Of the three performance rights organizations, SESAC — a somewhat indelicate acronym for its original identity as the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers — is the most merciful when it comes it its awards ceremonies.
At the SESAC Film & Television Composer Awards soiree on Thursday night at Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, save for a brief speech or two and a harmless video that underscores the range of its roster, there was no cattle call of honorees getting their pictures taken on stage a la ASCAP and BMI. Instead it was all about the fun.
SESAC can’t boast the A-list-heavy film composers of its competitors (Christophe Beck, of “Frozen” fame, was the one movie maestro being acknowledged on Thursday), but there was plenty of television talent being celebrated, including Jeff Beal (“Monk”), Paul Buckley (“2 Broke Girls”) and Jon Ehrlich (“About a Boy,” “Parenthood”).
Presided over by SESAC execs Dennis Lord and Erin Collins, this evening was, for the most part, all about the schmooze, the booze, the nosh (sit-down dinner was served) and a certain So. Cal intimacy best experienced at a stone’s throw from the Pacific.