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The Anti-Defamation League will honor Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh with the Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award at the entertainment industry awards dinner on Oct. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, it was announced Tuesday.
“The Anti-Defamation League is so important to furthering a greater world consciousness and respect among races, faiths, and cultures. On a personal level, ADL’s mission is particularly special to me as it honors my grandparents’ legacy and Jewish heritage,” he said. “I am humbled to be recognized by this esteemed organization and to be in such great company as ADL’s previous honorees.”
The award is given to individuals based on leadership and innovations in the entertainment industry on a local, national and international level.
Kavanaugh joins previous recipients including Jeff Gaspin, former chairman of NBCUniversal Television Entertainment; Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCU Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios; and Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group.
Suits co-star Meghan Markle will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Kavanaugh has produced films including Oscar-nominated The Fighter and The Social Network, Limitless, Dear John, Battle: Los Angeles, Despicable Me, Mamma Mia!, Salt and 300. Upcoming projects include Immortals, the untitled Snow White Project and Safe Haven.
In addition to film producing, Kavanaugh has been honored by several foundations, including the Cedars-Sinai’s board of governors with the Hollywood Humanitarian Award.