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Koch, Gordon Re-Elected Presidents of PGA

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 8:18pm PDT

Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon have been re-elected presidents of the Producers Guild of America. Also re-elected to the national board were Gary Lucchesi, VP Motion Pictures and Hayma ‘Screech’ Washington, VP Television. Other officers include the appointment of recording secretary Gale Anne Hurd and newly elected treasurer Lori McCreary. The PGA announced the results as it prepared for this weekend’s sold-out Produced By Conference on the Sony lot in Culver City. Longtime PGA board member and former VP Koch has credits on more than five dozen movies include Heaven Can Wait, Wayne’s World, Primal Fear and most recently Source Code. He’s also First VP of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences and serves on the board of  the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Gordon is a former PGA board VP Television. He serves as exec producer on ABC series Family Tools, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, CBS’ Criminal Minds and Lifetime’s Army Wives. Gordon’s recent movies include Source Code and The Details.

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2012 ‘Produced By’ Confab Slate Unveiled

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 3:19pm PDT

The fourth annual Produced By Conference runs June 8-10 on the Sony lot in Culver City and last month set its speakers for the event sponsored by the Producers Guild in association with the International CES. The workshops and panels confirmed today include producer-centric topics from new media and global finance to distribution, marketing and brand identity. Here’s the program: Read More »

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PGA’s ‘Produced By’ Confab Sets Speakers

By | Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 9:45am PDT

The 2012 Produced By Conference, organized by the Producers Guild and new presenting sponsor the International CES, will feature more than 25 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables, networking opportunities, social events and workshops for the film, TV and digital industries. It’s set for June 8-10 on the Sony lot in Culver City. Here’s the initial lineup of participants announced today, with a notable boost in digital participants for the event’s fourth year: Read More »

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Next PGA Awards Set For January 19, 2013

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 6:03pm PST

LOS ANGELES (February 15, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards, honoring excellence in motion picture and television production, will take place on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

This year, the PGA awarded THE ARTIST with its Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and also paid tribute to several special individual honorees including Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), and the producers of IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (The Stanley Kramer Award).

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PGA “Produced By” Confab Sets 2012 Dates, Adds CES As Presenting Sponsor

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 2:20pm PST

The PGA today confirmed the dates for its annual Produced By Conference — June 8-10, 2012 on Sony Pictures’ Culver City studio lot — and announced a new presenting sponsor: the International CES convention, which is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association. That partnership replaces a previous tie-up between the PGA and the Association of Film Commissioners’ International Locations Trade Show; back in June, the PGA conference and trade show were held simultaneously at Walt Disney Studios. The sponsorship deal is part of push for CES’ “Entertainment Matters” program, which aims to bring together content and tech companies at the annual Las Vegas mega-gathering, which is set for January 10-13.

The Produced By Conference is an industry forum that spans film, TV and new media and features panels with top producers, filmmakers and actors. Proceeds from the event, which drew more than 2,200 attendees this past year, are reinvested into guild member services.

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Don Mischer To Receive PGA’s Norman Lear TV Award

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 9:11am PDT

Don Mischer, the longtime live-event TV guru who is producing the Oscars in February for a second consecutive year, has been tapped to receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. It’s the first time the guild has awarded the Norman Lear to a live-events producer. The honor will be bestowed January 21 during the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Mischer’s credits include everything from The Kennedy Center Honors to Super Bowl halftime shows, the Democratic National Convention and opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics. He also has produced specials for Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks and Barbra Streisand, among others. He has won 15 Emmys, 10 DGA Awards and a Peabody.

Previous recipients include Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman last year, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley and Mark Burnett.

