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Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Our upcoming feature in Produced By magazine in support of AB 1839, the Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act, went to press just prior to news breaking that the legislature had arrived at – and that Governor Jerry Brown would support – a compromise on the bill, expanding funding for California’s production incentive program to approximately $330 million annually for the next five years.

Obviously, this is tremendous news.  The PGA has been proud to support AB 1839, and are excited with Governor Brown’s signing of the bill this month.  As the PGA leaders cited in this piece attest, it’s gratifying to see our industry’s home state stepping up to the plate to keep these valuable jobs in California, and encouraging producers to reinvest their production budgets in our local communities.


First, for the record, our Guild strongly supports all of the production incentive programs found among the 50 states. Any legislation that helps to keep production in the U.S. is good for producers and good for our national and state economies.

But Assembly Bill 1839, The Expanded Film and Television Job Creation Act (aka The California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act), which is currently making its way through the California State legislature, has a special importance. California isn’t just the birthplace of the modern entertainment industry, it’s the state that roughly 75% of PGA members call home. To date, California has lagged behind many other states in terms of the incentives it offers producers, and among the individuals who have borne the brunt of that shortcoming are our members. The lack of a competitive California incentive has translated to more members being uprooted from their homes and families for weeks or months, compelled to travel out of state for production jobs that otherwise might have remained in California.

AB 1839 seeks to change that, increasing the funds available to in-state productions to a robust $400 million, and allocating those funds to productions based not on a lottery system, but on how many jobs they would create for the state’s residents. It’s a strong piece of legislation, and our Guild supports it wholeheartedly. You should, too. If you are one of our thousands of California-based PGA members (or simply a subscriber who resides in the Golden State), we encourage you to call your State Assemblymember, State Senator, and particularly, Gov. Jerry Brown, and urge them to support AB 1839.



Our industry has shown that productions will go where the incentives are — and take their valuable production jobs with them. At the end of the day, producers want to be able to go home to their families, not Skype with them from out of state. This legislation will help keep producers closer to home, and keep our production spend in California. It’s time we leveled the playing field..

–FRED BARON, Board Member, Producers Guild of America, California Film Commission

The California tax incentive is absolutely essential to maintaining the film and television industry presence in the state. Given the number of cast, crew, writers, directors and producers employed state- wide in the entertainment industry, it is imperative that we do what we can to stem runaway production, with billions of dollars at stake. The PGA has worked tirelessly (and successfully) with our fellow Guilds and unions to lobby for passage of this critically important legislation.

–GALE ANNE HURD, Executive Producer, The Walking Dead


California is where this industry was born. Jobs that could (and should) stay in California are going to other states because our incentives aren’t competitive. This is our chance to reverse that trend. Call your state assemblyman and your state senator. Call Gov. Brown. Let them know how important this legislation is to you, to our industry, and to all of the California businesses who benefit from our productions.

–HAWK KOCH, President Emeritus, Producers Guild of America


FIND Your State Assemblyman and Senator:

CALL Governor Brown: (916) 445-2841


- Click here to read more about the PGA's support of AB 1839 and the California Film and Television Alliance

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Produced By Conference : New York

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Producers Guild of America brings the Produced By Conference to New York


Produced By: New York TO TAKE PLACE AT THE TIME WARNER CENTER on October 25, 2014


Bob Weinstein, Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Gary Lucchesi, Harvey Weinstein, James Schamus, Jenni Konner, Lori McCreary, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mark Gordon, Morgan Spurlock, Peter Saraf, Terence Winter, among speakers for the inaugural Produced By: New York


LOS ANGELES (August 19, 2014) – Following the highly successful Produced By conference in Los Angeles, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) will hold the inaugural Produced By: New York (PBNY) conference on October 25, 2014 at the Time Warner Center in NYC.  Confirmed speakers for PBNY include: 


