The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 has announced that David Heyman, the producer of all eight Harry Potter movies, is to receive the 2014 Order of the Golden Sphinx award. David, who recently won a BAFTA, will receive the prestigious award at the annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala. The gala is due to be held in New York on March 10.
The Institute was created at Harvard University by a group of students and is the oldest social club in the United States. The Institute has “grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron for the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.” The award itself is described as follows:
“The Order of the Golden Sphinx, named for a traditional symbol of the Hasty Pudding Institute, is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute and recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary contributions to the performing arts. The recipient represents the Institute’s mission to support and foster the performing arts within its membership, at Harvard, and the community at large. Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment Inc., received the 2013 Order of the Golden Sphinx award.”
David said about the award,
“I can think of few higher honours than receiving the Order of the Golden Sphinx. The order celebrates freedom of expression and creative originality, and as a producer I have been fortunate enough to work with a number of talented people blessed with fearless creative freedom. They are qualities to be cherished and encouraged, and it is has been a privilege to work among them.”
Congratulations to David! A very well-deserved award!