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Mark Watters

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Mark Watters is a six time Emmy Award winner whose diverse composing credits include Doug's First Movie, Kronk’s New Groove, Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas, The Return Of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves for Disney, The Pebble And The Penguin and All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 for MGM as well as over 300 episodes of various television series including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tiny Toon Adventures, The New Pink Panther, All Dogs Go To Heaven, 101 Dalmatians and NBC’s A Very Muppet Christmas. In 1996, Mark served as Music Director for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Direction and an Emmy nomination for the song "Faster, Higher, Stronger," performed by opera legend Jessye Norman and co-written with lyricist Lorraine Feather. He returned to the Olympic podium again as Music Director for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games where he had the honor of working with the acclaimed Utah Symphony and the Grammy Award winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Again, he was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Direction. Mark and Lorraine continue to compose songs for the ever popular, My Little Pony franchise for Hasbro and SD Entertainment.

His most recent Emmy came for Outstanding Music Direction for “Movies Rock” on CBS. A two-hour prime time special honoring great musical moments in film, the special was produced by Conde Nast Media and featured Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Tony Bennett, Will I. Am, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and many more. Mark has recently added video games to his repertoire. His most recent video game credit was Coraline, based on the hit movie from Universal. Additional credits include the TV movies, “Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus” and the sequel “Meet The Santas” starring Steve Guttenberg and Crystal Bernard and “The Long Shot” starring Julie Benz and Marsha Mason.

An accomplished conductor, Mr. Watters has guest conducted such orchestras as The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The London Symphony, The Detroit Symphony, and The Atlanta Symphony. His performances in concert, on CD and on television have been with such artists as Trisha Yearwood, Sting, Yo Yo Ma, Faith Hill, Enya, Mel Torme, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barry Manilow, The Decemberists and Art Garfunkle. In 2002 he co-conducted the 74th Academy Awards with John Williams.

Mark is a former president of the Society of Composers and Lyricists and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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