NEW YORK, NY – Noriaki (Dick) Sano, former Managing Director of Film Distribution of Sony Pictures Releasing International will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at CineAsia, Wednesday, 7 December during the Sony Pictures Releasing Product Presentation at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Sano joined Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan in November 2005 and for 11 years, led the Studio’s Film Distribution team to success before retiring earlier this year. Sano managed some of the most successful film releases for the Studio, including Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, the incredible series of Spiderman movies, the four latest James Bond films and the Resident Evil film series.
“Hard working and respected by everyone in the industry, Sano’s record in the region speaks for itself,” said Andrew Sunshine, Vice President of The Film Expo Group. “He has had a tremendously accomplished career and we could not have thought of a more deserving Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2016.”
“Sano san has had a truly extraordinary career and has led our team superbly. He has delivered some of our most outstanding results, including the recently released GHOSTBUSTERS film.” said Stephen Basil-Jones, EVP, Australia & New Zealand, North Asia, Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Josh Greenstein, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Rory Bruer, President Worldwide Distribution & Steven O’Dell, President of SPR International, all wanted ‘to acknowledge the tremendous contribution he has made to not only Sony Pictures Releasing Internationally but to the Japanese motion picture industry overall.’
CineAsia will take place from 6-8 December 2016 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. The CineAsia trade show is where cinema exhibition and distribution professional come to do business and network. The convention will also feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, and seminars relating to current and future trends happening across the industry.
About Film Expo Group
The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces CineAsia, held in Hong Kong; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and ShowEast, held in Miami. Additionally, the group publishes, Film Journal International, a trade magazine and website covering the motion picture industry with a special emphasis on theatrical exhibition.
Additional information on CineAsia can be found at www.cineasia.com.
About GDC Technology Limited
GDC Technology Limited (‘GDC’) is a leading digital cinema solutions provider. GDC develops, manufactures and sells media servers, content storage systems, theatre management systems and network operations center software for the global cinema industry. GDC is a licensee of the DTS:X object-based immersive sound technology from DTS, Inc. for the development of its media servers. In addition, GDC also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, a GDC subsidiary, manages VPF for over 6,300 theatre screens and with more than 650 studios or motion picture distributors worldwide. For more information, please visit www.gdc-tech.com.
About Hong Kong Tourism Board
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is the supporting organization of CineAsia. The Hong Kong Tourism Board is a government-subvented body tasked with marketing and promoting Hong Kong as a travel destination and enhancing visitors’ experience once they have arrived. In fulfilling its objectives, the HKTB organizes comprehensive campaigns and a year-round programme of events, which also serve to provide a business platform for travel-related sectors. The HKTB also established Meetings and Exhibitions Hong Kong (MEHK) to strengthen the city’s position as the prime destination for meetings, incentive trips, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) in Asia. MEHK offers extensive support services that make MICE events simple to setup and smooth to execute.
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