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DGA Ups Neil Dudich, Daniel Tenkman

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 12:15pm PST

dgalogo4Los Angeles – DGA National Executive Director Jay D. Roth today announced the promotion of two Guild executives. Neil Dudich has been promoted to Associate Eastern Executive Director, based in the Guild’s New York offices, and Daniel Tenkman has been promoted to Assistant Executive Director in Los Angeles.

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67th DGA Awards Set For February 7, 2015

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 11:59am PST

41-directors_guild_of_america_logoLos Angeles – The Directors Guild of America today announced that the 67th Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Gravity last weekend at the 66th Annual DGA Awards. BMW is the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of the DGA Awards.

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Directors Guild Unveils Documentary Nominees

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 10:07am PST

dgo45LOS ANGELES –Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2013.

“The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its complications,” said Barclay. “From intricate family portrayals to lives caught in political upheaval, these works are intimate, heartbreaking and triumphant. My congratulations to each of the nominees.”

The winner will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

ZACHARY HEINZERLING
Cutie and the Boxer
Radius TWC
Ex Lion Tamer
Cine Mosaic

This is Mr. Heinzerling’s first DGA Award nomination.

JEHANE NOUJAIM
The Square
Netflix
Participant Media
Noujaim Films
Maktube Productions
WorldView
Roast Beef Productions

This is Ms. Noujaim’s third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Startup.com in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.

JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER
The Act of Killing
Final Cut for Real APS
Drafthouse Films
Piraya Films
Novaya Zemlya Ltd.
Spring Films Ltd.

This is Mr. Oppenheimer’s first DGA Award nomination.

SARAH POLLEY
Stories We Tell
Roadside Attractions
The National Film Board of Canada

This is Ms. Polley’s first DGA Award nomination.

LUCY WALKER
The Crash Reel
HBO Documentary Films
KP Rides Again, LLC
Impact Partners
Tree Tree Tree Production

This is Ms. Walker’s first DGA Award nomination.

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DGA Awards TV Nominations Unveiled

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 11:18am PST

The Directors Guild of America announced its TV and commercial nominees today. Winners will be revealed at the 66th annual DGA Awards dinner hosted by Jane Lynch on January 25 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Here’s the full list:

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The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2013 are (in alphabetical order):

STEPHEN FREARS
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
(HBO)
Mr. Frears’s Directorial Team:
 Unit Production Managers: Scott Ferguson, Erica Kay
 First Assistant Director: Michael Steele
 Second Assistant Director: Nancy Herrmann
 Second Second Assistant Director: Ellen Parnett
This is Mr. Frears’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Fail Safe in 2000 and for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Queen in 2006.

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Paris Barclay Elected DGA President; 2013-2013 Officers & Board Members Announced

By | Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:02pm PDT

TV veteran and longtime Directors Guild Of America member Paris Barclay (Sons Of Anarchy, In Treatment) was elected President of the DGA at the organization’s National Biennial Convention today in LA. The org also named its 2013-2015 line-up of officers and National Board members including First Vice-President Betty Thomas, Second Vice-President Gary Donatelli, Third Vice-President Thomas Schlamme, Fourth Vice-President Jace Alexander, Fifth Vice-President Jon Favreau, Sixth Vice-President John LiBretto, and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Berger:

Los Angeles – Paris Barclay has a deep history of service to the Guild, having most recently served four terms on the National Board as First Vice-President, beginning in 2005 and as Third Vice-President from 1999 to 2005. Barclay joined the Guild in 1992 and began his service as a member of the African American Steering Committee in 1993. He joined the Western Directors Council in 1997 as an alternate and was elected a full Council member in 1999 and has served on the Council for 16 years. In 2007, the Guild honored Barclay with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership.

Paris Barclay DGA“I am profoundly honored to be elected President of the DGA,” said Barclay to the assembled delegates after the vote. “The DGA has worked for more than three-quarters of a century to advance the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams and I look forward to continuing this strong tradition of service. As the son of a glass blower and a tile maker from Chicago, I am extremely humbled to have the honor to serve in the footsteps of the legendary leaders of the DGA like Frank Capra, Robert Wise and Gil Cates.”

