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Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Producers Mark certification and awards eligibility determination processes. If you have additional questions, please email awards@producersguild.org.

1. NEW INFORMATION REGARDING PRODUCING PARTNERSHIPS! I have a producing partnership with another producer and want us to be recognized by the PGA as such for the motion pictures that we submit for Producers Mark certification and/or awards eligibility. How and when do I apply to be so considered?

To petition for consideration as a “Producing Partnership,” each of you and your producing partner must complete a Producing Partnership Petition and email the petition and any supporting materials to partnerships@producersguild.org for consideration by the Producing Partnership Panel (the “PPP”). All materials must be submitted as soon as possible, even if your motion picture has not yet been submitted to the PGA, but in no event later than the deadline to submit your Individual Producer Eligibility Form in connection with a motion picture already under consideration. If two producers previously have been recognized as a bona fide producing team by the PGA, each producer must nevertheless submit a petition form to the PPP. Previously recognized producing teams will NOT be excused from this requirement.

The PPP is comprised of seasoned, working producers and shall have the sole authority to determine which established and active producing partners are eligible for consideration as a Producing Partnership. If the PPP determines that two producers have formed a valid Producing Partnership, the two producers shall be considered as a single producer and their contributions will be evaluated collectively for Producers Mark and/or awards eligibility purposes.

Click here to complete your Producing Partnership Petition.


2. Now that I am a member of the Producers Guild of America (“PGA”), can I use the Producers Mark (“p.g.a.”) behind my name?

No. The Producers Mark is not a membership mark. It is a certification mark that is owned by the PGA and licensed to a producer for his or her work on a particular motion picture based upon that producer having performed a major portion of the producing functions on that motion picture in a decision-making capacity. To apply for use of the Producers Mark, the motion picture’s copyright owner or other person or business entity legally authorized to designate the producing credits that appear onscreen in the motion picture’s release within the United States must complete a Notice of Producing Credits form by clicking here. The Producers Mark may be used only following a determination issued by the PGA granting the producer the right to use “p.g.a.” behind his or her name. Any unauthorized use of the Producers Mark is not permitted and may result in legal action. Additional information regarding the Producers Mark can be found here.


3. Do I have to be a member of the PGA to submit my motion picture for Producers Mark certification or awards eligibility, or my television program for awards eligibility?

No. You do not need to be a member of the PGA to submit to or participate in the Producers Mark certification or awards eligibility determination process.


4. Can I submit my television production for Producers Mark certification?

No. At this time, the Producers Mark may be licensed for use only in theatrical motion pictures, animated motion pictures or documentary motion pictures.


5. If I am submitting my motion picture for Producers Mark certification, do I have to re-submit my motion picture to be considered for the Producers Guild Awards?

No, as long as you notify the PGA that you want the motion picture to be included on the Producers Guild Awards ballot at the time that you submit the motion picture for Producers Mark certification. On the Notice of Producing Credits form, after you have selected that you are submitting the motion picture for Producers Mark certification, you will be asked whether you would also like the motion picture to be included on the Producers Guild Awards ballot. If you select “yes,” then the motion picture will be included on the ballot in the calendar year that the motion picture is released, provided that the motion picture has met all other eligibility requirements as indicated in the applicable PGA rules and procedures. There is a processing fee for inclusion of the motion picture on the Producers Guild Awards ballot as indicated, below.


6. What is the fee to include my motion picture or television program on the Producers Guild Awards ballot?
  • Theatrical Motion Pictures - $500
  • Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures - $500
  • Documentary Motion Pictures - $150 (if submitted by September 1, 2017; a late charge of $100 will be separately assessed for submissions received between September 2, 2017 and September 15, 2017).
  • All Television Programs - $200

You will be prompted to pay this processing fee via secure credit card or by check after you submit the Notice of Producing Credits form online. If you are paying by check, please make your check payable to the “Producers Guild of America” and immediately submit payment to the following address:

Producers Guild of America
c/o Arbitrations Paralegal
8530 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 400
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Please indicate on the check (in the memo section) the name of the motion picture or television program for which the payment is being made.

Receipts: If paying by check, you must directly request an invoice or receipt from the PGA. If paying by credit card, the payment processing website will generate and automatically email you a receipt upon confirmation of payment.


7. A Producers Mark certification determination has already been issued by the PGA in connection with my motion picture. Does this determination control which individuals with the credit of “Producer” or “Produced By” will be eligible for producing honors conferred by the PGA?

Yes. If the PGA has rendered a Producers Mark determination with respect to a motion picture, that determination is binding for purposes of the Producers Guild Awards with respect to all “Producers” or “Produced Bys” that were eligible to be considered during the Producers Mark certification process. The PGA’s Producers Mark certification/awards eligibility process is relied upon by, among others, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in deciding which producers will be deemed eligible for their awards.


8. When should I submit my motion picture for Producers Mark certification?

The motion picture should be submitted for Producers Mark certification as late as possible in the post-production phase so that the PGA may gather as much information about the entirety of the production as is possible, but at least FOUR TO SIX WEEKS prior to the date the credits will lock, be shot or otherwise be finalized. If you credits are locking imminently, please contact the PGA at awards@producersguild.org.


