Sanford Panitch, President, Fox International Productions and Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India will be presented with the IFFLA (Indian Film Festival Los Angeles) Industry Leadership Awards at the 8th Annual IFFLA luncheon to be held on April 22, 2010 in West Hollywood.. Also on the occasion, Hyde Park Entertainment’s Ashok Amritraj will receive IFFLA’s Industry Trailblazer Award.
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, will present Panitch with his award.
Anil Arjun, CEO, Reliance MediaWorks, will deliver the keynote at the luncheon.
Under Panitch’s leadership, Fox International Productions recently released the SRK-starrer ‘My Name is Khan’. Previously, Panitch had served as President of Filmed Entertainment for New Regency Enterprises and Executive Vice President of 20th Century Fox (1997-2000), where he was the executive on ‘Titanic’, along with many other films.
As CEO of STAR India, Shankar has led the company’s transformation from a leading broadcaster to an integrated media company with a significant presence in regional broadcasting, film production, cable, DTH and home shopping. He also manages STAR’s international businesses. Prior to joining STAR India, Shankar had served as CEO of STAR joint venture MCCS for over three years.
Film producer Ashok Amritraj will be honoured with the IFFLA Industry Trailblazer Award upon his milestone achievement (the release of his 100th film, ‘Street Fighter’, which was distributed last year by 20th Century Fox).
The recipients of the IFFLA Industry Awards and Industry Trailblazer Award were chosen by a selection committee headed by Arnold Peter, partner at Los Angeles-based Peter Rubin & Simon, a full service entertainment industry law firm with global clients in the US and India.
The IFFLA Industry Leadership Award was created to recognise the achievements of executives who’ve had a substantial and personal impact on the creation and distribution of Indian-themed content globally and have additionally led the expansion of the entertainment and media industry in India.
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a non-profit organisation devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honouring entertainment industry business executives and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora.