Stephanie Allain Named First Female President of Color of Producers Guild

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Hustle & Flow producer Stephanie Allain has been elected as the first female president of color at the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

The organization made the announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 23, saying Allain and Donald De Line were named presidents at the guild’s annual membership meeting.

“As proud members of the PGA for over twenty years, it’s a great privilege to serve as Presidents,” Allain and De Line said in a joint statement.

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The two ran unopposed to replace outgoing presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, who served as presidents since 2018.

“Stephanie and Donald are legendary industry leaders, respected former studio executives, and bold, talented producers,” said Berman and Fisher. “They’re responsible for driving the industry forward, expanding the scope of projects that get made, advocating for diversity, and discovering new talent… We are very excited to see how their gifted vision and direction will now lead the Producers Guild forward.”

Allain is a writer/producer who previously served as an executive at 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures. where she supervised John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood. At Columbia, she supervised John Singleton’s Oscar-nominated film Boyz N The Hood.

She served as director of the LA Film Festival from 2011-2016, and made history in 2020 when she became the first Black woman to produce the Academy Awards. Through her production company, Homegrown Pictures, she produced Hustle & Flow, Something New, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, French Dirty, Burning Sands and Juanita.

Donald De Line is currently developing projects under his De Line Pictures banner, headquartered at Warner Bros. His recent film credits include Don’t Make Me Go for Amazon Studios, and Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster Ready Player One for Warner Bros. His previous credits include The Italian Job, ?Body of Lies, and I Love You, Man.

The PGA has over 8,000 members and lobbies for the interests of producers.