Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos will receive the industry tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the annual fete presented by the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project.
The Gotham Awards' tribute represents the latest industry acknowledgement of the importance of digital distribution to the future of the business. Under Sarandos' leadership, Netflix has ventured not only into original TV programming with Emmy-nominated series including "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," but also has begun to acquire feature documentaries including the Oscar-nommed "The Square."
"The Hurt Locker," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Winter's Bone" earned some of their earliest awards attention at the Gothams.
Last year's industry tribute went to Katherine Oliver, the former commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, while director Richard Linklater and actors Forest Whitaker and James Gandolfini also were honored.
The 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards are set for Dec. 1 at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan.
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