Honoree: Deborah Lurie
Over the last twenty years, Deborah Lurie has proven herself as a musical powerhouse and innovator in the entertainment industry as a composer, arranger, and music producer. She is best known for her scores for director Lasse Hallström’s films, the films Dear John and Safe Haven, Paramount’s 2011 version of Footloose, and the all-time highest grossing concert movie, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. She has also written additional music for scores by Danny Elfman, including Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland, and has provided string arrangements on hits for The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and more.
While earning her bachelor’s in Music Composition and Film Scoring at USC, she scored many student films and was hired to transcribe pieces of pop music for plagiarism-related court cases for her professor who worked as a legal expert. Her reputation for her remarkable ears landed her a job with Mark Snow on The X-Files' movie as a transcriber, while her scoring work on student films led to the viral short film, George Lucas in Love, directed by her college friend and frequent collaborator, Joe Nussbaum.
Deborah went on to score Joe’s feature films Sleepover, Sydney White, and Prom. She scored the the wildly successful Amazon show, Just Add Magic, with her longtime friend and collaborator, Zack Ryan.
She has worked as a music arranger and producer for a number of live productions including the original Hudson Theater production of the cult hit musical, bare, and the star-studded Pussycat Dolls live at The Roxy. Her work on bare caught the attention of film composer John Ottman (The Usual Suspects), for whom she arranged and wrote additional music on a number of his films, and scored the film Imaginary Heroes based on his themes.
At the Pussycat Dolls show, she was introduced to music mogul Randy Spendlove, while he was heading the music department at Miramax, later moving to Paramount. This alliance led to her scoring a number of Paramount films, producing/arranging musical numbers for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Also stemming from Randy’s support and guidance at Miramax, Deborah met director Lasse Hallström, scoring An Unfinished Life, starring Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman.
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