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The duo won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards for writing the score for the Broadway musical Hairspray, whose 2007 film adaptation broke opening weekend box office records and became the sixth-highest-grossing musical film of all time in the U.S. Shaiman and Wittman also received Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations as in-house songwriters and executive producers of NBC’s Smash.
Together, they also composed the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can, as well as the West End adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was nominated for Best New Musical at last month’s Olivier Awards.
Shaiman is a five-time Oscar nominee for writing original songs for South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut and Sleepless in Seattle and the scores for Patch Adams, The First Wives Club and The American President. He won an Emmy in 1992 for co-writing Billy Crystal’s numbers as host of the 64th Annual Academy Awards. The Hollywood Film Festival honored him in 2002 for Outstanding Achievement in Music-in-Film, and he has won 12 ASCAP Awards (two with Wittman), including the 2007 Henry Mancini Award, which is given to composers for outstanding achievements and contributions in film and television music. Kraft-Engel Management continues to represent him exclusively in film and television and manage him in theater.
Shaiman and Wittman continue to be repped by attorney Mark Sendroff of Sendroff & Baruch.