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Turner - Chairman of the United Nations Foundation.
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Turner - Chairman of the United Nations Foundation.
Throughout his career, Ted Turner has
received recognition for his entrepreneurial
acumen, sharp business skills, leadership
qualities, and his unprecedented philanthropy.
Whether in billboard advertisement, cable
television, sailing, environmental initiatives or
philanthropy, Turner's vision, determination,
generosity and forthrightness have consistently
given the world reason to take
Turner is Chairman of the United Nations
Foundation, Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat
Initiative and Chairman of the Turner Foundation.
He is the founder of numerous cable networks
including CNN, TNT and Cartoon Network, and a
partner in the Ted's Montana Grill restaurant
chain. Turner is also Chairman of Turner
Enterprises, Inc., which manages his business
interests, land holdings and investments, including
the oversight of two million acres in 12 states and
in Argentina, and more than 50,000 bison head.
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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) Elects
National Board and Delegates 2010.
June 4, 2010, LOS ANGELES / The Producers
Guild of America (PGA) announced the national board
and delegate 2010 election results, which were
approved during the annual General Membership
Meeting on the Culver Studios lot. The Guild
elected Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch as
PGA national board officers include: Vice President
of Motion Pictures Gary Lucchesi; Vice President of
Television Hayma "Screech" Washington; Treasurer
Lauren Shuler Donner; as well as Recording
Secretary Gale Anne Hurd, which is an appointed
President Marshall Herskovitz, who served two
two-year terms, received special recognition at the
meeting for his service to the Guild, and was
appointed to the post of President Emeritus.
"We're extremely honored to have the
confidence and support of the Guild membership,"
said Gordon and Koch. "As Co-Presidents, we're
dedicated to building upon the Guild's 60 year
history of serving and empowering the producing
community. During our tenure we hope to continue to
build solidarity by encouraging producers to 'hire
from within,' continue to protect the Producers
Code of Credits, and work to improve healthcare
The Guild has
had Co-Presidents in the past. From 2001 &endash;
2002, following the PGA's merger with the American
Association of Producers, the Guild was overseen by
Kathleen Kennedy and Tim Gibbons as Co-Presidents.
Gordon and Koch's election does mark the first time
the nominating committee has selected a pair of
members to stand for election together.
Members of the
Producers Guild are divided into three councils:
The Producers Council, the Associate Producers (AP)
Council and the New Media Council; each council is
governed by a 24-member Board of Delegates. Each
Council Board of Delegates subsequently elects a
proportion of its members to serve on the Guild's
24-member National Board of Directors. The general
council membership elects its delegates&emdash;who
are nominated by a council nominating committee, or
else self-nominated via petition&emdash; and the
elected delegates then determine who among their
number will serve on the National Board. The Chairs
of the AP Council Board of Delegates and New Media
Council Board of Delegates (each elected internally
by the delegates) also serve as Vice Presidents, as
does the Chair of the PGA East region.
The full list of officers and delegates of
the Producer Council Board, the New Media Council
Board and the AP Council Board can be found at
www.producersguild.org. Note: The Chairs of the AP
Council and New Media Council will not be announced
until mid-July due to their respective council
PGA Co-President Mark Gordon, former
PGA national board Vice President of Television, is
an award-winning producer with more than 70 motion
picture and television projects to his credit.
recent projects include 2012, which has grossed
over $750 million worldwide and "THE MESSENGER,"
which garnered Academy Award® nominations for
Best Supporting Actor and Best Original
In television, Gordon serves as executive
producer on the ABC series "Grey's Anatomy" and
"Private Practice," as well as the CBS dramas
"Criminal Minds" and its spinoff and Lifetime's
"Army Wives." He is a five-time Emmy Award®
nominee with two wins and has been nominated for
multiple Golden Globe Awards® with two wins. He
earned Academy Award and BAFTA® nominations and
won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of
"SAVING PRIVATE RYAN."
A longtime Guild board member, PGA
Co-President Hawk Koch has worked in the
entertainment industry as a producer for more than
four decades. He has credits on more than 60 films
including the Golden Globe Award-winning HEAVEN CAN
WAIT, WAYNE'S WORLD, PRIMAL FEAR, GORKY PARK, THE
IDOL MAKER, POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE, KEEPING THE
FAITH, FRACTURE, FREQUENCY and most recently,
SOURCE CODE. Aside from producing, Koch also served
as the president of Rastar Productions, Inc., where
he oversaw films such as "PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED,"
"NOTHING IN COMMON," "THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS" and
"AMAZING GRACE" and "CHUCK," among others.
serves as Treasurer of the Board of Governors of
the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts &
Sciences. Koch also serves on the Board of the
Motion Picture and Television Fund.
PGA Vice President of Motion Pictures Gary
Lucchesi is the President of Lakeshore
Entertainment, an independent film company based in
Los Angeles. Lucchesi executive produced "MILLION
DOLLAR BABY," which won the Oscar for Best Picture
in 2004. He produced the UNDERWORLD franchise and
is currently developing the fourth installment of
the series. He recently produced the box office hit
"THE UGLY TRUTH."
PGA Vice President of Television Hayma
'Screech' Washington has a 30-year career spanning
the industry. His credits include Executive
Producer, Director, Producer, and Associate
Producer. Most recently Washington served as the
Executive Producer of the CBS television show, "The
Amazing Race" for thirteen seasons, which garnered
him seven consecutive Primetime Emmy® Awards
for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, as
well as a Producers Guild Award in 2004.
