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July 13, 2016
The American Cinematheque to Present the 2016
Sid Grauman Award Presented by Hill Valley
to Sue Kroll
Friday, October 14, 2016
Hollywood - The American Cinematheque announced today that Sue Kroll will be the 2016 recipient of the Sid Grauman award presented by Hill Valley. Kroll will be honored for her achievements in the motion picture industry at the top of the American Cinematheque’s annual benefit award show, where, this year, the non-profit organization will present the 30th annual career achievement award to Ridley Scott. The award presentations will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton.
American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita said, “The American Cinematheque is pleased to present Sue Kroll with this year’s Sid Grauman Award for her many contributions to the film industry. Spearheading global marketing and distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures, she uses her strategic thinking and creativity in every aspect of their film releases. She has long been the gold standard in movie marketing, elevating it into a virtual art form with numerous successful and imaginative campaigns, and is now bringing that same excellence to exhibition.”
“Hill Valley is extremely proud to be the presenter of the American Cinematheque’s second annual Sid Grauman Award to recipient Sue Kroll,” said founder Eric Nebot.
The American Cinematheque Board of Directors created this award in 2015 to honor an extraordinary individual who has made a significant contribution to the Hollywood film industry in the continuing advancement of theatrical exhibition.
Sid Grauman (1879-1950) was a master showman in the early days of film exhibition and a founder of the Egyptian Theatre (owned and operated by the American Cinematheque since 1998), where the first Hollywood “premiere” was held in 1922. He went on to be part of the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as well. He was a pioneer in the theatrical exhibition of movies and a founding member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, from which he received an honorary Academy Award for his work. His legacy is carried on today, through the big screen movie viewing experience provided by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre.
About Sue Kroll:
Sue Kroll serves as President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures. As marketing chief, she oversees the strategic creation and implementation of marketing campaigns for the Studio’s global releases. Additionally, she collaborates closely with Greg Silverman, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Toby Emmerich, New Line Cinema’s President and COO, on the strategic development of a diversified production slate to build upon the Studio’s legacy and impressive record of success. She also runs Warner Bros. Pictures Worldwide Distribution, working with that division’s president, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, as well as the Studio’s network of overseas offices and affiliates, to strategically date film releases for the global marketplace. Kroll was promoted to her current role in July 2015, having previously served as President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution since June 2013. A 22-year Studio veteran, Kroll was first named President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures in 2008.
In 2016, Kroll and her marketing team are handling one of the industry’s most diverse release slates with titles such as "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "The Conjuring 2," "Central Intelligence," "Suicide Squad," "Sully," "Storks," "The Accountant" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," among others.
Since January 2008, when Kroll took over leadership of worldwide marketing - with responsibility for all aspects of Warner Bros. Pictures’ marketing, advertising, media planning, promotion, publicity and research - the Studio has opened more than 40 films at number one at the U.S. box office. 2015 marked the ninth consecutive year Warner Bros. Pictures crossed the $3 billion mark at the global box office with $3.71 billion in worldwide receipts ($1.60 billion domestic, $2.11 billion international). The year was also 15th consecutive frame that both the domestic and international divisions crossed the billion-dollar mark - a milestone no other studio has achieved.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2015 slate was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, with "Mad Max: Fury Road," one of the year’s most-nominated titles, winning 6 Oscars and grossing $375 million worldwide. Other notable 2015 releases, for which Kroll and her team designed global marketing campaigns, were “American Sniper” (expansion; $546.8 million global box office) “San Andreas” ($473.5 global box office), “The Intern” ($194. 2 million), “Creed” ($171 million) and “Focus” ($158.3 million).
Previously, Kroll oversaw the marketing and awards campaigns for Christopher Nolan’s "Interstellar," which climbed to $675 million in worldwide receipts; Guillermo del Toro’s "Godzilla," which hit $527 million globally; the critically acclaimed, franchise-launching “The LEGO Movie,” with a worldwide box office of $468 million; Ben Affleck’s "Argo," which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards and earned over $232 million globally, and Academy Award Best Picture nominee “Gravity,” which soared past $715 million at the worldwide box office. She also oversaw campaigns for the billion-dollar blockbuster "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and its sequels "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."
Among the Studio’s other notable releases handled by Kroll and her team were Christopher Nolan’s "The Dark Knight" trilogy, which concluded with the billion-dollar hit "The Dark Knight Rises," and encompasses the record-breaking 2008 blockbuster "The Dark Knight," which also grossed more than $1 billion worldwide; as well as the filmmaker’s Oscar-winning "Inception," which took in $827 million worldwide.
