The late Jack Shea served the Guild for nearly 50 years. Our national executive director fondly recalls his contributions—as a president and a person.
As television arrived in the late ’40s and ’50s, the job of directing TV was defined. For young directors, it was the time of their lives.
The merger of East and West Coast directors in 1960 led to many of the benefits members enjoy today.
The Guild and many prominent directors volunteered their creative talents to help win World War II. Their films from the front left a lasting record.
When President Frank Capra boldly threatened to boycott the Academy Awards in 1939, the Producers Association finally accepted the Guild.