The kudo will be presented to Weintraub in tandem with the Oct. 22 publication of its Variety‘s annual Hollywood’s New Leaders report highlighting up-and-coming talent ae 36 and under in all sectors of the entertainment biz. The Creative Leadership award celebrates prominent industryites who have served as mentors to others and have been active in philanthropy and public service.
Previous Creative Leadership honorees include John Lasseter and Judd Apatow.
Weintraub’s wide-ranging career includes stints as a talent agent, manager and concert promoter for such mega stars as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He later segued at into film production with such notable pics as Robert Altman’s “Nashville,” “The Karate Kid” to “Ocean’s Eleven.” At present he’s nommed for an Emmy Award as the producer of HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
“Jerry Weintraub has done more than master virtually every field he has worked in,” said Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, “from concert promotion to film and TV production, he has proven his own mastery of what we call creative leadership.”
Weintraub’s recent honors include being named Producer of the Year by the National Assn. of Theater Owners, the 2009 UNICEF Man of the Year Award and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award in 2010. Weintraub is also marking his 30th year as co-chairman of the Chabad Telethon.