The historic Sony lot in Culver City, once the MGM lot during Hollywood’s Golden Age, was the site of a special event on Thursday afternoon. Film composer John Williams, known for his iconic scores for Star Wars and 29 Steven Spielberg films, was honored with the renaming of the studio’s musical building in his honor. The newly named John Williams Music Building was the backdrop for a celebration attended by Williams himself, along with collaborators such as Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Frank Marshall, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Thomas Newman.
The event kicked off with Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra acknowledging the magic created within the walls of the building. Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman and CEO Tom Rothman emphasized Williams’ unparalleled impact in the field of film scoring, declaring him the greatest of all time in his field.
J.J. Abrams addressed Williams, expressing gratitude for the profound impact he has had on their lives and work. Steven Spielberg, in turn, paid tribute to Williams’ influence on his career, recalling their first meeting and the transformative effect Williams’ music had on his films. He described Williams’ role as that of a creative collaborator who elevated his movies to new heights, bringing them from a personal expression to a shared experience.
The ceremony concluded with Spielberg unveiling the new building name, and Williams humorously sharing his connection to the studio, dating back to his childhood. He expressed reverence for the building and issued a challenge for future artists to continue the legacy of great music within its walls.
Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a buffet lunch, and Tom Rothman invited journalists to witness another talented composer, Dario Marianelli, scoring the upcoming Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. During the session, Rothman informed them of the building’s new name, marking a continuation of the rich musical legacy embodied by John Williams.
This monumental event captured the spirit of creativity, collaboration, and the enduring impact of John Williams’ contributions to the world of film scoring.