Citing his work on the runaway production issue, the Directors Guild of America has tapped Rep. Charles Rangel for an award at its third annual DGA Honors gala June 9.
The New York Democrat introduced the Independent Film and Television Production Incentive Act of 2001, providing a 25% wage-based tax credit for film projects with budgets under $10 million. The legislation, backed by Hollywood unions and mirroring a bill introduced last year in the Senate, is designed to keep producers from being lured to less expensive foreign locations.
The guild decided last fall to move back the DGA Honors from November to June so members could work on disaster relief efforts connected to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Event also will fete previously announced honorees — filmmaker Spike Lee, TV news exec Don Hewitt, former National Endowment for the Arts chief Jane Alexander and Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker, Marcie Bloom and Tom Bernard.
The Artists Rights Foundation will honor Elliot Silverstein as recipient of this year’s John Huston Award.