In America producers Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin willreceive the 2004 Stanley Kramer Award at the 15th Producers Guild Of America(PGA) Awards on Jan 17 in Los Angeles.

The PGA established theaward in 2002 to honour any film, television programme, studio, network,producer, executive or other individual or entity whose achievement highlightsprovocative social issues. Previous recipients include Antwone Fisher and I Am Sam.

"In honouring Jim Sheridanand Arthur Lappin for In America,we honour the fierce humanity of Stanley Kramer, and his determination to findthe essential human truths at work on both sides of our social, political andcultural divides," PGA awards co-chairs Lawrence Gordon and Debra Hill said ina statement.

"It has long been acceptedthat America is a nation of immigrants, but rarely has the immigrant experiencebeen captured with such heartbreaking, immediacy as in In America."

In a joint statementSheridan and Lappin said: "It's a great honour to receive the Stanley KramerAward. It's the kind of recognition that makes one want to continue to takerisks, as Stanley did all his life."

As previously reported here(Screendaily Nov 3, 2003), Warren Beatty, Dino De Laurentiis and James Cameronwill also receive special awards at the ceremony.