Fox Rechristens Its Music Building In Honor Of Composer Lionel Newman

Steven Spielberg, John Williams and Jim Gianopulos were among the big names attending the dedication of the Lionel Newman Music Building. The building on the Fox lot in Century City has been renamed in honor of the late composer, conductor, pianist and longtime head of Fox’s music department, whose tenure with the studio spanned nearly half a century and more than 200 films, including his Oscar-winning score for 1969’s Hello Dolly! He also earned 10 other Oscar noms for such films as Doctor Doolittle and There’s No Business Like Show Business. He also worked on numerous TV series including Batman and M*A*S*H. Spielberg talked about meeting Newman during the scoring of Jaws, and five-time Oscar winner Williams spun tales of Newman’s colorful career at the studio. More than a dozen members of Newman’s family also were on hand, including his nephew Randy Newman, a two-time Oscar-winning songwriter and 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. “The music at Fox while Lionel was there was better than it was anywhere else,” he said. “The music he conducted, I always thought — and so did most of the composers — sounded better than the music he didn’t conduct.”

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