The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will bestow its Patron of the Artists Awards to Judd Apatow and Kathryn Bigelow, as well as Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.The award honors industry leaders who are "champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts."The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will present the awards Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.SAG-AFTRA...
The prolific producer-director-writer-comedian is responsible for some of Hollywood’s biggest comedy hits of the past 15 years, including “Bridesmaids,” “Trainwreck,” “Anchorman” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” And although he’s directed some of those smashes, including “Knocked Up” and “Funny People,” he is almost better known as a kingmaker and the ringleader of a vast comedy empire that stretches back to his teen years, when he began doing stand-up and interviewing such idols as Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling for his high school radio station.
He later worked with Shandling, writing for “The Larry Sanders Show,” and wrote and produced such influential cult hits as “The Ben Stiller Show” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Since producing the 1996 hit “The Cable Guy” for old pal Jim Carrey, Apatow has produced some 60 film and TV projects, including “Pineapple Express,” “Get Him to the Greek” and “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” and along the way he’s established and fine-tuned the Apatow comedic tone (raunchy but heartfelt) and expanded the Apatow brand into a cottage industry.
That brand now includes a revolving repertory company of like-minded stars such as Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, who all got big breaks with Apatow projects, and directors including Rogen, Paul Feig and Adam McKay. He is currently producing HBO’s “Crashing” and the feature “Juliet, Naked.”