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Tom Sherak Chosen To Receive The Pioneer Of The Year Award For 2014

Sherak will pick up his award at a gala dinner to be held at  Caesars Palace in Las Vegas during the CinemaCon week scheduled for  late March.

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Former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, Tom Sherak, has been chosen to be this year’s recipient of one of the film industry’s most prestigious awards, the  Pioneer of the Year award, organized by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneer Foundation.

Sherak has been chosen to receive this year’s award in  recognition of his humanitarian deeds  running for more than twenty years, particularly in the field of multiple sclerosis research.

Among previous figures who have been granted the  Pioneer of the Year  award during its 67 year history are  Alan Horn, Cecil B. DeMille, Darryl Zanuck, Sumner Redstone, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Eisner, Sherry Lansing, Jack Valenti, Jack Warner, and  LucasFilm co-chairperson Kathleen Kennedy, recipient of the award in 2013.

On news that he would be receiving this year’s honor Tom Sherak looked back on his long association with the Pioneers, established  after World War Two to provide  assistance to former movie theater and movie industry employees in need..

“I know how much it meant to an earlier generation and how much it means today for the industry to take care of its own. This is one of the biggest honors you can get.” Sherak enthused.

The  annual dinner and awards ceremony was traditionally held in Los Angeles. However  in  2011 the foundation took the decision  to transfer the dinner to Las Vegas, so that it could be held in  conjunction with the CinemaCon convention of movie theater owners and operators, when most leading  representatives of the  major movie distributors as well as members of the press are present in the city of lights for the conference.

This year’s dinner and is expected to have about 2, 000 attendees, who are expected to donate around $1 million to the Foundation during  the gala evening.

In addition to being presented with his award in Las Vegas at the end of March, just two weeks later, Sherak will be in Hollywood on the 11th of  April  to have a star embedded in his name  on the Walk of Fame.

The Motion Picture Pioneers were initially founded in 1939, merging with the Will Rogers Memorial Fund in 2002 to become the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. In 2013, the foundation provided grants of around $4 million to those eligible and in need.


Tom Sherak  began his career in the film industry at Paramount Pictures in 1970, later moving to 20th Century Fox where he  spent much of his career in the, holding down a number of high-level posts in the studio’s marketing and distribution departments, eventually being appointed Executive Vice President of the domestic film group in 1990.

Sherak left 20th Century Fox to  join the independent  Revolution Studios where he was responsible  for the release of more than 40 films, including “Anger Management, ” and “Black Hawk Down.”

Despite his busy schedule, served as president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for two terms  between  2009 and 2012, as well as serving as a Director of Motion Picture and Television Fund.

On September 26, 2013, Tom Sherak was appointed by  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to the role of  director of the newly created Mayor’s Entertainment Industry and Production Office.



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