The Producers Guild of America announced today that Miramax founders Bob and Harvey Weinstein will be the recipients of its 2013 Milestone Award -- an honor recognizing those who make historic contributions to the entertainment industry." With today's announcement, the Weinsteins join an illustrious group of previous recipients, including Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and Walt Disney, among others.

In a statement, PGA board member and awards head Michael De Luca praised the brothers for their efforts to "seek out, nurture and help bring audiences the stories that others are often afraid to tell."

"Their passionate regard for the spectacular diversity and resolve of the human spirit has brought us such iconic and award-winning films as The Crying Game, Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, The King's Speech, and most recently, The Artist and the courageous documentary, Bully," De Luca said. Bob and Harveys brave dedication to emerging producers and other storytellers has virtually redefined the term independent film, making it possible for some of our cultures most vital stories to break out from the shadows of smaller arthouse theaters into the bright light of large multiplexes around the globe."

The Weinsteins, for their part, said they felt "honored and humbled" by the award:

"We couldnt be more thankful to our fellow producers and the many predecessors whove inspired us and guided the independent film world to its present state. It is easy to be dedicated to something you love. Without our peers whove joined us in taking chances on the first time director or the unknown talent, and without the curious audiences who take chances on the movie with subtitles or better yet, no sound or color, we wouldnt be where we are today. Were deeply honored and humbled for this recognition from the Producers Guild of America for our lifes work."

The Guild will present the award onJanuary 26th, 2013 at the 24th annual PGA Awards.

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