Jerry Weintraub to Receive Inaugural Legend Award at Hollywood Film Awards (Exclusive)

The prolific and iconoclastic producer most recently worked on the HBO TV movie 'Behind the Candelabra,' which received 15 Emmy nominations last month.
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Jerry Weintraub

Jerry Weintraub, the prolific and iconoclastic film and TV producer, will receive the inaugural Hollywood Legend Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The first awards show of the 2013 Oscar season, the ceremony will be held on Oct. 21 at the Beverly Hilton. The new award will be presented annually "to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry."

Weintraub, who got his start as a promoter (clients included Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra) and manager (John Denver and The Carpenters), is best known for producing Diner (1982), The Karate Kid (1984 and 2010 versions) and the Oceans reboot-trilogy (2001, 2004, 2007). He was the subject of an Emmy-nominated HBO documentary, His Way (2011). And Behind the Candelabra, a TV biopic of Liberace that was co-produced by Jerry Weintraub Productions and HBO, received 15 Emmy nominations earlier this month.

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The Hollywood Film Awards are determined by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory committee. Last month, the Hollywood Film Awards and Dick Clark Productions, which also produced the Golden Globe Awards,  entered into a partnership that could lead to the ceremony being televised in future years.

De Abreu tells THR, "It is a great honor to recognize Jerry, a true visionary and Hollywood legend."

Over the past 10 years, Hollywood Film Awards honorees went on to garner a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars.