Thomas Newman, born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA, is a Composer. He wrote the Music for The Newsroom pilot "We Just Decided To", including the series original theme. Alex Wurman took over the composer role for the first season after a full season was ordered. He has previously written music for the HBO series Six Feet Under and Angels in America. He is known for his work on the films Wall-E, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.