  • Barbara Hall (“Madam Secretary,” “Homeland,” “Joan of Arcadia”)
  • Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company & Dimension Films (SCREAM franchise, SCARY MOVIE franchise, SIN CITY and PULP FICTION)
  • Colin Carrier, Chief Strategy officer,
  • Gary Lucchesi, President of the Producers Guild, President of Lakeshore Entertainment (LINCOLN LAWYER, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, UNDERWORLD)
  • Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE ARTIST)
  • Jenni Konner (“Girls”)
  • Keith Arem, President, PCB Productions
  • Lori McCreary, CEO of Revelations Entertainment, President of the Producers Guild (INVICTUS, “Madam Secretary,” “Through The Wormhole”)
  • Lydia Dean Pilcher, President, Cine Mosaic (CUTIE AND THE BOXER, THE LUNCHBOX)
  • Mark Gordon (“Ray Donovan,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SPEED)
  • Peter Saraf, Co-Founder, Big Beach Productions (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, KINGS OF SUMMER)
  • Stephen Totilo, Editor-in-Chief, Kotaku
  • Terence Winter (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos”)
  • Tom Fontana, (“Borgia,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Oz,” YOU DON’T KNOW JACK)


Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.  Produced By: New York is hosted by HBO and Time Warner Inc. and will take place the Time Warner Center.  

Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi, Presidents of the PGA said, “The Produced By conference has proven to be an industry-defining event which offers unparalleled networking opportunities, as well as a wide array of educational seminars, and professional resources.  We are thrilled to expand Produced By to New York City after six successful years in Los Angeles.”


Cynthia López, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in New York City said, “New York City is home to a vibrant creative community who lend their talents to the hundreds of films and television series produced here each year. It is a pleasure to welcome Produced By to New York City for the first time, and we look forward to the thoughtful and insightful conversations about the production industry that will emerge from the conference.”


Peter Saraf, Vice President of PGA East said, “Produced By: New York will be an event of discovery, learning and creative inspiration that is built by producers, for producers.  We could not be more excited to merge the energy of Produced By with the vitality of the New York producing community.”


Produced By: New York will feature 12 full conference sessions.  Additionally, the event will provide intimate mentoring roundtable opportunities where influential producers and creative leaders in the entertainment and media community will gather in small-group settings to share perspectives on the challenges of producing film, television and new media in the 21st century.


Since its 2009 inaugural event, the Produced By conference in Los Angeles has quickly become one of the most anticipated entertainment forums in the industry.   Produced By consistently attracts the most influential storytellers working today, including such notables as Francis Ford Coppola, J.J. Abrams, Shonda Rhimes, Kathleen Kennedy, Clint Eastwood, Gale Anne Hurd, Norman Lear, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Todd Phillips, David Fincher, Jane Rosenthal, Lee Daniels, Kevin Feige and many others.


Produced By: New York is chaired by PGA members Blaine Graboyes, Dana Kuznetzkoff, Benjamin Lehmann, and Bruce Cohen.  Victoria Ashley serves as Programming Director with Robin Kramer serving as the conference’s Supervising Producer.  Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global) continues in her role as Sponsorship Director.


In addition to HBO and Time Warner Inc., sponsors to date include: Production Resource Group (PRG), Entertainment Partners, Corbis Entertainment, CreativeFuture, Minnesota Film and TV, Honolulu Film Office, Florida Office of Film & Entertainment and New York Film Academy.  


*Media Credentials:  All media interested in covering the 2014 Produced By: New York will need to submit a Press Credential Application.  Please email Sweety Ghuman at Sweety.Ghuman@42West.Net to receive an application. While credentials are not guaranteed due to space limitations, PBNY will do its best to grant them to as many outlets as possible.


To review highlights from previous Conferences and receive news and programming updates for the Produced By conference, please visit

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Producers Guild at Tribeca Film Festival 2014 - Video Playlist

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 7, 2014
The Producers Guild was on the red carpet at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and had a great time capturing interviews with producers and stars talking about their projects and their experiences within the industry and within our very own guild. 

