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The Organization

Celebrating and uplifting the full Producing Team

Gabrela Rodriguez, right, speaks as Jason Blum listens at the 'Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations' panel during the 2018 Producers Guild of America's Produced By: New York conference at One Time Warner Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in New York (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision for Producer's Guild of America Foundation/AP Images)
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The Producers Guild of America is a non-profit trade organization that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media.

The Guild invests in its core values that benefit the industry at large. These values are rooted in facilitating employment of its members, advocating for sustainable practices in production that minimize human and environmental harm, ensuring a set culture that advances safety and creates viable pathways into the guild for the next generation of producers, particularly those from populations under-represented in the industry. Year-round it hosts a number of educational, mentoring and professional networking programs.

The Membership

PGA has 8000+ members spanning the full Producing Team in Scripted, Non-Fiction, Documentary, Animation, and New Media sectors.

Our History


A group of motion picture producers join together to form the Screen Producers Guild, the earliest forerunner of the PGA. William Perlberg is chosen as the group’s first President.


A collection of television producers emulates their motion picture counterparts, forming the Television Producers Guild. Ben Brady is elected President.


Ben Brady and Screen Producers Guild President Walter Mirisch guide their organizations to an historic merger, creating the Producers Guild of America.


The PGA enters into its final collective bargaining agreement to date, with Paramount and Universal studios. Following the expiration of this contract, the PGA will act as a trade organization


The American Association of Producers (AAP) is formed by a group of associate producers in videotape television. Gayle Maffeo is chosen as President.


After negotiations with the studios and the approval of the leadership of IASTE, the PGA secures Health & Welfare and Pension benefits under the Motion Picture and Television Industry Plan


The first-ever Golden Laurel Awards (later the Producers Guild Awards) are held in 1990.


The PGA establishes its Seminar Program, providing unique learning opportunities for its members through panel discussions and hands-on workshops.


The PGA and AAP merge into a single organization, marking the most radical shift in the Guild’s membership and direction since the 1960s.


A series of amendments to the PGA Constitution creates the New Media Council, representing producers of web-based projects, games, CD-ROMs and a variety of other digital and new media.


The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences agrees to utilize the Producers Guild’s standards of eligibility and arbitration process in determining nominees for the Oscar™ award for Best Picture.


The PGA Diversity Committee offers the first of its ongoing summer Producing Workshops, supporting aspiring producers of diverse films and television programs a 10-week A-Z "crash course”


The Producers Guild intervenes on behalf of producing team members working under illegal conditions at E! Entertainment Television, negotiating a settlement with the network that restores overtime pay


The first Produced By Conference is mounted at Sony Pictures Studios. The event is a sell-out in its inaugural year, bringing together over 1,000 attendees, speakers, guests and sponsors


The Producers Guild of America goes green with the launch of the Green Production Guide website providing information on environmentally friendly products and services from vendors and providers.


The Producers Guild establishes the "Produced by" credit certification a significant industry achievement as it protects the integrity of one of the most challenging and enduring roles


The Producers Guild of America's charitable arm, the Producers Guild of America Foundations 501(c)(3), receives a grant of $2 million from CBS in support of its landmark new program.

Board Officers
Gail Berman

Lucy Fisher


Jon Kilik

Vice President, Motion Pictures
Lauren Shuler Donner

Vice President, Motion Pictures
Mike Farah

Vice President, Television
Gene Stein

Vice President, Television
Jenni Ogden

Vice President, New Media Council

Melissa Friedman

Vice President, AP Council
Donna Gigliotti

Vice President, PGA East

Megan Mascena Gaspar

Mark Gordon

Recording Secretary
Hawk Koch

Recording Secretary
Gary Lucchesi

President Emeritus
Lori McCreary

President Emeritus

National Board of Directors
Stephanie Allain Bray
Michael Ambers
James P. Axiotis
Nina Yang Bongiovi

Yolanda T. Cochran
Donald De Line
Gary Goetzman
Charles P. Howard
Iris Ichishita

Paulette Lifton
Dan Lin
James Lopez
Ravi Nandan
Betsy Ockerlund Nolte
Bruna Papandrea
Charles Roven
Peter Saraf
Jillian Stein
Christina Lee Storm
Mimi Valdés

Angela Victor

Ian Wagner
Lorin Williams

Magdalena Wolf

Katy Jones Garrity

PGA Capital

Richard Quan

PGA Northwest
John Walker

PGA Northwest


Regions, Councils, Chapters

Producers Guild of America East Region

Producers Guild of America Northwest Region

Producers Guild of America Capital Region

Producers Council Board of Delegates

AP Council Board of Delegates

New Media Council Board of Delegates

Producers Guild of America, Atlanta Chapter

Honorary Board Members

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Susan Sprung

National Executive Director/COO
Vance Van Petten

National Executive Director/COO
Michelle Byrd

Associate National Executive Director
Susie Casero

General Counsel
Arielle Conwell

Executive Assistant

Bryce Averitt

Director of Membership
Kyle Katz

Director of Member Services
Diana White

Manager, Member Services and Events

Arbitrations and PGA Awards
Mike Yarbro

Corporate Counsel & Director of Arbitrations

Jin Kim

Arbitrations Paralegal

Kylan Tyng

Arbitrations Coordinator

Information Services and Operations
Geena Hoffner

Director of Information Services
Jo-Ann West

Director of Operations
Conor Hammonds

Manager, Operations & Member Services