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R.I.P. Jack Shea

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 11:41am PDT

Director, producer, writer and former DGA president Jack Shea, died yesterday of complications from Alzheimer’s in Tarzana, CA, according to his wife Patt. He was 84. Shea, a New York City native, served three terms as Directors Guild of America president from 1997-2002. Under his watch, the DGA addressed runaway production, encouraged diversity in hiring, formed an Independent Directors Committee and negotiated landmark deals including the historic “blended contract.” One of the original organizers and a past president of the Radio and Television Directors Guild, the precursor to the DGA, Shea encouraged the merger of the RTDG with the Screen Directors Guild in 1960 to form the DGA. In 1992, he was awarded the DGA’s Robert Aldrich Award for “40 years of extraordinary service.” His 40-year television directing and producing career included episodes of The Jeffersons, Silver Spoons, The Ropers, Sanford & Son and Designing Women for which he received an Emmy nomination. His other credits include The Charmings, Growing Pains, The Waltons, Valerie’s Family, The Royal Family, The Golden Girls, Punky Brewster and Full House. Shea also had a longtime professional relationship with Bob Hope, directing many holiday and comedy specials from 1956-1966, including many specials taped overseas.

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DGA Taps Michael Apted, Thomas Schlamme To Lead Contract Talks Panel

By | Sunday February 3, 2013 @ 1:03pm PST

Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford announced today that directors Michael Apted and Thomas Schlamme have been appointed co-chairs of the next DGA Feature Film and Television Negotiations Committee. Documentary and feature director Apted is the Guild’s Secretary-Treasurer and TV and film director Schlamme is 5th VP. The DGA’s current three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires June 30, 2014. The Guild will appoint full negotiating committees, made up of directors, assistant directors, unit production managers, associate directors and stage managers working in all genres, later this year. National Executive Director Jay D. Roth will continue to serve as the Guild’s chief professional negotiator.

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DGA Awards 2013: Ben Affleck Wins Best Feature Film Director For ‘Argo’; TV Winners Include Rian Johnson ‘Breaking Bad’, Lena Dunham ‘Girls’, Jay Roach ‘Game Change’, Glenn Weiss ‘Tony Awards’, Jill Mitwell ‘One Life To Live’, Brian Smith ‘Master Chef’

By | Saturday February 2, 2013 @ 10:23pm PST

UPDATED WITH ALL WINNERS AND SPEECHES: The 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards dinner was held tonight at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film was won by Ben Affleck for Argo. “I don’t think this makes me a real director. But I think it means I’m on my way,” he said. This DGA category has traditionally been one of the industry’s most accurate barometers of who will win the Best Director Academy Award – but Affleck was not nominated by the Oscar’s Directors Branch. When asked backstage by Deadline if he thinks the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences wishes it had nominated him for a directing Oscar, Affleck stayed classy: “I have DGA Awardsnothing but respect for the Film Academy. I’m also very grateful to the DGA. I mean, you’re not entitled to anything in life. I’m thrilled and honored that the academy nominated me as a producer for the movie. Maybe taking me out of [the director race] helps give us purpose, because it’s just about that movie as a picture.”

Only six times* since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award. Also nominated by the DGA but not by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences were Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables). Affleck was the only one of tonight’s DGA nominees who had not won here before. Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) has won three times, for The Color Purple in 1985, Schindler’s List in 1993 and Saving Private Ryan in 1998. Ang Lee won for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000 and Brokeback Mountain in 2005. Bigelow won her DGA in 2009 for The Hurt Locker, and Hooper in 2010 for The King’s Speech.

