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"Power of Diversity" Producing Workshop Feeds Next Generation of Powerful Producers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Now accepting applications for the 11th annual "Power of Diversity" Producing Workshop, the Producers Guild of America's Diversity Committee is proud of the work they continue to do in order foster diversity in front of, and behind, the camera.  Committee chair Deborah Calla says, "Layely, there's been a rallying cry to motivate the entertainment community to accurately reflect our world in its storytelling.  As the PGA enters its second decade nurturing new voices through our 'Power of Diversity' workshop, we are proud that promoting diversity in the top ranks of film, television, and digital production continues to be a top priority for the Guild."

10 applicants are selected to take part in an intensive multi-session workshop focused on fostering the development of producers and projects that embody and promote diversity in film, television, documentary, and new media.  These sessions include one-on-ones with some of the most powerful producers and mentors in the industry, which has included: Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice), Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook, American Beauty), Ali Leroi (Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet?), Bonnie Arnold (How To Train Your Dragon, Toy Story), Mark Gordon (Ray Donovan, Saving Private Ryan), Lori McCreary (Invictus, Madam Secretary), Caryn Mandabach (Nurse Jackie, That 70s Show), and many more.  Now that is some power.

To apply, go to

Read the full press release.

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PGA Issues Statement On Pivotal FCC Net Neutrality Vote

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 26, 2015

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in favor of tougher net neutrality rules that would reclassify the Internet as a Title II telecommunications service, thus preventing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from either discriminating or facilitating certain data flow from certain locations and services.  The net neutrality rules passed by a vote of 3-2. The Producers Guild of America releases the following statement regarding this pivotal decision:

The Producers Guild of America applauds the FCC's recently announced regulations supporting net neutrality. We believe that the FCC's approach is realistic and provides producers of creative content with a powerful affirmation that internet distribution channels will remain equally and fairly accessible to all services, voices, and perspectives.

While many share the PGA's support for the FCC's vote today and for Net Neutrality principles, most agree that the issue will continue to be contended in courts at later dates.

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Leading Producers: On the Record...

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 4, 2015
What does "tenacity" mean to a producer? The Producers Guild of America is proud to showcase these exclusive video interviews of the industry's most serious and accomplished producers. We pick their brains on things from "Focus Groups" and "What Makes a Star", to the frustrations associated with talents' hair & wigs.

Originally featured at the 2015 Producers Guild Awards, the theme of which was "tenacity".

What is Tenacity?:

Jenni Konner
: You just go forward until they're like, 'Oh, I guess we're making this...'

Andrew Lazar: I'm still working on projects that are 20-years old. 

Howard Gordon: [like] trying to steer a race car with someone in the back seat throwing rocks at your head.

Plus hear from Norman Lear, Brian Grazer, Richard Linklater, Nina Jacobson, and more...

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Variety: PGA Program Strives to Boost Number of Female Producers in Hollywood

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 29, 2015


...the gloomiest news of all: the Celluloid Ceiling, an annual study steered by media expert Martha M. Lauzen, found that between 1998 and 2011 — 13 years — the number of female executive producers underwent no perceptible growth.

The Producers Guild of America Women’s Impact Network, a national committee of 200 members, is aiming to change all that.

"One of the things (the Sundance/Women in Film study) found is that as the level of financing for films increased, the opportunities for women decreased,” says Lydia Dean Pilcher, founder and co-chair (along with producer Deborah Calla) of the Women’s Impact Network and national vice president of motion pictures for the PGA. "So as you move into the studio realm, those barriers which exist across the board become more intense. The biggest career obstacles (for women) were gender and financial barriers, male-dominated financial networks and gender stereotyping on set.”

- Read the full article at

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Producers Guild Awards Winners

Posted By Administration, Sunday, January 25, 2015

Held in January, the Producers Guild Awards is a must-attend event for the industry, and represents a unique chance for PGA members to support their Guild and pay tribute to the best of their profession. The 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards were held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel January 24, 2015. Click here to watch the 2015 tribute reel.  See below for a complete list of Nominees, winners are in bold:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • American Sniper (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    Producers: Clint Eastwood, p.g.a., Robert Lorenz, p.g.a., Andrew Lazar, p.g.a., Bradley Cooper, p.g.a., Peter Morgan, p.g.a.

  • Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

  • Boyhood (IFC Films)
    Producers: Richard Linklater, p.g.a., Cathleen Sutherland, p.g.a.

  • Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Producers: Megan Ellison, p.g.a., Bennett Miller, p.g.a., Jon Kilik, p.g.a.,

  • Gone Girl (20th Century Fox)
    Producer: Ceán Chaffin, p.g.a.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    Producers: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

  • The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
    Producers: Nora Grossman, p.g.a., Ido Ostrowsky, p.g.a., Teddy Schwarzman, p.g.a.

  • Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
    Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy

  • The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)
    Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

  • Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: 

  • Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
    Producer: Roy Conli, p.g.a.

  • The Book of Life (20th Century Fox)
    Producers: Guillermo del Toro, p.g.a., Brad Booker, p.g.a.

  • The Boxtrolls (Focus Features)
    Producers: David Bleiman Ichioka, p.g.a., Travis Knight, p.g.a.

