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Producers Guild taps Kennedy, Gibbons as co-prexys

Kathleen Kennedy and Tim Gibbons have been tapped as co-presidents of the Producers Guild of America, as Thom Mount is stepping down after three years as the org’s leader.

Kennedy and Gibbons were elected to the posts Monday night in Los Angeles. Kennedy has been on the PGA’s board since June, when she was one of 10 new members elected to a dozen open seats; Gibbons had been chairman of the American Assn. of Producers, which recently merged with the PGA (Daily Variety, March 5) to create an org with more than 1,200 members.

Mount, a former Universal Pictures prexy, first won election in 1998 and was re-elected in June. He stepped down to devote more time to producing. During his PGA tenure, he oversaw the org’s campaign on tightening standards on producer credits along with the AAP merger.

Walter Parkes, co-chief of DreamWorks film business, strongly endorsed Kennedy’s selection, saying, “The PGA needs someone of her talent and stature to re-establish the importance of the producer in moviemaking.”

Kennedy’s producing credits include “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” “A.I.” and “Jurassic Park III.” Universal Pictures chief Stacey Snider called her “the consummate professional,” adding, “When Kathleen says she’ll do something, you know you can sleep well that night.”

Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing said, “I have worked closely with Kathleen over the years and am very excited she has been named president of the PGA. She is a wonderful choice.”

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