Reitman to receive the award in recognition of his contribution to the movie industry at the Cinema Con convention to be held in Las Vegas towards the end of the month.
The Ghostbusters director will be honored for his contribution to the movie industry at CinemaCon’s annual convention to be held between the 24th and 27th March in their now traditional venue of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Announcing that Reitman has been chosen for this year’s award Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon, formerly known as the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) stated that as the creative force behind some of the most successful and memorable comedies of our time, Ivan Reitman has entertained audiences around the world with his unforgettable work on film. As a director and producer, Ivan Reitman has given the world such classics as Animal House, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Dave, Private Parts, I Love You Man and Up In The Air.
“A master of comedy for all ages, CinemaCon is simply thrilled to be honoring this cinematic legend with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.” Summed up Neuhauser.
Ivan Reitman was born in Komárno, Czechoslovakia, the son of Holocaust survivors. When he aged just four, Ivan moved with his family to Toronto, Canada in 1950
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music from McMaster University in Toronto, Reitman began his career in the movie industry initially by directing short films, gradually becoming involved in full length movies.
By the end of the 1970s, Reitman or become a regarded as one of the most talented and versatile young producers/directors on the Hollywood scene, largely due to his success in producing the cult movie National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978.
Ivan followed that success up through directing the comedy film Meatballs which starred Bill Murray. During the 80s and early 90s Reitman either produced or directed some of Hollywood’s most successful comedies including Stripes , Ghostbusters, Legal Eagles, Twins with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito and the highly successful follow-up Ghostbusters II.
From the early 1990s, Reitman became less active in the hands-on movie direction, preferring to take on the role of executive producer in his own production company, Northern Lights Entertainment.