PGA elects Gordon, Koch co-presidents

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Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch have been elected co-presidents of the Producers Guild of America.

Results of the PGA's national board and delegate 2010 election were announced Friday, following the annual General Membership Meeting on the Culver Studios lot.

Other newly PGA national board officers include: vice president of motion pictures Gary Lucchesi; vice president of television Hayma "Screech" Washington; and treasurer Lauren Shuler Donner. Gale Anne Hurd was named recording secretary, which is an appointed post.

Outgoing PGA president Marshall Herskovitz, who served two two-year terms, received special recognition at the meeting for his service to the guild, and was appointed to the post of president emeritus.

"We're extremely honored to have the confidence and support of the Guild membership," Gordon and Koch said. "As co-presidents, we're dedicated to building upon the Guild's 60 year history of serving and empowering the producing community. During our tenure we hope to continue to build solidarity by encouraging producers to 'hire from within,' continue to protect the Producers Code of Credits, and work to improve healthcare benefits."

The Guild has had co-presidents in the past. From 2001-2002, following the PGA's merger with the American Association of Producers, the Guild was overseen by Kathleen Kennedy and Tim Gibbons as co-presidents. Gordon and Koch's election does mark the first time the nominating committee has selected a pair of members to stand for election together.

Also as part of this weekend's Produced By Conference, the winners of the PGA's 2010 Producers Challenge were announced.

The winners are:

Best Produced Short Film
"Think Tank" (USA)
Producer: Jonathan Deiner

Best Produced Independent Webisode
"Horrible People" (USA)
Producers: Jonathan Stern, Joe Lo Truglio, A.D. Miles

Best Produced Studio Webisode
"Heroes: Nowhere Man" (NBC/Universal)
Executive Producers: Tim Kring, Dennis Hammer