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Well, it’s not really a surprise because we knew all along this awards season belonged to Boyman. But many of us thought it would be Boyhood’s to lose. The preferential ballot is tricky and unpredictable and has resulted in a horse-midstream-switch a few times since they changed up. This could mean Birdman is the new frontrunner to take the Oscar — and if Inarritu wins Best Director that will make the fifth straight year Best Director went to a foreign born director. We’re not doing a very good job fortifying our homegrown talent, industry, not at all.

Either way, lots of people love Birdman – it’s a movie you feel. Remember the old saying? Some movies you feel? Boyhood is more subtle, its message deeper and more profound. But Birdman grabs people in their vital organs – like their heart and their balls.

Tomorrow night is the SAG awards. Those votes have been cast. It’s a good possibility Birdman will win both. The DGA is still up in the air, with those ballots being cast later. The way buzz works is that people are driven by testosterone boosts standing next to a perceived winner. Thus, a winner keeps winning. How will the DGA go? DGA ballots aren’t even due until February 6th. That’s a lot of time for things to swing in a different direction or keep swinging in this direction.

What this PGA win does for Birdman is put it right up against Boyhood — I wish they could just give the prizes to Boyman and be done with it? Now voters know Birdman is a formidable contender and now they will start to ruminate on which film – Birdman or Boyhood – deserves to win the whole thing.

I have never thought film awards should be driven by emotion. In all of the years I’ve worked the Oscar beat I know that emotion is a passing fancy. It comes, it swells, it climaxes, it fades away. Emotional winners aren’t good winners for the long haul. They just aren’t. They seem like moments captured in time of who people were back then. What I know about Boyhood is that it’s extraordinary. Films like that don’t come around very often.

What I know about film awards? People don’t really care about extraordinary. They vote with their hearts. Birdman is a worthy winner, but no more worthy than The Imitation Game. Boyhood tops them both.

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Picture: Birdman
TV Drama: Breaking Bad
Documentary Film: Life Itself
Longform TV Series: Fargo
Non-fiction: Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey
TV Comedy Award – Orange is the New Black
The Voice wins reality
Live Entertainment in Talk TV to THE TONIGHT SHOW
Best Animated Feature: The Lego Movie

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American Sniper (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producers: Bradley Cooper, p.g.a., Clint Eastwood, p.g.a., Andrew Lazar, p.g.a., Robert Lorenz, p.g.a., Peter Morgan, p.g.a.

Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood (IFC Films)
Producers: Richard Linklater, p.g.a., Cathleen Sutherland, p.g.a.

Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Megan Ellison, p.g.a., Jon Kilik, p.g.a., Bennett Miller, p.g.a.

Gone Girl (20th Century Fox)
Producer: Ceán Chaffin, p.g.a.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales

The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
Producers: Nora Grossman, p.g.a., Ido Ostrowsky, p.g.a., Teddy Schwarzman, p.g.a.

Nightcrawler (Open Road Films)
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy

The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)
Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Producer: Roy Conli, p.g.a.

The Book of Life (20th Century Fox)
Producers: Brad Booker, p.g.a., Guillermo del Toro, p.g.a.

The Boxtrolls (Focus Features)
Producers: David Bleiman Ichioka, p.g.a., Travis Knight, p.g.a.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (20th Century Fox)
Producer: Bonnie Arnold, p.g.a.

The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producer: Dan Lin

The television nominees are:

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:
The Long-Form Television category encompasses both movies of the week and mini-series.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
Producers: Brad Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Joseph Incaprera, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt, James Wong

Fargo (FX)
Producers: Adam Bernstein, John Cameron, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Michael Frislev, Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Chad Oakes, Kim Todd

The Normal Heart (HBO)
Producers: Jason Blum, Dante Di Loreto, Scott Ferguson, Dede Gardner, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy, Brad Pitt, Mark Ruffalo

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (PBS)
Producers: To Be Determined

Sherlock (PBS)
Producers: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Beryl Vertue, Sue Vertue

In late 2014, the Producers Guild of America announced the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture, Television Series and Non-Fiction Television Nominations. The following list now includes complete producer credits.

