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“The Shape of Water” won the PGA’s

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture, television, and digital productions at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac ceremony, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Closing the evening, the feature film “The Shape of Water” and its producers Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale won the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. This category is one of the most eagerly anticipated of season and widely considered a strong prognosticator for the Oscars®, as the Zanuck Award has matched the win for Best Picture 19 times in its 28-year history. Also, the films “Coco” won for feature animation and “Jane” won the theatrical documentary category. The Hulu television series “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season 1) and its producers Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Ilene Chaiken, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman,
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Producers Guild Awards 2018 Winners: The Complete List

The winners of the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards are here! During tonight's ceremony, the PGA presented a number of special honors for producing in both film and television. Some winners were previously announced earlier this month along with the night's nominees. Ava DuVernay received the Visionary Award, and the film Get Out received the Stanley Kramer Award. Donna Langley also received the Milestone Award; Ryan Murphy received the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television and Charles Roven received the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. This year's 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards were held at...
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Producers Guild Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List, from “The Shape of Water” to “Coco” and “Jane”

Producers Guild Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List, from “The Shape of Water” to “Coco” and “Jane”
The Producers Guild Awards anointed “The Shape of Water” as its Best Picture, the same result as last week’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Guillermo del Toro’s “fairy tale for troubled times” was previously the most-nominated Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards feature, giving Fox Searchlight reason to feel hopeful in ahead of January 23 Oscar nominations.

However, tonight’s event at the Beverly Hills Hilton was more somber and subdued. “Shape of Water” co-star Richard Jenkins read a letter from del Toro: “Life has a way of keeping you in check. So as you sit there tonight, I stand by the side of my father’s bed, in my hometown in Mexico.”

Milestone Award and Visionary Award honorees Donna Langley (Universal Pictures Chairman) and Oscar-winning director Ava DuVernay (“13th,” “A Wrinkle in Time”) respectively used their stage time to remember Allison Shearmur, producer of films like “The Hunger Games” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,
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Donna Langley on Universal Success and the ‘Fate of the Movie Gods’

Donna Langley on Universal Success and the ‘Fate of the Movie Gods’
Universal keeps outdoing itself under Donna Langley’s watch.

Last year was its most profitable yet, boasting tentpole successes including “Despicable Me 3” and “The Fate of the Furious,” as well as such breakout hits as “Get Out” and “Girls Trip.” Its first quarter was its best ever, setting the momentum for the rest of 2017. All told, the studio crossed $5 billion worldwide at the box office, its second time ever, during a year in which box office was down industry wide.

Fittingly enough the Producers Guild of America will honor Langley, Universal’s chair since 2013, with its Milestone Award at its Jan. 20 ceremony.

“Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21st century studio executive,” Producers Guild awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said when announcing the honor, the PGA’s highest accolade. “Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built
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‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Talks Asc Nod And ‘Black Panther’ At Oscars Event

With just three days left for Academy members to submit their votes for the 2018 Oscar nominations Tuesday night found contenders working the room for support at multiple events across Los Angeles and New York.

At the London Hotel in West Hollywood, NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer and Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley saluted “Darkest Hour,” its Best Picture hopes revived thanks to nine BAFTA nominations, with star and Golden Globe winner Gary Oldman on hand.

Continue reading ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Talks Asc Nod And ‘Black Panther’ At Oscars Event at The Playlist.
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AFI Awards Salute ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Post,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

AFI Awards Salute ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Post,’ ‘Game of Thrones’
Guillermo del Toro hugged Christopher Nolan and Reese Witherspoon huddled with Patty Jenkins, all while Steven Spielberg greeted a line of well-wishers at the AFI Awards Friday at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, which AFI topper Bob Gazzale described as an opportunity “to be together as a community.”

Jason Blum, producer of “Get Out,” told Variety that it’s “the best event of the weekend.”

The mood is always friendly since there is no competition, no TV cameras, no envelopes, and no acceptance speeches. There was also no suspense: The 10 films and 11 TV shows honored were announced Dec. 7.

Hollywood has been under fire for gender inequality, sexual harassment, and lack of inclusion, but those those things were unspoken from stage, since the brisk ceremony is all about showcasing the year’s work. But the gender issue was addressed subtly in the film clips chosen by AFI to quickly depict a century of great film and TV work
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AFI Awards Salute ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Post,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

AFI Awards Salute ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Post,’ ‘Game of Thrones’
Guillermo del Toro hugged Christopher Nolan and Reese Witherspoon huddled with Patty Jenkins, all while Steven Spielberg greeted a line of well-wishers at the AFI Awards Friday at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, which AFI topper Bob Gazzale described as an opportunity “to be together as a community.”

