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Board of Directors

PGA is governed by a National Board of Directors which serve as the fiduciaries of the organization. 

Board Officers

Gail Berman, President 

Gail Berman is recognized as one of the most prolific content creators in the entertainment business, having launched award-winning properties for television, film, digital and the Broadway stage.

Berman is the Chairman and CEO of The Jackal Group, a production studio creating scripted and unscripted television, feature films, and commercial theater. TJG has produced such varying projects as the cultural phenomenon, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo for Netflix and The Addams Family animated film for MGM. TJG currently has a number of scripted television projects in development, including, Chloe Benjamin’s New York Times best-selling novel, The Immoralist at Hulu and Shock Theatre at AMC. On the feature film side TJG is producing Elvis, the Baz Luhrmann musical film for Warner Brothers and The Addams Family 2 animated film for MGM, TJG’s film development includes, I Almost Forgot About You, at Universal, based on the Terry McMillan best-selling novel, Agnes Scott vs Princeton at Netflix, and Carlin the bio pic on the life of George Carlin.

Concurrently, in 2019 Berman initiated and served as the Chairperson of Sidecar Content Accelerator an in-house production studio for Fox Entertainment.

Berman is one of the few media executives to hold the top posts at both a major film studio and a broadcast television network. She was named President of Paramount Pictures in March 2005. Before joining Paramount, Ms. Berman served from 2000 to 2005 as President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. She took the network to the top of the ratings for the first time in its history, developing iconic hits such as American Idol, 24, House, and Arrested Development.

Prior to FOX, Ms. Berman served as founding President of Regency Television, the TV studio created in 1998 as a co-venture between Fox Television Studios and New Regency Productions. Under Berman, Regency Television quickly grew into one of the most prolific and respected suppliers of TV entertainment programming, including the primetime hit Malcom in the Middle. earlier, as President and CEO of Sandollar Television, Berman served as executive producer on the global hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Gail has produced over 300 episodes of television.

Ms. Berman spent seven years as co-founder and co-owner of the media company BermanBraun, which became an innovator in the digital arena, creating and operating many successful online brands in categories including celebrity, entertainment and lifestyle.

Berman began her career as a theater producer after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Maryland. At 23, she co-produced her first Broadway show, the original Broadway production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which went on to garner seven Tony Award nominations. Berman’s other Broadway productions include “Hurlyburly,” by David Rabe (1984); Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot” (1985); and “The Nerd,” by Larry Shue (1987). All three productions received Tony Award nominations.

In 2003, Berman was named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business (#25). That same year, she received the coveted Lucy Award, recognizing “women who have revolutionized the television industry” from Women in Film. In 2004, she was named to FORBES magazine’s list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (#49), reappeared on the FORTUNE list (#25) and received the inaugural Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award from the National Association of Television Production Executives (NATPE). Berman also was awarded the title of Executive of the Year (2004) by the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors in January 2005. In 2006, Berman became a Paley Center for Media “She Made It” honoree.

Berman also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles’ preeminent non-profit theater company, which oversees the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

 

Lucy Fisher, President

LUCY FISHER, former Vice Chairman of the Columbia Tri-Star Motion Picture Group at Sony Studios, is an award-winning motion picture and television producer and Co-Chair of Red Wagon Entertainment. Fisher’s productions include the international blockbusters THE DIVERGENT SERIES and THE GREAT GATSBY.

During Fisher’s tenure as Vice Chairman at Sony, the studio broke all-time industry records for biggest domestic and worldwide grosses with films she supervised, which included MEN IN BLACK, MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING, AIR FORCE ONE, JERRY MACGUIRE, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, and STUART LITTLE. After leaving the executive suite, Fisher partnered with Oscar®-winning producer Douglas Wick (GLADIATOR, WORKING GIRL), and together they have produced a wide range of critically acclaimed and popular movies including JARHEAD, LAWLESS, RV, STUART LITTLE 2 and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, which garnered 3 Academy Awards.

Before moving to Sony, Fisher served for 14 years as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Production at Warner Bros., where she developed and supervised a diverse range of films including THE FUGITIVE, THE COLOR PURPLE, GREMLINS, THE GOONIES, MALCOM X, SPACE JAM, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, THE OUTSIDERS, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. Fisher previously served as Vice President of Production at Twentieth Century Fox before being tapped as Head of Worldwide Production for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios.

In addition to her creative achievements, Fisher is widely considered a pioneer for women and working mothers in the entertainment industry. She was the driving force behind the on-site Warner Bros. Studio Children’s Center, which has since provided care for over 2500 children and served as the prototype for day care centers at other studios.

After their youngest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Fisher and Wick co-founded CuresNow, an organization to promote regenerative medicine. She served as co-chair of Proposition 71, the successful Stem Cell initiative in California, which has since awarded 3 billion dollars for regenerative medicine and research in the State of California.

Fisher is currently serving a second term as President of the Producers Guild of America, with a membership of over 8000. Her many awards include The Hollywood Film Festival “Producer of the Year” Award, The Producers Guild of America’s Award, the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the Hollywood Award for Outstanding Achievement in Producing, two Crystal Awards from Women in Film, and Friends of Cancer Research Advocacy’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.” She has also been listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.

A cum laude graduate of Harvard, Fisher served on the Harvard University Board of Overseers and as its Vice Chair. She also served on the Advisory Council on Education at Harvard Medical School and founded the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist program at the Harvard Office of the Arts.

 

Lauren Shuler Donner, Vice President, Motion Pictures

Lauren Shuler Donner has, in the past four decades, established herself as one of the most successful and versatile producers in Hollywood.  

Shuler Donner was bound for success from the beginning, as the first feature film she produced was the smash hit comedy Mr. Mom. She then went on to produce Ladyhawke starring Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer, and St. Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink, both enormous hits. 

