Co-founder (with Jay Rifkin) of Santa Monica-based music studio Media Ventures (now Remote Control), which has housed composers Mark Mancina, Harry Gregson-Williams, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Nick Glennie-Smith, John Powell, Klaus Badelt, Steve Jablonsky, Geoff Zanelli, Jeff Rona, James Dooley, Henning Lohner, James S. Levine, Mel Wesson, and several other composers from all over the world.
In 2000 Gladiator became into one of the best selling film score albums of all time.
Completely self-taught, he learned everything he knows through collaboration and experimenting.
Inspired by Ennio Morricone's The Mission (1986).
The reason why he was chosen for the Lauras Stern (2004) movie, was because, in an interview, he said that he feels that German producers forgot him for composing to a German language movie. One of the producers read the interview and he immediately asked him to do the movie.
Fans and industry insiders in the film music world credit Crimson Tide (1995) as a turning point in both his career and the scoring business. The Grammy-winning score, often heard in trailers since, was a departure from the norm, making use of digital synthesizers, electronic keyboards, and the latest computer technology to digitally produce a rousing score with traditional orchestral arrangements.
He pushes collaboration between composers because that is how he learned. Every composer that has come out of Media Ventures learned by working with him on various scores by conducting, writing additional music, or even co-composing with him. Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Mark Mancina, Klaus Badelt, and Steve Jablonsky are just a few composers who are now doing solo work after expanding from Media Ventures.
His favorite movie theme of all time is from Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) by John Carpenter.
Frequently works with director Ridley Scott.
He wrote music for a a 4-minute Maybach commercial.
One of his biggest fans (after first hearing Crimson Tide) is director and producer Steven Spielberg, whose friendship and loyalty toward John Williams is perhaps the only reason why Zimmer has not become a regular for Spielberg-directed films.
He told in an interview that he would retire for some years after The Dark Knight, saying he has been exhausted in the past years. He also said that he wants to help young composers and would produce their scores. His future plan is also about touring the world holding concerts with his own music.
December 2003 - Hans' longtime business partner, Jay Rifkin, filed a $10 million suit against him for conspiring to take business for himself. Due to this lawsuit Media Ventures changed its name to Remote Control.