True Blood’s Joe Manganiello to receive Career Achievement Award from Palm Beach Int’l Film Festival

The 20th Anniversary of the Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) kicks off in style at a once-in-a-lifetime Gala on Saturday, November 1. This glamorous affair will take place at the ultra luxurious Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa on the Atlantic Ocean in sunny South Florida. In celebration of this rare milestone, the festival has announced that they will present a Career Achievement Award to Joe Manganiello (HBO's True Blood, Magic Mike).

This honor is not handed out every year. It is only given when someone has made such an impact on the industry that they feel the individual deserves special recognition. His remarkable performances in both films and television have made such an impact. In recognition of his work, Mr. Manganiello will accept the PBIFF 20th Anniversary Career Achievement Award at this special evening of celebration launching the PBIFF 20th Anniversary season.

He joins previously announced honorees CEO Randi Emerman and community leader George Elmore, who have both spearheaded the festival for its 20 years, along with Britannia Pacific Properties President Eva Hill, owner of the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

Only 37, Manganiello's acting resume includes over 160 features, shorts, and television episodes. In addition to his role as Alcide Herveaux on 42 episodes across seven seasons of True Blood from 2010-2014, Manganiello has had guest appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Las Vegas, Scrubs, CSI: Miami, Medium, CSI: NY, Two and a Half Men, and White Collar. He did multiple episodes of ER (four), How I Met Your Mother (seven), One Tree Hill (13), and American Heiress (64).

On the big screen, Joe played Flash Thompson in Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3. He achieved true movie star status with two films in 2012, as Davis in What to Expect When You're Expecting and as Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike, which earned $167.2 million worldwide at the box office. Since then he's appeared in David Ayer's Sabotage and will soon be seen in Tumbledown and Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups. Joe is currently shooting the Magic Mike sequel, Magic Mike XXL, set for release by Warner Bros. Pictures on July 1, 2015.

Manganiello is much more than a successful actor, though, as his creative talents have expanded to directing and producing with the documentary La Bare. Directed by Joe, co-produced with his brother Nick, this no-holds-barred examination of the lives of male exotic dancers at America's most popular male strip club debuted at the prestigious 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. Main Street Films acquired La Bare for distribution in the first deal coming out of the festival, releasing it this past summer. Joe is now an accomplished author, as well. His first book Evolution was published by Simon & Schuster in December 2013. This must-have fitness manual gives the reader a wealth of information from Manganiello's lifetime of experience researching diet, cardio, and anatomy. 

He is truly worthy of the PBIFF Career Achievement Award, 

In this clip, Joe shows his Magic Mike movies to Conan O'Brien. The official Palm Beach International Film Festival press release follows.     

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WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (October 14, 2014) – The Palm Beach International Film Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a star-studded gala set for Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, 100 South Ocean Boulevard.


"Glitz and glamor galore, this gala is one not to be missed," said Randi Emerman, active since day one and current CEO of the Palm Beach Film Festival. "This event celebrates a tremendous milestone for the festival with tributes to the many filmmakers and actors we have had the privilege to meet and get to know over the years."


The gala honors Emerman along with community leader George Elmore, in recognition of their 20 years of extraordinary dedication and support of the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Eva Hill, president of Britannia Pacific Properties, owner of the Eau Palm Beach, will be honored with a "Gutsy Gals Inspire Me" award.


The highlight of the evening will be a Career Achievement award presentation to guest of honor, actor Joe Manganiello, star of HBO’s critically acclaimed True Blood and blockbuster hit Magic Mike. Manganiello plays fan-favorite character Alcide Herveaux, the loyal, no-nonsense werewolf on True Blood, currently airing its seventh and final season.  He was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Bachelor of 2014.


Last year, Manganiello added the role "director" to his resume when he and his brother, Nick, self-produced a documentary chronicling the lives of exotic male dancers at America’s most popular male strip club. The film, La Bare, premiered at Slamdance 2014 and was the first film out of the festival to pick up distribution. Main Street Films released the film this past summer.


PBIFF was founded in 1996 by Commissioner Burt Aaronson and local philanthropist George Elmore with the vision that a film festival would offer an exciting cultural venue for the community and be a tremendous fundraiser for educational film and television programs throughout Palm Beach County schools. The PBIFF has hosted a bevy of top celebrities and filmmakers over the years including:  Academy Award® Winners Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Dennis Hopper, Louise Fletcher and Michael Caine; Academy Award® Nominees Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Robert Evans, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson and Burt Reynolds.  Along with countless other legends, stars and filmmakers that have created movie magic for the past 80 years including: Roger Moore, Faye Wray, Esther Williams, Anouk Aimee, Samuel L. Jackson, Cyd Charisse, Richard Zanuck, William Friedkin, Brett Ratner, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Clarke Duncan and Rod Steiger.


Tickets to the gala are $150 per person or $2500 for a Premier Table of ten to include a full page advertisement in the Anniversary Gala program.


The 20th Anniversary Palm Beach International Film Festival will be March 26 – April 2, 2015.


For ticket and sponsorship information visit or call 561-362-0003.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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