June 20, 2013

ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Music Composers at 28th Annual Awards Celebration

Patrick Doyle and Ray Charles Receive Special Honors

Los Angeles, CA, June 20, 2013: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 28th annual Film & Television Music Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony paid special tribute to composer Patrick Doyle and composer-arranger Ray Charles, and honored composers of the top box office film music, the most performed television music and the top video game music of 2012.


ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams and President of Feature Post Production at 20th Century Fox Ted Gagliano presented the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award to Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music. Doyle, a classically trained composer of film, television, theatre and radio, has been commissioned to score over 50 international feature films, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gosford Park, Sense and Sensibility, Indochine, Carlito’s Way and A Little Princess. His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, such as Sir Kenneth Branagh, Régis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuaròn, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman. Doyle is a member of the UK’s PRS for Music and has his repertory licensed by ASCAP in the U.S. Previous recipients of the Henry Mancini Award include Angelo Badalamenti, Bruce Broughton, Carter Burwell, John Debney, Quincy Jones, Michel Legrand, Randy Newman, James Newton Howard, Johnny Mandel, Trevor Rabin, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer.


Acclaimed composer-arranger Ray Charles was presented with the ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award for his outstanding accomplishments as a composer and arranger of music for radio and television. The award was presented by Paul Williams along with Frank Oz, a film director and the creator of such characters as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Cookie Monster, among many others. Charles is probably best-known as the leader of The Ray Charles Singers, who were regularly featured on Perry Como's records and radio and television shows for 35 years. As a vocalist, he is known for lending his vocals to the theme song for Three's Company. Charles also arranged for film projects, including Barbra Streisand's Funny Lady and 1984's Racing with the Moon.


Performances of the evening included Broadway actor Kevin Odekirk singing "Another Op'nin', Another Show," which was written by Cole Porter and arranged by Marc Shaiman for NBC's Smash. Jack Wall and Kamar de los Reyes performed "Niño Precioso," a song that Jack Wall wrote for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 score. Singer-songwriter Graham Parker performed "What Do You Like?" from the Judd Apatow-directed film This Is 40, which features two original songs from the British rocker. In a special tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman performed “The Way We Were,” a song he co-wrote with Hamlisch and his wife, ASCAP Board member Marilyn Bergman, who preceded the performance with a few words on the late composer. The evening also included a tribute to former ASCAP President and Board member Hal David, who passed away in 2012.


Those honored in the Top Box Office Films category included past ASCAP Henry Mancini Award honorees James Newton Howard (The Bourne Legacy, The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman), Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), Howard Shore (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Marc Shaiman (Parental Guidance) and Carter Burwell (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2). In addition, awards were presented to James Horner (The Amazing Spider-Man); 2013 ASCAP Henry Mancini Award recipient Patrick Doyle (PRS) [Brave]; Erran Baron Cohen (PRS) [The Dictator]; Cinco Paul (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax); John Powell (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Ice Age: Continental Drift); Michael Giacchino (John Carter); Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer (PRS) and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables); Nathan Johnson (Looper); Jon Brion (ParaNorman and This Is 40); Marc Streitenfeld (Prometheus); Ramin Djawadi (Safe House); Paul Epworth (Skyfall); Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy (Ted); Graham Parker (PRS) [This Is 40]; Michael Brook (The Vow); Marco Beltrami (The Woman in Black); Yasushi Akimoto (JASRAC), Jamie Houston, Henry Jackman, Skrillex and Adam Young (Wreck-It Ralph).


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 2012 survey year were Jack Allocco, Joel Beckerman, David Kurtz, James Levine, Jeff Lippencott, Walter Murphy, Didier Lean Rachou, Jeff Richmond, David Vanacore and Mark T. Williams.


The composers who wrote the themes and underscore for the highest rated television series in 2012 were: Andrew Blunda, Paul Hepker, Didier Lean Rachou and J. Peter Robinson (After the Catch); J.J. Abrams and Michael Giacchino (Alcatraz); Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy (American Dad and The Cleveland Show); Catherine Dennis (PRS), Julian Gingell (PRS) and Barry Stone (PRS) [American Idol]; Jeff Lippencott, David Vanacore and Mark T. Williams (Apprentice 12); Marc Fantini, Steffan Fantini and Scott Gordon (Army Wives and Criminal Minds); Matt Bowen, Devin Powers and Brad Segal (The Bachelor and The Bachelorette); Ed Robertson (SOCAN) [Big Bang Theory]; David Vanacore (Big Brother 14, Hell’s Kitchen and Top Shot); Jerry Becker, Jeff Lippencott, Pat Monahan and Mark T. Williams (Biggest Loser 13); Sean Callery, Jamie Forsyth, Ken Jordan and Julia Newmann (Bones); Robert Duncan (Castle); Atli Örvarsson (Chicago Fire); Alexis Román Estiz and Alberto Slezynger (Corazón Valiente); John Keane (CSI); Daniel McGrath (PRS) and Josh Phillips (PRS) [Dancing with the Stars]; John Lunn (PRS) [Downton Abbey]; Sean Callery and Mark Snow (Elementary); Ron Jones, Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy (Family Guy); Elvin Ross (For Better or Worse); Roddy Bottum (Fred: The Show); Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones); James Levine (Glee, Major Crimes, The New Normal and Royal Pains); John Debney (Hatfields & McCoys); Michael Suby (Make It or Break It and Vampire Diaries); Anthony Ammar (APRA), Adam Gock (APRA), Jeff Lippencott, Dinesh Wicks (APRA) and Mark T. Williams (MasterChef); Grant Geissman and Josh Kelley (Mike & Molly); Gabriel Mann (Modern Family); Russell Emanuel (Mountain Men); Matthew Hawkins, Maurice "m.O" Jackson and Neil Martin (NCIS); Zooey Deschanel (New Girl); Jay Ferguson (NCIS: Los Angeles); Matt Chambless, David Paul Dorn, Jared Gutstadt, Bill Markt, William McIntyre, Steven Page, Jeff Peters and Rick Smith (Pawn Stars); J.J. Abrams and Ramin Djawadi (Person of Interest); Adam Cohen, Steve Franks and John Robert Wood (Psych); Alf Clausen (The Simpsons); Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Smash); Dave Kushner, Curtis Stigers, Kurt Sutter and Bob Thiele (Sons of Anarchy); Steven Belfer, Nicolas Carr, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, Pat Irwin, Stephen Marston, Blaise Smith, Barry Trop and Ron Wasserman (SpongeBob SquarePants); Russ Landau and David Vanacore (Survivor: One World and Survivor: Philippines); Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin (Touch); Lee Aronsohn and Grant Geissman (Two and a Half Men); Alejandra Guzmán (Una Familia Con Suerte); Matt Chambless, David Paul Dorn, Jared Gutstadt, Bill Markt, William McIntyre, Jeff Peters, Schimmer Music Productions, Jordan Sears and Rick Smith (The Voice); Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead); and Simon Cowell (PRS) [X-Factor].


The Top Video Game Award went to Trent Reznor and Jack Wall, who composed the music to Call of Duty 2: Black Ops 2, the best-selling video game of 2012.


For a complete list of the night's winners, click here.



The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 460,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com


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