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57th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards for the period of June 1, 2004 through May 31, 2005, were announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences MUSIC NOMINATIONS OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL (DRAMATIC UNDERSCORE) Bruce Broughton – Warm Springs Joseph Conlan – Miracle Run Bruno Coulais […]

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Film and Television Composer Joe Harnell ("The Incredible Hulk" theme) Dies at 80

Veteran film and television composer Joe Harnell died July 14 of heart failure in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 80. He is survived by his wife Alice, numerous family members and many friends. Contributions may be made in Joe Harnell’s name to the USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA. Joe Harnell was born […]

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Original "Hulk" Composer Joe Harnell Dies at 80

Veteran film and television composer Joe Harnell died July 14 of heart failure in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 80. He is survived by his wife Alice, numerous family members and many friends. Contributions may be made in Joe Harnell’s name to the USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA. Joe Harnell was born […]

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57th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards for the period of June 1, 2004 through May 31, 2005, were announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences MUSIC NOMINATIONS OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL (DRAMATIC UNDERSCORE) Bruce Broughton – Warm Springs Joseph Conlan – Miracle Run Bruno Coulais […]

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Supreme Court Says File Sharing Services Can Be Sued

Internet file-sharing services will be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use software primarily to swap songs and movies illegally, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting warnings that the lawsuits will stunt growth of cool tech gadgets such as the next iPod. For more information, click here.

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GoFish Technologies Announces Search-By-Lyrics Technology

GoFish Technologies has announced the availability of GoFish Search-by-Lyrics, a search engine tool for discovering and purchasing music by simply typing in the lyrics. With GoFish Search-by-Lyrics, online music enthusiasts can now search for music by simply typing three or four words of a song’s lyrics and have targeted results returned to them. They can […]

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BAFTA, Britain's Oscars Equivalent, Honors Jane Antonia Cornish as Best New British Composer

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has recognized Jane Antonia Cornish as the inaugural winner of the Anthony Asquith Award for Best New British Composer. The award, presented by Joan Armatrading at a ceremony in London on May 8, honored Ms. Cornish for her soundtrack to […]

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ASCAP Changes Tune on Lawyer's Statement to Court in Myers Case

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — In the latest legal moves in the long-running case brought by veteran television composer Peter Myers (“Diagnosis: Murder,” “The Love Boat,” “Dynasty”) against performing rights society ASCAP, an ASCAP spokesman says its Los Angeles lawyer Kurt Fritz “misspoke” during oral arguments before the California Appeals Court on May 27 […]

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Crazy Frog Cell Ringtone Tops UK Singles Charts for 2nd Week

The new version of Axel F – the theme to the Beverly Hills Cop films – is the first mobile ringtone to make it into the charts. For more information, click here.

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Cell Phone Ringtone Tops UK Music Charts

A cell-phone ring tone appeared set to top the British singles chart Sunday, outselling the new single by the band Coldplay by nearly four to one, a music retailer said. For more information, click here.

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Composer and Pianist Linda Martinez Dies at 29

Linda Martinez, a promising young composer and pianist who wrote music for several films and won many musical competitions, died May 19 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 29. For more information, click here.

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BMI Honors Composers of Top Movies, TV Shows, and Cable Programs at BMI Film & TV Awards

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — U.S. performing rights organization BMI honored the composers and songwriters of the music from this year’s top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series and highest-ranking cable network television series at its annual Film & Television Awards dinner. Held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the black-tie […]

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ASCAP Expected To Increase Instrumental Music Royalty Rates

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Sources close to ASCAP have disclosed to Film Music Magazine that the ASCAP Board of Directors have already approved significant rate increases for background instrumental and theme music. According to multiple sources, the rate at which a minute of background instrumental music is paid by ASCAP will increase from […]

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Dennis McCarthy Scores Final "Star Trek" Score

Nearly eighteen years ago, on August 31 and September 1, 1987, composer Dennis McCarthy recorded his original score for “Encounter at Farpoint,” the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. On April 29, 2005, McCarthy recorded the final score of the Star Trek franchise. For more information, click here.