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PGA Hires Arbitrations & Legal Affairs Head

By | Thursday October 20, 2011 @ 3:32pm PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 20, 2011) – Nicole “Nikki” Livolsi has been appointed as Director of Arbitrations & Legal Affairs for the Producers Guild of America, it was announced today by Executive Director of the Producers Guild, Vance Van Petten. Livolsi most recently served as litigation counsel to the Century City law firm of Newhouse Seroussi Attorneys. She previously served as a staff attorney with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, a prominent Southern California Indian Tribe and as a legal consultant for the horse racing gambling brand

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Hollywood Rallies Against Iran’s Draconian Verdicts Against Filmmakers And Stars

Mike Fleming

Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Faces Six-Year Stretch
Iranian Actress Faces Flogging Over Film

In September 2011, the Iranian government arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly working with the BBC, on charges including espionage and treason. Along with the ongoing house arrest of director Jafar Panahi and the prior arrest of actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was later sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes, the arrests sparked outrage from filmmaking communities within Iran and around the world. Prior to the release of two of the filmmakers, all six were denied access to their lawyers and families, who were forced to remain silent.

The following entertainment industry organizations stand united in their support for the rights of these artists and call for their immediate release.

Statement from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

As an international organization representing over 6000 artists in 35 countries, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is deeply concerned whenever and wherever the rights of filmmakers are threatened. The recent arrest of six Iranian filmmakers, the sentence of “one year in jail and 90 lashes” to an actress just for playing a role in an acclaimed film, and the continued house arrest of Jafar Panahi, among others, is a situation that demands our serious attention. These filmmakers – and others – are artists, not political combatants. We join our colleagues around the world in calling unequivocally

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Latest Push From Industry Anti-Piracy Group Creative America Includes PSA

Hollywood Unites Against Content Theft Via New Coalition

Creative America, the coalition formed by labor unions, guilds, studios and networks that launched in July, said today that it has kicked off awareness campaign as well as a redesigned website. The group also said the AFL-CIO, the Association of Talent Agents, the Copyright Alliance, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, FilmL.A., the National Association of Theatre Owners, the Producers Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society have joined the cause since its formation. The new campaign includes a PSA on NBCUniversal networks that we just saw on CNBC. Here it is:

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PGA Honor To CBS Corp’s Leslie Moonves

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 9:26am PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 11, 2011) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that President and CEO of CBS Corporation Leslie Moonves will be honored with the 2012 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to Moonves at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The Milestone Award is the Guild’s highest honor recognizing an individual who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. In the past, The Producers Guild has paid tribute to such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Howard & Brian Grazer, Walt Disney and last year’s 2011 recipient James Cameron, among others.

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Producers Guild Certification Plan Cleared By Justice Department

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 2:54pm PDT

The Department of Justice said today that the Producers Guild of America’s certification system to distinguish full-on film producers from “financiers, actors, lawyers or others in the entertainment industry who may bargain for a generic producer credit in return for their services” would likely not reduce competition among producers or studios and should benefit the industry by providing transparency. The review ruling gives the guild the all-clear in regard to its system — which is voluntary — having anticompetitive effects. “We’re extremely pleased that the U.S. Department of Justice has fully endorsed the Producers Guild’s certification mark,” the PGA said in a statement. ”The DOJ’s critical decision clearly and definitively paves the way for swift adoption of the Producers’ Mark, as there should be no further resistance from the motion picture studios to participate in the ‘p.g.a.’ certification program. We stand in solidarity with our nearly 5,000 Guild members, in our belief that the entire industry benefits from recognizing producers for their work.”
Here’s the DOJ release:

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced today that it will not challenge the Producers Guild of America’s proposed use of a voluntary certification system for film producers. Based on the representations made by the Guild, the department said that the proposed voluntary certification system is unlikely to reduce competition among producers or film studios for producer services and could provide clarity to the film industry and the public.

The Department of Justice’s position was stated in a business review letter to counsel for the Guild from Sharis A. Pozen, Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

With this certification, the Guild aims to distinguish those who perform what it considers to be the full range of producer’s duties on a film from those financiers, actors, lawyers or others in the entertainment industry who may bargain for a generic producer credit in return for their services. The Guild proposes using the certification “p.g.a.” after a person’s name in the work’s credits to clarify who performed the producing functions on a film as defined by the Guild’s specifications. According to the Guild, a producer who earns the “p.g.a.” certification will have been involved in all phases of development of a work, from its conceptual stage all the way through post-production and marketing.