  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 (20th Century Fox)
    Producer: Bonnie Arnold, p.g.a.

  • The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)
    Producer: Dan Lin, p.g.a.


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • The Green Prince (Music Box Films)
    Producers: Nadav Schirman, John Battsek, Simon Chinn

  • Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures)
    Producers: Zak Piper, Steve James, Garrett Basch

  • Merchants of Doubt (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Producers: Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo

  • Particle Fever (Abramorama/BOND 360)
    Producers: David E. Kaplan, Mark A. Levinson, Andrea Miller, Carla Solomon

  • Virunga (Netflix)
    Producers: Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara


The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:

The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series. 

  • American Horror Story: Coven & Freak Show (FX)
    Producers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Brad Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall, Joseph Incaprera, Robert M. Williams Jr.

  • Fargo (FX)
    Producers: Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Michael Frislev, Chad Oakes, Kim Todd, Adam Bernstein

  • The Normal Heart (HBO)
    Producers: Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Jason Blum, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Mark Ruffalo, Scott Ferguson, Alexis Martin Woodall

  • The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (PBS)
    Producers: Paul Barnes, Pam Tubridy Baucom, Ken Burns

  • Sherlock (PBS)
    Producers: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Beryl Vertue, Sue Vertue


The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Producers: Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Michelle MacLaren, Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett, Stewart A. Lyons, Diane Mercer, Bryan Cranston

  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
    Producers: Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge, Nigel Marchant

  • Game Of Thrones (HBO)
    Producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield, Chris Newman, Greg Spence

  • House Of Cards (Netflix)
    Producers: Beau Willimon, David Fincher, Joshua Donen, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Iain Paterson, David Manson

  • True Detective (HBO)
    Producers: Nic Pizzolatto, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Scott Stephens, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Richard Brown, Steve Golin, Carol Cuddy


The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
    Producers: Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Bill Prady, Faye Oshima Belyeu

  • Louie (FX)
    Producers: Louie C.K, M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Steven Wright, Adam Escott

  • Modern Family (ABC)
    Producers: Christopher Lloyd, Steven Levitan, Dan O'Shannon, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker, Jeffrey Richman, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Megan Ganz, Jeff Morton, Chris Smirnoff, Sally Young

  • Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
    Producers: Jenji Kohan, Gary Lennon, Lisa I. Vinnecour, Mark A. Burley, Michael Trim, Neri Kyle Tannenbaum, Sara Hess

  • Veep (HBO)
    Producers: Armando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Addison, Stephanie Laing


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

  • 30 For 30 (ESPN)
    Producers: Connor Schell, John Dahl, Bill Simmons, Erin Leyden, Andrew Billman

  • American Masters (PBS)
    Producers: Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks, Junko Tsunashima

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
    Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig

  • COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (FOX/NatGeo)
    Producers: Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold, Brannon Braga, Jason Clark, Livia Hanich, Steve Holtzman

  • Shark Tank (ABC)
    Producers: Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Phil Gurin, Yun Lingner, Max Swedlow, Jim Roush, Bill Gaudsmith, Becky Blitz, Laura Roush


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
    Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo

  • Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
    Producers: Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur, Ashley Edens Shaffer

  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
    Producers: Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Desiree Gruber, Jane Cha Cutler, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Teri Weideman

  • Top Chef (Bravo)
    Producers: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Kriley, Hillary Olsen, Tara Sierner, Erica Ross, Doneen Arquines, Shealan Spencer

  • The Voice (NBC)
    Producers: John De Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Jim Roush


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
    Producers: Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart, Meredith Bennett, Barry Julien, Emily Lazar, Richard Dahm, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
    Producers: Jimmy Kimmel, Jill Leiderman, Jason Schrift, Doug DeLuca, Erin Irwin, David Craig, Ken Crosby, Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney, Tony Romero, Jennifer Sharron, Seth Weidner, Josh Weintraub

  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
    Producers: John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton

  • Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
    Producers: Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Billy Martin, Dean Johnsen, Matt Wood

  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
    Producers: Lorne Michaels, Josh Lieb, Gavin Purcell, Jamie Granet Bederman, Rob Grabbe, Katie Hockmeyer, Jim Juvonen, Brian McDonald

The following programs were previously announced in late 2014. They were not vetted for producer eligibility this year, but winners in these categories will be announced at the official ceremony on January 24th:


The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:


  • 24/7 (HBO)

  • Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Atlanta Falcons (HBO)

  • Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Cincinnati Bengals (HBO)

  • Inside: U.S. Soccer's March To Brazil (ESPN)

  • Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)


The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:


  • Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon)

  • Sesame Street (PBS)

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

  • Toy Story OF TERROR! (ABC)

  • Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass (HBO)


The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:


Special Honorees:

Milestone Award

  • Jon Feltheimer

Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television

  • Mark Gordon

David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures

  • Gale Anne Hurd

Stanley Kramer Award

  • the HBO television motion picture The Normal Heart

Visionary Award

  • the production company Plan B Entertainment


Stay connected with the Producers Guild and the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards:


Twitter: @ProducersGuild




Hashtag: #pgawards



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