UCLA’s School of Drama, Film and Television created the Barbara Boyle Promising Producers Award as part of the school’s Producers Program, the school said on Tuesday.
Starting in 2016, the award will be presented to a student from the UCLA TFT Producers program presenting on the annual Producers Marketplace during the school’s student film festival.
The award honors Boyle, a former film director and producer whose credits include “Phenomenon” and “Bottle Rocket”. She was president of the Film, Television and Digital Media department at UCLA TFT for nine years. She is currently the Associate Dean of Entrepreneurial Activities and Special Initiatives at UCLA TFT.
Boyle is the former president of Film Independent and Women in Film, and in 1999 she received the prestigious UCLA School of Law Alumni of the Year award.
The award was created by Dr Albert Dorman, brother of Boyle and founding president of AECOM Technology Corp, based in Los Angeles.
Boyle is “an industry legend, an exceptional colleague, an inspiring mentor, the most loyal, the wisest and the most generous of friends, all forged into a brilliant human diamond,” said the Dean of TFT Teri Schwartz in a statement.
“I can’t think of anyone better than Barbara Boyle to be honored with the namesake of the UCLA TFT Promising Producers Award,” said Cathy Schulman, production manager at STX Entertainment and president of Women in Film, Los Angeles, in a statement. “Personally, Barbara has been my mentor since the day I met her over 25 years ago, and her absolute commitment to making ambitious filmmakers the best they can be is second to none.”