4th September 2006

 

UNIVERSITY TO HONOUR COUNTY-BORN OSCAR WINNER

 

Oscar-winning film producer Barry Spikings will return to his home county from California next week to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Lincoln.

 

Mr Spikings, a Boston Grammar School old boy and former Boston Standard news reporter, won an Oscar for ‘The Deer Hunter’ in 1978.

 

His career has taken him from promoting rock festivals in Bardney to running multi-million pound film studios in Hollywood.

 

Born in 1939, Barry Spikings chose journalism as a career on leaving Boston Grammar School and later joined the Farmers' Weekly.

 

During his time on that publication he won a Golden Ear award with a 15-minute film which he produced and directed himself.

 

He then moved into the entertainment world, promoting pop festivals in the Lincolnshire village of Bardney and becoming co-owner of British Lion Films.

 

He joined EMI when it took over British Lion and in 1978 he won an Oscar when he produced ‘The Deer Hunter’ which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

 

‘The Deer Hunter’ was voted one of the best 100 films of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999.

 

Barry Spikings became Chairman and Chief Executive of the EMI Film and Theatre Corporation and he has also been Chairman of Elstree Studios and Chairman and Chief Executive of Thorn EMI Films Worldwide.

 

He is now a partner in Spikings Entertainment, an international film production and distribution company, and lives in California.

 

He will receive his honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Lincoln during an undergraduate awards ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral at 10.30am on Thursday 14th September.

 

 

For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042             07843 658943             jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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