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The Producing Team

This list represents the current titles and credits recognized by the PGA for membership. Though your credit/title may not be listed here, we invite you to check here frequently as additional titles may be included as our criteria adapts to changes within the producing community and entertainment industry at large.

The Producing Team is responsible for the art, craft, and science of production and consists of those individuals whose interdependency and support of each other are necessary for the creation of motion pictures, television programming, and New Media content. The producing team is comprised of Producers, all those on the career path to becoming Producers, and additional team members that include:

MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION

  • Producers
  • Executive Producers
  • Co-Executive Producers (Television Only)
  • Co-Producers
  • Line Producers
  • Supervising Producers
  • Production Supervisors
  • Production Managers
  • Production Coordinators
  • Associate Producers
  • Segment Producers
  • Field Producers
  • Senior Story Producers
  • Story Producers
  • Post-Production Producers
  • Post-Production Supervisors
  • Post-Production Managers
  • Post-Production Coordinators
  • Visual Effects Producers
  • Visual Effects Coordinators

NEW MEDIA*

  • Producers
  • Executive Producers
  • Co-Producers
  • Line Producers
  • Supervising Producers
  • Associate Producers
  • Senior Producers
  • Animation Producers
  • Visual Effects Producers
  • Visual Effects Co-Producers
  • Executive Producer of Visual Effects
* Recognized categories and platforms in conjunction with recognized New Media credits are:
    • Broadband
    • DVD/Blu-ray (BD Live)
    • Video Games
    • Mobile
    • Digital VFX
    • Animation
    • Interactive/Enhanced TV
    • Special Venue
    • Transmedia

The PGA is aware that New Media producer credits will continue to evolve with new technologies and we are committed to recognizing qualified producers in these areas and establishing a universal standard. We encourage storytelling New Media professionals who do not have the specific credited title of "Producer" but who share the same responsibilities and duties defined in the PGA New Media Credit Guidelines to apply and allow the PGA to verify their qualification as producers.

Professional Experience

To be eligible for membership, an applicant must have received PGA-approved credits (see the PGA Code of Credits) and/or performed the job functions under those credits, within the last 7 years for feature films, or the last 5 years for all other formats, as indicated below:

FEATURE FILMS

No less than two (2) feature films that have had:
  • Exclusive Theatrical U.S. Run in a minimum of two (2) cities, one of which must have a population of over one (1) million. Theatrical runs must be at least one week to qualify; or
  • Distribution via VOD (Video on Demand) platform carried by a major cable/satellite television provider (e.g., Time Warner, Cablevision, DirecTV); or
  • Verifiable wide commercial DVD/Blu-ray release; or
  • Streamed online through one of the following approved digital portals:
    • Amazon Prime
    • Blockbuster
    • Crackle
    • Epix
    • Fandor
    • Film Movement
    • Google Play
    • iTunes
    • Hulu
    • Netflix
    • Redbox
    • SnagFilms
  • Screen as an official selection in any of the following major film festivals:
    • AFI Fest (USA)
    • Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
    • Busan International (Asia)
    • Cannes Festival International Du Film (France)
    • Guadalajara (Latin America)
    • Hong Kong International (Asia)
    • New York Film Festival (USA)
    • Rio de Janeiro (Latin America)
    • Sundance Film Festival (USA)
    • Telluride Film Festival (USA)
    • Toronto Film Festival (Canada)
    • Tribeca Film Festival (USA)
    • Venice Film Festival (Italy)

Direct to consumer or non-curated distribution platforms cannot be used to qualify a film for distribution. This list of qualifying festivals and online portals shall be periodically reviewed and updated (not less than once per year) to reflect changes in the festival circuit and industry in general, as appropriate. This review will be conducted by the Independent Film Committee and the Membership Committee. Any revisions recommended by these committees must then be approved by the National Board of Directors. Applicants with films that are streamed through vendors not on this list are strongly encouraged to inquire about a film's eligibility prior to applying.

SHORT FILMS

No less than five (5) short films, as defined below. All other regulations concerning motion pictures would apply.
  • To count towards membership, films would either:
    • Need to have a broad theatrical release (e.g. Pixar shorts); or
    • Be distributed nationally via streaming video or DVD/Blu-ray; or
    • Win a qualifying award at a competitive film festival, as specified in the Short Film Qualifying Festival List (see above), regardless of any prior public exhibition or distribution by non-theatrical means.
  • A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.
  • Excluded from consideration are such works as:
    • Previews and advertising films
    • Sequences from feature-length films, such as credit sequences
    • Unaired episodes of established TV series
    • Unsold TV series pilots
    • Student films

LONG-FORM TELEVISION

No less than two (2) long-form television programs (MOW's, miniseries, major specials) that have:
  • Either aired or transmitted broadly in the U.S. domestic territory; or
  • Aired or transmitted in a local market on a major channel with 1 million+ viewers as verified by a reputable measurement index, such as Nielsen Media Research; or
  • Streamed through a major streaming service with at least 1 million+ paid subscribers

