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ASCAP honors composers in film, TV

Television series “Cheers” and “Roseanne” and films “Aladdin” and “Wayne’s World” were among the programs and motion pictures honored at ASCAP’s eighth annual film and TV awards Wednesday evening at the Beverly Hilton.

The ceremony honored theme and music score composers for top-rated TV series and top-grossing films of 1992. Awards were given out in five categories: most performed songs, motion pictures; music from top box office films; music from top TV series; most performed TV background scores; and most performed TV themes.

TV series awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers are based on Nielsen ratings while box office awards are based on a film’s gross. All other awards are based on ASCAP’S own crediting system, the survey which also is used to determine royalty payments to its members.

Veteran music supervisor Craig Safan was honored for his musical contributions to “Cheers,” while Judy Hart Angelo and Gary Portnoy were recognized for creating the series’ theme, bringing the award total to three for the popular series.

The theme creators for the TV series “Roseanne,” Howard Pearl and Dan Foliart , received two awards. Among the 10 series receiving awards were “Hearts Afire” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

“Aladdin” composers Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman received an award for music from top box office films, as did “Wayne’s World” composer J. Peter Robinson, recognized for his score in the successful comedy. Other top grossers of 1992 marked for ASCAP nods were “Sister Act,””Patriot Games,””Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.”

Madonna and producer Shep Pettibone won an award for most performed motion picture song for “This Used to Be My Playground,” from the film “A League of Their Own.” The award is based on the number of performances of the song in multiple mediums: film, radio and TV.

Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recording artists Michael Bivens and Ronald DeVoe picked up an award for “The Best Things In Life Are Free,” the Janet Jackson/Luther Vandross duet from the film “Mo’ Money.”

The writing partnership of Ashman and Menken won for “Beauty and the Beast,” the film’s title track and Grammy winning duet by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.

Composer Maurice Jarre was presented with ASCAP’s golden soundtrack award, recognizing his lifetime achievement. Jarre has scored over 200 films and was praised for by Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Peter Guber and ASCAP president Morton Gould.

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