PGA prexy to get Schaffner Alumni Medal
Marshall Herskovitz, film/TV multihyphenate and president of the Producers Guild of America, will receive the American Film Institute’s Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.
A 1975 graduate of the AFI Conservatory, Herskovitz teamed with Edward Zwick in 1983 on the Emmy-winning drama spec “Special Bulletin.” In 1985, the duo formed the Bedford Falls Co. as a home for their film and TV projects.
Together, their pic producing credits include “Legends of the Fall,” “Traffic,” “I Am Sam,” “Dangerous Beauty” (which Herskovitz helmed) and “The Last Samurai” (which he co-scripted).
Duo created the Emmy-winning series “thirtysomething” and “Once & Again,” with Herskovitz also writing and helming episodes of both shows. He also produced skeins “Relativity” and “My So-Called Life.”
Past recipients of the medal, named in honor of the Oscar-winning director of “Patton,” include Zwick, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Darren Aronofsky.
Herskovitz will be feted at AFI’s lifetime achievement tribute to Sean Connery on Thursday at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.