ROLANDO B. RODRIGUEZ TO RECEIVE DAN FELLMAN SHOW ‘E’” AWARD AT SHOWEAST

NEW YORK, NY, MAY 2022 Rolando B. Rodriguez, Chairman, President & CEO of Marcus Theatres and Executive Vice President of The Marcus Corporation, will receive this year’s Dan Fellman Show ‘E’” Award at ShowEast. He will be presented with this special honor as part of the Final Night Awards Ceremony hosted by The Coca-Cola Company on Thursday, October 20 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

The “Dan Fellman Show ‘E’” award was renamed in 2015 to honor long-time Warner Bros. Distribution Chief Dan Fellman and to celebrate his impressive 38-year career. Each year the award is presented to an industry member or company in honor of their achievements, accomplishments, dedication, and longevity in the industry.

“We are extremely honored to present Rolando Rodriguez with this award at ShowEast this year. There is no better example in our business that truly represents what this award is all about” stated Andrew Sunshine, President of the Film Expo Group. “Rolando’s dedication and commitment to the theatrical community is second to none.”

About Rolando B. Rodriguez

Rolando B. Rodriguez is Chairman, President and CEO of Marcus Theatres and executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation. In addition to leading the performance of the $650 million Marcus Theatres division with 86 locations in 17 states, Rodriguez also oversees the corporate-wide real estate and development strategy. Since joining Marcus Theatres, Rodriguez has led unprecedented growth and has helped to establish the division as an industry leader.

Rodriguez understands how to deliver results by transforming businesses so they succeed at the highest levels. Whether working as a senior leader with AMC Theatres for 30 years or as a CEO for Rave Cinemas, where he facilitated a turnaround and sale, Rodriguez has always prided himself on setting aspirational goals that can be achieved through inspirational leadership.

This professional mission was equally evident when Rodriguez extended his career beyond theatre exhibition. While working as an executive for Walmart, he implemented many innovative ideas throughout the United States – stretching the company’s comfort zone and producing amazing financial results. He was instrumental in leading the turnaround of multiple Walmart locations and markets during his tenure.

Rodriguez is strongly committed to taking a leadership position in industry focused organizations, to forward community causes, and to advance Hispanics in all aspects of work and life. Currently he is the Chairman of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), which is the highest position in the nation for this industry lobbying organization. For the past 20 years, he has served in various NATO leadership roles. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Cinema Federation.

As a key executive and Hispanic leader in Milwaukee, he has worked diligently to engage with others and to build a strong community. He currently serves on the Children’s Wisconsin Hospital Board of Directors. In 2020, he served as co-chair of the annual communitywide campaign for the Milwaukee based United Performing Arts Fund. He leads multiple Hispanic initiatives, including serving as the Board Chair for the Hispanic Collaborative, which is committed to advancing the overall well-being of Hispanics in the greater Milwaukee area.

Rolando has been honored with multiple awards for his leadership including receiving the honor of the 2019 Los Angeles Variety Boys and Girls Club. In 2018, the Milwaukee Business Journal honored him with a Diversity Leadership award for the exceptional contributions he has made to the community and business landscape.

Other recognitions over the years have included being honored as the 2015 Man of the Year by the Motion Picture Club, and being named the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee’s Executive of the Year in 2014.

Rodriguez received his BA in business management from Eckerd College and an MBA in the executive fellows program at Rockhurst University.

 About ShowEast

ShowEast will take place from October 17-20, 2022 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida. After 35 years, ShowEast is the longest-running and most successful film convention for major, regional, and independent cinema professionals. The show will attract an estimated 2,000 domestic and Latin American motion picture industry professionals and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, plus exciting and informative seminars.

