Awards season maestros Bob and Harvey Weinstein are the next recipients of the Producers Guild of America's 2013 Milestone Award. The brothers will be presented with the award at the 24th annual PGA Awards on January 26, 2013. The Milestone Award recognizes an individual or team that has made "historic contributions to the entertainment industry." The Weinsteins join the ranks of past recipients Clint Eastwood, James Cameron and Leslie Moonves.
Producer, PGA board member and awards chair Michael De Luca states that the Weinsteins "consistently seek out, nurture and help bring audiences the stories that others are often afraid to tell." He continues:
“Their passionate regard for the spectacular diversity and resolve of the human spirit has brought us such iconic and award-winning films as THE CRYING GAME, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, PULP FICTION, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE KING’S SPEECH and most recently, THE ARTIST and the courageous documentary, BULLY. Bob and Harvey’s brave dedication to emerging producers and other storytellers has virtually redefined the term ‘independent film,’ making it possible for some of our culture’s most vital stories to break out from the shadows of smaller arthouse theaters into the bright light of large multiplexes around the globe. We salute them for their contributions to our industry, and we are so proud to recognize them with the Guild’s highest honor.”
The Weinsteins, on receiving this honor:
“We couldn’t be more thankful to our fellow producers and the many predecessors who’ve inspired us and guided the independent film world to its present state,..It is easy to be dedicated to something you love. Without our peers who’ve joined us in taking chances on the first time director or the unknown talent, and without the curious audiences who take chances on the movie with subtitles or better yet, no sound or color, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We’re deeply honored and humbled for this recognition from the Producers Guild of America for our life’s work.”