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Fifth ‘Produced By’ Confab Set For June 8-9

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 9:52am PST

The Producers Guild of America has set its 2013 Produced By Conference for June 8-9, 2013 at Fox Studios in Century City. The event spans film, television and new media industries and brings together producers for educational, networking and career enhancement forums. The 2013 event is chaired by Tracey Edmonds, PGA President Emeritus Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein, and Gary Lucchesi. Karen Schwartzman (Creative Axis International) is the 2013 PBC Program Director.

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PGA Announces Documentary Film Nominees

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 11:22am PST

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LOS ANGELES, CA (November 30, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Documentary Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards.

The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are:

A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED

THE GATEKEEPERS

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

THE OTHER DREAM TEAM

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

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Russell Simmons To Receive Producers Guild’s Visionary Award

By | Thursday November 29, 2012 @ 11:30am PST

LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2012)– The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that producer, entrepreneur and humanitarian Russell Simmons will receive the Producers Guild’s 2013 Visionary Award. The award will be presented to Simmons at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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TV Nominees For PGA Awards Announced

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 9:02am PST
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The Producers Guild of America just announced nominations for the TV portion of the PGA Awards. Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Homeland and Downton Abbey will compete for best drama series, while 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family comprise the best comedy series field. Not many surprises on the drama side, where all five nominees also landed best series noms at the Emmys this year (Homeland won). But the producers threw a curve ball on the comedy side, recognizing FX’s Louie — which keeps getting shut out of the top comedy race by the TV Academy — while snubbing the most buzzed-about new comedy during Emmy season, HBO’s Girls. On the heels of their first best series Emmy nominations this year, NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Shark Tank and Jimmy Kimmel Live landed their maiden PGA Award noms. Here is a full list of the TV nominees, which include scripted and unscripted series, talk shows and kids programs, as well as the digital PGA Award contenders: Read More »

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Working Title’s Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner To Receive PGA’s David O. Selznick Award

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 11:01am PST

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 14, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce that Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, co-chairmen of Working Title Films, will receive the 2013 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. The award recognizes a producer’s, or a producing team’s, outstanding body of work and is the PGA’s highest honor for motion picture producers. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will be presented the award at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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JJ Abrams To Receive Producers Guild’s Norman Lear Award

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 9:42am PST

The Producers Guild Of America will honor JJ Abrams with its 2013 Norman Lear Award For Television, which it will present during the 24th Annual PGA Awards on January 26. The writer-producer-director started out in television with the WB drama Felicity, which he co-created. He went on to create ABC’s Alias and co-create Lost. Abrams is the founder and president of Bad Robot, which he runs with producing partner Bryan Burk. The company has three series on the air Fox’s Fringe, which Abrams co-created; CBS’ Person Of Interest; and this year’s breakout hit for NBC Revolution. “J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer, series that have changed the landscape of television,” said Producers Guild Awards chair Michael DeLuca. “His talent is astonishing, and through his commitment to ingenious storytelling, compelling characters and television programming of the highest quality, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake.” Read More »

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PGA Launches ‘Digital VIP’ Awards To Honor Advances In Digital Entertainment

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT

Los Angeles (August 8, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America announced today the opening of submissions for a new initiative and gala awards event later this year – Digital V.I.P. – to honor nine “Visionaries, Innovators and Producers” who have made significant contributions to the advancement of digital entertainment and storytelling during the past year.

“During the past decade, the Producers Guild has demonstrated a strong commitment to new media that is unique among the major entertainment guilds,” said Shawn Gold and Marc Scarpa, Co-chairs of Digital V.I.P. “In that spirit, we are proud to present our new ‘Digital V.I.P.’ program honoring visionaries, innovators and producers who have made significant contributions to digital entertainment and storytelling.”

“The Producers Guild of America is home to the leading creators of film, television and new media,” said Producers Guild President Mark Gordon. “Producers are the engine at the heart of the entertainment industry, and Digital V.I.P. honorees are the influential decision-makers on the front lines of new media, gathering resources, developing technologies, creating stories and making digital entertainment happen.”

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Producers Guild Unveils Jobs Board

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 11:24am PDT

LOS ANGELES (July 30, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America announced today that it has launched a new, state-of-the-art online job board for Guild members and employers. The new Producers Guild Job Board can be found online at http://jobs.producersguild.org/.

