Laura Ziskin Tapped for PGA's Visionary Award

Credits include "Pretty Woman," the "Spider-Man" series and Stand Up to Cancer.

The PGA will honor veteran film producer Laura Ziskin with its annual Visionary Award.

Ziskin’s producing credits run from Pretty Woman and other film classics to more contemporary movies including the Spider-Man series. She will be feted at the 22nd annual PGA Awards on Jan. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

The Visionary Award honors those who have made “uniquely positive or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.” Previous honorees include TV producer Simon Fuller, film veteran Jeff Skoll and telethon specialist Joel Gallen.

Officials said Wednesday that Ziskin is being recognized both for her “passionate commitment to storytelling as well as her remarkable efforts in organizing the recent Stand Up to Cancer campaign and its multiplatform programming.”

Ziskin received the PGA’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in 2005 and is the first Selznick recipient to also be chosen for Visionary honors.

“Laura Ziskin is not only an exceptionally talented producer but also an avid humanitarian with an inspirational drive to make a difference in the fight against cancer,” PGA Awards chair Paula Wagner said.

“I am thrilled to be recognized with this Visionary Award that I share with my colleagues and my co-founders at Stand Up to Cancer,” Ziskin said. “We realized that we had the potential to make cancer the first-tier issue it needs to be and to impact how cancer is treated by using our skills as producers and quite literally ‘putting on a show.’ Stand Up to Cancer is my most important production, and I am so touched and proud that the PGA is honoring us for it.”

Ziskin is a former president of Fox 2000 Pictures, which during her tenure released films including Courage Under Fire, One Fine Day, Inventing the Abbotts and Volcano.

Ziskin has served on the board of Americans for a Safe Future, the National Council of Jewish Women and Education First.

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