Cliff Martinez, John Williams, Mike Post, More Honored at BMI Film & TV Awards

(L-R): BMI Vice President Film/TV Doreen Ringer-Ross, Richard Kirk Award winner Cliff Martinez and BMI President and CEO Del Bryant pose at the BMI Film & TV Awards May 15.


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The standing ovation for honoree Cliff Martinez was fully expected at BMI's Film & TV Awards Wednesday night. But when the performing rights organization's two top executives -- Doreen Ringer-Ross and Ray Yee -- were greeted with standing O's, you knew this was once again the rare night that sees this particular creative community gather.

"This event is great -- no stress and a lot of people you don't otherwise see," the composer iZler told Billboard prior to receiving two awards for his work on Showtime's "Shameless" and ABC's "Revenge."

BMI awarded composers of music featured in the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs in a gala Wednesday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Martinez received BMI’s Richard Kirk Award for his musical contributions to films such as Traffic, Narc, Arbitrage, Drive, Spring Breakers and The Company You Keep. Much was made of him being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the original drummer in the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as his love of the music of Captain Beefheart.

And as a composer, Martinez used a Beefheart quote as his motto: "If you want to be a different fish, you have to get out of school... I've been able to score film in my own unique voice; to write music you love is the best job in the world."

Ringer-Ross, BMI's VP, Film/TV Relations, took a break from handing out awards with BMI president and CEO Del Bryant, to present a BMI Special Citation of Appreciation to Laura Dunn of the Society of Composers and Lyricists.

Bryant offered statistics on BMI's work, noting the organization was on track to bring in $100 million in the next two years.

During the announcement of the awards, two legendary composers were singled out: Mike Post, who won his 50th BMI Award, the most of any composer; and John Williams, who received a trophy for Lincoln. Keb Mo, Thomas Newman, Richard Sherman, Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Isham, three-time winner Blake Neely and Brian Tyler were among the composers on hand.