Martin Short introduced Spielberg’s nomination and killed with the audience. “I guess Bill Clinton was booked. Tonight, we honor Steven for his magnificent film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer.” Spielberg loved it and gave Short a big hug. He received the only standing ovation so far – and quipped back at Short: ”When you tell your assistant to contact Marty about presenting you with your DGA medallion, you’ve got to assume she’s understanding that you’re talking about Scorsese. But we can’t get Clinton, and Marty’s busy, so this is a great third choice. Thank you Marty for presenting me with this.” Noting the intense competition this year, Spielberg said, “This has been an incredible year for movies. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit there have been moments when I wished it was a somewhat less incredible year for movies. But those moments pass.” When presenting him with the DGA nomination medallion for Argo, Bryan Cranston recalled how Affleck was different “from every other director I’ve ever worked with. He was mouthing my dialogue while reciting his. Of course actors love that.” Affleck then deadpanned, “I should have gotten Marty Short.”

Also being recognized tonight are directors of documentaries and television and special award winners Milos Forman (Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Picture Direction) who was ill and could not attend, Michael Apted (Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to the Directors Guild of America and to its membership), Eric Shapiro (Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction) whose 92-year-old father was in attendance, Susan Zwerman (Frank Capra Achievement Award given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager), and Dency Nelson (Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager). DGA president Taylor Hackford read from a letter of thanks supplied by Forman who recalled several DGA directors including Mike Nichols, Sidney Lumet, Franklin Schaffner, and Buck Henry helping him on an immigration issue many years ago. In perhaps the evening’s most moving and powerful moment, Hackford then led everyone gathered in the audience to stand, turn to the back of the room, face the camera of the closed feed, raise their wine glasses, and toast Forman. As music swelled, Hackford continued, “With this recognition, you now walk with the giants. With the directors who have helped forge this guild — Vidor, Capra, Wyler and the others, all who make us who we are today. To Milos! To Milos! To Milos!”

The DGA Awards tonight were hosted by director/actor/producer Kelsey Grammer who entertained with the usual mix of semi-amusing targeted zingers from inside showbiz. “This evening is not just an awards show. It’s a celebration of the art and craft of directing — hence, the open bar.” Addressing Kathryn Bigelow in the audience, Grammer quipped that the suspense “must be torture for you”. He went on: “Congrats to Ang Lee. In Life Of Pi, Lee had the challenge of directing a real live tiger. A wild animal who eats humans and licks himself. This prepared him for any future work with Mel Gibson.” Regarding the recent cancellation of his own Starz series Boss, he said, “The most curious part was when I received a call from someone and they’d say, ‘Kelsey, I’m so sorry about Who’s The Boss.”

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond, Awardsline’s Anthony D’Alessandro, and Deadline contributor Ray Richmond were on the scene tonight:

65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Ben Affleck
Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Affleck’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Amy Herman
First Assistant Director: David Webb
Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop
First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan

This is Mr. Affleck’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

Ben Affleck called for the rest of his team to join him onstage. He humbly said: “The four folks here who are nominated I consider my betters. There’s no other way of saying it. I work really hard at this… You know, I got to a point in my life where I was really down, really confused, really felt beset on all sides by life, didn’t know what was gonna happen. And I thought, I should be a director.” He admitted, “I don’t think this makes me a real director. But I think it means I’m on my way.”

Backstage, Affleck reflected on what would make him a ‘real’ director: “Gosh, I don’t know… William Wyler’s a real director, Capra’s a real director, Scorsese’s a real director, Spielberg’s a real director… I think of this whole list of greats and I think, that’s the short of grown-ups who I think of as directors. I think of myself as a work in progress. I want to keep growing and pushing and I’m OK with that.”

Affleck was asked if the hard times he’d alluded to in his acceptance speech were finally over. “I hope so,” he replied. “This is certainly a very good time. You know, there are ebbs and flows. There are natural difficulties… I had this very early success as a very young man, which is difficult to manage at any age but particularly when you’re young. And I had some stuff work and some didn’t, and I ran afoul of the press a little bit and became overexposed… Maybe I was being a bit hyperbolic in the speech for effect, but it caused me to wonder, ‘What do I want to do in this industry? Do I have anything to offer? What should I be doing? How can I best express myself?’ And that was around the time I took up directing, and I really view this as connected to that decision because that was fraught with, ‘Can I do it? Can I make it? Can I really direct movies and be at the DGA and to be honored with an award by the DGA?’ It’s definitely more than I could have ever imagined on the first day of shooting on Gone Baby Gone.”