About Film Expo Group

The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Bangkok

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

 

Media Contact: dawn.blaschick@filmexpos.com

 

 

SHOWEAST AND NAC HONOR THE EXHIBITION INDUSTRY WITH SPECIAL ICON AWARD

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SHOWEAST AND NAC HONOR THE EXHIBITION INDUSTRY WITH SPECIAL ICON AWARD

NEW YORK, NY, AUGUST 2022 — ShowEast and the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) are pleased to announce the 2022 ShowEast ICON Award will be presented to the entire Motion Picture Exhibition Industry, represented by three unique companies and people. Marcus Theatres represented by Rob Novak, Santikos Theatres represented by Rob Lehman and Cranford Theatres represented by Doreen Sayegh are each credited with leading NAC, and the exhibition industry out of the pandemic and into recovery. Each shared their opening plans, their victories over regulatory hurdles, their successes and failures, and their ingenuity as to how they envisioned sustainable reopening. The ICON Award will be presented to these three companies and individuals at ShowEast on October 17-20 at Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This award was originally scheduled for 2021 ShowEast, but was postponed due to the show cancellation.

“We are extremely proud to be able to honor these three individuals and their respective companies with helping lead our industry into a post-pandemic world. Their leadership and proactive actions allowed the industry to learn what needed to be done to move forward” stated Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of ShowEast. “The industry owes a debt of gratitude to these three industry veterans for sharing their experiences and showing us the way to recovery” continued Sunshine

Marcus Theaters was the largest theater chain to share their story and experiences. Rob Novak detailed some of the changes they made to their concessions menu during reopening, cleaning and sanitizing protocols, curbside concessions, packaging changes, and more. He also detailed how they were able to show movies outside of some of their venues and more.

Santikos Theaters was the first exhibitor to reopen, and Rob Lehman led NAC reopening calls sharing the challenges. He was honest, open, and forthright in outlining the problems he had to overcome from all sides and shared his successes, failures, and pivots during the process.

Doreen Sayegh of Cranford Theaters spent hours telling the NAC membership how a small independent could work with local government to create a safe place for families to enjoy movies outdoors, and how she was able to create a drive-in from scratch at one of the local pools in Cranford, NJ. She walked membership through building a drive-in from the ground up, and how to work with the local government to pull off an incredible experience that the community and the local government not only believed in, but embraced to make the endeavor a huge success, thus saving the theater industry in their town. Sayegh shared some of the creative marketing programs she put together, teaming with local businesses, which led to a huge success for every showing at her pop-up drive-in.

Rob Novak, Senior Vice President of F&B,
Marcus Theatres® and Movie Tavern® by Marcus

Rob Novak is a seasoned exhibition industry veteran. After 16 years of managing theatres, he shifted responsibilities. For the past nine years he has been using his understanding of business operations to grow food and beverage offerings across 85 theatres in 17 States under the Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern by Marcus, and BistroPlex brands.

In his current role as Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage, Novak is responsible for the direction, menu development, and oversight of concession and food & beverage operations throughout the circuit and is a member of the Marcus Theatres executive team. Included in that portfolio are three full-service Zaffiro’s restaurants and nearly 30 Zaffiro’s Express outlets, about a dozen Reel Sizzle outlets, and nearly 50 lobby/bar restaurants branded as Take Five Lounge and The Tavern, and more than 30 locations that offer in-auditorium dining.

Novak played an integral role in launching BistroPlex, a concept that features all-in-theatre dining and puts a much greater focus on the food. He was instrumental in integrating Movie Tavern into the Marcus Theatres portfolio in 2019.

Rob Lehman, Chief Operating Officer
Santikos Entertainment

Rob Lehman is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Santikos Entertainment and has been since 2017. In his role as COO, Lehman is responsible for Operations, Training, Marketing, Gaming, Projection, Loss Prevention and Food and Beverage. Santikos currently has 10 locations all in the San Antonio, Texas market.

Rob has over 25 years of experience in the film exhibition industry, with prior tenure at Kerasotes Theaters where he started as a manager trainee and then took over the Food and Beverage department from 1999 to 2010. After consulting for Rave Motion Pictures for a year and then working at Continental Concession Supplies, he went to work at Carmike Cinemas in 2013 as Vice President of Food and Beverage.

