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Producers Guild Honored at 2014 'Made In New York' Awards

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Representing the National Committees of the Producers Guild of America's Women’s Impact Network, PGA Diversity and PGA Green, the PGA East’s Lydia Dean Pilcher, Rachel Watanabe-Batton and Mari Jo Winkler were recognized by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Cynthia Lopez of the NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment, at the 2014 Made in New York awards Monday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Joining other honorees Steve Buscemi, Louis C.K., Neil Patrick Harris, Stanley Nelson, Rosie Perez, PGA member Jane Raab, Aaron Shapiro, and lifetime achievement award winner Albert Maysles, the evening celebrated New York City’s vibrant film and TV production industry.

PGA Leadership at the podium with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Photo by Terrence Jennings
Acceptance speech by Lydia Dean Pilcher

We are part of the Producers Guild of America, a non-profit trade group that represents the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. PGA East in New York represents 1500 producers of the national membership of 6500.

I’m here with Mari Jo Winkler and Rachel Watanabe-Batton and we are producers who recognize that we have a unique platform to reach people thru story-telling. Diversity, gender equality and sustainability are three key areas in which the Producers Guild strives to make a social impact within our industry.

But when we recognize the power of what we do and how much we can impact the status quo of our culture –we ask ourselves, who are we as an industry?

Are we diverse? Do we, as producers writers, directors, agents, studio executives, ---do we reflect the real world? What does it mean that a young girl today may have a greater chance to be an astronaut than a film director? And as Obama said to the UN after the Climate Change March in New York --"We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last to be able to do anything about it.”

Mari Jo and I were environmental activists alongside our professional careers as producers, when we realized , with the help of Al Gore, that we needed to look within our own industry and bring an awareness to the connection between carbon emissions and how we run our film and television productions. We piloted a project to develop a methodology for pro-actively greening sets and formed PGA Green. Over the years we forged a relationship with the six major studios that has yielded an incredibly valuable website- – which has a vast array of tools and resources including our Best Practices, a downloadable carbon calculator, and a mobile app vendor guide.

Rachel chairs the PGA Diversity committee, along with Anadil Hossain who is in the house tonight--and we work together in the PGA Women’s Impact Network. Our campaign for gender equality is part of the PGA’s larger vision for diversity. Women are 51% of the population and yet we are under-represented on both sides of the camera.

Podium: Cynthia Lopez, Chirlane McCray, Bill de Blasio.
Front row: Albert Maysles, Mr. Maysles assistant, Rosie Perez, Neil -
Patrick Harris, Louis CK, Jane Raab.
Far row: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Rachel Watanabe-Batton, Mari Jo Winkler,
Aaron Shapiro, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Nelson.
- Photo by Emon Hassan
The exciting news is happening around the breakdown of traditional Hollywood as we know it, because the move to Television and digital platforms is opening up opportunities for female story-telling and diverse content. And this dovetails with the long term trends for the shifting US demographics. By 2040, the multicultural demographic segment will be equal in size to the white population.

While all of us recognize the power of our bully pulpit as producers - it's really an opportunity for us – and we represent 1500 producers in New York –to press for change within our own industry--- to influence the decision-makers and the storytellers that control the pulpit. That’s our responsibility.

And we want the film community to reflect our changing global landscape across race, gender, sexual orientation, class and ability.

Collaboration is an essential part of making any change happen. Our PGA East Chair, Peter Saraf and Director of PGA East, Mitzie Rothzeid, are a huge support for what we do.

We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Mayor de Blasio’s administration and his inspired leadership on these very issues. Chirlane has promised me we aren’t going to waste a minute! And Commissioner Cynthia Lopez, we are so excited. You have a long track record that celebrates independent vision. This is what we’ve been waiting for.

When you look at people mobilizing around issues historically, the arts and cultural communities are at the center of it all, and we’re proud to be in the center of it here in New York--with all of you.

Thank you!


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Producers Guild Awards: Television & Digital Series Nominations Ballots Now Available

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 31, 2014

Attention members, PGA Awards Television Series/Specials and Digital Series Nomination Polls Are Now Open!  Nomination ballots for television categories and Digital Series have been sent.   These ballots are open until November 24, 2014 at 5:00pm PST.  Check your email for a link to your personal ballot.