In the early 1990s, Shuler Donner produced Dave and Free Willy, two of the top ten films of 1993.The critically acclaimed Dave was also nominated for both an Academy Award® (Best Original Screenplay) and a Golden Globe® (Best Picture-Comedy). Shuler Donner went on to produce You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, Any Given Sunday, Radio Flyer, 3 Fugitives, the sequel to Free Willy and Constantine with Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz.  

As head of The Donners’ Company, she has executive-produced Volcano, Bulworth and Just Married. Her other productions include Timeline with Paul Walker and Gerard Butler, She’s The Man with Amanda Bynes, and Hotel For Dogs starring Emma Roberts. 

In 2000, Shuler Donner began a new franchise with X-Men and followed up in 2003 with X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Origins, The Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Deadpool. Shuler Donner also produced The Secret Life of Bees for Fox Searchlight, which was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and stars Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys. This film won multiple People’s Choice Awards including “Favorite Film” and “Best Dramatic Film.” It also won Best Picture from the NAACP Image Awards.   

In Television and streaming, Shuler Donner is an executive producer on three seasons of Legion from Noah Hawley, for FX, and two seasons of The Gifted for FOX with Matt Nix. Next up: Broadway musicals based on her films Dave and Secret Life of Bees. 

Shuler Donner has been honored and given multiple awards both for her career and for her philanthropic work.  

In October 2008, both Shuler Donner and her husband Richard Donner were awarded stars next to each other on Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. She and Richard were also honored by The American Cancer Society in June of 2006 and by Lupus L.A. in 2008, Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Ojai Film Festival in November of 2008, A Global Green Environmental Leadership Award and The Women’s Guild of Cedars Sinai Hospital Award in 2013. Shuler Donner was recognized for her body of work in 2001 by Premiere magazine with the Producer Icon Award, and was recognized by Daily Variety with a “Billion Dollar Producer” special issue. In June 2006, she received the prestigious Crystal Award from Women in Film, and received another Crystal Award in 2016.  In 2018 Shuler Donner gave the commencement speech at her College at Boston University and received an Honorary Doctor's degree from Boston University. In 2019 The Editor's Guild presented her with their ACE award.  

 Shuler Donner is a dedicated philanthropist who thrives on giving back to the community. She was on the board of directors for Hollygrove Children’s Home for six years until it merged with EMQ in 2006. She has been on the advisory board of Women in Film, was a long-time member of the advisory board of TreePeople, and is a past Board member of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. She has been serving on the advisory board of Lupus L.A. for the past ten years; was on the Executive Committee of the Producer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for ten years; has served as the Treasurer for the Producers Guild and is currently on the Board of The PGA as Vice President. 

 

Jon Kilik, Vice President, Motion Pictures

Jon Kilik is a leading independent producer renowned for his collaborations with visionary directors and for entertainment that integrates powerful stories with human values and social issues. He has partnered creatively with such directors as Spike Lee, Julian Schnabel and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu -- and he has produced all four films in the Hunger Games series.

Kilik partnered with Spike Lee for 15 films including the groundbreaking (and Oscar®-nominated) Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Clockers, He Got Game, and 25th Hour. Kilik also developed and produced all of the films by artist and director Julian Schnabel. Schnabel’s debut Basquiat, the Oscar®-nominated Before Night Falls, the rock documentary Lou Reeds Berlin, the Oscar®- nominated and Golden Globe-winning The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, and upcoming At Eternity’s Gate.

Kilik first worked with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu on Babel, for which he received a Best Picture Oscar® nomination and won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Film. They reunited for Biutiful, Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Kilik produced Gary Ross directorial debut, Pleasantville, and went on to work with Ross in shepherding the first installment of The Hunger Games to the screen. Their collaboration continued with the Civil War drama The Free State of Jones and most recently on Oceans 8.

Other highlights of Kilik’s producing career include: Bennett Millers Oscar nominated Foxcatcher, Jason Halls Thank You For Your Service, Robert De Niro’s directorial debut, A Bronx Tale, Tim Robbins Academy Award® winner Dead Man Walking; as well as Ed Harris Academy Award®- winning directorial debut, Pollock.

Kilik has also produced Oliver Stone’s Alexander and W.; Jim Jarmusch’s intimate comedy Broken Flowers, winner of the 1995 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Jarmusch’s Iggy Pop rock documentary Gimme Danger.

Born in Newark, Jon grew up in Millburn, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Vermont, then moved to New York in 1979, where he began his filmmaking career as a screenwriter and has been a significant presence in the filmmaking community ever since. Kilik delivered a controversial and inspirational key note address about the potential for the film industry’s future at the 2013 IFP Film Market at Lincoln Center. He also received honorary doctorates and delivered the commencement address at the University of Vermont (2003) and Monmouth University (2013).

 

Mike Farah, Vice Presidents, Television

Mike Farah is the Chief Executive Officer of Funny Or Die, the premiere comedy brand known for its award-winning long- and short-form content. Mike has been with FOD since 2008, starting as its first producer, rising to President of Production, and then taking over the reigns as CEO in 2016. This past year, Mike oversaw FOD's acquisition by the prominent business leader and social activist Henry R. Muñoz III, with the vision of growing from a successful production company into a full-service independent studio. Select credits include two-time Emmy-winner Between Two Ferns, the Emmy-nominated Billy on the Street, and the Peabody Award-winning American Vandal. 

Mike is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a graduate of Indiana University. He began his career in entertainment as a food expeditor at The Standard, Hollywood.

