Sharon Stone Presents Lifetime Award at 2016 Heller Awards Hosted by TMA at Beverly Hilton
By: Sharoll Jackson
Beverly Hills (The Hollywood Times) 11/18/2016 – The Talent Managers Association (TMA) proudly hosted the 2016 Heller Awards Thursday evening to recognize and honor managers, agents, casting directors, and legendary industry professionals in the field of talent management. This special occasion was characterized by both elegance and enthusiasm as the honorees, nominees, recipients and celebrities shared and enjoyed spunky stories and accolades at the ballroom dinner event in Beverly Hills at the chic Beverly Hilton. The 14th Annual friendly gathering represented the highest caliber of talent, knowledge, respect and support which is the foundation of their excellence and success.
There were three honorees who received lifetime achievement awards. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Agent, Jack Gilardi, received his award from Shirley Maclaine. Gilardi warmly responded, “I love my clients, they’re wonderful friends.” Craig Fincannon received his Lifetime Achievement Casting Director award from Michael Rooker. Fincannon shared that “it has been the partnerships that have made the successes.” The Lifetime Achievement Manager was presented to Chuck Binder from Sharon Stone. Binder joked, “when I first heard that I was getting the lifetime achievement award, I thought – Wow, did I get old?” He quickly added that there was still much more to do.
TMA President, Daryn Simons, along with Board of Director members Annet McCroskey, Britani Golden, Deborah Del Prete, Cheryl Martin, Betty McCormick, Tammy Wallce, Kevin Jonas Sr., Ray Jimenez, and Versa Manos, shine as a positive and dynamic force as the TMA organization emphasizes and demonstrates the benefit of holding high standards of professionalism and ethics as an industry leader.
The program featured a moving tribute to Seymour Heller, one of the founders of TMA and the namesake of the Heller Awards. The Friends of Californians with Disabilities received acknowledgment as well, continuing to bring forth a presence of excellence, creativity, and diversity in the industry.
As for the talk on the Red Carpet, several celebrities shared a little piece of advice or knowledge from their experiences. Michael Rooker – “there are so many social medias – use it.” Sharon Stone – “honesty and integrity are key.” Suzanne Cryer – “you have to remind yourself that you want to be with an agent who wants to work with you.” Michael Beach – “an agent is good because you need someone fighting for you.” Ajay Mehta – “it’s a relationship that you have to develop and it’s a meeting of the minds.” Frank Stallone – “stay focused, you have to be ready to go.”
Other Award Recipients included: 2016 TMA Manager of the Year – Tammy Wallace; Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year – Robert Haas; Youth Theatrical Agent of the Year – Meredith Fine; Adult Commercial Agent of the Year – David Ziff; Youth Commercial Agent – Dawn Osbrink; Regional Agent of the Year – Joy Pervis; Voiceover Agent of the Year – Izzy Arias, Feature Casting Director – Kim Coleman; Associate Casting Director of the Year – Jason B. Stamey; Television Casting Director of the Year – Leah Daniels-Butler; Regional Casting Director of the Year – Annette Stillwell; Commercial Casting Director of the Year – Ross Lacy; and Voiceover Animation Casting Director of the Year – Kevin Reher & Natalie Lyon.
Other celebrity presenters and performers during the evening included: Ajay Mehta, Amuary Nolasko, Britain Dalton, Dan Lauria, Elizabeth Frances, Frank Stallone, Genneya Walton, Hunter King, Jack Coleman, Jessica Marie Garcia, Joey Bragg, Michael Beach, Nancy Travis, Peter Gruber, Richard Shelton, Robbie Kay, Stacy Keach, Suzanne Cryer, and Zelda Williams.