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PGA Awards- Now Accepting TV Submissions

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 17, 2015

The Producers Guild of America is currently accepting television submissions for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards, to be held on January 23, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.  The Producers Guild Awards celebrate and honor the year's outstanding producing work at one of the award season's marquee events.

To submit your shows for award consideration, please apply online by completing a Notice of Producing Credits form for each show at www.producersguildawards.com.  There is a $100 administrative fee for each show submitted.

The PGA Awards recognize outstanding television producing for, Episodic-Drama, Episodic-Comedy, Long Form Television, Non-Fiction Television, Live Entertainment/Talk Television, Competition Television, Children's Programming, and Sports Programming.  Each submission must adhere to the Rules and Procedures for 2016 Awards Eligibility, which can be found here.  Please review these Rules thoroughly before submitting your shows.

The deadline to submit a Notice of Producing Credits for Episodic-Drama, Episodic-Comedy, Long Form Television, Live Entertainment/Talk Television, Competition Television, and Children's Programming categories is Friday, May 22, 2015 (the deadline to submit a Notice of Producing Credits is October 23rd, for Long Form Television, and October 16th, for Sports Programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Staley, Arbitrations Coordinator, at (310) 358-9020 ext. 112, erin[at]producersguild.org, or Susie Casero, Director of Arbitrations and Legal Affairs, at (310) 358-9020 ext. 114, scasero[at]producersguild.org.

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"Power of Diversity" Producing Workshop Feeds Next Generation of Powerful Producers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Now accepting applications for the 11th annual "Power of Diversity" Producing Workshop, the Producers Guild of America's Diversity Committee is proud of the work they continue to do in order foster diversity in front of, and behind, the camera.  Committee chair Deborah Calla says, "Layely, there's been a rallying cry to motivate the entertainment community to accurately reflect our world in its storytelling.  As the PGA enters its second decade nurturing new voices through our 'Power of Diversity' workshop, we are proud that promoting diversity in the top ranks of film, television, and digital production continues to be a top priority for the Guild."

10 applicants are selected to take part in an intensive multi-session workshop focused on fostering the development of producers and projects that embody and promote diversity in film, television, documentary, and new media.  These sessions include one-on-ones with some of the most powerful producers and mentors in the industry, which has included: Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice), Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook, American Beauty), Ali Leroi (Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet?), Bonnie Arnold (How To Train Your Dragon, Toy Story), Mark Gordon (Ray Donovan, Saving Private Ryan), Lori McCreary (Invictus, Madam Secretary), Caryn Mandabach (Nurse Jackie, That 70s Show), and many more.  Now that is some power.

To apply, go to www.pgadiversity.org.

Read the full press release.

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PGA Issues Statement On Pivotal FCC Net Neutrality Vote

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 26, 2015

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in favor of tougher net neutrality rules that would reclassify the Internet as a Title II telecommunications service, thus preventing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from either discriminating or facilitating certain data flow from certain locations and services.  The net neutrality rules passed by a vote of 3-2. The Producers Guild of America releases the following statement regarding this pivotal decision:

The Producers Guild of America applauds the FCC's recently announced regulations supporting net neutrality. We believe that the FCC's approach is realistic and provides producers of creative content with a powerful affirmation that internet distribution channels will remain equally and fairly accessible to all services, voices, and perspectives.

While many share the PGA's support for the FCC's vote today and for Net Neutrality principles, most agree that the issue will continue to be contended in courts at later dates.

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Leading Producers: On the Record...

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 04, 2015
What does "tenacity" mean to a producer? The Producers Guild of America is proud to showcase these exclusive video interviews of the industry's most serious and accomplished producers. We pick their brains on things from "Focus Groups" and "What Makes a Star", to the frustrations associated with talents' hair & wigs.

Originally featured at the 2015 Producers Guild Awards, the theme of which was "tenacity".

What is Tenacity?:


Jenni Konner
: You just go forward until they're like, 'Oh, I guess we're making this...'

Andrew Lazar: I'm still working on projects that are 20-years old. 

Howard Gordon: [like] trying to steer a race car with someone in the back seat throwing rocks at your head.

Plus hear from Norman Lear, Brian Grazer, Richard Linklater, Nina Jacobson, and more...


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Variety: PGA Program Strives to Boost Number of Female Producers in Hollywood

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 29, 2015

From Variety.com:

...the gloomiest news of all: the Celluloid Ceiling, an annual study steered by media expert Martha M. Lauzen, found that between 1998 and 2011 — 13 years — the number of female executive producers underwent no perceptible growth.

The Producers Guild of America Women’s Impact Network, a national committee of 200 members, is aiming to change all that.

"One of the things (the Sundance/Women in Film study) found is that as the level of financing for films increased, the opportunities for women decreased,” says Lydia Dean Pilcher, founder and co-chair (along with producer Deborah Calla) of the Women’s Impact Network and national vice president of motion pictures for the PGA. "So as you move into the studio realm, those barriers which exist across the board become more intense. The biggest career obstacles (for women) were gender and financial barriers, male-dominated financial networks and gender stereotyping on set.”

- Read the full article at Variety.com

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