Producing credits are very important to Producers Guild members and filmmakers at large. Proliferation of unearned producing credits has led the PGA to develop its Producers Mark certification process for motion picture credits.
Due to their implicit financial challenges, independent films often have the hardest time maintaining the integrity of their credits. And while we respect the difficulty of that struggle, we do wish that the team behind The Butler had come up with a better solution, one that didn’t render the term "Producer” effectively meaningless.
The Butler is a powerful and accomplished film, but it’s also an object lesson in how not to handle your producing credits. We only wish that the film had been submitted for Producers Mark certification, so that audiences could learn who did a majority of the (often outstanding) producing work on the film.
"Finding the $30 million budget meant uniting a disparate group, including one of America's top African-American female entrepreneurs, a former NBA star, a Ukrainian-born billionaire and an aspiring young film producer from one of New Orleans' wealthiest families."