Kroll previously spearheaded campaigns for many other global successes, including "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2,” which boasted a worldwide gross of $1.3 billion, marking the end of the top-grossing Harry Potter film series, with global receipts reaching $7.7 billion; "Sherlock Holmes" and its sequel, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which together earned a combined gross of more than $1 billion worldwide; "The Hangover" trilogy, which combined has earned over $1.4 billion globally, including the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, "The Hangover: Part II."
Kroll served as President of the International Marketing Division from 2000 through 2007, during which time she led campaigns for all the Studio’s releases overseas, including 32 films that grossed more than $100 million internationally. In 2004, Warner Bros. Pictures International crossed the $1 billion threshold in less than six months and the Studio went on to become the first ever to surpass the $2 billion mark internationally in a calendar year, with a $2.19 billion box office total. That record held until 2007, when the Division’s receipts of $2.24 billion set a new Studio record.
During that tenure, Kroll oversaw the international marketing of such hits as the first five films in the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise, as well as such international successes as “I Am Legend,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “300,” the Ocean’s movies, “Happy Feet,” “Beowulf,” “The Departed,” “Constantine,” “The Polar Express,” “Troy,” “The Last Samurai,” The Matrix trilogy, and Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.”
Kroll serves on the Board of Directors of Film Independent, the Los Angeles-based non-profit that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2015, she was honored with both the Taormina Film Festival’s Tao Arte Award and Women in Film’s Tiffany/Bruce Paltrow Mentoring Award. She was presented the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles’ prestigious Sherry Lansing Award in 2009.
Kroll joined Warner Bros. Pictures in 1994 to head Programming & Operations for Warner Bros. International Channels. In this capacity, she devised the strategy and launch of the Studio’s venture into the international branded cable channels business, which was developed to expand the company’s global television presence with the creation of thematic programming services. When the channels operations were shifted to Turner Broadcasting following the Time Warner merger with Turner, Kroll was asked to utilize her international marketing, branding and identity-building savvy in support of theatrical motion picture releases at Warner Bros. Pictures International, starting as a Senior Vice President prior to leading the Division.
Kroll started her career in New York, where she worked over a seven-year period in various divisions of Viacom, including Showtime Networks Inc., The Movie Channel and Viewer’s Choice. She next relocated to Atlanta to head the marketing department at Turner Network Television (TNT), developing and directing all marketing and promotional campaigns for the network and its programs, including its original feature films, sports programming and special events. After four years, her role was expanded and she was named Senior Vice President and Managing Director of both TNT and Cartoon Network Europe. In this post, Kroll created the company’s first-ever overseas entertainment operations when she took the two networks to Europe. Relocating to London, she built and launched these networks from the ground up, developing and overseeing all operations for the networks’ eventual growth throughout the European marketplace. This marked a milestone for Turner Broadcasting as the company’s first entertainment venture outside of the United States.
Kroll holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Glassboro State University in New Jersey.
About Hill Valley
Hill Valley, a product placement and promotion agency based in Paris and Los Angeles, represents luxury brands such as, Piper-Heidsieck champagne, fashion brand The Kooples, the leading European car manufacturer Renault, and many others.
Hill Valley, a subsidiary of McFly Holdings founded by Eric Nebot, integrates all aspects of the motion picture process, including development, production, product placement, as well as distribution promotion and marketing. Projects currently in development include the first super-hero movie set in France.
Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award presentation start at $600. Call Mann Productions for tickets and further information: 323.314.7000. Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.
More information about the award show can be found here
About the American Cinematheque:
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on December 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922.
In early 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the Westside with the January 5th opening of the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
Both theatres play host to an array of industry guests who share their filmmaking experiences with our audiences.
Registration forms will be available in late August, so there is no need to submit until after August 31. We will not be processing credentials until early October. Credentials will be confirmed the week of October 10, 2016.
Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here.
Sue Kroll photo credit: Warner Bros.
Ridley Scott photo credit: Scott Council/Contour for Getty Images.
The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The event does not provide complimentary parking for media.
Both theatres play host to an array of industry guests who share their filmmaking experiences with our audiences.
Press credentials will be accepted starting September 1, 2016. No e-mailed or verbal requests can be honored at this time.
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Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm (To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a pdf on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment and when the coverage will air/appear in print.)
Clips of the award show will be available for Download from an FTP site. Details by request. (broadcast media only)