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May 14, 2015

Oscar Award-Winning Composer Alexandre Desplat Receives BMI Icon Award at 2015 BMI Film/TV Awards

Ceremony Celebrated Top Film, Television and Cable Composers on May 13 in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, CA, May 14, 2015 — Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, held its annual Film/TV Awards on May 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The ceremony saluted the composers of music featured in the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs.

Alexandre Desplat received BMI’s Icon Award, which is bestowed on composers who have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television music. As the 2015 recipient, he joins a prestigious list of honorees that includes John Williams, Rachel Portman, Alan Silvestri, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Rolfe Kent, Mychael Danna, George S. Clinton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Kamen, Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mike Post, Lalo Schifrin, Cliff Martinez, John Barry and David Arnold.

BMI also acknowledged Chris Montan with the BMI Classic Contribution Award for his distinguished three decade career at Disney, including his current role as President of Walt Disney Music, a position he’s maintained for twenty years. Additionally, he has been the executive music producer for all of the studio’s animated features. He has been nominated for multiple GRAMMY® Awards and won Best Original Cast Recording for “Aida,” and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for “Frozen.” Under his guidance, the Walt Disney Studios has garnered an unprecedented 42 Musical Academy Award® nominations, and 16 Academy Awards in the “Best Song,” “Best Score,” and “Best Musical” categories.

Oscar-winning composer Desplat is one of the most coveted film composers in the world today. He is noted for his collaborations with some of the world’s top filmmakers: Wes Anderson, George Clooney, Stephen Daldry, David Fincher, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee, Terrence Malick, Roman Polanski and Angelina Jolie. The Golden Globe and Oscar winner has scored a range of incredible films, eight of which have been Oscar-nominated: “The Queen,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The King’s Speech,” “Argo,” “Philomena,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which won the 2014 Oscar for Best Score. Desplat’s most recent work includes Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game.” Coming up next for Desplat is the period drama “Suffragette” starring Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep and “The Light Between Oceans” starring Michael Fassbender.

The 2015 BMI Film/TV Awards were hosted by BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross and BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill. For a complete list of winners, as well as information on BMI’s film and television composers and events, please visit http://www.bmi.com/filmtv.

High-resolution photos and video footage can be downloaded here:
http://www.epklink.com/bmifilmtvawards2015/

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(L-R) BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, honoree Alexandre Desplat, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and Assistant Vice President of Film and Television Relations at BMI Ray Yee pose with the BMI Icon Award during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Assistant Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI Ray Yee, honoree Alexandre Desplat, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Icon Award onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree Alexandre Desplat (L) and composer Mychael Danna attend the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Brian Tyler poses with awards during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI Film & Television Award recipients pose onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree Alexandre Desplat poses with the BMI Icon Award during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill, Walt Disney Music’s and BMI Classic Contribution Award winner Chris Montan and BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross attend the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Chris Montan poses with the BMI Classic Contribution Award during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composers Will Walden (L) and Snuffy Walden pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “Under the Dome” during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer-songwriter Gwendolyn Sanford (L) and Regina Spektor attend the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Atticus Ross attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Richard M. Sherman (L) and Elizabeth Sherman attend the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree Chris Montan speaks onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer-songwriter Gwendolyn Sanford accepts the BMI Film Music Award for “Orange is the New Black” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer/songwriter Michael Penn attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Brian Tyler attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Patrick Williams attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Singer-songwriter Jim Beanz, BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and composer Fil “iZLER” Eisler attend the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree Alexandre Desplat poses with the BMI Icon Award during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree Alexandre Desplat poses with the BMI Icon Award during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree Alexandre Desplat (L) accepts the BMI Icon Award from BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neil during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross, composer Atticus Ross, assistant Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI Ray Yee and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “Gone Girl” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Assistant Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI Ray Yee, composer Gwendolyn Sanford, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “Orange is the New Black” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Assistant Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI Ray Yee, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “Orange is the New Black” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Assistant Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI Ray Yee, composer Brian Kirk, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “NCIS: New Orleans” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Assistant Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI Ray Yee, composer Fil Eisler, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “Empire” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross, Assistant Vice President of Film and Television Relations at BMI Ray Yee, composer Matt Koskenmaki and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill pose onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Composer A. Patrick Rose, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross, assistant Vice President of Film and Television Relations at BMI Ray Yee, composers Will Walden and Snuffy Walden and BMI president and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “Under the Dome” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross, composer Mike Post, Assistant Vice President of Film and Television Relations at BMI Ray Yee and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “Law & Order: SVU” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross, Assistant Vice President of Film and Television Relations at BMI Ray Yee, composer Blake Neely and BMI president and CEO Mike O’Neill pose with the BMI Film Music Award for “The Flash” onstage during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, Laura Engel, honoree Alexandre Desplat, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and Assistant Vice President, Film/TV Relations at BMI Ray Yee pose with the BMI Icon Award during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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(L-R) Honoree Chris Montan, BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross and composer Mychael Danna attend the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree Alexandre Desplat (L) accepts the BMI Icon Award from BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neil during the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Rob Simonsen attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Lalo Schifrin (L) and BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross attend the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Aaron Zigman attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Cliff Martinez attends the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Composer Nathan Barr (L) and BMI Vice President of Film and Television Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross attend the 2015 BMI Film & Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

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