Doreen Sayegh
Cranford Theaters

From a young age, Doreen Sayegh developed the passion for the movie theater industry through her mentor and father, Jesse Y. Sayegh, Independent Movie Theater Owner. Growing up in a family of theater owners, Doreen learned everything she knew about the business, from selling concessions, daily operational management, strategic marketing and national partnerships, to being her own independent owner today. Doreen also worked as the VP of Alternative Programming for Digiplex Destinations and Carmike Cinemas as well as consulting for Screenvision Media on distribution of alternative content. Although Doreen worked her way up the ranks, her passion was serving her community. She decided to renovate The Cranford Theater in 2019 and bring Cranford’s hometown theater back to life for people of all ages to enjoy.

The unfortunate circumstances of the pandemic impacted everyone and after the Grand Opening of The Cranford Theater in November 2019, Sayegh was forced to shut the doors like most business owners. She immediately pivoted into selling On-the-Go Concessions and creating at Home Movie Packs and Holiday Gift options for sale. In parallel, Sayegh began the design and execution of the Cranford Theater Drive-In, which was wildly successful and created a place to not only create memories but a safe place where friends and families could gather in a socially distanced and safe manner. This was her way of giving back and helping others, which brought the community together at a time of complete uncertainty. During its run, the Drive-In also conducted outreach programs to further support families facing hardships as a result of the pandemic including: several food, school and cleaning supply drives, holiday gift wrapping supply assistance, raised money for Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and partnered with the Cake Boss to raise money for the Children’s Specialized Hospital.


About ShowEast

ShowEast will take place from October 17-20, 2022 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida. ShowEast is the longest-running film convention for major, regional, and independent cinema professionals. The show will attract an estimated 1,500 people from both the Domestic and Latin American motion picture industry and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, plus exciting and informative seminars.

About Film Expo Group
The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of networking events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Bangkok

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

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PAUL HOLLIMAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO SHOWEAST HALL OF FAME

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PAUL HOLLIMAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE SHOWEAST HALL OF FAME

NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 2022 – Paul Holliman, (retired) Executive at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, will be inducted into the ShowEast 2022 Hall of Fame. He will be presented with this special honor at the Hall of Fame Luncheon on Thursday, October 20 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

“On behalf of our entire team at the Film Expo Group, we would like to congratulate Paul and recognize him with a Hall of Fame Award this year for his continued support and dedication to our great industry,” states Andrew Sunshine, President of The Film Expo Group,

The ShowEast Hall of Fame annually recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional contribution both to the success of their company or organization and also to the wider cinema industry.

Paul Holliman was an executive at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures for 32 years. He started his career as a projectionist at Commonwealth Theatre’s 50-S Drive in Theatre in Emporia, Kansas. Commonwealth took him to Kansas City as a manager, Denver as a booker, and then Dallas as a regional film buyer. In Dallas, Disney approached Paul to join their theatrical distribution team. At Disney, Paul progressed from branch manager of the smallest branch, New Orleans/Memphis, to the largest branch, Los Angeles, over a six-year period.

Once in California, Paul became active in Variety: The Children’s Charity of Southern California, as a board member and officer, and with the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation, where he has been an advisory board member and active member of the Brave Beginnings Neo-Natal Grant Committee for many years.

At Disney, Paul rapidly moved up to Vice President, Assistant General Sales Manager. During that period, Paul championed innovation and technology, overseeing theatrical distribution for “Fantasia 2000,” the first commercial studio motion picture released in IMAX® theaters. The release generated nearly $50 million from just 54 venues, and established IMAX as a commercial distribution format. In addition to overseeing the release of dozens of specialized and large format movies, Paul turned his attention to Digital Cinema. He quickly identified digital 3D as a method to drive digital adaption by cinemas and was a key part of the team of Disney, RealD, Dolby, and Industrial Light+Magic that delivered the first digital 3D release, “Chicken Little,” to theatres in 2005, installing the first 2K digital cinema projectors, negotiating the first VPF agreements, and converting the finished 2D film to 3D in record time. “Chicken Little” overperformed in 3D, enabling the beginning of industry transformation to digital cinema. Paul became head of Worldwide Digital Cinema and Strategic Planning at Disney and oversaw the global conversion to digital cinema, a massive 10-year project that created costs savings for studios in the billions of dollars. Paul oversaw the first live commercial sporting events broadcast digitally to cinemas with NCAA football and basketball games in 2007. Paul negotiated the first satellite distribution agreement for a studio with OpenSky and Eutelsat in Italy in 2010 and defined operational protocols around satellite delivery and digital cinema still in use today. Paul was active in DCI on both the Technical Committee and Members Representative Committee, serving as MRC chairperson in 2014. Paul was president of the Inter-Society of Motion Pictures.

