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Producers Guild Holiday Party Recap

Posted By Ryan Willis, Monday, January 12, 2015
As 2015 gets going, take a second to look back at what an amazing year it was at the Producers Guild! The producers mark has fully permeated the features world, another fantastic PGA Awards started off the year, two Produced By Conferences - making it bi-coastal, and of course, the Holiday Party, which sold out in advance for the first time in the guild’s history!

Once again hosted at the beautiful Luxe Hotel off Sunset Blvd, the West Coast PGA Holiday Party could have easily gone until sunrise. Being welcomed at the door by Holiday Greeters, everyone immediately got into the winter spirit. With decadent food prepared in-house, this event is always the best way to catch up with friends in and of the Guild, have some fun at the casino tables, and leave your worries at the door. Most importantly, the noblest cause of the event is its dedication to raising vast amounts of non-perishable food donations for those less fortunate during the holidays through the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program. The money from all raffle tickets sold went to benefit the PGA Foundation.

Whether you donned Reindeer Antlers in the Snap Yourself! photo booth or you were (as I was) baffled by the tricks that the three magicians of the evening, Glenndalf, Fantastic Fig, and Matthew Ryan Singer, were performing while sipping on the complimentary wine generously provided by Lone Madrone, Mystic Hills Vineyard, and D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, everyone was captivated all night. The party’s atmosphere was flawlessly enhanced through the work of Swagg Dalicious Sweets, as well as three year party veterans Almost Christmas Prop Shoppe and PRG, who provided a fantastic visual vibe for the event. One of my favorite parts of the evening was hearing the fantastic singers, Wesley Alfvin and CodyMorgan, on stage giving their renditions of Holiday Classics, very Holiday Hollywood.

As the night went on, Vance Van Petten and Vicente Williams (PGA Events Chair) made everyone envious of our raffle winners by giving out over thirty-thousand dollars worth of prizes from Alternative Rentals, Kappa Studios, Ignited Spaces, Delta, Studio Wings, Silver Dream Factory, Jungle Software, The Macallan, Tory Burch, Les Deglingos, JamCasa, Titan Offices, Murad, Hilton Universal City, Bill’s Khakis, Daniel Lue Personal Training, Ballroom With Kristin, JW Marriott Las Vegas, Final Draft, Web TV Workshop, Aquage and Soul Cycle. Oh, to top it off, GM gave away weeks of free Cadillacs to our Casino winners. To all my fellow non-winners, everyone still won a $299 software package from Media Services and a yo-yo from The Garland Hotel, not too bad if you ask me.

All this is what the PGA Holiday party is about: celebrating the close of a successful year with hopes of next year being even better. I invite you to raise a glass to another PGA Holiday and to an incredible new year in producing.





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All Nominations for 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 5, 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 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel January 24, 2015.  See below for a complete list of Nominees and special honorees:

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 PiperSteve 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 honors previously announced include:

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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Producers Guild Honored at 2014 'Made In New York' Awards

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Representing the National Committees of the Producers Guild of America's Women’s Impact Network, PGA Diversity and PGA Green, the PGA East’s Lydia Dean Pilcher, Rachel Watanabe-Batton and Mari Jo Winkler were recognized by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Cynthia Lopez of the NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment, at the 2014 Made in New York awards Monday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Joining other honorees Steve Buscemi, Louis C.K., Neil Patrick Harris, Stanley Nelson, Rosie Perez, PGA member Jane Raab, Aaron Shapiro, and lifetime achievement award winner Albert Maysles, the evening celebrated New York City’s vibrant film and TV production industry.

PGA Leadership at the podium with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Photo by Terrence Jennings
Acceptance speech by Lydia Dean Pilcher

We are part of the Producers Guild of America, a non-profit trade group that represents the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. PGA East in New York represents 1500 producers of the national membership of 6500.

I’m here with Mari Jo Winkler and Rachel Watanabe-Batton and we are producers who recognize that we have a unique platform to reach people thru story-telling. Diversity, gender equality and sustainability are three key areas in which the Producers Guild strives to make a social impact within our industry.

But when we recognize the power of what we do and how much we can impact the status quo of our culture –we ask ourselves, who are we as an industry?

Are we diverse? Do we, as producers writers, directors, agents, studio executives, ---do we reflect the real world? What does it mean that a young girl today may have a greater chance to be an astronaut than a film director? And as Obama said to the UN after the Climate Change March in New York --"We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last to be able to do anything about it.”

