Kim Planert



Biography

Kim Planert is a German television and film composer based out of Los Angeles, California. 

He has composed music for over 230 episodes of prime-time television shows and feature films.

His vast collection of TV credits include: 8 seasons on the score for ABC's television show, Castle, Timeless (NBC), Missing (ABC), The Whispers (ABC series produced by Steven Spielberg), The McKenna Files (Mark Gordon ABC pilot), The Unit (CBS), Lie To Me (FOX), The Gates (ABC), The Chicago Code (FOX), Last Resort (ABC), and Rush (USA Network). 

His film credits include Into The Blue II: The ReefA Reason and Chasing Grace

Kim Planert and Robert Duncan won "Best Score in a TV Show" at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for Missing (ABC), in addition A Reason was nominated for "Best Score in an "Indie Feature". Kim's score for Nest of Spiders won the award for "Best Use of Music in a Short Film" at the Park City Film Music Festival and he was awarded the Gold Medal for "Best Original Score" at the Global Music Awards for the feature film A Reason.

Recently, Kim completed passion project Skid Row Marathon. A feature length documentary following the inspiring story of a Los Angeles judge who starts a running club on Skid Row giving it's members a second chance at life as they battle their addictions. Kim invited a former addict and homeless musician (one of the subjects of the documentary) to work on the score with him and also conduct at the final scoring session.

Before moving to Los Angeles Kim lived in the UK where he collaborated with several legendary music producers and musicians including Craig Armstrong, Capercaillie, Secret Garden, John McLaughlin (FIVE), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Ensemble.

As a sound engineer and producer he worked in the UK for over a decade, recording and mixing more than 40 albums and also soundtracks for several films including American CousinsThe Bone Collector, and the TV show Crowdie + Cream - which won a BAFTA award for "Best Soundtrack" and "Best Theme". 

Kim received his masters from the UNCSA School of the Arts and his Bachelor of Recording Arts from the Southern Cross University of Australia. He studied under veteran composers such as Emmy-award winner Hummie Mann, David McHugh (Mystic Pizza), Sir Prof. Clive Pascoe (student of Leonard Bernstein) and Jack Smalley (Charlie's AngelsThe Last of the Mohicans).

In addition to his professional accolades, Kim made four tours at the age of 19 to the former Yugoslavia during the armed conflict, providing humanitarian aid. One of Kim's first songs, recorded on a four track, was written for the people of Bihać, who at the time were surrounded by Serbian forces. The tape made it to the "Pocket of Bihać" and was played on radio to give hope that they were not forgotten.

Kim's great passion for Skydiving and Wingsuit flying is the inspiration for his forthcoming album Airis. With over 400 jumps to date, taking part in the US National Championships and flying above Black Rock City at Burning Man, Kim's adventures in the clouds bring an exciting edge and a deeper spirituality to his already dynamic work. Kim's quest for challenge also saw him participate in the Caledonia Challenge, Scotland. At 59 miles in one go, it is one of the biggest charity and outdoor endurance races in the country. 

Stay tuned for the upcoming release of Kim Planert's solo album - inspired by his passion for flight and adventure.