The publicists branch of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) has named Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, as motion picture showman of the year. The award will be presented at the Publicists 50th Annual Awards luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Feb. 22.
Feige most recently produced the critically acclaimed Marvel’s The Avengers, which set the all-time, three-day domestic weekend box office record at $207.4 million when it was released in May. The film shattered box office records, becoming Disney Studios’ highest-grossing domestic release of all time.
“Kevin Feige’s understanding and appreciation of publicity and promotion in the role of a movie’s success has led to a string of blockbuster feature films adapted from the pages of Marvel comic books during the past 10 years,” said awards committee chairman Henri Bollinger.
In his current role as producer and president of Marvel Studios, Feige oversees all creative aspects of the company’s feature film and home entertainment activities. He is currently producing projects which include Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World scheduled to be released next year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy slated for release in 2014 and the sequel of Marvel’s The Avengers and Ant-Man coming to theaters 2015.
Feige’s other recent producing credits include Thor starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, Captain America: The First Avenger starring Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones, each released in 2011 and Iron Man 2 which was released in 2010. Each of these films took the number one spot on its respective opening weekend.
Since joining Marvel in 2000, Feige has been involved in key capacities for all of the company’s theatrical film productions. He served as executive producer on the second and third Spider-Man films, which took in combined worldwide box office receipts of over $1.5 billion. He also co-produced X2: X-Men United and executive produced X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Together, the two films, starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Ian McKellen, totaled $866 million in ticket sales worldwide.