THR Indie nod to SPC chiefs at Sundance


Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will be the recipients of The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Indie Mogul Award, to be presented next month at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

The award was created to recognize the continued growth of the independent film arena and to celebrate the achievements of prominent executives with a reputation for producing and releasing quality indie features.

Bernard and Barker, 25-year veterans of the indie sector, have built a reputation in the industry as the chief purveyors of high-profile films and enjoy ongoing relationships with some of cinema's most respected auteurs.

This year, the executives have backed an eclectic slate that includes such critically acclaimed pictures as Germany's "The Lives of Others," China's "Curse of the Golden Flower" and "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles" and Spain's "Volver," and they continue to prove that, with the right business model, there's money to be made on foreign-language product.