- Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
More than 900 Hollywood publicity and marketing executives, producers, studio and network executives, celebrities and press gathered for the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) 52nd Annual Publicists Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel today, chaired by Henri Bollinger and co-chaired by Tim Menke.
In his opening remarks Steven Poster, ASC., president of the International Cinematographers Guild, in noting the theme of this year’s luncheon, said, “We live in the age of social media and there’s no turning back. That’s why we appreciate social media today and celebrate the talented publicists who are making it work for the dynamic entertainment industry we’re proud to be part of. We have a lot of very impressive people here today, all thanks to our talented publicists.”
Henri Bollinger added, “We sing the praises of those who have excelled in an art form that dates back to the earliest days of circuses and vaudeville. When these awards were first handed out 52 years ago, self-promotion by publicists was reason for getting fired. It’s clear that we’ve progressed considerably since then.”
Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, were presented the Motion Picture Showmanship Award by Billy Bob Thornton (The Judge). Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, received the Television Showmanship Award from Chelsea Handler, who has entered into a multi-tiered deal with the Internet TV network.
Much loved comedian/actor Bob Newhart received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The President’s Award was presented to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® by Ava DuVernay, director of the Oscar®-nominated film Selma, and Steven Poster, ASC., president of the International Cinematographers Guild.
Les Mason Award. The highest honor publicists can bestow on one of their own.
MELISSA KATES, Viewpoint PR
Bob Yeager Award for Community Service:
JUSTINE GAMEZ, Warner Bros. publicist
DAVE KARGER, Fandango.com
International Media Award:
ROCIO AYUSO, Spain
Maxwell Weinberg Award for Best Publicity Campaign for a Motion Picture:
THE INTERVIEW (Columbia Pictures). Publicist ANDRE CARACO and team
Maxwell Weinberg Award for Best Publicity Campaign for a Television Program:
JANE THE VIRGIN (CBS Television Studios). ARPI KETENDJIAN accepted the award
Excellence in Unit Still Photography for Motion Pictures Award:
Excellence in Unit Still Photography for Television Award:
Presenters included Billy Bob Thornton (The Judge), Octavia Spencer (Black or White), Chelsea Handler (Uganda Be Kidding Me Live), Ava DuVernay (Selma), Melora Hardin (Transparent), Bruce Davison (X-Men series), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Scott Eastwood (Snowden), Maddalena Ischiale (Unbroken).
Sponsors of the event are 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Netflix, The Weinstein Company in conjunction with Dimension Films, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Creative Handbook, E! Entertainment, Junket Productions, MDS West John Drinker Group, Relativity Media, Sony Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Photo Lab, Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation, Below The Line, City National Bank, Executive Limousine, Goodnight & Company, Sony Electronics in conjunction with Fujinon.
About the International Cinematographers Guild
The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents more than 7,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Visual Effects Supervisors, Still Photographers, Camera Assistants, Film Loaders, all members of camera crews and Publicists. The first cinematographers union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn't until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG's ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine. www.cameraguild.com