The Anti-Defamation League is honoring Ryan Kavanaugh with its 2011 Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the organization announced Tuesday.
Kavanaugh, the CEO of Relativity Media, gets the award during the ADL's Entertainment Industry Awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Oct. 11.
Kavanaugh is chairman of the board of The Art of Elysium -- a group that encourages artists to donate time and talent to hospitalized children. He also is an active supporter of Best Buddies and Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Kavanaugh will have to clear some room for the award on his already crowded mantle. In the past few years, he has received Cedars-Sinai's Board of Governors "Hollywood Humanitarian Award" and the Sheriff's Youth Foundation's "Community Champion Award."
In a written statement, Kavanaugh praised the ADL's contributions among races, faiths and cultures and noted that "on a personal level, ADL’s mission is particularly special to me as it honors my grandparents’ legacy and Jewish heritage.”
Previous honorees include NBCU TV chairman Jeff Gaspin, NBCU cable entertainment chief Bonnie Hammer, and Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group. Related Articles: Ryan Kavanaugh: Relativity's Revenue Over $2B; Netflix Deal 'Historic' Anti-Defamation League to Honor Spielberg