 

Gene Stein, Vice Presidents, Television

GENE STEIN was most recently president of Television and Live Action Film for Gaumont U.S., where he developed and executive produced NARCOS: MEXICO, whose third season is currently in post-production. He supervised and executive produced two seasons of the original NARCOS, as well as three seasons of F IS FOR FAMILY, an animated series for Netflix which stars Bill Burr, Sam Rockwell, and Laura Dern. He developed and executive produced TRIAL 4, an eight-episode documentary series which premiered in November 2020 on Netflix. He developed and executive produced POINT BLANK, a film starring Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo that also streams on Netflix.

Before Gaumont, Gene served as CEO of Sonar, where he developed THE SON for AMC, as well as David Kelley’s adaptation of Stephen King’s MR. MERCEDES, now streaming on Peacock. He developed and executive produced THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES for MTV. In addition, he oversaw the acquisition and the sale of TABOO, starring Tom Hardy, to FX. Under his leadership Sonar also distributed a dozen new television movies.

Before joining Sonar Entertainment, Gene was President of Television at BermanBraun. There he executive produced the series DIG for USA, CAMP for NBC, DECEPTION for NBC, UNCHAINED REACTION for Discovery, two seasons of POLYAMORY: MARRIED AND DATING for Showtime, and two seasons of JUNK GYPSIES for HGTV. He also developed and produced the drama series THE CAPE and MERCY for NBC and two seasons of the series ALPHAS for SyFy, as well as the CBS comedy series ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE.

With his producing partner Nina Wass, he executive produced five series for ABC, NBC, and Lifetime. Their comedy LESS THAN PERFECT aired for four seasons on ABC.

Prior to his producing career, Gene was for five years a member of the programming team at CBS. As senior vice president of comedy, he supervised the pilot and first season of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND and developed and supervised KING OF QUEENS

 

Lynn Hylden, Vice President, AP Council

 

Iris Ichishita, Vice President, New Media Council

Iris Ichishita is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of a new entertainment-based, kid-focused, NFT start-up TBA.

For six years, Iris oversaw creative production and digital engagement at Mattel, producing video content for its world-class toy brands, including two Netflix Original series based on the Ever After High doll brand.

Prior to that, she headed up production at Hallmark Movies Now, producing original live-action, documentary, and animated films for SVOD, including the reboot of Rainbow Brite.

She produces and co-hosts the Or Whatever Movies podcast with her brother and fellow PGA-member, Wesley Ichishita, with whom she has another limited series podcast in development.

Iris joined the PGA in 2011 and is the VP of New Media and Chair of the New Media Council Board of Delegates, a former board secretary, and member of national board and the One Guild steering committee. 

She has an MFA in Motion Picture Producing from the USC Peter Stark Producing Program and a BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She lives and works in Woodland Hills, California.

 

Donna Gigliotti, Vice President, PGA East

Donna Gigliotti is one of only eight women awarded an Academy Award for Best Picture. She has been Oscar nominated for producing Hidden Figures, Silver Linings Playbook, The Reader, and Shakespeare In Love (which won a total of eight Oscars). Gigliotti was Emmy nominated for the 2018 ABC Academy Award telecast, the shortest show in modern Oscar history.

 

Megan Mascena Gaspar, Treasurer

Since her days at Emerson College, Megan Mascena Gaspar has spent her career working in all aspects of film and television production. Finding her niche in Post Production, she is currently the Post Producer on the ABC series Single Parents and Bless This Mess. In Network television, Megan has produced half hour comedies and one-hour dramas, credits include the series New Girl, Speechless, The Grinder, Fresh Off The Boat, Weird Loners, Ben & Kate, Sons of Tucson, Journeyman, Windfall and JAG, along with a smattering of pilots. She has also produced the ultra-low budget independent film 2 Minutes Later and the short film Will You.

Megan is also deeply involved with the Producers Guild of America. She served 6 years on the AP Council Board of Delegates, 3 as Chair. She also served 6 years on the National Board of Directors and 2 years as Chair of the Education Committee. She is currently serving her second term as Treasurer. Megan has been a mentor for the Diversity Workshop since its inception 11 years ago and is a member of WIN and the Events Committee.

 

Mark Gordon, Recording Secretary

Mark Gordon is an award-winning motion picture and television producer with more than 100 projects to his credit.

Gordon’s films include Saving Private Ryan (which earned Gordon Academy Award and BAFTA nominations, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Picture), Steve Jobs, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, Molly’s Game, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Speed, Source Code, The Messenger, and The Patriot, among others. As an executive producer and financier, Gordon’s credits include Tomb Raider, Wonder Boys, The Painted Veil, A Simple Plan, Primary Colors and Official Secrets.

In the television arena, Gordon currently serves as executive producer on The Rookie and Grey’s Anatomy. Past credits include Ray Donovan, Criminal Minds, Designated Survivor, Private Practice and Army Wives.

In 2015, Gordon was honored by the Producers Guild of America with the Norman Lear Award for Lifetime Achievement in Television having served as president from 2010 to 2014. Gordon is a five-time Emmy nominee and two-time winner, as well as the winner of Golden Globes for Saving Private Ryan and Grey's Anatomy, and a BAFTA award for best children’s film.

A devoted philanthropist and champion of public education, Gordon is the founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC), which serves more than 3,000 students across six schools in Los Angeles and Kansas City. Gordon currently serves on the board of the Fulfillment Fund and Chrysalis and is the former Chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles. He has served on the boards of The Virginia Film Festival, The Archer School for Girls, The Motion Picture and Television Fund and UCLA Lab School.

 

Hawk Koch, Recording Secretary

Hawk Koch, the former President of the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

and President of the Producers Guild of America, is a veteran movie producer who has been intimately involved with the making of more than 60 major motion pictures.

Among them, such classics as Marathon Man, Chinatown, Wayne’s World, Peggy Sue Got Married, Heaven Can Wait, and Rosemary's Baby.

