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 hit film for MGM.

 

Lucy Fisher, President

Lucy Fisher is an award-winning film producer known for The Great Gatsby, Memoirs of a Geisha, and The Divergent Series.  She is the Co-Chair of Red Wagon Entertainment.  Previously, Fisher served as Vice Chairman of Sony's Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, as EVP of Worldwide Production at Warner Bros, and as Head of Production at Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios.  Fisher’s many awards include the PGA’s David O. Selznick Award, the Hollywood Award for Outstanding Achievement in Producing, and two Crystal Awards from Women in Film.   

 

Jon Kilik, Vice President, Motion Pictures

 

Lauren Shuler Donner, Vice President, Motion Pictures

Lauren Shuler Donner has produced 32 films, including Pretty in Pink, Free Willy, St Elmo’s Fire, Dave, You’ve Got Mail,  Secret Life of Bees, and nine Xmen movies.  She was Exec Producer on another seven films.  She has been EP on five tv shows including “Legion” and is developing 2 Broadway shows. 

Lauren has been honored numerous times, has a star on Hollywood Blvd. and she received her honorary Doctorate from Boston University and concurrently gave the B.U. College of Communications commencement speech in 2019. 

 

Mike Farah, Vice Presidents, Television

Mike Farah is the Chief Executive Officer of Funny Or Die, known for its award-winning comedic content and audience of over 40 million people. Select series credits include "History of Swear Words" for Netflix, "Billy on the Street" for TruTV, and "I Love You, America" for Hulu. He was also producer on Funny Or Die’s first feature film, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” for Netflix.

Named a “Maverick of Hollywood” by Esquire, Farah is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a graduate of Indiana University.

 

Gene Stein, Vice Presidents, Television

Gene Stein has been a television executive and producer for thirty years. Most recently he was President, Gaumont Television and he is currently executive producer of Narcos, F is For Family, and Trial 4, all streaming on Netflix. Previously he was CEO of Sonar, President of Television at Berman Braun, head of comedy development at CBS, and an executive at ABC. He has written episodes of Cheers and Golden Girls. His novel was called “a triumph” by the New York Times. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband, two children, and a Miniature Schnauzer.

 

Jenni Ogden, Vice President, New Media Council

Jenni Ogden is an award-winning creative producer and entrepreneur.  President & Executive Producer of Eye Q Productions, LLC a creative production company specializing in immersive design, 3D projection mapping, VFX & animation as well as COO & Co-Founder of 4D Fun, Inc, a disruptive technology company specializing in volumetric technologies and deployment at the forefront of 4D virtual performance, spatial computing, VR, and XR experiences.  Her work encompasses storytelling across formats and platforms, with a passion for social impact storytelling, immersive design and new and emerging formats and technologies in entertainment.

 

Melissa Friedman, Vice President, AP Council

 

Donna Gigliotti, Vice President, PGA East

Donna Gigliotti is one of only nine women to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. She received the 1998 Oscar for producing SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Ms. Gigliotti received three additional Academy Award/Best Picture nominations for HIDDEN FIGURES (2016) SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2013) and THE READER (2008.) In 2019, she was nominated for an Emmy for producing the ABC/Academy Awards telecast, the shortest Oscar show in modern history. Ms. Gigliotti is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and she is Chair of the Producers Guild/East.

 

Megan Mascena Gaspar, Treasurer

 

Mark Gordon, Recording Secretary

Mark Gordon is an award-winning motion picture and television producer. His films include Saving Private Ryan, Steve Jobs, Molly’s Game, Murder on the Orient Express, Speed, The Patriot, and Source Code. 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. From 2010-2014 Gordon served as President of the Producer's Guild of America. During this time Gordon helped pioneer the Producer's Mark alongside his co-president Hawk Koch.

 

Hawk Koch, Recording Secretary

Hawk Koch is a veteran movie producer, the former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and former President of the Producers Guild of America with Mark Gordon. Hawk is on the Board of Directors of AMC Entertainment, Cast and Crew,and the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF)

At the Producers' Guild, Koch and his presidential partner, Mark Gordon, led the fight to preserve the producer's credit.  In 2013, they were able to secure all the major studios and major independents to agree to uphold the Producer's Mark certification, "p.g.a.," which indicates who did the majority of the producing work on a film while also establishing an authentic seal of approval. Now, only the producers that do the work and get "The Producer's Mark" are eligible for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild Awards and the BAFTA Awards.

 

Gary Lucchesi, Presidents Emeriti

Gary Lucchesi is currently President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America.

He was President, along with Lori McCreary, of the Producers Guild of America from 2014-2018

He was Vice President, Motion Pictures of the Producers Guild of American from 2010-2014.

He is a producer of over sixty feature films and television shows.

 

Lori McCreary, Presidents Emeriti

Lori McCreary is 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, Princess of the Row, and was Executive Producer of CBS’s hit television series Madam Secretary starring Téa Leoni.  McCreary is President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and now chairs the PGA’s Production Safety Task Force.

