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Taylor Hackford Re-Elected DGA President

LOS ANGELES – Director Taylor Hackford was re-elected President of the Directors Guild of America by acclamation at the Guild’s National Biennial Convention held today at DGA National Headquarters in Los Angeles. Additionally, 140 delegates representing the 14,500 members of the DGA elected a new slate of officers and members of the National Board of Directors. Steven Soderbergh was re-elected National Vice President; Gilbert Cates, who formerly served two terms as DGA president, was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer. Also elected were First Vice President Paris Barclay; Second Vice President William M. Brady; Third Vice President Betty Thomas; Fourth Vice President Gary Donatelli; Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme; Sixth Vice President Vincent Misiano; and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Berger.  A complete list of the new officers and board members is below.

Complete List of DGA Officers and Board Members

President – Taylor Hackford
National Vice-President - Steven Soderbergh
Secretary-Treasurer - Gilbert Cates
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer - Scott Berger
First Vice-President - Paris Barclay
Second Vice-President - William M. Brady
Third Vice-President - Betty Thomas
Fourth Vice-President - Gary Donatelli
Fifth Vice-President - Thomas Schlamme
Sixth Vice-President - Vincent Misiano
Board Members – Michael Apted, Kathryn Bigelow, Stephen Glanzrock, Lesli Linka Glatter, Cleve Landsberg, Michael Mann,
Donald Petrie, Scott L. Rindenow, Liz Ryan, Ed Sherin, Jesus Treviño
Associate Board Members - Alan Curtiss, Duncan Henderson, Dennis Mazzocco, Barbara Roche, Mary Rae Thewlis, Alternate Board Members – Laura Belsey, Theodore Bogosian, Jon Favreau, Victoria Hochberg, Rod Holcomb, Jeremy Kagan,
Randal Kleiser, Linda Laundra, Garry Marshall, Oz Scott, Millicent Shelton,
Michael Zinberg
Second Alternate Board Members – Lee Blaine, Tim Engle,
Julie Gelfand, Kathleen McGill, Jennie O’Keefe, Joyce Thomas

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Donald Trump Announces He Won’t Run For President And Will Return To ‘Apprentice’

By | Monday May 16, 2011 @ 9:50am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC made a big headline at its upfront presentation today regarding Donald Trump. Trump took the stage to deliver the news: “After getting so many calls from (top NBC executives), I’ve decided that we are going to continue onward with Celebrity Apprentice. I will not be running for president, as much as I’d like to, and I want to thank everybody very much,”  he said. “This will be our 12th season, and I have to say, I love Celebrity Apprentice.” Over the past few months, Trump had been publicly flirting with the idea of running for president. At some point, he mulled announcing his final decision on the season finale of Celebrity Apprentice but then scrapped that idea. Just yesterday, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said on a conference call that NBC was working on plans to replace Trump on The Apprentice should he decide to run. After Trump’s statement, which drew big applause from the audience of ad buyers, Greenblatt quipped, “Every network wants to make news at its upfront. Try topping that!” UPDATE: At NBC’s lunch after the presentation, I heard that Trump informed NBC brass on Friday that he wanted to come to the upfront. Greenblatt told me that the network executives had a hunch that he might announce that he would stay on The Apprentice but didn’t know for sure until this morning.

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It’s Official: Mark Pedowitz Named CW President

By | Thursday April 28, 2011 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After month-long negotiations, veteran TV executive-turned-producer Mark Pedowitz today was named president of the CW. The former ABC Studios president and top ABC business affairs executive is starting today. As his title suggests, he is not a direct replacement for CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff, who is leaving after the end of the broadcast season to move back to New York. Pedowitz will oversee programming, sales, marketing, distribution, finance, research and publicity. Those duties are currently split between Ostroff and COO John Maatta. There has been speculation that the new structure, in which Maatta reports to Pedowitz, would lead to Maatta’s departure. Pedowitz today said that “it is my intention for John to remain at the CW. He has done a yeoman’s job in what he’s done in a tough economic environment, and I hope he would stay.” One job Pedowitz will certainly need to fill is head of marketing, as EVP Rick Haskins is set to depart in August.

Meanwhile, as expected, CW’s EVP drama Thom Sherman is poised to get a promotion, probably overseeing all creative aspects of the network, including unscripted programming. I hear an announcement will be coming in the next few days. Pedowitz declined to comment on his plans for Sherman, with whom he has had a long and close relationship going back to their days at ABC. “Tom is an extraordinarily talented executive whom I know very well, and I’m happy to … Read More »

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WHAAAT? Donald Trump #2 GOP Choice

By | Wednesday April 6, 2011 @ 11:10pm PDT

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll, Mitt Romney appears the early front-runner for the Republican nomination for U.S. president in the 2012 race, but Celebrity Apprentice‘s Donald Trump is running second. Yikes, this yutz? So now I’m asking: Who from Hollywood would you put in The Donald administration?

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Stephen Friedman Upped To MTV President

By | Wednesday April 6, 2011 @ 7:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Stephen K. Friedman has been promoted to president of MTV. He had previously served as General Manager, a position he held since the fall of 2008. In this role, Friedman oversees MTV, MTV2, mtvU,, MTV Hits and MTV Jams. “Since Stephen took over the helm at MTV 2½ years ago, he has done an incredible job helping spearhead the reinvention of the MTV brand for millenials,” said Van Toffler, President, MTV Networks Music & Logo Group. During Friedman’s tenure, MTV has posted five consecutive quarters of growth during which the network has launched such hit series as Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, 16 & Pregnant, The World of Jenks and Life as Liz, along with making a foray into scripted with The Hard Times of R.J. Berger. Before being named General Manager of MTV, Friedman was the GM of mtvU, the channel catering to college students that he helped launch in 2004. He joined MTV in 1998 to found MTV’s Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs department, during which he created the Emmy Award-winning Fight for Your Rights campaigns, along with helping manage the political campaign Choose or Lose.

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