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'The Social Network' and 'The King's Speech' receive Producers Guild recognition [Updated]

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The Producers Guild of America announced its nominations for best movies of the year Tuesday morning with its list of contenders for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.

In addition to the likely suspects: "The Social Network," "The King's Speech," "Black Swan," "127 Hours" and "The Fighter," the producers put "The Town" and "Toy Story 3" in the Top 10. The rest of the list filled out with likely Oscar best picture contenders "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," and "True Grit."

Judd Apatow will host the award event to be held Jan. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

[Updated, 8:23 a.m.: In the animation category, the producers nominated "Toy Story 3," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Despicable Me." Their previously announced documentary list includes "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer," "Earth Made of Glass," "Inside Job," "Smash His Camera," "The Tillman Story" and "Waiting for 'Superman.' "

Of all the nominations chosen in the three film categories, only "Client 9" was awaiting producer credit confirmation.

For episodic television, comedy, the producers nominated "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm,"  "Glee," "Modern Family" and "The Office." In the dramatic category, "Breaking Bad" was recognized, as were "Dexter," "Lost," "Mad Men" and "True Blood."

For long-form television, PBS' "Murder on the Orient Express" was recognized, as were "Pillars of the Earth," "Temple Grandin," "The Pacific" and "You Don't Know Jack." In the nonfiction television category, the producers chose "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," "Deadliest Catch," "Intervention," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," and "Undercover Boss."

For best production on live entertainment and competition television, the nominees are "The Amazing Race," "The Colbert Report," "Project Runway," "Real Time With Bill Maher" and "Top Chef," which is still awaiting credit confirmation.

Special recognition this year will be given to James Cameron, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, Scott Rudin, Laura Ziskin, and 3-D technology company RealD.]

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman in "Black Swan." Credit: Fox Searchlight


Producers Guild unveils nominees in documentary category

Six documentaries have been nominated for the 22nd annual Producers Guild Awards. The films are:

"Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer"

"Earth Made of Glass"

"Inside Job"

"Smash His Camera"

"The Tillman Story"

"Waiting for 'Superman' "

Nominations for the Producers Guild Awards in other categories will be unveiled Jan. 4. The awards ceremony will take place Jan. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

-- Susan King

Photo: "Waiting for 'Superman.'" Credit: Paramount Pictures

Scott Rudin to receive Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick Award

Scottrudin It could be a big year for producer Scott Rudin, with two films "The Social Network" and "True Grit" likely candidates for awards love. Now, the Producers Guild of America is honoring him with its David O. Selznick Award, which recognizes producers for their entire body of work.

Rudin has become a staple on the awards circuit for the last few years. His most recent films, such as "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Julie & Julia," "Doubt," "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood," have all been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in one way or another. And this year should be no different. Rudin also has some high-profile projects in the works, including "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt, and David Fincher's adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."

Rudin will be presented with the award, which has also been given to such producers as Saul Zaentz, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Laura Ziskin, on Jan. 22. Last year's recipient was Pixar's John Lasseter.

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Scott Rudin. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Laura Ziskin to receive 2011 Producers Guild Visionary Award


Uber-producer Laura Ziskin, best known for her work shepherding the "Spider-Man" franchise, will receive the Producer's Guild's Visionary Award at the 2011 show, which will be held on Jan. 22. Ziskin is the first recipient of both of the PGA's highest honors. (She was given the David O. Selznick Achievement Award back in 2005.)

The PGA is recognizing Ziskin for her professional work but also for her efforts behind the Stand Up to Cancer campaign, which in its second event in September aired on all four major TV networks in an effort to raise funds, awareness and support.  Ziskin is also the first woman to produce the Oscars, helming both the 74th show and the 2007 event.

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Laura Ziskin. Credit:  Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Joss Whedon is PGA's 2010 Vanguard Award recipient

Joss Whedon Photo2 Although his Fox series "Dollhouse" is no more, Joss Whedon has a reason to be happy this year: He will receive the 2010 Vanguard Award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA). The award, which recognizes achievement in new media and technology, will be presented to Whedon on Jan. 24 at the 21st annual PGA Awards.

Emmy nominee Whedon is a smart choice for this year's award; although he's built the core of his fan base with cult favorite television series such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and "Angel" (as well as feature scripts for "Toy Story," among others), he established himself as one of the few writer-producers in traditional media to have a strong grasp of the potential for entertainment on the Internet with his Emmy-nominated 2008 Web series "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." The musical project, which poked fun at romantic comedies and superhero tropes, was frequently cited by entertainment and technology publications and sites alike as the most successful working model of how to create independently produced Internet content that also draws a profit (outside of the adult film industry, of course). Whedon's savvy and forward thinking are certainly worthy of such a tribute, which in the past has been paid to such visionary filmmakers as James Cameron, George Lucas and John Lasseter -- the last of whom, by the way, will receive the 2010 David O. Selznick Award in Motion Pictures from the PGA at the same event.

