Inside Move: Producers seek clarity

Org giving credit where credit is due

The Producers Guild of America, which announces its award nominees Jan. 5, has already worked out how to avoid a traffic jam at the podium.

The PGA has determined which producers will get credit and allowed those excluded to appeal. Its winners are announced Jan. 17 — six weeks earlier than usual.

Org has campaigned aggressively against credit proliferation, as has the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The PGA started last summer by asking studios for noms, then sending eligible producers a three-page form to detail the work they performed and asking third parties — such as cinematographers, editors and costume designers — for verification.

When there was a question of credit, or if a writer, director or production company exec was submitted for a producing credit, the claim went to arbitration by three PGA members.

The PGA differs from AMPAS in only one area — the Acad decided in 1999 to limit eligible producers for its picture award to three per film, while the PGA has no limit on that number. But the standard is the same: The credit goes to those who performed the majority of the work.

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