Onstage during his earlier nomination speech, Affleck gave props to all his fellow nominees, including praising Bigelow for “Looking at this male-dominated world and saying ‘Fuck it, I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna make the 9/11 movie, I’m gonna win the fucking Oscar…” and said she was an “example” for his daughters. He also quipped, “I’d also like to thank [fellow Argo producers] Grant Heslov and George Clooney. But I won’t go on at great length because this isn’t televised and they’re not here.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

MALIK BENDJELLOUL
Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics)
Passion Pictures Production
Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company
Red Box Films

This is Mr. Bendjelloul’s first DGA Award nomination.

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DGA Awards 2013Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

RIAN JOHNSON
Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One” (AMC)

Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly

This is Mr. Johnson’s first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies For Television and Mini-Series

JAY ROACH
Game Change (HBO)

Mr. Roach’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Mary Kane
First Assistant Director: Josh King
Second Assistant Director: Emily McGovern
Second Second Assistant Director: Brian F. Relyea

This is Mr. Roach’s second DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for Recount in 2008.

Jay Roach won the Emmy for the same film about sarah Palin. “This is unbelievable to win this award… in a room filled with my heroes,” he said onstage. Roach noted that he grew up in a very conservative New Mexican family where his mother made a rule to never talk about politics at the dinner table. “And I stuck to that for most of my life – at least at home,” he said. “But when I watched John McCain in 2008 rush to propose Sarah Palin be the next in line for the President of the United States, I said, ‘We’ve got to talk about this’.” The remark drew a mixture of laughter and applause.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

LENA DUNHAM
Girls, “Pilot” (HBO)

Ms. Dunham’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Regina Heyman, Ilene S. Landress
First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
Second Assistant Director: Jason Ivey
Second Second Assistant Director: Marcos Gonzalez Palma

This is Ms. Dunham’s first DGA Award nomination.

An ebullient Lena Dunham said during her acceptance, “It is such an unbelievable honor… I appreciate it endlessly to even call any of these people my peers. Surreal is, I know, an overused Los Angeles word, but it’s how I feel.” Then she launched into thank yous: “There’s no way I would be here without my crew. I showed up and there were 55 people waiting for me with open arms who shared with me everything that they knew. They gave me everything that they had… Thank you to my father Carroll Dunham who directed the shit out of our family…” And before she stepped off the podium, she noted: “Steven Spielberg, I’m coming for you. Ben Affleck, I already came for you.”

Backstage, Dunham explained what that last comment meant. “I just love them. I already talked to Ben. I said to Ben, ‘I love you,’ and he said, ‘Thank you’. Now I’m going to talk to Steven.” as for her show, Dunham said: “I hope the male characters don’t feel like trophies but feel like fully realized humans. And that maybe gives men a little bit of insight into female behavior.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

BRIAN SMITH
Master Chef, “Episode #305” (FOX)

Mr. Smith’s Directorial Team:
Associate Director: Anna Moulaison-Moore
Stage Manager: Drew Lewandowski

This is Mr. Smith’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2010 and 2011 for episodes “103” and “201” of Master Chef.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety

GLENN WEISS
66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Mr. Weiss’ Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Dean Gordon, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider

This is Mr. Weiss’ ninth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007, 2010 and 2011 for the 61st, 64th and 65th Annual Tony Awards. He was previously nominated in this category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008, all for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials

JILL MITWELL
One Life To Live, “Between Heaven and Hell” (ABC)

Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass
Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber
Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush

This is Ms. Mitwell’s ninth DGA Award nomination and all for her direction of One Life to Live. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials three times for One Life to Live, “Episode #9779” in 2006, “Episode #8295” in 2000 and “Episode #6356” in 1993. She was nominated five additional times for One Life to Live episodes “Starr X’d Lovers, The Musical, Part Three” in 2010, “Episode #8691” in 2002, “Episode #8012” in 1999, “Episode #7761” in 1998, and “Episode #7285” in 1996.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

PAUL HOEN
Let it Shine (Disney Channel)

Mr. Hoen’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Katie Willard Troebs
First Assistant Director: Daniel Coffie
Second Assistant Director: Todd Turner
Second Second Assistant Director: D. Scott Kirkley

This is Mr. Hoen’s sixth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Program in 2007 for Jump In and was previously nominated in this category in 2000 for the Even Stevens episode “Take My Sister… Please,” in 2004 for Searching for David’s Heart, in 2008 for Cheetah Girls: One World and in 2010 for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.

