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Producers Guild Announces 2014 PGA Awards Deadlines

National treasurer Lori McCreary and national board member Michael De Luca will co-produce and co-chair the event, an important Oscar bellwether.

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The Producers Guild of America on Wednesday announced the opening of submissions and key deadlines for the 25th annual Producers Guild Awards, to be handed out Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Producers Guild national treasurer Lori McCreary (Invictus) and national board member Michael De Luca (Moneyball, The Social Network) will co-produce and co-chair the event.
 
As it did last year, the guild's awards submission website – www.producersguildawards.com – will provide a fully digital interface for submission for its 12 competitive categories. 

The PGA Awards can be crucial to the Oscar race. Last year, Argo's best picture Oscar odds looked shaky until its PGA win appeared to turn the tide. PGA also helped The King's Speech nose ahead of precursor-prize hog The Social Network on the road to the Oscar, and did the same for The Hurt Locker, despite its rival Avatar's best drama and best director wins at the Golden Globes. Since 1990, the PGA Award has gone to the eventual Oscar winner 17 out of 24 times -- a remarkable 71 percent correlation. In the past five years, every best picture Oscar went to the PGA winner (Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, The King's Speech, The Artist, and Argo).

In short, both in their own right and as a bellwether, the PGA Awards, as The Hollywood Reporter awards analyst Scott Feinberg observed (quoting Vice President Joe Biden), are "a big f*****g deal."

Competitive honors to be presented at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards include:
 
-- The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
-- The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
-- The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures
-- The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television
-- The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer Episodic Television – Drama
-- The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy
-- The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television
-- The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment/Talk Television
-- The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
 
Competitive honors to be announced at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards include:
 
-- The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Sports Program
-- The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Children’s Program
-- The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Digital Series
 
Submission deadlines and other key dates for the 2014 Producers Guild Awards are as follows:

May 17, 2013
Deadline for Notice of Producing Credits Form for Television Series and Specials (All Comedy, Drama, Non-Fiction, Competition, Live Entertainment/Talk Television and Children’s Programs. DOES NOT INCLUDE LONG-FORM TELEVISION or SPORTS PROGRAMS)

September 20, 2013
Deadline for Notice of Producing Credits Form for Documentary Motion Pictures and Digital Series, as well as submission of screeners for Documentary Motion Pictures

September 27, 2013
Deadline for Notice of Producing Credits Form for Theatrical Motion Pictures and Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

October 25, 2013
Deadline for Notice of Producing Credits Form for Long-Form Television and Sports Programs

October 28, 2013
Television Series and Specials and Digital Series Nomination Polls open

November 25, 2013
Television Series and Specials and Digital Series Nomination Polls close

November 27, 2013
Producers Guild Awards nominees are announced for Television Series and Specials, Digital Series, Documentary Motion Pictures

December 2, 2013
Theatrical Motion Pictures, Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, Long-Form Television Nomination Polls open

December 31, 2013
Theatrical Motion Pictures, Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, Long-Form Television Nomination Polls close

January 2, 2014
Producers Guild Awards nominees are announced for all categories, including Theatrical Motion Pictures, Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, Long-Form Television; Final Polls open

January 17, 2014
Final Polls close for all categories

January 19, 2014
2014 PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS at Beverly Hilton Hotel