LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the national board and delegate 2010 election results, which were approved during the annual General Membership Meeting on the Culver Studios lot. The Guild elected Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch as Co-Presidents. Other newly PGA national board officers include: Vice President of Motion Pictures Gary Lucchesi; Vice President of Television Hayma “Screech” Washington; Treasurer Lauren Shuler Donner; as well as Recording Secretary Gale Anne Hurd, which is an appointed post. Outgoing PGA President Marshall Herskovitz, who served two two-year terms, received special recognition at the meeting for his service to the Guild, and was appointed to the post of President Emeritus.
“We’re extremely honored to have the confidence and support of the Guild membership,”said Gordon and Koch. “During our tenure we hope to continue to build solidarity by encouraging producers to ‘hire from within,’ continue to protect the Producers Code of Credits, and work to improve healthcare benefits.”
The Guild has had Co-Presidents in the past. From 2001 – 2002, following the PGA’s merger with the American Association of Producers, the Guild was overseen by Kathleen Kennedy and Tim Gibbons as Co-Presidents. Gordon and Koch’s election does mark the first time the nominating committee has selected a pair of members to stand for election together.
PGA Co-President Mark Gordon, former PGA national board Vice President of Television, is an award-winning producer with more than 70 motion picture and television projects to his credit. His most recent projects include 2012, which has grossed over $750 million worldwide and THE MESSENGER, which garnered Academy Award® nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. In television, Gordon serves as executive producer on the ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” as well as the CBS dramas “Criminal Minds” and its spinoff and Lifetime’s “Army Wives.”
A longtime Guild board member, PGA Co-President Hawk Koch has worked in the entertainment industry as a producer for more than four decades. He has credits on more than 60 films including the Golden Globe Award-winning HEAVEN CAN WAIT, WAYNE’S WORLD, PRIMAL FEAR, FREQUENCY and most recently, SOURCE CODE. Aside from producing, Koch also served as the president of Rastar Productions, Inc. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences. Koch also serves on the Board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
PGA Vice President of Motion Pictures Gary Lucchesi is the President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. Lucchesi executive produced MILLION DOLLAR BABY, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2004. He produced the UNDERWORLD franchise and is currently developing the fourth installment of the series. He recently produced the box office hit THE UGLY TRUTH.
PGA Vice President of Television Hayma ‘Screech’ Washington has a 30-year career spanning the industry. Most recently Washington served as the Executive Producer of the CBS television show, “The Amazing Race” for thirteen seasons, which garnered him seven consecutive Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, as well as a Producers Guild Award in 2004.
PGA Treasurer Lauren Shuler Donner is one of the industry’s most successful film producers. In 1983, Shuler-Donner made her feature movie-producing debut in the smash hit comedy MR. MOM. She then went on to produce LADYHAWKE, ST.ELMO’S FIRE, PRETTY IN PINK, DAVE and FREE WILLY, among other films. Recently, Shuler Donner produced the X-MEN film trilogy and the spinoff X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES.
PGA Recording Secretary Gale Anne Hurd has produced dozens of feature films that have generated billions of dollars in revenue, and earned multiple Oscar nominations and numerous awards. As the chairman of her own production entity, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Hurd’s most recent produced the blockbuster THE INCREDIBLE HULK for Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures. She is currently in production on the new television series, THE WALKING DEAD, which will begin airing on AMC in October.
The PGA’s membership meeting also kicked off the second annual Produced By Conference (PBC), which will take place throughout the weekend at 20th Century Fox Studios. More than 1,000 film, television and new media producers, as well as entertainment industry members are expected to attend extraordinary panel sessions, unique mentoring roundtables, special workshops and exhibits, and incomparable networking opportunities.
As part of the conference, emerging storytellers were also recognized as PBC organizers revealed the winners of the 2010 Producers Challenge. The annual competition is divided into three categories – short films, independent webisodes and studio webisodes – and finalist submissions were screened on Thursday evening and judged by a panel of award-winning producers. The 2010 Producers Challenge winners announced Friday included:
Best Produced Short Film
“Think Tank” (USA)
Producer: Jonathan Deiner
Best Produced Independent Webisode
“Horrible People” (USA)
Producers: Jonathan Stern, Joe Lo Truglio, A.D. Miles
Best Produced Studio Webisode
“Heroes: Nowhere Man” (NBC/Universal)
Executive Producers: Tim Kring, Dennis Hammer
Producers: Christopher Hanada, Tanner Kling