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Producers Guild at Tribeca Film Festival 2014 - Video Playlist

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 07, 2014
The Producers Guild was on the red carpet at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and had a great time capturing interviews with producers and stars talking about their projects and their experiences within the industry and within our very own guild. 

Videos include:
  • Tribeca Film Festival - 5 to 7 Red Carpet
  • Life Partners - Gabourey Sidibe
  • Tribeca Film Festival - Love is Strange - Interview with John Lithgow
  • Marshall Herskovitz on the Producers Mark and the PGA
  • About Alex Producers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick at Tribeca Film Festival
  • The Nature of Producing - Marshall Herskovitz PGA President Emeritus
  • Tribeca Film Festival - Love is Strange - Interview with Jayne Baron Sherman
  • Life Partners - Producing Partnerships

 



Check out the playlist above to watch all of our 2014 Tribeca Film Festival content and do not forget to subscribe to the Producers Guild channel.  www.youtube.com/ProducersGuild

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Calling Documentary Submissions for 2015 Producers Guild Awards - Deadline 9/5

Posted By Nikki Livolsi, Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Deadline for Documentary Motion Picture submissions is September 5, 2014 for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards.

Greetings!

The Producers Guild of America is seeking Documentary Motion Picture submissions for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards, to be held on January 24, 2015, 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. Over the years, we’ve been very proud of our Guild’s selections in the Documentary Motion Picture category, which have included We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire, Sicko, and Waiting for Superman.

To submit your documentary film for award consideration, please apply online by completing a Notice of Producing Credits form at www.producersguildawards.com. The Producers Guild of America does not charge a submission fee for motion picture entries.

To be eligible for the category of Documentary Motion Pictures, a motion picture must adhere to the PGA Rules and Procedures, which can found by clicking here.  Please review these Rules thoroughly before submitting your motion picture.

The deadline to submit a Notice of Producing Credits form and the required 20 DVD screeners of the entry is September 5, 2014. A late fee of $150.00 will be assessed on any films that are submitted between the dates of September 6, 2014 and September 19, 2014. No films shall be accepted after September 19, 2014. If your film has, however, already been released, we encourage you to submit your screeners immediately. All DVD screeners must be sent to:

Producers Guild of America
c/o Nikki Livolsi
8530 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

In order to make certain that we have a robust field of nominees in the documentary category, we welcome as many submissions as possible.  Thus, please feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who may have a documentary they would like to submit.  Please note that the Guild will only consider documentary features; there is no category for documentary shorts at this time.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!  If you have questions, please direct them to Erin Staley at erin@producersguild.org or by phone at (310)358-9020, ext. 112.

All Best, 

Nikki Livolsi
Director of Arbitrations and Legal Affairs

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Semi-Finalists Announced for Make Your Mark Competition

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 01, 2014
The Producers Guild and Cadillac are proud to announce the Semi-Finalists for the inaugural Make Your Mark Competition.  This round of ten Semi-Finalists will have their entries reviewed and judged by our panel of honorary judges, including: Kathy Bates, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Hawk Koch, Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary, Chris Moore, Craig Bierley, and Kevin Daley.  Entries this year are inspired by legendary producer Saul Zaentz.

Three finalists will be selected from this group to proceed with a second production assignment utilizing a $30,000 budget plus additional resources.  The grand prize winner will have their work highlighted in a :30 second Cadillac spot that will be aired during the telecast of the 2015 Academy Awards with the producer being credited by name.  To find out more about the competition and to see additional updates, stay tuned to ProducersGuild.org and MakeYourMarkCompetition.com.

SEMI-FINALISTS

  • Laura Anderson & Julie Michaels 
    • Last Writes    
  • Jennifer Brofer & Alan Pietruszewski 
    • The Interlude    
  • Michael Burke & Ian Wagner 
    • Simple Math    
  • Nathan Ellis 
    • Safe Passage    
  • Bobby B. Grubic 
    • The Parting Shot    
  • Mario Lavin 
    • Strife    
  • Tim Wen & Chidi Onyejuruwa  
    • Unexpected Arrival    
  • Alvaro Ron 
    • To Kill Or Not To Kill    
  • Patrick Wolf & Greg Strasz 
    • Broken    
  • AJ Vargas 
    • Song     

*Reminder: Per the Rules of the competition, you may not distribute, use or otherwise publicly display your Entry until August 19, 2014.