Lauren Shuler Donner
PGA Treasurer Lauren Shuler Donner is one of
the industry's most successful film producers. In
1983, Shuler-Donner made her feature
movie-producing debut in the smash hit comedy MR.
MOM. She then went on to produce "Ladyhawke," St.
Elmo's fire," Prettin in Pink," "Dave and Free
Willy, among other films. Recently, Shuler Donner
produced the "X-MEN" film trilogy and the spinoff
X-MEN ORIGINS: "WOLVERINE and THE SECRET LIFE OF
PGA Recording Secretary Gale Anne Hurd has
produced dozens of feature films that have
generated billions of dollars in revenue, and
earned multiple Oscar nominations and numerous
awards. As the chairman of her own production
entity, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Hurd's most
recent produced the blockbuster "The Incredible
Hulk" for Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures.
She is currently in production on the new
television series, "THE WALKING DEAD," which will
begin airing on AMC in October. Her other film
credits include "ARMAGEDDON," "THE TERMINATOR"
franchise, "ALIEN," "THE ABYSS," "ALIEN NATION,"
"TREMORS," as well as the Spirit Award- and
Sundance Audience Award-winning indie "THE
WATERDANCE", among others.
membership meeting also kicked off the second
annual Produced By Conference (PBC), at 20th
Century Fox Studios. More than 1,000 film,
television and new media producers, as well as
entertainment industry members were expected to
attend extraordinary panel sessions, unique
mentoring roundtables, special workshops and
exhibits, and incomparable networking
As part of the
conference, emerging storytellers were also
recognized as PBC organizers revealed the winners
of the 2010 Producers Challenge. The annual
competition is divided into three categories
&endash; short films, independent webisodes and
studio webisodes &endash; and finalist submissions
were screened on Thursday evening and judged by a
panel of award-winning producers.
Global Worrier" Adds Spice to Produced By
LOS ANGELES / Monetization was the thread
theme at the Producers Guild sponsored "Produced By
Conference," held on the on the 20th Century Fox
lot, June 5-6th.
More than 1,100 people attended the second
annual Produced by Conference held June 5-6, 2010
at 20th Century Fox Studios. With speakers like Ted
Turner, Mark Cuban, Larry Gordon, Bruce Cohen,
James L. Brooks, Jon Landau, Paula Wagner, Marshall
Herskovitz, Douglas Wick, Mark Gordon, Tim Gibbons,
Hawk Koch, Alan Ball and 130 other masters of their
craft, attendees were endlessly inspired throughout
the two-day celebration of the producing art.
Conversation with Ted Turner
Speaking at the second annual PBC, in a
wide-ranging conversation with Variety Group editor
Timothy M. Gray, Turner told the showbiz crowd "I
miss you," then talked about the role of
television, getting his millions and billions mixed
up, raising 55,00 bisons, theUN Foundation, and his
historic pledge of up to $1 billion to the UNF, and
the importance of saving our planet. "I don't watch
much TV, I'm too busy saving the planet."
asked whether he'd get into the Internet if he was
starting today, Turner said he wouldn't enter the
television business today. "I'd go into the clean
alternative energy." "Thirty years ago, when I
started, there was not enough television, TV was a
business of scarcity. You want to be in the
beginning of a new business, you want to be in a
business that has limited, hight barrier to entry,
so that you'll have limited competition for as long
as possible," and noted he always new CNN, the
24-hours cable news channel he founded, would be a
also a movie producer and founder of TNT, TBS and
the Cartoon Network, Turner was asked whether
entertaining people was the most important thing.
"No," he said quickly. "Informing people is. Just
because the Cartoon Network often gets better
ratings than CNN, doesn't make it more important."
But wen it comes to crafting film and television to
carry a message, he said,"You want to get your
message across in a clever and entertaining
Turner avoided taking swipes at CNN's rival
networks, when asked what he thinks of the quality
and tenor of today's news reporting. He simply
said, "Some of it's good; some is less so.
His advice for young producers and future
moguls, "Study the business from where you are; use
good judgment; figure out what you want to
accomplish; work out a plan for yourself, and
implement the plan," he said, then added: "But you
also have to be flexible. If circumstances change,
or your perspective changes, then roll with
Mindful of the producer to effect social
change, Ted Turner, in town with a goal of
enlisting entertainment storytellers to come on
board in his attempt to save the world, advancing
his global agenda to fight hunger, focusing on the
environment and of redoing energy policy with
emphasis to clean renewables like wind, solar and
geothermal. "Come tell our
stories; our doors are open" said UN Foundation
exec director Elizabeth Gore in a brief
stressed for the world inhabitants to be decent,
kindhearted, respectful human beings. He spoke of
the danger of nuclear weapons, "We have to learn to
live together, not die together," and the only
solution to sustain the planet is getting rid of
nuclear weapons." "Nuclear Disarmament is the
"Why are we fighting in Iraq, why are we in
Afghanistan, why are we bombing everywhere?
Again, "We have
to learn to live together, not die together." "My
biggest concern is that we're not going to make
it," he said. "The next fifty years will be a real
test, and if we can get through that, we might be
around forever." "It's not hopeful, but I might be
wrong." "You can't get discouraged. You can't give
up. We we still have time to turn it around."
"Any of you producers
listening?" Ted, "the global warrior" has a large,
visionary global agenda.
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