Saturday, February 21, 2015
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.
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).
Complete list of winners for the ICG 52nd Annual Publicists Awards
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