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The Producers Guild Presents Weekend Shorts Challenge 2013 - Judges
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Tim Gibbons

Multiple award-winning television and film Producer, Director and Writer Tim Gibbons has a career spanning more than 35 years, working in every genre from comedy to drama, variety, specials, reality, movies and more.

Currently, he’s Executive Producer of HBO’s comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm” (which he’s been on for more than a decade), as well as Executive Producer for the BET’s single-camera comedy series "Real Husbands of Hollywood”, starring comedian Kevin Hart. In addition, he recently was the Showrunner/Executive Producer and Director of NBC’s reality comedy series "Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”.

Gibbons’ impressive awards list includes a Golden Globe, two Producers Guild of America’s Danny Thomas Producer of the Year (Comedy) awards, three DGA awards, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s Outstanding Producer of the Year (Comedy), plus numerous other awards. He has also been nominated for six primetime Emmys for Best Comedy, and served twice at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival as a juror.

He’s a former co-president (along with Kathleen Kennedy) for the PGA and currently serves on its National Board of Directors. He also served for four years as Governor (Producers) at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys), for which he also served on the Executive Committee.

Gibbons started his career in television in 1976 with four years at Dick Clark Productions, and has worked on more than 130 productions, including four years as Executive in Charge of Production for Lorimar/Telepictures.

Laura San Giacomo

Laura San Giacomo has achieved tremendous success in film, television and in theater. She received the Independent Spirit Award for her work in Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape, which also earned her nominations for a BAFTA Film Award and a Golden Globe. She then went on to star opposite Julia Roberts in the blockbuster hit Pretty Woman. Other films include Quigley Down Under, Under Suspicion, Nina Takes a Lover and Once Around.

On television, San Giacomo received a second Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Maya Gallo on the hit comedy series Just Shoot Me. She also received glowing reviews for her starring role in the television movie of the week Jenifer. Other television roles include the Stephen King miniseries The Stand and Veronica Mars. She also co-starred opposite Holly Hunter in the critically acclaimed series Saving Grace on TNT. Her episode of Hot in Cleveland, "Beards,” won a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Individual Episode. Most recently she starred in the Lifetime TV movie Talhotblond, directed by Courteney Cox and guest starred in the season finale of The Mentalist.

San Giacomo began her career on the stage in such acclaimed Off Broadway productions as Beirut, North Shore Fish and Italian American Reconciliation and such regional theater productions as Three Sisters and Wrong Turn at Lungfish.

In addition to her work as an actress, San Giacomo is also a children’s advocate. She is one of a group of parents who, along with educators from California State University, Northridge, helped found a charter school in that area. The school has since won the California Charter School of the Year Award in 2005 and was nominated for the California Distinguished School Award in 2003. A goal is to continue the work with the district for quality programs to set precedence and create opportunities for meaningful education for all children.

San Giacomo has been honored by The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, by Media Access for her Inclusive Education PSA in The More You Know series, by Shane’s Inspiration with the Humanitarian Award, SERT’s Gilly Award and Redbook’s Mother and Shaker Award. She has been a keynote speaker at several conferences for TASH and CalTASH, an organization that works toward an inclusive society, two U.S. Department of Education-sponsored conferences, and at the Young Neuroscientists’ Workshop for the Children’s Neurobiological Solution’s Foundation.

Paula Wagner

PAULA WAGNER has produced over twenty feature films, including Mission Impossible (I, II,and III), Vanilla Sky, The Last Samurai, and The Others, as well as the television film FIVE, and two Broadway plays (Tony-nominated The Heiress, and Grace). After beginning her career as an actress and top-ranking talent agent at CAA, she went on to co-found Cruise/Wagner Productions, serve as CEO for United Artists, and now continues to independently produce film and theater through her company Chestnut Ridge Productions. In addition to the several projects she currently has in development, Wagner is an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. She also sits on the boards of Producer's Guild of America, Film Forum, and the National Film Preservation Foundation.


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