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The Green Prince (Music Box Films)
Producers: John Battsek, Simon Chinn, Nadav Schirman

Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures)
Producers: Garrett Basch, Steve James, Zak Piper

Merchants of Doubt (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo

Particle Fever (Abramorama/BOND 360)
Producers: David E. Kaplan, Mark A. Levinson, Andrea Miller, Carla Solomon

Virunga (Netflix)
Producers: Joanna Natasegara, Orlando von Einsiedel

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

Breaking Bad (AMC)
Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

Downton Abbey (PBS)
Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge

Game Of Thrones (HBO)
Producers: David Benioff, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Chris Newman, Greg Spence, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weiss

House Of Cards (Netflix)
Producers: Dana Brunetti, Joshua Donen, David Fincher, David Manson, Iain Paterson, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, Beau Willimon

True Detective (HBO)
Producers: Richard Brown, Carol Cuddy, Steve Golin, Woody Harrelson, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Matthew McConaughey, Nic Pizzolatto, Scott Stephens

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Producers: Faye Oshima Belyeu, Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Bill Prady

Louie (FX)
Producers: Pamela Adlon, Dave Becky, M. Blair Breard, Louis C.K., Vernon Chatman, Adam Escott, Steven Wright

Modern Family (ABC)
Producers: Paul Corrigan, Megan Ganz, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Chris Smirnoff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Sally Young, Danny Zuker

Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
Producers: Mark A. Burley, Sara Hess, Jenji Kohan, Gary Lennon, Neri Tannenbaum, Michael Trim, Lisa I. Vinnecour

Veep (HBO)
Producers: Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Christopher Godsick, Armando Iannucci, Stephanie Laing, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Tony Roche

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

30 For 30 (ESPN)
Producers: Andy Billman, John Dahl, Erin Leyden, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons

American Masters (PBS)
Producers: Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks, Junko Tsunashima

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (FOX/NatGeo)
Producers: Brannon Braga, Mitchell Cannold, Jason Clark, Ann Druyan, Livia Hanich, Steve Holtzman, Seth MacFarlane

Shark Tank (ABC)
Producers: Becky Blitz, Mark Burnett, Bill Gaudsmith, Phil Gurin, Yun Lingner, Clay Newbill, Jim Roush, Laura Roush, Max Swedlow

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

The Amazing Race (CBS)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo

Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
Producers: Ashley Edens Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur

Project Runway (Lifetime)
Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Teri Weideman

Top Chef (Bravo)
Producers: Doneen Arquines, Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Hillary Olsen, Erica Ross, Tara Siener, Shealan Spencer

The Voice (NBC)
Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John De Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Producers: Meredith Bennett, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Matt Lappin, Emily Lazar, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Producers: David Craig, Ken Crosby, Doug DeLuca, Gary Greenberg, Erin Irwin, Jimmy Kimmel, Jill Leiderman, Molly McNearney, Tony Romero, Jason Schrift, Jennifer Sharron, Seth Weidner, Josh Weintraub

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Producers: Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Liz Stanton

Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Matt Wood

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Producers: Rob Crabbe, Jamie Granet Bederman, Katie Hockmeyer, Jim Juvonen, Josh Lieb, Brian McDonald, Lorne Michaels, Gavin Purcell

The following programs were previously announced in late 2014. They were not vetted for producer eligibility this year, but winners in these categories will be announced at the official ceremony on January 24th:

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

24/7 (HBO)

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Atlanta Falcons (HBO)

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Cincinnati Bengals (HBO)

Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March To Brazil (ESPN)

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon)

Sesame Street (PBS)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

Toy Story OF TERROR! (ABC)

Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

30 For 30 Shorts (http://espn.go.com/30for30/shorts)

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (http://www.crackle.com/c/comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee)

COSMOS: A National Geographic Deeper Dive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkiFfAEB5M8)

Epic Rap Battles Of History (http://youtube.com/erb)

Video Game High School Season 3 (https://www.youtube.com/user/freddiew)

ANEMIC - No Guts No Glory, web

Since this race is really all over the map, with no really strong consensus emerging, it might be fun to do a No Guts, No Glory, something we don’t often do for the Producers Guild. For this, you don’t really need to go wildly off the wall – as in, predicting something that would NEVER happen, but just a gut instinct about what MIGHT happen.

