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‘Grace and Frankie,’ Amazon’s Roy Price Win at Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Awards

A collection of industry executives, producers, and directors were honored by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors at its 34th annual awards dinner on Thursday night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The event celebrated the contributions of veteran producers and executives, as well as several young filmmakers who are just trying to break in.

Tanya Hart, the co-chair of the org, echoed the event’s focus on looking to the future of the industry. “We are very aware of what happens in our industry,” Hart said. “It evolves, and we, the caucus, have always been leading the evolution and we continue to do that with a verve that most membership organizations have not been able to do. Our student films, which are really what is the essence of this particular event, are phenomenal.”

The event, hosted by “Grey’s Anatomy” star James Pickens Jr. and Fox Sports 1’s Charissa Thompson, began with the awarding of grants to six young filmmakers for their respective projects. Honorees during the evening included Liberty Global CEO Michael Fries and Amazon Studios head Roy Price.

Executive of the year honoree Fries credited his father, Chuck, for his many years of service to the org and also spoke about the importance of the young filmmakers being honored at the event. “I think it’s incredible,” Fries said. “Nothing happens without the next generation of creativity and innovation. Something that we try to do in our organization, both internally and externally, is to support the next generation of leaders in this industry.”

Price, who accepted the new visions award, spoke about the importance of backing new filmmakers in events such as this one. “Its an exciting time in television because everybody is competing to come up with the most amazing show that everybody is talking about,” Price said. “I think the only way to do that is to find really talented people and get behind them and find somebody with a unique voice; it’s a great time to be a producer, a writer, a director or an agent.”

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Honors Award Winners
Producer: Marta Kauffman (“Grace and Frankie”)
Producer: Howard J. Morris (“Grace and Frankie”)
Writer: Robert and Michelle King
Director: Thomas Carter

Caucus Executive of the Year Award
Michael T. Fries, vice chairman, president and CEO, Liberty Global

Caucus Lifetime Achievement Award
Kevin Bright, executive producer, director, educator

New Visions Award
Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios

Caucus Chair’s Award
Stephanie Allain, producer, Homegrown Pictures

Caucus Distinguished Service Award
Frank Chindamo, professor, founder, Fun Little Movies

2016 Caucus Gold Circle Awards
First Place Winner: Panavision Camera Package — Ellie Foumbi for “Nocturne in Black” (Columbia University)
Second Place Winner: Illuminate Studios Post Production Package — Julio Vincent Gambuto for “The Julie Stories” (USC)

2016 Caucus Television and New Media Award
Dodge College, Chapman University, The Kama Sutra Club

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