Anthony Bloom, Chairman Cineworld Group plc, will receive this year’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, announced the award today. CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 1-4, 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Bloom will be presented with this honor at CinemaCon’s opening night festivities on Monday, April 1, 2019.
“In leading Cineworld to the deal with Cinema City Holding in 2014 and then in 2018, the purchase of Regal Entertainment, Anthony Bloom was part of an incredible statement about the future of the motion theatre industry,” noted Neuhauser. “He has made great contributions towards making Cineworld Group one of the world’s leading and most important entertainment companies, responsible for providing hours of endless enjoyment and wonder to moviegoers of all ages and cultures around the globe. We take great pleasure in honoring Mr. Bloom for what is truly a lifetime of achievements.”
Anthony Bloom is an international private equity investor and one of the founding shareholders of Cineworld Group plc, a company of which he has been Chairman since its inception in 1996. Cineworld Group plc is the world’s second largest cinema chain, with 9,538 screens across 793 cinemas in 10 countries including the US and the UK. Prior to his move to London in 1988, Bloom was Chairman and Chief Executive of The Premier Group, one of South Africa’s biggest diversified industrial enterprises. In South Africa, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Barclays Bank, Liberty Life Association and South African Breweries.
He was educated at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Harvard Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2002, he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Law honoris causa by the University of Witwatersrand in recognition of his contribution towards the establishment of a non-racial society in South Africa. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School, and is a director on a number of boards including the London Symphony Orchestra, Techoserve Inc. and several other companies associated with his investment portfolio.
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 6,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry –from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas – all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 33,393 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 94 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theater owners, too.
Additional information on CinemaCon as well as an application to apply for press credentials can be found at www.cinemacon.com.