Koch takes leave of absence from PGA

Gordon to continue as solo prexy for guild

Hawk Koch is taking a leave of absence as co-president of the Producers Guild of America on the heels of his selection as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The PGA made the announcement Wednesday morning and said Mark Gordon will continue as the sole president of the PGA. Koch was tapped for a one-year term to the AMPAS post on Tuesday night, succeeding Tom Sherak.

“I am thrilled for Hawk, whose dedication to the industry is unsurpassed,” Gordon said. “There is no one whose counsel I value more so I will, of course, continue to seek his advice in matters relating to the PGA.”

Koch and Gordon were re-elected as PGA co-presidents for a two-year term in June. During their tenure, the membership of the PGA grew past 5,000 and the duo continued the PGA’s mission of reining in the proliferation of undeserved producer credits as its signature issue.

In 2010 Koch and Gordon unveiled the concept of an official “producers mark” — signifying that the org has certified producers performing the majority of producer functions. The mark, a lowercase “p.g.a.,” made its first appearance on May 19 in the end credits for Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher when the John Hillcoat-directed drama “Lawless” screened in competition at Cannes.

“I’m so proud of the Producers Guild and how far we’ve come,” Koch said Wednesday. “It is difficult to leave the job. We are in the midst of some major things happening over at the guild, and once they come to fruition, and I hope they will, I will be a huge champion of Mark and everybody at the guild.”

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