Our contest entries have the top ten predicted as (in order of vote getters) – the biggest surprise in A Most Violent Year making the cut, along with Interstellar and Unbroken:

1. Boyhood
1. birdman
2. Selma
3. Gone Girl
4. Whiplash
5. Grand Budapest
6. Foxcatcher
7. A Most Violent Year
8. Unbroken
9. Interstellar
10. The Imitation Game
11. American sniper
12. Into the Woods
13. Nightcrawler
14. The Theory of Everything
15. The Lego Movie
16. Wild
17. Inherent Vice
18. Mr Turner

For instance, mine is that Guardians of the Galaxy sneaks in there. Any thoughts from you Oscar obsessives?

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Enter our contest here

The Eddies that announced today are really your first big consensus vote. They have about 6,000 members currently and have been around for 50 years. The PGA are around 4,500 and they’ve been around for just a couple of decades. Today’s announcement was a good way to gauge how thousands might vote with a weighted ballot.

The Producers Guild announces on Monday and are the only group who use the preferential ballot like the Academy does. The situation is further complicated by the Academy’s only giving voters five nomination slots as opposed to ten, which the PGA has. If you have ten choices for Best Picture of the year it’s kind of a no-brainer, right? You’ll allow for those you like without shame. You’ll allow for those you feel obligated to nominate. You’ll allow for a hierarchy of importance, pushing your most desirous choices to the top of the ballot knowing that the lesser choices ain’t gonna matter all that much. But here’s the problem with that – much of the time, where the Academy is concerned anyway, weird shit starts to happen when they only have five choices and a preferential ballot.

Some voters try to game the system, deliberately putting a movie they hate at the bottom of their ballot while pushing a movie they want to help in the race right to the top. Doesn’t mean that’s their favorite of the year – it just means they know it will have a hard time getting number one votes, particularly if it isn’t touchy feely feelgood turn on your heart-light-y. As a consequence, last year and the year prior two wonderful films that should have gotten in the race didn’t because of that pesky preferential ballot. They didn’t like Llewyn Davis because he was a big loser who put a cat in a car. So it didn’t get heart light passionate ooey gooey votes. Thus, what was by far and away one of the best films of last year WITHOUT QUESTION was left off the list. If voters could look into their crystal ball and see the future, they might have put the movie higher on their lists, or specifically at number one, knowing it wasn’t going to get in. But how were they to know that? We’re only a few years into this herding cats method of counting Best Picture – the potential disasters are as yet unseen.

If ever there was a year for disasters, it’s this one. Why, because there are a lot of films that got pretty bad reviews that are going to get the heart light vote. That’s going to rubber-band the Academy back to the good ol’ days when their choices weren’t nearly as respectable as the HFPA. This year, the HFPA did the unthinkable – it shut out the Big Oscar Movies, even opting out of inviting the industry’s biggest star to their event. No one can really call them “star fuckers” after 2014.

But the jury is still out on what the Academy will do this year (be afraid, be very afraid) but we can kind of figure out wha the PGA MIGHT do on a preferential ballot, give or take a movie here or there. First, I wanted to build an all-inclusive chart that did not operate from “confirmation bias,” something I’ve been horribly guilty of for, oh, sixteen years now. It goes like this: I want a movie desperately to get into the race (cough cough Gone Girl) that others are saying “NO WAY NO HOW IS THIS MOVIE GETTING IN.” The reasons? It’s not “serious” or “important” enough. It’s too successful. No one wants a movie that isn’t serious and made $166 million at the box office up for Best Picture – otherwise they would have nominated Bridesmaids. To make myself feel better I build charts that compare this year to every other year to see if I can make a good argument for a Gone Girl inclusion.

