"John Woo's ONCE A THIEF" is an Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc production for broadcast on the CTV Television Network in Canada, ProSieben in Germany, TF1 in France, The Movie Network in the U.S., and in Austria and Spain. Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. distributes world-wide.
Unlike a conventional series that establishes one musical style and direction, each of the 22 episodes conveyed a different musical genre. Styles included hip hop, industrial, avant garde, jazz, film noire, rave, and even bachelor pad lounge. Producers William Laurin and Glenn Davis, being very musically literate, had specific requests for each week's score.
With help from programmers Gaz Mellen and Byron Wong, Amin underscored each week learning about new musical styles on the fly. "Each spotting session was a foray into some new uncharted territory for me" recalls Amin. "One week it was 1940's film noir. The following week I had to come up with military stripper music. It was a riot!"
The scores were mixed and edited by David Greene and his staff at Magnetic Audio who also served as the series Executive Music Consultant. Songs were under the supervision of Janet York and Michael Perlmutter of S.L. Feldman and Associates. The series theme was composed by Psychic Mambo, Ken Worth, Michele Worth and Dee Long.