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Taylor Hackford Won’t Seek 3rd DGA Term

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 4:09pm PST

Taylor Hackford says he won’t run for a third term as president of the Directors Guild of America. Hackford, whose latest feature Parker opened last weekend and who’s directing the pilot Company Town for The CW, revealed his decision in an interview posted by Deadline sibling Variety ahead of Saturday’s DGA Awards ceremony. Elections will take place at the DGA’s upcoming convention in June. Taylor, who was elected at the Guild’s biennial convention on July 25, 2009, will pass the baton to his successor after this year’s confab.

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Milos Forman Tapped For DGA Lifetime Achievement Award

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 11:42am PST

Milos Forman will receive the Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction on February 2 at the 65th annual DGA Awards. The helmer won Best Director Oscars and DGA Awards for 1974′s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and 1984′s Amadeus. His films have been nominated for 33 Oscars and won 13, with the Jack Nicholson-starring Cuckoo’s Nest sweeping the top five categories at the 1975 Academy Awards. “It is a tremendous privilege to present the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for feature film to one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, Milos Forman,” DGA president Taylor Hackford said in announcing the award. “No matter what subject or genre he tackles, Milos finds the universality of the human experience in every story, allowing us — his rapt audience — to recognize ourselves within the struggle for free expression and self-determination that Milos so aptly portrays on the silver screen.” Read More »

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Directors Guild Announces Student Film Awards Winners

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 5:17pm PST

Los Angeles, CA – The Directors Guild of America today announced the winners of the 2012 DGA Student Film Awards for African American, Asian American, Latino and Women directors. The awards are designed to honor, encourage and bring attention to exceptional minority and women directors in film schools and select universities across the country. The 2012 winners, selected by blue ribbon DGA member panels, are:

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DGA Screening Policy Sparks Concern As Awards Race Starts Heating Up

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 2:24pm PDT
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Seven weeks from today Oscar nominating ballots will be in the hands of Academy voters. Seven weeks!  No wonder Academy campaigners already seem stressed and overheated about the race. With the Acad moving to electronic voting and shifting the nominating balloting period 10 days earlier than normal to the holiday corridor of Dec 17 thru Jan 3 this has become the most truncated race in memory, as least as far as those all important nominations are concerned. Noms will be announced on January 10th. That’s two weeks earlier than last year and the same day as the Broadcast Film Critics Association recently announced they would hand out their precursor awards this year and just three days before the Golden Globes. The Academy’s surprise move even forced the Director’s Guild Of America to move up the date of their own nominations announcement by two days to January 8th as everyone scrambles to maintain their piece of the pie and Oscar consultants try to figure out ways to get their movies seen before those ballots are in voters hands.

Speaking of the DGA, their normally non-controversial membership screening program is suddenly causing waves and concern among some awards campaign consultants who got the Guild’s November screening schedule and felt it was showing favoritism to one big contender over all the others. The Guild normally has one official screening for members in  LA, NY, SF, DC and Chicago for most movies. The all-important November schedule does list just one official Guild-sanctioned showing for such contenders as Hitchcock, The Life Of Pi, The Sessions, Silver Linings Playbook, Anna Karenina and Skyfall among other buzzed-titles, with all but the latter two featuring a Q&A with its director. Disney/Dreamworks’ Lincoln though has been given two prime back-to-back official screenings at 3 and 7 PM on Saturday November 10th featuring a Steven Spielberg Q&A following the first one. One studio rep with contenders this year said they had never heard of this happening before and at least one other called the DGA to question them about it. Yet another veteran consultant I contacted who has a film scheduled for November also said it was the first time they had heard of this DGA policy and was upset about the perceived favoritism. Read More »

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Directors Guild Feature Nominations To Be Announced January 8

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 7:29pm PDT

The Directors Guild of America said tonight that it will announce its feature film nominations on January 8 and television and commercial nominations will follow on January 9. More details will be released later.

