HOLLYWOOD — Movie execs gathered at the Century Plaza on Monday night to lavish love on Alan Horn as the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers feted the Warner prexy as Pioneer of the Year.
Emcee Rob Reiner called Horn “the most honest, decent, sweetest man you’ll ever meet in this business,” then cracked: “How he got so high up, we don’t know.”
The after-dinner entertainment was standup from Jerry Seinfeld (who told the aud, “God knows I don’t need this. Nobody else could get me to do this.”), plus two songs from Jessica Simpson.
A tribute tape boasted an array of celebs and power players, from the “Ocean’s Twelve” gang to Time Warner topper Richard Parsons and Horn’s old boss, Norman Lear.
Horn told the aud: “Jerry Seinfeld told me I don’t need a funeral now. I’ve just had it.”
But in a serious moment, the exec told Daily Variety the true highlight was being able to share the evening with his family, “especially my mother, who was very ill a year ago and we didn’t think she’d make it.”
Event raised a record-setting $2 million for the Pioneer Assistance Fund, which helps industry vets in need.
Also showing their love: Jeff Bewkes, Jeff Robinov, Dan Fellman, Chuck Viane, Joe Roth, Joel Silver, Tom Sherak, Sandra Bullock and Bob Daley.