Producers Guild Announces New Presidents: Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today its 2014 National Board and officer election results, which were shared during the Guild's annual General Membership Meeting tonight on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. The Producers Guild elected Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary as Presidents. Other newly PGA national officers include: Vice Presidents of Motion PicturesDavid Friendly and Lydia Dean Pilcher; Vice Presidents of Television Tim Gibbons and Jason Katims; Treasurer Christina Lee Storm,and Vice President PGA East Region Peter Saraf. Outgoing PGA Presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch, who served since 2010, received special recognition at the meeting for their unwavering service to the Producers Guild over the years, including their seminal advocacy on behalf of the Guild's credit certification, the Producers Mark.
"We are extremely honored and excited to begin this new chapter with the Producers Guild," said McCreary and Lucchesi. "We have seen numerous positive changes over the past four years as a result of the hard work of our Presidents, the PGA National Board and its committee members. We hope to continue to build upon the great work of our predecessors and to protect the rights of our industry's hardworking producers."
Gary Lucchesi has served as the PGA's Vice President of Motion Pictures for the past four years as well as co-chaired the Produced By Conference for the past four years.
McCreary and Lucchesi's election marks the second time the Guild's nominating committee has selected a pair of members to stand for election together as Presidents, following Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch. The only other time the Guild has been governed by a pair of presidents was from 2001 - 2002, following the PGA's merger with the American Association of Producers, when the Guild was overseen by Kathleen Kennedy and Tim Gibbons. The 2014 election represents the first time the PGA has nominated pairs of candidates for its Vice Presidential offices.
About Gary Lucchesi
GARY LUCCHESI serves as President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. He has also served as the Vice President, Motion Pictures for the Producers Guild of America since 2010. 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 and Marisa Tomei; the UNDERWORLD franchise; THE UGLY TRUTH and THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE. He began his career at the William Morris Agency, representing Kevin Costner and Michelle Pfeifer and then went onto become President of Production at Paramount where he oversaw notable films such as GHOST, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, THE NAKED GUN SERIES and THE UNTOUCHABLES.
About Lori McCreary
Lori McCreary is CEO of Revelations Entertainment and an accomplished film and television producer whose recent projects include INVICTUS and the Emmy-nominated documentary series "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman." Upcoming projects include the untitled Diane Keaton/Morgan Freeman film and the CBS series "Madam Secretary." McCreary is also a tech entrepreneur, influencing Hollywood's adoption of new technologies.
About the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of producers and the producing team in film, television and new media. Its nearly 6,500 members work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and the producing community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, in addition to other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. Visit www.producersguild.org, www.pgagreen.org, www.pgadiversity.org for more information.