At the Producers' Guild, Koch and his co-president, Mark Gordon, led the fight to preserve the producer's credit and restore its value to all working producers. In 2013, they were able to secure all the major studios and major independents to agree to uphold the Producer’s Mark which unified the industry in a way that further reinforced the timeliness and significance of the ‘Mark’. The rules put in place by “The Producer’s Mark” now apply to the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild Awards and the BAFTA Awards. Now, only the producers that do the work and get the Producer’s Mark are eligible for these distinguished honors. We changed the culture!

Koch's tenure at the Academy included spearheading several initiatives including launching the first ever ‘town hall’ member meeting, a sharpened focus on both member engagement, diversity and the future of filmmaking. In addition, Hawk was instrumental in fundraising for the new The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2021.

Hawk’s memoir “Magic Time My Life in Hollywood "was published in November 2019.

His colleagues and collaborators include many of the greatest filmmakers of all-time--Sidney Pollack, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger, Robert Benton, Warren Beatty, and Francis Coppola. In addition to his duties as a full-time producer, Hawk also serves on the boards of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, AMC Entertainment, Cast & Crew, and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

He lives in Ojai, California with his lovely wife Molly, he has three children and five grandsons.

 

Gary Lucchesi, President Emeriti

Gary Lucchesi is currently a producer working in film and television for Revelations Entertainment.  He also serves as President Emeritus for the Producers Guild of America.  Prior to Revelations, Gary Lucchesi was the President of Lakeshore Entertainment.

Lucchesi executive produced Million Dollar Baby, which won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2004. The first movie he produced was Primal Fear, and he has produced many other notable hits since including The Lincoln Lawyer with Matthew McConaughey; the Underworld franchise; The Ugly Truth, The Exorcism of Emily Rose; three Philip Roth novels – The Human Stain, Elegy and American Pastoral. In addition, Lucchesi was the Executive Producer on the box-office hit Runaway Bride, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and directed by Garry Marshall.

 

Lori McCreary, President Emeriti

Lori McCreary is the CEO of Revelations Entertainment, a film and television production company she and actor Morgan Freeman founded in 1996 with a mission to produce entertainment that reveals truth. The duo first worked together on McCreary's critically acclaimed Bopha! (Freeman’s directorial debut) in 1992.

McCreary’s film and television credits include the Award-winning Invictus, 5 Flights Up, the groundbreaking documentary film about cancer, The C Word, and was Executive Producer of CBS’s hit television series Madam Secretary starring Téa Leoni. She is an Executive Producer of the highest-rated series in National Geographic Channel history, The Story of God, as well as the expansion series The Story of Us. McCreary also served as Executive Producer of Discovery Science's Emmy-nominated series Through the Wormhole, exploring how science pushes the boundaries of our understanding of the universe.

McCreary is a unique combination: part film producer, part UCLA-trained computer scientist. She maintains a passionate, ongoing dialogue with filmmakers, talent and executives to combat piracy, and works to change the landscape for diversity in film and emerging media. She is President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), founder of the PGA's Motion Picture Technology Committee, served as a Co-Chair of the PGA Awards, and now chairs the PGA’s Production Safety Task Force. She also formed the PGA’s One Guild task force to promote diversity and inclusion within the guild. McCreary sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute, is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal and featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Women in Hollywood issues.

 

National Board of Directors

 

Bianca Ahmadi

Bianca Ahmadi is a Post Production Supervisor with over 15 years of experience in the television industry. She has worked on projects for Vice News, A&E and the Tribeca Film Institute. Bianca graduated with a M.A. from The New School University and has lived and studied in both Europe and South America. She is currently working on various projects for Discovery+ after delivering 8 feature films during the height of quarantine. In addition to being an experienced television professional, Bianca has been a member of the guild since 2013 and a member of the AP Council since 2020.

 

Stephanie Allain 

STEPHANIE ALLAIN is one of the most prolific African American producers working today. Her award-winning films by writer-directors of color make headlines, launch careers and shape the cultural landscape. Critical acclaim includes Oscars, Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP Image Awards and worldwide recognition at the Sundance, Telluride, Toronto and Cannes Film Festivals.

Allain started her career as a studio executive at Columbia Pictures in the early 90s, championing John Singleton’s directorial debut, Boyz N the Hood, which earned $65 million and two Oscar nominations. She stayed at the studio for a decade, supervising seminal, independently spirited films by writer-directors, which include Poetic Justice, El Mariachi and Higher Learning.

In 1996, she became President of Jim Henson Pictures and produced Muppets From Space, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland and Buddy.

She founded Homegrown Pictures in 2003 to produce inspirational and aspirational films by and about women and filmmakers of color, including Biker Boyz, Hustle & Flow, Something New, Black Snake Moan, Peeples, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, French Dirty, Burning Sands, Juanita, The Weekend, Really Love and more.

From 2011-2016, she served as Director of the LA Film Festival, turning it into the most diverse film festival in the United States and the first to report on its percentages of films directed by women and people of color.

As a writer, she adapted Misty Copeland’s best-selling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina for New Line Cinema.

In 2020, she became the first African American woman to produce the Academy Awards for which she was Emmy nominated. Her TV credits include Justin Simien’s Dear White People, CW’s Make It Work and Ava Duvernay’s Zoom Where It Happens.

A long-time activist for inclusion and diversity within the business, she is a founding member of gender parity organization, ReFrame, and an active member of AMPAS and the Writers Guild of America. A former board member of Women in Film and Film Independent, she currently sits on the boards of American Cinematheque and the Producers Guild of America.

A recipient of the 2020 PGA/UCLA Vision Award, she has taught at UCLA, USC and is a frequent panelist and commentator.

