LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 28, 2014) - A sold-out audience of Hollywood publicity and marketing executives, producers, studio and network executives, celebrities and press gathered for the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE LOCAL 600) 51st Annual ICG Publicists Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel today, chaired by Henri Bollinger and co-chaired by Tim Menke. Jerry Lewis received the Lifetime Achievement Award from fellow comedian and long-time friend Carol Burnett.
In his opening remarks Guild president Steven Poster, ASC called for a moment of silence in recognition of the tragic accidental death last week of second assistant camerawoman Sarah Jones. He paid tribute to publicists and welcomed IATSE International President Matt Loeb and Vice-President Mike Miller.
Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairs of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, were presented the Motion Picture Showmanship Award by Shailene Woodley and Theo James of Divergent, while Shonda Rhimes, creator, writer and producer of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, was handed the Television Showmanship Award by Tony Goldwyn, who portrays the President of the United States in Scandal.
Linda Bell Blue, President of Entertainment Tonight Studios, was the recipient of the President's Award, presented to her by Poster. Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf in Frozen, presented a plaque commemorating the 90th anniversary of Walt Disney Animation Studios to the studio's executive vice president Andrew Millstein.
This year's winner of the Les Mason Award, the highest honor publicists can pay to one of their own, went to Michael Singer, presented by Jacqueline Bisset.
JoBeth Williams presented the Press Award to Scott Mantz of Access Hollywood while Phil Berk received the International Media Award from Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The Maxwell Weinberg Award for Best Publicity Campaign for a Motion Picture went to the publicists from Warner Bros. who worked on Gravity. They were Jade Alex, Sharon Black, Cecilia Calderon, Mark Capaldi, Deva Cervera, Julie Cole, Melissa Crow, Justine Gamez, Mary Hunter, Kimberly Lerner, Jesse Mesa, Maureen O'Malley, Paulette Osorio, Emily Patt, Orna Pickens, Susan Shapiro, Gina Soliz and Lisa Stone. The Maxwell Weinberg Television Campaign Award went to American Horror Story: Coven from FX. The publicist was Mathew Mitchell. Finola Hughes made both presentations.
Rob Steinberg (12 Years a Slave) presented the Excellence in Still Photography for Motion Pictures Award to Peter Fountain while the Television Still Photography Award went to Michael Yarish.
Sirena Irwin, stage, screen actress and voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, was the voice-over host.
Sponsors of the event are Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox Television, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox Film, Friends of Max Rose, Junket Productions, Relativity Media, Variety, Creative Handbook, The Hollywood Reporter, MDS West, ICM Partners, Warner Bros. Photo Lab, City National Bank, Will Rogers Foundation, ET and LA Party Rents.
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.