“One of the primary objectives of the Producers Guild is to provide our members with access to good, quality jobs, and this new site will greatly enhance our ability to do just that,” said Chris Thomes, Producers Guild Website Committee Chair and Vice President of New Media Council. “Reimagined and redesigned to be elegant and effective, our new site includes tools, functions and features that distinguish the Producers Guild Job Board as the best one-stop-shop for the highest-quality producing team members in the industry.”

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Harvey & Bob Weinstein To Receive Producers Guild Milestone Award

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 23, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that legendary filmmakers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-founders and Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company, will be honored with the 2013 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to the Weinsteins at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Milestone Award is the Guild’s highest honor recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. In the past, the Producers Guild has paid tribute to such industry leaders as Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, James Cameron, Ron Meyer and last year’s 2012 recipient Leslie Moonves, among others.

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2013 PGA Awards Timeline Announced

By | Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 10:07am PDT

The 24th annual PGA Awards nominations will be announced November 28 for TV series, digital series, and feature documentary motion pictures, with theatrical motion pictures, animated theatrical motion pictures, and longform TV noms unveiled January 3, 2013. The awards ceremony was shifted back a week next year and is set for January 26 at the Beverly Hilton. Here’s the timeline released today: Read More »

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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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PGA Awards Shift 2013 Date, Tap Michael De Luca As Show Producer

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 9:24am PDT

Next year’s PGA Awards had been set for January 19. Here’s the release on the new date and the announcement of Michael De Luca as the show’s producer. He’s had plenty of experience in awards season, most recently as a producer on last year’s Moneyball and 2010′s The Social Network. Here’s the release:

LOS ANGELES (May 17, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America announced today that it has shifted the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony to take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Additionally, Producers Guild Presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon announced that the 2013 awards program, which honors excellence in motion picture and television production, will be produced by Academy-Award® nominated producer Michael De Luca.

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PGA Unveils Producers Showcase Finalists

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 5:39pm PDT

The Producers Guild of America today announced the 10 finalist film projects of the 2012 PGA Producers Showcase competition. ProShow is taking place in conjunction with the fourth annual Produced By Conference held in association with the International CES® on June 8-10, hosted by Sony in Culver City. Finalists receive free admission to this year’s conference where they will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one meetings with financiers, studios and production companies. The grand prize winning project will be announced Sunday, June 10. Winner will receive more than $20,000 in prizes, and the nine remaining finalists will each receive $500 in cash prizes.

The finalists are:

ADAM & LARRY’S KILLER APP – Chris Cuthbertson (Nova Scotia, Canada)
CARGO CULT – Janet Muswell (USA)
COLUSA – Norm Hunter (USA)
LENI – Eva Orner (New South Wales, Australia)
MY DAUGHTER MOIRA – Gretchen Kirsch (USA)
NOSTALGIA – Zaid Abu Hamdan (Jordan)
PSSST! – Bill Vigil (USA)
SAMMY LEE – Yonghee Lee (Korea)
SCOUT – Beverley Gordon (USA)
WINTER OF OUR DISCONNECT – Robyn Kershaw (Victoria, Australia)

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PGA Names Susan Sprung Associate National Exec Director

By | Monday March 5, 2012 @ 1:08pm PST

Producers Guild Of America Susan SprungLOS ANGELES, CA (March 5, 2012) – Susan Sprung has been appointed Associate National Executive Director for the Producers Guild of America, it was announced today by National Executive Director of the Producers Guild, Vance Van Petten. Sprung’s hire is a direct result of the Guild’s consistent growth in membership and the extensive breadth of their programs.

Sprung previously served as Special Counsel at the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she was an associate at Barrett Smith Shapiro Simon and Armstrong in New York. She specialized in general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, large bank financings, private placements and public offerings. She also served as Corporate Counsel to Trizechahn Corporation during the completion of the Hollywood and Highland project. Sprung chaired the Board of Directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation-LA for 5 years and was a member of the Board of Trustees of University Synagogue. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude and from Boston University School of Law.

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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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Hot Clips: Tribute To Spielberg At PGA

By | Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 4:58pm PST

Accepting the Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Career Achievement Award last night, Steven Spielberg said about the people who stitched this video together: “I think we should have them working for us.” It was edited by Todd Sandler.

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Hammond: Producers Guild Validates ‘The Artist’ As Its Race Towards Oscar Quickens

By | Sunday January 22, 2012 @ 3:23am PST
Pete Hammond

Hammond: PGA Awards Feature Clooney, Spielberg, Katzenberg, Mischer, Angelina
The Artist And Tintin Win 2012 PGA Awards

In the last two years the winner of the Producers Guild of America’s Best Picture award (aka Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures) has turned the Oscar race on its head. The choice in 2010 of low-grossing indie The Hurt Locker over the highest grossing movie ever Avatar just one week after its Golden Globe win was a shocker. So was last year’s defeat of The Social Network by Harvey Weinstein’s upstart The King’s Speech also just one week after Sony Picture’s Facebook film triumphed at the Globes. But Saturday night’s victory by frontrunner The Artist isn’t inspiring the same comparisons.

