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The awards, which according to the organization, “honor industry leaders who are champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts,” will be doled out Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
In breaking the news, SAG-AFTRA Foundation president JoBeth Williams said the trio are “the epitome” of what it means to be patrons of artists. “As a director, writer and producer, Judd Apatow is known for discovering and nurturing some of the most beloved comedic actors and actresses on television and in film. Kathryn Bigelow is a trailblazing director and producer whose risk-taking gambles on unknown talent have expanded the careers of many artists both in front of and behind the camera. Ted Sarandos is an innovator whose executive leadership has created and supported tens of thousands of industry jobs,” she said.
Previous recipients include Lee Daniels, producer Megan Ellison and filmmaker Rob Marshall. In the coming weeks, the honorees for the nonprofit’s Actors Inspiration Award, event performers and presenters will be announced. More information about the event can be found here.
Apatow most recently is returning to his stand-up roots with his upcoming Netflix stand-up special, which he is filming at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. It marks his first solo special and is scheduled to premiere in December. He’s also nominated for an Emmy Award for the 30 for 30 outing about Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry that he co-directed and produced with Michael Bonfiglio.
Speaking of Netflix, Sarandos serves as the company’s chief content officer. He is credited with helping to transform content and distribution in the industry while supporting countless jobs. Sarandos was named one of Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2013 and has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000. Among his other distinctions, Sarandos is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and is an executive committee member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Two-time Academy Award winner Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) is prepping for the release of her latest film, Detroit, from Annapurna Pictures. The drama is set against the backdrop of the city’s devastating riots that took place over five summer days in 1967. The filmmaker is also a noted activist (and longtime painter) who supports many environmental and animal welfare charities. She also directed the short film Last Days about the ivory trade.
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