ShowEast to tout Thomas

'Spy' helmer, 'Hill Street' vet nabs nod

HOLLYWOOD — Betty Thomas, helmer of Sony’s upcoming action movie “I Spy,” will be honored at ShowEast 2002 for outstanding filmmaking achievement.

Thomas, who transitioned to film directing from TV work in front of the camera, will be presented the award just before Eddie-Murphy-Owen Wilson pic’s industry preem at the trade show on Oct. 12. ShowEast begins Oct. 9 at the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, Fla.

“ShowEast is honored to be able to pay tribute to (Thomas),” said Robert Sunshine of ShowEast organizer Sunshine Group Worldwide. “Ms. Thomas has consistently been entertaining moviegoers worldwide with films that are not only critically acclaimed but are incredible successes at the box office as well.”

‘Hill Street’ stint

Thomas, the onetime Sgt. Lucy Bates on classic TV cop skein “Hill Street Blues,” began her helming work in episodic television. In 1996, she won a Directors Guild Awards for directing HBO telefilm “The Late Shift.”

Her feature credits include “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995), “Private Parts” (1997), “Dr. Dolittle” (1998) and “28 Days” (2000). “I Spy,” based on the long-running TV series, opens wide Nov. 1.

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