The Maverick Award
Presented by Yvonne Elliman
Shep Gordon is known in the entertainment industry as having an eye for talent and an innate understanding of what people find entertaining. After graduating from SUNY Buffalo, Shep moved to LA and in 1969 co-founded Alive Enterprises. Over the years, Gordon has been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, and countless others. He’s also credited as creating the celebrity chef, which revolutionized the food industry and turned the culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. His clients that included culinary legends, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu, Daniel Boulud and many more.
Gordon’s first film as a producer, The Duelist won the Cannes Film Festival in 1977. He went on to create one of the first independent film production companies in the U.S., Alive Films – making and distributing films. Koyaanisqatsi, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Stop Making Sense. In addition to the impact he’s had on the music, film and food industries, he’s also highly regarded for his philanthropic endeavors. Shep was named one of the 100 most influential people in Rolling Stone magazine. He was the subject of Mike Myers 2013 documentary - Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon. Anthony Bourdain ECCO will be releasing his book - They Call Me Supermensch A Backstage Pass To The Amazing World Of Film, Food, and Rock ’N’ Roll in September 2016.