THE HELLER AWARDS


TALENT MANAGERS ASSOCIATION HELLER AWARDS

The annual Seymour Heller Awards are given for excellence in management and to distinguished individuals who respect the field of Talent Management. Named for one of the founders of the Talent Managers Association, the Seymour Heller Awards are presented to people in the entertainment industry who exemplify the high standards to which Heller himself had set forth. Seymour Heller remained an active member of the Talent Managers Association from its inception until his death on October 8, 2001 at age 87. In honor of his memory the members of the Talent Managers Association, along with his family, created the Seymour Heller Awards and each year gathers to recognize those industry professionals who operate with the dedication, high standards and ethical treatment that Seymour achieved in his lifetime.

In 1954 Seymour co-founded the National Conference of Personal Managers. In 1985 the National Conference of Personal Managers was split into East and West Coast divisions and remained together until 1991. The West Coast division, Conference of Personal Managers, parted ways with the National Conference and in 2001 the name was officially changed to theTalent Managers Association.

Also in 1954, Heller teamed up with Dick Gabbe and Sam Lutz and formed Gabbe, Lutz and Heller Personal Management, the first U.S. coast-to-coast personal management company. The firm specialized in representing music variety performers, film and television projects and handled the careers for some of Hollywood's legends including Liberace, Frankie Lane, The McGuire Sisters, Debbie Reynolds, Ginger Rogers, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Theirs was a business that functioned in the days when your handshake was a commitment. Several years before Heller died, he fondly recalled his days of working with Liberace. "Never had a contract. It was all done with a smile and a handshake." It was with that ethical dedication that Seymour Heller functioned.

The first Seymour Heller Award was presented in October 2002. Since that time the Awards ceremony has continued to grow. Awards for excellence will be presented to the TMA Manager of the Year, Youth and Adult Commercial Agent of the Year, Youth and Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year, Associate Casting Director of the Year, Commercial Casting Director of the Year, Television Casting Director of the Year, Film Casting Director of the year,the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Talent Management and the very first Pat McQueeney award for outstanding service to the TMA. The recipients of the awards are decided through a voting process that includes all TMA members in good standing.

Recipients:
2013 - Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Talent Management:  Larry Thompson, Larry Thompson Organization
Presented by:  William Shatner and Joan Rivers

Impact Award:  Pam Dixon
Presented by:  Gale Ann Hurd (via video) and Deborah Calla

Luminous Award:  Fern Orenstein
Presented by:  Rick Najera

Pat McQueeney Award:  Dolores Robinson
Presented by:  Holly Robinson-Peete

Talent Manager of the Year:  Annet McCroskey, Artistic Endeavors
Presented by:  Myrna Lieberman and Addison Riecke

Film Casting Director of the Year:  Sarah Finn, Sarah Finn Casting
Presented by:  Katherine Lanasa

Television Casting Director of the Year:  April Webster, April Webster Casting
Presented by:  Dan Lauria

Commercial Casting Director of the Year:  Michael Sanford, Sanford Casting
Presented by:  Maurice Benard

Associate Casting Director of the Year:  Gina Gallego, Wendy O’Brien Casting
Presented by:  Barbara Niven

Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Iris Grossman, Paradigm
Presented by:  Grant Show

Adult Commercial Agent of the Year:  Hugh Leon, Coast to Coast Talent Group and Mickey Shera, Innovative Artists – NYC
Presented by:  Deon Cole

Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Emily Urbani, Osbrink Agency
Presented by:  Camila Banus and Tim Pocock

Youth Commercial Agent of the Year:  Carol Lynn Sher, CESD Talent Agency
Presented by:  Uriah Shelton

Voiceover Agent of the Year:  Melissa Berger-Brennan, CESD Talent Agency
Presented by:  Max Adler

Television/Feature Animation Casting Director of the Year:  Ivy Isenberg, Ivy Isenberg Casting

2012 - Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Talent Management:  Leonard Hirshan, Leonard Hirshan Management Inc.
Talent Manager of the Year:  Jake Azhar, Hollywood Management
Film Casting Director of the Year:  Randi Hiller, Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures Production Casting
Television Casting Director of the Year:  David Rapaport, David Rapaport Casting
Commercial Casting Director of the Year:  Francene Selkirk, Shooting from the Hip Casting
Associate Casting Director of the Year:  Eric Souliere, Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting
Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Jay Schachter, Mavrick Artists Agency
Adult Commercial Agent of the Year:  Hugh Leon, Coast to Coast Talent Group
Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Meredith Fine, Coast to Coast Talent Group
Youth Commercial Agent of the Year:  Jeremy Apody, Abrams Artists Agency

