Paris Barclay


Paris Barclay, one of television’s most successful and honored directors, is the President of the Directors Guild of America.

Throughout his illustrious career in television, Paris has directed over 130 episodes of television, including NYPD Blue, ER, The West Wing, Lost, The Good Wife, CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, House, Glee, and the Steven Spielberg-produced series Smash.  He won two Emmy Awards for his direction of NYPD Blue and has received four additional Emmy nominations for producing and directing, most recently for Glee’s seminal episode “Wheels.” Paris has also garnered ten Directors Guild nominations, for shows as diverse as NYPD Blue, ER, The West Wing, House, Weeds, In Treatment and Glee. He became the first Director in the history of the Guild to receive a comedy and drama nomination in the same year, two years in a row (2008 & 2009).  He’s also received three NAACP Image Awards, for producing, co-creating, and directing City of Angels, directing Cold Case, and this past year for directing Smash.  He has been nominated for the Image Award for Directing in a Drama Series every year it has been offered, from 2006 to 2012. He’s also received honors such as four prestigious Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes, and countless other recognitions.

For the past two seasons, Paris has been an Executive Producer and the principal director of Sons of Anarchy. He helmed the Season 5 premiere of Sons (“Sovereign”), which became FX’s most watched program in their 17-year history He is currently in production on the sixth season of Sons.

He has directed three films: the feature Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood for Miramax, and television films The Cherokee Kid for HBO and The Big Time for TNT.

Paris got his start in advertising working as a creative executive and then segued into directing music videos for some of music’s biggest stars, such as: Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan, and LL Cool J.  In addition to his service to the DGA, Paris has been recognized for his service and contributions to many charitable organizations, including Liberty Hill, GLAAD, and Project Angel Food. He and Taylor Hackford shared the 2007 Robert Aldrich Award, given for extraordinary service to the Directors' Guild of America.

Paris was elected President of the DGA in June 2013 and is the first African-American and openly gay President in the history of the Guild. Before being elected president, Paris served four terms as the First Vice President of the Directors Guild of America. Before that, he served two terms as the Guild’s Third Vice President, the first African American Officer in the history of the Guild. He is a member of the Western Directors Council, the Creative Rights Committee, Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, former Chair of the DGA PAC Leadership Council and former co-chair of the African American Steering Committee. One of the most prominent and acclaimed television directors, Mr. Barclay first joined the DGA in 1992, and was elected to the Western Director’s Council and the National Board in 1997. He has said: “What’s the point of any success if you don’t give back?”

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