Jason Blum, producer of “Get Out,” told Variety that it’s “the best event of the weekend.”

The mood is always friendly since there is no competition, no TV cameras, no envelopes, and no acceptance speeches. There was also no suspense: The 10 films and 11 TV shows honored were announced Dec. 7.

Hollywood has been under fire for gender inequality, sexual harassment, and lack of inclusion, but those those things were unspoken from stage, since the brisk ceremony is all about showcasing the year’s work. But the gender issue was addressed subtly in the film clips chosen by AFI to quickly depict a century of great film and TV work
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2018 Producers Guild Award Nominations: The Full List of Film and TV Nominees

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the film and TV nominations for the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Friday. Fans may notice that Wonder Woman has received a nomination in The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures category. The film starring Gal Gadot was left off of the 2018 Golden Globe nominations list entirely. There was also a tie in the film category. So, for the first time, the PGA presented 11 film nominees. During the 2018 ceremony, the PGA will present a number of special honors. For instance, Ava DuVernay is set to receive the Visionary Award, and the film Get Out will receive the Stanley Kramer Award. Donna Langley will also...
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'Lady Bird', 'The Big Sick' among PGA film nominees

Awards show to be held on January 20 in Los Angeles.

The Producers Guild Of America has officially unveiled its list of film nominees ahead of the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac set to be held on January 20, 2018, in Los Angeles.

This year, the nominees in the category for The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures included a tie, so for the first time the PGA presents 11 film nominees.

As previously announced, the Producers Guild will also present Donna Langley with the Milestone Award, Charles Roven with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the feature film Get Out with the Stanley Kramer Award, and Ava DuVernay with the Visionary Award.

The 29th annual PGA Awards nominees are:

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

The Big Sick, Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel

Call Me By Your Name, Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, [link
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‘Shallows’ Producer & Former New Line, WB Exec Lynn Harris Named Global Road Ww Production President

Lynn Harris, the veteran studio exec and producer, has been named president of worldwide production at Global Road Entertainment. She will report to chairman and CEO Rob Friedman, who has been revamping the company. Harris came up in the salad days of New Line under Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, a mini-major that besides Harris hatched such executive talent as Michael De Luca, Donna Langley, Mary Parent, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and others. She left Warner Bros to…
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Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars

Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars
With a wide field of potential contenders, the Producers Guild of America made some surprise picks and snubs for its seven nominees for Best Feature Documentary on Monday. The films nominated for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures are listed below in alphabetical order:

Chasing Coral” (Jeff Orlowski, Netflix)

City of Ghosts” (Mattew Heineman, Amazon)

Cries from Syria” (Evgeny Afineevsky, HBO)

Earth: One Amazing Day” (Peter Webber, Lixin Fan, Richard Dale, BBC Earth)

Jane” (Brett Morgen, NatGeo)

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” (Joe Piscatella, Netflix)

The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (John Maggio, HBO)

Among the lauded documentaries left off the 2017 PGA nominations were Cannes documentary winner “Faces Places,” directed by Agnes Varda and Jr, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s portrait of Brooklyn Hassidim, “One of Us,” and popular Turkish cat documentary “Kedi.”

While the PGA’s feature nominees often align with Oscar contenders,
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Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars

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Producers Guild of America Documentary Nominations Don’t Foreshadow the Oscars
With a wide field of potential contenders, the Producers Guild of America made some surprise picks and snubs for its seven nominees for Best Feature Documentary on Monday. The films nominated for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures are listed below in alphabetical order:

Chasing Coral” (Jeff Orlowski, Netflix)

City of Ghosts” (Mattew Heineman, Amazon)

Cries from Syria” (Evgeny Afineevsky, HBO)

Earth: One Amazing Day” (Peter Webber, Lixin Fan, Richard Dale, BBC Earth)

Jane” (Brett Morgen, NatGeo)

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” (Joe Piscatella, Netflix)

“The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” (John Maggio, HBO)

Among the lauded documentaries left off the 2017 PGA nominations were Cannes documentary winner “Faces Places,” directed by Agnes Varda and Jr, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s portrait of Brooklyn Hassidim, “One of Us,” and popular Turkish cat documentary “Kedi.”

While the PGA’s feature nominees often align with Oscar contenders,
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‘Cries From Syria,’ ‘Jane’ Among Producers Guild of America’s Feature Documentary Nominees

‘Cries From Syria,’ ‘Jane’ Among Producers Guild of America’s Feature Documentary Nominees
The Producers Guild of America has nominated seven films for its top documentary award — “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts,” “Cries From Syria,” “Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Jane,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee.”

The winner will be named Jan. 20 at the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The PGA is a trade group with more than 8,100 members. The organization has not yet determined the producers of the nominated films.

