Richard Wolf

Adjunct Professor


Richard “Wolfie” Wolf is an Emmy Award-winning composer, multi-platinum RIAA awarded record producer and author. He is founder and CEO of the independent production, publishing and licensing company The Producers Lab, Inc., which provides music to hundreds of multimedia productions including some of the most popular television programs and films worldwide. His book, In Tune: Music As The Bridge To Mindfulness, is acclaimed as an innovative guide to contemplative practices for musicians.

Wolf began his career as a recording artist while still in college and released two albums on Capitol Records with the band Crimson Tide. He worked as a staff songwriter for Warner/Chappell Music, where he worked on film productions for Madonna, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM Pictures. As a songwriter, producer and remixer, Wolf worked on some of the seminal projects that were the first to fuse hip-hop with pop and R&B on recordings with Prince, Bell Biv Devoe, Coolio, Seal and MC Lyte. His production and songwriting also appeared on the first Acid Jazz collection, The Rebirth Of The Cool Vol. 1 (Island Records). Wolf also worked on recordings with Freddy Mercury, Fergie, New Edition, Southside Johnny and the Barrio Boyzz. Wolf is a prolific television music composer and producer for thousands of television episodes. His original scores for the Warner Brothers Animated program Static Shock garnered two Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award. His music can be regularly heard in themes for Fox Sports and underscore for CBS Sports and Discovery Networks, and his compositions have been consistently featured for twelve seasons of NCIS – the number one television program worldwide.

Since 1998, Wolf’s production company, The Producers Lab, Inc., has been creating and licensing music for films, television programs, trailers, promos and other media for clients that include Lionsgate Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Netflix, Disney/ABC Networks, Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, NBC/Universal Studios, Fox Studios and CBS Networks.

Wolf is a pioneer in the field of music and mindfulness. His classes at USC were the first to explore the synchronicity between the disciplines and methods that access musical sensibilities in mindfulness training on a college level. He has covered the subject on webinars and panels for ASCAP, the Los Angeles Times, Kroger and Jewel and is partnered with MusiCares/The Recording Academy for an ongoing web series on GRAMMY.com titled from his book. Since 2009, Wolf has served on the board of directors of the I Have A Dream Foundation LA, which supports education and well-being in the most underserved neighborhoods of Los Angeles.


Professional experience

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • 2003 – Daytime Emmy Nomination – Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition and Direction
  • 2004 – Daytime Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition and Direction
  • RIAA Certified Triple Platinum Award: “Poison” Bell Biv Devoe, MCA Records/UMG
  • RIAA Certified Platinum Award: “Ralph Tresvant” Ralph Tresvant, MCA Records/UMG
  • RIAA Certified Platinum Award: “Dondequiera Que Estes” Barrio Boyzz, EMI Latin
  • RIAA Certified Gold Award: “WBBD Bootcity” Bell Bive Devoe, MCA Records/UMG
  • RIAA Certified Gold Award: “Hootie Mack” Bell Bive Devoe, MCA Records/UMG