EPISODIC TELEVISION

No less than thirteen (13) episodes of "episodic" television programs (scripted series, or major non-fiction/doc/reality shows) that have:
  • Either aired or transmitted broadly in the U.S. domestic territory; or
  • Aired or transmitted in a local market on a major channel with 1 million+ viewers as verified by a reputable measurement index, such as Nielsen Media Research; or
  • Streamed through a major streaming service with at least 1 million+ paid subscribers

NON-EPISODIC TELEVISION

No less than one hundred (100) episodes of "non-episodic" television programs (i.e. talk, infotainment, game, news magazine, clip shows, countdown shows, etc.) that have:
  • Either aired or transmitted broadly in the U.S. domestic territory; or
  • Aired or transmitted in a local market on a major channel with 1 million+ viewers as verified by a reputable measurement index, such as Nielsen Media Research; or
  • Streamed through a major streaming service with at least 1 million+ paid subscribers

NEW MEDIA (BROADBAND ONLY)

The Broadband category is defined as professional, digitally distributed, story-driven, video content. Submitted applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
  • No less than seventy-five (75) short form, broadband episodes, with an individual running time of at least thirty (30) seconds and no greater than nineteen (19) minutes each, broadly distributed via the broadband extension of a major media network; or
  • No less than three (3) hours of broadband content, consisting of at least two (2) unique programs with a running time of at least thirty (30) seconds each, publicly available via online distribution through major video sharing websites and/or curated broadband channels; or
  • No less than two (2) singular/live-streaming events, with a running time of at least three (3) hours each, publicly available via online distribution through major video sharing websites and/or curated broadband channels; or
  • No less than five (5) broadband projects, broadly distributed via the broadband extension of a major media network, major video sharing websites and/or curated broadband channels.

Content submitted for consideration:
  • Must have been widely distributed on broadband (no previous broadcast or theatrical release) or via other internet enabled platforms not considered to be traditional television;
  • Can be original material, adapted from source material, branded content, or branded entertainment (provided the content involves storytelling or has a narrative through-line and is not a long-form ad);
  • If using repurposed material, content must substantially forward the storytelling intent and include at least 50% new original material.

Additional information and documentation inherent to producing may be requested in order to demonstrate the applicant's professionalism and completion of the functions and responsibilities of a Producer. Due to the evolving nature of broadband, the PGA maintains wide discretion in the evaluation of potential applicants in order to ensure that only qualified producers are accepted.

NEW MEDIA

For all other recognized categories and platforms, no less than two (2) New Media projects within the content category and distribution platforms as follows:

Content Category
  • Digitally-enabled interactive storytelling productions
  • Internet entertainment productions (Refer to Broadband Section)
  • Branded content or branded entertainment productions
  • Transmedia productions
  • Video game productions
  • Special venue productions

Distribution Platforms

Additional Eligibility Criteria

The following items are additional criteria for eligibility to join.

THE PRODUCERS MARK (p.g.a.)

All producers who receive the PGA Producers Mark ("p.g.a.") on two (2) or more feature films with qualifying distribution are automatically qualified for membership.

AWARDS

All producer nominees for Oscars, Emmys (Television Academy primetime "Best Program" only), or Producers Guild Awards who apply within two (2) years of their nomination are automatically qualified for membership.

The PGA does not accept the following types of production work for consideration:

  • Commercials
  • Corporate Videos
  • EPKs
  • Infomercials
  • Interstitials
  • Music Production
  • Music Videos
  • Non-Domestic TV
  • Pornography
  • Promos
  • PSAs
  • Short Films
  • Student Films
  • Telethons
  • TV Pilots

References

Professional experience and qualifications must be verified by one referring (1) PGA member (acting as a sponsor) and two (2) additional industry references with direct knowledge of the applicant's production experience.

PGA SPONSOR
  • A PGA sponsor must have direct knowledge of the applicant's production experience and should either have a significant professional relationship or have worked with him/her in the past.
  • A PGA member who has only briefly met or known the applicant in a social setting but is unable to comment first-hand on their professional work cannot serve as a PGA Sponsor for the applicant.
  • Though statements by the PGA sponsor carry significant weight, sponsorship by a PGA member does not supersede other membership requirements and does not guarantee acceptance into the PGA.

REFERENCES
  • References must have direct knowledge of the applicant’s production experience and should have worked with or supervised the applicant in the past.
  • List individuals who can confirm your work on productions you're asking us to consider.
  • It is advantageous and preferable for the applicant to list professional peers or supervisors who can verify credits for consideration and comment on the applicant's performance. However, this doesn't mean that references are limited to peers within the producing profession. Applicants can use other "high level" personnel from the production (such as the director, editor, etc.) to provide verification of work performed. Listing references that can comment on your experience and your production work significantly speeds up the application process.
  • Ensure that your references are aware that you are selecting them as individuals who can verify their production experience. Individuals who are unaware that they are references, more often than not, do not reply to inquiries from our Membership Committee. No response can either delay the application process or merit a denial for membership.

