On Wednesday, October 19, the World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of the 2016 World Soundtrack Awards in Capitole, Ghent, where award-winning BMI composer Jeff Beal was named Television Composer of the Year and highly regarded BMI composer Joe Kraemer won the prestigious Discovery of the Year award. Film Fest Gent celebrated this year’s edition of the awards by focusing on television scores, with the Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir, conducted by music director Dirk Brossé, expertly performing scores from the most beloved television shows in recent history.
Beal’s TV legacy includes the score and theme for Netflix’s House of Cards, which has received four prime time Emmy nominations and one statue. In all, he has received an astounding fifteen prime time Emmy nominations with four wins. Other scores of note include his dramatic music for HBO’s acclaimed series Carnivale and Rome, as well as his comedic score and theme for the detective series, Monk. Discovery of the Year award winner Joe Kraemer’s work includes the immensely popular Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher.
Two days prior to Beal and Kraemer winning their illustrious awards, BMI Vice President Film, TV & Visual Media Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross, who presented Beal with his award at the ceremony, moderated an insightful composer career development panel as part of the World Soundtrack Awards Industry Day. Panelists in the lively discussion included Beal, along with Jennifer Harmon, CW3PR’s Jana Davidoff, composer Frans Bak, and Krakower Group’s Beth Krakower. The designated day provides an opportunity for young and established international film music professionals to learn, debate and network.