“No Tux, No Gown, No Dinner”. Each year, Variety – The Children’s Charity honors a well respected and deserving individual in the community with the Lifetime Achievement Award. An invitation is sent to sponsors, supporters and friends to join in celebrating the life and career of the recipient by purchasing pages in the journal which pay tribute to the honoree.
Mr. Warner currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cinemark Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Plano, TX. Prior to his current position, he was President and Chief Operating Officer for 5 years. Additionally, Mr. Warner served as President of Cinemark International for over 10 years and was responsible for leading Cinemark’s international growth efforts, primarily in Mexico, Central & South America, where it currently operates 1,360 screens in 172 theatres.
Prior to joining Cinemark, Warner was well-known throughout the industry as the CEO of NATO of California/Nevada and the General Chairman of NATO/ShoWest, the largest convention in the world devoted exclusively to all aspects of the motion picture industry. Warner’s 1989-1995 reign saw NATO/ShoWest evolve from a regional confab to a convention routinely converged upon by motion picture professionals from all over the world. NATO/ShoWest has evolved into the number one industry convention CinemaCon.
Mr. Warner was born and raised in Butte, Montana and began his exhibition career in Butte, Montana in 1956 at Fox-Intermountain Theatres. Following a two year stint as theatre manager and city manager for National General, Warner in 1969 joined Theatre Operators, Inc. of which he was part owner. He progressed to President of the organization. In 1973, he started a second company, Warner Marketing Film Buying which bought film for independently owned theatres. Theatre Operators Inc. was acquired in 1988 by Chicago-based Excellence Theatres, which employed Warner as a senior executive until he left for Los Angeles to become CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners of California and General Chairman of NATO/ShoWest.
During his time at Cinemark, Mr. Warner has been honored to be part of a team that has built Cinemark into one of the leading exhibition companies in the world operating 504 theatres, with 5,794 screens in 14 countries.
Mr. Warner has been active throughout his life in several industry organizations and has been a featured speaker at industry conferences throughout the world. He has been very committed to our industry charities (Will Rogers, Motion Picture Pioneers and Variety) throughout his career and has led fundraising efforts over the years for these and other outstanding charitable organizations.
Mr. Warner resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Winifred (Windy). His daughter, Kristina Warner and her husband Laurent Ouaknine reside in Los Angeles, CA with their daughter, Abigail. His son, Tim Warner Jr., resides in Helena, MT with his wife Heather and their two sons Dane and Bridger.
Jim Tharp, Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
With a career that spans over four decades, film industry veteran Jim Tharp has long been considered a distinguished leader in his field. Beginning with an incredible 25-year career with General Cinema Corporation, where he rose from an assistant film buyer to Senior Vice President of Film and Film Marketing, Tharp went on to serve as the Head of Distribution at DreamWorks and most recently, as President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution for Paramount Pictures.
Since joining Paramount Pictures in 2006, Tharp has managed the theatrical releases of a number of successful movies, including those from the hit “Transformers,” “Paranormal Activity” and “Jackass” franchises, as well other hit makers including 2009’s “Star Trek” and “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” which became the highest grossing concert film of all time following its 2010 release. He has also been a part of several record breaking moments during his time at Paramount, including the studio’s first-ever $1 billion release with “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”; earning the highest gross in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise with the studio’s latest in the series, “Ghost Protocol”; and helping to steer the studio towards five consecutive years with over $1 billion at the U.S. box office.
During his ten-year tenure as the Head of Distribution at DreamWorks, Tharp managed the distribution activities for several award-winning movies including “Shrek,” the winner of the first-ever Academy Award® for Best Animated Film, as well for the back-to-back Best Picture winners “Gladiator” and “American Beauty.” He also oversaw Steven Spielberg’s award-winning World War II drama, “Saving Private Ryan”, which was the top grossing feature film of 1998.
An active member of various charitable organizations throughout his career, Tharp is an Advisory Committee member for The First Tee non-profit organization, a Los Angeles-based group whose goal is to impact the lives of our youth through the game of golf. Additionally, as a founding director of the Ron Burton Training Village, and an active supporter for over 25-years, Jim and his wife Jan are also involved in the youth group’s mission to build leadership skills through a program of spiritual, educational and physical fitness training. Jim has also volunteered and lent his financial support to The Lamp Community, a Los Angeles-based non-profit whose goal is to permanently end homelessness, improve health, and build self-sufficiency among men and women living with severe mental illness. A longtime member of Variety The Children’s Charity, Jim began his affiliation with the North Texas branch, where he served on the board and lent his time to numerous Variety fundraising programs.
For his tremendous contribution to the film industry, and for his unwavering leadership throughout his career, Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California is proud to honor Jim Tharp with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.