September 19, 2011 2:18pm PT by Gregg Kilday
Hollywood Post Alliance to Honor Cyril Drabinsky With Its Lifetime Achievement Award
Cyril Drabinsky, president and CEO of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, will be honored with the Hollywood Post Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award, at the HPA Awards gala, which takes place Nov. 10 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
The award recognizes an individual who has “made a significant contribution to the post production industry.”
“As our industry evolves during this time of significant transition, Cyril is one of those rare executives who understand how relationships, talent and people truly make a difference and how the impact of changing technology enables new opportunities and ways to serve filmmakers and studios. Cyril brings an uncommon depth of perspective and historical insight, from the photochemical process to the file-based methods that are defining our new digital industry. It is this insight and his ability to anticipate the future that has helped Cyril to build one of the largest and most significant post production operations in the world,” said HPA president Leon Silverman in announcing the award.
Drabinsky leads a global team of executives that manage Deluxe’s services and operations, encompassing services for features, television programs, commercials and home entertainment for production, post production, digital distribution, multi-platform development, marketing services and asset management. His oversight includes companies and operations in North America, Europe, Australia and India.
Drabinksy entered the motion picture business in Canada when he was named senior vp of distribution and affairs at Cineplex Odeon, after receiving a Bachelor’s of Law degree from the University of Windsor. In 1987, he became president of Toronto’s Film House laboratories, then a wholly owned subsidiary of Cineplex Odeon. In 1990, the Rank Organization purchased Film House and Deluxe Laboratories in Hollywood, and Drabinsky segued into the operations of Deluxe Laboratories. He was named president of Deluxe Laboratories North America in 1995. Deluxe rebranded the Rank Laboratory in London to Deluxe and began the build out of a new Toronto film laboratory and a lab in Rome. In 2001, he was named president of Deluxe Laboratories Worldwide, and then in 2006, he was named president and CEO of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group after Deluxe was acquired by MacAndrews & Forbes. Since then, Deluxe has acquired and developed digital services and technologies throughout the world that have allowed the company to expand well beyond its legacy film laboratory business.