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BMI taps pic, TV tunesmiths

Elfman, Goldsmith and Williams among those honored

Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and Mike Post were among the composers honored at BMI’s annual film and TV music awards gala Wednesday at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Alan Menken was presented with the performing rights org’s Richard Kirk Award in recognition of Menken’s outstanding career achievements.

More than 60 awards were handed out at the black-tie gala which honored the authors and publishers behind last year’s most performed musical works in film and TV.

In presenting the award to Menken, Walt Disney Co. chairman Michael Eisner credited the veteran composer for helping to revive “two great American institutions: the animated film and the Broadway musical.”

Eisner said that Menken, whose credits include “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Pocahontas,” among many others, will be remembered by historians as one of the driving forces of “this era of entertainment.”

Composers Randy Edelman, Trevor Rabin, Graeme Revell and David Arnold were also among those feted for their efforts in creating memorable film music.

Scribe Will Jennings nabbed the org’s Most Performed Song From A Motion Picture nod for “My Heart Will Go On,” the Celine Dion sung ballad from the 20th Century Fox/Paramount film “Titanic.” He also took home honors for BMI Academy Award winner and BMI Golden Globes winner for the song.

Music creators for top-rated TV shows getting BMI awards included: Marty Davich for “ER,” Allee Willis for “Friends” Paul Reiser and David Kitay for “Mad About You,” and W.G. Snuffy Walden for “The Drew Carey Show.” Post and Ian Dye were honored for their music for “NYPD Blue.

Louis Febre was honored as the BMI Emmy Award winner for his score to “The Cape,” and Dave Grusin picked up the BMI Cable Ace nod for his work on “In The Gloaming.” He was joined in the category by Eban Schletter, who won for “Jeepers, Creepers” a tune from the cable offering “Mr. Show With Bob and David.”

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