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Judd Apatow, the hyphenate behind properties ranging from TV’s “Freaks and Geeks” to the hit films “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” will receive the Creative Leadership Award at Variety’s Hollywood’s New Leaders event on Oct. 29.

Kudo salutes the writer-director-producer for his ability to inspire creativity and foster the careers of others.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that Judd’s brand of comedy has been groundbreaking. His unique approach, R-rated bravado and eye for up-and-coming comic talents has changed the tone and tempo of film comedies,” said Variety publisher Brian Gott.

Apatow’s latest directorial effort, “This Is 40,” starring Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and Albert Brooks, bows Dec. 21 through Universal Pictures.

Variety’s second annual Hollywood’s New Leaders event will spotlight the next generation of biz and creative players having impact across showbiz, as well as the publication’s 10 Assistants to Watch list, which profiles up-and-comers in the executive assistant realm. Venue for the gathering will be announced soon.

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