By Tom Tapp | Deadline
The Producers Guild of America announced that Charles D. King will be honored with the 2024 Milestone Award, citing “his immeasurable contribution to the film industry.” King will accept the award at the 35th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 25, 2024.
The Milestone Award recognizes producers or production teams that have made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. The 2023 recipients were Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy. Other past honorees include Louis B. Mayer, Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as Steven Spielberg, Bob Iger, Sherry Lansing, George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron and more.
King is the Founder & CEO of MACRO, a multi-platform media company representing the voices and perspectives of Black people, indigenous people, and people of color. The company’s business verticals include film (MACRO Film Studios) and television studios (MACRO Television Studios) that finance, develop, and produce theatrical and streaming features and premium television, and an in-house branding and creative agency (Brand MACRO). MACRO’s most recent film was Netflix’s They Cloned Tyrone.
“Charles King’s achievements in our industry are undeniable whether as an agent representing important voices or as the producer responsible for the growing empire that is MACRO, a multi-platform media company that represents the voice and perspectives of Black people and persons of color,” said PGA Presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line in a joint statement. “Since its inception in 2015, MACRO films have garnered 15 Oscar nominations including one for King as producer of Best Picture nominee Judas and the Black Messiah. He continues to trailblaze with his invaluable contributions via his creative storytelling and we are proud to honor him.”
Formerly at William Morris Endeavor, King was the first Black partner in the company’s 100+ year history and the first ever Black partner at any major talent agency. Judas And The Black Messiah made King, Ryan Coogler and Shaka King the first ever all-Black team of nominated producers for an Academy Award. The fifteen Oscar nominations for MACRO films have resulted in three wins. Its projects have also received a Peabody Award nomination, two Primetime Emmy nominations, six Children’s and Family Emmy Award nominations and one Grammy nomination.
“Finding the words to truly capture my deep gratitude for receiving the Milestone Award from the PGA is admittingly challenging. To be acknowledged for this accomplishment and stand among the luminaries of our industry is both incredibly humbling and a profound honor,” said King in a statement. “I launched MACRO nine years ago with the mission of amplifying the voices and perspectives of persons of color. I’m so proud of my colleagues and the extraordinary producers, filmmakers and artists that I have had the honor of working with over the years – together we’ve shaped MACRO into a force in the industry. We are blessed to do what we do every day, and the road ahead holds boundless promise. I extend my sincerest thanks to Susan Sprung, Stephanie Allain, Donald DeLine, Michelle Byrd, and the entire PGA organization for continuing to be exemplary advocates for producers. The work you do matters immensely, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this prestigious group.”
King is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy; and sits on the boards for The Sundance Institute, College Track and The American Cinematheque.