By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: It’s terrific that whenever award nominations for television shows come out these days, ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Glee’ are always well represented.
That certainly was the cast today when the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America unveiled their choices.
The PGA nominated both ‘Glee’ and ‘Modern Family’ for The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy. The rest of its competition is ’30 Rock,’ ‘The Office’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’
HBO’s ‘True Blood’ is among the nominees for the The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television. It competes with ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Dexter,’ ‘Lost’ and ‘Mad Men.’
Kathy Griffin, who has two Emmys on her mantle (they also seem to travel with her an awful lot!), is a nominee for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television for her Bravo show ‘My Life on the D-List.’ Her competition is the producers of ‘Intervention,’ ‘Deadliest Catch,’ ‘Undercover Boss’ and ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.’
Vying for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment and Competition Television are the producers of ‘The Amazing Race,’ ‘The Colbert Report,’ ‘Project Runway,’ ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Real Time With Bill Maher.’
As for the writing awards, both ‘Glee’ and ‘Modern Family’ were nominated by the WGA in the comedy series category as were ’30 Rock,’ ‘Nurse Betty’ and ‘The Office.’
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By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: The 22nd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards will be produced by veteran producer Paula Wagner, announced today by PGA Presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch. This will be the first involvement with the Producers Guild Awards for Wagner. The 2011 Producers Guild Awards nominations will be announced on January 4th and the ceremony will be held January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Paula is an innovative and dynamic producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business. She has tremendous respect and passion for the producing craft, and we’re thrilled she accepted our invitation to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards show,” said Gordon and Koch. “We’re confident that with her energy, efforts and vision the Producers Guild Awards will be better than ever.”
“It’s been my privilege to be a member of the producing community for nearly 20 years, and I’m honored to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards,” said Wagner. “I continue to be amazed by the producing talent in film, television and new media. I’m thrilled to help recognize this year’s most deserving creative storytellers and to celebrate the necessary art and vital craft of producing.”
In 1990 the PGA held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for DRIVING MISS DAISY, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded THE HURT LOCKER with its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. The film was also awarded Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. The Producers Guild Awards have also honored such legendary producers as Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Steven Bochco, Clint Eastwood, Sherry Lansing, Robert Evans, Roger Corman and Lorne Michaels, among others.
Wagner currently helms Chestnut Ridge Productions, developing and producing film, television, theater, and new media projects. She has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, producer, and top studio executive. Wagner began her career at Creative Artists Agency where she spent 15 years representing some of Hollywood’s top actors, directors, and writers. In 1993, she moved on to producing and launched Cruise/Wagner Productions with her former CAA client Tom Cruise. For more than a decade, C/W produced countless critically-acclaimed films, including the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, WITHOUT LIMITS, SHATTERED GLASS, [...]