Videos include:
  • Tribeca Film Festival - 5 to 7 Red Carpet
  • Life Partners - Gabourey Sidibe
  • Tribeca Film Festival - Love is Strange - Interview with John Lithgow
  • Marshall Herskovitz on the Producers Mark and the PGA
  • About Alex Producers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick at Tribeca Film Festival
  • The Nature of Producing - Marshall Herskovitz PGA President Emeritus
  • Tribeca Film Festival - Love is Strange - Interview with Jayne Baron Sherman
  • Life Partners - Producing Partnerships


Check out the playlist above to watch all of our 2014 Tribeca Film Festival content and do not forget to subscribe to the Producers Guild channel.

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Calling Documentary Submissions for 2015 Producers Guild Awards - Deadline 9/5

Posted By Nikki Livolsi, Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Deadline for Documentary Motion Picture submissions is September 5, 2014 for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards.


The Producers Guild of America is seeking Documentary Motion Picture submissions for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards, to be held on January 24, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild Awards celebrate and honor the year’s outstanding producing work at one of the award season’s marquee events. Over the years, we’ve been very proud of our Guild’s selections in the Documentary Motion Picture category, which have included We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire, Sicko, and Waiting for Superman.

To submit your documentary film for award consideration, please apply online by completing a Notice of Producing Credits form at The Producers Guild of America does not charge a submission fee for motion picture entries.

To be eligible for the category of Documentary Motion Pictures, a motion picture must adhere to the PGA Rules and Procedures, which can found by clicking here.  Please review these Rules thoroughly before submitting your motion picture.

The deadline to submit a Notice of Producing Credits form and the required 20 DVD screeners of the entry is September 5, 2014. A late fee of $150.00 will be assessed on any films that are submitted between the dates of September 6, 2014 and September 19, 2014. No films shall be accepted after September 19, 2014. If your film has, however, already been released, we encourage you to submit your screeners immediately. All DVD screeners must be sent to:

Producers Guild of America
c/o Nikki Livolsi
8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

In order to make certain that we have a robust field of nominees in the documentary category, we welcome as many submissions as possible.  Thus, please feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who may have a documentary they would like to submit.  Please note that the Guild will only consider documentary features; there is no category for documentary shorts at this time.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!  If you have questions, please direct them to Erin Staley at or by phone at (310)358-9020, ext. 112.

All Best, 

Nikki Livolsi
Director of Arbitrations and Legal Affairs

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Semi-Finalists Announced for Make Your Mark Competition

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 1, 2014
The Producers Guild and Cadillac are proud to announce the Semi-Finalists for the inaugural Make Your Mark Competition.  This round of ten Semi-Finalists will have their entries reviewed and judged by our panel of honorary judges, including: Kathy Bates, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Hawk Koch, Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary, Chris Moore, Craig Bierley, and Kevin Daley.  Entries this year are inspired by legendary producer Saul Zaentz.

Three finalists will be selected from this group to proceed with a second production assignment utilizing a $30,000 budget plus additional resources.  The grand prize winner will have their work highlighted in a :30 second Cadillac spot that will be aired during the telecast of the 2015 Academy Awards with the producer being credited by name.  To find out more about the competition and to see additional updates, stay tuned to and


  • Laura Anderson & Julie Michaels 
    • Last Writes    
  • Jennifer Brofer & Alan Pietruszewski 
    • The Interlude    
  • Michael Burke & Ian Wagner 
    • Simple Math    
  • Nathan Ellis 
    • Safe Passage    
  • Bobby B. Grubic 
    • The Parting Shot    
  • Mario Lavin 
    • Strife    
  • Tim Wen & Chidi Onyejuruwa  
    • Unexpected Arrival    
  • Alvaro Ron 
    • To Kill Or Not To Kill    
  • Patrick Wolf & Greg Strasz 
    • Broken    
  • AJ Vargas 
    • Song     

*Reminder: Per the Rules of the competition, you may not distribute, use or otherwise publicly display your Entry until August 19, 2014.


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