Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President
Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay.

Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles.

Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in accordance with the DGA tradition of presidents only serving two terms. The DGA represents more than 17,000 members.

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Schlamme has been on the DGA national board since 2005 and was most recently third VP. He was co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 negotiating committees together with secretary-treasurer Michael Apted.

In February, the DGA honored Schlamme with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service to the DGA and its membership. Schlamme joined the DGA in 1978.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by my peers to lead our Guild, and
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Directors Guild Makes Board Changes

Directors Guild Makes Board Changes
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. Sherin served as National Vice President, Second Vice President and National Board Member for many years and dedicated himself to protecting and advocating on behalf of his fellow DGA members, especially those based on the East Coast.
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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
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In Pictures: '62nd Annual DGA Awards'

Jodie Foster attending the 62nd Annual DGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.Photo copyright by Chris Hatcher / PR Photos. Jessalyn Gilsig attending the 62nd Annual DGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.Photo copyright by Chris Hatcher / PR Photos. Carey Mulligan attending the 62nd Annual DGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.Photo copyright by Chris Hatcher / PR Photos. Gill Cates attending the 62nd Annual DGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.Photo copyright by Chris Hatcher / PR Photos. 01/30/2010 - Cleve Landsberg - 62nd Annual DGA Awards - Press Room - Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Los Angeles,
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'The Hurt Locker,' 'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' nab DGA awards

Kathryn Bigelow has nabbed the Directors Guild of America award for her work on "The Hurt Locker."

The feature film award and other directorial achievement awards were announced during the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 30 in Los Angeles, hosted by Carl Reiner.


In the past, the DGA's feature film award winner has been a decent predictor of who will win the best director Oscar. Since 1948, the DGA and Academy have only differed six times in that category.

Bigelow beat out fellow directors James Cameron ("Avatar"), Lee Daniels ( "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds").

The other awards in directorial achievement follow:


Louie Psihoyos, "The Cove"

Dramatic Series Night

Lesli Linka Glatter, "Mad Men" episode "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" (AMC)

Comedy Series

Jason Winer, "Modern Family" "Pilot" episode (ABC)

Movies for Television/Mini-series

Ross Katz,
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Patrick McGoohan, 1928-2009

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Patrick McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said. He was 80.

Patrick Joseph McGoohan was born March 19, 1928 in Astoria, Queens, NY, raised in Ireland and the UK. He rose to fame in the British film and TV industry by starring in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the Us) playing John Drake, a role which made him the highest paid actor in England at the time.

McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama Columbo, and more recently appeared as King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 Mel Gibson film Braveheart. He portrayed the father (and predecessor) of the Phantom in the 1996 movie.

But he was most famous as the character known only as Number Six in The Prisoner, a sci-fi tinged 1960s British series in which a former unnamed spy is
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