‘Harry Potter’ Producer David Heyman Tapped for PGA Award

The Producers Guild of America has selected “Harry Potter” and “Gravity” producer David Heyman as the recipient of the 2016 David O. Selznick Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Heyman at the PGA’s awards ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Heyman produced all eight Harry Potter films and won the PGA’s Daryl F. Zanuck Award for “Gravity” in a tie vote with “12 Years a Slave.” He also produced “Paddington” and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”

“With Harry Potter, David Heyman set the standard for contemporary franchise filmmaking, demonstrating an unerring ability to translate a cherished literary universe to the screen, with all of its depth, humor and heart intact,” PGA Awards Co-Chairs Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd said. “He has embraced innovation, taking the technical production challenges of ‘Gravity’ as a mandate to imagine and execute wholly new ways of shooting film. His work has consistently elevated our profession and our industry; in his hands, the movie screen offers the same satisfactions as the literature that often inspires his stories. We couldn’t imagine a more fitting recipient for the Selznick Award than David.”

The 2015 recipient of the David O. Selznick Award was Gale Anne Hurd. Previous honorees include Stanley Kramer, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin and Steven Spielberg.

“I am honored to receive this award, named after such a giant of the industry, from my peers at the PGA,” Heyman said. “And as I look at the list of past recipients I am deeply humbled to join an illustrious group of filmmakers who have been such an inspiration to me over the years.”

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