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1950
A group of motion picture producers join together to form the Screen Producers Guild, the earliest forerunner of the PGA. William Perlberg is chosen as the group’s first President.

1957
A collection of television producers emulates their motion picture counterparts, forming the Television Producers Guild. Ben Brady is elected President.

1962
Ben Brady and Screen Producers Guild President Walter Mirisch guide their organizations to an historic merger, creating the Producers Guild of America. 

1975
The PGA enters into its final collective bargaining agreement to date, with Paramount and Universal studios. Following the expiration of this contract, the PGA will act as a trade organization, rather than a labor union.

1983
The American Association of Producers (AAP) is formed by a group of associate producers in videotape television. Gayle Maffeo is chosen as President. 

1985
After negotiations with the studios and the approval of the leadership of IASTE, the PGA secures Health & Welfare and Pension benefits under the Motion Picture and Television Industry Plan for producers of theatrical motion pictures and prime-time television programs. Over the years, this coverage is extended to increasingly wider segments of the producing community.

1990
The first-ever Golden Laurel Awards (later the Producers Guild Awards) are held in 1990. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck take home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for Driving Miss Daisy, establishing the Guild awards as a bellwether for the Oscars.

1994
The PGA establishes its Seminar Program, providing unique learning opportunities for its members through panel discussions and hands-on workshops.

2001
The PGA and AAP merge into a single organization, marking the most radical shift in the Guild’s membership and direction since the 1960s. For the first time, the PGA represents the entire producing team, from producers and executive producers to post-production supervisors and production coordinators. Kathleen Kennedy and Tim Gibbons are selected as Co-Presidents, governing throughout the merger period.

2002
A series of amendments to the PGA Constitution creates the New Media Council, representing producers of web-based projects, games, CD-ROMs and a variety of other digital and new media. A separate amendment gives the New York-based PGA East chapter permanent representation on the Board of Directors.

2005
The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences agrees to utilize the Producers Guild’s standards of eligibility and arbitration process in determining nominees for the Oscar™ award for Best Picture.

2006
The PGA Diversity Committee offers the first of its ongoing summer Producing Workshops, supporting aspiring producers of diverse films and television programs a 10-week A-Z "crash course” in the realities of the production process, including development, packaging, budgeting, marketing and new media.  The Workshop continues to be offered annually, free of charge.

2007
The Producers Guild intervenes on behalf of producing team members working under illegal conditions at E! Entertainment Television, negotiating a settlement with the network that restores overtime pay (retroactive to three years prior) for associate producers and other non-exempt team members.

2009
The first Produced By Conference is mounted at Sony Pictures Studios.  The event is a sell-out in its inaugural year, bringing together over 1,000 attendees, speakers, guests and sponsors  for a weekend of groundbreaking seminars, panel discussions, technology demonstrations and networking events.

2010
The Producers Guild of America goes green with the launch of the Green Production Guide website providing information on environmentally friendly products and services from vendors and providers. The goal is to increase sustainable practices in film and TV production. The Guide is funded by Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, Sony, and Warner Bros. as part of the PGA Green Initiative.

2013
The Producers Guild establishes the "Produced by" credit certification -- a significant industry achievement as it protects the integrity of one of the most challenging and enduring roles in feature film production. Once a producer's work on a film is certified by the PGA, the "Produced by" credit and producer's name will be followed by the distinctive mark: "p.g.a.". The Producers Mark is, specifically, a certification mark. As such, it doesn't indicate any affiliation with or membership in the Producers Guild; it simply indicates that the producing credit it follows meets the standards of the PGA: That the credited producer performed a majority of the producing functions on the film in a decision-making capacity.

2018
The Producers Guild of America's charitable arm, the Producers Guild of America Foundations 501(c)(3), receives a grant of $2 million from CBS in support of its landmark new program, the "Independent Production Safety Initiative," (IPSI) which provides free anti-sexual harassment training and legal consultation for independent film, television, and digital productions. IPSI is an extension of the work of the Guild's Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force, which was created in the fall of 2018.

 
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