Known for his laid-back rapport with the crew, the Samoan-born Porter will still dash through burning buildings or wade through farm refuse to keep the production on track.
A second alternate on the DGA National Board, Santaballa likes to say that her job is mostly about "telling adults to be quiet" - including CBS president Les Moonves.
After stage managing shows like Who Wants to Be Millionaire and The View, Bruce-Baron says his SM skills have made for an easy transition into alpaca farming.
Second AD Tony Eng discusses how his experiences being a DGA trainee on ER helped pave the way to working on such diverse TV shows as Liv and Maddie and How to Get Away with Murder.
From Radio City Music Hall to the Oscars to Peter Pan Live!, Stage Manager Lynn Finkel discusses the excitement and pressure of working in live television.