Producers guild to honor Jeff Skoll

Participant founder will receive Visionary Award

Participant Media's Jeff Skoll will be honored with the Producers Guild of America's 2009 Visionary Award at the 20th annual PGA Awards on Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

The award honors producers and/or a TV or film production that demonstrates a "unique and uplifting quality."

Skoll founded Participant in 2004 and has served as executive producer on a slate of socially relevant films that includes "Charlie Wilson's War," "The Kite Runner," "Darfur Now," "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "An Inconvenient Truth," which won two Oscars, including best feature documentary.

"When I first saw movies such as 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'Gandhi,' I realized the tremendous power of film to inspire people to do good," Skoll said. "My hope is that this award will inspire others to continue to use this medium to make the world a better place."

With this award, Skoll joins past honorees that include Joel Gallen ("America: A Tribute to Heroes"), Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin ("In America") and Roy Disney ("Fantasia 2000").

"Jeff Skoll epitomizes the meaning behind this prestigious award," said PGA awards co-chairs David T. Friendly and Laurence Mark. "His vision as a media entrepreneur and his commitment to entertain and educate audiences around the world has resulted in powerful films and is only enhanced by his conviction as a philanthropist to global issues that affect all of us."
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