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“Amazing Race,” “American Ninja Warrior” pick up PGA Award noms

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has unveiled its theatrical motion picture and television nominations for the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards. Nominations in non-fiction television have been handed out to ...
January 5, 2018

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has unveiled its theatrical motion picture and television nominations for the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards.

Nominations in non-fiction television have been handed out to ESPN’s 30 for 30, CBS’s 60 Minutes, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, A&E’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and HBO’s Spielberg. 

In Competition Television, CBS’s The Amazing Race, NBC’s The Voice and American Ninja Warrior (pictured), Bravo’s Top Chef and Paramount Network’s Lip Sync Battle (formerly Spike TV).

The five projects nominated in the Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures category were revealed on Nov. 20 and include Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts and Brett Morgen’s Jane (pictured). Also nominated in this section are John Maggio‘s The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben BradleeEvgeny Afineevsky‘s Cries From SyriaJeff Orlowski‘s Chasing Coral; Peter Webber, Lixin Fan and Richard Dale‘s Earth: One Amazing Day; and Joe Piscatella’s Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower.

The Guild will also present special honors to 13th director Ava DuVernay with the Visionary Award; Donna Langley, chair of Universal Pictures, with the Milestone Award; writer and producer Ryan Murphy with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television; film producer Charles Roven with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures; and Jordan Peele’s feature film Get Out with the Stanley Kramer Award.

The Producers Guild Awards honor excellence in motion picture and television productions. Winners for the 29th edition will be announced at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

All non-fiction nominees are listed below, along with eligible producers’ names:

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures: 

Chasing Coral
Producers: Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes 

City of Ghosts
Producer: Matthew Heineman 

Cries from Syria
Producers: Evgeny Afineevsky, Den Tolmor, Aaron I. Butler 

Earth: One Amazing Day
Producer: Stephen McDonogh 

Jane
*This film is still in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility this year.

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
*This film is still in the process of being vetted for producer eligibility this year. 

The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee
Producers: Teddy Kunhardt, George Kunhardt

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television: 

30 for 30 (Season 8)

60 Minutes (Season 50)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 9, Season 10)

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Season 1, Season 2)

Spielberg

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

The Amazing Race (Season 29)

American Ninja Warrior (Season 9)

Lip Sync Battle (Season 3)

Top Chef (Season 14)

The Voice (Season 12, Season 13)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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