Woods gets Humanitarian nod


The Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens has named MGM president of domestic distribution Clark Woods the recipient of its 2007 Humanitarian Award.

Woods was tapped to receive the honor in recognition of his contributions as a role model and mentor to children and fostering strong self-esteem and confidence in young boys and girls during critical periods of their development.

Woods will receive the award June 13 at the 56th annual Humanitarian Award dinner at the Copacabana in New York. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit organization, a recreational and educational facility for children in Queens.

Bill Briendel, president of Variety — the Children's Charity of New York, called Woods "a true friend and mentor who deserves our respect and admiration for his selflessness and contributions to the healthy development of our nation's children."

Woods, a 28-year veteran of theatrical distribution who segued to MGM last year, joins an elite group of former Humanitarian Award honorees including Focus Features president of theatrical distribution Jack Foley, Buena Vista distribution president Chuck Viane, New Line Cinema domestic theatrical distribution president David Tuckerman and MGM COO Rick Sands.