NEW YORK - ShowEast will honor Griselda Fortunato, Managing Director of Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox Argentina, with its “International Achievement in Distribution” award at the 2008 convention, announced Mitch Neuhauser, Co-Managing Director of the event. Ms. Fortunato will receive this honor as part of the International Day programming, to be held on Monday, October 13th at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
“It is a great honor for ShowEast to be able to single out the achievements of Griselda Fortunato by presenting her with the ‘International Achievement in Distribution’ Award at this year’s event,” noted Neuhauser. “In the world of distribution, you couldn’t ask for a more dedicated and respected professional who has done so much for their company, or in this instance, companies, in bringing film into the hearts and minds of so many moviegoers internationally”.
Griselda Fortunato joined the business in 1997 as Managing Director of Warner Bros and Twentieth Century Fox in Argentina. During this more than 10 years in this position, she handled distribution for very successful films and sagas such as: Titanic, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men trilogy, the first three episodes of the Star Wars franchise, “Batman Begins” and “The Matrix”. More recently she has overseen films such as “Ice Age 2”, The Dark Knight, The Simpsons Movie, I Am Legend and Get Smart. Being the head of two of the most important studios in Argentina enables her to work more efficiently by combining sales initiatives with marketing activities.
Before Warner and Fox, Fortunato spent more than 10 years working in the Petroleum business for Exxon Corporation and, before that, in the Banking sector for Bank of America and The Chase Manhattan Bank with designations in Argentina and also abroad.
Fortunato always says that this is the best job she has ever had where creativity and common sense are part of every day decisions to face new challenges in an ever changing business.
Previous recipients of the “International Achievement in Distribution” award at ShowEast include: Rodrigo Saturnino of Buena Vista Filmes do Brasil, Horacio Altamirano of Gussi, Eduardo Echeverria of Twentieth Century Fox Int’l and Redo Farah of Warner Bros. Pictures International.