Only members with experience in television production (who are also active members current on their dues) vote for nominees in the television categories.  Only New Media Council members (who are also active members current on their dues) vote for nominees in the Digital Series category.

The entire PGA membership will vote on the final ballot, which will be made available in January.  Please contact the Producers Guild Awards administrators at should you have any questions or problems.  Get more information on the 2015 Producers Guild Awards:

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Conference Press Breaks, Produced By: New York

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 28, 2014

President Emeritus Hawk Koch has a discussion with his long time friend and latest PGA member, Jake Gyllenhaal

The first ever Produced By New York was a resounding success.  Although you would have to be there to reap the full benefit of the Conference, it still provided more than its fair share of headlines that you can read online.  Below is a sampling of the press fallout from Produced By New York 2014.

Today: Darren Aronofsky Headed for TV?

Variety: PGA Developing 'Toolkit' of Data to Combat 'Myths' About Female-Driven Films

Variety: Radius-TWC Chief on 'Citizenfour': 'It's Going to Get Heated'

IndieWire: Harvey Weinstein Defends Netflix's 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Deal

IndieWire: Jake Gyllenhaal on Why He Wanted to Produce and May Someday Direct

IndieWire: Darren Aronofsky on What We Lose When Film Dies, How Storytelling is Changing and More

NY Daily News: Jake Gyllenhaal wants to direct like his filmmaker parents, 'searching' for the right movie

Broadway World: Photo Flash: Harvey Weinstein, Darren Aronofsky, Jake Gyllenhaal and More at Producers Guild's Produced By: New York Conference

The Celebrity Cafe: Director Darren Aronofsky talks about the future of film and his thoughts on 'Noah'

Variety: Harvey Weinstein: Netflix Is Winning Because It Has Vision

Variety: Jake Gyllenhaal Will Direct When He Feels 'Presumptuous Enough'

IndieWire: James Schamus on the Future of Filmmaking (with Tips for Filmmakers)

The Knowledge: Weinstein: Are we using the producer credit correctly?

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Top 10 Reasons I Haven't Yet Registered For Produced By: New York

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 20, 2014

Produced By: New York is less than a week away.  And while spaces are filling up fast, some of you have yet to pull the trigger.

So as is our tradition – and because we know you’ve all been waiting for it – it’s time to share the


10.     I'd love to see the session on producing video games, but I have a really important Call of Duty mission that day.

9.      Penthouse shopping in the new 432 Park Avenue tower has been exhausting.

8.      I just don’t find Jake Gyllenhaal that attractive.

7.      I wanted to see the panel with Jenni Konner from GIRLS, but the L train doesn’t go to Columbus Circle.

6.      Cookie Monster doesn’t respect my gluten-free diet.

5.      Packing all that producing knowledge into one venue is a clear fire code violation.

4.      I’d consider registering for a conference hosted by HBO, but I already have my friend’s cousin’s parents’ login.

3.      Just not sure what to do with myself since Derek Jeter retired.

2.      I work in reality television.  They don’t let me out of the edit bay ‘til Monday night.

And the #1 reason I haven’t yet registered for PBNY…

1.      I already saw The Producers on Broadway… isn’t this the same thing?


Learn more and register for Produced By: New York by going to

So what kind of information can you expect to find at Produced By: New York?  You'll hear about the latest trends in Film, Television, and New Media from the industry's foremost experts.  Check out the embedded playlist below for clips from previous Conferences in Los Angeles:

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Norman Lear: Even This I Get To Experience

Posted By Andrew Mahlmann, Wednesday, October 15, 2014
courtesy of YAHOONorman Lear is one of the most important figures in the history of television. Not your ordinary Producers Guild member, Lear lends his name to the prestigious Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television handed out at the Producers Guild Awards, which is so eponymously named for one of the truest icons in the business. A pioneer willing to take on the most difficult social issues of his time, Lear produced trailblazing sitcoms such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude.

After more than a lifetime's worth of work and reflection, Lear has finally graced us with one of Hollywood's premiere memoirs. Trey Parker, co-founder of South Park, says of the book "Fantastic stories from one of the wisest, most subversive, and most beautiful human beings the comedy world has ever known… This book is charming, awe-inspiring and hilarious."

Also, watch Katie Couric interview Norman for Yahoo! as he talks about his book, his career, his legacy, his favorite moments, and more:

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