 

Michael Ambers

Michael Ambers is an unscripted TV pro, and digital content creator, with 20 years experience and 100's of hours of programming to his credit including: House Hunters, Trading Spaces, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and E! True Hollywood Story.
Having previously served as an AP Council Delegate and National Board member for two terms, before terming out in 2017, Michael helped develop the Master Class series - even before that was its name - and produced several panels and seminars.

Within the Producers Guild Michael is currently a liaison between the PGA, and the growing Non- Fiction Union (NFU) in its efforts to get the same protections that similar jobs in the scripted world enjoy.

James P. Axiotis

James P. Axiotis is a seasoned producer who’s worked on a variety of projects across the country and overseas for both film and television. As an immigrant, he has always loved to keep a global outlook on the projects he creates.

With over 25 years of experience behind him, James is currently working on two short films, a documentary, and literacy programs.

In addition to his production work, James is on the National Board of the Producers Guild of America, the advisory board of The Children of War Foundation, and is a member of the British Film Institute, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Producer’s Guild of Europe.

 

Nina Yang Bongiovi  

Award-winning producing partners, Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker have gained a stellar reputation for having in-depth knowledge of film financing, creative and physical producing, and a knack for discovering talent, like that of Ryan Coogler (Marvel’s Black Panther), whose first film, Fruitvale Station (2013) was produced by Forest and Nina.

Together under their banner, Significant Productions, Nina and Forest have produced a number of critically acclaimed films by auteur filmmakers, including Dope (2015) by Rick Famuyiwa, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) by Chloe Zhao, Roxanne Roxanne (2018) by Michael Larnell, and Sorry to Bother You (2018) by Boots Riley. More recently, Forest and Nina produced Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, Passing, based on Nella Larsen’s renowned Harlem Renaissance novel which sold to Netflix at Sundance 2021 for a Fall-Winter release. The producing duo is currently executive producing the premium tv series, “Godfather of Harlem,” with two seasons under their belt; and they continue to build impactful stories at Amazon Studios as part of their first-look pact in television. Nina and Forest are consistently in active development on a slate of multi-cultural feature films and television projects that they love.

Significant Productions’ mission is to create opportunities and push inclusivity for underrepresented narratives and storytellers by championing culturally significant films and television shows starring BIPOC talent, alongside diversified representation behind the camera. 

Nina is a board member of Film Independent, The Oscar Grant Foundation, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), and The Producers Guild of America.

She is also a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ (AMPAS) Producers Branch and the Television Academy. She is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese, and received her graduate degree in Entertainment Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. Nina also serves as the Associate Chair of the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.

 

Yolanda T. Cochran

An experienced and skilled producer and consultant, Yolanda T. Cochran is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America and National Co-Chair of the PGA’s Women’s Impact Network (WIN). She recently took on the role of SVP Live Action Production at ViacomCBS.

Donald De Line 

Donald De Line (Producer) has collaborated with outstanding talent on both sides of the camera during his more than 25 years in the film and television industry.

De Line is currently developing a wide range of upcoming film and television projects under his De Line Pictures banner, headquartered at Warner Bros Pictures. He is currently filming a limited series about Billy the Kid and is in post-production on the feature “Don’t Make Me Go” for Amazon Studios starring John Cho.

Currently airing is the limited series “Chapelwaite”, based on Stephen King’s short story “Jerusalem’s Lot” and starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, which De Line executive produced. He also produced 2018’s blockbuster “Ready Player One,” directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the bestselling book by Ernest Cline, which grossed over $580 million worldwide. 

De Line scored his first major hit as a producer with 2003’s “The Italian Job,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Edward Norton. His prior films include: Zach Braff’s “Going in Style”, starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin; Michael Bay’s hit “Pain & Gain,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson; Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe; and John Hamburg’s “I Love You, Man”, starring Paul Rudd. De Line also served as executive producer alongside M. Night Shyamalan on the popular series “Wayward Pines” on Fox.
 
In addition to his producing career, De Line was formerly a studio executive, serving as President and Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, and President of Touchstone Pictures, a division of The Walt Disney Company. During De Line’s tenure, Touchstone’s films grossed in excess of $2.5 billion worldwide and garnered an impressive 24 Academy Award nominations.

Among the films he oversaw at Touchstone were “Pretty Woman,” “What About Bob,” and “Father of the Bride” and its sequel. Also under his aegis was Ron Howard’s “Ransom,” the Oscar-nominated biopic “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore,”-

Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed “Ed Wood,” and the worldwide blockbuster “Armageddon.”

De Line serves on the Producers Branch Executive Committee at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the executive board of UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. 

 

Gary Goetzman

GARY GOETZMAN’s producing credits include News of the World, Greyhound, Mamma Mia!, Where the Wild Things Are, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Polar Express, Larry Crowne, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, That Thing You Do!, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Beloved, Miami Blues, Starter for 10, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Ricki and the Flash, The Circle, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, A Hologram for the King, The Great Buck Howard, The Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, the 3-D IMAX film Magnificent Desolation, Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field for HBO films, the Primetime Emmy Award-winning miniseries’ John Adams, Band of Brothers, The Pacific and Olive Kitteridge, the Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning HBO film Game Change, the Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated series Big Love, HBO special events: The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert, The 2012-2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, The Concert for Valor, My Gift: A Carrie Underwood Christmas Special for HBO Max, and the CNN docuseries, The Movies, The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties, The 2000s, and the four-part documentary special 1968.

Currently, Goetzman is producing the limited series event, Masters of the Air for Apple TV+, and the film adaptations of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Spring Awakening.

