NATO prexy to receive exhib's top nods

HOLLYWOOD — William F. Kartozian, a month shy of wrapping an 11-year tenure as prexy of the National Association of Theater Owners, has been named ShoWest 2000’s Robert W. Selig ShoWester of the Year.

The annual award goes to a person who has shown consistent dedication to the exhib trade. Past winners have included George Kerasotes, Sumner Redstone and Barry Reardon.

Regal Cinemas chairman and CEO Michael Campbell, the 1999 honoree, will give the award to Kartozian at this year’s ShoWest, which runs March 6-9 in Las Vegas.

“One would be hard-pressed to find a name more respected in the motion picture industry, or a man who has worked harder on that industry’s behalf,” said Milton I. Moritz, general chairman of ShoWest.

Kartozian’s tenure, during which NATO established a new West Coast headquarters, has seen U.S. screen counts jump nearly 50%, to more than 34,000. The number of tickets sold has risen 36%, Moritz added.

Also in that 11-year span, NATO’s annual convention merged with ShoWest.

A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Kartozian started his exhib career in 1967 as veep and corporate counsel of United Artists Theatre Circuit.

It’s not the first ShoWest prize for Kartozian. In 1991, he garnered the Sherrill C. Corwin humanitarian honor.

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