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FROM THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - The Circle Expands

Posted By Vance Van Petten, Friday, February 10, 2017

Change often comes slowly. But it comes.

I remember attending my first Producers Guild Awards (at the time called the Golden Laurel Awards) in 2000. To put it kindly, the show was not ready for prime time. But with a lot of thought and effort, we retooled the event into a must-attend night of entertainment and celebration. Today the Producers Guild Awards are seen as the most reliable predictor of Oscar gold, and frankly, we can’t keep up with demand for tickets.

This year the PGA’s awards season has expanded. In New York, the Guild put together its first-ever awards reception on the east coast, hosted by a club that’s been an institution in New York for over a century, The Players. A week later, the Guild’s AP Council organized its own first-ever awards reception in Burbank, to celebrate all members of the producing team from award-nominated productions. You can find photos from both of those events on pages 24-27.

These events happened on different coasts, but their effect was the same: bringing more PGA members and recruits—our Awards are one of the best recruiting tools we have—into the spirit of celebration represented by the Producers Guild Awards. It’s true the Guild has to set limits on who takes the stage when the winners are announced, as well as on who’s able to join us in the room for the event itself (more on that in a moment). But that spirit of the Awards is limitless—you find it wherever talented PGA members gather to honor the best among them, above and below the line, on the west coast, east coast and everywhere in between.

This year the Awards became a victim of their own success. The unavailability of our usual venue in Century City required us to book the Beverly Hilton for our 2017 event. Both venues are equally spectacular, but the Beverly Hilton is several hundred seats smaller. The smaller venue, coupled with the increased demand for tickets have led, unfortunately, to some unhappy members.

That’s why next year, the discounted tickets sold to PGA members will be made available to interested members on a lottery basis, rather than first-come, first-served. This way, every interested member will have equal opportunity to purchase tickets. In 2018 and beyond, we’ll keep expanding the circle of the Producers Guild Awards as far—and as fairly—as we can. Whether this year or next year, we can’t wait to celebrate the best of our profession with you.

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