The Producers Guild of America (PGA) elected Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary as presidents on Saturday, and unveiled six other new national officers.
Additional appointed posts include Vice Presidents of Motion Pictures David Friendly and Lydia Dean Pilcher, Vice Presidents of Television Tim Gibbons (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Jason Katims (“Parenthood”), 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 annual general membership meeting.
“We are extremely honored and excited to begin this new chapter with the Producers Guild,” McCreary and Lucchesi said in a joint statement. “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.”
Lucchesi (“Million Dollar Baby”) served as the PGA’s vice president of Motion Pictures and co-chaired the Produced By Conference the past four years. McCreary (“Invictus”) was national treasurer the past two years and co-chaired the 2014 PGA Awards.
McCreary and Lucchesi’s election marks the second time (since Gordon and Koch) the Guild’s nominating committee selected a pair of members to stand for election together as presidents. 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.