Paul is retired and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is an active angel investor, Mentor at 500 Startups, and coaches budding CEOs around the world at early-stage technology startups. He frequently lectures at universities and accelerators on Cinema, Technology, Angel Investing, and Portfolio Theory. Paul is married to his wife of 39 years, Teresa. They have two children and two grandchildren.

About ShowEast

ShowEast will take place from October 17-20, 2022 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida. After 35 years, ShowEast is the longest-running and most successful film convention for major, regional, and independent cinema professionals. The show will attract an estimated 2,000 domestic and Latin American motion picture industry professionals and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, plus exciting and informative seminars.

About Film Expo Group

The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of networking events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Bangkok

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

Media Contact: dawn.blaschick@filmexpos.com

 

 

 

MARK CHRISTIANSEN TO RECEIVE “SALAH M. HASSANEIN HUMANITARIAN” AWARD AT SHOWEAST

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MARK CHRISTIANSEN TO RECEIVE “SALAH M. HASSANEIN HUMANITARIAN” AWARD AT SHOWEAST

NEW YORK, NY — APRIL 2022: Mark Christiansen, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Distribution Operations at Paramount Pictures, will receive the ShowEast “Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian” Award at ShowEast 2022. He will be presented with this special honor as part of the Final Night Awards Ceremony sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company on Thursday, October 20 at the Loews Miami Beach.

Established in 1987, the Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award is presented each year to a company or individual in the industry that has made an impact in the philanthropic community.

 “Mark defines what it means to be the Hassanein Award winner. His commitment to our industry and its charities are second to none,” stated Andrew Sunshine, President, Film Expo Group. “We are honored to recognize his achievements.”

Mark Christiansen is EVP, Worldwide Distribution Operations, at Paramount Pictures.  His group is responsible for localizing, packaging, and delivering Paramount’s feature and marketing product around the world.  He previously held operations and sales positions at DreamWorks, MGM, and Columbia Pictures.

Mark is also Chairman, Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.  As a result of financial hardships caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the WRMPPF provided cash distributions to over 10,000 members of the exhibition and distribution community (98% exhibition).  Mark also supports the CHP 11-99 Foundation and the University of Oregon.

About ShowEast

ShowEast will take place from October 17-20, 2022 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida. After 35 years, ShowEast is the longest-running and most successful film convention for major, regional, and independent cinema professionals. The show will attract an estimated 2,000 domestic and Latin American motion picture industry professionals and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, plus exciting and informative seminars.

About Film Expo Group

The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of networking events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Bangkok

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

Media Contact: dawn.blaschick@filmexpos.com

 

 

LISA BUNNELL TO RECEIVE THE “BINGHAM RAY SPIRIT” AWARD AT SHOWEAST

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LISA BUNNELL TO RECEIVE THE “BINGHAM RAY  SPIRIT” AWARD AT SHOWEAST

NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 2022 – Lisa Bunnell, President of Distribution at Focus Features, will be honored with this year’s “Bingham Ray Spirit” Award at ShowEast. She will be presented with this special honor as part of the Final Night Awards Ceremony sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company on Thursday, October 20 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

The Bingham Ray Spirit Award was established in 2012 in honor of the late Bingham Ray, one of the most beloved people in the independent film world. Each year, the award is bestowed upon an individual who has shown exemplary foresight and creativity in the world of independent film.

“It is with great pleasure that ShowEast will honor Lisa with the Bingham Ray Spirit Award,” stated Andrew Sunshine, President of The Film Expo Group. “Lisa’s passion for independent film has brought some of the most successful, important, and talked about indie films to the masses. We congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.”

