Kennedy, Zaentz among 10 new members

The Producers Guild of America has elected 10 new board members, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy and Saul Zaentz, and re-elected Thom Mount as president.

The PGA, which has been focused on tightening standards on producer credits, announced the election results following its annual meeting Monday night in Los Angeles. The event drew 130 of the organization’s 1,000 members.

Besides Mount, the other four officer incumbents also won: Hawk Koch, vice president, motion pictures; Marian Rees, vice president, television; Charles Floyd Johnson, secretary; and Joel Freeman, treasurer.

Newly elected board members also included Mark Gordon, Debra Hill, Gayle Maffeo, Neal Moritz, Bob Rehme, Douglas Wick and Laura Ziskin, while Dorothea Petrie and George Sunga were re-elected. Nearly 40 members ran for the 12 open seats on the board.

Putting the brakes on

Hill said she ran for the post because of the need to put the brakes on abuse of producer credits through a self-regulating system.

“The role of the producer has been devalued by the proliferation of credits,” she said. “What we’re trying to say to the studios is that we’re willing to take the responsibility in this area.”

“The voting was competitive and close and signals many members’ desire to become more involved in the one organization that best represents their interests — the PGA,” said executive director Vance Van Petten, who was appointed to the post late last year after two decades as an entertainment attorney and studio executive.

Limiting producers

The PGA kicked off its credits campaign in February when it excluded two dozen names from previously announced television nominations for its Golden Laurels Awards. It used anonymous three-member panels to review each TV program and movie to limit the number of producers per category to three.

The PGA has also launched a voluntary certification program under which the org will allow producers to include the PGA certification mark — a laurel with the PGA initials — in producer credits that the PGA has reviewed.

Van Petten said the PGA has been negotiating with studios to establish policies for the certification program and added that several producers have obtained the certification although the programs have yet to air.

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