Shuki Levy
שוקי לוי
Born (1947-06-03) June 3, 1947 (age 77)
NationalityIsraeli, American
Children2

Shuki Levy (Hebrew: שוקי לוי; born June 3, 1947) is an Israeli-American music composer and television producer. Levy's best known work is soundtrack compositions for children's television programs of the 1980s, such as The Real Ghostbusters, Inspector Gadget, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, M.A.S.K., Dinosaucers, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. In the 1990s, he became known chiefly for his work on the Power Rangers franchise, Digimon: Digital Monsters, Masked Rider, VR Troopers, and Big Bad Beetleborgs. He has also written and directed numerous episodes for some these television shows, and directed a few films, such as Perfect Victims (1988) and Blind Vision (1991). He was also part of a musical duo known as Shuky & Aviva (alternatively Shuki & Aviva) with his partner Aviva Paz.

Life and career

Beginnings

Levy was born in Israel. His father was an Ashkenazi Jew originally from Russia, and his mother of Sephardic Jewish origin.[1]

His career began as a singer and music performer, playing in various clubs around Tel Aviv. He also appeared in the musical "Hair."

Shuky & Aviva

During the 1970s, Levy performed in France and Germany as a duo known as "Shuki & Aviva" or "Shuky and Aviva" as written on a lot of the duos song releases. Together with his partner Aviva Paz he scored a hit single throughout Europe called "Signorina - Concertina" which sold two million copies.[citation needed] Levy composed "Halayla", the Israeli entry to the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest.[citation needed]

Saban Entertainment

While living in Paris, he met businessman and musician Haim Saban, with the two becoming close friends and frequent collaborators. In an interview, Levy recalled "Haim said, 'We'll be co-composer. You do the composing, I'll do the deals.' I figured, 'Great. Brothers.' That was the last business conversation we had for many years. We were partners. We never had a written agreement. It was all verbal."[2] They eventually moved to Los Angeles and founded Saban Entertainment, a production company responsible for numerous animated shows and Japanese adaptions, such as Digimon, X-Men, Spider-Man and Power Rangers. The company was sold to The Walt Disney Company by the end of 2001.[citation needed]

During the 1980s and 1990s, he was noted for composing a large volume of television music; according to BMI's music publishing database, he has written a combined total of 4,210 themes, background scores and songs.[3] In a 1998 investigation by The Hollywood Reporter, it was alleged that many of these compositions were ghostwritten by other composers, in order for Levy and Haim Saban to gain control of all publishing rights and music royalty revenue.[4]

On October 3, 2013, Shuki Levy started working on a TV show he created called Tribe Of The Wild which was originally set for a 2014 release, but got delayed to 2015 instead. Levy also signed a first-look production deal with Relativity Media to oversee worldwide distribution, finance and production for Levy's content in the children's and family space, Tribe Of The Wild was the first show under the deal.[5]

Personal life

In 1977, Levy was married to Miss USA 1970 and actress Deborah Shelton (Dallas), with whom he has a daughter, Tamara (born 1981).[6][7] He was also in a relationship with television actress Sarah Brown (General Hospital), with whom he has a second daughter, Jordan (born 1998).[8][9] He is currently married to food blogger Tori Avey.[1]

Musical compositions

Musicals

TV series

TV

Videos

Films

Screenwriting credits

Television

Film

Director

Television

Film

Discography

(As part of duo Shuky & Aviva)

Albums

Compilation albums

Singles

in German

References

  1. ^ a b Linn, Sarah (March 28, 2010). "Kosher cooking for the masses". The Tribune. San Luis Obispo, California. Archived from the original on October 2, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  2. ^ Bruck, Connie (May 10, 2010). "The Influencer". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Shuki Levy profile at BMI
  4. ^ Composers say they're paupers in royalty game - The Hollywood Reporter - via groups.google.com
  5. ^ "Tribe of the Wild". The Power Scoop. June 19, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Stark, John (November 5, 1984). "From Miss U.S.A. to Dallas to Body Double, Deborah Shelton Is a Sex Object Who Objects". PEOPLE.com. Vol. 22. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Tamara Levy". IMDb. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "Sarah Brown Puts Education First". Crushable. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jordan Levy". IMDb. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "Shuki Levy | Composer, Music Department, Producer". IMDb.
  11. ^ "La sigla di Lamù: Un altro tassello aggiunge dettagli definitivi al puzzle del mistero svelato". January 3, 2022.
  12. ^ Monster Farm
  13. ^ Boyzopolis at BMI
  14. ^ Great Pretenders at BMI
  15. ^ Girlzopolis at BMI
  16. ^ Dinozaurs at BMI
  17. ^ Pigs Next Door at BMI
  18. ^ Real Scary Stories at BMI
  19. ^ Jason and the Heroes of Mount Olympus at BMI
  20. ^ Moolah Beach at BMI
  21. ^ State of Grace at BMI
  22. ^ Total Access 24/7 at BMI
  23. ^ Transformers: Robots in Disguise at BMI