Stewart Harnell up for Show 'E' Award

ShowEast begins Oct. 26 in Orlando

Stewart Harnell, CEO of the Atlanta-based digital production studio Cinema Concepts, will be honored with the 2009 Show 'E' Award at ShowEast.

Harnell will be feted during an awards gala set to close the confab on Oct. 29. ShowEast begins Oct. 26 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

"Throughout his career, Stew has achieved enormous success," ShowEast managing director Robert Sunshine said. "His award-winning production and postproduction studio (offers) the latest innovations in 35mm motion picture film, digital cinema and 3D stereoscopic technologies."

Harnell began his career in 1961 as a booker-salesman with National Screen Service in Chicago. He was promoted to trailer production manager in New York before moving to operations in New Orleans and then Atlanta.

In 1970, Harnell founded Harnell Independent Prods. in Atlanta, where he produced and distributed independent features. He founded Cinema Concepts in 1979.

Harnell has served on the chapter boards of Variety, the Children's Charity in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans. He was an eight-term president of Atlanta Tent 21, where he remains active as a director, and is a member of boards of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and the Cinema Advertising Council.

Recipients of the Show 'E' Award have included, most recently, Larry Collins of Carmike Cinemas.