The Producers Guild’s top career honor takes on some added significance this year. Two-time Emmy-nominated producer Gail Berman is set to receive the group’s 2024 Norman Lear Achievement Award.
Named, of course, for the legendary TV series creator who died last month, the Norman Lear Award recognizes a producer or producing team for their extraordinary body of work in television. Berman, an Oscar nominee for Elvis last year, will be feted February 25 at the 35th annual Producers Guild Awards at Ovation Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.
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“Gail’s impact on the television industry is nothing short of groundbreaking,” Producers Guild of America Presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line said in a statement. “Whether it’s the contemporary successes of shows like Wednesday or her extensive role as a television executive overseeing critical and commercial hits such as American Idol, 24, House, Family Guy and Arrested Development, her commitment as a producer speaks volumes and her impact has left an indelible mark on the medium.”
Berman, who is CEO of Grimsburg and The Perfect Couple producer The Jackal Group, has produced more than 300 episodes of television during her 38-year career. Her expansive portfolio also includes such hits as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Addams Family films and Netflix’s Wednesday.
She is one of the few media executives to hold the top posts at both a major film studio (paramount Pictures) and a broadcast TV network (Fox) and also served as president of the Producers Guild of America from 2018-22.
“I had the immense privilege of knowing Norman personally, and I know his legacy will continue to inspire artists and activists for generations,” Berman said. “My sincere thanks go to the Producers Guild for this recognition. It is a tremendous honor to be associated with its past recipients and the iconic namesake who so many of us consider a hero.”
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