Outfest has tapped producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to receive this year’s Visionary Award at the 8th annual Legacy Awards held Oct. 13 at L.A.’s Orpheum Theater.
The annual kudofest serves as a fundraiser for Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT film preservation, a collaboration between Outfest and the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
“Thanks to Craig and Neil’s exceptional work in movies, television and on stage, they have given a loud and clear voice to LGBT characters that reaches the widest possible audience,” said Outfest exec director Kirsten Schaffer.
The producing team behind “Chicago” and TV’s “Smash” was recently tapped to produce the 85th Academy Awards telecast.
“We are honored and humbled to receive the Visionary Award from an organization as important and crucial as Outfest,” the pair said jointly. “We hope we can help spread the word that the community needs to embrace and support this outstanding group that does so much to enrich the art and the lives of LGBT people everywhere.”
The event, co-chaired by Bruce Cohen, Nina Jacobson and Bryan Singer, also will sneak the Legacy Project’s restoration of 1919 German silent pic “Different From the Others” (Anders Als Die Andern), arguably the earliest surviving film made strictly about LGBT people.