 

National Board of Directors

 

Stephanie Allain Bray

As a studio executive, Stephanie Allain championed John Singleton’s directorial debut, ​Boyz N the Hood​, which earned $65 million and two Oscar nominations. In 2003 she founded Homegrown Pictures and produced Hustle & Flow, Something New, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People and more. An Emmy nominee for producing the 92​nd Academy Awards, her TV credits include ​Dear White People, ​Make It Work and Zoom Where It Happens. ​

She served five years as Director of the LA Film Festival, is a member of AMPAS, WGA. She sits on the board of American Cinematheque and the PGA. A recipient of the 2020 PGA/UCLA Vision Award, she has taught at UCLA, USC and is a frequent panelist and commentator.

 

Michael Ambers

Prior to his transition into on-set Covid Compliance/Health & Safety last year, Michael Ambers was a reality TV/documentary pro with nearly 20 years experience and credits including: House Hunters, Trading Spaces, Real Housewives of Orange County and E! True Hollywood Story.

As an AP Council Delegate, Michael helped develop the Master Class series -  before that was even the name - and produced and moderated several panels and seminars.

 

James P. Axiotis

James P Axiotis is a television producer and director. With over 30 years of experience in the business, some of his credits include The Bridges of Madison County, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Hell’s Kitchen, and NBC Nightly News. He has worked across various networks, including Discovery Channel, A&E, FOX, History Channel, NBC, TWC, ESPN, Travel Channel, and CBS. Also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of Europe, and the American Film Institute, he is now working on an original short film.

 

Nina Yang Bongiovi  

Nina Yang Bongiovi produces alongside Forest Whitaker at Significant Productions focusing on multi-cultural narratives with an eye on authenticity, diversity and inclusion. They have produced critically acclaimed films such as Fruitvale Station, Dope, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Roxanne Roxanne, Sorry to Bother You, and soon to be released film, Passing -- launching some of the most prolific, auteur filmmakers’ careers (Ryan Coogler, Chloe Zhao, Boots Riley) with their directorial debuts.

 Nina is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ (AMPAS) Producers Branch, and the Television Academy.

 

Yolanda T. Cochran

 

Donald De Line 

Donald De Line is currently developing a wide range of film and television projects under his De Line Pictures banner at Warner Bros. He is currently in post-production on the limited series “Chapelwaite”, based on Stephen King’s short story “Jerusalem’s Lot” and starring Academy Award winner Adrien Brody. He produced the 2018 blockbuster “Ready Player One,” directed by Steven Spielberg. In addition to his producing career, Mr. De Line served as President and Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures and President of Touchstone Pictures at Disney.

 

Gary Goetzman

GARY GOETZMAN’s producing credits include News of the World, Greyhound, Mamma Mia! films, Where the Wild Things Are, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Polar Express, Larry Crowne, My Big Fat Greek Wedding films, That Thing You Do!, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Devil in a Blue Dress, Beloved, Miami Blues, Starter for 10, The Circle, Stop Making Sense, Justin Timberlake+The Tennessee Kids, Notes from the Field, John Adams, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Olive Kitteridge, Game Change, Big Love, The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert, Carrie Underwood Christmas Special, The Movies, The Sixties-The 2000s, and 1968. Goetzman has received 5 Emmy, 3 Golden Globe, and 4 Peabody Awards.

 

Charles P. Howard

Charles Howard is an award-winning executive producer with 25-years of experience in the film, television, and new media industry. Charles has expertise in multi-platform media strategies, full life-cycle production management, creative writing, presentation design, graphic web design, interactive content, game development, web based applications, CMS programs, mobile apps, virtual reality, augmented reality, analytics and social media marketing. He is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television and a lecturer for Film Independent’s Artist Development programs. Charles is a delegate to the PGA's New Media Council.

 

Iris Ichishita

Iris Ichishita is serving her first term on the National Board and a second term on the New Media Council Board of Delegates of the PGA. She is a former NMC Board Secretary. Iris is also active in the Non-fiction West, WIN, and One Guild committees. Iris oversees creative production at Mattel, producing video content for its world-class toy brands. Prior to that, she headed up production at Hallmark Movies Now, producing original live-action, documentary, and animated films. She co-hosts the Or Whatever Movies podcast with her brother and fellow PGA member, Wesley Ichishita. Iris holds an MFA in Motion Picture Producing from the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.

 

Paulette Lifton

 

Dan Lin 

Dan Lin is founder and CEO of Rideback, which produces tentpole film and TV content for global audiences. Lin’s films have grossed over $5 billion worldwide and include the LEGO Movie and “It” franchises, Disney’s “Aladdin,” and Netflix’s “The Two Popes.” He also produces CBS’ “Walker,” and is developing CBS’ “Burn-In” and Netflix’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Lin established Rideback Ranch, a creative campus that serves world-class writers and houses leading inclusion-focused creator programs: The Rideback TV Incubator, with MRC, and the Rideback/Thinking Hat Campfire, with CBS Studios.

