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Julie Andrews to Honor Arlene Ludwig at Publicist Awards Luncheon

Julie Andrews 2007 - P 2011
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The actress will present the award to the publicist who is celebrating 50 years with the Walt Disney Company on Feb. 24.

Julie Andrews will make an appearance at the 49th annual Publicists Awards Luncheon which as usual will be held on the Friday before the Oscars, Feb. 24, 2012.

Andrews will dedicate the 2012 International Cinematographers Guild Publicist Directory to veteran Disney publicist Arlene Ludwig, in commemoration of her 50th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company.

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ICGH President Steven Poster and awards committee chair Henri Bollinger also announced that Australian talk show host Rove McManus will be the host of the luncheon this year, which will be held in Beverly Hills and typically attracts about 1,000 attendees.

McManus produces as well as stars in the show Rove L.A., which is based in Los Angeles. He also appears on The Tonight Show dong a segment called Roving Across America.

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The ICGH had previously announced the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award will go to David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter franchise; Carol Burnett will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; and David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, will receive the Television Showman of the Year Award.

Still to be announced are nominees for the International Media Awards; the Les Mason Award (given to a publicist); the Bob Yeager Award (for a publicist who does outstanding community service); the Excellence in Still Photography Award for films and television; and the Maxwell Weinberg Showmanship Awards for outstanding publicity campaigns of 2010.