PGA anchors to Plymouth Rock

New England facility will present awards, conference

The Producers Guild of America has signed a two-year deal with Plymouth Rock Studios to help present the annual PGA Awards and its new Produced by Conference.

The awards show takes place Jan. 24, and the inaugural conference will take place June 6-7.

Designed to increase the profile of the New England entertainment industry, PRS is a nascent Massachusetts-based film and TV studio complex scheduled to open in 2010. With 14 soundstages on a 250-acre campus, it will be the first environmentally friendly, LEED-certified studio complex.

"Plymouth Rock Studios' David Kirkpatrick and Earl Lestz understand the work our members do in the industry and recognize that content in all mediums begin with the vision of the producer," PGA executive director Vance Van Petten said. "This new partnership was particularly attractive because our membership base has grown tremendously on a national level, especially on the East Coast."