Award-winning film and television score composer, Germaine Franco will receive the prestigious ASCAP Shirley Walker Award at the 33rd annual ASCAPScreen Music Awards in Los Angeles on May 23.
Franco is the first Latina composer invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, music branch. She is the composer of the Starz network new television seriesVida from Creator/Exec Producer Tanya Saracho which premiered May 6th. Her upcoming film Tag, for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros., directed by Jeff Tomsic, hits theaters June 15th. In addition, Germaine’s action-packed score for Kung Fu Panda – The Emperor’s Quest, an immersive attraction, launches this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Franco co-wrote and produced five original songs for Disney/Pixar’s Oscar winning Coco, including “Un Poco Loco” and “Proud Corazón”, with co-writer Adrian Molina. Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina. Franco received an Annie Award for her work on Coco. She is the first Latina to win the Outstanding Music in a Feature Film at the Annie Awards – the Animation Industry’s highest honor.
The Shirley Walker Award honors those whose achievements have contributed to the diversity of film and television music. An ASCAP member, Shirley Walker was one of the first prominent female composers working in film and television and is remembered as a pioneer for women in the film industry. Franco recently worked with Shirley Walker’s son, Ian Walker, double bassist, on the score to Tag.
“Germaine Franco’s kaleidoscopic work is impossible to summarize, spanning numerous visual media, musical genres and cultures”, said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “Her work on Disney Pixar’s Coco, which incorporated traditional Mexican musical elements and included composing, songwriting, producing, arranging and orchestrating, is only the most recent highlight of her achievements in the film world.”
The invitation-only dinner and awards ceremony will honor the composers and songwriters of the top box office film music, top rated series and the most performed television music of 2017.