Filmmaker honored with Vanguard Award

Michael Bay will receive the ShoWest 2009 Vanguard Award for excellence in filmmaking at the upcoming confab of theater owners.

ShoWest runs March 30-April 2 in Las Vegas.

Paramount opens Bay’s summer tentpole “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” on June 24. Original “Transformers,” released in summer 2007, grossed more than $700 million worldwide and is Bay’s most successful film to date.

Bay has two production companies — Bay Films and Platinum Dunes — which he formed with partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

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