PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENTS
STEPHANIE ALLAIN AND DONALD DE LINE
LOS ANGELES (August 23, 2022) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the election of new presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line during the Guild’s annual membership meeting. Allain and De Line ran unopposed and assume the roles from Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher who served as presidents since 2018.
“As proud members of the PGA for over twenty years, it’s a great privilege to serve as Presidents. Gail and Lucy’s excellent leadership has grown and strengthened the Guild, and we will build on their progress,” said Allain and De Line. “Along with Susan Sprung and her team, we will continue to educate the industry on the role of the producer, support producers' efforts for fair and commensurate compensation and benefits, welcome and encourage a more diverse membership, and endeavor to attain broader healthcare coverage while educating members on the current benefits and opportunities available to them."
“Stephanie and Donald are legendary industry leaders, respected former studio executives, and bold, talented producers,” said outgoing Producers Guild Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher. “They’re responsible for driving the industry forward, expanding the scope of projects that get made, advocating for diversity, and discovering new talent. As long-time PGA leaders, they’ve dedicated themselves to protecting the rights of producers and advancing the mission of the Guild. We are very excited to see how their gifted vision and direction will now lead the Producers Guild forward.”
Stephanie Allain is a writer/producer who is the first woman of color to serve as PGA president. She began her career at 20th Century Fox as a Story Analyst before becoming a Creative Executive at Columbia Pictures, where she supervised John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood, a critical and commercial success that earned Singleton two Oscar Nominations. At the studio, she rose to the post of Senior VP of Production, supervising a slate of diverse films.
As Director of the LA Film Festival from 2011-2016, she pioneered metrics for transparency in percentage of films authored by women and people of color, which has become the standard.
Allain, who made history in 2020 when she became the first Black woman to produce the Academy Awards (for which she was Emmy-nominated), has produced award-winning films through her production company, Homegrown Pictures, including, Hustle & Flow, Something New, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, French Dirty, Burning Sands and Juanita and is currently in production on her first documentary Untitled Billy Preston. Her film deal is with Endeavor Content.
In television, she executive produced four seasons of Justin Simien’s Netflix series, Dear White People, and has a first look deal at Warner Brothers/HBO. As an author, she sold her first book at auction to Candlewick Press to be published in 2024.
Allain previously served on the boards of Women in Film, where she was a founding member of ReFrame, and Film Independent. She currently sits on the boards of Cast & Crew and American Cinematheque. She was awarded the Legacy Award from UCLA/PGA in 2020 and the Polly Platt Award at the Austin Film festival in 2021. She is repped by UTA, Artists First, and Jackoway Tyerman.
Donald De Line has been active for more than 30 years in the film and television industry and is currently developing projects under his De Line Pictures banner, headquartered at Warner Bros.
De Line’s recent feature credits include New York Times’ Critic’s Pick Don’t Make Me Go, for Amazon Studios, and Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster Ready Player One, for Warner Bros. Recent TV includes the first season of Billy the Kid for Epix.
Prior credits include F. Gary Gray’s The Italian Job; Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies; John Hamburg’s I Love You, Man; Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain; and M. Night Shyamalan’s first foray into television, the Fox/FX series Wayward Pines; among many others.
De Line began his career as a studio executive with The Walt Disney Company, ultimately serving as President of Touchstone Pictures, which he followed with a tenure as Vice Chairman and President of Paramount Pictures. De Line’s first movie as a studio executive was Pretty Woman. He went on to work with filmmakers such as Ron Howard, Nancy Meyers, Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, Penny Marshall, Michael Mann, and Martin Scorsese, among others.
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.
About the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
The Producers Guild of America is a nonprofit trade group that represents and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television, and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 8,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry, and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the Producers Guild of America website and follow on social media.
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