Koch wins VP slot; four join board
Former Universal Pictures chief Thom Mount has been elected president of the Producers Guild of America.Other winners in the election just held include Howard Koch Jr. as vice president of motion pictures and Bernie Brillstein, Roland Joffe, Paula Weinstein and Dale Pollack as board members. The announcement was made Thursday by Charles B. FitzSimons, the guild’s exec director. The 29 member PGA board also includes outgoing president Leonard Stern, Brian Grazer, Walter Mirisch, Chuck Fries, Norman Felton, Roger Gimbel and Marian Rees. “Bringing the fundamental principle of fairness to producer credits and an end to wanton credit proliferation is one of several high priorities for the PGA,” Mount said in a statement released by the guild. He campaigned on a platform that included expanded benefits for producers, reform of the producers’ credit process, globalizing the PGA’s membership and strengthening the recognition of producers in Washington D.C. Mount served as president of Universal Pictures for eight years, overseeing pictures such as “Car Wash,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Deer Hunter” and “Scarface.” Mount founded his own company in 1984 and produced “Bull Durham,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Frantic” and the Tony Award winning play “Death and the Maiden” on Broadway. With partner Josh Kramer, Mount produced “Night Falls on Manhattan,” directed by Sidney Lumet. Founded in 1950, the Producers Guild protects the interests of its approximately 450 members in the theatrical and television fields. Recently, the PGA absorbed the 525 member Producers Credit Board, which was co chaired by Mount and Kramer.