Producers Guild Promotes Susan Sprung to National Executive Director and COO

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Courtesy of the Producers Guild of America

She will serve alongside longtime national executive director Vance Van Petten, who continues in his role.

Veteran Producers Guild of America executive Susan Sprung has some new stripes: The PGA on Thursday announced that it has promoted Sprung to the role of national executive director and COO. She will join Vance Van Petten, who continues as national executive director, in co-leading the organization. Sprung has served as associate national executive director since 2012 and COO since 2016.

“Joining Vance as the national executive director and COO of the PGA is a tremendous honor for me. This is a period of growth for the PGA as our industry confronts dramatic changes and welcomes exciting opportunities,” said Sprung in a statement. “I look forward to supporting our members and our organization in my new role.”

Previously, Sprung served as special counsel at the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she was corporate counsel at Trizec Hahn in Los Angeles and an associate at Barrett Smith Shapiro Simon and Armstrong in New York. Sprung is a commissioner on the Anita Hill-led Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. Additionally, she sits on the California Film & Television Production Alliance and is a member of the Western Council of the Actors Fund. Sprung chaired the board of directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation-LA for five years. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and from Boston University School of Law.

Major PGA initiatives include the Producers Mark; diversity and green production initiatives; the annual PGA Awards; and the bi-annual Produced By Conference (this year’s confab is set to be held June 8-9), as well as the PGA Foundation’s Independent Production Safety Initiative, which received a $2 million grant from CBS last fall to combat sexual harassment on independent film, television and digital productions. 

“Susan is a brilliant, strategic and dynamic leader in the entertainment industry, and we are very fortunate to have her at the PGA,” said PGA presidents Lucy Fisher and Gail Berman. “We are incredibly lucky to have two executive directors who have a clear vision for moving the organization forward during a time of incredible growth at the PGA.”

“Susan has been an incredible force at the PGA, contributing tirelessly to the positive growth and expansion of our Guild,” said Van Petten. “She has been the driving force behind the Guild’s groundbreaking Independent Production Safety Initiative that will bring anti-sexual harassment practices to productions across the country. I am excited to have her join me in further advancing the work of the Guild as we continue to look to the future.”

The Producers Guild of America is an 8,500 member non-profit 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. Although it advocates for its members, the PGA is not a labor union and cannot collectively bargain, unlike such similarly named organizations as the Directors Guild of America and Writers Guild of America, which are unions.