Jacob named ShoWester of the Year


Ellis Jacob, president and CEO of Cineplex Entertainment, Canada's largest exhibitor, will be honored with the ShoWester of the Year award at ShoWest.

Before the 2005 acquisition of Famous Players and the creation of Cineplex Entertainment, Jacob was president and CEO of Cineplex Galaxy. In 1999, he co-founded Galaxy Entertainment. Before founding Galaxy, Jacob represented Alliance Atlantis Communications as a consultant. From 1987-98, Jacob held positions within Cineplex Odeon culminating in the role of COO.

Jacob also is a director of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund as well as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of the Toronto International Film Festival. He also is a director of the Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada and the National Association of Theatre Owners.

"Ellis exemplifies the spirit of a ShoWester with his entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity in orchestrating the acquisition of Famous Players to form Cineplex Entertainment," Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, said.

ShoWest, set for March 10-13 at the Bally's and Paris Las Vegas hotels, is managed by Nielsen Business Media, a division of the Nielsen Co., parent of The Hollywood Reporter.