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From The [Former] Editor: A Fond Farewell

Posted By Chris Green, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dear PGA members and fellow readers,

The rumors are true. After a deeply gratifying and probably overextended run, I have relinquished the editorial reins of Produced By and ceded my post as head communications guy at the Producers Guild.

By my count, this is the 98th issue of this magazine and the fifth to appear without my name on the masthead. It was February 2001 when Vance Van Petten handed me the reins of this infant publication and trusted me not to drop it on its head.

Mostly I didn’t, though some contributors might contend otherwise. In the early days, to be fair, there was a lot less at stake. The day I first sat down at my desk in the PGA office, our membership numbered about 350. When our merger with the American Association of Producers was consummated a couple months later, it passed 800. That seemed like a lot of members at the time.

When I left the PGA on my last day—18 years and two days later—the number of people who could proudly call themselves PGA members was north of 8,200, spread all over the country and the world. And while I don’t credit the Guild’s amazing, almost defiant growth to the lure of a sharp-looking magazine, it presumably didn’t hurt either.

It was a real privilege being part of this success story. It was an even greater privilege to have been handed a platform from which to address thousands of terrifically smart, creative people on subjects of my own interest and fascination. It will sound staggering to many of you, but for the most part, I ran Produced By free of editorial oversight by the national board or our chief operating officers, all of whom seemed pretty happy if I just kept the libel to a minimum and spelled everybody’s names right. I covered what I wanted, how I wanted to. I’ve worked in the business long enough to know how precious creative and editorial control is, and can only hope that I used the highly generous amount that I was given to the betterment of your professional lives.

Best of all was the chance to work with so many people I came to respect, admire and love. My colleagues at the PGA, especially fellow long-timers Kyle Katz, Jo-Ann West, Bryce Averitt, Mitzie Rothzeid and Andrew Mahlmann, have been a source of good spirits, selflessness and affection for many years. Within the PGA membership, I found colleagues and friends who consistently inspired me through their dedication, both to their jobs and to the Guild, as well as through their work itself. The talents I worked with on the publishing end—first Jeff and Jody Ingle, Dan Dodd and Gilda Garcia at IngleDodd Publishing, and later Charlie Koones, Ken Rose, Emily Stewart Baker and Ajay Peckham at Moon Tide Media—were endlessly patient with me as they effectively taught me my trade. 

Finally, I have to acknowledge Vance Van Petten, who was a pretty damn good boss for a pretty damn long time. He gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, and the effect he’s had on my career as a manager, mentor and friend has been incalculable.

So that’s all, folks. I’ve taken up residence at my new copy shop, Chris Green Words, and leave you in the capable hands of Peggy Jo Abraham, who will surely find ways to redeem the scattershot editorial approach I’ve been making up as I go for 18 years. Thanks for reading, and I hope our paths cross again.

Post-editorially yours,

Chris Green

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