PGA Producers Guild of America

Darryl F. Zanuck Award to be presented Sunday

The Producers Guild of America is sticking to 10 nominees for its top feature award, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

“The film award is the only one we give out for feature films,” notes Hawk Koch, co-president of the PGA. “We have a passion and a love for producing and with 10, there’s more competition.”

The PGA decided in 2011 that it would not follow the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ voting procedures revisions, which were amended that year to a system that would allow there to be anywhere from five to 10 nominees each year. AMPAS had instituted the doubling of the best picture category from five nominees to 10 in 2009, prompting the PGA to follow suit.

For the past six years, the Academy has used the PGA’s selections of accredited producers as guidelines in determining the nominated producers in the Oscar best picture category.

The PGA’s 10 nominated films this year for its Darryl F. Zanuck award are “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Oscar noms for Best Picture went to eight of the 10 PGA nominees with “Blue Jasmine” and “Saving Mr. Banks” excluded and “Philomena” included.

Koch and co-president Mark Gordon are coming to the end of their two-year term overseeing the 6,000-member PGA – though Koch stepped down for a year to act as the AMPAS president. They both believe that the PGA plays a vital role in helping producers face unprecedented challenges as fewer feature films get made by the major studios.

“There is so much opportunity now in TV and it’s shrinking in features, so there are a lot of producers crossing the line,” Gordon notes. “So there’s great work being done in TV and that’s because of producers.”

The org achieved a major milestone last year by getting all the major Hollywood studios on board its film credits certification process after a decade of effort. More than 50 film credits now carry the PGA mark, a lower case p.g.a.

The sixth “Produced By” Conference will be June 7 and 8 at Warner Bros. Studios.

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