Gale Anne Hurd: There Are "No Excuses" for What Happened to Sarah Jones

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Hurd is an avid art collector and has several pieces in her Universal City office. Large pieces include of works by a group of French artists collectively known as Figuration Libre, Remi Blanchard and others. She also has a Lichtenstein print, as well as as a painting from an Aboriginal artist she purchased while producing No Escape in Australia. 

There are "no excuses for what happened to Sarah Jones," said Gale Anne Hurd while addressing the issue of on-set safety on Sunday during the Society of Camera Operators' Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Hurd emphasized that "human lives have to come first" as she accepted the SOC's Distinguished Service Award in the memory of Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant who was killed a year ago when she was struck by a train in Wayne County, Ga., while filming the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider.

The film's director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz are scheduled to face involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass charges related to the accident at a trial that is scheduled to begin on March 9.

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During the SOC Awards, which were presented at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount lot, Hurd introduced a newly created PSA urging productions to put safety first. It features Hollywood talent from all disciplines including actors Jack Black and Gina Rodriguez and director David Lynch.

Also during the ceremony, the evening's two competitive awards went to Birdman camera operator Chris Haarhoff, who was honored as camera operator of the year in feature films, and True Detective's Chris T.J. McGuire, honored as camera operator of the year in television.

The SOC presented several Lifetime Achievement Awards. As previously announced, the honorees were Dan Gold, camera operator; David Eubank, camera technician; Alan “Moose” Schultz, mobile platform camera operator; and Suzanne Hanover, still photography. Andy Shuttleworth's work on Boogie Nights was chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award for a historical shot.

Alfre Woodard was presented the Governor's Award during the ceremony.

The President's Award was given to Sony Electronic's Dan Perry, and a technical achievement award was presented to Teradek for work on HD transmission and its Bolt product line.

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