Jon Bernthal, who was a presenter at the awards ceremony, co-stars in AMC's hit zombie drama The Walking Dead.
Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
Josh Fox directed the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, which Trish Adlesic produced.
At the awards ceremony, publicity campaigns for the Sony Pictures Entertainment release The Social Network and the Warner Bros. TV/CBS program The Big Bang Theory won the top honors for showmanship.
Jennifer Allen received the Les Mason Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the ICG Publicists. Allen was clearly flattered but said it wasn’t her nature to take the spotlight. "As a publicist I’ve always strived to remain in the background," she said, citing as her mentors former employers Pat Kingsley and Nancy Ryder.
Still photographer Danny Feld won the Excellence in Still Photography Award for Television. The winner for Excellence in Unit Still Photography for Motion Pictures was Stephen Vaughan.
Dana Walden and Gary Newman
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, co-chairmen of 20th Century Fox Television, were named Showmen of the Year by the publicists guild. Their award was presented to them by executive producers Steve Levitan (Modern Family) and Ryan Murphy (Glee). Murphy said they told him to “do what inspires you, tell a story as no one else has,” while Levitan praised them for being enthusiastic supporters both in success and failure, and then introduced the pair as “the Jay-Z and Beyonce of studio executives.”
Sylvester Stallone was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stallone paid tribute to his longtime publicist Paul Bloch of Rogers & Cowan, and noted he was a close friend of the late Ronni Chasen. He said he had learned to appreciate the efforts of publicists, especially now that he is a “has been” as an actor. “I know they are out there working a hell of a lot harder than I am,” said Stallone, “to make us look better than we deserve.”
Kevin Frazier and Mark Steines
Entertainment Tonight'sKevin Frazier, left, and Mark Steines served as emcees of the awards ceremony. They were introduced as part of a tribute to the entertainment news show, which will celebrate its 30th year on the air this summer, as well as Mary Hart, who is about to retire from the show.
Nancy O'Dell is co-host of Entertainment Tonight.
Bonnie Hunt presented the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award to John Lasseter. Hunt, who was a voice actor in the movie Cars and is in the upcoming Cars sequel due in June, said it must be a relief to publicists who work with Lasseter knowing that "you are publicizing something you really can be proud of."
Arnold Schwarzenegger presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Sylvester Stallone. After noting Stallone has been in 35 movies that have grossed more than $2 billion and that he is just back from exhibiting his paintings in Europe, Schwarzenegger paid tribute to his friend for being one of the first and among the few actors in Hollywood who stepped up to help him when he made his run for governor the first time.
Actress Michelle Monaghan presented publicist Jennifer Allen with the Les Mason Award alongside Matt Damon. Monaghan and Damon are two of Allen's clients.
Matt Damon shows off his casual side. The actor, along with Michelle Monaghan, presented their mutual publicist Jennifer Allen with the Les Mason Award. Damon came onstage at the Beverly Hilton in his bathrobe, pajamas and slippers, explaining he had been up all night working.