Deluxe’s Cyril Drabinsky to get this year’s HPA Lifetime Achievement Award
LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Post Alliance (www.hpaawards.net) will present Cyril Drabinsky, president/CEO of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the HPA Awards show on November 10th at the Skirball Cultural Center in LA.
“We are honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Cyril Drabinsky,” says HPA president Leon Silverman. “As our industry evolves during this time of significant transition, Cyril is one of those rare executives who understand how relationships, talent and people truly make a difference and how the impact of changing technology enables new opportunities and ways to serve filmmakers and studios. Cyril brings an uncommon depth of perspective and historical insight, from the photochemical process to the file-based methods that are defining our new digital industry. It is this insight and his ability to anticipate the future that has helped Cyril to build one of the largest and most significant post production operations in the world.”
Drabinsky entered the motion picture business in Canada when he was named senior VP of Distribution and Affairs at Cineplex Odeon Corporation, after receiving a Bachelor’s of Law degree from the University of Windsor. In 1987, he became president of Film House laboratories in Toronto, then a wholly owned subsidiary of Cineplex Odeon. In 1990, the Rank Organization purchased Film House and Deluxe Laboratories in Hollywood, formerly a division of 20th Century Fox and Drabinsky segued into operations of Deluxe Labs. He was named president of Deluxe Laboratories North America in 1995.
Deluxe rebranded the Rank Laboratory in London to Deluxe and began the build out of a new Toronto film laboratory and a lab in Rome. In 2001 Drabinsky was named president of Deluxe Laboratories Worldwide, and he was named president/CEO of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group after Deluxe was acquired by MacAndrews & Forbes in 2006. Since then, Deluxe has acquired and developed digital services and technologies throughout the world that have allowed the company to expand well beyond its legacy film laboratory business.