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Sue Kroll Named Recipient of Sid Grauman Award

The American Cinematheque has tapped Warner Bros. executive Sue Kroll as the 2016 recipient of the Sid Grauman award.

Kroll will be honored for her achievements in the motion picture industry at the top of the American Cinematheque’s annual benefit award show on Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton. The organization will also present its career achievement award to Ridley Scott.

American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita said, “The American Cinematheque is pleased to present Sue Kroll with this year’s Sid Grauman Award for her many contributions to the film industry. Spearheading global marketing and distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures, she uses her strategic thinking and creativity in every aspect of their film releases. She has long been the gold standard in movie marketing, elevating it into a virtual art form with numerous successful and imaginative campaigns, and is now bringing that same excellence to exhibition.”

The award is named after Sid Grauman, a founder of the Egyptian Theatre (owned and operated by the American Cinematheque since 1998), where the first Hollywood “premiere” was held in 1922. He went on to be part of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as well.

Kroll serves as the president of worldwide marketing and distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures. Kroll was promoted to her current role in July 2015, having previously served as the president of worldwide marketing and international distribution since June 2013.

A 22-year studio veteran, Kroll was first named president of worldwide marketing in 2008.

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