Bay to receive DVD Pioneer Award

Posted on Dec 1, 2003

DVD kudos will flow to Bay Dec. 9

Michael Bay will be presented with the Pioneer Award by Jerry Bruckheimer Tuesday at the 2003 DVD Exclusive Awards.

Kudos will be presented at the annual event at the Wiltern LG Theater, hosted by Jenny McCarthy and produced for TV by Dick Clark Prods. Broadcast debuts on FX at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 in the first of several runs on the cabler.

Bay has pioneered the concept of video diaries on the sets of his productions, from the DVD Exclusive Award-nominated “Pearl Harbor” through “Bad Boys 2”; the latter is being released on homevid Dec. 9.

He also was one of the few filmmakers to go outside the studio system to work with the Criterion Collection in producing special editions of his films such as “The Rock” and “Armageddon” for laserdisc and DVD.

Previous DVD Exclusive Pioneer Award recipients have been Quentin Tarantino and Louis Feola.

Bruckheimer, whose DVD releases in 2003 include “Kangaroo Jack,” “CSI” and this week’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” produced Bay’s films noted above as well as his “Bad Boys.”

Among other special awards recipients, filmmaker Kevin Smith will present the creative achievement award to comicbook legend Stan Lee, and John Ratzenberger will present the Studio Innovation Award to Pixar Animation Studios directors Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo”) and Peter Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”).

“American Pie” series producers Chris Moore, Craig Perry, Chris Bender and Adam Herz and series stars Nikki Schieler Ziering and Thomas Ian Nicholas will receive the Comedy Franchise Award from “Animal House” stars Stephen Furst and Martha Smith.

Roger Daltrey will appear as part of a salute to music programming on DVD.

Sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay will perform at the theater as part of the post-show party and reception at the conclusion of the taping of the awards, produced by Daily Variety sister publication DVD Exclusive.