Vance Van Petten
Vance Van Petten is the National Executive Director of the Producers Guild of America. Under the auspices of the PGA’s Board of Directors, Mr. Van Petten oversees the Guild’s strategic initiatives on behalf of its member producers, including its Producers Mark, the “Campaign for Fair Credits,” directs the PGA’s member services, and acts as principal executive liaison to studios, networks, guilds and other industry organizations. Under Van Petten’s stewardship since January 2000, the Guild’s membership has grown from 350 to over 7,000 members.
Prior to joining the PGA, Van Petten was in charge of the business and legal affairs departments at Universal Television (1997-1999), Twentieth Television (1992-1997, launching the FX Cable Channel in 1994), and at Paramount Television (1983-1992). Prior to Paramount, Van Petten was an associate of the entertainment law firm of Irwin & Rowan where he represented producers, comics and comedy groups such as Second City and The Groundlings. In 1978, Van Petten received his J.D. and M.P.A. from the University of Southern California, and his B.A. from UCLA in 1975.