Ryan Kavanaugh, founder and CEO of Hollywood-based independent motion picture production and investment company Relativity Media, will be honored as the recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award on October 11.
Kavanaugh will receive the award at the league’s entertainment industry awards dinner at the luxurious Beverly Hilton Hotel with Suits co-star Meghan Markle acting as master of ceremonies. The award is awarded to individuals who show exceptional leadership and innovation in the entertainment industry on a local, national, and international level.
“The Anti-Defamation League is so important to furthering a greater world consciousness and respect among races, faiths, and cultures. On a personal level, ADL’s mission is particularly special to me as it honors my grandparents’ legacy and Jewish heritage,” said Kavanaugh. “I am humbled to be recognized by this esteemed organization and to be in such great company as ADL’s previous honorees.”
Kavanaugh has produced films including Oscar-nominated The Fighter and The Social Network, Limitless, Dear John, Battle: Los Angeles, Despicable Me, Mamma Mia!, Salt and 300. Additionally to producing, Kavanaugh has been honored by several foundations, including Cedars-Sinai‘s board of governors with the Hollywood Humanitarian Award.
Former recipients of the esteemed award include former chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBCU Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios Bonnie Hammer, and President and CEO of Anshutz Entertainment Group Tim Leiweke.
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