The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced the election of new presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line during the Guild’s annual membership meeting. Allain will be the first woman of color to be a PGA president.
Allain and De Line will assume the roles from Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, who served as presidents since 2018.
“As proud members of the PGA for over twenty years, it’s a great privilege to serve as Presidents. Gail and Lucy’s excellent leadership has grown and strengthened the Guild, and we will build on their progress,” said Allain and De Line. “Along with Susan Sprung and her team, we will continue to educate the industry on the role of the producer, support producers’ efforts for fair and commensurate compensation and benefits, welcome and encourage a more diverse membership, and endeavor to attain broader healthcare coverage while educating members on the current benefits and opportunities available to them.”
“Stephanie and Donald are legendary industry leaders, respected former studio executives, and bold, talented producers,” said Berman and Fisher. “They’re responsible for driving the industry forward, expanding the scope of projects that get made, advocating for diversity, and discovering new talent. As long-time PGA leaders, they’ve dedicated themselves to protecting the rights of producers and advancing the mission of the Guild. We are very excited to see how their gifted vision and direction will now lead the Producers Guild forward.”
Allain started at 20th Century Fox as a Story Analyst before becoming a Creative Executive at Columbia Pictures. She notaably supervised John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood, a critical and commercial success.
From 2011-2016, Allain served as Director of the LA Film Festival from 2011-2016, where “she pioneered metrics for transparency in percentage of films authored by women and people of color, which has become the standard.”
In 2020, she became the first Black woman to produce the Academy Awards (for which she was Emmy-nominated). Allain has produced award-winning films through her production company, Homegrown Pictures, including, Hustle & Flow, Something New, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, French Dirty, Burning Sands and Juanita.
Donald De Line has been active for more than 30 years in the film and television industry and is currently developing projects under his De Line Pictures banner, which is based at Warner Bros.