So I built the latest charts trying NOT to do that and I came up with something unexpected. I discovered that the key to figuring out Best Picture is to combine general critics’ top ten lists and the industry. The magic formula I found was the Critics Choice (BFCA) – a group that tries to match Oscar and thus, has a working consensus. Combined that with the top ten from criticstopten.com and added the Eddie. The reason I added the Eddie is that it’s the one essential guild. You can get in without the Eddie and you can get the Eddie and still not get in but if you combine that with the critics top ten and the Critics Choice consensus you mostly get in for Best Picture. The only two times that didn’t happen? Moonrise Kingdom and yep, Inside Llewyn Davis, going back to 2009 when Oscar expanded.

Complicating things further for Gone Girl, is the lack of the early awards, like the AFI, the SAG ensemble or the Golden Globe for Best Picture. Has any film ever not gotten any one of those and gotten in? District 9 is one that did.

What happens if you add the PGA into the mix? You still have Moonrise Kingdom as the one film that got not only my magic three (Critics Choice, Critics Top Ten and Eddie) but also the AFI and the Globe.

If you take my magic three and you then add the PGA plus either the SAG ensemble or the DGA? Well, you’re in like flynn. If Gone Girl manages a DGA nod, its chances just jumped from zero to nearly a hundred. But David Fincher has a funny effect on the industry at large. Either they don’t like him because he doesn’t kiss babies enough or else they don’t like his “hard R” sensibilities – but he’s a record breaker. He broke records with The Social Network, and with the Dragon Tattoo by being the only film since 2009 to get an Eddie, a PGA and a DGA and not get in for Best Picture.

That tell me some weird shit is coming up. You know, if it’s me I’m looking at David Fincher, who revolutionized how we roll out long form film on Netflix, who just took a studio film to critical acclaim and $166 million to become the SINGLE MOST TALKED ABOUT film of the year and I’m going to check off on my ballot, number one with a bullet. But that’s just me and everyone knows my preference for this director’s magnificent work.

Okay, so now we’re at a crossroads. We have to pick our PGA ten. Will they hew closer to the AFI where Unbroken, Interstellar and American Sniper all got in? Or will they do what the Globes did and shut out those three films? Are they going to go with the critics all the way? Are they going to follow the rough consensus? Probably a mixture of all of the above. Let’s start with those that have the magic three:

Boyhood
Nightcrawler
Whiplash
Birdman
Gone Girl

Next, we have–
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel

That leaves us with one left. Since the PGA have ten and Oscar always maxes out at nine, let’s imagine what big budget movie the PGA might like, or what small-ish movie the PGA might like that no one is thinking about.

I’m wondering about whether or not Reese Witherspoon will earn double producing nods for Gone Girl and Wild and whether that will sneak in. I’m also wondering about Guardians of the Galaxy and the Lego Movie. Might either of those make their list? History tells us there’s a very good chance it will. But I’m not going to pick any of these because, for my tenth place, I’m going to pick something from the three off AFI:

Unbroken
Interstellar
American Sniper

Of these three, I feel like American Sniper is gaining in buzz. But I could see this tenth slot going to either of these three or all three of them. I’m not sure they will all be left off the list.

Some other possibilities include:
A Most Violent Year
Into the Woods

Finally, I can’t really leave off Foxcatcher since it’s Megan Ellison and she’s become a bit of a producing phenom in their orbit. So I’m thinking … maybe my top ten might look like this:

Boyhood
Nightcrawler
Whiplash
Birdman
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foxcatcher

To put in American Sniper I have to dump one and I can’t figure out which one to dump. Gun to my head, maybe Theory of Everything gets swapped for American Sniper.

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(Press Release) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Plan B Entertainment will receive the 2015 Visionary Award. Partners Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will accept the award at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes television, film or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance. The Producers Guild 2015 Visionary Award is sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Plan B Entertainment is being recognized with the Visionary Award for producing stories that have breathed new life into some of the seminal—and in some cases, most painful—episodes of our shared history. Plan B Entertainment receives this award on heels of their upcoming film, SELMA, adding to the company’s already impressive roster of critically acclaimed films such as 12 Years a Slave, HBO’S “The Normal Heart”, World War Z, TREE OF LIFE and The Departed, among many others.

