L.A. Film Critics honor John Calley

7:06 PM PST 10/19/2008 by Kirk Honeycutt, AP

Former studio chief given Career Achievement Award

For the first time in its history, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has honored a former studio chief with its annual Career Achievement Award. The organization selected John Calley for that honor in voting Sunday afternoon.

Calley, who led three film studios in his 40-year-plus career, has had a second career as a producer of such films as "The Loved One" and "Catch-22."

Calley joined Warner Bros. in 1968, where he held a number of executive positions including president and executive vp of worldwide production. He is largely credited with turning that studio around, making it a place for vibrant filmmaking in the 1970s. He later revived United Artists and then in 1996 joined Sony Pictures Entertainment as chairman and CEO, where he enjoyed similar success.

When not affiliated with a studio, he has produced a number of films, partnering with Mike Nichols on such films as "Postcards from the Edge" and "Remains of the Day."
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