VANACORE MUSIC was founded twenty years ago by David Vanacore, widely regarded as the creator of the sound of reality television. Since then, we have grown to include over 130 of the most talented composers working in the industry. The reach and impact of our work continues to be recognized by the industry. VANACORE MUSIC was recently awarded ASCAP’s Most Performed Themes and Most Performed Underscore awards every year since 2005.




Over 100 million people hear his music every week watching their favorite programs. Dubbed by television music insiders as ‘The King of Reality’, David Vanacore is the composer behind such acclaimed series as Survivor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, Hell’s Kitchen and many more. More importantly he’s the founder of Vanacore Music and the reason why many of us get to do what we love everyday.




Vice President of Music Services/Composer

It was a very difficult decision for David to make… hire an assistant that doesn’t know how to make coffee? David: Doesn’t Berklee teach that?” Nate: “Yes, in film scoring – but not in a respectable department like Contemporary Writing and Production”. But 11 years ago David took a chance and hired Nate. And after receiving a MBA from UCLA and becoming our VP of Music Services, Nate still looks for ways to compensate for the fact that he can’t make a cup of coffee.


Vice President of Production/Composer

You can’t escape Brandon’s voice (or music) echoing through the studio halls as he gets down to business. In 2006 Brandon fled the NY life for a bit of sun on the West Coast and stumbled upon an assistant position with David Vanacore. Today he’s our VP of Production and one of our top in-house composers with 5 well-deserved ASCAP Awards under his belt.


Vice President of Publishing Administration

Our publishing admin guru, Karen, has been with us since 2013 making sure that our composers collect their royalties. After receiving a BA in Music and Economics from Indiana University and a Certificate in Executive Management at UCLA, she worked as Director of Film/TV Administration at BMI and Sr. VP of Administration at Windswept. When she needs a break from the numbers you’ll find her volunteering at Big Sister as well as breaking a sweat during her morning runs.


Music Supervisor/Director of Business Development

Under the bright Vegas lights he surfed the fan seas as he toured in bands for 10 years. With his music talent and background in business, he knew the time had come to head to LA for a new beginning in the music industry. When he’s not at the studio he still continues to surround himself with music by attending different shows and music festivals.


Creative Director/Composer

Composer and songwriter Joe Greenier has been creating music for visual and non-visual mediums since an early age. Joe is a multi-instrumentalist well versed in rock, electronica and orchestral composition. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors of Music in Film Scoring he joined Vanacore Music where he’s now both a Creative Director and Composer.


Creative Director/Composer

Tal’s epic electronic tracks landed him a spot as a resident composer at Vanacore Music in 2010. He’d previously worked at Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records as a Mastering Engineer. He has studied Recording Engineering at the Musicians Institute, and Film Scoring at UCLA.Today he’s one of our Creative Directors/Composers, and when he’s not caught up in the studio, Tal enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and watching his favorite EDM DJs live.



Born right into the music world, Chris has been learning the tricks of the trade ever since he could remember.  From picking up all sorts of instruments over the years to learning under some of the most influential musicians in the scene, Chris has been on a learning streak and isn’t stopping anytime soon!  As a composer and producer for VM he tries to push the boundaries when it comes to producing…


Contract Administrator

Though Dawn’s experience and degree in biological and physical sciences embraces her analytical side, she prefers to explore the creativity of the music industry. At Vanacore Music, she is irreplaceable as she watches over many details for our Vanacore team. While you’re not likely to find her on any roller coasters, you ARE likely to find her with family, watching a soccer game or looking for the next great adventure!


Library Manager/Composer

Shannon’s passion for music started when he was 10 and first picked up a toy guitar. He’s a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied film scoring and learned about the art of writing music for picture. Shannon loves the New England Patriots (a seemingly unpopular choice at the studio), and enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and his two mischievous Siamese cats.


Digital Asset Manager

Have you ever imported the library into AVID and as you began your search for that one track that’s going to hit the spot, wondered…who’s tagging and formatting these tracks? Well, Matt is the man! When he’s not tagging tracks for your search needs, he’s running down his neighborhood streets like Speedy Gonzales as early as 5am (unbelievable, but true!) or growing fresh veggies in his backyard kingdom.


Music Services Coordinator

Colin has been crankin’ out tunes and writing songs since his love affair began when he found his father’s guitar. He interned at Vanacore Music before enrolling at Berklee College of Music where he won the Professional Writing Division’s Award for his orchestral work and graduated with a Film Scoring degree in 2013. Now he’s back at Vanacore ready to take his music career to the next level.

Mako Sujishi

IT Manager

Mako, our incredibly knowledgeable IT genius, has been saving us from tech disasters since 2004 when he began working along side David. Along with over 25 years of experience with Macs, PCs and networking, Mako is also an engineer and avid musician. If it wasn’t for his IT prowess, we’re all not sure how we’d survive the technological battles we face every week.