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PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION NOMINATIONS FOR 2011

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
PRODUCER JUDD APATOW TO HOST THE 22ND ANNUAL PRODUCERS
GUILD AWARDS CEREMONY

LOS ANGELES (January 4, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced
today the television and motion picture nominations for the 2011 Producers Guild
Awards. The three Producers Guild Awards categories for film include: The Darryl F.
Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; The Award for
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures; and The Award for
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. The five television
categories include: The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic
Television, Comedy; The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic
Television, Drama; The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form
Television; The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television; and The
Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment and Competition Television.

The winners in each category will be announced at the Producers Guild Awards
ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Additionally, the Guild
will pay tribute to several special individual honorees during the 22nd Annual Producers
Guild Awards ceremony including: James Cameron (Milestone Award), Tom Hanks
and Gary Goetzman (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Scott Rudin
(David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Laura Ziskin
(Visionary Award) and RealD (Vanguard Award).

Award-winning producer, director and
writer Judd Apatow will serve as host
of the 22nd Annual Producers Guild
Awards ceremony. Critically acclaimed
for his comedic television ventures along
with an enormously successful list of film
credits, Apatow has produced such films
as: THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN,
KNOCKED UP, FUNNY PEOPLE,
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON
BURGUNDY, SUPERBAD, PINEAPPLE
EXPRESS, FORGETTING SARAH
MARSHALL, GET HIM TO THE GREEK,
THE CABLE GUY; and television series:
"Freaks and Geeks,” "Undeclared",
"The Larry Sanders Show” and "The Ben
Stiller Show,” among others. In addition to a
long list of projects currently in development
under his production venture Apatow
Productions, Apatow will next re-team with "Freaks and Geeks” collaborator Paul Feig
on BRIDESMAIDS, which Feig directed (set for release in May 2011), followed by David
Wain’s WANDERLUST (set for release in October 2011).

The 2011 Producers Guild Awards nominated films and television programs are listed
below in alphabetical order by category, along with producers. The producers’ names
listed for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and are not
necessarily the proper order of credits.

The theatrical motion picture nominees are:

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

127 HOURS
Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson

BLACK SWAN
Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver

INCEPTION
Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

THE FIGHTER
Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Producers: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray

THE KING'S SPEECH
Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Producers: Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

THE TOWN
Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Graham King

TOY STORY 3
Producer: Darla K. Anderson

TRUE GRIT
Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

DESPICABLE ME
Producers: John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
Producer: Bonnie Arnold

TOY STORY 3
Producer: Darla K. Anderson

Special Note: The PGA already announced the nominations for the Award for
Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures on December 2010;
the list below includes producer credits.

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

EARTH MADE OF GLASS
Producers: Reid Carolin, Deborah Scranton

INSIDE JOB
Producers: Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

SMASH HIS CAMERA
Producers: Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger

THE TILLMAN STORY
Producer: John Battsek

WAITING FOR ‘SUPERMAN’
Producer: Lesley Chilcott

The television nominees are:

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

"30 Rock” (NBC)
Producers: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels,
David Miner, Jeff Richmond, Don Scardino

"Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Producers: Alec Berg, Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Tim Gibbons, David Mandel,
Erin O’Malley, Jeff Schaffer

"Glee” (FOX)
Producers: Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Kenneth
Silverstein

"Modern Family” (ABC)
Producers: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O’Shannon,
Jason Winer, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker

"The Office” (NBC)
Producers: Randy Cordray, Greg Daniels, Howard Klein, Paul Lieberstein

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

"Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons,
Michelle MacLaren

"Dexter” (Showtime)
Producers: Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Robert Lloyd Lewis, Clyde Phillips

"Lost” (ABC)
Producers: Jack Bender, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse, Ra’uf Glasgow, Jean Higgins,
Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Liz Sarnoff, Paul Zbyszewski

"Mad Men” (AMC)
Producers: Lisa Albert, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria
Jacquemetton, Blake McCormick, Dwayne Shattuck, Matthew Weiner

"True Blood” (HBO)
Producers: Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Gregg Fienberg, Mark McNair, Nancy
Oliver, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo

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

"Murder on the Orient Express” (PBS)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

"Pillars of the Earth” (Starz)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

"Temple Grandin” (HBO)
Producers: Gil Bellows, Scott Ferguson, Emily Gerson Saines, Paul Lister, Alison
Owen

"The Pacific” (HBO)
Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Eugene Kelly, Todd London,
Cherylanne Martin, Bruce C. McKenna, Steven Shareshian, Steven Spielberg,
Tony To, Tim Van Patten, Graham Yost

"You Don’t Know Jack” (HBO)
Producers: Scott Ferguson, Steve Lee Jones, Barry Levinson, Lydia Dean Pilcher

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

"Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

"Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

"Intervention” (A&E)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” (Bravo)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

"Undercover Boss” (CBS)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment and Competition Television:

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

"The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Tom Purcell,
Allison Silverman, Jon Stewart

"Project Runway” (Lifetime)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

"Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO)
Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Dean E. Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy
Martin

"Top Chef” (Bravo)
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

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

2011 Producers Guild Awards Press Credentials: To cover the 2011 Producers Guild
Awards, a completed press credential application form MUST be received no later than
Friday, January 14, 2011 to receive consideration. To request a Producers Guild Awards
Credential application, please email Erin Shiba at Erin.Shiba@42West.net or Brittany
Geldmacher at Brittany.Geldmacher@42West.net.

All other Producers Guild media inquiries should be directed to Kelly Mullens at (310)
477-4442 or KKMullens@42West.net.

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PGA GOES 3D

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
by Jesse Gordon



Earlier this month, on December 4, the PGA produced an event in conjunction with 3DU, the International 3D Society University. Entitled "Producing 3D Films: What Every Producer Should Know,” the day-long session brought together many of the true leading lights of the stereoscopic technology world, covering everything from pre-production planning, to capture methodologies, to conversion, to pipelines and workflow.

For a one-stop shop, this event was hard to beat, especially as it was completely FREE to PGA members. (Outsiders paid $75 for the privilege.) A sampling of some PGA members in attendance turned up some glowing reviews:


Vince Pace, CEO of PACE HD stands next to a 3D Camera
(photo by Alex Berliner)
"As someone who doesn't work in post, or VFX and has never worked on a 3D project, I found this seminar hugely valuable,” vouched AP Council member Carole Beams. "The content gave lots of insight into the terminology, the concept of creating 3D and the pros and cons of various methods. Often seminars of this nature are so heavy into the techno-speak that only hardcore techies can understand what's being said. However, each of the panelists and moderators on Saturday conveyed the information in such a way as to be comprehensible for someone like myself.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Carole’s fellow AP Council member Melissa Brockman, who called the event, "a great primer on stereoscopic film making. It made the subject very easy to understand for a novice, but also good for those with some 3D knowledge.”

For Randal Kleiser (not only a Producers Council member, but also the director of the Disney Theme Parks’ "Honey I Shrunk the Audience” attraction), "the highlight of the presentations was Jon Karafin's demonstrations of conversion techniques. He visually illustrated the effects of poor 3D conversion in a way I had not seen before, explaining what to look for to keep quality levels up.”

New Media Council member Charlotte Huggins likewise appreciated the broad scope and informed perspectives provided by the speakers. "Just when I think I have the whole 3D production thing understood,” she shares, "I hear how the landscape is changing and how much I have to learn. I am amazed how much the production and post-production tools are improving, and thrilled at how much us veterans are learning from 3D newcomers who are approaching the art and technology of 3D filmmaking with fresh ideas. Hearing the real-world experiences of producers like Jeff Silver on the 3D set of TRON was inspirational. His list of "Do's" and "Don'ts" was insightful, and will inform any production I do going forward. From practical technical and procedural updates to new creative production approaches, the PGA/I3DS seminar was a great day well spent."

Once again, we feel that it’s worth pointing out that this day-long event was entirely free to members. Sixteen speakers – among the top professionals in the field – came out to share their knowledge with the producing community. It’s another small reminder that your PGA membership is about more than just screenings and DVD screeners… if you’re not taking advantage of the incredible programs being put together by the Seminar Committees (on both coasts) and your fellow PGA colleagues. Be on the lookout for future day-long "themed” workshops centering on topics of interest to our members – we hope we’ll see you at the next one.


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PGA Award Winners 1990-2010

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 19, 2012



Katherine Bigelow At the 2010 PGA Awards

The 2011 Producers Guild

Awards ceremony will be

held at the Beverly Hilton

on Saturday, January 22nd

featuring a spectacular show

produced by Paula Wagner.

Here is a handy chart

showcasing the PGA Award

winners from 1990 through

2010, celebrating twenty

years of excellence in

entertainment.






1990
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Driving Miss Daisy: Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck
1991
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Dances With Wolves: Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner
Television
The Civil War: Ken Burns, Ric Burns
1992
Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Silence of the Lambs: Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, Ronald M. Bozman
Television
Brooklyn Bridge: Gary David Goldberg
Northern Exposure: Joshua Brand, John Falsey
1993
Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Crying Game: Stephen Woolley
Television
I'll Fly Away: David Chase, Ian Sander
1994
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Schindler's List: Steven Spielberg, Branko Lustig, Gerald R. Molen
Television
NYPD Blue: Steven Bochco, David Milch, Gregory Hoblit
1995
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Forrest Gump: Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, Steve Starkey, Charles Newirth
Long-Form Television
World War II: When Lions Roared: David W. Rintels, Ethel Winant, Victoria Riskin
Television Series
ER: John Wells, Michael Crichton
1996
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Apollo 13: Brian Grazer, Todd Hallowell
Long-Form Television
Truman: Paula Weinstein, Anthea Sylbert, Doro Bachrach
Television Series
Frasier: David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee, Christopher Lloyd, Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris, Steven Levitan
1997
Theatrical Motion Pictures
The English Patient: Saul Zaentz
Long-Form Television
Prime Suspect: The Lost Child: Sally Head, Rebecca Eaton, Paul Marcus, Brian Park
Television Series
Law & Order: Dick Wolf, Edwin Sherin, Michael S. Chernuchin, Rene Balcer, Ed Zuckerman, Arthur W. Forney, Gardner Stern, Jeffrey M. Hayes, Lewis Gould, Billy Fox, Jeremy R.
1998
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Titanic: James Cameron, Jon Landau
Long-Form Television
Miss Evers Boys: Robert Benedetti, Laurence Fishburne, Derek Kavanagh, Kip Konwiser, Kern Konwiser, Peter Stelzer
Television Series
Biography: Michael Cascio, CarolAnne Dolan, Diane Ferenczi
1999
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Saving Private Ryan: Steven Spielberg, Allison Lyon Segan, Bonnie Curtis, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn
Long-Form Television
From the Earth to the Moon: Tom Hanks, Tony To, John P. Melfi, Graham Yost, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Michael Bostick, Erik Bork, Bruce Richmond, Janace Tashjian
Television Series
The Practice: David E. Kelley, Robert Breech, Jeffrey Kramer, Christina Musrey, Gary M. Strangis, Pamela J. Wisne
2000
Theatrical Motion Pictures
American Beauty: Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks
Long-Form Television
Tuesdays With Morrie: Oprah Winfrey, Kate Forte
Television Series
The Sopranos: David Chase, Brad Grey
2001
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Gladiator: Douglas Wick, Branko Lustig
Long-Form Television
Death of a Salesman: Brian Dennehy, Patricia Clifford, Marc Bauman
Television Series - Comedy
Sex and the City: Darren Star, Michael Patrick King, John P. Melfi, Jenny Bicks
Television Series - Drama
The West Wing: John Wells, Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Llewellyn Wells, Michael Hissrich
2002
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Moulin Rouge!: Baz Lurhmann, Fred Baron, Martin Brown
Long-Form Television
Band of Brothers: Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Tony To
Television Series - Comedy
Sex and the City: Michael Patrick King, Cindy Chupack, John P. Melfi, Sarah Jessica Parker
Television Series - Drama
The West Wing: John Wells, Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Llewellyn Wells, Chris Misiano, Alex Graves, Michael Hissrich
2003
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Chicago: Martin Richards
Long-Form Television
Live from Baghdad: Rosalie Swedlin, Sara Colleton, George W. Perkins
Television Series - Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Robert B. Weide, Tim Gibbons
Television Series - Drama
24: Brian Grazer, Tony Krantz, Howard Gordon, Robert Cochran, Joel Surnow, Cyrus I. Yavneh
Television Series - Reality/Game/Informational
Biography: Various independent producers
2004
Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
Long-Form Television
My House in Umbria: Frank Doelger, Robert Allan Ackerman, Ann Wingate
Television Series - Comedy
Sex and the City: Michael Patrick King, Cindy Chupack, John P. Melfi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jenny Bicks, Jane Raab
Television Series - Drama
Six Feet Under: Alan Ball, Alan Poul, Bob Greenblatt, David Janollari
Television Series- Reality/Game/Informational
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: David Collins, Michael Williams, David Metzler, Lynn Sadofsky
2005
Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Aviator: Michael Mann, Graham King
Long-Form Television
Angels in America: Mike Nichols, Cary Brokaw, Celia D. Costas, Michael Haley
Television Series - Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Robert B. Weide, Tim Gibbons
Television Series - Drama
The Sopranos: David Chase, Brad Grey, Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, Henry Bronchtein, Matthew Weiner, Martin Bruestle
Non-Fiction Television Series
The Amazing Race: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Amy Chacon, Hayma Washington, Evan Weinstein, Elise Doganieri, Scott Owens
Variety Television
The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Karen Kilgariff
2006
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Brokeback Mountain: Diana Ossana, James Schamus
Animated Motion Pictures
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Claire Jennings, Nick Park
Long-Form Television
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers: Freddy De Mann, George Faber, Charles Pattinson
Television Series - Comedy
Entourage: Doug Ellin, Stephen Levinson, Julian Farino, Mark J. Greenberg, Wayne Carmona
Television Series - Drama
Lost: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Jean Higgins, Carlton Cuse
Non-Fiction Television Series
60 Minutes: Jeff Fager
Variety Television
The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Ellen Degeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Karen Kilgariff
2007
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Little Miss Sunshine: Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa
Animated Motion Pictures
Cars: Darla K. Anderson
Long-Form Television
Elizabeth I: Suzan Harrison, George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Barney Reisz
Television Series - Comedy
The Office: Greg Daniels, Kent Zbornak
Television Series - Drama
Grey's Anatomy: Shonda Rimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, James D. Parriott, Peter Horton, Rob Corn
Long-Form Television
60 Minutes: Jeff Fager
Variety Television
Real Time with Bill Maher: Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Dean E. Johnsen
2008
Theatrical Motion Pictures
No Country for Old Men: Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Documentary Features
Sicko: Michael Moore, Meghan O'Hara
Animated Motion Pictures
Ratatouille: Brad Lewis
Long-Form Television
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: Tom Thayer, Dick Wolf, Clara George
Television Series - Comedy
30 Rock: Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond, Jerry Kupfer
Television Series - Drama
The Sopranos: David Chase, Brad Grey, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, Matthew Weiner, Henry Bronchtein, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Martin Bruestle, Gianna Maria Smart
Non-Fiction Television Series
Planet Earth: Alastair Fothergill, Maureen Lemire
Television - Live Entertainment/Competition Series
The Colbert Report: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Allison Silverman, Rich Dahm, Meredith Bennett
2009
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Slumdog Millionaire: Christian Colson
Documentary Features
Man on Wire: Simon Chinn
Animated Motion Pictures
WALL·E: Jim Morris
Long-Form Television
John Adams: David Coatsworth, Frank Doelger, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Steve Shareshian
Television Series- Comedy
30 Rock: Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond, Jerry Kupfer, David Miner
Television Series- Drama
Mad Men: Matthew Weiner, Scott Hornbacher
Non-Fiction Television Series
60 Minutes: Jeff Fager
Television - Live Entertainment/Competition Series
The Colbert Report: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Allison Silverman, Rich Dahm, Meredith Bennett, Tom Purcell
2010
Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Hurt Locker: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro
Documentary Features
The Cove: Fisher Stevens, PaulaDuPré Pesmen
Animated Motion Pictures
UP: Jonas Rivera
Long-Form Television
Grey Gardens: Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Rachael Horovitz, Michael Sucsy, David Coatsworth
Television Series- Comedy
30 Rock: Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, David Miner, Robert Carlock, Jeff Richmond,
Don Scardino, Jerry Kupfer
Television Series- Drama
Mad Men: Matthew Weiner, Scott Hornbacher
Non-Fiction Television Series
60 Minutes: Jeff Fager
Television - Live Entertainment/Competition Series
The Colbert Report: Stephen T. Colbert, Jon Stewart, Allistion Silverman, Richard Dahmm,
Meredith Bennett, Tom Purcell

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A Message from the Executive Director

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE THE PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE EVEN BETTER?
MAKE IT FREE FOR MEMBERS TO ATTEND.


Producing the Produced By Conference the past two years has been one of the most challenging and gratifying undertakings in my ten years at the Guild. And despite the success of the past two years, mounting Produced By 2011 was by no means a sure thing. This event is an expensive one to produce; the Guild spent roughly $800,000 on each of the last two Conferences—and that was with getting many elements as donations, including the space on our host studio lots and the help from our PGA volunteers.

As anyone who was at either of our previous events can tell you, the Produced By Conference has been an incredible success at its primary goal: creating a "home” for the producing community, and sharing the experience and perspective of the very best producers with a wider audience of professionals. But at the behest of our new Presidents, we took a long look at the Conference, considering whether to produce it again this year. Two things were clear to us: 1) If we were to mount the Conference again, it would have to grow and develop; we didn’t want to put on the same event as last year; and 2) We would have to find a way to reduce our financial risk.

As a result, we met with the CEOs and Executive Directors of numerous other organizations, everyone from NATPE to NAB to Digital Hollywood, to see if we could find a suitable partner. Thanks to Madelyn Hammond, we were introduced to Larry Brownell of AFCI Locations Expo, and discovered that our needs meshed: They were seeking more producers to attend their event; we were seeking underwriting. It was a terrific fit, and we have been working together over the past several months to lay the groundwork for an incredible event. Next June, our producers will have access to over 250 film commissions, representing roughly $2.5 billion in budget incentives—and they’ll all be in one place for you to meet with and shop your projects.

Of course, the other element was determining what our venue would be. We were determined to hold the event again on a studio lot; the traditional studio venue is one of the things that makes our conference special. Once again, we got lucky: PGA member and ABC executive Barry Jossen stepped up to the plate in a big way. Barry all but accosted me while I was MC-ing a father/daughter picnic at our children’s school, insisting that we give the Disney lot a shot at hosting the Conference. After looking at their facilities, we were impressed. Disney has made some striking improvements to their lot, including a brand-new theater and many first-rate amenities. Even more impressive was the commitment of Barry and the Disney and ABC executive teams. They want to showcase their studio for our producers, and as a result, they’ll be allowing us to take over the entire lot – including the theater, studio space, and the Disney Legends Promenade. Not only that, the studio has graciously offered to host our General Membership Meeting and kickoff party on Friday night, which all of you are encouraged to attend.

Thanks to AFCI’s underwriting, the Guild has no financial exposure for the event—our only concern is to create the very best programming we can, a task that’s been eagerly undertaken by Gale Anne Hurd, Rachel Klein, and our President Emeritus, Marshall Herskovitz, who joins the Conference effort as a Co-Chair this year.

Best of all, thanks to AFCI’s support, we can open up the Conference doors to 600 members for free this year. I am very much aware of how difficult times are for producers, and we’re committed to giving you the best possible value for your membership. As a result, 600 members each will receive one free day of the Conference – we’ll have 300 slots available for Saturday, and 300 for Sunday. If you want to attend the entire weekend, you’re welcome to pay the member rate of $295 (still a bargain). But for many of you struggling to find work, we can offer a full day of seminars, panel discussions, workshops, vendors (including hundreds of film commissions) and networking events at no charge, courtesy of the PGA.
The simple fact is: We want you at the Produced By Conference. This is an event produced by producers, for producers, and all about producing. And thanks to the hard work of Gale, Rachel, Marshall, the PGA staff and our producing team led by Barry Kaplan – to say nothing of the support we’ve received from AFCI Locations and Disney/ABC – we can look forward to welcoming 600 of you to the event for free.

Registration starts very early next year. Look for our announcements in 2011, as we unveil the next outstanding roster of speakers and programs. Until then, block out the weekend of June 3-5 – in 2011, you’ve got plans.

Sincerely,

Vance Van Petten

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The Art of the Possible

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 19, 2012
On Thursday, October 14, the PGA East Seminars Committee presented Roland Tec’s The Art of the Possible, sponsored by HSBC Bank. The panelists, producers Dolly Hall, Peter Saraf and Eric Steel, addressed a producers’ conundrum — how many variables must be in place before a project can be green-lit. These seasoned independent producers shared specific examples of crucial elements that were and were not in place when the decision was made to go ahead.


Left to right: Eric Steel*, Roland Tec*, Peter Saraf*, Dolly Hall, Seminars
Committee Co-chair Diane Houslin* (*PGA Member)
Moderator Roland Tec began by sharing his very first experience as a producer, working out of his apartment. "In 1996 I was in pre-production on my first feature film, which I was writing, directing, and producing. I had never done
a feature film and we didn’t have the money for post but once we were shooting, this Australian man appeared who had started a post-production company and had read a little blurb in the newspaper about us. He told us, ‘I want some free publicity for my new start-up post facility, so I’m going to donate all the post to you guys.’ This is what happens. You can’t predict where everything’s going to go or who’s going to be waiting around the next corner. Sometimes you take a chance and it pays off.”

In response to the question, "What is the hardest element to have missing when you begin production?” Dolly did not have to think long for an answer: "All the money,” she responded. "You know, I think that as I’ve gotten older and wiser and meaner, it just gets harder to start the movie without all the money. You have to know yourself really well. How much stress can you take? Can you go to bed at night and know that you don’t have all the money? I don’t recommend doing it on more than one movie at the same time, which unfortunately, I’ve also done. One at a time is really plenty.”

Peter Saraf was emphatic that the script is the most important element to have completed when starting production. "The worst feeling and the worst outcome is when you start shooting before the script is done. You might think it’s good enough, but that’s just you telling yourself it’s really not ready. That it could use more work. There is nothing more important than the script. It’s the foundation on which everything is built. While a great script will come to life on set with great actors and a great director, a script that is ‘good enough’ is not going to get better. It’s just going to
make everyone’s job harder.”

Eric Steel responded to a query on networking from an audience member, "I don’t think there really is a ‘network.’ You have to be almost as creative in thinking of where the money is coming from as you do in terms of where the project comes from. I’m working on a movie now—it’s a documentary that has a lot to do with fl y-fi shing. I tell you, I’m going to a lot of dinners where I’m eating a lot of salmon.”

By Jacob Hentoff
Photo by
Catrin Hedström

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