BMI, Songwriter Battle Over Cue Sheets, Royalties Heats Up
BMI, Songwriter Battle Over Cue Sheets, Royalties Heats Up

Prolific film composer Rolfe Kent will receive the Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement at 2012 BMI Film & Television Awards on May 16.

Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the event honors composers of the past year's top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs.

The Richard Kirk Award is given to composers who have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television music. Previous honorees include David Arnold, Rachel Portman, Alan Silvestri, David Newman, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mike Post and John Williams.

"It is humbling and a bit bewildering to be recognized alongside people who inspired me to compose in the first place like John Barry and Jerry Goldsmith," Kent said in a statement.

Kent has scored almost 50 films, including Up in the Air, Wedding Crashers and the films of Alexander Payne. His next project is Gambit, written by the Coen brothers and slated for release in January. Kent also composed the main title theme for Showtime's "Dexter."