Producers Guild of America Honors Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with the Norman Lear Achievement Award
Monday, October 11, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 11, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA)
announced today that the award-winning producing team, Tom Hanks and Gary
Goetzman will receive the Producers Guild’s 2011 Norman Lear Achievement Award in
Television. The award will be presented to Hanks and Goetzman at the 22nd Annual
Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency
Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
"Tom and Gary are extraordinarily talented producers who have changed the television
landscape with extremely unique, award-winning programming,” said Paula Wagner,
Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards. "They consistently deliver intelligent,
thoughtful entertainment that has made a tremendous worldwide impact on the industry;
we look forward to honoring their remarkable achievements.”
"We’re flattered to be in the company of so many great filmmakers who have received
this award from the Producers Guild,” said Hanks. "We’d be honored to receive anything
with Norman Lear’s name on it but this is truly fantastic.” said Goetzman.
The 2010 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was Mark Burnett. Previous recipients
include Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Bud Yorkin,
Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, David L. Wolper, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron
Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, and, of course, Norman Lear.
Hanks and Goetzman formed Playtone Productions in 1998 and for more than a decade
have continued to produce a long list of award-winning projects—most recently, "The
Pacific,” an epic ten-part World War II miniseries, which aired on HBO, and received the
Emmy for Best Miniseries.
Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Hanks became interested in acting during high school.
He attended Chabot College in Hayward, California, and California State University in
Sacramento. At the invitation of Artistic Director Vincent Dowling he made his
professional debut portraying Grumio in "The Taming of the Shrew” at the Great Lakes
Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. He performed in that company for three
seasons. Moving to New York City in 1978, he performed with the Riverside
Shakespeare Company until getting a big break when he was teamed with Peter Scolari in
the ABC television comedy series "Bosom Buddies.” This led to starring roles in Ron
Howard’s SPLASH, BACHELOR PARTY, VOLUNTEERS, THE MONEY PIT, and
NOTHING IN COMMON. In 1988, the Los Angeles Film Critics recognized his
performances in both BIG and PUNCHLINE, giving Hanks their Best Actor Award.
Roles followed in films such as A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN and SLEEPLESS IN
Hanks holds the distinction of being the first actor in 50 years to be awarded back-toback
Best Actor Academy Awards®--in 1993 as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in
PHILADELPHIA and the following year in the title role of FORREST GUMP. He also
won Golden Globes for both of these performances, along with his work in BIG and
In 1995 Hanks voiced the character Woody in the critically acclaimed hit TOY STORY,
the first Disney/Pixar film to be made, as well as the first feature film in history to be
made entirely with CGI. He later returned as Woody in the sequel TOY STORY 2 and
then eleven years after the original, in TOY STORY 3 in 2010 which is currently the
highest grossing animated feature film of all time, bringing in over a billion dollars
In 1996, Hanks made his feature film writing and directing debut with THAT THING
YOU DO! The film’s title song not only reached the Top 10 in many contemporary
music charts but was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song. After
re-teaming with Ron Howard in APOLLO 13, Hanks served as an executive producer,
writer, director and actor for HBO’s "From the Earth to the Moon”—an Emmy-winning
12-hour dramatic film anthology that explored the entire Apollo space program.
In 1998, Hanks starred in Steven Spielberg’s war drama SAVING PRIVATE RYAN for
which he received his fourth Oscar® nomination. The following year he starred in THE
GREEN MILE, which was written and directed by Frank Darabont and is based on the
six-part serialized novel by Stephen King.
In 2000, Hanks reunited with director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter William Broyles
Jr. in CAST AWAY for which he received yet another Oscar® nomination. The same
year, he served again with Steven Spielberg, as executive producer, writer, and director
for another epic HBO miniseries, "Band of Brothers,” based on Stephen Ambrose’s book.
The miniseries aired in the fall of 2001 to wide-scale critical acclaim, leading to an
Emmy Award and Golden Globe for the Best Miniseries in 2002.
In 2002, Hanks starred in ROAD TO PERDITION opposite Paul Newman and Jude Law
under Sam Mendes’ direction. It was followed by Spielberg’s stylish caper CATCH ME
IF YOU CAN opposite Leonardo DeCaprio, which was based on the true-life exploits of
international confidence man Frank Abagnale Jr. Hanks teamed for a third time with
Spielberg in THE TERMINAL opposite Catherine Zeta Jones and followed it with the
Coen brothers’ dark comedy THE LADYKILLERS. In November 2004, Hanks starred in
the film adaptation of the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book THE POLAR
EXPRESS by Chris Van Allsburg, which reunited him once again with director Robert
In 2006, Hanks played Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel
THE DA VINCI CODE, helmed by Ron Howard and also starring Audrey Tautou, Paul
Bettany, Ian McKellen and Jean Reno. He later reprised his role in ANGELS &
DEMONS, also directed by Howard. In 2007, Hanks starred opposite Julia Roberts and
Philip Seymour Hoffman in CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, directed by Mike Nichols. In
2008 Hanks, with Playtone, executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO mini series
"John Adams” staring Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The series went
on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries and a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series.
In 2009 he was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the Chaplin Award.
Producing credits for Gary Goetzman include WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE,
MAMMA MIA!—The Movie, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, THE POLAR EXPRESS,
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, THE ANT BULLY, BELOVED, THAT THING
YOU DO!, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (winner of five Academy Awards®,
including Best Picture), PHILADELPHIA, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, BELOVED,
MIAMI BLUES, THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD, STARTER FOR 10, MODERN
GIRLS, AMOS & ANDREW, the 3-D IMAX film MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION, the
Emmy winning HBO special event "The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Concert,” the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated HBO series "Big Love,” the Emmy
and Golden Globe winning miniseries, "John Adams,” the Emmy and Golden Globe
winning miniseries "Band of Brothers,” and the Emmy winning HBO miniseries event
"The Pacific.” He also produced the Talking Heads’ concert film STOP MAKING
SENSE, Neil Young’s long form video "The Complex Sessions” and music videos for
Bruce Springsteen and David Byrne.
Hanks and Goetzman’s next producing project to release is the film LARRY CROWNE,
which Hanks co-wrote, directed and stars in opposite Julia Roberts.