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Posted By Administration, Monday, February 4, 2019

PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS 2018,

BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL, JANUARY 19

At the end of an evening in which everything seemed up for grabs, producer/director Peter Farrelly stood onstage, practically gobsmacked. “Guys like me aren’t supposed to even be here, never mind winning anything,” he told the room, while accepting the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Green Book. Indeed it felt like a night where anything could happen, from The Americans breaking through to win its first Producers Guild Award for its final season, to RuPaul’s Drag Race outshining previous winners The Voice and The Amazing Race to grab Competition Television honors, to Farenheit 451 taking home the PGA’s first-ever award for Streamed or Televised Motion Pictures. The night nearly turned into a literal Norman Lear lovefest, with honorees Kenya Barris and Amy Sherman-Palladino voicing their gratitude for the producer’s decades of from-the-heart leadership and presenter Regina King upping the ante by openly propositioning the still spry TV legend from the stage. (You want to know why the Producers Guild Awards aren’t on television? So we can continue to enjoy wacky insiders-only moments like King hitting on  Lear.) Congratulations to event producers Donald De Line and Amy Pascal, herself a winner for animated feature (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), who delivered a dazzling show at a lightning pace.

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NOMINEES BREAKFAST, JANUARY 19, SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER

The PGA’s premier morning event showed off some exciting new twists, such as its new venue at the Skirball Cultural Center and a new moderator, as PGA President Lucy Fisher took the reins from longtime host Gary Lucchesi. The event didn’t miss a beat, feeding an audience of over 600 in the lovely courtyard off the Skirball’s Ahmanson Ballroom and delivering the most memorable moments of making the year’s top films, as told by their producers. Thus you could hear Graham King (Boheniam Rhapsody) discuss his earliest talks with the surviving members of Queen to get the project off the ground, Kevin Feige reveal that the production lighting had inadvertently (and temporarily) blinded the entire cast of Black Panther and Andrew Form (A Quiet Place) share the mortification of enduring a test screening that included zero finished VFX shots. Roma’s Alfonso Cuaron may have provided the morning’s most memorable moment. When asked the biggest obstacle to producing his film, he replied that “the director [i.e., Cuaron himself] was very difficult.”

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2018 HOLIDAY PARTY, DECEMBER 9, SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER

Attendees at this year’s PGA holiday event were treated to a grand, Great Gatsby-themed party, with many members dressing their dapper best. The Events Committee took the soiree in an entirely new direction, including a delicious three-course, sit-down dinner and a variety of live entertainment including music from singer Flavia, close-up magic by Dylan Wilson, stand-up comedy from Steve Hofstetter and the LA Follies dance troupe. Attendees still had plenty of time to mingle as well as win valuable prizes, thanks to the night’s costume contest and a 1920s-themed game created just for the event. Generous sponsors like Tiny Horse, The Hand Prop Room, United American Costume Company and Creative Coverings helped to keep this year’s ticket cost down—a big thanks to them and to everyone who attended and made this night such a huge success.

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WEST COAST CELEBRATION OF PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS NOMINEES, JANUARY 17, THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM

Sometimes Hollywood just happens. In an industry often referred to by the name of the city where it all began, producers—surrounded by decades of iconic movie and TV memorabilia—toasted their contribution to Hollywood. Seventy-two productions were nominated to receive one of 13 PGA awards for excellence in producing; together over 1,000 individuals comprise the producing teams of the nominated projects. Many of those team members celebrated at the historic Hollywood Museum this January, at an event presented by the PGA’s newest sponsor, Garnett Investments. Now in its third year, the west coast “nominees celebration” is a collaborative effort by the AP and New Media Councils and promotes the achievements of the entire producing team recognized by the PGA.

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EAST COAST CELEBRATION OF PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS NOMINEES

JANUARY 14, CADILLAC HOUSE

In January nominated producing teams from across genres gathered for the East Coast Celebration of our Producers Guild Awards Nominees, presented by the Producers Guild of America and Cadillac. Some of the nominees in attendance included: Stephen Schiff and Mary Rae Thewlis (The Americans); Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman); Jason Blum (BlacKkKlansman, Sharp Objects); Ben Stiller and Adam Brightman (Escape at Dannemora); Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo); Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG); Kevin Messick (Vice); and Nicholas Ma (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?). From late night, in attendance with their teams were Chris Licht (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), and Jen Flanz and Jill Katz (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah). Among the evening’s high points was PGA East Vice Chair Donna Gigliotti’s presentation to Bruce Cohen of the Charles FitzSimons Award, the Guild’s highest service honor, which recognizes, “outstanding dedication and enduring contributions to the Producers Guild of America.”

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