HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that it will be honoring Jerry Weintraub, the prolific and celebrated producer behind the "Ocean's Eleven" and "Karate Kid" film series, among others, with the inaugural "Hollywood Legend Award," a special award of merit bestowed to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: "it is a great honor to recognize Jerry Weintraub, a true visionary and Hollywood legend, with the inaugural 'Hollywood Legend Award.'"
The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
This year Weintraub produced the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra" starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas which was nominated for an impressive 15 Emmy Awards. His career includes promoting Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin and managing such talents as Neil Diamond, John Denver, The Carpenters and The Moody Blues, among others. His remarkable list of film hits include Nashville, Diner, The Karate Kid and the Ocean's Eleven series
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
"We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards," said de Abreu.
Last year's awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers' impressions.
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The Hollywood Film Awards® founded in 1997 were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of the awards are selected for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards. For additional information, visit: www.hollywoodawards.com.
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