 




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The PGA Supports AB 1839

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014

In recent years, numerous states have attracted film and television productions—and their accompanying jobs—with strong tax credit and incentive programs.  As a national organization, the PGA proudly commends all such programs throughout the country. However, given the strength of our Guild’s California-based membership and the modest scale of the state’s existing incentives, we believe this legislation could have a direct and positive impact on the lives of thousands of our members.  Accordingly, we support it fully, and hope that you do as well.

 

We urge you to contact your state Assembly member, and tell them that you support AB 1839.  

 

To read the full text of the proposed legislation, click here.

Producers Guild Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary's letter to Senator Lois Wolk:

Dear Senator Wolk:

On behalf of the Producers Guild of America, we wish to voice our ardent support for Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act.  the Producers Guild of America represents over 6,000 hardworking professionals in the film, television and new media industries, while we are a national organization, the great majority of our members live in California.  We wish we could say that all of these members worked in California as well, but over the past two decades, it has become increasingly difficult to make that claim.

On behalf of our members, we write in support of AB 1839, which expands the existing Film and Tax Credit Program to accommodate the quantity and scale of film and television productions that stand to employ thousands of Californians and inject billions of dollars into state and local economies.  The existing Film and Television Tax Credit Program represents a successful first step in returning California to its rightful place as our nation's leader in entertainment production.  Unfortunately, the Program's scant $100,000,000 annual limit on tax credits and the disqualification of big-budget productions has compelled the vast majority of productions that would otherwise shoot in California to turn to other states such as New York, Louisiana and Michigan, where more aggressive incentive programs stand ready to meet the needs of producers.

These productions dearly want to shoot in our home state.  There is no compelling reason why our members should have to uproot their lives, parting from their families for weeks or months at a time in order to shoot elsewhere.  There is no compelling reason why the many ancillary crew positions should not be held by Californians.  "Film Flight," the 2012 study released by the Milken Institute, has thoroughly detailed the disastrous consequences of runaway production for our state economy.  Producers would like nothing more than to keep their teams close to their families, provide thousands of jobs to the workers of our state, an channel their productions' considerable spending power into our towns and cities.  With your support, this goal finally will be within reach.

If the legislature fails to rise to meet this challenge, it would be a terrible shame and a painfully lost opportunity.  Film, television and new media are California's home-grown industries, inescapably tied to our state's history and its future.  For the sake of our thousands of PGA members and the millions of California citizens who will benefit from expanded production opportunities in our state, we thank you for your essential work on behalf of the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, and urge your colleagues in the strongest possible terms to lend their support to AB 1839.

Sincerely,

Gary Lucchesi       Lori McCreary
President               President


Letter from California Film & Television Production Alliance to Senate Governance & Finance Committees:

Dear Senate Governance & Finance Committee Members,

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of middle class Californians, creative talent, small businesses, and film commissions across the state that we represent, we are writing to thank you for your commitment to and leadership on AB 1839. Given the importance of the Governance & Finance Committee — our first Senate Committee hearing, we were moved, and gratified, by the strong words of support – and of course by your votes.

We were proud to have the opportunity to stand there before you to express our own concern and commitment to the passage of AB 1839. We believe the stakes are too high for us to do anything less — both for our own industry and for the economic vitality of this state.

Sincerely,

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
American Federation of Musicians Local 47
Association of Talent Agents
California Attractions and Parks Association
California Chamber of Commerce
California Hotel and Lodging Association
California Labor Federation
California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
California Travel Association
Chef Robért Catering
Directors Guild of America
FilmL.A.
FLICS – Film Liaisons in California Statewide
Independent Studio Services
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 399
Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local
724 Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada
Producers Guild of America
Quixote Studios
Recording Musicians Association
SAG-AFTRA
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Help support.  Join Mobilization Day: http://www.filmworksca.com/sacramento_mobilization_day

Date/Time/Location
August 20, 2014 (Wednesday)
11:30am – 2:00pm
North Side Lawn @ Sacramento State Capitol



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PGA Online Pitchfest: Brazil

Posted By Rob Klinger, Friday, July 11, 2014
Producers have long worked outside of the TMZ and these days, where a project shoots is often based on the vision of the filmmakers and the range of available incentives. Usually, it’s essential to have a local partner to help ensure a smooth production. With this in mind, the Producers Guild has been proactive in expanding within the United States as well as creating alliances across the globe.

