Cineplex's Ellis Jacob to receive top ShowEast honor


Ellis Jacob, president and chief executive officer of Cineplex Inc., will be honored with the 2013 “Show ‘E’ Award” at the upcoming ShowEast convention. Jacob, a respected and industry veteran, will accept the award on Oct. 24 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida as part of the Final Night Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The annual “Show ‘E’ Award” is presented to an industry member for distinguished achievement and dedication to the industry.

“For over two decades, Ellis has devoted himself to cinema exhibition as well as serving on the boards of various industry associations. His dedication to exhibition is tireless and unmatched,” stated Robert Sunshine, ShowEast managing director.

Jacob has 25 years of experience in the motion picture exhibition industry. His current position at Cineplex Inc. and its subsidiaries has him leading Canada’s largest motion picture exhibition company. Prior to his current role at Cineplex, he was president and CEO of Galaxy Entertainment, which he co-founded in 1999. Before founding Galaxy, he represented Alliance Atlantis Communications as head of integration, and from 1987 to 1998 he held various positions with Cineplex Odeon Corp., culminating in the role of chief operating officer.

In December 2010, Jacob was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. He is a director of Cineplex Inc. as well as a member of the board of directors and the finance and audit committee for the Toronto International Film Festival. He is also a director of the Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada, the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) in the United States and a member of NATO’s executive committee. Additionally, he is a member of the board of governors for Mount Sinai Hospital.

ShowEast 2013 will take place October 21-24 in Hollywood, Florida with an estimated 1,300 members of the motion picture industry expected to attend. The convention features screenings of upcoming major holiday films, sponsored events, informative seminars and a trade show.