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H’wood Guilds Host Michelle Obama Event

By | Friday June 3, 2011 @ 3:29pm PDT

Michelle Obama is taking her “Joining Forces” military family initiative to Hollywood, finalizing plans to meet with AFTRA, the DGA, the PGA, SAG and the WGA on June 13 at the Writers Guild Theatre in Los Angeles, the White House said today. The organizations have formed a Joining Forces Inter-Guild Task Force to provide support for the program. The meeting is designed to discuss the stories and issues surrounding military families so their experiences can be integrated into film, TV and digital media.

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PGA’s ‘Produced By’ Conference Sets Slate

By | Wednesday May 4, 2011 @ 1:07pm PDT

The PGA’s third annual Produced By Conference, set for June 3-5 at Walt Disney Studios, will be held alongside the Association of Film Commissioners International’s Locations show. The event recently announced an initial roster of speakers, to which NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt has since been added. Among the topics to be discussed at the conference — chaired by Marshall Herskovitz, Gale Anne Hurd and Rachel Klein — are new media, global finance, producer/director collaboration, distribution, independent film, scripted television, reality television, digital content and brand identity. The updated schedule:

A one-on-one conversation with recently named Chairman of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, about his vision for broadcast television, led by Emmy-winning® producer Marshall Herskovitz (LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, BLOOD DIAMOND, “thirtysomething”).

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First Group Of Speakers Set For PGA’s ‘Produced By’ Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 29, 2011) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) announced today the first slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 2011 Produced By Conference (PBC) which includes some of entertainment’s most sought-after producers and industry leaders. It was also announced that The Walt Disney Studios along with the ABC Entertainment Group will host the 2011 event in conjunction with AFCI’s Locations Show June 3-5, 2011.“We’re excited to announce the initial speaker line up for this year’s conference to be held at the Walt Disney Studios,” said Producers Guild President Emeritus and co-chair of PBC, Marshall Herskovitz. “We’re extremely grateful to everyone at The Walt Disney Studios for agreeing to host the third annual conference. The Disney lot provides an amazing backdrop for the producing community to gather for an exciting weekend of learning and networking.”

“The Produced By Conference continues to exceed my expectations. I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting program, and throughout all of the PBC programming, we hope to continue to advance the theme that the role of the producer is a crucial one,” said Gale Anne Hurd, PBC event co-chair. The list of featured speakers for 2011 PBC includes some of the entertainment industry’s most renowned producers and executives including, in alphabetical order:

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Producers Guild ‘Power Of Diversity’ Confab

By | Sunday February 20, 2011 @ 3:20pm PST

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 17, 2011 – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is proud to announce the seventh annual “Power of Diversity” Workshop. This highly successful program is designed to foster the important development of aspiring producers who bring diverse perspectives to television, film and non-traditional media. The annual workshop provides ten selected participants unique access to top industry talent for discussions and seminars about the producing craft. Participants are also supported by one-on-one mentoring sessions with members of the Guild’s Diversity Committee. Topics are tailored to the participating producers and their projects but subjects to be addressed include story development, pitching, packaging, financing, marketing, and new media.

Submissions for the PGA’s “Power of Diversity” Workshop opened on February 16 and will close on April 4 at 5 PM. The program runs from May through August. Applicants may be emerging creative voices or those well-established in their careers. Up to ten (10) participants will be selected to take part in the workshop at no charge. Past participants have gone on to join such shows as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Unit,” and “Justified” as well as to produce films and other self-produced work. For further information and application forms please go to:

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Hammond On ‘King’s Speech’ Win At PGA

Pete Hammond

If The Social Network had been able to pull off a Best Picture win at the Producers Guild Awards Saturday night, as most everyone had expected, it might have been on an unstoppable path to doing the same at the Academy Awards. But it didn’t. The King’s Speech won. Now the race is on. For the second straight year, the PGA did the unexpected  and may have a major impact on the Oscar contest as it moves into its final phase. Last year Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time, came into the PGA ceremony with a head a steam and expectations of a win. Instead the PGA, which was always thought to favor box office winners, stunned the room by choosing The Hurt Locker, the lowest grossing movie nominated. And the rest is history.

