TV, film publicists feted

'Beauty,' 'Wing' campaigns take top nods

DreamWorks’ “American Beauty” and NBC’s “The West Wing,” from Warner Bros. Television, won kudos Wednesday for the year’s best publicity campaigns in film and TV at the Publicists Guild of America’s 37th annual awards luncheon.

Unit publicist Stanley Brossette won the Les Mason Award, the top honor for the org’s members, during ceremonies before about 1,000 attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer received the Motion Picture Showmanship award from Denzel Washington and “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter was honored for TV Showmanship.

A life in toons

Walt Disney vice chairman Roy E. Disney received the guild’s lifetime achievement award from Angela Lansbury, and Harry Clein was given the career achievement award from Janet Leigh with special recognition for his work on “The Blair Witch Project.”

“American” received the Maxwell Weinberg Publicists Showmanship Award, topping Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix,” Sony’s “Stuart Little,” Paramount’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and Disney’s “Toy Story 2.”

The event saluted MGM with a collection of clips from “Gone With the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Rocky,” “Rain Man,” “Thelma and Louise,” “Network” and a variety of James Bond films.

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