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Debra Hill Fellowship


The PGA established the Debra Hill Fellowship in 2005 following the passing of Debra Hill, a pioneering producer, beloved mentor and long-time member of the Producers Guild’s Board of Directors. The Guild established the Fellowship to honor and extend Debra’s legacy, including her ardent support of such issues as producers’ creative rights, women in entertainment, and a variety of green and environmental initiatives, as well as her commitment to teaching and mentoring succeeding generations of producers. Debra’s visionary idealism has been incorporated into the Fellowship’s mission statement, which notes that the award "has been established to provide significant financial support to a promising producer as she or he embarks on their career ‘to change the world."

The Debra Hill Fellowship is typically awarded annually to an individual completing an accredited graduate program in producing, and whose work, interests, professionalism and passion mirror that of Debra Hill. Schools whose programs qualify for consideration include: American Film Institute, Chapman University, Columbia College Chicago, Columbia University, New York University, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Arizona, UCLA and USC. The size of the grant varies with the support that the Fellowship receives in any given year. Significantly, the grant cannot be used for further educational expenses, but is intended to assist the recipient in launching a producing career, providing funds to secure overhead, option material, and covering other professional expenses.

The Debra Hill Fellowship, which is administered through the Producers Guild of America Foundation, isn’t just a way of honoring a beloved colleague, but a logical extension of the mission of the Producers Guild itself. As a grant dedicated explicitly to emerging producers, it represents the Guild’s most significant outreach and commitment to the next generation of talented young storytellers.

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Fellowship Recipients

Lucienne Papon, UCLA

Rachel Vine, Columbia

Eleonore Dailly, USC

Jessica Daniels, Columbia

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Jacob Jaffke, Columbia

Not presented

Deniese Davis, AFI

Rob Cristiano, Columbia

Ashleigh Foster, USC

Monique Keller, USC

Diego Najera Martinez, USC 

Montserrat Gomez, USC 

Asia Coleman, AFI 


Lauren M López de Victoria, Columbia University


Not presented


Not presented


Maggie Bailey, University of Texas at Austin


Zofia Sablinska, AFI