Preferential balloting played a part in both victories. The PGA, like the Academy, instituted that system where voters must rank their choices from one to 10 with the most weight given to their top films. It favors consensus choices. At the very least it’s a game changer that opens up the field again just as The Social Network had hoped to close it. As Mark Wahlberg, star and producer of the nominated film The Fighter said to me as he exited the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom, “This is very good for us,” meaning the presumed frontrunner’s momentum has stalled – at least this … Read More »

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Producers Guild Awards: ‘King’s Speech’ Scores Upset Win; Harvey Weinstein Reacts

UPDATE: Deadline was just emailed this reaction from Harvey Weinstein: “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by your peers. The PGA is made up of all the people I admire and respect. I congratulate Tom Hooper, our three amazing producers, and our incredible ensemble cast.” 

No less than comedy mogul Judd Apatow hosted the 22nd annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony held tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Judd Apatow Asked Twitter For PGA Jokes) Additionally, the Guild paid tribute to James Cameron (receiving the Milestone Award), Tom Hanks and his Playtone producing partner Gary Goetzman (receiving the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Scott Rudin (receiving the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Laura Ziskin (receiving the Visionary Award), and RealD (receiving the Vanguard Award). Meanwhile, Larry Gordon got a big laugh from the crowd when he praised Golden Globes Best Picture winner, The Social Network‘s Scott Rudin, for ”thanking his parents, Nikki Finke and Barry Diller”. But Sony Picture’s movie didn’t win tonight; instead the biggest honor went to The Weinstein Co’s The King’s Speech in an upset win. Harvey Weinstein wasn’t even there to see it: he’s at the Sundance film Festival.

The 2011 Producers Guild Awards winners are (keep refreshing):

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

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Producers Guild To Honor Sean Penn

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 9:41am PST

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2011) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that Sean Penn will be honored with the 2011 Stanley Kramer Award. The award will be presented to Penn at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion. Kramer, considered within the film industry to have served as “Hollywood’s Conscience” during his career as a film producer and director, created some of the most respected and successful works in the annals of American motion pictures. He was the master behind such classics as The Caine Mutiny, High Noon, The Defiant Ones, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

Previous recipients of the Kramer award include such films as The Great Debaters, An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, Innocent Voices, In America, Antwone Fisher, and the 2010 winner was PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE. Sean Penn is the first individual to receive the Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award, and the first recipient of the award in 2002 was the film I AM SAM, which Penn starred in.

“We are proud to honor Sean Penn with this award as he truly exemplifies the Stanley Kramer legacy. Sean is a committed activist who has used his extraordinary talents

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Producers Guild Releases Film & TV Noms

No less than comedy mogul Judd Apatow will host the 22nd annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony to be held on January 22nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Additionally, the Guild will pay tribute to several individuals during the ceremony including: James Cameron (receiving the Milestone Award), Tom Hanks and his Playtone producing partner Gary Goetzman (receiving the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Scott Rudin (receiving the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Laura Ziskin (receiving the Visionary Award), and RealD (receiving the Vanguard Award). The 2011 Producers Guild Awards nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers’ names listed for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and are not necessarily the proper order of credits.

The theatrical motion picture nominees are:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
127 HOURS, Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson
BLACK SWAN, Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver
INCEPTION, Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
THE FIGHTER, Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Producers: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray
THE KING’S SPEECH, Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
THE SOCIAL NETWORK, Producers: Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin
THE TOWN, Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Graham King
TOY STORY 3, Producer: Darla K. Anderson
TRUE GRIT, Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:
DESPICABLE ME, Producers: John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, Producer: Bonnie Arnold
TOY STORY 3, Producer: Darla K. Anderson Read More »

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