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After a few years as creative director for ad agency BBDO Hungary, Herendi turned to directing and eventually started his own commercial production company, Skyfilm Studio in 1991. Skyfilm became the highest earning and most award winning company of its kind in Hungary.
After ten years and over 500 commercial spots, Gabor decided to direct his first feature film.
A Kind of America
(Valami Amerika, 2002) was breaking local box office records and finding distribution across Europe and in the U.S. The soundtrack was leading the top ten charts for more weeks than Titanic, and the DVD proved to be a top selling product.
Herendi followed up with comedy
, which also became a hit. Hungarian Vagabond is a funny historical road movie about the time travel of the first Hungarian tribe chiefs from the 9th century till our times.
In the break between the two feature films Gábor directed TV and two sit-coms:
(adaptation of existing concept) and TEA locally developed series.
Reaching the heights of the Hungarian film and advertising world, Gabor became an acclaimed director in both Hungary and internationally. His third movie,
, was released in 2007.
The Producer of the Year 2002 (A Kind of America)
Special Prize of the Hungarian Film Critics 2003 (A Kind of America)
Prize of VoxCar (Prize of VOX, movie magazine) for Best Hungarian Movie Song 2002, for Most Popular Hungarian Movie (A Kind of America) 2002; (Hungarian Vagabond) 2004
Jupiter Prize of Cinema (movie magazine) for Best Hungarian Movie and Best Director (A Kind of America) 2003
Prize of the Hungarian Theatrical Exhibitors for the Highest Cinema Admissions (A Kind of America) 2003, (Hungarian Vagabond) 2005
Prize of the Hungarian Radio and Television Commission for the Most Popular Hungarian Movie (Hungarian Vagabond) 2005
Silver Effie Award for the marketing and publicity campaign of the feature film Hungarian Vagabond 2005
2001: A Kind of America / Valami Amerika
2003: Hungarian Vagabond / Magyar vándor
2008: A Kind of America 2 / Valami Amerika 2