 

Charles P. Howard

Charles Howard is a 30-year veteran in the film, television, and new media industry. He’s an award-winning creative executive with extensive experience in the design, development, execution and delivery of complex integrated digital projects and innovative solutions for entertainment and Fortune 500 clients. Charles has expertise in multi-platform media strategies, analytics, interactive content, game development, web-based and mobile applications, virtual and augmented reality and social media marketing. His production experience also includes feature films and broadcast television.

A graduate of the Loyola Marymount University MFA program in Film Production, Charles now teaches producing classes in that same graduate program at LMU. He is also a regular guest lecturer for several of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs and their US Department of State sponsored Global Media Makers program. Further, Charles develops and teaches international producing master classes in countries such as Brazil, Taiwan and Jordan.

Over the last 17 years, Charles has held a variety of leadership positions with the Producers Guild of America, having chaired several committees and contributed toward many of their large initiatives. He co-chaired the Diversity committee and contributed to the development of the Diversity Master Producing Workshop. He chaired the Seminar committee, producing 120 seminars, master classes and training workshops for PGA members. He co-chaired the Motion Picture Technology Committee’s partnership with The American Society of Cinematographers on a motion picture digital camera assessment. Charles has developed and contributed programming to our annual Produced By Conference.

 

Hillary Corbin Huang

After completing her undergrad at Boston University in Film Production and her Master's in Sound Design at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hillary Corbin Huang relocated to Los Angeles in 2009 to begin her varied misadventures across Post Production.  Since then, Hillary has Post Produced dozens of Nonfiction works, has Dialogue Edited for Apple, has Recruited Creative Executives for three FAANG companies, has taught a full course load in a University setting - all in an effort to hone her skills bridging the two distinct universes of Distribution and Production.  Hillary It is through her show-facing experience that makes her an empathetic Recruiter, and her experiences in navigating corporate entertainment business practices that render an exemplary communicator and team leader when producing.  Hillary most recently Post Produced the SpaceX Live Launches aired on Discovery, and is currently recruiting for Production and Post Production Executives for Amazon Studios.  Hillary leads her Post teams and recruits with an empathetic approach, ensuring that anyone that comes across her orbit will have an advocate and an ally in their collaborations.

 

Rachel Klein

 

Kristie Macosko Krieger

Kristie Macosko Krieger is an Academy Award, PGA Award and BAFTA-nominated producer, who serves on the Executive Committee of AMPAS’ Producers Branch and as a member of the Board of Directors of Amblin Partners.  She is currently producing WEST SIDE STORY (Disney) alongside close collaborator Steven Spielberg, Bradley Cooper’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic, MAESTRO (Netflix), and Spielberg’s next (untitled) directorial project, which is currently in production.  Macosko Krieger recently executive produced Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar-nominated THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (Netflix) and the Emmy-nominated HBO film OSLO. 

 

Dan Lin

Dan Lin is the founder and CEO of Rideback, the film and television company known for producing tentpole live-action and animated content for global audiences. Since forming his company in 2008, Lin has produced films that have grossed over $5 billion in worldwide box office. He most recently produced the live-action remake, Aladdin, Disney’s first non-Marvel movie in 2019 to cross $1 Billion in worldwide box office, and It: Chapter Two for Warner Bros. which followed up Lin’s horror blockbuster hit It. Lin also produced the awards contender The Two Popes for Netflix, which earned three Oscar nominations including actor nominations for its stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

Lin is responsible for the worldwide hit LEGO movie franchise, which has included The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

Lin also previously produced the mystery thrillers Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, starring Robert Downey, Jr., as well as Fox’s highly rated television series Lethal Weapon. Rideback is currently in production on Walker, an update of the popular CBS series Walker, Texas Ranger, for CBSTVS and the CW.

Lin also established Rideback Ranch, a creative campus in Historic Filipinotown that serves the needs of world-class writers and creators through unique programs including the Rideback TV Incubator, formed in partnership with MRC, which financially and creatively supports TV writers from diverse backgrounds who seek to create their own series for cable or streaming.

In addition to housing Rideback, the Ranch is also home to industry leading companies such as David Ayer’s Cedar Park Entertainment, Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment, Warner Animation Group and animation studio Animal Logic.

Prior to founding Rideback, Lin served as Senior Vice President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures. During his eight-year tenure at the studio from 1999 to 2007, he oversaw the development and production of major motion pictures such as Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning drama The Departed.

Lin serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations, including the Evolve Entertainment Fund, the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children, and the I Dream of Fish Foundation. He also serves on the PGA’s National Board of Directors.

 

James Lopez

James F. Lopez has recently been named President of MACRO Film Studios, overseeing the company’s slate of projects in development, production and distribution. 

Prior to this Lopez spent six years as President of Will Packer Productions. He was responsible for developing and overseeing production on all film projects through the company’s first-look deal with Universal Pictures.  

Lopez just wrapped on the big budget action thriller “BEAST”, starring Idris Elba and Sharlto Copley and directed by Baltasar Kormakur which was shot in S. Africa and is slated for release August 19th, 2022. In 2020 he produced the release “The Photograph,” directed by Stella Meghie and starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield. He was also a producer on “Little” starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall and Marsai Martin, “What Men Want” starring Taraji P. Henson and “Breaking In” starring Gabrielle Union. Lopez was an executive producer on the hit comedy “Girls Trip” starring Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish. The film opened to critical acclaim and grossed over $140 million worldwide. He also executive produced “Night School” starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, which grossed over $100 million worldwide. He also executive produced “Almost Christmas” starring Gabrielle Union and Danny Glover and “Jacob’s Ladder” starring Michael Ealy and Jesse Williams. He has several projects in development including the psychological horror “Oracle” which is in post, musical “Praise This,” the female LatinX project “TIAS” and the action adventure “Prodigy” at Netflix. 