“For over a decade, Plan B Entertainment has inspired creativity and innovation in the entertainment industry,” said Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Todd Black (THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, THE EQUALIZER) and Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”, “Glee”). “With critical and popular successes in both film and TV, Plan B continually breaks new artistic ground and stimulates necessary dialogue about our history and culture. We look forward to being further enthralled and engaged by their work in the years to come, and are delighted to honor them with this year’s Visionary Award.”

Previous honorees include producer and founder of Illumination Entertainment Chis Meledandri, for his prolific work in animation; producer, entrepreneur and humanitarian Russell Simmons, for his dedication to philanthropy and work as a film and television producer; producer Laura Ziskin, for her commitment to storytelling and her efforts organizing the 2008 and 2009 Stand Up To Cancer campaign and television specials; Jeff Skoll, for his work with Participant Media in creating films that inspire social action; and Joel Gallen, who produced the landmark post-9/11 telethon “America: A Tribute to Heroes.”

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The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Ø The Green Prince (Music Box Films)
Ø Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures)
Ø Merchants of Doubt (Sony Pictures Classics)
Ø Particle Fever (Abramorama/BOND 360)
Ø Virunga (Netflix)

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

Ø Breaking Bad (AMC)
Ø Downton Abbey (PBS)
Ø Game Of Thrones (HBO)
Ø House Of Cards (Netflix)
Ø True Detective (HBO)

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

Ø The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Ø Louie (FX)
Ø Modern Family (ABC)
Ø Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
Ø Veep (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:

Ø 30 For 30 (ESPN)
Ø American Masters (PBS)
Ø Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN)
Ø COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (FOX/NatGeo)
Ø Shark Tank (ABC)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

Ø The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Ø Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Ø Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Ø Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Ø The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:
Ø 24/7 (HBO)
Ø Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Atlanta Falcons (HBO)
Ø Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Cincinnati Bengals (HBO)
Ø Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March To Brazil (ESPN)
Ø Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

Ø Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon)
Ø Sesame Street (Sprout)
Ø Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon
Ø Toy Story OF TERROR! (ABC)
Ø Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

Ø 30 For 30 Shorts (http://espn.go.com/30for30/shorts)
Ø Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (http://www.crackle.com/c/comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee)
Ø COSMOS: A National Geographic Deeper Dive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkiFfAEB5M8)
Ø Epic Rap Battles Of History (http://youtube.com/erb)
Ø Video Game High School Season 3 (https://www.youtube.com/user/freddiew)

(Press Release) LOS ANGELES, CA (October 29, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Gale Anne Hurd will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The award will be presented to Hurd at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary producer David O. Selznick, and to receive an award in his name is truly an honor in and of itself,” said Hurd. “But even more important to me is the recognition it represents from my esteemed peers and colleagues at the Producers Guild of America.”

The Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award recognizes a producer’s outstanding body of work in motion pictures. The honor has a legendary and distinguished history with past recipients including such iconic producers as Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin, Roger Corman, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin, Steven Spielberg and last year’s recipients Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli.

“For decades, Gale Anne Hurd has been a trailblazer in motion pictures,” said Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Todd Black (THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, THE EQUALIZER) and Ryan Murphy (“The Normal Heart,” “American Horror Story”). “Her early films, such as ALIENS and THE TERMINATOR trilogy, created the template for a generation of action films. Her subsequent work has pushed well beyond the boundaries of any one genre, balancing comic-book exploits and sci-fi spectaculars with smart comedies, searing dramas, and winning family films. Throughout it all, she’s been a forceful spokeswoman for our profession and a dedicated mentor to countless young storytellers. We can’t imagine a more fitting producer to honor in the name of the great David O. Selznick.”

About Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd is one of the entertainment industry’s most esteemed producers of Academy Award®-winning films and Emmy® Award-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records. Hurd’s production career launched when she produced and co-wrote THE TERMINATOR. This success was quickly followed by ALIENS, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards, and the Academy Award winning films THE ABYSS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDEGMENT DAY and THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS. Additional feature credits include the Academy Award nominated ARMAGEDDON, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, ÆON FLUX, THE PUNISHER, DICK, and THE WATERDANCE, which won the Spirit Award for Best First Feature and the Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

When Hurd decided to enter the television business, she did so with a bang as Executive Producer of “The Walking Dead,” which currently reigns as the most-watched scripted drama, beating all broadcast and cable series among adults 18-49. The American Film Institute honored the show in both 2010 and 2012 as a “Top 10” TV program.