A longtime advocate for art and independent films, Lisa Bunnell is President of Distribution at Focus Features, overseeing all domestic theatrical release plans and bookings for Focus Features.   In her five years at Focus, she has been responsible for the distribution of the Academy Award winning films, Phantom Thread, The Darkest Hour, BlacKkKlansman, and Promising Young Woman, among many others.

Previously, Bunnell was Vice President of Film for Landmark Theatres for 10 years where she programmed the chain’s 261 screens in 26 markets throughout the U.S.  The industry veteran also worked for over 17 years at Loews Theatres in New York City in the Film Buying Department.

Having organized many film series early in her career, Bunnell has been a speaker at The New School, NYU, Hunter College, TIFF, and film festivals and conventions around the country.

About ShowEast

ShowEast will take place from October 17-20, 2022 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida. After 35 years, ShowEast is the longest-running and most successful film convention for major, regional, and independent cinema professionals. The show will attract an estimated 2,000 domestic and Latin American motion picture industry professionals and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, plus exciting and informative seminars.

About Film Expo Group

The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of networking events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Bangkok

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

Media Contact: dawn.blaschick@filmexpos.com

 

 

MIGUEL MIER TO INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AT SHOWEAST

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MIGUEL MIER TO INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AT SHOWEAST

NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 2022 – Miguel Mier, Chief Operating Officer at Cinépolis, will receive this year’s International Exhibitor of the Year Award at ShowEast. He will be presented with this special honor as part of the International Awards Luncheon on Monday, October 17 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

“We are extremely honored to present Miguel with this award at ShowEast this year. There is no better example in our business that truly represents what this award is all about” stated Andrew Sunshine, President of the Film Expo Group. “Miguel’s leadership and commitment to Cinépolis has made it the company it is today.”

Miguel is the Chief Operating Officer at Cinépolis, the largest cinema chain operator in Latin America and the third largest worldwide with 6,728 screens in 17 countries across America, Europe & Asia.

Miguel started his career in Cinepolis in 1994 as head of IT, developing and implementing the first Mexican software for operating theatres. Since 2003, in his current position as COO, he manages Operations, Film Booking, Marketing, IT, HR, Sales, and International Operations.  During Miguel’s tenure as COO, Cinépolis has evolved from a company running 390 screens in Mexico to a company with 6,728 screens in four continents.

Miguel launched the international operations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama before going to study an MS in Management at Stanford GSB in 2006. While at Stanford GSB, Miguel wrote a business plan to expand Cinépolis to India. That academic research paper served as a framework for Cinépolis’ International growth not only to India but also to Brazil, Chile, Spain, and the USA.  In 2014 he was appointed as a non-family board member. In 2017 he produced the first feature film from an Indian movie in Mexico: “Tres Idiotas” the Mexican remake of the Bollywood Blockbuster “Three Idiots.”  In 2019 he produced for Cinépolis Productions the Mexican remake of the Italian hit “Perfect Stangers.”

Since 2015 Miguel teaches “Film Exhibition Management” at the Masters in Entertainment Industry Management at Carnegie Mellon University in LA.

In January 2020, he graduated from an MFA program in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, NC.

About ShowEast

ShowEast will take place from October 17-20, 2022 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida. After 35 years, ShowEast is the longest-running and most successful film convention for major, regional, and independent cinema professionals. The show will attract an estimated 2,000 domestic and Latin American motion picture industry professionals and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, plus exciting and informative seminars.

About Film Expo Group

The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Bangkok

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

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ELIZABETH O’NEIL TO RECEIVE THE AL SHAPIRO DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD AT SHOWEAST

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ELIZABETH O’NEIL TO RECEIVE THE AL SHAPIRO DISTINGUISHED SERVICE  AWARD AT SHOWEAST

NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 2022 Elizabeth O’Neil: Executive Director, Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern California, will receive this year’s Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award at ShowEast. She will be presented with this special honor as part of the Final Night Awards Ceremony hosted by The Coca-Cola Company on Thursday, October 20 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

Each year, the Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award honors a person who represents the ideals and standards that the late Al Shapiro set during his unparalleled career. The award epitomizes their dedication, care and concern for the betterment of people within the motion picture industry.