Prior to joining Will Packer Productions, Mr. Lopez was Senior Vice President of Production at Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. During his tenure, Lopez oversaw some of the company’s top grossing and most anticipated projects. He was the production executive for the box office hit “Think Like a Man.” Lopez also oversaw production on “About Last Night,” “Think Like a Man Too,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “The Perfect Guy” and “When the Bough Breaks”. He also produced and conceived the story for the acclaimed short film “#AmeriCAN,” directed by Nate Parker. 

Before joining Screen Gems Lopez was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Atlantic Records, where he was instrumental in developing and managing the marketing campaigns for several multi-platinum artists.

 

Jacob Mullen

Jacob Mullen is a Producer/Writer from Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating from The University of Mississippi, he moved to Los Angeles for a career in television/feature films. Jacob's top credits include It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for FX, Mythic Quest for Apple TV+, The Walking Dead: Origins for AMC+ and The Last Ship for TNT. Jacob currently has several projects in development at various networks, studios and production companies.

 

Jonathan Murray

Widely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide. Since the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992, Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted, entertainment television programs including the Emmy award winning Born This Way (A&E) which documents the lives of young adults with Down Syndrome and their families. Besides The Real World, which recently aired a six episode reunion series, The Real World Homecoming on Paramount +, Murray has executive produced:  Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Road Rules, The Challenge, The Simple Life, Starting Over (Emmy Award), and Making the Band, Family or Fiancé, feature film The Real Cancun, the television movie, Pedro, and the documentaries, Autism: The Musical (Emmy Award), Shadow Billionaire, Valentine Road, They Call Us Monsters and TransHood. 

Jonathan Murray graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Los Angeles. Murray serves on the Board of RespectAbility, a national disability rights organization, and is Vice Chairman of the board of The Television Academy Foundation.  In 2012, Murray was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

 

Ravi Nandan

Ravi Nandan oversees the TV division of A24 and serves as an executive producer on Euphoria at HBO, Ramy at Hulu, Mr. Corman at Apple, as well as upcoming series Irma Vep at HBO, The Idol at HBO and Beef at Netflix.

 

Peter Saraf

 Peter Saraf is an independent film, television and theatre producer and production company executive. He was the founder and president of the production company Big Beach which he led for 16 years. Recent credits include Robin Wright’s LAND, Lulu Wang’s THE FAREWELL, Mariel Heller’s A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Yoruba Richen’s THE SIT- IN, Jeff Nichol’s LOVING and the series’ VIDA and SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. Other film credits include LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, ADAPTATION, AWAY WE GO and EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED amongst others. Upcoming projects are Ry Russo-Young’s documentary series NUCLEAR FAMILY which just premiered at Telluride and will air on HBO later this month as well as DON’T MAKE ME GO directed by Hannah Marks and starring John Cho which is in post-production.

Peter has been nominated for Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Awards and has won multiple awards including the Spirit, Gotham, and Producers Guild Awards. He was the chair of the Producers Guild of America East and a Vice President of the PGA from 2012-2016 and currently sits on the board of directors. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Producers Branch of the Academy.

 

Jillian Stein

Jillian Stein is a film producer and executive with over 15 years experience on both independent and studio films and often serves as a bridge between creative and production. In answer to the current Covid-19 pandemic, she has recently joined Walt Disney Television as a Production Health and Safety Manager on FX Network’s Snowfall.

 

Christina Lee Storm

Christina Lee Storm is an award-winning producer with a unique blend of experience in animation, VR/AR, real-time, documentaries, and features while working at the cross section of story and technology.


Christina heads global development, production, and execution of virtual production for Netflix. She is at the forefront of strategy and planning of virtual production stages for the studio while helping to ensure success for filmmakers of Netflix’s top tier titles utilizing real-time LED technology. 


She founded Asher XR to provide strategic development, planning, and implementation of Virtual Production and emerging XR content including game engine, AR, & VR. She served as Head of Content and Acquisitions for Positron, whose mission is to bring premium cinematic XR experiences to all audiences.

Christina’s passion for making films with profound themes most recently led her to produce SOLITARY with David Oyelowo (“Selma”) and BRON Studios. The film is but one in a broad portfolio of ground-breaking storytelling, which she has masterfully woven into evolving mediums with her instinct for technologies. Some of her additional feature producing credits include The Least of These, To Save A Life, and Flesh: Bought & Sold in the U.S., The Mission, and Running Out of Time.

As Vice President at DreamWorks Animation, Christina led the Advanced Creative Technology group spearheading the studio’s real-time technology initiatives and business strategy, and advocating for the future of content creation. She is an award-winning producer of DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” franchise for three VR experiences (2 nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s Innovation Award and 2 winning the Lumiere and Infinity Festival Award). Christina also produced various AR projects for “Trolls World Tour,” “Abominable,” and served as producer on an upcoming interactive experience for “Kung Fu Panda” at the Universal Beijing Theme Park.

Elected to the Producers Guild of America’s National Board of Directors and New Media Council Board of Delegates, Christina also serves on the Television Academy’s Interactive Media Executive Committee and as Board of Governors for the Advanced Imaging Society. Identifying the importance of supporting women in the area of STEAM, she is proud to be a founding member and advisor of DreamWorks Animation’s TECHWomen and member of Women in Animation.

 

Mimi Valdés

For over twenty-five years, award-winning multi-hyphenate (producer, director, chief creative officer, writer, editor, speaker) Mimi Valdés has championed the inclusion of diversity within pop culture.

