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Megan Ellison to Be Honored With Visionary Award by Producers Guild

Variety logo Variety 12/6/2016 Dave McNary
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The Producers Guild of America has selected Megan Ellison as the recipient of its 2017 Visionary Award.

Ellison will accept the award at the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Visionary Award recognizes television, film, or new media producers for their “unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.”

“Ellison is being recognized with the Visionary Award for her work as a fierce supporter of distinctive and creative voices in contemporary filmmaking, bringing to life a collection of stories that have broadened audience perspectives on our world and challenged our industry’s assumptions about the kinds of stories motion pictures can tell,” the guild said.

Ellison’s producing credits include “20th Century Women,” starring Annette Bening; “American Hustle”; “The Master”; “Zero Dark Thirty”; “Her”; and “Foxcatcher.”

Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal stated, “Megan Ellison joined our industry when she founded Annapurna Pictures just over six years ago, and she got here just in time. Megan and her team’s passion for great stories and uncompromising storytellers has been an inspiration to independent filmmakers and their audiences alike. We’re proud to call Megan our colleague, and just as proud to honor her with the PGA’s Visionary Award.”

Ellison said, “I am thankful and humbled to receive the PGA Visionary Award from my peers at the PGA, particularly from Amy and Donald, who I admire greatly. I share this honor with my team at Annapurna, who has never failed to inspire me with their creativity and love for the arts. I am incredibly proud of them and the work we have done together. We are truly grateful for this recognition.”

Previous honorees include Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner’s Plan B Entertainment; producer and founder of Illumination Entertainment Chris Meledandri; producer Russell Simmons; producer Laura Ziskin; Jeff Skoll, for his work with Participant Media in creating films that inspire social action; and Joel Gallen, who produced the post-9/11 telethon “America: A Tribute to Heroes.”

Ellison is the founder and principal of Annapurna Pictures, which released “Joy” last year. Annapurna is currently in post-production on Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” starring Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, and Jason Sudeikis, as well as Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Detroit Riots project. Annapurna is currently in pre-production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled fashion project starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

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