September 5, 2008
Diane Warren to be Honored at Film & TV Music Conference
Top songwriter to receive Hollywood Reporter/Billboard career achievement award by Marilee Bradford
Los Angeles, Calif.—Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren, whose substantial catalog of popular songs includes many written for motion pictures, will be honored with an inaugural Career Achievement Award at The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, Nov. 13-14 at the Sofitel Los Angeles.
Recipient of six Oscar nominations for such hits as "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" (performed by Aerosmith in Armageddon, 1997), "Because You Loved Me" (performed by Celine Dion in Up Close and Personal, 1996) and Grammy winner "How Do I Live" (performed by Trisha Yearwood in Con Air, 1997), Warren's songs have been featured in more than 100 films, among them The Last Dragon (1985), Mannequin (1987), Licence to Kill (1989), Patch Adams (1998), Stuart Little (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), Music of the Heart (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), Legally Blonde (2001), Pearl Harbor (2001), and most recently American Gangster (2007).
A five-time ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year and winner of numerous other music awards, Warren is among the music industry's most prolific contemporary songwriters, having written for a myriad of stars in the recording and concert fields, including Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Gloria Estefan, Christina Aguilera, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill and Mary J. Blige.
Warren is also one of the most successful business owners in the industry as founder of her own publishing company, Realsongs, and the Diane Warren Foundation, a nonprofit that supports animal rights and human interest organizations.
Now in its seventh year, The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference is a two-day seminar devoted to music and songs written for film and television, providing a forum for communication among media music professionals.
Round table discussions, panels, master classes, live performances and networking events feature composers, songwriters, directors and music supervisors, as well as executives from record labels, advertising, music publishing, networks, gaming and other aspects of the film and TV music business.
Among this year's participants will be Fox Music president Robert Kraft, Paramount music head Randy Spendlove, Sundance director of film music Peter Golub, CBS Records president Larry Jenkins, Lionsgate vp of TV music Russell Zeicker, Billboard's director of charts/senior analyst Geoff Mayfield, and a panel of the composers and producers from Gossip Girl.
The conference will sponsor a film scoring competition in which entrants may submit their film, TV, video game or trailer clips, the best to be shown during the conference and critiqued by music supervisors and other industry pros.
For schedules, registration and other information, visit the billboardevents.com website or call (646) 654-4626.
©2008 Marilee Bradford