Producer Arad to be feted with Robert W. Selig Award

Lions Gate and Marvel pic “The Punisher,” starring John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Tom Jane, will kick off ShoWest’s opening-day luncheon March 23.

Film, which will world preem at the confab, will unspool prior to the lunch, to be co-hosted by Lions Gate and visual solutions pioneer Christie.

As part of the day’s events, “Punisher” producer Avi Arad, CEO-chairman of Marvel Enterprises’ entertainment division Marvel Studios, will be honored with the first-ever Robert W. Selig Showmanship Award for achievement in filmmaking. Nod was spawned in honor of one of the founders of ShoWest, who died Dec. 31 at 93. A distribution and exhibition exec, Selig had retired just eight years ago.

“The Punisher” will bow nationwide on April 16.

ShoWest confab runs March 22-25 in Las Vegas.

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