April 16, 2003 - LOS ANGELES - Composer and songwriter Randy Edelman will
receive the 2003 Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement at
the BMI Film and TV awards May 14 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in
Los Angeles. Composer, songwriter and television executive Merv Griffin will
also be presented with the BMI President's Award at the ceremonies. The
event is a black-tie affair hosted by BMI's President and CEO Frances W.
Edelman is known for his vast and diverse credit list, including scores to
"The Last of the Mohicans," "Gods and Generals," "While You Were Sleeping,"
"The Mask, " "Anaconda," "Billy Madison," "XXX" and more. He wrote the hit "Weekend In New England" and has worked with such diverse groups as The
Carpenters and Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention. He won an Emmy Award
for his closing theme for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and his score to
"The Last of the Mohicans" was nominated for the British Academy Award and
the Golden Globes.
The BMI award for Outstanding Career Achievement is named after past BMI
Vice President Richard Kirk and is given annually to a composer who has made
significant contributions in the field of film and TV music. Former
recipients of the award include John Barry, Danny Elfman, Charlie Fox, Jerry
Goldsmith, Earle Hagen, Michael Kamen, Alan Menken, Thomas Newman, Mike
Post, Lalo Schifrin, Richard and Robert Sherman, W.G. "Snuffy" Walden, John
Williams and Patrick Williams.
In addition to being one of television's most successful personalities with
his ground-breaking "Merv Griffin Show," Griffin has created the scores and
themes for two of the most-watched game shows in television history: "Wheel
of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" He has also made significant contributions as a
recording artist and actor and is highly regarded for his business acumen
and philanthropic activities.
BMI created the President's Award in 1993 to honor an exceptional person in
the entertainment industry deserving of special recognition. It symbolizes
BMI's commitment to creative and unique individuals who have made this
industry what it is today. Past awardees include Harlan Howard, Earle Hagen,
Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, Alabama and Pete Townshend.
BMI, founded in 1940, is an American performing rights organization that
represents approximately 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers
in all genres of music. Through its music performance and reciprocal
agreements, it grants businesses and media access to its repertoire of
approximately 4.5 million musical works from around the world.