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PGA Honors Jim Gianopulos With The 2016 Milestone Award

Tuesday, October 6, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrew Mahlmann
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LOS ANGELES (October 6, 2015) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, will be honored with the 2015 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to Mr. Gianopulos at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Michael DeLuca (SOCIAL NETWORK, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) and Jennifer Todd (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER) stated, "Jim Gianopulos has some of the keenest instincts in our business. His leadership at 20th Century Fox hasn’t just moved the studio forward, it’s broadened the craft of cinema. Instantly iconic motion pictures like AVATAR, TITANIC, SIDEWAYS, AVATAR, LIFE OF PI and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL have redefined the creative possibilities for movies; those films happened because of Jim’s willingness to take risks on great storytelling. We are overjoyed to celebrate Jim this year by presenting him with the Producers Guild’s Milestone Award.”

Gianopulos said, "One of the great benefits of this job is to work with incredibly talented filmmakers and executives. I am truly thrilled to be honored and to celebrate their achievements with this prestigious award.”

The Milestone Award is the PGA’s highest honor, recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. In the past, the Guild has paid tribute to such industry leaders as Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Bob Iger, and the 2015 recipient Jon Feltheimer, among others.


James N. Gianopulos is the Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox, one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, consisting of Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios and Fox International Productions. These studios generate annual revenues in excess of $8 billion and operate in more than 100 countries worldwide.

As Chairman and CEO since 2000, Mr. Gianopulos is one of the longest-tenured studio chairmen in the film industry. He oversees all feature film production, marketing, and global distribution of film and television content in all media. Mr. Gianopulos has been involved in the evolution of new entertainment media and technologies for more than 30 years, and has been recognized as an industry leader while guiding the studio to the forefront of the digital revolution.

During his time as Chairman and CEO of Fox (until 2012 with Tom Rothman), the studio has had its most profitable years ever, and in 2014, Twentieth Century Fox broke the all-time industry global box-office record, earning more than $5.5 billion, eclipsing the previous record by more than $350. The domestic box office total of $1.8 billion was the studio’s best year ever and the highest domestic box office of all studios in 2014. Fox International, which distributes in over 130 countries, has had the highest grossing box office for all studios for the fourth time in the past six years, another industry record.

During his tenure at the studio, Mr. Gianopulos has overseen a broad range of successful films, including the STAR WARS, X-MEN, PLANET OF THE APES and ICE AGE franchises, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, GONE GIRL, the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM pictures, the TAKEN series, THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, BORAT, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, WALK THE LINE, MINORITY REPORT, and MOULIN ROUGE, among many successful films. He also has the unique distinction of having championed two of the biggest gambles, and the two highest grossing films of all time: AVATAR and TITANIC.

Prior to his current post, Mr. Gianopulos served as President of Twentieth Century Fox International, a position he held from 1994-2000. Among the many notable successes during Mr. Gianopulos’ tenure at Fox International are the Oscar winners TITANIC and BRAVEHEART. At one point during his career, Fox International had four of the five top grossing pictures of all-time internationally: TITANIC, STAR WARS: SPECIAL EDITION, INDEPENDENCE DAY and STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE.


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 7,000 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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