Herb Adelman is an Assistant Director, Producer and Production Manager. He joined the Peace Corps in the 1960s, working Colombia on educational television programs and audio-visual education. In 1977, he was accepted into the Directors Guild Assistant Director Training Program and worked as a Trainee on such films as The Swarm and The Frisco Kid .
From there, he went on to become a Key Second AD on Feature films like King of the Mountain and Independence Day, as well as the movies for television Scruples and White Water Rebels, and television series like Knight Rider. Herb was the First AD on the ground-breaking series Hill Street Blues. He has also worked as First AD on the feature films Hoosiers; No Way Out and Alien Nation; on television movies and mini-series such as A Year in the Life and The Karen Carpenter Story. In the 1990s, he moved into producing and unit production managing for television series like In the Heat of the Night; Chicago Hope; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Criminal Minds.
Herb served as a Trustee of the DGA’s AD Training Program from 1980-1990. He also served ten terms on the DGA AD/UPM/TC Council West (as Second Vice Chair from 2001-2002 and Secretary-Treasurer from 2003-2004). He co-chaired the 1984 and 1987 AD/UPM/TC Negotiating Committees; has served on the Western Directors Council; and been elected to three terms as a National Board Member (and an additional seven terms as an Associate Member). In 2005, Herb Adelman received the Frank Capra Achievement Award in recognition of his career achievement and service to the Directors Guild of America.