Sony's Dick Sano earns CineAsia Lifetime Achievement Award

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Noriaki (Dick) Sano, former managing director of film distribution at Sony Pictures Releasing International,will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at CineAsia on Dec. 7 during the Sony Pictures Releasing product presentation at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Sano joined Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan in November 2005 and for 11 years led the studio’s film distribution team to success before retiring earlier this year. He managed some of the most successful film releases for the studio, including The Da Vinci Code, the Spider-Man movies, the four latest James Bond films and the Resident Evil series.

“Hard-working and respected by everyone in the industry, Sano’s record in the region speaks for itself,” said Andrew Sunshine, VP of the Film Expo Group, which runs CineAsia. “He has had a tremendously accomplished career and we could not have thought of a more deserving Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2016.”

“Sano san has had a truly extraordinary career and has led our team superbly. He has delivered some of our most outstanding results, including the recently released Ghostbusters film,” said Stephen Basil-Jones, executive VP, Australia and New Zealand, North Asia, Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, Rory Bruer, president worldwide distribution, and Steven O’Dell, president of SPR International, all “acknowledge the tremendous contribution he has made to not only Sony Pictures Releasing Internationally but to the Japanese motion picture industry overall.”

CineAsia will feature a tradeshow, product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, and seminars relating to current and future trends happening across the industry.