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Artists Rights org sets kudo for Pollack

Helmer/producer presented with John Huston Award

The Artists Rights Foundation has named director-producer Sydney Pollack as this year’s recipient of its John Huston Award for Artists Rights.

Org, founded by the Directors Guild of America in 1991, will present the kudos Dec. 10 at the second annual DGA Honors event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. Previous recipients include Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Milos Forman, Fred Zinnemann and Martin Scorsese.

“Sydney Pollack is a longtime proponent of artists’ rights both in this country and abroad,” said Elliot Silverstein, president of the foundation. “He is an exemplar of commitment to the notion that artists’ rights are moral rights and has been among those leading the battle to give legal force to this ideal.”

Pollack, a trustee of the foundation, won Academy Awards for producing and directing “Out of Africa.” His other directing credits include “Tootsie,” “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” “The Way We Were,” “The Firm,” and “Three Days of the Condor”; producer and exec producer credits include “Out of Africa,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “The Firm,” “Presumed Innocent” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys.”

Pollack gave congressional testimony in 1987 against colorization of film without permission. He also testified four years later in Denmark when an unapproved “pan and scan” version of “Three Days of the Condor” was broadcast on Danish TV.

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