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THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA HONORS LAURA ZISKIN WITH THE 2011 VISIONARY AWARD

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THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA HONORS
LAURA ZISKIN WITH THE 2011 VISIONARY AWARD


LOS ANGELES, CA (November 10, 2010)
 – The Producers Guild of America (PGA)
announced today that Laura Ziskin will
receive the Producers Guild’s 2011
Visionary Award. The award will be presented
to Ziskin at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild
Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd
at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los
Angeles.


The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes television, film or new media producers
for their productions’ uniquely positive or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring
storytelling or performance. Previous honorees include producers Simon Fuller for "American
Idol” and "Idol Gives Back”; Jeff Skoll for his work with Participant Media; Joel Gallen, who
produced the landmark post-9/11 telethon "America:A Tribute to Heroes”; and Mike Nichols
and Cary Brokaw, producers of HBO’s "Angelsin America.” Ziskin is being recognized dually
for her passionate commitment to storytelling as well as her remarkable efforts in organizing
the recent Stand Up to Cancer campaign and its multi-platform programming. Ziskin also
received the Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in 2005, and is the
first recipient of the Selznick Award to be so honored as a PGA visionary.

"Laura Ziskin is not only an exceptionally talented producer but also an avid
humanitarian with an inspirational drive to make a difference in the fight against cancer,”
said Paula Wagner, Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards. "Through the Stand Up
to Cancer initiative, Laura has played a pivotal role in raising funds, awareness and
support for continued research to find a cure. We are proud to recognize her for her many
strides and exceptional success to encourage hope and change.”

"I am thrilled to be recognized with this Visionary Award that I share with my colleagues
and my co-founders at Stand Up to Cancer,” said Ziskin. "We realized that we had the
potential to make cancer the first tier issue it needs to be and to impact how cancer is
treated by using our skills as producers and quite literally ‘putting on a show.’ Stand Up
to Cancer is my most important production and I am so touched and proud that the PGA
is honoring us for it.”

As a film and television producer, Ziskin has been involved in some of the most
successful productions including the immensely popular SPIDER-MAN franchise,
PRETTY WOMAN, and AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Additional producing credits include
NO WAY OUT, WHAT ABOUT BOB?, from a story by Ziskin and Alvin Sargent, the
critically acclaimed THE DOCTOR, HERO, TO DIE FOR, the live television movie
"Fail Safe” and the HBO Film DINNER WITH FRIENDS.

In 1994, Ziskin was named President of Fox 2000 Pictures and under her stewardship the
division released such films as COURAGE UNDER FIRE, ONE FINE DAY,
INVENTING THE ABBOTTS, VOLCANO, SOUL FOOD, NEVER BEEN KISSED,
FIGHT CLUB, ANYWHERE BUT HERE, ANNA AND THE KING and THE THIN
RED LINE, which garnered seven Academy Award® nominations including Best
Picture. In 2002, Ziskin produced the 74th Annual Academy Awards® as the first woman
to produce the awards solo, and again for a second time in 2007 where she instituted the
first ever "Green” Oscar ceremony. Her work on both ceremonies earned a total of 17
Emmy Award nominations.

Sharing a desire to make an impact in the fight against cancer, Ziskin and a group of
women—including Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Ellen
Ziffren, Noreen Fraser, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Lisa Paulsen and
Kathleen Lobb—founded Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) in 2008. Ziskin went on to
executive produce the historic SU2C televised event on September 5, 2008 to raise
awareness and funds to support groundbreaking cancer research. The one-hour special,
which combined entertainment, education and musical performances, was the first-ever
televised "roadblock” event raising money to proactively combat a major public health
threat. Over 100 celebrities donated their time to appear in the show and in public service
announcements promoting it. Just one year after Stand Up To Cancer’s launch, the first
installments of over $70 million worth of three-year grants were awarded to a number of
interdisciplinary, multi-institutional "Dream Teams” of researchers. On September 10,
2010, the second "Stand Up to Cancer” event aired on all four major networks and over a
dozen cable outlets, including HBO, Showtime and Discovery Health. Over 100
celebrities and musicians donated their time once again to promote the initiative. Ziskin is
not only a founder of SU2C but also a member of its Executive Leadership Council.

Ziskin has served on the board of Americans for a Safe Future, the National Council of
Jewish Women and Education First. Due to her philanthropic and producing work, she
has been honored with many awards including Premiere Magazine’s "Women in
Hollywood” award, the Big Sisters of Los Angeles Sterling Award, Women’s Image
Network Award, Women in Film’s Crystal Award, the Israel Film Festival’s Visionary
Award, The Wellness Community’s Human Spirit Award and The Producers Guild of
America’s David O. Selznick Award. She was also honored by Senator Barbara Boxer as
a "Woman Making History” and by the City of Hope as "Woman of the Year.”

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 has over 4,500 members who work together to protect and improve
their careers, the industry and community by providing members with health benefits,
employment opportunities, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of
producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as promoting
sustainable production practices. Visit www.producersguild.org and www.pgagreen.org
for more information.

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