SFX, make-up artist to receive honor
LONDON — The inaugural Variety Award will be presented at London’s 13th FrightFest, the U.K.’s premier horror and fantasy festival, to special effects and make-up artist Greg Nicotero.Nicotero will receive the honor on Aug. 25, following an on-stage interview at the fest. “FrightFest is very proud to be associated with Variety magazine,” said FrightFest co-director Ian Rattray. “We feel Greg Nicotero is a perfect choice to receive this historic award — the first to be given out at a FrightFest event.” An acknowledged master of his field, Nicotero is an idol of horror fans with a 30-year career that has seen him work on virtually every major horror franchise. “FrightFest is delighted to welcome back Greg Nicotero,” added co-director Alan Jones. “Every time we see him his career seems to have taken another quantum leap and we are thrilled Variety has recognized his contribution to the genre in both fan and business terms. We love his company as much as his professionalism and are looking forward to hosting him on this auspicious occasion.” One of the founders of KNB Effects Group in 1988, with Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, Nicotero has worked with leading filmmakers on both the big and smallscreen. His enduring relationships with directors including Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Wes Craven, Frank Darabont, George A. Romero and Sam Raimi demonstrate the value filmmakers place on his skill. From “The Pacific,” “Deadwood” and “The Walking Dead” on television, to features including “Kill Bill,” “Misery,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Mulholland Drive,” “Sin City” and “The Green Mile,” Nicotero and his studio have consistently supplied some of the most spectacular and imaginative effects and prosthetics seen on screen over the past three decades. FrightFest was launched in 2000 and has gone from strength to strength seeing attendance of approximately 26,000 over its five-day program. This year’s edition will run Aug. 23-27.