Vance Van Petten is the National Executive Director/C.O.O. of the Producers Guild of America. Under the auspices of the PGA’s Board of Directors, he oversees the Guild’s strategic initiatives on behalf of producers, including its institution of the “Producers Mark” certification process for theatrical motion pictures, as well as directing the PGA’s member services and acting as principal executive liaison to studios, networks, guilds and other entertainment industry organizations. Under Van Petten’s stewardship since January 2000, the Guild’s membership has grown from 350 to 8,500 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 working at the studios, Van Petten was an associate at an entertainment law firm representing producers, writers and specializing in comics & comedy groups such as The Groundlings and Second City. In 1978, Van Petten received his J.D. and M.P.A. from the University of Southern California, and in 1975 he received his B.A. from UCLA.