Ivan Reitman Earns a Lifetime Achievement Award

Ivan Reitman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award
Ivan Reitman on the set of 'No Strings Attached' (Photo © Paramount Pictures)
Draft Day director Ivan Reitman has been named as the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and will pick up the honor during the 2014 CinemaCon. Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, made the announcement saying, “A 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.”
 
The annual gathering of National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is taking place this year from March 24th through March 27th at Caesars Place in Vegas.
 
Details on Draft Day:
 
On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
 
Ivan Reitman’s Career [Courtesy of CinemaCon]
Immigrating with his family from Czechoslovakia to Canada at the age of four, Reitman studied music at McMaster University before turning his talents to film and theater. Shortly after graduation Reitman produced a low budget horror comedy Cannibal Girls, followed by the live television show Greed, in which Dan Aykroyd served as its announcer. Reitman then moved to New York City and produced the Broadway hit The Magic Show, and continued to produce for the stage with the Off-Broadway hit The National Lampoon Show, where he brought together for the first time the then-unknown John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty, before returning to Broadway to produce the musical Merlin. Reitman then reapplied his talents to filmmaking when he joined forces with National Lampoon for Animal House. Following the success of that film Reitman continued his string of blockbusters with Meatballs, Stripes, the Ghostbusters series, Dave, Twins, Junior, and Kindergarten Cop. Reitman’s list of producing credits include Beethoven and Beethoven’s 2nd, The Late Shift, Private Parts, Space Jam, Road Trip, Old School, Hotel For Dogs, the Academy Award® nominated film Up in the Air, and Hitchcock, among many others. He currently heads The Montecito Picture Company, a film and television production company, with partner Tom Pollock.

 
-Posted by Rebecca Murray

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