France honors Medavoy, Roth Print E-mail
Written by DAVE MCNARY for VARIETY   
Thursday, 22 January 2009 00:00

Duo named as members of National Order

The French government has named Phoenix Pictures topper Mike Medavoy and DGA national exec director Jay D. Roth as members of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy made the announcement Thursday.

The honor, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is awarded by the president of the French Republic to celebrate "distinguished civil or military achievements."

The announcement noted that Medavoy has a longstanding connection with France dating back to an association with French actress Jeanne Moreau and other French creatives such as Francois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dido Renoir, Claude Lelouch, Juliette Binoche and Elsa Zylberstein. Medavoy received a lifetime achievement award from the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.

Roth, who's headed the DGA since 1995, was cited for helping to create and promote the Franco American Cultural Fund. The fund, which aims to foster a professional and cultural exchange between French and American filmmakers, oversees the annual City of Lights-City of Angels French Film Festival in Los Angeles and Dijon Cinema Encounters, a series of meetings among French, European and U.S. directors.


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