Composers John Powell and Germaine Franco took top honors at this week’s ASCAP Screen Music Awards. Powell won the Henry Mancini award for lifetime achievement as a film composer (for such scores as How to Train Your Dragon, The Bourne Identity and Solo: A Star Wars Story), while Franco (songwriter for Coco, currently scoring TV’s Vida) received the Shirley Walker award for contributing to “the diversity of film and television music.” Other honorees included Gordy Haab and Dave Porter; a full rundown of the evening is in my Variety story here.
Breaking Bad has been acclaimed as one of the great dramatic series of our time. One of the least talked-about aspects of the show has been its music by Dave Porter. He is one of the few key creative contributors to the series who has never been Emmy-nominated. Here’s an interview with the composer and a look back at his evocative music for the series.