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PGA Hosts 2010 Annual General Membership Meeting at Culver Studios

Friday, June 04, 2010  
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PGA elects Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch as co-presidents

Produced By Conference kicks off at 20th Century Fox Studios – more than 1,000 expected for extraordinary program featuring dozens of Oscar® and Emmy® award-winning producers

2010 Producers Challenge Webisode and Short Film winners revealed...

Los Angeles (June 4, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the national board and delegate 2010 election results, which were approved during the annual General Membership Meeting on the Culver Studios lot. The Guild elected Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch as Co-Presidents. Other newly PGA national board officers include: Vice President of Motion Pictures Gary Lucchesi; Vice President of Television Hayma "Screech” Washington; Treasurer Lauren Shuler Donner; as well as Recording Secretary Gale Anne Hurd, which is an appointed post. Outgoing PGA President Marshall Herskovitz, who served two two-year terms, received special recognition at the meeting for his service to the Guild, and was appointed to the post of President Emeritus.

"We’re extremely honored to have the confidence and support of the Guild membership,” said Gordon and Koch. "As Co-Presidents, we’re dedicated to building upon the Guild’s 60 year history of serving and empowering the producing community. During our tenure we hope to continue to build solidarity by encouraging producers to ‘hire from within,’ continue to protect the Producers Code of Credits, and work to improve healthcare benefits.”

The Guild has had Co-Presidents in the past. From 2001 – 2002, following the PGA’s merger with the American Association of Producers, the Guild was overseen by Kathleen Kennedy and Tim Gibbons as Co-Presidents. Gordon and Koch’s election does mark the first time the nominating committee has selected a pair of members to stand for election together.

Members of the Producers Guild are divided into three councils: The Producers Council, the Associate Producers (AP) Council and the New Media Council; each council is governed by a 24-member Board of Delegates. Each Council Board of Delegates subsequently elects a proportion of its members to serve on the Guild’s 24-member National Board of Directors. The general council membership elects its delegates—who are nominated by a council nominating committee, or else self-nominated via petition—and the elected delegates then determine who among their number will serve on the National Board. The Chairs of the AP Council Board of Delegates and New Media Council Board of Delegates (each elected internally by the delegates) also serve as Vice Presidents, as does the Chair of the PGA East region. The full list of officers and delegates of the Producer Council Board, the New Media Council Board and the AP Council Board can be found at www.producersguild.org. Note: The Chairs of the AP Council and New Media Council will not be announced until mid-July due to their respective council election cycles.

PGA Co-President Mark Gordon, former PGA national board Vice President of Television, is an award-winning producer with more than 70 motion picture and television projects to his credit. His most recent projects include 2012, which has grossed over $750 million worldwide and THE MESSENGER, which garnered Academy Award® nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. In television, Gordon serves as executive producer on the ABC series "Grey’s Anatomy” and "Private Practice,” as well as the CBS dramas "Criminal Minds” and its spinoff and Lifetime’s "Army Wives.” He is a five-time Emmy Award® nominee with two wins and has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards® with two wins. He earned Academy Award and BAFTA® nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

A longtime Guild board member, PGA Co-President Hawk Koch has worked in the entertainment industry as a producer for more than four decades. He has credits on more than 60 films including the Golden Globe Award-winning HEAVEN CAN WAIT, WAYNE’S WORLD, PRIMAL FEAR, GORKY PARK, THE IDOL MAKER, POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE, KEEPING THE FAITH, FRACTURE, FREQUENCY and most recently, SOURCE CODE. Aside from producing, Koch also served as the president of Rastar Productions, Inc., where he oversaw films such as PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, NOTHING IN COMMON, THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS and AMAZING GRACE and CHUCK, among others. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences. Koch also serves on the Board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

PGA Vice President of Motion Pictures Gary Lucchesi is the President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. Lucchesi executive produced MILLION DOLLAR BABY, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2004. He produced the UNDERWORLD franchise and is currently developing the fourth installment of the series. He recently produced the box office hit THE UGLY TRUTH.

PGA Vice President of Television Hayma ‘Screech’ Washington has a 30-year career spanning the industry. His credits include Executive Producer, Director, Producer, and Associate Producer. Most recently Washington served as the Executive Producer of the CBS television show, "The Amazing Race” for thirteen seasons, which garnered him seven consecutive Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, as well as a Producers Guild Award in 2004.

PGA Treasurer Lauren Shuler Donner is one of the industry’s most successful film producers. In 1983, Shuler-Donner made her feature movie-producing debut in the smash hit comedy MR. MOM. She then went on to produce LADYHAWKE, ST.ELMO’S FIRE, PRETTY IN PINK, DAVE and FREE WILLY, among other films. Recently, Shuler Donner produced the X-MEN film trilogy and the spinoff X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES.

PGA Recording Secretary Gale Anne Hurd has produced dozens of feature films that have generated billions of dollars in revenue, and earned multiple Oscar nominations and numerous awards. As the chairman of her own production entity, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Hurd’s most recent produced the blockbuster THE INCREDIBLE HULK for Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures. She is currently in production on the new television series, THE WALKING DEAD, which will begin airing on AMC in October. Her other film credits include ARMAGEDDON, THE TERMINATOR franchise, ALIEN, THE ABYSS, ALIEN NATION, TREMORS, as well as the Spirit Award- and Sundance Audience Award-winning indie THE WATERDANCE, among others.

The PGA’s membership meeting also kicked off the second annual Produced By Conference (PBC), which will take place throughout the weekend at 20th Century Fox Studios. More than 1,000 film, television and new media producers, as well as entertainment industry members are expected to attend extraordinary panel sessions, unique mentoring roundtables, special workshops and exhibits, and incomparable networking opportunities.

As part of the conference, emerging storytellers were also recognized as PBC organizers revealed the winners of the 2010 Producers Challenge. The annual competition is divided into three categories – short films, independent webisodes and studio webisodes – and finalist submissions were screened on Thursday evening and judged by a panel of award-winning producers. The 2010 Producers Challenge winners announced Friday included:

Best Produced Short Film
"Think Tank” (USA)
Producer: Jonathan Deiner

Best Produced Independent Webisode
"Horrible People” (USA)
Producers: Jonathan Stern, Joe Lo Truglio, A.D. Miles

Best Produced Studio Webisode
"Heroes: Nowhere Man” (NBC/Universal)
Executive Producers: Tim Kring, Dennis Hammer
Producers: Christopher Hanada, Tanner Kling

PBC is an annual event sponsored, produced and managed by the PGA. All profits from PBC are reinvested into industry member services, including education, industry promotion, production standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. More information is available at www.producedbyconference.com.

About the Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA represents over 4,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members health benefits, enforcing workplace labor laws, maintaining fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts. The PGA hosts important industry events including the annual Producers Guild Awards and the Produced By Conference. For more information, visit www.producersguild.org.

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