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DGA “Concern” For Missing Syria Producer

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 4:34pm PDT

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford made the following statement about the disappearance of Orwa Nyrabia, the Syrian producer and director of the DOX BOX documentary film festival, on August 23, 2012 as he waited to board a plane from Damascus to Cairo:

“The Directors Guild of America joins together with the international film community in expressing our serious concern over the disappearance of filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia two weeks ago.

“A society or government that fails to protect an artist’s freedom to express his or her creative vision without fear of censorship, retribution or government reprisal is surely one in which respect for liberty, civil and human rights is similarly tenuous. We call for Nyrabia’s immediate and safe release along with any other filmmakers and other artists who have been detained and prohibited from full freedom of expression.”

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DGA Names Assistant Executive Director

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 3:20pm PDT

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America National Executive Director Jay D. Roth announced today that Daniel G. Bush has joined the executive staff of the Directors Guild of America as an Assistant Executive Director.

Bush will focus on areas related to representation, contract enforcement and organizing, in a newly-created position designed to enhance the Guild’s efforts in these areas. He will report to Associate National Executive Director/Western Executive Director Bryan Unger.

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DGA Awards Taps Michael Stevens As Chair

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 11:29am PDT

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the appointment of Michael Stevens as the chair of the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner taking place at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles on February 2, 2013. Stevens is an Emmy Award-winning producer, director and writer of more than 30 prime-time event and concert specials. In addition to his work on live events, concerts and awards shows for television, Stevens has produced and directed several critically acclaimed dramatic films and a Grammy nominated album. Stevens has been producing and writing for the Kennedy Center Honors for nearly a decade. In 2009, he wrote and produced We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Stevens directed, wrote and produced the seven 75th Anniversary Game-Changer short films that debuted in 2011 and he was also nominated for a 2011 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries for Thurgood.

Related: 2013 DGA Awards Shift A Week To Feb. 2

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2013 DGA Awards Shift A Week To Feb. 2

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 10:50am PDT

This year’s DGA Awards were one Saturday earlier — January 28. Here’s the DGA’s release:

DGA Awards Hollywood & HighlandLOS ANGELES – The Directors Guild of America today announced that the 65th Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The decision to move the date by one week was made during the process of securing the venue. The DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as an accurate barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only six times since the DGA Award’s inception in 1948 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director.

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Directors Guild Makes Board Changes

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 4:18pm PST

Los Angeles – DGA President Taylor Hackford today announced the results of a series of elections that took place at yesterday’s National Board Meeting. Former DGA President Michael Apted, who had been appointed to fill the position of Secretary-Treasurer when Gil Cates passed away last fall, was elected Secretary-Treasurer by the DGA’s National Board of Directors at the regularly-scheduled board meeting yesterday. Board Alternate Jon Favreau was elected to fill Apted’s board seat, and Todd Holland was elected to fill Favreau’s alternate board seat. After many years of Guild service, Ed Sherin, who was named DGA Honorary Life Member at Saturday’s DGA Awards, announced that he was resigning his seat on the National Board.

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Presenters Set For DGA Awards

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 11:34am PST

LOS ANGELES – DGA President Taylor Hackford today announced the presenters for the 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards. The ceremony, to be hosted by director/producer/actor Kelsey Grammer, will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

The slate of confirmed presenters for the DGA Awards includes:
Michael Apted
Berenice Bejo
Jessica Chastain
George Clooney
Jon Cryer
Laura Dern
Jean Dujardin
Taylor Hackford
Tom Hooper
Stana Katic
Ben Kingsley
Kathleen Robertson
Octavia Spencer
Betty Thomas
Michelle Williams
Owen Wilson
Deborah Ann Woll

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