Hurd’s company, Valhalla Motion Pictures, has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop television and digital series, including the recently announced series, “Hunters,” set to premiere on SyFy in 2016.

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About the Producers Guild of America (PGA)

The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 6,500 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. Visit www.producersguild.org, www.pgagreen.org, www.pgadiversity.org for more information.

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LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America announced today the opening of the submissions and key deadlines for consideration for the 2015 Producers Guild Awards. The 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Competitive honors to be announced at the 2015 Producers Guild Awards include:

  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Sports Program
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Children’s Program
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Digital Series

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Producers Guild Award Winners:
Best Picture: TIE! Gravity and 12 Years a Slave
Documentary: We Steal Secrets
Animated Motion Picture: Frozen
Kramer Award: Fruitvale Station
Long-Form Television: Behind the Candelabra
Drama Series: Breaking Bad
Comedy Series: Modern Family
TV Competition: The Voice
Sports: ESPN’s SportsCenter
Children’s TV: Sesame Street
Digital Series: Wired: What’s Inside
Non-Fiction Television: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Live Entertainment and Talk TV: The Colbert Report

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The Producers Guild will announce tonight. The party starts around 8pm.  The final award of the evening will come around 10pm Pacific time.

ENTER OUR CONTEST HERE

The film expected to win tonight is also expected to take the Best Picture Oscar. This, because the Producers Guild, like the Academy, uses a preferential ballot to determine the winner.  The only trick is that since the Academy expanded their Best Picture slate in 2009, there hasn’t been a split between PGA+DGA and Oscar.  One film has ruled them all up to now.   This year might be the exception since there are three strong films vying for the big prize – American Hustle, Gravity, and 12 Years a Slave. So far, the biggest guild, the SAG with 100,000, went for American Hustle.  Now, the Producers Guild, with 4,500 members might confirm that choice or they might go another way.

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PGA Nominations for 2013

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures) Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures) Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter
Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures) Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman
Her (Warner Bros. Pictures) Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay
Nebraska (Paramount Pictures) Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producers: Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner
Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures) Producers: Riza Aziz, Emma Koskoff, Joey McFarland

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2014 Marks the 25th Anniversary of the Producers Guild Awards

(Press Release) The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that the critically acclaimed feature FRUITVALE STATION will be honored with the 2014 Stanley Kramer Award at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Stanley Kramer created some of the most powerful work in the history of American motion pictures, including such classics as INHERIT THE WIND, ON THE BEACH, THE DEFIANT ONES, and GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER.

“FRUITVALE STATION is an important film that raises awareness about an injustice that we encounter in the news with grim regularity. First time writer/director Ryan Coogler has captured the hearts and minds of both audiences and critics with his poignant portrayal of the true story of Oscar Grant,” said PGA Awards Co-Chairs Lori McCreary (INVICTUS, “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman”) and Michael De Luca (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, MONEYBALL, THE SOCIAL NETWORK). “FRUITVALE STATION has well earned the honor of the 2014 Stanley Kramer Award and we look forward to celebrating this extraordinary film.”

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LOS ANGELES (August 21, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America announced today the opening of submissions and key deadlines for consideration for the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards that will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Producers Guild National Treasurer Lori McCreary (Invictus, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman) and National Board Member Michael De Luca (Moneyball, The Social Network) will co-produce and co-chair the event.

Like last year, the Guild will use its awards submission website – www.producersguildawards.com – to provide a fully digital interface for submission for its 12 competitive categories. Competitive honors to be presented at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards include:

  • The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures
  • The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television
  • The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer Episodic Television – Drama
  • The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment/Talk Television
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television

Competitive honors to be announced at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards include:

  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Sports Program
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Children’s Program
  • The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Digital Series

Submission deadlines and other key dates for the 2014 Producers Guild Awards are as follows:

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Like many of us, the Producers Guild seems anxious to put the current dance marathon behind us and look ahead to the sharp elbows and foot stomps of next year’s tango fiasco.

