Steven Gaydos of Variety honored by the French Ministry of Culture
The French Ministry of Culture raised a toast to Variety‘s Steven gaydos Thursday, naming him a knight / knight for his decades of work in entertainment.
Julie Duhaut-Bedos, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, recalled that only a few awards of this type are awarded each year, to “people who have distinguished themselves by their creations in the artistic or literary field or by the contribution they make. they brought. to the influence of the arts and letters in France and around the world.
During the ceremony at the French Residence in Beverly Hills, Duhaut-Bedos referred to several accomplishments of Gaydos, who is Varietyexecutive vice president of global content. She praised her “open-mindedness and her advocacy for world cinema, which allowed Variety to achieve international expansion and become the world benchmark for critics of the entertainment industry. Your involvement has been the key to Varietysuccessful international development of. We are indebted to you for providing a platform for European voices.
She also cited her screenplays (often written in collaboration with Monte Hellman, including “Road to Nowhere” in 2010 “) and her defense of projects promoting the Cannes and Karlovy Vary film festivals and events such as the Gallic program Shoot the Book.
The award is officially called a Chevalier in the National Order of Arts and Letters, which means knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters. France began bestowing this honor in 1957, but its roots can be traced back to the ancient Order of St. Michael, the French dynastic order of chivalry, which began in the 15th century.
By accepting, Gaydos dedicated the evening to the legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, who died on September 6. He added that growing up in the steel town of Fontana, Calif., Had not prepared him for a knight. Cate Blanchett. Life goals shared by Gaydos include “boost morale, celebrate common goals and dreams and bring cultures closer together.
Gaydos also singled out family members including his wife Gina, daughters Rio and Natalia and brothers Richard and Frank, who were in attendance.
Also in the crowd, Jay Penske, President and CEO of Variety parent PMC and his wife, Elaine Irwin; Variety group president-editor Michelle Sobrino, writer-producer Rene Balcer, actor Patrick Bauchau, producers Steve Stabler and Arthur Gorson; writer-director Norman Gerard, Native American game pro Victor Roch, screenwriters Vera Anderson and Paul Duran, and designer Ria Lewerke.
(Pictured: Steven Gaydos and Julie Duhaut-Bedos)
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