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H’wood verdict: To honor Zanuck

Film fest to focus on producer's career

HOLLYWOOD — Producer Richard D. Zanuck, who was responsible for “Jaws” and “Deep Impact,” will receive an award from the Hollywood Film Festival Aug. 10, at the conclusion of the five-day fest.

Zanuck’s award for outstanding achievement in producing will be presented by director Mimi Leder (“The Peacemaker,” “Impact”) as part of a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Zanuck was also behind “The Sting,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Verdict” and “Cocoon.”

“Mr. Zanuck is one of Hollywood’s most highly acclaimed and successful independent producers,” said Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the festival, which is in its second outing. “His distinguished career in the motion picture industry serves as a perfect example of what up-and-coming producers should strive for.”

While Zanuck was studio chief at 20th Century Fox, the studio earned more than 150 Oscar nominations, including best pic-ture awards for “The Sound of Music,” “The French Connection” and “Patton,” de Abreu said. Zanuck was later ousted by his own father, Darryl.

In 1971, the younger Zanuck formed the Zanuck/Brown Co. with David Brown. The duo won best picture Oscars for “The Sting” and, with Lili Fini Zanuck, “Driving Miss Daisy.” In 1991, Zanuck and Brown were given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.