The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will present Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, with its 2015 Milestone Award at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
The PGA honors the popular long-running studio chief who worked his way up through the ranks, excelling on the foreign distribution side before taking over as chairman and CEO of Fox motion pictures in 2000, first with co-chair Tom Rothman, then solo since 2012. Gianopulos has always worked closely with James Cameron (“Avatar”), Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) and Roland Emmerich (“The Day After Tomorrow”), among other filmmakers at Fox, and has nurtured such franchises as “Planet of the Apes,” “X-Men,” “Ice Age,” and “The Night at the Museum.”
The Milestone Award recognizes “an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry.” In the past, the Guild has honored filmmaker-producers as Cameron, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg as well as such producers and executives as Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Meyer, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Bob Iger, and last year’s recipient Jon Feltheimer.
As chairman of Twentieth Century Fox, Gianopulos supervises feature film production, marketing, and global distribution of film and television content for Fox Motion Pictures, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios and Fox International Productions, which in sum generate annual revenues in excess of $8 billion and operate in more than 100 countries worldwide.
In 2014, Twentieth Century Fox broke the all-time industry global box-office record, earning more than $5.5 billion. The domestic box office total of $1.8 billion was the studio’s best ever and the highest domestic box office of all studios in 2014. Fox International, which distributes in over 130 countries, has had the highest grossing box office for all studios for the fourth time in the past six years, another industry record.