ShowEast to honor Sony's Adrian Smith with Humanitarian Award

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Adrian Smith, president of domestic distribution at Sony Pictures Releasing, will receive ShowEast’s “Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award” during the show’s Final Night Awards Ceremony on Oct. 26 at the Loews Miami Beach in Florida.

Established in 1987, the Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award is presented each year to a company or individual in the industry that has made an impact in the philanthropic community. Smith joins an illustrious list of past recipients including Tim Warner, Charley Moss, Kyle Davies, Richie Fay and Kurt Hall.

“We are extremely honored to present Adrian Smith with this award at ShowEast this year,” stated Andrew Sunshine, VP of the Film Expo Group, which manages ShowEast. “Adrian is such a deserving person to be recognized with this honor.”

Smith is responsible for the domestic release strategy for all Sony Pictures films, including the Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Animation labels. Since his appointment to president of domestic distribution in 2013, he has led the domestic release of 18 number-one movies, including Spectre, The Angry Birds Movie, Passengers, 22 Jump Street, Evil Dead, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven, Don’t Breathe, War Room, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Smith began his career at Mann Theatres in 1976, and then transitioned to the sales department at United Artists in 1979. He joined 20th Century Fox in 1983 and was then appointed branch manager at Cannon Releasing in 1985. Smith joined Sony Pictures in 1989 as Western District manager for TriStar Pictures. In 2000 he was named senior VP and Western Division manager for Sony Pictures Releasing, and in 2011 he was appointed executive VP and general sales manager, overseeing domestic sales for all Sony Pictures films. Smith was promoted to president of domestic distribution in 2013.

Among his philanthropic efforts, Smith has served on the boards of Children’s Variety for seven years and the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation for the last four years. Smith is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

ShowEast will take place Oct. 23-26 and will feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, seminars and the ShowEast EXPO tradeshow.