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Kavanaugh Gets Israel Film Festival Achievement Award

Relativity founder honored for his work as a producer and for his support for Jewish causes

It’s more like a mid-life achievement award.

Relativity CEO and Founder Ryan Kavanaugh will be honored with the Israel Film Festival’s achievement in film award.

The youthful movie mogul will receive his award on October 20th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as part of a gala dinner, the festival announced on Wednesday.

“Ryan Kavanaugh’s accomplishments within the film industry command the highest respect, said Festival Founder and Executive Director, Meir Fenigstein. “His innovativeness as a producer and executive combined with his support of the Jewish community and Israel are most admirable.”

Kavanaugh has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital funding, making him a big player in a short period of time. He has partnered with Sony, Universal and the Weinstein Company to produce “Brothers,” “Mamma Mia!,” and “Dear John” among other films.

Kavanaugh recently purchased the marketing and distribution arms of Overture, prompting many to speculate he was poised to compete as a full-fledged studio. He also inked a much publicized pay TV distribution deal with Netflix.

The Israel Film Festival will present over 40 films and runs in Los Angeles from October 20 – November 4.

Past award recipients include Edward Zwick, Paul Schrader, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner and Sacha Baron Cohen.