Germaine Franco

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Germaine is the first Latina composer invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, music branch. She creates music that reflects her extensive training as a multi-instrumental orchestral musician, an electronic music programmer, and a lover of world music. Franco divides her time working on studio blockbusters, independent features, television, VR, and immersive reality projects.

Germaine has worked on over 40 feature films, including Tag (Jeff Tomsic, New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.), Dope (Rick Famuyiwa, Open Road Films), and Coco, on which Franco collaborated with filmmakers Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, and Darla K. Anderson as a songwriter, music producer, additional composer, arranger and orchestrator. She wrote five original songs with Molina, including “Un Poco Loco” and “Proud Corazón”, and produced, arranged, and orchestrated the Oscar ® winning song “Remember Me”. Additional composing work includes Vida (Tanya Saracho, Starz’), Motiongate (DreamWorks Animation), and Kung Fu PandaThe Emperor’s Quest Immersive Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Honors include the ASCAP Shirley Walker Award, the ASCAP Top Box Office Film Award, the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music, Sundance Music and Sound Design Fellow, Women In Film Music Fellow, and a Black Reel Award Nomination. Univision recently honored Germaine as one of “15 Latinas Who Are Changing The World As We Know It”. She is an Advisory Board Member of Women in Media, a Board Member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, and is the first female composer to be hired by DreamWorks Animation and Pixar. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.