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Qualifying Distribution

Individuals with producing team credits from productions released within the last five (5) years at the time of applying are eligible.  For feature films, the eligibility window is within the last seven (7) years.

For Feature Films

No less than two (2) feature films that have had one of the following:

  • Exclusive Theatrical U.S. Run in a minimum of two (2) cities, one of which must have a population of over one (1) million. Theatrical runs must be at least one week to qualify
  • Distribution via VOD (Video on Demand) platform carried by a major cable/satellite television provider (e.g., Time Warner, AT&T, DirecTV)
  • Verifiable wide commercial DVD/Blu-ray release

Streamed online through one of the following approved digital platforms:

o   Amazon Prime o   Google Play
o   Crackle o   iTunes
o   Epix  o   Hulu
o   Fandor o   Netflix
o   Film Movement o   Redbox

Direct to consumer or non-curated distribution platforms cannot be used to qualify a film for membership. Applicants with films that are streamed through vendors not on this list are strongly encouraged to inquire about a film's eligibility prior to applying. 

For Short Films (40 min or less, including credits)

No less than five (5) short films, as defined below.

All other regulations concerning features apply. Films would either:

  • Need to have a broad theatrical release (e.g. Pixar shorts); or
  • Be distributed nationally via streaming video or DVD/Blu-ray; or
  • Win a qualifying award at a competitive film festival, as specified in the Qualifying Film Festival List (see below), regardless of any prior public exhibition or distribution by non-theatrical means.

Excluded from consideration are such works as:

  • Previews and advertising films
  • Sequences from feature-length films, such as credit sequences
  • Unaired episodes of established TV series
  • Unsold TV series pilots
  • Student films

 

Narrative Festival List

Must screen at any of the following as an Official Selection:

o   AFI Fest o   Rio de Janeiro (Latin America)
o   Berlin Intl Film Festival (Germany) o   SXSW Film Festival
o   Busan International (Asia) o   Sundance Film Festival
o   Cannes Film Festival (France) o   Telluride Film Festival
o   Guadalajara (Latin America) o   Toronto Intl Film Festival
o   Hong Kong International (Asia) o   Tribeca Film Festival
o   New York Film Festival o   Venice Film Festival (Italy)

Documentary Festival List

Must screen at any of the following as:

an Official Selection: -OR- in Competition:
o   AFI Docs   o   Full Frame
o   Berlin Intl Film Festival   o   IDFA
o   Cannes Film Festival   o   Sundance Film Festival
o   Hot Docs   o   SXSW Film Festival
o   Toronto Film Festival    
o   Venice Film Festival    
o   Telluride Film Festival    

 

For Long-form Television  

No less than two (2) long-form television programs (MOW's, miniseries, major specials) that have either:

  • Aired or transmitted broadly in the U.S. domestic territory
  • Aired or transmitted in a local market on a major channel with 1 million+ viewers as verified by a reputable measurement index, such as Nielsen Media Research
  • Streamed through a major streaming service with at least 1 million+ paid subscribers

 

For Episodic Television

No less than thirteen (13) episodes of "episodic" television programs (scripted series, or major non-fiction/doc/reality shows) that have either :

  • Aired or transmitted broadly in the U.S. domestic territory
  • Aired or transmitted in a local market on a major channel with 1 million+ viewers as verified by a reputable measurement index, such as Nielsen Media Research
  • Streamed through a major streaming service with at least 1 million+ paid subscribers

 

For Non-Episodic Television 

No less than one hundred (100) episodes of "non-episodic" television programs (i.e. talk, infotainment, game, news magazine, clip shows, countdown shows, etc.) that have either:

  • Aired or transmitted broadly in the U.S. domestic territory
  • Aired or transmitted in a local market on a major channel with 1 million+ viewers as verified by a reputable measurement index, such as Nielsen Media Research
  • Streamed through a major streaming service with at least 1 million+ paid subscribers

 

For New Media (Broadband Only) 

The Broadband category is defined as professional, digitally distributed, story-driven, video content. Content submitted for consideration: 

  • Must have been widely distributed on (no previous broadcast or theatrical release) on internet enabled platforms not considered to be traditional television;
  • Can be original material, adapted from source material, branded content, or branded entertainment (provided the content involves storytelling or has a narrative through-line and is not a long-form ad);
  • If using re-purposed material, content must substantially forward the storytelling intent and include at least 50% new original material.

Submitted applicants must meet one of the following requirements: 

  • No less than seventy-five (75) short form, broadband episodes, with an individual running time of at least thirty (30) seconds and no greater than nineteen (19) minutes each, broadly distributed via the broadband extension of a major media network; or
  • No less than three (3) hours of broadband content, consisting of at least two (2) unique programs with a running time of at least thirty (30) seconds each, publicly available via online distribution through major video sharing websites and/or curated broadband channels; or
  • No less than two (2) singular/live-streaming events, with a running time of at least three (3) hours each, publicly available via online distribution through major video sharing websites and/or curated broadband channels; or
  • No less than five (5) broadband projects, broadly distributed via the broadband extension of a major media network, major video sharing websites and/or curated broadband channels.

Additional information and documentation inherent to producing may be requested in order to demonstrate the applicant executing the functions and responsibilities of a Producer. Due to the evolving nature of digital content , the PGA exercises wide discretion when evaluating applicants for potential membership. 

 

For New Media

No less than two (2) projects from these recognized categories and platforms:

  • Video Games
  • Special Venue
  • Digital Animation
  • Transmedia
  • Digital VFX
  • DVD/Blu-Ray
  • Interactive TV
  • Mobile

 

REFERENCES

Each project listed for consideration on the membership application must have a unique reference; totaling three (3) different references on the application.

  • References must have direct knowledge of the applicant’s production experience and should have worked with or supervised the applicant, or have a significant professional relationship with them in the past.
  • References are not limited to peers within the producing profession. Applicants can use other "high level" personnel from the production (such as the director, editor, etc.) to provide verification of work performed. Listing references that can comment on your experience and your production work significantly speeds up the application process.
  • Any individual serving in a representative capacity to the applicant, cannot serve as a reference (e.g. agent, manager, entertainment attorney, etc.)
  • REMINDER TO APPLICANTS: Ensure your references are aware they’ve been selected. Individuals who are unaware that they are references, more often than not, do not reply to inquiries from the PGA. This can either delay the application process or lead to a denial of membership.

 

BIO & RESUME

In addition to providing credits for consideration, applicants are required to upload and submit a bio and resume. With the exception of New Media Council applicants, there is no specific format required but your bio and resume should be more than a simple printout from IMDb. This allows applicants to communicate any aspect about their work and will assist in arriving at a determination.

Special Note: For New Media Council applicants, your resume must include a list of all released/launched projects and credits from the last five (5) years, and provide the following categories of information:

  • Year of release/launch
  • Title of the project/production
  • Credit received
  • Format (e.g. VR, digital video, video game, digital short, etc)
  • Form of distribution/exhibition (e.g. platform, console, website, etc) *
  • # of episodes (if applicable)
  • Running time (if applicable)
  • URL (if available)

*How and where the audience views/consumes/experiences your work.

Productions and formats not eligible for membership:

Commercials Non-Domestic TV
Corporate Videos Pornography
EPKs Promos
Infomercials PSAs
Interstitials Student Films
Music Production Telethons
Music Videos TV Pilots

Please contact applications@producersguild.org if you have questions.