Nominations in the other film and TV categories will be announced Jan. 5. “O.J.: Made in America” won the PGA’s documentary award this year for Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow, then went on to win the Academy Award.

Chasing Coral” explores the disappearance of coral reefs and is directed by Jeff Orlowski. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Neflix in July.

City of Ghosts” centers on the Syrian media activist group Raqqa
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Errol Morris Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Errol Morris Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Second Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced that Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris will receive his award at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards gala event, set to take place on Thursday, November 2 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Penn Jillette.

Journalist and author Kathryn Schulz will present the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to Morris. Damien Echols will present the previously announced Critics’ Choice Impact Award to filmmaker Joe Berlinger. Additional award presenters include: Clive Davis, Matt Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence O’Donnell, Linda Perry, and Fisher Stevens, Diane Warren, among others.

Read More:Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup

Netflix will release Morris’ newest offering,
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Tom Cruise to Receive Pioneer of the Year Honor at Cinemacon

Tom Cruise to Receive Pioneer of the Year Honor at Cinemacon
The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation has named Tom Cruise as recipient of the 2018 pioneer of the year award.

The award will be given to Cruise on April 25 at Cinemacon, the National Association of Theater Owners’ annual convention in Las Vegas. Cruise is the first actor to receive the honor.

The pioneer of the year award is given to a member of the motion picture community to honor professional leadership, service, and commitment to philanthropy. Cruise is currently filming the sixth installment in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise for release on July 27, 2018, for Paramount Pictures, followed by “Top Gun: Maverick” on July 12, 2019.

“We are delighted that Tom will be receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Kyle Davies, president of the foundation and president of domestic distribution at Paramount Pictures. “His contributions to the film industry as both an actor and producer, including his tremendous support of the exhibition community, has made him a true pioneer in his field
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Report: Just 14 Percent of Studio First-Look Deals Are With Women-Led Companies

Tina Fey, one of the few women with a first-look deal, on “Great News”: NBC

The latest round of first-look production deals have been finalized and, according to a report from Variety, there are very few pacts with women-led organizations. Of the 139 total first-look deals, 20 are with female-driven production companies, amounting to about 14 percent. This marks a superficial and slight increase from last year’s 19 deals. “The additional deal — Amblin Partners’ pact with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall,” the source writes, “is merely a bit of paperwork, as the indie studio was incorporated into Universal.”

First-look deals see “studios provide the overhead plus some funds for development in exchange for having first dibs on movie projects,” Variety writes. And if this report’s numbers are any indication, studios are not that interested in doing business with women or developing women’s stories.

“The value of women in the marketplace seems to be a lesson that continues to be learned,” observes “Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson, who is under a first-look deal at Fox. “It keeps needing to be reaffirmed every time it happens, such as with ‘Wonder Woman.’”

That’s a good point. You’d think that the success of apparent game-changers like “Wonder Woman” and “Girls Trip” would be enough to convince studios that first-look deals with women-led companies are simply smart investments. But it’s not.

The studios with the highest number of first-look deals with women are, unsurprisingly, led by women themselves. Universal, headed by Donna Langley, has pacts with Charlize Theron, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks, Eva Longoria, and more. Fox, topped by Stacey Snider, has deals with Jacobson, Karen Rosenfelt (“Twilight”), and animators Karen Disher, Lori Forte, and Locksmith Animation’s Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart.

PGA co-president and “Invictus” producer Lori McCreary believes that, in order for more women to achieve first-look deals, there needs to be more women in leadership positions. “When I made my first film, Sherry Lansing was running Paramount, so it never occurred to me that women shouldn’t be producers and have studio deals,” McCreary told Variety. “Any time there’s a woman able to greenlight a film, it makes a difference.”

McCreary added, “In Hollywood, there’s a lot of talk about how the industry needs to think outside the box and reach out of its comfort zone to find talent from diverse backgrounds.” “For this to happen, change needs to start at the top,” she continued. “Now more than ever, these types of conversations are taking place, and it’s starting to get people to think differently about who they work with and the types of projects they take on. But change takes time.”

Yes, it does — but there’s no time like the present. Women comprise 52 percent of moviegoers. Top-grossing films with female protagonists gross an average of $50 million more than films featuring male protagonists. And female-written films receive the highest return on investment at the box office. With figures like that, studios should be making first-look deals with female-led production companies their №1 priority.

Below are all the women with first-look studio deals. List adapted from Variety. For more information on the studios’ current first-look deals, check out Variety’s “Facts on Pacts” publication.

