PR Guild to fete Meyer

U COO/prexy receives Showmanship Award

The Publicists Guild of America has selected Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios, to receive its Motion Picture Showmanship Award this year.

Org, which will present the honor at its 37th annual awards luncheon March 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, cited “Patch Adams,” “American Pie,” “Liar Liar,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “The Mummy” as films that Meyer and his team at Universal have produced during his tenure which have all grossed more than $100 million domestically, (the latter two topped $400 million worldwide).

“Ron Meyer is being recognized for his impact on the entertainment industry over the years, and his dynamic leadership of Universal Studios,” said Henri Bollinger, awards committee chairman. “In motion pictures during the past year alone, Universal Pictures moved into third place in studio market share while breaking both international and domestic box office records. This incredible turnaround represents showmanship at its best, and the coming year looks just as strong.”

The org cited “The Hurricane,” which moved into wide release last weekend, along with “Erin Brockovich” and “Nutty II: The Klumps” as films with strong performance prospects for this year.

Prior to joining U in 1995, Meyer was president of Creative Artists Agency, which he co-founded in 1975.

Previous winners of the Motion Picture Showmanship Award include Lew Wasserman, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Sherry Lansing and Alfred Hitchcock. The Publicists Guild announced previously that this year’s Television Showmanship Award will go to Chris Carter, creator-producer of “The X-Files.”

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