“We are thrilled to honor Elizabeth with this award at ShowEast this year. There is no better example in our industry that truly represents what the Al Shapiro award is all about” stated Andrew Sunshine, President of the Film Expo Group. “Her dedication, service and commitment to our community is second to none.”

Elizabeth O’Neil, Executive Director of Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern California Tent 25, was born in Milton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Elizabeth’s love of movies is rooted in fond memories of fun Saturday nights when she and some, or all, of her 9 siblings would load into the family station wagon and head to a drive-in.

Ms. O’Neil began her career at USA Cinemas in Boston in 1986 as a co-op advertising coordinator.  Being buried in Boston Globe “tear sheets” did not dampen her love of cinema marketing and she eventually moved to New Jersey when Loews Theatres acquired USA Cinemas.  Loews became the Sony Theatre Corporation (now AMC Theatres), and Elizabeth moved up the ranks to the position of Director of In-Theatre Marketing at the Fifth Avenue home office before relocating to Los Angeles in 1997 to join Theatrical Entertainment Services (TES), a Los Angeles based company specializing in market research for the motion picture industry. As the Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations for TES, Ms. O’Neil helped oversee the European expansion of the company when it was purchased by TNS Media Intelligence, a worldwide market research firm. She moved to Technicolor Cinema Distribution and held the position of Vice President of Client Relations for a year and a half before returning to TES where she was asked to join the Board of Directors at Variety, the Children’s Charity of Southern California. Ms. O’Neil was a member of the Board of Directors of Variety of Southern California for 3 years before assuming the role of Executive Director in 2008. While at Variety of Southern California, Ms. O’Neil has overseen the organization’s growth from a 2-star to the highest 4-star rating on Charity Navigator.

Mike Polydoros, President of Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern California, adds “Having worked with Elizabeth for almost 30 years and the privilege to work with her as President of Variety of Southern California for the last 2 years, I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this award. She is the heart and soul of our charity.”

In addition to her passion for Variety, the Children’s Charity, Ms. O’Neil is on the Board of Directors of STEP – Success Through Education Program and is an avid supporter of several dog rescue organizations.

Ms. O’Neil graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in 1984 and received her Master of Arts Degree from Emerson College in Boston in 1986.

About ShowEast

ShowEast will take place from October 17-20, 2022 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida. After 35 years, ShowEast is the longest-running and most successful film convention for major, regional, and independent cinema professionals. The show will attract an estimated 2,000 domestic and Latin American motion picture industry professionals and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, plus exciting and informative seminars.

About Film Expo Group

The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of networking events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Bangkok

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

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ELIZABETH FRANK TO RECEIVE FIRST “SHOWEAST EMPOWERMENT” AWARD

NEW YORK, NY – Elizabeth Frank, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Programming & Chief Content Officer for AMC Theatres, will receive the first annual “ShowEast Empowerment” Award presented by The Coca-Cola Company. Ms. Frank will be presented with this special honor on Wednesday, October 16th as part of the ShowEast Breakfast Program in conjunction with a panel featuring women in cinema at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

“The motion picture industry continues to thrive because executives like Elizabeth Frank have empowered others and approached the marketplace inclusively. Stated Andrew Sunshine, President of Film Expo Group, “With help from our friends at Coca Cola, ShowEast has created the Empowerment Award to recognize industry champions of inclusion and diversity.”

“At Coca-Cola, we seek to empower women both in the workplace and throughout the world. We are honored to present Elizabeth Frank with the inaugural ShowEast Women’s Empowerment Award presented by Coca-Cola. Elizabeth Frank is a visionary leader who has decades of experience creating and executing successful growth strategies across industries and organizations. Her track record of delivering results is a testament to the value, leadership and expertise she contributes to the cinema industry and beyond” said Krista Schulte, Senior Vice President – Strategic Partnership Marketing.

