The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that The Walt Disney Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Iger, will be honored with the 2014 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to Iger at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 19, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
"I've had the great privilege of working with some of the world's best storytellers," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "I am constantly inspired by the creativity and innovation at Disney, as thousands of people around the world work together to tell great stories in spectacular new ways. For 90 years, Disney has redefined what's possible and raised the standard of excellence in entertainment. We continue to strive to live up to that legacy, and it's very rewarding to see our efforts recognized in such a meaningful way by the Producers Guild of America."
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, Walt Disney, and the 2013 recipients Bob and Harvey Weinstein, among others.
PGA Awards Co-Chairs Lori McCreary (INVICTUS, "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman") and Michael De Luca (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, MONEYBALL, THE SOCIAL NETWORK) stated, "Bob Iger is one of the most respected business leaders in the world. At The Walt Disney Company, his leadership at this pivotal moment in our industry's evolution has taken the company to new heights and maintained its place at the forefront of entertainment. Over the course of his 8 years of stewardship, he has been a model of dedication and foresight, bringing companies together to create new platforms for storytelling and cultivating creative excellence, innovation and continued growth. It is only fitting that we thank Bob for his contributions to our industry by recognizing him with the Producers Guild's highest honor."
About Robert A. Iger
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, Robert A. Iger is the steward of the world's largest media company and some of the most respected and beloved brands around the globe. Focusing on creativity, innovative technology, and global growth, Mr. Iger has led the company to record performance and shareholder value. He's also built on Disney's rich legacy of unforgettable storytelling with the successful acquisition of Pixar in 2006; Marvel in 2009; and, most recently Lucasfilm and the incredible Star Wars franchise in 2012.
Under Mr. Iger's leadership Disney has become an industry leader in offering creative content across new platforms and has grown its presence in several emerging markets. The company has also been recognized as one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine; one of the "World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron's; and one of the "Best Places to Launch a Career" by BusinessWeek magazine
Mr. Iger has been named one of Fortune magazine's "25 Most Powerful People in Business"; one of the "Top Gun CEOs" by Forbes magazine; one of the "Best CEOs" by Institutional Investor magazine; and MarketWatch CEO of the Year.
Mr. Iger joined the Apple board of directors in November 2011 and became a board member of the U.S.-China Business Council in June 2011. He also serves on the boards of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. In June 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President's Export Council, which advises the president on how to promote U.S. exports, jobs and growth. Mr. Iger is also a member of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and business leaders from across the United States that support comprehensive immigration reform. In 2012, Mr. Iger became a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies which recognizes some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.
Mr. Iger is a graduate of Ithaca College.
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 5,800 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.