If the PGA winner had been any film other than The Artist, then the race would have taken a new twist. Instead it went the way most pundits expected. And it would appear, on the surface at least, the little French black-and-white silent movie is well on its way to victory at the Oscars. After all, the PGA is the first real industry test and it has a good track record matching its winner with the eventual Best Picture Oscar for the past four years. (It has missed three others in the last decade though). The PGA is the first guild to reveal its choice and many members are also Oscar voters so it carries a great deal of weight. The glum faces of competitors in the Beverly Hilton lobby afterwards would seem to indicate the seemingly inevitable crowning of The Artist at the Kodak Theatre. But it ain’t over til its over — and in fact we don’t even get the Academy Award nominations until Tuesday.

Still, Thomas Langmann, producer of The Artist, played the role of underdog in his classy acceptance speech when he said, “We were just writing a love letter to American cinema. We never dreamed we would get to taste the American dream”. It went over well in the room, especially when he pointed out none of them could believe they were in the same room as Steven Spielberg, much less the same category. While I was congratulating Langmann in the lobby, Harvey Weinstein came up and warned him there is still a long way to go and that nothing should be taken for granted. He recalled being on the opposite side last year when it seemed inevitable that The Social Network was going to win. In fact last year Harvey didn’t make the trek up to LA from Sundance just for the PGA night like he did this year. But then this year he knew he might have the winner — and Harvey looked like the cat that just ate the canary. 
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2012 PGA Award Winners: ‘The Artist’, ‘Tintin’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Modern Family’

By | Saturday January 21, 2012 @ 7:57pm PST

Thomas Langmann’s The Artist won the Producers Guild of America (PGA) motion picture category tonight for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards. They’re considered a strong prognosticator for the Best Picture Oscar: the past two years, the PGA’s theatrical motion picture award winners started their successful runs for Oscar (The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech) over the presumed favorites. The event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel celebrates the finest producing work of the year, and gives the Guild an opportunity to honor some of the living legends who have shaped the producing profession. This year, the PGA is awarding special honors to 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 In The Land Of Blood And Honey (The Stanley Kramer Award). The 2012 Producers Guild Awards co-chairs are Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim. (The producers’ names for each production are listed in alphabetical order and are not necessarily the proper order of credits.)

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE WINNERS

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Artist – Producer: Thomas Langmann

The award was presented by Annette Bening.

Producer Of The Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Adventures Of Tintin – Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

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HAMMOND: Will PGA Awards Pull Another Surprise?

By | Tuesday January 3, 2012 @ 10:27am PST
Pete Hammond

PGA Awards Nominees Announced

For the past two years, the Producers Guild of America’s theatrical motion picture awards have had a major impact on awards season. Its 2009 winner The Hurt Locker and 2010 winner The King’s Speech really started their serious runs for the Best Picture Oscar by respectively surprising — and defeating — presumed PGA and then-Oscar favorites Avatar and The Social Network, respectively. In both cases I watched as top executives from 20th Century Fox and Sony seemed stunned and depressed. Will the PGA play king-maker for a third year in a row by going their own way and setting the table for the rest of the season?

As we have said many times, the PGA awards along with SAG, DGA and WGA hold more weight in determining Oscar sentiment as many of their members cross over with actual Academy voters. The PGA in fact participates in vetting producer nominees for the Academy, so today’s list of 10 nominees (the guild decided to stick to 10 even though this year the Academy has switched to a voting system that could produce anywhere from five to 10 contenders) should be taken very seriously. In that regard, Sony and producer Scott Rudin — who both felt the PGA’s cold shoulder last year by eventually dooming their early-season favorite The Social Network — should be ecstatic as both Moneyball and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo made the cut. Rudin was personally nominated for Dragon Tattoo (with Cean Chaffin) and is an executive producer on Moneyball (the PGA, like the Academy, does not officially nominate EPs). Count in George Clooney’s The Ides Of March, which until the Golden Globes and now the PGAs hasn’t had much luck this season, and you have a very good morning for the Culver City lot — even though their animated hopeful Arthur Christmas failed to make the list of five nominees for Animated Feature. Read More »

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