Ms. Frank leads teams based in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and London with operational responsibility for sourcing and scheduling movies for AMC’s 11,000+ screens across the United States, Europe and the Middle East, as well as promoting, pricing, and selling 375 million movie tickets annually. Her teams have developed industry-leading data analytics and digital promotions capabilities to activate movie-goer behavior and enhance operational agility and productivity. AMC is transforming the consumer movie-going experience with enhanced theatre amenities and technology, leveraging strategic partnerships with Hollywood studios, landlords and other industry partners. These innovations have generated revenue growth significantly outpacing the industry.

Elizabeth is a committed champion for inclusion and diversity behind the camera, on the cinema screen, and in the theatre, and her Programming team leads the industry in profitably increasing filmmaker access to broadened movie-going audiences.

About ShowEast
ShowEast will take place from October 14-17 2019, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami, Florida. The convention will attract an estimated 1,300 domestic and Latin American motion picture industry professionals and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, exciting and informative seminars, and the ShowEast EXPO.

About Film Expo Group
The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Hong Kong.

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

Media Contact:

Madeline Blank
madeline.blank@filmexpos.com
212.493.4424
@ShowEastMiami | #ShowEast

PROMOTION IN MOTION TO RECEIVE FIRST ANNUAL SHOWEAST “LEGACY” AWARD PRESENTED BY NAC

NEW YORK, NY – Promotion in Motion will receive the first annual ShowEast “Legacy” Award presented by NAC and will be accepted by Michael Rosenberg, President and CEO of Promotion In Motion, Inc. Rosenberg will be presented with this special honor as part of the Final Night Awards Ceremony sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company on Thursday, October 17th at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

“Michael and Promotion In Motion are the perfect examples of what the Legacy Award is all about” stated Andrew Sunshine, President of Film Expo Group. ”We are thrilled to have joined together with the National Association of Concessionaires to create this annual award to be presented to one of its members each year” continued Sunshine.

“I can not think of a more worthy organization than Promotion In Motion to receive the inaugural ShowEast Legacy Award, or a more worthy individual than Michael Rosenberg. Promotion In Motion’s dedication to the concessions class of trade is on display everyday with their policy to not sell their theater box product to retail, and Michael’s dedication to many charitable institutions highlights the company’s dedication to those both inside and outside of the confectionary realm,” added Adam Gottlieb, President of NAC.

Mr. Rosenberg has the candy business in his veins, having descended from a multi generation family of bakers, candy, food makers, and importers. His grandparents, parents and numerous members on both sides of the family, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1930’s and established candy and food operations in America.

The Promotion In Motion Companies, Inc. continues to expand and diversify domestically and worldwide and is one of the 10 largest confectionery and snack food producers in North America, and of the of 100 largest in the world. The company whose headquarters are based in Allendale, New Jersey, with operations in Canada, Spain and other European countries, is also ranked as one of the 100 largest privately owned companies in the New York Metro area by Crain’s, and named one of the 10 fastest growing CPG’s in North America by Boston Consulting/IRI for four of the past six years.

PIM is the producer of such loved iconic American favorites as WELCH’S® Fruit Snacks, WELCH’S®Fruit n Yogurt Snacks and WELCH’S®Juicefuls, SUN-MAID®Chocolate Raisins, Original Gummi Factory®Brand GUMMI FUN MIX™, SOUR JACKS®Sour Candy, TUXEDOS®Chocolate Almonds and more.

About ShowEast
ShowEast will take place from October 14-17 2019, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami, Florida. The convention will attract an estimated 1,300 domestic and Latin American motion picture industry professionals and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, exciting and informative seminars, and the ShowEast EXPO.

About NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires is a 75 year old not for profit trade association for the concession and hospitality industry. Movie Theatre based Operators and Suppliers from throughout global are attracted to the educational, certification and networking opportunities NAC provides for its global membership

About Film Expo Group
The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces ShowEast, held in Miami; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and CineAsia, held in Hong Kong.

Additional information on ShowEast can be found at www.showeast.com.

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