Mimi's background in journalism—she's a former editor-in-chief of VIBE and Latina magazines— provides a road map for each of her projects. Whether influencing the creation of the groundbreaking 24- hour-music video Happy; co-producing Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival indie darling Dope (2015); serving as an executive producer on the Oscar- nominated film Hidden Figures (2016); producing Roxanne Roxanne (2018), a biopic about hip hop icon Roxanne Shante; or overseeing film and television endeavors for Pharrell Williams’s creative collective I am OTHER and Mahershala Ali’s production company Know Wonder, she creates culturally impactful stories that celebrate diversity.

Regardless of the medium, venue or audience, Mimi's message stays true to her core belief that storytelling should entertain, educate and inspire humanity. A passion to influence the next generation of storytellers is reflective in all that Mimi does.

She’s a proud alumna of New York University’s prestigious journalism program. A native New Yorker and Afro-Latina, she resides in Brooklyn and Los Angeles with her husband.

 

Angela Victor

Angela Victor joined the PGA in 2005 and has been active in both the East and West Coast Regions. As a member of the East Coast Region, Angela participated in the launch of the Capital Region, and in 2010 served on the Planning Committee for “Night of the Producer” which honored Jonathan Demme and Denis Leary. As a member of the West Coast Region, Angela has volunteered with the PGA Green Committee on a Habitat for Humanity Build in Long Beach.

Currently Angela serves on the Education Committee, Women’s Impact Network, and has become the lead for the AP Council Welcome Committee.

Angela started her career working in advertising in Boston after graduating from Boston University’s College of Communication. She then earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Miami and worked as a Senior Consultant advising media conglomerates with KPMG Consulting. Angela moved into internal strategy roles at Turner Home Entertainment and NBC TV Network helping to boost audience ratings for iconic programs such as the Today Show, the Summer Olympic Games, and Saturday Night Live.

After earning a Certificate in Film Production from New York University, Angela has gone on to work in roles from associate producer to post supervisor with award-winning producers and directors in genres including: scripted, studio, game shows, live events, unscripted, and feature films.

 

Lorin Williams

After graduating from Full Sail University's film program in Florida, Lorin moved to Los Angeles where she rose through the ranks on various unscripted television productions.

After producing several episodes of television airing on ABC, CBS, NBC, Bravo, Lifetime, and WeTV, Lorin pivoted to scripted television and started working as a script coordinator on a new animated show in the Transformers universe for Nickelodeon. Lorin recently wrote her first episode of television for Transformers, slated to air next year.

 

Magdalena Wolf

Magdalena Wolf is the executive producer responsible for overseeing all aspects of production for Sky Carousel, a content creation tech start-up. She has managed complex projects with teams of 300+ and more than a dozen vendors worldwide.

Magdalena started off in physical production in Europe, New Zealand and the US before transitioning to visual effects. With over 15 years of experience in visual effects, her credits include box-office successes such as; Lion King, Jungle Book, Life of Pi, Water for Elephants and Iron Man. Also, in addition to feature films, she has worked on a variety of television shows, commercials, and music videos with clients such as Coca Cola, BMW, and ESPN Monday Night Football.

Prior to joining Sky Carousel, as a founding member of Magnopus, Magdalena spearheaded the production department and executive produced for the augmented and virtual reality content & technology company. Magdalena brought her unique experience in physical production and visual effects to virtual & augmented reality and contributed to projects such as Emmy- Nominated VR experiences Mission:ISS and Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab. In addition to virtual reality, Magdalena has worked on a variety of experiences, including location-based installations.

Magdalena studied International Economics at the Universities of Essen and Hagen in Germany. She is a member of the Producers Guild, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the Visual Effects Society.

 

Regional Representatives

 

Katy Garrity: Capital Region Chair

With nearly two decades in non-fiction television, Katy Jones Garrity has field directed shoots across the world, spending years working at National Geographic before moving into the freelance world producing programming for outlets including Discovery, ID, and Smithsonian Networks. She has an Emmy-nomination from her work at the Discovery Channel, and a Cine Golden Eagle for a Smithsonian Networks program about the Chilean mine disaster. She is also a working mother and has twice re-entered the freelance world after having a child.

She is currently at National Geographic Channel creating programming as part of an in-house production team that produces more than 1300 hours of content per year.

She joined the PGA as part of the National Capital Chapter in 2011, and has served two terms on the AP Council, including an election as the Co-Vice Chair. She has served as a member of the Constitution & Membership Committee, on the PGA East Advisory Board, and the Safety Task Force, as well as serving as Co-Vice Chair of the National Capital Chapter.

She is deeply committed to showcasing the talent of the new Capital Region producers and to broadening the networking opportunities and member services for PGA members in the region.

 

Richard Quan: Northwest Region Chair

Richard Quan was born in San Antonio, across the street from the Alamo. Since then, he has gone on to produce content for a variety of media, in a variety of forms. These methods include live action, visual effects, a full range of animation: traditional cell, stop motion, computer generated, and digital. The media include feature films, sitcoms, music videos, documentaries and games. Some of his favorite projects include Pee-wee’s Playhouse, James and the Giant Peach, The Oblongs, and The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! He has worked with Disney, Warner Bros., Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.

 

John Walker: Northwest Region Chair

John Walker began his producing career in live theater, serving as Managing Director for the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, where he produced over thirty new plays.

Walker was President of The League of Chicago Theaters for 3 years, before moving his career into film.

He was Associate Producer at Warner Bros for The Iron Giant and Osmosis Jones. He produced the Academy Award Winning The Incredibles for Pixar, and served as Executive Producer for Disney’s Tomorrowland. He was one of two producers on Incredibles 2, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

He worked at Pixar for eighteen years and served as Director of Production there in addition to his producing work. He is currently working on an original theater production, The Empty Nesters, with his wife and partner, Pam.

He is a graduate of Notre Dame University, and The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Walker is an instrument rated private pilot.