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PGA Announces Finalists for 2010 Producers Challenge Contest

Thursday, May 20, 2010  
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Finalist Short Films and Webisodes, Including Entries from HBO and NBC/Universal, to be Screened During Second Annual Produced By Conference

Los Angeles, CA (May 20, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the finalists for the second annual Producers’s Challenge contest, which is being held in connection with the 2010 Produced By Conference on June 4-6 at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles.

The annual contest was created by the PGA to help promote the work of emerging storytellers, spotlighting producers who demonstrate outstanding promise in their respective fields and exposing their exciting projects to a wider industry audience, as well as more established producers working in the webisode medium. The winning narrative short film from last year’s inaugural Producer’s Challenge, "Gone Fishing” (UK), went on to become short-listed in the live action short film category for the 82nd annual Academy Awards®.

Finalists were selected in Short Film, Independent Webisodes and Studio Webisodes. Submissions were judged by a panel of award-winning producers from film, television and new media.

"The response to this year’s Producer’s Challenge has been very gratifying, and we’ve been thrilled with the quality and originality of these short films and webisodes from producers around the world,” said PBC co-chair Rachel Klein.

Each of the finalists will be invited to screen their work on June 3 at 20th Century Fox Studios at a showcase for members of the Producers Guild of America and attendees of the Produced By Conference, one of the industry’s largest educational forums, featuring an array of acclaimed speakers, seminars, technology demonstrations, networking opportunities, social events and industry exhibitors. Interested participants can register online at

One winner will be chosen in each category, with prizes including professional camera and post production equipment packages, a mentoring lunch with an A-list producer, an all-session badge to the 2011 PBC and more.

Below is a list of finalists for the 2nd Annual Producer’s Challenge contest:

Studio Webisode
"A Drop of True Blood” (HBO)
Producers: Alan Ball, Mark McNair, Becca Schader, Chris Denniston, Gregg Fienberg

"Fear Clinic” (FEARnet/Sony Pictures/Lionsgate/Comcast)
Producers: Mark B. Johnson, Chang Tseng, Gwen Osborne, Bobbi Sue Luther

"Heroes: Nowhere Man” (NBC/Universal)
Producers: Christopher Hanada, Tanner Kling, Tim Kring, Dennis Hammer

Independent Webisode

"The Consultants” (USA)
Producers: Nelson Cheng, Milton Justice, Mark Stuen

"Horrible People” (USA)
Producers: Jonathan Stern, Joe Lo Truglio, A.D. Miles

"Road to the Altar” (USA)
Producers: Annie Lukowski, Leyna Juliet Weber

Short Film

"The New Tenants” (USA/Denmark)
Producers: Erika Hampson, Sam Bisbee, Christian Potalivo, Tivi Magnusson

"Off Season” (USA/UK – MFA thesis film, Columbia University)
Producer: Jacob Jaffke

"Runners” (Ireland)
Producer: John Wallace

"Think Tank” (USA)
Producer: Jonathan Deiner

About the Producers Guild of America

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 PGA has over 4,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members health benefits, enforcing workplace labor laws, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts. The PGA hosts important industry events including the annual PGA Awards and the Produced By Conference. Visit for more information.

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