RAAM confab doles out honors


LONDON -- The third annual RAAM U.K. cinema conference on Thursday announced its 2007 Industry Achievement Awards at a gala ceremony at London's Mayfair Hotel.

In recognition of services to the cinema exhibition and distribution sectors, three veterans were honored: Millard Ochs, president of Warner Bros. International Cinemas, Mike Boyce of Warner Bros. Pictures U.K. and Frank Pierce of the Film Distributors Assn.

Movie of the Year 2006 was jointly awarded to "Casino Royale" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." 20th Century Fox was named distributor of the year and Vue Entertainment was named cinema circuit of the year.

"The awards in this section were based on boxoffice performance as reported to Nielsen EDI," RAAM Management director Rob Arthur said. "In the cinema exhibition categories, nominations were invited from U.K. and Irish film distributors who voted independently."