When Elliot Silverstein challenged the editing of a TV show, the DGA fought and won the battle for creative rights.
Amidst the rumblings of the blacklist, the Guild's membership met on Oct. 22, 1950 and battled over whether to recall its president. It turned out to be a crucial moment in Guild history.
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 commercial and documentary directors in the SDIG were initially fearful of being swallowed by the West Coast directors, but a happy merger was finally reached in 1965.
In 1949, the Guild launched its annual awards. Then as now, the idea was for directors to honor their own.
The Guild's youngest president was also a master craftsman and an unforgettable character, as a budding filmmaker recalls.
When President Frank Capra boldly threatened to boycott the Academy Awards in 1939, the Producers Association finally accepted the Guild.
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.