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Late last year, Dana Brunetti had a public battle with the Producers Guild when the organization denied him a Producers Mark on the sequel Fifty Shades Darker. Striking out with a “vengeance,” Brunetti posted a series of statements on Instagram in which he slammed the guild as a “joke” for “screwing me over,” adding that the org’s “purpose is to protect me, yet continually you have done the opposite and caused me grief and stress.”
Brunetti eventually received the mark after he won a decision on appeal, and when the decision came down he dubbed it a victory. “I’ve won battle, but not the war. Hopefully more to come,” he said at the time. And there was more on Jan. 28 at the annual PGA Awards inside the Beverly Hilton.
There was Brunetti, clad in a sharp-looking tuxedo and joined by girlfriend Alexandra Pakzad, looking ready to shake hands and make nice. “I had my issues with the PGA, but I’m putting on a good face and I’m here to make amends,” he told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet before heading in to the show. “Hopefully they will start to hear guys like me and change the way they operate. Vance [Van Petten] and Gary [Lucchesi] are definitely open to it. [The rules] need to be adapted for guys like me who have their boots on the ground.”
Speaking of boots, Brunetti’s amends tour didn’t last long as he exited the hotel shortly thereafter. Taking to Instagram again, he explained his departure. “Left an hour in when there had only been 2 awards presented by that point and the politics were absurd. The Hollywood bubble needs to be popped. Did we win? Didn’t think so.”
He was on hand to support a third consecutive nom for outstanding producer of episodic television drama for his work on Netflix’s political hit House of Cards.
A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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