Whedon's response to the honor was typically wry and self-effacing: "This is an honor I didn't expect and probably don't deserve," he wrote - but also acknowledged the path that "Dr. Horrible" was blazing in new media. "This is a time of radical change in media delivery, and I'm honestly proud that the PGA has singled me out as someone who sort of knows what's going on."

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Joss Whedon. Credit: 42West

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'Precious' will receive Stanley Kramer Award from PGA [Updated]

93175186 Lee Daniels' coming of age drama "Precious" added another award to its growing collection when the Producers Guild of America announced today that it would receive the Stanley Kramer Award. The film's producers will receive the honor at the 21st Annual PGA Awards on Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a motion picture, television program, studio, executive, producer, network or other entity whose work sheds light on provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion. Previous recipients include "Milk," "An Inconvenient Truth," "Hotel Rwanda" and "Good Night, and Good Luck."

The Kramer Award is the latest tribute paid to Daniels' film, which has considerable Oscar buzz surrounding it. Among its recent awards are the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival's Cadillac People's Choice Award; three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award; and Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival -- Un Certain Regard.

[Updated on 11/19/09:  “We are thrilled to receive the Stanley Kramer Award and feel honored that the Producers Guild of America has chosen to recognize 'Precious' out of this year’s diverse film slate," shared producers Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness. "It is an honor to join the ranks of past recipients and we feel blessed that the film has been so well received.”]

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Gabourey Sidibe of "Precious." Credit: Getty Images.

PGA to bestow Norman Lear Award on Mark Burnett


Producer Mark Burnett, whose vast television fiefdom includes such hit programs as "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" is the 2010 recipient of the Norman Lear Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA). The award will be presented to Burnett at the 21st Annual PGA Awards on Jan. 24, 2010, at the Hollywood Palladium.

Burnett is the first reality programming producer to receive the Lear Award; previous winners include Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels and David Chase, who took home the 2009 award. In addition to the aforementioned programs, Burnett, who has programs on all four major networks, oversees the daytime syndicated program "Martha," "Bully Beatdown" and "Shark Tank," and will serve as producer of the 36th annual People's Choice Awards in 2010. Burnett's shows have netted a staggering 60 Emmy nominations, including two wins for best reality series and four People's Choice Awards. He has also been named one of the most influential people in the world by "Time" magazine, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. And you think you lead a busy life.

-- Paul Gaita

Pictured: Mark Burnett. Photo: Associated Press

John Lasseter to receive PGA's David O. Selznick Award

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The Producers Guild of America announced today that they will present their 2010 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures to John Lasseter. The two-time Academy Award-winning director and chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering, will receive the award at the 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 24, 2010.

Lasseter's directorial career includes such groundbreaking animated features and short films as "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," as well as "A Bug's Life," "Cars," and "Tin Toy," the first computer animated film to receive an Oscar. As executive producer, he has overseen such blockbuster projects for Walt Disney and Pixar as "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Wall-E," "Bolt" and "Up," which opened the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. His next effort is "The Princess and the Frog," which marks Disney's return to hand-drawn animation.

Lasseter is the first producer of animated films to receive the Selznick Award. Previous recipients have included Billy Wilder, Stanley Kramer, Clint Eastwood, Robert Evans, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman and the team of Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who received the 2009 award. In 2002, Lasseter was the co-recipient of the PGA's first Vanguard Award.

-- Paul Gaita

Pictured: John Lasseter. Credit: 42West.

PGA bestows Milestone Award on Lynton, Pascal

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced Tuesday that Sony Pictures Entertainment's CEO and Chairman, Michael Lynton, and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, will receive the 2010 Milestone Award. The award is presented to an individual or team who has made a historic contribution to the entertainment industry; under Lynton and Pascal's command, Sony has earned six No. 1 films in 2009, including "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Zombieland," "Angels & Demons" and "District 9." And their television division has produced such hits as "Breaking Bad," "Damages" and "Rules of Engagement." Such established time slot winners as "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Young and the Restless" are also under the Sony TV umbrella, as well as the recently launched "Dr. Oz Show" in conjunction with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

Lynton and Pascal will join a stellar list of past recipients of the Milestone Award, including Alfred Hitchcock, Walt Disney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Sherry Lansing, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and last year's winners, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The 2010 Award will be given as part of the 21st annual PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 24, 2010, at the Hollywood Palladium.

-- Paul Gaita

Producers Guild expands producer of the year noms to 10


The Producers Guild of America announced today that the 2010 PGA Award nominations in the category of Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year in theatrical motion pictures will expand from five to 10 films.

The move, according to PGA President Marshall Herskovitz, was made because "we feel it better represents the unprecedented diversity of films being produced today."

One could also say the change was necessitated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' expansion of its best-picture category in 2009 to 10 films for the 82nd annual Academy Awards.

The freshman class of 10 PGA nominees will be announced on Jan. 5. The ceremony will be held on Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

-- Paul Gaita

Image: Producers Guild of America


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