2017 BMI FILM, TV & VISUAL MEDIA AWARDS
Beverly Hills Ceremony Also Honored Year’s Top Film and Television Composers
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – (May 11, 2017) – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, held the 2017 Film, TV & Visual Media Awards last night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The ceremony was hosted by BMI Vice President, Film, TV & Visual Media Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross and BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill, who honored celebrated composer Alan Silvestri, along with the composers of music featured in the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable and streamed media programs.
Alan Silvestri received BMI’s Icon Award, which is bestowed on composers who have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television music.
In his storied career as a film composer, Silvestri has written music for some of the most iconic and successful films in Hollywood history. He has scored over a hundred titles and earned two Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, two Emmy Awards and three GRAMMY awards. Silvestri’s energetic synth-driven music caught the ear of budding director Robert Zemeckis, who drafted the composer to write the music for various films including Romancing the Stone, Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? What Lies Beneath and The Polar Express, which earned Silvestri an Oscar nomination for the song “Believe.” The Zemeckis/Silvestri union may be best summed up, however, by the 1994 best picture winner, Forrest Gump, which earned the composer his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Score.
Beyond his work with Zemeckis, Silvestri’s list of scores span every style and genre. His stirring, resonant themes have enriched and enlivened diverse films such as Predator, Lilo and Stitch, the Night at the Museum trilogy, The Bodyguard, Van Helsing, Captain America: First Avenger, The Avengers, and many more. He is currently hard at work scoring the next two installments of Marvel’s Avengers franchise.
Additional BMI Film, TV & Visual Media Awards winners included visionary composers Justin Hurwitz, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, Alan Menken, Alexandre Desplat, Brian Tyler, Mark Mancina, Danny Elfman, Mark Isham, Tyler Bates, Christopher Lennertz and Fil Eisler, among others. For a complete list of winners, as well as information on BMI’s film and television composers and events, please visit https://www.bmi.com/news/entry/film-tv-2017