If the red-carpet crowds are
any indication of the success of the Day of the Producer at Deauville then
there should be many more such days to come.
As celebrated for the past
few years, the producer’s day at this seaside venue has been one of the
highlights of the PGA International’s calendar. Organized each year with the
support of the French Producers Guild (APA) and the Ile de France Film
Commission, this celebration of the Producer has become the benchmark for all
other similar events.
Antoine de Cazotte, the PGA
IC representative for France, has worked diligently to grow this event each
year and this time was no exception.
Bill Stuart, co-chair of the
IC, worked with Antoine and the festival to choose a most deserving candidate
and found one with Gale Anne Hurd.
Gale made room in her busy
production schedule on The Walking Dead to travel to France for the festival
and participate in networking events, panels and screenings dedicated to the
role of the Producer in film & television.
The official day started
with a networking breakfast with young US and French producers and directors,
followed up by a roundtable lunch with Gale and important members of the French
industry. On hand were producers Marc Missonnier, Thomas Anagyros along with
Frederic Goldsmith of the French Producers Guild and Olivier-Rene Veillon of
the Paris Region Film Commission. Representing the PGA in the discussion were
members Bill Stuart and Antoine de Cazotte.
Following the lunch Gale, Marc
and Thomas participated in a lively panel discussion on the subject of
Creativity vs. Innovation. Included in the audience of almost 200 film fans was
Phillip Breeden, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in
Paris, along with 50 film students invited by the embassy to participate.
Gale was also honored that
evening with a cocktail party at the Villa Cartier as the company is a longtime
partner of the festival. The official tribute was presented in the evening with
a walk down the red-carpet and a screening of Gale’s latest film, Very Good
Girls. In front of an appreciative audience of 1,500 a retrospective of her
films was shown and Gale was presented with her tribute award followed by her
All in all a great Day of the
Producer at Deauville 2013 and the search is already underway for the PGA
producer to be honored in 2014.
Photograph credit to Stephane Kossmann and Olivier Vigerie