The 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 to the field of film and television music. Past honorees include Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Michael Kamen, Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin and John Williams.
One of Hollywood's most sought-after composers, Golden Globe nominee Harry Gregson-Williams has infused his unique musical talent into the scores of such diverse films as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Man on Fire, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Spy Game, Shrek, Shrek 2, Chicken Run, Kingdom of Heaven, Antz and Domino. The British-born composer, who was named Composer of the Year at the 2005 Hollywood Film Festival, is currently working on the music to Shrek The Third and Déjá Vu.
The gala ceremony, which will also salute BMI's Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning composers, will feature an award for the most performed song from a motion picture, as well as the Classic Contribution Award to past Richard Kirk honoree Earle Hagen. The 2006 BMI Film & Television Awards will be hosted by Del Bryant, President & CEO, along with Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President of Film/TV Relations.