Larry Chernoff

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) said today that MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff will receive its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chernoff, who got his start as a can carrier at a commercial production house where he learned to sync dailies, was a founder of Filmcore, Encore and R!ot and was president of the television group at 4MC and president of creative services at Ascent Media. He joined the board of directors at MTI in 2003 and became CEO in 2005.

“Larry is one of the most thoughtful and insightful leaders I have ever known,” said HPA President Seth Hallen in a prepared statement. “His sense of the industry, his understanding of its trends, and his ability to build successful facilities where creative people love to work make him incredibly worthy of this Lifetime Achievement Award. On a daily basis, I meet people who got their start under his tutelage. Larry has literally helped build the future of our industry through the talent he’s nurtured, the companies he’s built, and the innovations he’s created. I extend my congratulations to a brilliant and inspiring leader.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a discretionary award selected by the HPA Board and Awards Committee and is not necessarily given every year. Previous recipients have included Disney’s Leon Silverman, film editors Alan Heim, ACE, Randy Roberts, ACE, and Herb Dow, ACE, and Twentieth Century Fox post-production executive Ted Gagliano.

The HPA Awards ceremony is scheduled for November 16, 2017, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.