LOS ANGELES (February 21, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that the Producers Guild Awards, honoring excellence in motion picture, television and new media productions, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 1990, the Producers Guild held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for DRIVING MISS DAISY, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the Oscars.

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Best Picture: Argo
Drama Series: Homeland
Doc Feature: Searching for Sugarman
Reality Series:
American Masters
Animated Film:
Wreck-it Ralph
Comedy Series:
Modern Family
PGA competition TV award:
Amazing Race
Best Live Talk Show: 
Stephen Colbert

Earlier predictions and background after the cut.

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It wasn’t really until 2013 that anyone discussed this idea that Kathleen Kennedy, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful female producers, had not yet won an Oscar.

Kennedy’s been nominated for Producer on an Oscar Best Picture nominee nine times and has never won. She might have won for Schindler’s List but wasn’t one of the credited producers. She’s been working with Steven Spielberg since E.T. but has been nominated for producing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (the best film of that year),Seabiscuit and The Sixth Sense, in addition to having been nominated for E.T., The Color Purple, Munich, War Horse and now, Lincoln.

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It was surprisingly easy to pick nine out of the ten Best Picture nominees for the Producers Guild, which means we will probably have a lot of winners in our contest. What this means is what it seems to mean every year: our method for finding the popular films in a consensus vote is pretty much right on. If you look at Gurus of Gold, for instance, you’ll see these same nine predicted. Only a few of them had Skyfall on their list. That last slot seemed like it could go to either The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises or Skyfall. Three franchise blockbusters that people really really liked. Skyfall, though, seems to have most of the buzz right now in that regard.

But does that mean it’s headed for a Best Picture nod? It’s tough to say. We don’t yet know how many Best Picture nominees there will be, let alone which ones make it in. We do know that if there were five right now they would be: Lincoln, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook/Les Miserables/Django Unchained fighting it out for that last slot. With more than five allowed, all of them should have no problem making it in. That’s a solid 7. Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom also seem like safe bets, that’s nine. If you think the Academy will pick ten, you could go either for Amour or Skyfall.

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“Argo” (Warner Bros.)
Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn

“Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher

“Les Misérables” (Universal Pictures)
Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

Life of Pi” (Fox 2000 Pictures)
Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark

“Lincoln” (Touchstone Pictures)
Producers:  Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

“Moonrise Kingdom” (Focus Features)
Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales

“Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

“Skyfall” (Columbia Pictures)
Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson

“Zero Dark Thirty” (Columbia Pictures)
Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

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Awards Daily’s Predict the Producers Guild contest now open for business!

Back in 1994 and before that, the Producers Guild nominees matched the Oscar Best Picture five fairly well.  But since 1995 and onward, there has been at least one mismatch. Usually the end of December would represent the earlier part of the race but this year everything is smushed together even more tightly than it has been in the past. That would suggest that Oscar ballots would reflect the same temperature as earlier awards groups, like perhaps, the BFCA, or the NBR, or even the Globes.

This is the first year ever that most of the Oscar ballots will be turned in before the Producers Guild announces its ten nominees (January 3).  There are a few groups that offer up a top ten every year (minus various critics groups) and those would be the National Board of Review, the Broadcast Film Critics (or Critics Choice), the American Film Institute and the Producers Guild.  In looking them over all together there are usually a strong four, or three, or five that make it all the way through to the end.  And not every year can be measured the same way.

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The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

  • “Breaking Bad” (AMC) Producers: Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, Stewart Lyons, Michelle MacLaren, George Mastras, Diane Mercer, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett
  • “Downton Abbey” (PBS) Producers: Julian Fellowes, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge
  • “Game of Thrones” (HBO) Producers: David Benioff, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weis
  • “Homeland” (Showtime) Producers: Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Meredith Stiehm
  • “Mad Men” (AMC) Producers: Jon Hamm, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Victor Levin, Blake McCormick, Matthew Weiner

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