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Turner prexy lauded as force in saving film heritage

The Hollywood Film Festival has tapped Roger L. Mayer for its outstanding achievement in film preservation award.

“Film restoration and preservation are perhaps the most important, yet the least lauded, trades in our industry,” said Paula Wagner, this year’s fest chair. “We are thrilled for this opportunity to recognize Roger Mayer, a driving force in the movement to save our film heritage.”

Kudo will be presented as part of the Hollywood Awards ceremony Oct. 20 at the BevHilton.

Mayer is a member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress as well as chair of the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Mayer has been president and chief operating officer of Turner Entertainment Co. since 1986. Prior to that he worked at MGM for 25 years and rose to senior VP of administration and president of MGM Laboratories.

Mayer started in the industry in 1952 as a lawyer with Columbia Pictures and later became a general studio exec at Col.

Mayer is also chairman of the board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and a member of its corporate board and charitable foundation. Formerly he was VP of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and sat on its board of directors.

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