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Message From the Presidents: One Guild, PGAʼs new structure for diversity, equity and inclusion

Posted By Brian Liscek, Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Dear PGA Members:

We are writing to share the results of some of the impressive and hard work that has been undertaken over the past several months to both clarify and give further shape to PGA’s very important diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

The PGA’s mission is to represent, protect and promote the interests of all members of the producing team.

The One Guild initiative was established in 2018 to address the specific needs of under-represented and under-served groups by strategically focusing on the Guild’s internal efforts and external collaborations to increase and foster membership, guild leadership, employment and to encourage authentic depictions.

We are pleased to be able to update you and share some of the exciting initial developments:

 

- Spearheading the One Guild effort are its Committee Chairs Tonya Lewis Lee and president emeritus Lori McCreary.


 

- One Guild is now an open national committee welcoming every member to participate. We all have a part to play in realizing a more just and equitable industry. We invite you to join the One Guild Committee: www.producersguild.org/group/OneGuild


 

- Many of One Guild’s initial programs, which included a series of the very popular bi-coastal “Producers on Producing” events, a quickly growing College Ambassador Program, the very successful Women’s Impact Network (WIN) with its bi-coastal regional committees, and the influential Power of Diversity Master Workshop, will remain as mainstays of our initiative, but will now exist under a reorganized One Guild structure that will better accommodate more initiatives and voices leading efforts.


 

- Envisioned under the new One Guild committee structure are a series of self-organizing Working Groups. Any member or group of members can request formation of a Working Group. Working Groups could be affinity-based or subject based. For guidelines to propose the formation of a Working Group: www.producersguild.org/page/one-guild-working-group


 

- How does this impact WIN and the Diversity Committees? WIN will now be a Working Group led jointly by Jane Evans, Linda Evans, Julie Goldstein and Denise Hendricks. As an affinity-based group, the shift to becoming a Working Group won't impact current WIN programming or membership in WIN.


 

- The Diversity Committees based out of Los Angeles and New York have been merged into the new One Guild Committee and we anticipate the formation of several new Working Groups organized around specific issues or concerns by under-represented and under-served constituencies. All Current Diversity Committee members will automatically be members of the One Guild Committee. We would like to thank former Diversity Committee Chairs Dan Halperin, Diane Houslin, Lisa Kors and Matthew Principe for their excellent and dedicated work over the past years and for their assistance in making this transition a smooth one.


 

- And finally, advising Tonya and Lori will be One Guild’s Steering Group whose members include PGA Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, along with: Alicia Agramonte; Stephanie Allain Bray; Julie Anderson; Candi Carter; Yolanda Cochran; Jesse Collins; Melanie Cunningham; Anissa Douglass; Mike Farah; Donna Gigliotti; David Hinojosa; Charles Howard; Reggie Hudlin; Iris Ichista; Courtney Kemp; James Lopez; Nate Moore; Mauricio Mota; Tia Smith; Shelby Stone; Julius Tennon; Mimi Valdés; Pam Veasey; Samantha Vincent; Lorin Williams; Janet Yang; and Teddy Zee.


 

One Guild’s first Open Committee Meeting
Hosted by Committee Chairs Tonya Lewis Lee and Lori McCreary 
Thursday, August 20 
3 - 4 PM Pacific / 6 - 7 PM Eastern 

To all of those members that have reached out, engaged, shared their disappointments and hopes, as well as their time, we appreciate your input and look forward to welcoming anyone else who wants to join us in supporting One Guild and the PGA’s renewed commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and our productions.

Thank you.

All the best,


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Gail Berman              Lucy Fisher

 

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