Friday, November 15, 1996

Dealmaking wins Book Award, Fall 1996

Fall 1996


My book, "Dealmaking in the Film & Television," (Silman-James Press) won the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for the best book on the movie business. 180 books from 8 countries competed for 3 top prizes of £10,000 ($15,000) apiece. Twelve finalists were invited to London to attend the award ceremony on February 1st at the Royal Society of Arts. The awards were presented by Sir Sydney Samuelson, the British Film Commissioner. A reception and dinner followed. I attended with my wife, and we brought our children along for a week's vacation touring London. "Dealmaking" won the top prize in the business category; the other winners were Nicholas Negroponte for "Being Digital," in the Techniques and Technology category, and Robert Sklar for "Film: An International History of the Medium" in the Culture category. The award was a surprise for me as my publisher had submitted the book for consideration without my knowledge. I first learned of the award when I was called in January and invited to attend the ceremony. The Kraszna-Krausz Awards are sponsored by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation, formed by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, a native Hungarian who arrived in London in 1938 and founded Focal Press.