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Brian Grazer to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Los Angeles, January 22, 2003 — Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at ShoWest 2003, it was announced today by Robert Sunshine, Chairman of Sunshine Group Worldwide (SGW), which operates the annual convention.

Grazer will receive his award at the annual Gala Awards Banquet, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, to be held at Bally’s and Paris Hotel on Thursday evening, March 6th.

“Over the course of his career Brian Grazer has amassed an incredible body of stand-out work that spans almost all genres and mediums,” said Sunshine. “With his Oscar win last year and the recent success of 8 Mile, we are proud to add the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award to what must be a very crowded shelf.”

Brian Grazer, who is co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment along with Ron Howard, has been personally nominated for three Academy Awards, and in 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind. In addition to winning three other Academy Awards, A Beautiful Mind also won four Golden Globe Awards (including Best Motion Picture Drama) and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.

This year, Grazer produced 8 Mile, starring Eminem, which received numerous critical accolades. Its opening weekend, the film grossed $51.2 million dollars (the highest ever for an R-rated non-sequel).

Over the years, Grazer’s films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 39 Oscars and 17 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $10.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music, and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which in 1998 added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In addition, Grazer’s films include Apollo 13, for which Grazer won the Producers Guild’s Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Picture of 1995, and Splash, which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1986. Among his other films are Blue Crush; Undercover Brother; The Grinch; Nutty Professor; Liar, Liar; Ransom; My Girl; Backdraft; Kindergarten Cop; Parenthood; Clean and Sober; and Spies Like Us.  Coming up in 2003 are the eagerly anticipated The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers and Intolerable Cruelty, the next feature from the Coen brothers, starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Grazer’s television productions include 2003’s Golden Globe Best Television Series – Drama Nominee 24, the WB’s Felicity, ABC’s SportsNight, as well as HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series.

Celebrating its 29th year, ShoWest is the world's largest motion picture industry convention. The 2003 edition of ShoWest will be held from March 3rd - 6th at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas and at this time it is expected that more than 5000 members of the industry will be on hand. Each year, ShoWest attracts delegates from more than 45 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. ShoWest was founded by the National Association of Theatre Owners of California and Nevada, and the 2001 show was the first managed by Sunshine Group Worldwide, a division of VNU Expositions.

For more info, visit www.showest.com

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