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Producers Guild of America national executive director Vance Van Petten is set to step down in mid-2021.
Susan Sprung, who was promoted to national executive director alongside Van Petten in April 2019, will take over all national executive director duties when Van Petten exits after 21 years at the helm. He joined the PGA in January 2000.
“We are incredibly grateful for Vance’s leadership, dedication and devotion to the work of the producing profession. His work on key initiatives like the Producers Mark will leave an indelible impact not just on the PGA and our membership, but for the producing profession at large,” Producers Guild of America presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said in a statement, adding, “We are excited for the work to carry on under the continued leadership of Susan Sprung, who will continue on in her role as national executive director.”
Said Van Petten in his own statement: “I love producers and the Guild. As I think back over the 20 years I’ve been at the helm of the PGA, I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished. It has been an honor to serve the industry and lead this organization and its members. As I embark on my next chapter, I take great pride in knowing the Guild is stronger than ever and ready to take on whatever challenges are ahead.”
Prior to the PGA, Van Petten was executive vp business & legal affairs at Universal Television Studios USA. Major PGA initiatives that he oversaw during his PGA leadership include the Producers Mark, the Produced By Conference and the Producers Guild Awards, which celebrate excellence in movies, TV, streaming and immersive productions.
Sprung had served as associate national executive director since 2012 and COO since 2016, before her promotion two years ago. Previously, Sprung served as special counsel at the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles.
The Producers Guild of America is an 8,000-member nonprofit trade group that represents the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits and promoting standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other initiatives.
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