Fox Animation

Karen Disher

Lori Forte

Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, Locksmith Animation

Fox 2000

Nina Jacobson, Color Force

Karen Rosenfelt, Sunswept Entertainment

Paramount

Dana Goldberg, Skydance (with David Ellison)

Sony

Elizabeth Cantillon, Arad Prods. (with Avi Arad)

Amy Pascal, Pascal Pictures

Universal

Elizabeth Banks, Brownstone Prods. (with Max Handelman)

Charlize Theron and Beth Kono, Denver and Delilah Prods. (with A.J. Dix)

Tina Fey, Little Stranger

Samantha Vincent, One Race Films(with Vin Diesel)

Deborah Forte, Silvertongue Films

Eva Longoria, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment

Amblin Partners

Kathleen Kennedy (with Frank Marshall) (Kennedy/Marshall)

Warner Bros.

Deborah Snyder (with Zack Snyder) (Cruel and Unusual)

Denise Di Novi (Di Novi Pictures)

Margot Robbie (LuckyChap Entertainment)

Polly Johnsen (Polymorphic)

Tory Tunnell (with Joby Harold) (Safehouse)

Im Global

Christi Dembrowski (with Johnny Depp) (Infinitum Nihil)

Amazon Studios

Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler (Killer Films)

Report: Just 14 Percent of Studio First-Look Deals Are With Women-Led Companies was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Tom Cruise Becomes First Actor To Receive The Pioneer Of The Year Award

Tom Cruise Becomes First Actor To Receive The Pioneer Of The Year Award
Tom Cruise will be receiving The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s 2018 Pioneer of the Year Award on April 25 at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Cruise is the first actor to receive the honor, as the award has traditionally been bestowed to industry executives. Past Pioneer of the Year honorees include Dick Cook, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael D. Eisner, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Donna Langley, Sherry Lansing, Frank G. Mancuso…
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Universal Head Donna Langley to Receive Producers Guild’s 2018 Milestone Award

Langley: Marcia Rothschild/YouTube

Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley will be recognized by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) this winter. Deadline confirms that Langley is the 2018 recipient of the Milestone Award, the PGA’s most distinguished award. She’ll take home the prize January 20 at the 29th annual PGA Awards in Beverly Hills.

The Milestone Award celebrates those who have made landmark contributions in entertainment. Sherry Lansing is a previous honoree.

“The Producers Guild of America champions what is lifeblood to so many of us — visionary storytelling, fearless creativity, and global filmmaking,” Langley said. “On behalf of the brilliant team at Universal, I want to thank its members for recognizing our work with this prestigious honor.”

Langley has been at Universal since 2001 and was named chairman in 2013. As a studio head, she has pushed to greenlight films “she herself would want to watch.”

“In 2017, she helped lead Universal to its best first quarter in history with five releases within six weeks including ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ ‘Get Out,’ and ‘Split,’” Deadline details. “In 2015, spurred by the studio’s ‘Furious 7,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ and ‘Minions,’ Universal crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office — a first for any studio.”

Langley’s other box office success include the Amy Schumer vehicle “Trainwreck,” which grossed over $140 million worldwide on a budget of $35 million, and the Sam Taylor-Johnson-helmed “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which netted $571 million worldwide after being made for $40 million.

Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” are among Langley’s pre-Universal producing credits.

Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21st century studio executive,” stated PGA Awards chairs Amy Pascal and Donald De Line. “Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built her studio into a home for smart, talented, passionate filmmakers — especially for those who color outside the lines or don’t fit into Hollywood’s usual boxes. Donna has redefined the job for a rising generation of creative execs, and we’re privileged to honor her.”

Universal Head Donna Langley to Receive Producers Guild’s 2018 Milestone Award was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Universal Chairman Donna Langley to Receive PGA’s 2018 Milestone Award

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Universal Chairman Donna Langley to Receive PGA’s 2018 Milestone Award
Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley has been selected by the Producers’ Guild of America as the recipient of the 2018 Milestone Award, the guild announced Wednesday. Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Disney chief exec Bob Iger, among others. Also Read: Producers Guild Votes Unanimously to Terminate Harvey Weinstein's Membership “Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21 st century studio executive,” PGA Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said in a statement. “Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built her studio into a home for smart,
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Universal Chairman Donna Langley to Receive Producers Guild’s Milestone Award

Universal Chairman Donna Langley to Receive Producers Guild’s Milestone Award
Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Milestone Award.

Langley will be honored at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21st century studio executive,” Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said in a statement on Wednesday. “Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built her studio into a home for smart, talented, passionate filmmakers — especially for those who color outside the lines or don’t fit into Hollywood’s usual boxes. Donna has redefined the job for a rising generation of creative execs, and we’re privileged to honor her at the Producers Guild Awards.”

Previous recipients include Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Sherry Lansing, Ron Meyer, Alan Horn, Bob Iger, Jim Gianopulos, and, most recently,
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