Exec honored for contributions to the motion pic industry

Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing has won the Milestone Award from the Producers Guild of America for her contributions to the motion picture industry.

Lansing, who has been chairman of the Motion Picture Group at Paramount for more than eight years, will be honored at the org’s 11th annual Golden Laurel Awards ceremony March 2 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

“Sherry Lansing’s influence continues to shape the future of the motion picture industry,” PGA prexy Thom Mount said. “Now is the perfect time to honor her creativity, vision and accomplishments as a producer and executive.”

Previous honorees include Louis B. Mayer, Darryl F. Zanuck, Cecil B. DeMille, Walt Disney, Samuel Goldwyn, Irving Berlin, Jack Warner, Bob Hope, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Bob Daly and Terry Semel.

During Lansing’s tenure at Paramount, the studio posted its two highest grossing years ever in 1998 and 1999 and won best picture Academy Awards for “Forrest Gump,” “Braveheart” and “Titanic.” Prior to then, she ran her own production company, Lansing Prods., and partnered with Stanley Jaffe in Jaffe/Lansing Prods.

From 1980 to 1983, Lansing served as president of production at 20th Century Fox and was the first woman to hold that post in the motion picture industry. Prior to joining Fox, she served as senior vice president at Columbia Pictures.

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