LOS ANGELES, May 15, 1999 – BMI, the performing rights organization, tonight honored the composers and songwriters of the music in the top-grossing films of the year and the top-rated prime-time network television shows at its annual Film & Television Awards dinner. Held at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the black tie gala was hosted by BMI President and CEO Frances W. Preston. More than 52 awards were given out during the ceremonies.

The highlight of the evening was the prestigious Richard Kirk Award, which was presented to composer Thomas Newman in recognition for Outstanding Career Achievement.

Newman, a four time Oscar nominee and BAFTA award winner, has scored such films as The Shawshank Redemption, The Horse Whisperer, The Player, Little Women, Fried Green Tomatoes, American Beauty, The Green Mile, Phenomenon, American Buffalo, The People Vs Larry Flynt, Oscar and Lucinda, and many others. The youngest son of legendary composer Alfred Newman, Thomas studied composition and orchestration at USC, completing his academic work at Yale. He scored his first film, Reckless, at the age of 29, and his reputation for originality and for intensifying mood and character grew with his work on such films as Gung Ho, Scent Of A Woman, Citizen Cohn and many others.

Directors Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption) and Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, George of the Jungle) sent video messages congratulating him on his award. Darabont said, “Tom’s music has added an enormous amount to both The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. He is a quote ‘storyteller’ and that’s what he views his job as – which is wonderful. He manages to elicit an enormous amount of the emotional content of the film…without being obvious. He gives you something a little unexpected but yet you’re in tears by the end of it. He’s quite brilliant that way.”

Avnet described Newman as,  “Basically my voice on a certain level.”  Described as an open, collaborative and devoted composer who brings his small children to the conducting stand at times, Avnet said, “He creates a kind of visceral situation whereby you’re able to experience the narrative - you won’t see in Tom’s music a lot of stings and hits and ‘look at me.’ Instead, you’ll see a kind of airy weave that allows you to feel what’s going on. He doesn’t point, and that’s part of what I like about his work. ”

Composers receiving multiple Film Music Awards for their work includedNewman for The Green Mile, American Beauty and Erin Brockovich; and Jerry Goldsmith for The Haunting and The Mummy.  

BMI Composers who received Film Music Awards included John Williams for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace; George S. Clinton for Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; David Arnold for The World Is Not Enough; Mark Mancina for Tarzan and Teddy Castellucci for Big Daddy.

            “Fortunate” from LIFE  was named The Most Performed Song From A Motion Picture. “Fortunate” was written by R. Kelly and published by R. Kelly Publishing, Inc. and Zomba Songs, Inc

             The composers of the top-rated network prime-time television shows were also feted. Amongst those receiving multiple Television Music Awards were W. G. “Snuffy” Walden for Providence, The West Wing and The Drew Carey Show; Bruce Miller for Frasier and Becker; and Mike Post for NYPD Blue and Law and Order. Composers receiving Television Music Awards included Ian Dye for NYPD Blue; Martin Davich for ER; Allee Willis for Friends; Marc Lichtman for Touched By An Angel; Darryl Phinnessee for Frasier;  John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Bennett Salvay for Providence; John Griffin for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire; John Flansburgh and John Linnell for Malcolm In The Middle; Dennis C. Brown for Dharma & Greg; andPeter Scaturro for The Practice.

BMI’s Emmy Award winning composers were also honored, including Richard Hartley, Alice In Wonderland; Martin Davich, Trinity; Carl Johnson, Invasion America – Final Mission; Julie Bernstein, Steve Bernstein, Tim Kelly and Richard Stone for Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs; Gary Kuo, AJ Gundell and Dominic Messinger for All My Children; and Laura Karpman for The Living Edens: Madagascar.

BMI, founded in 1940, is an American performing rights organization which represents more than 250,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music. Through its music performance and reciprocal agreements, it grants businesses and media legal access to it repertoire of more than 4.5 million musical works from around the world.

 Attached is a complete listing of composers and songwriters who received awards at BMI’s Film & Television Awards.


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                                                                                    Hanna Bolte, BMI

                                                                                    310-289-6328; Hbolte@bmi.com     

                                                                                    Pat Baird, BMI

                                                                                    212-830-2528; Pbaird@bmi.com




















2000 BMI Film & Television Awards


Richard Kirk Award

Thomas Newman


BMI Film Music Awards

David Arnold                                                            The World Is Not Enough                            


Teddy Castellucci                                         Big Daddy


George S. Clinton                                         Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me


Danny Elfman                                               Sleepy Hollow


Jerry Goldsmith                                           The Haunting

                                                                        The Mummy


Richard Horowitz                                         Any Given Sunday


Mark Mancina                                               Tarzan


Thomas Newman                                          American Beauty

                                                                        Erin Brockovich

                                                                        The Green Mile


Trevor Rabin                                                 Deep Blue Sea


John Williams                                               Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace


Christopher Young                                      Entrapment                                                                                                              







BMI Most Performed Song from a Film


R. Kelly                                                          “Fortunate” from LIFE

R. Kelly Publishing, Inc.                              “Fortunate” from LIFE

Zomba Songs, Inc.                                         “Fortunate” from LIFE





BMI TV Music Awards


Dennis C. Brown                                          Dharma & Greg


Martin Davich                                               ER


Ian Dye                                                          NYPD Blue


John Flansburgh                                           Malcolm In The Middle


John Griffin                                                   Who Wants To Be A Millionaire


Steve Hampton                                             Stark Raving Mad


Mark Heyes                                                   Daddio


Corbin Krauss                                               Stark Raving Mad


John Lennon                                                 Providence


Marc Lichtman                                             Touched By An Angel


John Linnell                                                  Malcolm In The Middle


Paul McCartney                                            Providence


Bruce Miller                                                  Becker



Darryl Phinnessee                                       Frasier


Mike Post                                                      Law and Order

                                                            NYPD Blue


Bennett Salvay                                             Providence


Peter Scaturro                                              The Practice


Barrett Strong                                              Family Law


W.G. “Snuffy” Walden                                  Providence

                                                                        The Drew Carey Show

                                                                        The West Wing


Norman Whitfield                                        Family Law


Allee Willis                                                   Friends



BMI Emmy Award Winners


Martin Davich                                               Trinity


Richard Hartley (PRS)                                Alice In Wonderland


Carl Johnson                                                 Invasion America – Final Mission


Julie Bernstein                                             Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs

Steve Bernstein                                            Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs

Tim Kelly                                                       Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs

Richard Stone                                               Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs


A. J. Gundell                                                 All My Children

Gary Kuo                                                       All My Children

Dominic Messinger                                      All My Children


Laura Karpman                                            The Living Edens: Madagascar