 

James Lopez

Producer James F. Lopez is President of Will Packer Productions. He is responsible for developing and overseeing production on all film projects through the company’s first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Recent producing credits include: THE PHOTOGRAPH, WHAT MEN WANT, LITTLE, BREAKING IN, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, & $100M + GROSSERS GIRLS TRIP & NIGHT SCHOOL.  Prior to joining WPP, Lopez was SVP of Production at Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Ent. Where he was executive over productions THINK LIKE A MAN, ABOUT LAST NIGHT, PERFECT GUY, & THE WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS & WEDDING RINGER.

 

Ravi Nandan

Ravi Nandan works at A24.

 

Betsy Ockerlund Nolte

Betsy Ockerlund Nolte is an established television and film producer and has worked on a variety of scripted series, unscripted series, feature films, game/competition shows and live events for a wide range of networks and production companies. She currently has several projects in development at various networks, studios and production companies.

Betsy has held various producer positions at a number of highly regarded companies, including NBC, NBC Sports, MTV, High Noon Entertainment and Spectrum Productions.

 

Bruna Papandrea

Bruna Papandrea is founder of Made Up Stories, a development and production company. Credits include HBO’s THE UNDOING, Jennifer Kent’s THE NIGHTINGALE and Abe Forsythe’s LITTLE MONSTERS. It has two upcoming films, Glendyn Ivin’s PENGUIN BLOOM, and Rob Connolly’s THE DRY; and multiple upcoming TV shows including Amazon’s TELL ME YOUR SECRETS, Hulu’s NINE PERFECT STRANGERS and Netflix’s PIECES OF HER and ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL. Prior to MUS, Bruna produced GONE GIRL and the Oscar-nominated WILD. She also executive produced HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series BIG LITTLE LIES.

 

Charles Roven

An Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning producer and leader in the entertainment industry for over four decades, Charles Roven is a founder of Atlas Entertainment and among the top ten grossing producers of all time. Previous film credits include THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy, AMERICAN HUSTLE, WONDER WOMAN and WW1984, MAN OF STEEL, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, JUSTICE LEAGUE, SUICIDE SQUAD, TRIPLE FRONTIER, THE BANK JOB, CITY OF ANGELS, GET SMART, 12 MONKEYS, and SCOOBY-DOO. TV credits include Syfy’s 12 MONKEYS, DIRTY JOHN, and WHAT/IF. In 2018, Roven received the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award from the PGA for his outstanding body of work in motion pictures. 

 

Peter Saraf

Peter is a film and television producer whose credits include Little Miss Sunshine, The Farewell, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, What The Constitution Means To Me, The Sit-In, Loving, Away We Go, Sunshine Cleaning, Safety Not Guaranteed, Everything Is Illuminated, Adaptation, Ulee's Gold and the series Vida  and Sorry For Your Loss. He is a former VP PGA East, Chair of Indie Film Committee and recipient of the Daryl F Zanuck and Stanley Kramer awards from the PGA.

 

Jillian Stein

Jillian Stein is a film producer and executive with over 15 years’ experience. Along with producing several independent feature films, she has served as miniature effects producer on Robert Zemeckis’s "Welcome to Marwen,” as the director of development for Oscar-winning New Deal Studios, and as a development executive at Solaris Entertainment, where she was production executive on the Lionsgate film “Warrior.” In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, she joined Walt Disney Television as a Production Health & Safety Manager and successfully spearheaded FX Network's first series to return to production.

 

Christina Lee Storm

Christina Lee Storm’s animation, AR/VR, real-time, documentary, and feature producing experience have her working at the cross section of story, content, and technology. Manager of Virtual Production at Netflix, her focus is creating worldwide virtual production ecosystems and hubs to grow and adopt virtual production across Netflix’s global content slate. Most recently, Christina produced SOLITARY with BRON Studios starring David Oyelowo. She was Vice President at DreamWorks Animation leading the Advanced Creative Technology group and produced DreamWorks immersive content for How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls World Tour.

 

Mimi Valdés

Angela Victor

Ian Wagner

 

Lorin Williams

Lorin Williams is a writer and producer working in both unscripted and scripted television. After graduating from the Full Sail University film program, Lorin moved to Los Angeles where she rose through the ranks on various productions. She produced several episodes of unscripted television shows airing on ABC, CBS, NBC, Bravo, Lifetime, and WeTV.

 Lorin has been an active member of the PGA, serving on the Education committee, Diversity committee, and the Employment committee before being elected to the AP Council board. Currently, Lorin works in the writers room for an unannounced animated show for Nickelodeon.

 

Magdalena Wolf

 

Representatives

 

Katy Jones Garrity, PGA Capital

Katy Garrity has spent the bulk of her career producing content for National Geographic and other non-fiction outlets.  She has field directed shoots around the world – flying over an erupting volcano, filming in airports in Moscow, and traversing mines in the Chilean Atacama Desert.  Since becoming a mom she’s stayed a little closer to home, working often in archival producing.  As Chair of the Capital Region of the Producers Guild, she represents a community of predominantly non-fiction media makers and works to connect, support, and build a community of producers.

 

Richard Quan, PGA Northwest

 

John Walker, PGA Northwest

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. 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 and film production, The Empty Nesters, with his wife and partner, Pam. Walker is an instrument rated private pilot.