Newest class of honorees

Shari Redstone and National Amusements

As president of National Amusements, Redstone is the third generation of her family to lead the Massachusetts-based movie theater chain founded by her grandfather, Michael, in 1936. Since graduating from both Tufts U. and Boston U. with an extensive background in law, Redstone has gone on to serve as chairman and CEO of Rising Star Media, a company established in partnership with National Amusements that builds and operates luxury American-style cinemas in Russia. Redstone also is vice chair of both Viacom and CBS Corp.’s board of directors.

John Lundin, Cinemark

With nearly 30 years of experience in the motion picture exhibition business, Lundin’s passion for film is no secret. Currently the VP and head film buyer of Cinemark Theaters, he has ties to the company that date back to 1994. Prior to joining Cinemark, Lundin held positions at Cannon Pictures, Litchfield and United Artists Theaters before joining the Plano, Texas-based exhibition chain. His resume also includes stints in distribution at Buena Vista, MGM-United Artists and Columbia Pictures. Cinemark, the nation’s fifth-largest chain, boasts 2,253 screens including five Imax theaters. Lundin also serves on the board of directors for the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.

Sylvester Stallone

Thirty years after “Rocky” became both a Hollywood and cultural phenomenon, Stallone returns to the role that made him a star in MGM’s Christmas release, “Rocky Balboa,” which he also directs. He’ll take off the boxing gloves to fight evil as his other popular hero, John Rambo, in “Rambo IV,” which he is also slated to direct next year. When not working on those films, Stallone is trying to get his passion project, “Poe,” off the ground and is also serving as producer on “The Contender,” the boxing reality show currently airing on ESPN.

Patricia Gonzalez, Paramount

Gonzalez began her career in 1980 at 17 selling candy at a General Cinema theater concession stand. Since then, she has become senior VP, in-theater marketing for Paramount, overseeing the department responsible for securing placement of a broad range of in-theater materials for all of Paramount’s films, including upcoming campaigns for “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Dreamgirls” and “Transformers.” Gonzalez and her team are responsible for creating custom-circuit promotions and concession programs that encompass everything from branded popcorn bags to various giveaways.

Chris Aronson and Bert Livingston, 20th Century Fox

Aronson and Livingston are responsible for the studio’s domestic distribution and have served as senior VP and general sales managers since 2005. They have overseen such recent releases as “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” plus others. Livingston is actively involved in the Variety Club Children’s Charity while Aronson serves as chairman of Variety Club of Southern California. The annual Show “E” Award is presented in recognition of their achievements, accomplishments and contributions to the motion picture theater industry.

Dr. Luiz Paulo Teles Ferreira Barreto, Brazilian National Antipiracy Council

As executive secretary of Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and president of the National Council to Combat Piracy and Intellectual Property, Barreto is on the front lines of the war against movie piracy. Launched in March 2005, the council is dedicated to combating one of the industry’s biggest problems by working with multiple Brazilian governmental agencies and the private sector to effectively end illegal DVD duplication and bootlegging. Under Barreto’s leadership, the Brazilian government has conducted numerous enforcement operations, especially on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.


Beginning his career in the musicvideo and commercials world, McG now finds himself director of one of the most intriguing films of the holiday season. “We Are Marshall” is the story of the Marshall U. football team killed in a plane crash. McG first feature, “Charlie’s Angels,” grossed $125 million; he went on to direct the sequel, “Full Throttle,” which also passed the $100 million mark. McG is also producing “Marshall” and comedy remake “Revenge of the Nerds.” On the TV side, he’s exec producing “The OC” and upcoming reality skein “The Pussycat Dolls,” based on the all-girl band.

Christopher Guest

Very few have achieved the cult status of Guest as it relates to his faux documentaries. Beginning with heavy-metal classic “This Is Spinal Tap,” which he both wrote and co-starred in, to his latest endeavor, “For Your Consideration,” a satire on about the movies’ Awards Season, Guest has rarely misstepped. He has written, directed and starred in critically applauded pics “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind.”

Horacio Altamirano

Gussi Altamirano, the press-shy founder and prexy of Mexico’s largest theatrical and homevideo indie distrib Gussi Films, has quietly steered the 30-plus-year-old company into bolder ventures, including film production and the launch of a homevideo sales operation in the U.S. last year. Distrib inked an output deal with New Line in 2005 and annually releases an average of 45 pics and 200 videos in Mexico. It even outpaced Sony at the box office for several months last year. Video arm Distrimax releases product from nearly all the majors. Gussi’s fledgling production venture kicked off with Jorge Ramirez-Suarez’s political thriller “Rabbit on the Moon” and Fernando Sarinana’s romantic adventure pic “Amor extremo” (Extreme Love).

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