The Showmen of ShowEast

Theater owners will honor 2011 awardees Oct. 24-27 in Miami.

While far smaller than Las Vegas' CinemaCon, held in the spring, ShowEast still enjoys notable support from Hollywood studios and the indie film business. This year, upcoming films scheduled to screen for theater owners at ShowEast included Disney's The Muppets, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and Relativity Media's Navy SEAL action pic Act of Valor. On Oct. 27, exhibitors and distributors will gather for the awards ceremony to honor this year's three top awardees. (ShowEast is run by Film Expo Group, a division of THR's parent company, Prometheus Media.)

The 2011 Show "E" Award: Jim Amos, President, Sony Pictures Domestic Distribution

Amos will receive the top honor for his nearly 30-year tenure at Sony. Throughout his career, Jim has worked on 57 films that have grossed over $100 million, including Men in Black, Ghostbusters, Hitch, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and the Spider-Man trilogy, ShowEast managing director Robert Sunshine said. Amos, who recently celebrated his 27th anniversary with Sony, is a second-generation film executive: His father worked for Hoyts theaters. "The movie business is definitely in his blood," says Rory Bruer, Sony's worldwide president of distribution.

The 2011 Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award: Kurt Hall, chairman and CEO, National CineMedia

Hall's leadership has brought Denver-based National CineMedia to the forefront in supporting humanitarian and charitable organizations, both within and outside the exhibition business. He oversees all of the company's efforts, including The Adoption Exchange, Variety--The Children's Charity, Will Rogers Picture Pioneer Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, Colorado Uplift and the University of Colorado Hospital Foundation.

The 2011 Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award: John C. Hall, senior vice president of exhibitor relations, Universal

Hall will be honored for best representing the ideals and standards of the late film executive Al Shapiro, who worked to better the motion picture industry. As the liaison between Universal and theaters, Hall has used his in-theater marketing expertise and leadership to contribute to the box-office success of numerous notable films, according to Sunshine.