The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) IATSE Local 600 59th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon, themed “We’re Back!,” will return to an in-person ceremony following the Covid-19 pandemic, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, March 25, 2022. The awards, which traditionally occur the Friday prior to the Academy Awards®, will be presented in the following categories: Motion Picture Showman of the Year, Television Showman of the Year, Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Award for a Television Campaign and for a Motion Picture Campaign, Les Mason Award for Career Achievement in Publicity, Bob Yeager Award for Community Service, Publicist of Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Press Award, International Media Award and Excellence in Unit Still Photography for both Motion Pictures and for Television. Returning as Awards Chairs this year are Tim Menke and Sheryl Main. 

In lieu of the traditional awards luncheon last year, the Publicists of the ICG raised over $60,000 for the Local 600 Hardship Fund. The Fund assisted fellow industry publicists and guild members who have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and needed support.

The 2021-2022 Timeline for the Annual ICG Publicists Awards:

  • Submissions deadline for TV publicity campaigns - FRI, Nov. 5, 2021  
  • Television publicity nominees announced - TUES, Nov. 16, 2021 
  • Submissions deadline for Motion Picture publicity campaigns - MON, Jan. 17, 2022
  • Motion Picture publicity nominees announced - MON, Jan. 24, 2022
  • Final awards voting opens - MON, Feb. 14, 2022
  • Voting closes - THURS, Feb. 24, 2022
  • Winners announced at the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon - FRI, March 25, 2022               

*Dates subject to change
Entertainment publicists first formed a union in 1937 as the Screen Publicists Guild, later becoming the Publicists Guild. In 2002, the Publicists Guild merged with the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600). The first Publicists Awards Luncheon was held in 1964 and has since grown to an event attended annually by around 800 publicists, press, motion picture and television industry leaders, and other IATSE leaders.  Motion Picture and Television Showmanship Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards have been bestowed upon numerous esteemed actors, directors and executives. Additional awards include the Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Award for a Television Campaign and for a Movie Campaign, Publicist of the Year, Les Mason Award for Career Achievement in Publicity, and the Bob Yeager Award for Community Service. The Guild also publishes the Annual ICG Publicists Directory. For more information about the ICG Publicists Awards, visit:   #PublicistsAwards  
The International Cinematographers Guild represents approximately 9,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, all members of camera crews and publicists. The first cinematographers’ union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn’t until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. ICG’s ongoing activities include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine.


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