'The Good Wife' Producers, 'Game of Thrones' Director Win Caucus Awards
Producer Vin Di Bona and Sony TV head Steve Mosko are among those receiving honors at the annual awards dinner
The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors has honored Michelle and Robert King, executive producers of The Good Wife, with its producer of the year award, and Alex Graves as its director of the year for his work on Game of Thrones.
The awards were presented at the 32nd Annual Caucus dinner Dec. 11 in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where special honors also also presented to Vin Di Bona, executive producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos, who received the Caucus Lifetime Achievement Award; Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures TV, who was named executive of the year; Lee Miller, who got the Caucus Chair’s Award; and others.
Michelle King accepted the award on behalf of herself and her husband, who she said was in New York working and unable to attend, from Fred Willard, who was host for the evening.
King said that they would not have won the award without the support of CBS’s Leslie Moonves, Nina Tassler and David Stapf and their staffs, as well as the show's cast, crew and writers, including star Julianna Margulies. “The path of producing,” said King, “is putting together a great team.”
Graves thanked HBO, along with the Game of Thrones cast and crew who work for nearly seven months a year in Croatia, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Morocco and Spain. “The one word you never hear on that show,” said Graves, “is ‘I can’t.’ ”
Di Bona, who was presented with his award by producer Bob Papazian, said he didn’t think he was old enough to receive a lifetime achievement award, so he talked about his life and how he got into show business. He said his career began shortly after he graduated from Emerson College and a friend tipped him off about a job at a local TV station. “At $95 a week,” recalled Di Bona, “I was a cameraman-stage manager so I would set the set and get behind the camera and shoot the show.”
Steve Mosko’s award was accepted by his son Matt Mosko, who said his father “had a very important meeting” and sent him instead.
Matt said his father had always been his role model, adding: “Even today when he’s dealing with this current cyber attack he still finds a way to stay positive. I called him the other week asking him how business was with no computer, to which he replied, ‘everything’s great. We were becoming too dependent on computers anyway.’ ”
A portion of money raised by the Caucus goes to scholarships for students. The 2014 Caucus Gold Circle Awards presented at the dinner went to Ryan Moody of UCLA who took first place; Ko-Rely Pi of Columbia University won second place.
The Caucus Television and New Media Award went to Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and was accepted by associate professor Jacob Moncrief.
Other winners were Scott Carrey, who received the Caucus Distinguished Service Award; and Andrew Wallenstein, who was presented with the Caucus Journalism Award.
The Caucus did not present an award to a writer this year.