Mari Jo and I were environmental activists alongside our professional careers as producers, when we realized , with the help of Al Gore, that we needed to look within our own industry and bring an awareness to the connection between carbon emissions and how we run our film and television productions. We piloted a project to develop a methodology for pro-actively greening sets and formed PGA Green. Over the years we forged a relationship with the six major studios that has yielded an incredibly valuable website- – which has a vast array of tools and resources including our Best Practices, a downloadable carbon calculator, and a mobile app vendor guide.

Rachel chairs the PGA Diversity committee, along with Anadil Hossain who is in the house tonight--and we work together in the PGA Women’s Impact Network. Our campaign for gender equality is part of the PGA’s larger vision for diversity. Women are 51% of the population and yet we are under-represented on both sides of the camera.

Podium: Cynthia Lopez, Chirlane McCray, Bill de Blasio.
Front row: Albert Maysles, Mr. Maysles assistant, Rosie Perez, Neil -
Patrick Harris, Louis CK, Jane Raab.
Far row: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Rachel Watanabe-Batton, Mari Jo Winkler,
Aaron Shapiro, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Nelson.
- Photo by Emon Hassan
The exciting news is happening around the breakdown of traditional Hollywood as we know it, because the move to Television and digital platforms is opening up opportunities for female story-telling and diverse content. And this dovetails with the long term trends for the shifting US demographics. By 2040, the multicultural demographic segment will be equal in size to the white population.

While all of us recognize the power of our bully pulpit as producers - it's really an opportunity for us – and we represent 1500 producers in New York –to press for change within our own industry--- to influence the decision-makers and the storytellers that control the pulpit. That’s our responsibility.

And we want the film community to reflect our changing global landscape across race, gender, sexual orientation, class and ability.

Collaboration is an essential part of making any change happen. Our PGA East Chair, Peter Saraf and Director of PGA East, Mitzie Rothzeid, are a huge support for what we do.

We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Mayor de Blasio’s administration and his inspired leadership on these very issues. Chirlane has promised me we aren’t going to waste a minute! And Commissioner Cynthia Lopez, we are so excited. You have a long track record that celebrates independent vision. This is what we’ve been waiting for.

When you look at people mobilizing around issues historically, the arts and cultural communities are at the center of it all, and we’re proud to be in the center of it here in New York--with all of you.

Thank you!


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Producers Guild Awards: Television & Digital Series Nominations Ballots Now Available

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 31, 2014

Attention members, PGA Awards Television Series/Specials and Digital Series Nomination Polls Are Now Open!  Nomination ballots for television categories and Digital Series have been sent.   These ballots are open until November 24, 2014 at 5:00pm PST.  Check your email for a link to your personal ballot.

Only members with experience in television production (who are also active members current on their dues) vote for nominees in the television categories.  Only New Media Council members (who are also active members current on their dues) vote for nominees in the Digital Series category.

The entire PGA membership will vote on the final ballot, which will be made available in January.  Please contact the Producers Guild Awards administrators at should you have any questions or problems.  Get more information on the 2015 Producers Guild Awards:

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Conference Press Breaks, Produced By: New York

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 28, 2014

President Emeritus Hawk Koch has a discussion with his long time friend and latest PGA member, Jake Gyllenhaal

The first ever Produced By New York was a resounding success.  Although you would have to be there to reap the full benefit of the Conference, it still provided more than its fair share of headlines that you can read online.  Below is a sampling of the press fallout from Produced By New York 2014.

Today: Darren Aronofsky Headed for TV?

Variety: PGA Developing 'Toolkit' of Data to Combat 'Myths' About Female-Driven Films

Variety: Radius-TWC Chief on 'Citizenfour': 'It's Going to Get Heated'

IndieWire: Harvey Weinstein Defends Netflix's 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Deal

IndieWire: Jake Gyllenhaal on Why He Wanted to Produce and May Someday Direct

IndieWire: Darren Aronofsky on What We Lose When Film Dies, How Storytelling is Changing and More

NY Daily News: Jake Gyllenhaal wants to direct like his filmmaker parents, 'searching' for the right movie

Broadway World: Photo Flash: Harvey Weinstein, Darren Aronofsky, Jake Gyllenhaal and More at Producers Guild's Produced By: New York Conference

The Celebrity Cafe: Director Darren Aronofsky talks about the future of film and his thoughts on 'Noah'

Variety: Harvey Weinstein: Netflix Is Winning Because It Has Vision

Variety: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Direct When He Feels 'Presumptuous Enough'

IndieWire: James Schamus on the Future of Filmmaking (with Tips for Filmmakers)

The Knowledge: Weinstein: Are we using the producer credit correctly?

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