Scott Rudin will be feted by the Producers Guild of America with their lifetime achievement prize this year. The award — named for legendary producer David O. Selznick (“Gone With the Wind”) — will be presented to Rudin at the 22nd annual edition of the PGA kudosfest on Jan. 22. In making the announcement, PGA co-presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon said, “Scott Rudin’s body of work speaks for itself. He has impressively set a high bar for filmmaking and the Guild is proud to honor him with the Selznick Award this year.”
In a statement Rudin said, “This is an extraordinary honor, and I’m thrilled to join the company of the distinguished filmmakers who have previously received this award. I’m grateful to the Producers Guild and pleased to accept this on behalf of the tremendous array of artists who have made such enormous contributions to the films we’ve made together.” Rudin shared in both the PGA and Academy Award for Best Picture in 2007 for “No Country for Old Men” with Joel and Ethan Coen.
Last year’s PGA honoree was John Lasseter, the two-time Academy Award-winning director and chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering. Previous recipents have included Billy Wilder, Stanley Kramer, Clint Eastwood, Robert Evans, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman and the team of Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who received the award in 2008.
Photo: Scott Rudin accepting the 2007 Producer of the Year award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA)