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PGA Honors Ava DuVernay with the 2018 Visionary Award

Thursday, December 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
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LOS ANGELES (December 7, 2017) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that celebrated producer and director Ava DuVernay will be honored with the 2018 Visionary Award. DuVernay will accept the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes television, film, or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance. The Producers Guild 2018 Visionary Award is sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Ava DuVernay is being recognized with the Visionary Award for her work in creating topical films and television shows focusing on important social issues such as “13th,” the riveting documentary about race in America for which she earned two Emmys and an Academy Award® nomination, as well as her critically-acclaimed hit television series "Queen Sugar." DuVernay is a fierce advocate for underrepresented filmmakers. In 2010, she founded ARRAY, a non-profit collective dedicated to the distribution and amplification of films by people of color and women filmmakers. DuVernay has broken down barriers throughout her Hollywood career – she was the first African-American woman director to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards with 2014’s “Selma,” as well as the first to earn the Best Director Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Her upcoming film Disney's “A Wrinkle in Time,” makes her the first African-American woman to direct a film budgeted over $100 million dollars. The film will be released on March 8, 2018 and stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal stated, “The emergence of Ava DuVernay as a producer and filmmaker has been one of the great developments of the past several years. Whether in scripted features, television or documentaries, her unique voice, skill and passion have inspired countless audiences throughout our country and around the world.  She is, by any standard, a visionary storyteller, and we are excited to be honoring her as such in 2018.”

Previous honorees include: Oscar-nominated producer and founder of Annapurna Pictures Megan Ellison; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner’s Plan B Entertainment; producer and founder of Illumination Entertainment Chis Meledandri; producer Laura Ziskin; and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll.


Nominated for the Academy Award and winner of four Emmys as well as BAFTA and Peabody Awards, producer/director Ava DuVernay's “13th” was one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2016. In 2015, DuVernay's historical drama “Selma,” garnered four Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her producerial work includes the critically-acclaimed drama series “Queen Sugar,” the 2012 Sundance Film Festival winner “Middle of Nowhere,” and her previous films “I Will Follow,” “Venus Vs.,” and “This is the Life.” In 2017, DuVernay was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Greatest World Leaders and TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.‎  She also distributes and amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.


The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 8,100 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices.  For more information and the latest updates, please visit Producers Guild of America websites and follow on social media:



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