The Ken Mason Inter-Society Award is only the latest honor bestowed upon exhib vet Bud Stone.
Stone, who has spent over 50 years in the industry, recently retired as the president of DeLuxe Labs.
The award, named after Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Theatrical Presentation founder Ken Mason, “goes to someone who has spent their career caring about theatrical presentation,” says Terri Westhafer, exec director of Inter-Society and president of Intl. Theater Equipment Associates.
“It really pleases me,” says Stone about receiving the honor.
Inter-Society president Wayne Anderson (and prexy-CEO of Maryland-based R/C Theaters) will present Stone with the award at the Opening Day Breakfast hosted by MovieTickets.com and Hollywood.com today.
Inter-Society was founded in 1971 by Mason, then a VP at Kodak, as a central forum where trade organizations could go to discuss issues, create alliances and solve problems that one segment was not able to handle alone.
The group started with eight charter organizations: the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Theater Equipment Associates (it became ITEA in 1996), the Assn. of Cinema and Video Labs, the American Society of Cinematographers, the National Assn. of Theater Owners and the Society of Motion Picture & Televeision Engineers. Today, there are 20 additional corporate members, and about 10 to 15 sustaining members.
Recent past recipients of the Mason honor are Don Rogers, D. Barry Reardon, Allen Cooper, Dick Stumpf and the late Al Shapiro.
Stone, who still consults and advises the exhibition industry through his Los Angeles office, began his working in film labs before eventually owning his own. He became president of DeLuxe Labs in 1978.
The annual ShoWest Inter-Society meeting will be held during breakfast Wednesday.