Cyril Drabinsky, president and chief executive officer of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, will be honored with the Bill Hilson Award from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. The award will be presented at the CSC gala on March 22 at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle.
The Bill Hilson Award, now in its 41st year, is named for the individual who created film quality-control procedures during his tenure at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The award is presented for outstanding contributions to the development of Canada’s motion picture industry.
“The switch from photochemical processing to file-based digital technologies was a seismic upheaval for our industry,“ said Joan Hutton president of the CSC. “Cyril Drabinsky was one of the first to see and seize this new technology’s potential to open new doors and vistas for filmmakers. Cyril altered the postproduction process and our concepts of postproduction forever. He is a visionary.“
Drabinsky, a Toronto native, said he will be delighted to accept the award.
“Deluxe Entertainment is all about quality and standards, when it comes to serving the motion picture and television industries,“ he said. “I couldn’t be more honored to accept this prestigious award on behalf of a great team serving the Canadian production community.“