Herskovitz to head Producers Guild

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Herskovitz and Zwick also received the PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award in 2002 – given to films that tackle social issues – and were nominated for the PGA’s coveted Producer of the Year prize two years later for “The Last Samurai.” Other film credits include “Traffic,” for which they shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, and “Legends of the Fall.” In addition to “thirtysomething,” television credits include such acclaimed series as “Once and Again,” “My So-Called Life” and “Family.” Herskovitz has been either a producer, writer or director on all of his projects and sometimes all three. “In Marshall Herskovitz, we’re incredibly fortunate to have one of our industry’s most widely respected producers of both motion pictures and television eager to assume the PGA Presidency,” stated PGA Executive Director Vance Van Petten. Van Petten credits Herskovitz with being a leader in the PGA’s Truth in Credits Campaign, which successfully established criteria for producing credits and limiting the number of producers eligible for both the PGA Award and the Academy Award. There have been several high-profile battles over producing credits in recent years, including one that involved the producers of this year’s best picture winner “Crash.” Bob Yari, whose production company backed the film, sued for inclusion as a producer after the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences determined that only Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman were eligible. Van Petten said Herskovitz played a “pivotal role” in articulating the PGA’s position and defending the guild’s awards system from Yari’s lawsuit. “I’m thrilled that Marshall will be able to carry on the groundbreaking work of Kathleen Kennedy,” Van Petten added. Other elected officers include Bruce Cohen (VP, Motion Pictures), Mark Gordon (VP, Television) and Courtney Cowan (treasurer). All will serve two-year terms. [email protected] (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Multiple-award winner Marshall Herskovitz, whose producing credits range from “The Last Samurai” to television’s “thirtysomething,” has been elected president of the Producers Guild of America, it was announced Monday. Herskovitz, 54, succeeds Kathleen Kennedy, who had served consecutive two-year terms in the job. “It is an honor and challenge to take over the reins from the remarkable Kathleen Kennedy,” Herskovitz said in a statement. “So much has been accomplished in the last four years, yet so much more will need to be accomplished as emerging technologies bring inevitable change to our industry.” Herskovitz spent the last four years as the guild’s vice president of television, a medium in which he has won two Emmy Awards, two Directors Guild of America awards and a Writers Guild of America trophy for his work on “thirtysomething” with frequent collaborator Edward Zwick. last_img

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