-increasing collection of fretted stringed instruments including the charango, cavaquinho, ukulele, dulcimer and dobro, among many others. All these instruments and more have figured prominently in Neill’s scores.

A Southern California native, Roger hails from El Cajon, a cultural backwater of eastern San Diego County where gun racks outnumber surf racks. He began play music at the age of nine, electric guitars in garage bands, flute in youth orchestras. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California, followed by graduate studies at Harvard. Roger is the recipient of many ASCAP and BMI awards, as well as an Emmy for his work on King of the Hill, and an LA Weekly Theater Critics Musical of the Year Award for his operetta The Beastly Bombing.  The Beastly Bombing has been mounted worldwide, with an upcoming production scheduled for January 2019 at the Neuköellner Oper in Berlin.

Roger is represented by the Evolution Music Partners: (323) 790-0525.




Selected Credits

Valley Girl (Feature, 2018) MGM Pictures. Musical adaption of the 1983 film of the same name. Directed by Rachel Goldenberg.

Like Father (Feature, 2018) Upcoming comedy directed by Lauren Miller, starring Kristen Bell and Seth Rogan.

A Kid Like Jake (Feature, 2018) Upcoming drama directed by Silas Howard, starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons and Octavia Spencer.

20th Century Women (Feature, 2016) A24/Annapurna Pictures. Academy Award-nominated drama directed by Mike Mills. Starring Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig.

Don't Think Twice (Feature, 2016) Comedy/Drama directed by and starring Mike Birbiglia. Also starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci and Chris Gethard.

9 Kisses (Short, 2014) Directed by Elaine Constantine. Starring Patricia Arquette, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Moore, amongst a cast of many other great actors.

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (Feature, 2012) Directed by Roman Coppola. Starring Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette and Jason Schwartzman.

Beginners (Feature, 2010) Academy award-winning romantic comedy-drama directed by Mike Mills. Starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurant.

Tanner Hall (Feature, 2009) Independent drama directed by Tatiana von Fürstenberg and Francesca Gregorini. Starring Rooney Mara.

The Killer Within (Documentary, 2006) Directed by Macky Alston. Focuses on a Columbine-type crime that took place fifty years ago.


Selected Credits

Mom (2014-) Created by Chuck Lorre for CBS. Starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney.

Mozart in the Jungle (2014-2015) Created by Roman Copolla and Jason Schwartzman for Amazon Studios. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke and Malcolm McDowell.

King Star King (2013-2014)

King of the Hill (1997-2009)

The Simple Life (2003-2004)

The Weekenders (2000-2004)

A.U.S.A (2003)

UC: Undercover (2001-2002)

Chicago Hope (1999-2000)

Michael Hayes (1997-1998)

Renegade (1992-1996)

Arrangement and Orchestration

Kygo (2015) Conductor of Kygo & friends show at the Greek Theatre in LA.

John Legend (2012) Orchestral arrangement of the song “The House I Live In” for documentary film campaign.

Red Riding Hood (Feature, 2011) Orchestrator. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, score by Brian Reitzell and Alex Hedges.

Stars of Track & Field (2009) Arrangements for album “A Time for Lions.”

The Brothers Bloom (Feature, 2008) Orchestrator. Directed by Rian Johnson, score by Nathan Johnson.

Stranger Than Fiction (Feature, 2006) Orchestrator. Directed by Marc Foster, score by Britt Daniel and Brian Reitzell.

Marie Antoinette (Feature, 2006) Orchestrator and Historical Music Consultant. Directed by Sofia Copolla.

C.Q. (Feature, 2001) Orchestrator. Directed by Roman Copolla.

Air (2001) Arranger and Conductor for the album “10000 Hz Legend” and concert at Hollywood Bowl.

Other Collaborations with artists include - the Kronos Quarted, Beck, David Sylvian, Jason Falkner, Natalie Merchant, Spoon, Sondre Lerche, Stereolab, Mellow.

Musical Theatre

The Beastly Bombing

Julian Nitzberg and Roger Neill's hit musical. Winner of the LA Weekly Theater Critics Award for Best Musical of the Year, following a year-long sold-out run at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. Productions of The Beastly Bombing have been mounted in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Amsterdam.


Roger has worked on many commercials for campaigns from Facebook, Axe, Dove, Hummer, TIAA-Cref, Lifesavers, Cisco, Tempur-Pedic and many more.

On these commercials, he has worked with many great directors, including Kathryn Bigelow, Mike Mills, Roman Copolla and Beatrice Leterrier.

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2016 - Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Mozart in the Jungle

2008 - LA Weekly's Best Musical Award - The Beastly Bombing

2004 - ASCAP Award for Top TV Series - The Simple Life

1999 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program - King of the Hill

1998 - BMI TV Music Award - King of the Hill




Roger Neill


Evolution Music Partners
(323) 790-0525

Photo Credits: David Kashevaroff & Elmalie Mangona

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The Beastly Bombing
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