Hollywood publicists have selected Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg as motion picture showman of the year.The award will be presented at the 53rd Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 26.Ortenberg has headed Open Road since its inception in 2011. Its journalism drama "Spotlight" has grossed $29 million and won the best film of the year awards from the American Film Institute, the Gotham Awards and the National Board of Review.Other Open Road...
A savvy, highly experienced exec with great taste, Open Road’s CEO shepherded “Spotlight” to a surprise but well-deserved best picture Oscar win in 2016. At the helm of Open Road Films since its inception six years ago, Ortenberg, a former Lionsgate and Weinstein Co. exec, has overseen other critical and commercial successes such as “Killer Elite”; “The Grey,” starring Liam Neeson; “End of Watch”; the Oscar-nominated “Nightcrawler”; “Chef”; and “The Nut Job,” which, at more than $25 million at the B.O., had the highest opening for an indie animated film.
Recent releases include the thriller “Triple 9”; Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy “Mother’s Day,” Oliver Stone’s “Snowden”; and Cannes market pick-up “Bleed For This.” Upcoming titles include Reginald Hudland’s “Marshall,” about the early life of Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court justice; and romance “Midnight Sun,” starring Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Founded by exhibition giants AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group, Open Road was recently acquired by global entertainment company Tang Media Parters, which looks to Ortenberg to lead what has become a top independent distribution company. Open Road recently ventured into production and international distribution, an area that will be facilitated by IM Global, acquired by TMP in 2016.