To that end, the PGA International Committee teamed with the Guild’s Diversity Committee to host a video conference with producers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in late April. It was the first of such initiatives to take place online and builds on the International Committee’s long tradition of introducing PGA members to potential foreign partners and promoting international co-production.

Featuring a pitch-and-be-pitched format, about ten PGA members assembled in the conference room of the Guild’s Beverly Hills office (four pitching, with the rest there to listen to pitches) to interact with a similar grouping of members of SICAV – Brazil’s affiliate to the PGA. The event was moderated by the International Committee’s Brazil Rep, Robert Klinger and Steve Solot, president of the Rio Film Commission.

The opportunity was open to all PGA members, with participants chosen based on how Brazil-centric their projects were and how likely they might be to qualify for Brazilian incentives and interest a potential co-producer.

After an introduction to Steve Solot and SICAV by Diversity Committee Chair Deborah Calla, International Committee Chair Stu Levy initiated / brokered a memorandum of agreement with SICAV and hatched the idea for the video conference.

"As our industry continues to become more and more global, it's crucial for our Guild members to meet potential business partners overseas.” said Levy.

Calla.stated, “Producers have to be resourceful in finding money to finance their projects.  Understanding that, the International and Diversity committees came up with an innovative Skype co-production opportunity for PGA members to share their projects with Brazilian producers.  We plan to continue to build on this first step for our Guild members. Brazil is a young and growing market with many possibilities.” 

These alliances are important since they encourage sharing of information, a greater understanding of what’s required to qualify for production incentives and the chance to meet far-flung production partners who can be immensely helpful in understanding – and very often qualifying – for local incentives.

PGA participant Rosemary Marks, who pitched action adventure project 1 Kill 2 Many found the Skype call to be, “a great, innovative idea.” She added, “It was also interesting to hear first-hand about the reality of filming in Brazil.”

Said PGA participant Frederick Keeve, “My film project, Vine, was selected to be one of the film projects presented, and it was a great opportunity not only to practice my pitching skills, but also to get my creative ideas in front of producers from another country that could possibly impact the making of this film. The Skype call was helpful in understanding the Brazilian producers' budget parameters and also an opportunity to hear about their film and television projects as well.” 

“It’s fitting that the first call was with Brazil” opined Robert Klinger, the International Committee’s Brazil rep. “Brazil’s vast and experienced production community is growing, and as the largest country in South America, it can offer any setting you could imagine, from urban sprawl to quaint colonial towns to the world’s greatest nature reserve – the Amazon. Brazil has a myriad of incentive programs, an extensive pool of skilled crew, and the key to it all – experienced production companies that can facilitate everything from production services and equipment to extracting the maximum benefits from the various available incentives.”

All this has led to major shoots in Brazil, including such features as Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Fast & Furious 5, The Expendables, and OSS 117: Lost in Rio.

Ultimately, the success of this PGA outreach will come in the form of fruitful working relationships between members and foreign producers. So far, one of the call participants from the PGA side is working to help secure finishing funds for one of the Brazilian projects, a nearly completed documentary about a Brazilian Ambassador stationed in Europe during WWII who helped hundreds of people escape Nazi persecution.

Tech improvements to the conference room at PGA headquarters promise an enhanced experience for the next call, but even with a simple Skype, participants were very pleased. Rio Film Commissioner, Steve Solot commented, “The event was considered a complete success and should be repeated soon.”

And repeated it will be. As the Guild continues to form international alliances and signs more memorandums of understanding with affiliates in other countries, the International Committee plans on hosting more calls with more countries.

“This first co-production pitch via Skype was efficient and effective,” said Stu Levy.  “Brazil is an exciting market, and we'll not only do more with Brazil, but present similar opportunities around the world, so stay tuned!"  

Learn more about the International Committee: http://www.producersguild.org/?page=intl_committee
Learn more about the Diversity Committee: http://pgadiversity.org/

For a primer on Brazilian incentives, get a copy of The Brazilian Audiovisual Industry: An Explosion of Creativity and Opportunities for Partnerships, by Steve Solot

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