Walt Disney Studios' Chairman Dick Cook Honored by AJC

Walt Disney Studios' Chairman Dick Cook Honored by AJC

Robert A Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company honors Walt Disney Studios' Chairman Dick Cook with the Corwin Award

LOS ANGELES - - The themes of tolerance, decency and imagination highlighted the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) dinner honoring The Walt Disney Studios’ Chairman Dick Cook with the prestigious Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award.  Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the event was emceed by Bruce Ramer, AJC’s former national president, who quoted Jack Valenti’s description of Dick Cook: “Dick is one of those rarities; a man who leaps easily and deservedly to the highest stations in Hollywood and at the same time, keeps intact his innate sense of decency.”

Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., provided the evening’s keynote speech, in which he addressed the extraordinary power of films to change lives, both here and abroad, and how those who create them must contemplate their goals and responsibilities.  “It underscores the importance of our work to remind the world that we remain a nation of ideas and ideals,” he said. Glickman also spoke of how the film industry stands in solidarity with the AJC and with allies around the world to “fight for this country and its commitment to freedom and democracy, to fight for tolerance, diversity and civil rights, and to oppose anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its forms.”
Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company and a former Corwin Award recipient, presented the award to Cook, after first introducing a surprise visit from Disney icon, Mickey Mouse.

In response to receiving the Corwin Award, Cook talked about the “phenomenal work” done by the American Jewish Committee and how the funds raised at the dinner will help those efforts.  “Seth Brysk and his colleagues work day after day,” said Cook, “grounded in reality, to build lasting bridges of human understanding.  As you all know, in Hollywood when we get tired of saying ‘based on a true story,’ we’ll switch to ‘inspired by a true story.’  In the case of the AJC, we are talking about a true story that is inspired.”

Iger and Ramer served as Honorary Chairs of the dinner.  Chairs included Oren Aviv, Gary Barber, Alan Bergman, Armyan Bernstein, Roger Birnbaum, Peter Chernin, Brad Grey, David Hoberman, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Lynton, Barry Meyer, Ron Meyer, Amy Pascal, Joe Roth, Sir Howard Stringer, and Robert Zemeckis.

Named in memory of Sherrill C. Corwin, a respected film industry figure, and his wife Dorothy, the Corwin Award is given to outstanding leaders in the entertainment and communication industries, whose professional and civic endeavors have helped to promote tolerance, understanding and cooperation. 

Cook joins a distinguished list of past Corwin Award recipients, including Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Joe Roth, Leslie Moonves, Stacey Snider, Jeff Bewkes, Jack Valenti, Amy Pascal, and last year’s recipient, Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Chief Barry Meyer.

A hardbound photographic journal reflecting the evening’s theme, “A Celebration of the Imagination,” was presented to guests.

Date: 10/23/2007

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