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RMA San Francisco Proposes Union Buyout Scale for Film & TV Sessions

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Facing an increasing loss of recording work to non-union locations and abroad, the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Musicians Association, a part of the American Federation of Musicians representing musicians who work in the recording area, has proposed an optional new scale that involves doubling the current scale […]

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Composer and Educator Don Ray Dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Veteran composer and educator Don Ray passed away on Saturday, April 16 after a two-week battle with a severe and unexpected illness. He was 78. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Laurel, and by his son, David. A public memorial service will be held on Wednesday, […]

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ASCAP Cuts 2005 LA Membership Meeting; Schedules "Top Earners" Meeting Feb. 15

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) – In an apparent cost-cutting move, and breaking with years of precedent, ASCAP has eliminated the 2005 West Coast Membership Meeting in favor of webcasting the April 4 New York membership meeting. ASCAP has indicated that next year’s meeting will be held in Los Angeles and webcast, and that the […]

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Composers Draft Questions for ASCAP Board Member Candidates; Endorsements Being Gathered From The Industry

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — A grass roots group of composers has drafted a set of eight questions to be posed to writer candidates for the ASCAP Board of Directors election. The composers are part of the Film Music Pro email discussion list, an online community for people in the film and television music […]

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British Composers File Complaint With UK Government Over Having to Give Up Publishing Rights on Scoring Projects

LONDON (Film Music Magazine) — The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters is lodging a complaint with the Office of Fair Trading over a practice by TV broadcasters and certain independent production companies, which distorts the market for commissioned music in television. The practice, known as “coercion”, whereby commissions are offered only if the composer […]

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German Court Sets Copyright Levy On New PCs

The District Court of Munich has ordered Fujitsu Siements Computers (Holding) BV to pay a copyright levy on new PCs. For more information, click here.

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Global TV Shakes Up Industry

What Napster and Kazaa did for music and movies, Cybersky hopes to do for live television programming. The online sharing software, developed by a feisty German company, aims to globalize television — but is it legal? For more information, click here.

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ASCAP Members Hit With $13M Cut in Local Television Royalties

NEW YORK – (Film Music Magazine) — Performing rights organization ASCAP has agreed to slash their annual music performance license fees to local television broadcasters across the U.S. by $13 million in a sweeping new five-year rate agreement. The decreases will result in lower royalty payments to composers and songwriters whose music is played on […]

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Studio Pressure Shuts Down Movie Download Site

A popular peer-to-peer file-sharing website has closed down amid mounting efforts by the movie industry to crack down on online piracy. For more information, click here.

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Survey: 80% Say ASCAP Instrumental Royalty Rates Unfair

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) – According to a survey just completed by Film Music Magazine, ASCAP’s policy of valuing a minute of instrumental music at only 16 cents on the dollar compared to a minute of song on film or television clearly lacks industry support: Question: Do you feel that 16 cents on the […]

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ASCAP Seizes Composer's Earnings In International Royalty Dispute

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Los Angeles film and television composer Mark Holden has accused performing rights organization ASCAP of improperly seizing his royalty earnings for performances of his music in foreign countries. Holden is also performing rights columnist for Film Music Magazine. “Against my strenuous objections,” said Holden, “ASCAP has seized my earnings […]

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ASCAP Board Elects James Newton Howard to Board of Directors

NEW YORK (Film Music Magazine) — Film and television composer,orchestrator, keyboardist and record producer, James Newton Howard has been elected a Director by the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), it was announced today by ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman. Mr. Howard will complete the term of […]

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ASCAP Member Resignation Deadline September 30; ASCAP Writers Begin Negotiations for Advances and Membership

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — The annual ASCAP member resignation deadline is September 30 – ASCAP members who intend to deliver their notice of resignation effective December 31 must deliver written notice to ASCAP no later than September 30, 2004. Historically, this has been a time where some ASCAP writers deliver notice of resignation […]

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2004 Salary Survey Results: Mixed Results for Composer Rates; Jingles, Orchestrators Increase

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — How well you’re doing as a composer today has a lot to do with what type of projects you’re working on and whether you focus on film or television, according to Film Music Magazine’s new 2004 Film & TV Music Salary and Rate Survey, released Friday. FILM VS. TV […]

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Legendary Film Composer Elmer Bernstein Dies at 82

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — Legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein died this afteroon at 2:00 pm at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 82. Recognized with countless awards for his work in film, television, stage and audio recording, Bernstein was nominated fourteen times for Academy Awards, winning the Award in 1967 […]

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Veteran Film Composer David Raksin Dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine) — David Raksin, the composer of Laura, The Bad and the Beautiful and dozens of other classic film scores, died of heart failure August 9, at his home in Van Nuys, Calif. He was 92 and had been in failing health for the past several weeks.

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