Publicists Guild Awards Honor Hollywood’s Top Executives and Big Talent

Organization recognizes players in music, film, theater and television

Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Special Award of Merit

With such instantly recognizable and timeless songs as “The Windmills of Your Mind,” “Nice ’n’ Easy,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and “The Way We Were,” lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman created a soundtrack for generations of music lovers — and one that’s spanned over five decades. They’ve collaborated with such varied icons of the music business as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sting, Michael Jackson, Johnny Mandel, Michel Legrand, John Williams, Quincy Jones, James Newton Howard, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.

The Bergmans have also been nominated for 16 Academy Awards for song (and won three), and worked on dozens of movies and TV series, including “In the Heat of the Night,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Tootsie,” “Maude” and “Good Times.” Not bad for a couple (they married in 1958) who coincidentally were both born in the same Brooklyn hospital, grew up near each other, but who only met after they each moved to L.A. (Alan was encouraged to do so by Johnny Mercer) and were introduced by composer Lew Spence. It was Spence who kick-started their careers when they wrote the title track lyrics for Dean Martin’s “Sleep Warm” and Sinatra’s “Nice ’n’ Easy” albums.

John Landgraf
Television Showman of the Year

While he follows in the footsteps of such past iconic recipients as Jerry Bruckheimer, Leslie Moonves, Fred Silverman, Aaron Spelling and Norman Lear, Landgraf essentially represents a new breed — both in terms of his company’s business model and its rapidly increasing PR profile and leverage. The executive, who joined FX as president of entertainment in 2004 and rose to president and general manager in 2005, was named CEO in 2013. Landgraf oversees all aspects of entertainment and business operations for FX Networks, including FX, FXM, FXX, FX Productions (FXP) and the digital video-on-demand platform, FXNOW. Under his leadership, the company has risen to all-time highs in ratings, revenue and critical acclaim.

The exec got his start at Sarabande Productions and then moved to NBC where, as VP of primetime, he oversaw the development of “The West Wing” and a slate that included such megahits as “Friends.” Under his watch at FX, the channel has produced an acclaimed, edgy programming that includes “The Americans,” “Louie,” “The Shield,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “American Horror Story,” “Damages,” “Nip/Tuck” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Tom Ortenberg
Motion Picture Showman of the Year

At the helm of Open Road Films since its inception five years ago, Ortenberg has overseen a diverse slate of films, including the Oscar-nominated drama “Spotlight,” which was named one of AFI’s best pictures of 2015, nominated for three Golden Globes, five Spirit Awards, a PGA Award, a WGA Award and eight Critics’ Choice Awards — and was named one of the best pictures of 2015 by more than 100 critics. The former Lionsgate and Weinstein Co. exec has also overseen such other critical and commercial successes as “Killer Elite”; “The Grey,” starring Liam Neeson; “End of Watch”; 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.

Upcoming releases include the thriller “Triple 9”; Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy “Mother’s Day,” starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis; Oliver Stone’s “Snowden”; and Ricky Gervais’ “Life on the Road.” Open Road, founded by exhibition giants AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group, has become a top independent distribution company that has recently ventured into production and international distribution.

Lily Tomlin
LIfetime Achievement Award

Television, movies, theater, standup — the comedienne, actress, writer, singer and producer has done it all in an eclectic career that dates back to performing Off Broadway in the ’60s. But Tomlin, who got her big break appearing on “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” in the early ’70s, has barely slowed down. She was just nominated for two Golden Globes — lead actress in a comedy series for Netflix’s “Gracie and Frankie” and lead actress in a comedy film for Sony Classics’ “Grandma.” Over her career she’s won five Emmys, a WGA Award and a SAG Award nom — and that’s just for TV.

Tomlin’s 1975 film debut in Robert Altman’s “Nashville” garnered her an Oscar nomination. Since then she’s starred in dozens of movies, including “9 to 5,” “The Incredible Shrinking Woman,” the film adaptation of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” Woody Allen’s “Shadows and Fog,” “Short Cuts” and “Pink Panther II.”

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