Bruce Broughton and Dennis McCarthy to Be Honored at ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

25th Annual Awards Celebration Salutes Top Film & Television Composers of 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 24, 2010) -  Composers Bruce Broughton and Dennis McCarthy will be honored at the 25th annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, taking place June 24, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Broughton will be presented with the distinguished ASCAP Henry Mancini Award and McCarthy will receive the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award. The composers of the most performed film and television music of 2009 will also be honored at the invitation-only event.

"As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Film & Television Music Awards, we are especially proud to spotlight the achievements of Bruce Broughton and Dennis McCarthy," said ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. "Bruce's sterling compositions are featured in a stunning variety of media, and he brings a tireless spirit to his work as both a teacher and an ASCAP Board member. It's especially gratifying to give the prestigious Henry Mancini Award to a creator whose success is matched by such selfless commitment to education and service. Dennis has composed scores for beloved TV series and films for over three decades, and he is still at the top of his craft. His music for Star Trek has earned him industry accolades and captured the hearts of multiple generations of Trekkies. We are proud to give the Golden Note Award to Dennis in recognition of his long and illustrious career." 

The ASCAP Henry Mancini Award is awarded to composers in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music. Previous 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.

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

Among those being honored in the Top Box Office Films category are James Horner (Avatar), Michael Giacchino (Up), Hans Zimmer (It's Complicated, Angels & Demons, Sherlock Holmes), and Randy Newman (The Princess and the Frog). Some of the honorees in the Top Television Series category include David Vanacore (Survivor: Samoa and Tocantins, Ghost Hunters), Ramin Djawadi (FlashForward), Dan Foliart (Secret Life of the American Teenager), Sean Callery (24), and Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies (Big Bang Theory). Also being honored at the black-tie gala are the composers of the most performed themes and underscore on television from 2009. The complete list of winners will be announced on June 24th.

Bruce Broughton works in many styles and eclectic venues, but is best known for his film scores to Silverado, Tombstone, Lost in Space, The Presidio, Miracle on 34th Street, 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. He has been nominated for an Oscar, a Grammy and 22 Emmys, having won the latter award a record 10 times. He has composed music for many of the Disney theme park attractions throughout the world, and wrote the first orchestral score for a CD-ROM game, Heart of Darkness. He conducted and supervised the recording of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for Fantasia 2000, and has recorded critically acclaimed performances of classic film scores by Miklos Rozsa and Bernard Herrmann. As a composer of concert music, he has composed many works for orchestra, among them a popular tuba concerto, a piccolo concerto, the children's fantasy The Magic Horn for narrator and orchestra, and has had his works commissioned and performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony and by members of the San Francisco Symphony. In addition he has numerous published works for band and chamber groups. He is chairman of the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a past President of The Society of Composers and Lyricists and a former governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a lecturer in music composition and orchestration at UCLA and has taught film composition at the University of Southern California. Bruce currently serves on the ASCAP Board of Directors.

One of today's most in-demand composers for film and television, Dennis McCarthy got his first major breakthrough when country/pop star Glen Campbell asked him to play keyboards on hits "Gentle On My Mind" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix." Campbell eventually brought McCarthy on board as an "on the road" arranger/conductor, then hired him as musical director on the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show for four years. McCarthy served as musical director for The Barbara Mandrell Show for several years, then acted as scoring assistant to legendary composer Alex North before embarking on his own composing career in the early 1980s. McCarthy's first Hollywood scoring job was for the Dukes of Hazzard spin-off Enos in 1981. Warner Bros. hired him to score V: The Final Battle, the new incarnation of The Twilight Zone, Dynasty, MacGyver and a slew of movies-of-the-week. In 1987, McCarthy got his most prominent job to date when he became a regular composer for Star Trek: The Next Generation; he has since contributed music to every subsequent Star Trek series, and scored the Star Trek: Generations film in 1994. McCarthy's musical versatility brought him numerous feature films and made-for-TV movies, including Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story, McHale's Navy and Letters from a Killer. He recently jumped into theatre work, composing music for numerous plays for South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. McCarthy is a seven-time Emmy nominee, and won the award in 1993 for his theme to Deep Space Nine and again in 1996 for his music for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification, Part 1." Among his latest projects, McCarthy is scoring the sitcom Related for Warner Bros.

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Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 380,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.