9. When should I submit my motion picture or television program for awards consideration?

Please click here to view the submission deadlines for each category.

If you previously submitted your motion picture for Producers Mark certification and you indicated on the Notice of Producing Credits form that you would like your motion picture to be included on the Producers Guild Awards ballot (and assuming that your motion picture has met all other applicable eligibility requirements), you do not need to re-submit your motion picture for awards consideration.


10. What is the eligibility period for motion pictures and television programs?

The eligibility period for all motion picture and television program categories for the 2018 Producers Guild Awards is January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017.

Additional information regarding particular applicable eligibility requirements for your motion picture or television program can be found here.


11. When completing my Notice of Producing Credits form for my motion picture or television program, do I have to include the contact information for each producer or crew member, as applicable? May I include the same contact information for multiple individuals?

You must include the email and telephone number for each individual listed on the form. We must be able to communicate directly with the listed producers or crew members by phone and email in order to complete the Producers Mark certification/awards eligibility determination process. This process is highly confidential, so please do not include the same contact information for multiple individuals.


12. I am submitting a television program that includes multiple episodes. Do I need to include the credits for every episode of the season(s) I am submitting?

Yes. Please include the credits for each episode of the season(s) that you are submitting.

Exception: if your program is a live entertainment/talk television program with hundreds of episodes, please submit the credits for only a few episodes falling within the eligibility period.


13. I am submitting a motion picture or a television program, but the onscreen credits are not yet final. What should I do?

Please submit the most updated draft of the onscreen credits with the Notice of Producing Credits form. For motion pictures, please be sure to submit the most updated draft of BOTH the main and end credits.


14. I have the credit of “Producer” or “Produced By” on a motion picture that has been submitted for Producers Mark certification or awards eligibility and I have received an Individual Producer Eligibility form to complete from the PGA. Do I have to participate in this process?

No. Your participation in the Producers Mark certification or awards eligibility process is voluntary; however, if you decline to participate, you will not be permitted thereafter to make a request that you be considered for awards eligibility. As set forth above, the PGA’s Producers Mark certification/awards eligibility process is relied upon by, among others, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in deciding which producers will be deemed eligible for their awards.


15. I have received either an Individual Producer Eligibility form or a Verification of Producer Credits form from the PGA. If I complete this form, will my answers be shared with the other members of the producing team?

No. The information that you include on your form will be kept strictly confidential for Producers Mark or awards eligibility purposes only and will not be shared with any other member of your production. The Producers Mark certification/awards eligibility determination process depends upon honest and thorough responses from producers and other key crew members. If the forms are given to an arbitration panel for consideration, the names of those submitting the forms will be redacted and replaced with unique identifiers.


16. Will I receive a confirmation or receipt after submitting my form?

Yes. After submitting your form online you should receive an email informing you that your form was received. If you do not receive this confirmation email, your form may not have been successfully submitted. Please contact the PGA Administrator (awards@producersguild.org) with any questions.


17. Can I complete a PDF of my form in lieu of the online form?

Yes. A PDF copy of your form was attached to the email containing the online link to your form. You should complete either the online form or the PDF form, but not both. If you cannot locate the PDF of your form, please contact the PGA Administrator at awards@producersguild.org.


18. May I submit a statement in addition to my form? What if I want to make changes to my form?

Yes. We ask that you submit a thorough and honest written statement in the free response section of the form. If you feel that you would like to supplement or change your statement please contact the PGA Administrator at awards@producersguild.org.


19. What standard is applied in determining eligibility to use the Producers Mark and/or to receive producing honors?

For motion pictures, a producer with an eligible title must demonstrate that he or she has performed a major portion of the producing functions on the production in a decision-making capacity in order to be eligible for usage of the Producers Mark and/or producing honors. For television productions, a producer with an eligible title must demonstrate that he or she has performed a significant portion of the producing responsibilities throughout the production in order to be eligible for producing honors. Please see the applicable PGA rules and procedures for further information.


20. How will I be notified about the results of the Producers Mark and/or awards eligibility determination process?

The PGA Administrator will send a determination letter to each of the credited producers and the person who submitted the motion picture or television program at the email addresses provided to the PGA on the Notice of Producing Credits submission form.


21. I submitted my motion picture or television program for awards eligibility but the credited producers have not yet been contacted. Why?

The PGA will undertake the process to ascertain which producers are eligible for producing honors late in the awards season, oftentimes after the motion picture or television program nominees have been announced. If your motion picture or television program has been nominated for a Producers Guild Award and you have not yet been contacted by the PGA, please contact the PGA Administrator at awards@producersguild.org.


22. For motion pictures, can I appeal the PGA’s Producers Mark or awards eligibility determination?

Yes. A producer may request an appeal of the PGA’s initial determination. The request must be in writing and must be sent to the PGA Administrator at the email listed in the determination letter within five (5) business days of receiving the letter. Please see the applicable PGA rules and procedures for further information.


23. For television productions, can I request that the PGA reconsider its determination that I am not eligible for awards?

Yes. A credited producer who was included on the Notice of Producing Credits Form for the production may request that the PGA reconsider its initial determination. The request must be in writing and must be sent to the PGA Administrator at the email listed in the determination letter within five (5) business days of receiving the letter. Please see the applicable PGA rules and procedures for further information.


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