The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer will be honored with the 2015 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to Mr. Feltheimer at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
®On behalf of the entire Lionsgate team, it is a tremendous honor and deeply humbling to join the elite group of recipients previously honored with the Milestone Award,® said Mr. Feltheimer. ®The Producers Guild represents the creativity, innovation and dynamism that sets our industry apart from all others.®
PGA Awards Co-Chairs Todd Black (THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, A KNIGHT®S TALE, THE EQUALIZER) and Ryan Murphy, (®The Normal Heart,® ®American Horror Story,® ®Glee,® ®Nip/Tuck®) stated, ®Jon Feltheimer is one of the most accomplished leaders in the industry and has played a pivotal role in Lionsgate's evolution from independent studio to global content leader. Jon®s passion across the spectrum of storytelling has brought us such iconic films and TV shows as ®Mad Men,® ®Weeds,® ®Orange is the New Black,® MONSTER®S BALL, PRECIOUS, CRASH and THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT franchises. We look forward to celebrating Jon and all his contributions to entertainment by honoring him with the Producers Guild®s highest accolade.®
The Milestone Award is the Guild®s highest honor recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. In the past, the Producers Guild has paid tribute to such industry leaders as Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves and the 2014 recipient Bob Iger, among others.
Chief Executive Officer, Lionsgate
During his 30-year entertainment industry career, Jon Feltheimer has held leadership positions at Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Entertainment and New World Entertainment and has been responsible for tens of thousands of hours of television programming and hundreds of films, including the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the launch of the Divergent franchise and Academy Award winners Crash, Monster®s Ball and Precious.
Mr. Feltheimer was named Chief Executive Officer of Lionsgate in March 2000. During his 14-year tenure as CEO, Lionsgate has grown from its independent studio roots into a leading next generation global content leader with a reputation for innovation. The Company's market capitalization has grown from $80 million in 2000 to nearly $5 billion today, and its revenue has increased more than 15 times over.
During Mr. Feltheimer's tenure as CEO, Lionsgate has established a reputation for leadership in films, television programming and digital content driven by a prestigious 16,000-title library, innovative partnerships with digital platforms, a feature film slate led by the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, and a vibrant television business encompassing over 30 shows on more than 20 different networks including multiple Emmy Award winner Mad Men, successes such as Weeds, Anger Management, Nashville and Nurse Jackie and the critically-acclaimed hit Orange is the New Black.
Mr. Feltheimer received MIPCOM®s prestigious ®Personality of The Year® Award in October 2010, was inducted into Broadcasting & Cable®s Hall of Fame in October 2012 and received NATPE®s coveted 2014 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, reflecting 30 years of leadership in the global television business. He has been named to Vanity Fair®s ®The New Establishment® list as well as being named one of ®America®s Most Inspiring CEO®s® by Esquire Magazine.
About the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 6,500 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. Visit www.producersguild.org, www.pgagreen.org, www.pgadiversity.org for more information.