2011 - Talent Manager of the Year:  Paul Trusik, Trusik Talent Management, Inc.
Film Casting Director of the Year:  Patrick Baca, Patrick Baca Casting
Television Casting Director of the Year:  Wendy O'Brien, Wendy O'Brien Casting
Commercial Casting Director of the Year:  Francene Selkirk, Shooting from the Hip Casting
Associate Casting Director of the Year:  Jenny Treadwell, Krisha Bullock Casting
Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Mike Baldridge, Momentum Talent and Literary Agency
Adult Commercial Agent of the Year:  David Ziff, CESD
Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Cindy Osbrink, Osbrink Agency
Youth Commercial Agent of the Year:  Jeremy Apody, Abrams Artists Agency

2010 - Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Talent Management:  Susan Curtis - Susan Curtis Management
Talent Manager of the Year:  Terrie Snell - TalentINK. LA-NY
Film Casting Director of the Year:  Mary Vernieu - Betty Mae Casting
Television Casting Director of the Year:  Scott David
Commercial Casting Director of the Year:  Ross Lacy - Ross Lacy Casting
Associate Casting Director of the Year:  Sherie Hernandez - Greenstein/Daniels Casting
Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Denny Sevier - House of Representatives
Adult Commercial Agent of the Year:  Kim Byrd - Innovative Artists Agency
Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Melissa Berger - CESD
Youth Commercial Agent of the Year:  Carol Lynn Sher - CESD

2009 - Pat McQueeney Award for Outstanding Service to the TMA:  Gary Marsh
Talent Manager of the Year:  Paul Trusik - Trusik Talent Management
Film Casting Director of the Year:  Deborah Aquila - Aquila/Wood Casting
Television Casting Director of the Year:  Marisa Ross and Alyson Silverberg- Ross/Silverberg Casting
Commercial Casting Director of the Year:  Jeff Gerrard - Jeff Gerrard Casting
Associate Casting Director of the Year:  Erica Silverman - April Webster Casting
Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Pam Braverman- House of Representatives
Adult Commercial Agent of the Year:  Angela Strange- The Osbrink Agency
Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Cindy Osbrink- The Osbrink Agency
Youth Commercial Agent of the Year:  Carol Lynn Sher - CESD

2008 - Talent Manager of the Year:  Paul Caplan-Bennett, PB Management
Film Casting Director of the Year:  Randi Hiller, Randi Hiller Casting
Television Casting Director of the Year:  Krisha Bullock, Krisha Bullock Casting
Commercial Casting Director of the Year:  Craig Colvin, Craig Colvin Casting
Associate Casting Director of the Year:  Jennifer Lare, Liberman/Patton Casting
Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Kim Dorr, Defining Artists Agency
Adult Commercial Agent of the Year:  David Ziff, Cunningham, Escott, Slevin and Dogherty
Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Jackie Lewis, Diverse Talent Group
Youth Commercial Agent of the Year:  Jeremy Apody, Abrams Artists Agency

2007 - Lifetime Achievement Award in Talent Management:  Bernie Brillstein, Brillstein Ent. Partners
TMA Manager of the Year:  Lin Bickelmann, Encore Artists Management
Youth Commercial Agent of the Year:  Brad Diffley, Mavrick Artists Agency
Adult Commercial Agent:  Hugh Leon, Coast To Coast Talent Group
Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Meredith Fine, Coast To Coast Talent Group
Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Mike Eisenstadt, Amsel, Eisenstadt and Frazier
Associate Casting Director of the Year:  Andy Henry, Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting
Commercial Casting Director:  Joe Blake, Joe Blake Casting
Television Casting Director of the Year:  Barbara Fiorentino, FMW Casting
Film Casting Director of the Year:  Randi Hiller, Finn/Hiller Casting

2006 - Lifetime Achievement Award in Talent Management:  Ken Kragen, Kragen Management
TMA Manager of the Year:  Alan Saffron, Polaris Entertainment
Youth Commercial Agent of the Year:  Brad Diffley, Abrams Artists Agency
Adult Commercial Agent of the Year:  Laura Soo Hoo, Osbrink Talent Agency
Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Dana Edrick, Coast To Coast Talent Group
Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Chuck James, The Gersh Agency
Commercial Casting Director of the Year:  Sheila Manning, Sheila Manning Casting
Theatrical Casting Director of the Year:  Meg Liberman, Liberman/Patton Casting

2005 - Lifetime Achievement Award in Talent Management:  Buddy Morra, MBST Entertainment
TMA Manager of the Year:  Lola Blank, LHB Entertainment
Commercial Agent of the Year:  Brad Diffley, Abrams Artists Agency
Theatrical Agent of the Year:  Julia Buchwald, Don Buchwald & Associates
Commercial Casting Director of the Year:  Danny Goldman
Theatrical Casting Director of the Year:  April Webster

2004 - Lifetime Achievement Award in Talent Management:  Robert Marcucci, Chanticleer Entertainment
TMA Manager of the Year:  Steven Nash, Arts and Letters Management
Agent of the Year:  Ginger Lawrence, House of Representatives
Casting Director of the Year:  Mali Finn

2003 - TMA Manager of the Year:  Betty McCormick Aggas, Midwest Talent Management

2002 - TMA Manager of the Year:  Paul Bennett, PB Management



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