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Erik Lomis Leadership Award, established by the Will Rogers Film Pioneers Foundation – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation has established the Erik Lomis Leadership Award.

Modeled after the Payne Stewart Award presented annually by the PGA Tour, which is given to a player whose values ​​match the character, charity and sportsmanship that Stewart demonstrated, the Erik Lomis Leadership Award will be presented to an individual who personifies and reflects the leadership, passion for the film industry, and commitment to philanthropy that the late MGM Distribution Boss displayed.

Lomis passed away suddenly on March 22. The distribution executive was a staunch believer in the theatrical side of the movie business, especially at a time when the majors were diving into broadcast. He was the first film executive to recognize the ultimate challenges of Covid for the business pushing MGM’s trend and Daniel Craig’s final title as James Bond. There’s no time to die, in March 2020, and he kept the film until the exhibition reopened worldwide. Lomis was a force in persuading Amazon to return to the theater business after their acquisition of MGM and designed the theatrical productions of Creed III ($273.8M WW, franchise best) and has been the focus of the Ben Affleck-Matt Damon film air from a Prime Video to a window theatrical run ($89.1M WW gross) before his death.

Lomis was also known for his relentless fundraising initiatives with Will Rogers. One insider, at the time of his death, likened him to that of former Academy president and Fox vet Tom Sherak, particularly in relation to Will Rogers. “When Eric called you, you never said ‘No,'” exclaimed the industry colleague who worked with Lomis at MGM.

“Erik was a force of nature,” said Chris Aronson, President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution at Paramount Pictures and WRMPPF Advisory Council Member. “He was a unique and special person and he is greatly missed.”

The time and place when the award will be presented to its annual recipient has not yet been determined.

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