February 24, 2012 2:00pm PT by Alex Ben Block
Publicist Guild Awards Honor Marketers of 'The Help,' 'Modern Family'
The marketing teams behind Disney’s hit movie The Help and Fox TV’s situation comedy Modern Family were honored for the best publicity campaigns of the year Friday at the 49th annual Publicists Awards.
The Help, released in August, has grossed more than $200 million worldwide. It has Oscar nominations for best picture, actress and two for supporting actress.
Modern Family, which has aired on ABC since 2009, won the Emmy as best series comedy last year and recently has won awards from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild and others.
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Those awards were presented by actor and Oscar winner Martin Landau.
Tony Angellotti received the Les Mason Award, the highest honor presented to a publicist each year at the luncheon put on by the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600). The Hollywood publicists are a unit of that union.
Angellotti was cited for publicity campaigns for filmmakers, production companies and events. Among those Angellotti regularly works with are Universal Studios and Disney animation. The award was presented by Wendi McLendon-Covey, one of the stars of Bridesmaids.
Warner Bros. publicist Sharon Black was the winner of the Bob Yeager Award, which honors a publicist for community service. She was honored in a presentation by actress Kali Hawk for her work on behalf of animals.
Carol Burnett was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Steven Poster, president of the ICG. Conway called Burnett “someone I dearly love … who continues to make me laugh to this day.”
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David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter movie franchise that was distributed by Warner Bros., was presented the Motion Pictures Showmanship Award by Gary Oldman, a best actor Oscar nominee this year for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, was presented the Television Showmanship Award by Josh Charles, one of the stars of The Good Wife.
“David, who is a former publicist, now heads a studio that broadcasts six of the top 10 drama series on television,” Charles noted.
Disney publicist Arlene Ludwig, who has been with the studio for 50 years, was honored by Julie Andrews and Jodie Foster, who dedicated the 2012 ICG Publicist Directory to her. Ludwig is recovering from a serious fall that left her partially paralyzed.
In other honors, Susan King of the Los Angeles Times was the winner of the Press Award. It was presented by Missi Pyle one of the stars of The Artist.
The International Media Award went to Elaine Lipworth of the U.K. it as presented by Max Von Sydow, an Oscar nominee as best supporting actor for his performance in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
The Excellence in Unit Still Photography Award went to Frank Masi for motion pictures and to Hopper Stone for television. Those awards were presented by Kali Hawk of Bridesmaids and Maria Canals-Barrera of Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place.