BIO & RESUME
  • In addition to providing credits for consideration on your application, you are required to submit a resume and/or biography. There is no specific format required but your resume (or bio) should be more than a simple printout from IMDb. This is your opportunity to communicate any aspect that you feel the application leaves out and will assist the Membership Committee in arriving at a recommendation.

PGA Membership Structure

Upon becoming an active member you are placed in one of three councils determined by your current title, experience and/or career path, and placement recommendation of the Membership Committee. The following is a breakdown of which titles are included in the Producers Council, Associate Producers Council (AP Council), and the New Media Council (NMC):

PRODUCERS COUNCIL

This council is comprised of producers who are responsible for a majority of the producing functions throughout the entire production of a project.
  • Producers
  • Executive Producers
  • Co-Producers
  • Co-Executive Producers
  • Line Producers
  • Supervising Producers
AP COUNCIL

This council includes five categories which are comprised of producing team members who fulfill one or more of the essential functions of motion picture or television production.
  • Associate Producers/Production Supervisors/Production Managers
  • Production Coordinators
  • Segment/Field/Story Producers
  • Post Production Producers/Supervisors/Managers/Coordinators
  • VFX Producers/Coordinators
Membership in the AP Council requires at least two (2) AP Council credits within one of the categories listed above (e.g. two (2) credits as segment producer).

NEW MEDIA COUNCIL

This council is comprised of producers who are responsible for a majority of the producing functions on a New Media project. The following graph shows the category in conjunction with the New Media platform:

Broadband
Animation
DVD/
Blu-ray
Mobile
ITV
Video
Games
Special
Venue
Transmedia
Visual
Effects
Producer X X X X X X X
Executive Producer X X X X X X X
Co-Producer X X X X
Line Producer X X X
Supervising Producer X
Associate Producer X
Senior Producer X
Animation Producer X
VFX Producers X
VFX Co-Producer X
Executive Producer of VFX X

Application and Evaluation Process

After you have sent in your membership application, supporting documents (bio and/or resume), and payment, here’s how the process works:

Upon receipt of all materials your application will be processed and then be vetted by the Membership Committee. MEMBERSHIP IS NOT AUTOMATIC. Our goal is to have a recommendation within 30-90 days.
  • Your application is checked to make sure you've sent in all the information required and requested. Applications must be accompanied by a bio and/or resume and payment for the application fee, initiation fee, and annual dues. Applications missing any of these items are incomplete, will not be processed, and will be purged from our system.

  • The application is then passed on to the Membership Committee and/or Director of Membership who will verify your credits, job duties, and experience. Upon determining your eligibility, the committee and/or the Director of Membership will then make a recommendation to the Board of Directors for final approval.

  • Your name will go before the Board of Directors for final review. Once the Board of Directors grants you active membership in the council that you were determined to be qualified for, you'll receive an official welcome email detailing your username and password info. Membership cards for new members are ordered monthly at beginning of each month and will arrive in the mail 2-4 weeks after acceptance.

  • If you're not recommended for membership, a notification by email will be sent highlighting the Membership Committee’s recommendation and all fees paid will be refunded; with the exception of the non-refundable application fee. If you are denied membership this does not restrict you from applying in the future. Should your credits or professional experience change, the PGA encourages you to reapply for membership.

After you are approved for membership, you will then start receiving mailings and email concerning PGA activities as well as our "Produced By" magazine. You will also be eligible to attend PGA seminars, screenings, and all other PGA events. In addition, you will be granted access to our online database.

Cost of Membership

We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, and AMERICAN EXPRESS debit/credit cards. Payment by check and the "Bill Me" option within the payment system at the end of the application are reserved for members only. The following is a breakdown of the payments for each council when applying for membership; including the cost of annual dues:

APPLICATION PAYMENT
Producers Council
AP Council
New Media Council
App Fee* $50 App Fee* $50 App Fee* $50
Initiation Fee $725 Initiation Fee $350 Initiation Fee $350
Annual Dues $395 Annual Dues $195 Annual Dues $195
Total to Apply
$1,170
Total to Apply
$595
Total to Apply
$595

* Application Fee is non-refundable.

SUBSEQUENT ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
Council Billing Cycle Rate Due On
Producers Council Annual $395.00 Date Varies Based on Initiation Date
AP Council Annual $195.00 Date Varies Based on Initiation Date
New Media Council Annual $195.00 Date Varies Based on Initiation Date

Ready to Apply

If you are interested in joining the PGA, please see our Frequently Asked Questions first, and then proceed to our Membership Application. Should you have any questions regarding membership requirements please email our Director of Membership, Bryce Averitt, at bryce@producersguild.org.

Remember…
  • Membership is not automatic. Allow 30-90 days for processing.
  • Final placement within a category/council is determined by the Membership Committee.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Bio/resume and payment must be included; applications that lack these items will be deemed incomplete.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be subsequently purged.
  • Be sure to select a PGA sponsor and references that are able to verify your work.
  • All monies will be refunded, with the exception of the application fee, if you are denied membership.