Gale Anne Hurd to Receive PGA's David O. Selznick Award
Past recipients include Saul Zaentz, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg
The Producers Guild of America has tapped Gale Anne Hurd as its 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures honoree. The award will be presented to Hurd at the 26th annual PGA ceremony on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
"I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary producer David O. Selznick, and to receive an award in his name is truly an honor in and of itself," Hurd said. "But even more important to me is the recognition it represents from my esteemed peers and colleagues at the Producers Guild of America."
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The David O. Selznick award recognizes a producer's outstanding body of work in motion pictures. The honor has distinguished history, with past recipients including Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Laura Ziskin, Roger Corman, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, Scott Rudin, Steven Spielberg and last year’s recipients, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
"For decades, Gale Anne Hurd has been a trailblazer in motion pictures," said PGA awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy. "Her early films, such as Aliens and The Terminator trilogy, created the template for a generation of action films. Her subsequent work has pushed well beyond the boundaries of any one genre, balancing comic book exploits and sci-fi spectaculars with smart comedies, searing dramas and winning family films. Throughout it all, she’s been a forceful spokeswoman for our profession and a dedicated mentor to countless young storytellers. We can't imagine a more fitting producer to honor in the name of the great David O. Selznick."
Hurd's other film credits include The Abyss, The Ghost and the Darkness, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk, Aeon Flux, The Punisher, Dick and The Waterdance.
On the TV front, Hurd is an executive producer of The Walking Dead, which currently reigns as the most watched scripted drama, beating all broadcast and cable series among adults 18-49. Her Valhalla production company has an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop TV and digital series, including the recently announced series Hunters, set to premiere on Syfy in 2016.