Cunard Line announces a new partnership with Variety, the leading publication for entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. During the annual award-show season, Cunard is supporting Variety’s Film Screening Series in Los Angeles and New York, open to industry executives and voting members of the various guilds and the Motion Picture Academy.

After each screening Variety will conduct Q&A sessions with the films’ director, writers, producers and/or cast members that will video stream on Variety.com and later play onboard Cunard’s luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. Variety and Cunard are working to develop similar Q&A programmes onboard Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossings next year as part of Cunard Insights, the line’s award-winning guest enrichment programme.

“As operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, Cunard has long been associated with Hollywood’s brightest stars – from as far back as the Golden Age of Ocean Travel – to today’s award-winning and celebrated actors, writers and directors who appreciate the civility of Transatlantic travel aboard Queen Mary 2,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. “We look forward to sharing Variety’s unique brand of entertainment news with our guests,” added Marlow.

For decades, Cunard Line has been the favored Line for ocean travel, welcoming such Hollywood luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and more recently, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Richard Dreyfuss, Terrence Howard, John Cleese, film composer Bill Conti and screenwriting duo Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement.

“We’re delighted to have the support of Cunard to showcase some of this year’s most prestigious films and create additional insight and dialogue with the voting members of the entertainment community in Los Angeles and New York,” said Neil Stiles, President and Publisher, Variety.

Variety’s Screening Series in Los Angeles and New York will showcase at least 50 of the award show season’s most anticipated films from the major and independent studios through the end of the year.