Producers Guild nod to ‘Schindler’ team

Steven Spielberg picked up another of what looks to be a long line of awards for “Schindler’s List” Monday when the Producers Guild of America cited him, Branko Lustig and Gerald R. Molen as producers of the year.

The trio copped the Darryl F. Zanuck Theatrical Motion Picture award for producing, while Steven Bochco, David Milch and Gregory Hoblit were honored with the Norman Felton Producer of the Year award in TV for “NYPD Blue.”

Both sets of producers will collect their trophies at the Golden Laurel Awards March 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Actor/producer Michael Douglas will host.

Producers Guild prexy Leonard Stern said the award is a good indicator for Spielberg as all five of the PGA theatrical candidates were nominated for Oscar’s best picture. He saidPGA winners frequently go on to win the best picture Oscar.

The Producers Guild of America/Eastman Kodak Nova award for features went to Jan Chapman for “The Piano.” The PGA/American Airlines Nova award in TV was given to Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David for NBC’s “Seinfeld.”

At the March 2 ceremony, 13 classic TV productions will be announced for induction into the PGA’s Hall of Fame. The Charles B. FitzSimons Award for special services on behalf of the guild will also be presented.

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