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ICG Publicists to Award Its 2023 Motion Picture Showpersons Award to Top Gun: Maverick Producers


Top Gun: Maverick Producer Jerry Bruckheimer will accept the ICG Publicists‘ (International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600) 2023 Motion Picture Showpersons Award on behalf of his fellow producers –Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, and David Ellison – at the 60th Annual Awards luncheon. The luncheon will be held at The Beverly Hilton on March 10, 2023.

The honor was announced today by Awards Chairs Tim Menke and Sheryl Main. Top Gun: Maverick was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick was one of the highest grossing films of 2022 with over $1.4 billion worldwide.

Baird Steptoe, ICG National President, said in a press release, “The producers of Top Gun: Maverick have brought together an incredible team to create a legendary blockbuster. The film is credited with saving cinema, having brought movie loving audiences back to the theaters post-Covid.  From conception, to production, through multiple pandemic delays, to a record-breaking award-winning theatrical release, the Maverick journey has been a feat of spectacular showmanship.”

Perhaps the most successful film and television producer of all time, Jerry Bruckheimer productions include the monumentally successful Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Bad Boys, and Beverly Hills Cop franchises, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Remember the Titans, Armageddon, The Rock, Crimson Tide, Top Gun, and Flashdance.

Christopher McQuarrie David Ellison
David Ellison (L) and Christopher McQuarrie / Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures, Skydance, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Tom Cruise is a global cultural icon who has made an immeasurable impact on cinema by creating some of the most memorable characters of all time. Having achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer and philanthropist in a career spanning over five decades, Cruise is a four-time Oscar® nominee.

Christopher McQuarrie is a writer, producer and director whose credits include The Usual Suspects, Edge of Tomorrow, and Mission: Impossible Fallout. He is also known in the industry for his uncredited work as a script doctor, film editor and production consultant across numerous genres.

David Ellison is Chief Executive Officer of Skydance Media, the diversified media company he founded in 2010 to create elevated, event-level entertainment for global audiences. As CEO, he sets and executes the strategic vision for the company across all of its divisions: Feature Film, Television, Interactive, Animation, New Media and Sports.

The ICG Publicists Motion Picture Showperson of the Year Award recognizes a person, persons or company whose creative accomplishments in the formulation, development, production or presentation of motion picture projects best represent that special spirit traditionally defined as showmanship. Previous recipients include filmmakers Denzel Washington, Jon M. Chu, James Cameron, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, among others.

For information on additional award nominees and the ICG Publicists Awards 2023, visit


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