The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced that film producers Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy will be presented with the 2023 Milestone Award for their “countless contributions to the film industry, both as individual producers and as a collaborative executive team.”
They will accept the prize at the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 at The Beverly Hilton.
The Milestone Award is the PGA’s most prestigious honor, according to the brand. It recognizes an individual or team who has made “historic contributions to the entertainment industry.”
“The Guild most recently honored George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy with the award in 2022,” said PGA in a statement. “Early recipients of the Milestone include Hollywood legends Louis B. Mayer, Walt Disney, and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as contemporary innovators Steven Spielberg, Bob Iger, Sherry Lansing, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, James Cameron, Ted Sarandos, Donna Langley, and more.”
Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy serve as Co-Chairs and CEOs of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, encompassing Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Warner Animation Group.
“Michael and Pam are an incredible team, excelling as both trusted creative producers and successful studio heads,” said Producers Guild of America Presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line in a joint statement. “As individual producers, they’re responsible for some of the most celebrated and memorable films of the 21st century. Together, their instincts and talent for producing mid-budget studio titles has proven these films can still attract a theatrical audience. They are so deserving of this award and we can’t wait to honor them as they start their new roles with Warner Bros.”
Prior to joining Warner Bros. in June 2022, De Luca served as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.’s (MGM’s) Motion Picture Group Chairman, responsible for all aspects of the studio’s global film operation, including oversight of development, production, marketing and distribution of MGM’s film slate, as well as Orion Motion Pictures. Additionally, De Luca oversaw MGM’s On-Stage production division. He also served on the board of United Artists Releasing, the studio’s domestic theatrical distribution joint venture with Annapurna Pictures.
The 2023 Producers Guild Awards Event Chairs are Mike Farah Chief Executive Officer at Funny Or Die and Joe Farrell, Chief Creative Officer at Funny Or Die. The 2023 Producers Guild of America Awards are produced by Anchor Street Collective for the Producers Guild of America. Branden Chapman is Executive Producer, Carleen Cappelletti is Co-Executive producer, Matt Ullian and Jane Sarkin of Boldface Partners are talent executives, and Jim Piccirillo is Director. The PGA Awards team also includes Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global) managing sponsorship, and the PGA’s PR agency of record, Sunshine Sachs Morgan and Lylis for PR.
“We are so grateful and humbled by this incredible honor. We want to thank Stephanie, Donald and every member of our precious family of Producers at the PGA, an organization we hold in the highest esteem for its tireless work in maintaining the very integrity of what it means to be a producer,” said Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy in a joint statement. “We also are especially thankful to all the filmmakers and storytellers over the years who’ve allowed us to be part of their artistic journey. We wouldn’t be here without each and every one of them.”