ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Music Composers at 25th Anniversary Awards Celebration
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ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Music Composers at 25th Anniversary Awards Celebration

Bruce Broughton and Dennis McCarthy Receive Special ASCAP Awards

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Wins Inaugural Top Video Game Award

Los Angeles, CA, June 24, 2010: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) honored the composers of the top box office film music and the most performed television music of 2009 at its 25th anniversary Film and Television Music Awards, held tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Special awards were presented to Bruce Broughton who was honored with ASCAP's Henry ManciniAward and Dennis McCarthy who received ASCAP's Golden Note Award. The inaugural Top Video Game Award was also introduced at the invitation-only event.

The show opened with a performance by guitarist/composer Grant Geissman and the Cool Man Cool Band who performed a selection of classic TV themes. Geissman also collected an ASCAP TV Award for the theme song ("Men, men, men, men, manly men"!) to the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men, which he co-wrote with the show's producer and creator Lee Aronsohn.

Emmy Award-winning composer Bruce Broughton was presented with ASCAP's Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music. Following a video montage highlighting his prolific career, ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento presented the award to Broughton. Larry Rosenthal, anEmmy-winning composer and recipient of The ASCAP Foundation’s Life in Music Award in 2006, and Michael Giacchino, this year’s Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and multiple Grammy Award-winning composer for Up,were also on hand to share the moment and speak about their friend. After accepting the prestigious award, Broughton and his wife, Belinda performed his Oscar-nominated theme from Silverado for solo violin and piano.

Broughton, who works in many styles and eclectic venues, is best known for his film scores to Silverado, Tombstone, Lost in Space, The Presidio, Miracle on 34th Street, and the Homeward Bound adventures; his television themes to JAG, Dinosaurs and Tiny Toon Adventures; TV mini-series (Roughing It, The Blue and Gray, True Women); TV movies (Warm Springs, the two Eloise films) and countless episodes of TV series such as Dallas, Quincy and Hawaii Five-O.

Previous ASCAP Henry Mancini Award recipients include Carter Burwell, John Debney, Mark Isham, Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand, Randy Newman, James Newton Howard, Johnny Mandel, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri, and Hans Zimmer.

Emmy Award-winning composer Dennis McCarthy was presented with ASCAP's Golden Note Award for his ongoing success as one of the most versatile and popular composers, conductors, and arrangers in Television and Film Music. Veteran film and TV and Recording Academy executive David Grossman, who worked with McCarthy for many years at Paramount, joined ASCAP's Special Consultant for Film & Television Music Nancy Knutsen to present the award to McCarthy.

McCarthy is one of today’s most in-demand composers for film and television. He has scored for many of television's best-known programs, including Twilight Zone, MacGyver, Dynasty, Hotel, V and Police Story, as well as numerous made-for-television films and specials. He was a main composer for Star Trek: The Next Generation and has contributed music to every subsequent Star Trek series, and scored the Star Trek: Generations film.

The ASCAP Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Mark Snow, André Previn, Garth Brooks, José Feliciano, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jay-Z, Tom Petty, and Stevie Wonder.

ASCAP introduced a Top Video Game Award at this year's event in recognition of the importance of video games to the film and television composer community. The award will be given annually to the composers of the top-selling video game of the past year. The winner of the inaugural Top Video Game Award was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with music composed by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe. The game sold 4.7 million copies within the first 24 hours of release, and 14 million copies were sold worldwide by March 2010. It’s the third best-selling video game in U.S. history.

In memory of Vic Mizzy (Green Acres, The Addams Family) and Nathan Scott (Dragnet, Lassie)who passed away during the past year, innovative a cappella group Sonos performed a medley of themes written by the legendary composers.

Composer and ASCAP Board Member Richard Bellis and ASCAP executives Randall Grimmett, Nancy Knutsen, Shawn LeMone, Sue Devine, Mike Todd, Jennifer Harmon and Jeff Jernigan presented awards to the composers of the most performed film and television music of 2009.

ASCAP composers whose combined works earned the highest number of performance credits on network, local, and cable television in the category of themes and dramatic underscore for the 2009 survey year were Jack Allocco, Joel Beckerman, Dan Foliart, Matthew Gerrard, Michael Giacchino, David Kurtz, Robbie Nevil, David Vanacore, and Adam Zelkind.

Those honored in the Top Box Office Films category were past ASCAP Henry Mancini Award honorees Carter Burwell(The Blind Side, Where the Wild Things Are), John Debney (Hannah Montana The Movie, Hotel For Dogs), James Newton Howard (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Duplicity), Randy Newman (The Princess and the Frog), Alan Silvestri (A Christmas Carol, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian), and Hans Zimmer (Angels & Demons, It’s Complicated, Sherlock Holmes) . Also honored were Erran Baron Cohen(Brüno), Marco Beltrami(Knowing), Bruno Coulais(Coraline), James Dooley (Obsessed), Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens (Invictus), Michael Giacchino (Star Trek, Up), Elliot Goldenthal (Public Enemies), Alex Heffes (State of Play), Nicholas Hooper (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), James Horner (Avatar),Henry Jackman (Monsters Vs. Aliens), Heitor Pereira (It’s Complicated), John Powell (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Trevor Rabin (G-Force), Brian Tyler (Fast and Furious, The Final Destination, Law Abiding Citizen), and Waddy Wachtel (Paul Blart: Mall Cop).

In recognition of the staggering achievements of composer James Horner, Australian actress and pop icon Delta Goodrem performed "I See You," the theme from Avatar, which was co-written by Horner. The score earned him Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, and the film quickly became the highest-grossing of all time, beating out his previous collaboration with James Cameron, Titanic.

The night's winning composers who wrote the themes and underscore for the highest rated television series in 2009 were: John Adair (The Suite Life on Deck, The Wizards of Waverly Place), Eric Amdahl (Patton 360), Lee Aronsohn and Grant Geissman (Two and a Half Men), Ben Bolton and Scott Teti (I Love Money 2), Michael Christodal and Pete Evick (Rock of Love 3), Kenneth Burgomaster, Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil (Hannah Montana), Brad Breeck (Fanboy & Chum Chum), Sean Callery (24), Jeff Cardoni (CSI: Miami), Catherine Dennis, Julian Gingell and Barry Stone (American Idol), John Dickson (Burn Notice), Ramin Djawadi (FlashForward), Rob Duncan (Castle, The Unit), Marc Fantini, Steffan Fantini and Scott Gordon (Army Wives, Criminal Minds), Dan Foliart (Secret Life of the American Teenager), Jay Gruska (Supernatural), Matthew Hawkins, Maurice “m.O” Jackson and Neil Martin (NCIS), Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek (Without a Trace), Paul Hepker and J. Peter Robinson (Deadliest Catch), John Keane (CSI), Dave Kushner, Curtis Stigers, Kurt Sutter and Bob Thiele (Sons of Anarchy), Russ Landau (Survivor: Samoa and Tocantins), Brian Lapin (Gossip Girl), Michael Levine, Franz Vonlichten and Helmut Vonlichten (Cold Case), Jeff Lippencott, Peter Vettese and Mark T Williams (Biggest Loser), Daniel McGrath and Josh Phillips (Dancing With The Stars), John Nordstrom (One Tree Hill), Dave Porter (Breaking Bad), Ed Robertson (Big Bang Theory), Elvin Ross (Meet The Browns), Scott Starrett (Drop Dead Diva), Brandon Thompson (Ghost Hunters), David Vanacore (Survivor: Samoa and Tocantins, Ghost Hunters) and Adam Zelkind (I Love Money 2, Rock of Love 3).

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