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Publicists to honor Disney

Award recognizes efforts in animation department

Roy Edward Disney, vice chairman of the Walt Disney Co. and head of its feature animation operations, has been selected to receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Publicists Guild of America.

Disney, son of the late Roy O. Disney and Walt Disney’s nephew, has been selected in recognition of his efforts in providing overall guidance and direction of the studio’s animation department. The honor is to be presented March 22 at the org’s 37th annual awards luncheon at the BevHilton.

Roy E. Disney joined the company in 1954 and served as assistant film editor on several nature movies before going on to direct 35 television and theatrical productions prior to departing in 1977. He rejoined the company in 1984 and took on responsibility for overall guidance in animation, which revived in 1989 with “The Little Mermaid.”

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