Meet the Nominees: Movies for Television and Limited Series

Meet the Nominees: Movies for Television & Limited Series

February 6, 2024 76th Annual DGA Awards

On February 6, DGA members gathered in the Guild’s Los Angeles Theater to celebrate the world of film made for the smaller screen during the 2024 Meet the Nominees: Movies for Television & Limited Series event. Following a welcome by DGA Associate Executive Director Daniel Tenkman, the nominated Directors — Shawn Levy (All the Light We Cannot See), Tara Miele (Lessons in Chemistry, “Introduction to Chemistry”), Millicent Shelton (Lessons in Chemistry, “Poirot”), Sarah Adina Smith (Lessons in Chemistry, “Her and Him”) and Nzingha Stewart (Daisy Jones & The Six, “Track 10: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”) — spoke about the making of their productions during a conversation moderated by Director Jon Avnet and illustrated by clips from their shows.



 

About the Panelists:

Shawn LevyShawn Levy
All the Light We Cannot See (Netflix)

Unit Production Manager: Scott Elias
First Assistant Director: Josh McLaglen
Second Assistant Director: Simeon Jones

In addition to his work on All the Light We Cannot See, Levy’s directorial credits includes the feature films, The Adam Project, Free Guy, This Is Where I Leave YouThe InternshipReal SteelDate NightCheaper by the DozenBig Fat Liar and the Night at the Museum franchise; the movies for television, Family TrapLittle Brother and Joint Custody; the pilots for Imaginary MaryPepper Dennis and In a Heartbeat; and episodes of Stranger ThingsThe Famous Jett Jackson and The Journey of Allen Strange. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for his 1998 The Secret World of Alex Mack episode “Lies and Secrets.” Levy has been a DGA member since 1996. 

 

Tara MieleTara Miele
Lessons in Chemistry, “Introduction to Chemistry” (Apple TV+)

Unit Production Manager: Chris Hayden
First Assistant Director: Katie Carroll
Second Assistant Director: Alexis Olsen Colwell
Second Second Assistant Directors: Gabriella Vidal, Jake Halstead

In addition to her work on Lessons in Chemistry, Miele’s directorial credits include the feature films Wander DarklyStarving in Suburbia, Gone Missing and The Lake Effect; the movie for television Lost Boy; and episodes of Batwoman, La Brea, Fantasy Island, Arrow and Hawaii Five-0. She also directed the viral video Meet a Muslim which she created to combat Islamophobia. Miele has been a DGA member since 2014 and serves on the Western Directors Council and was previously a Co-Chair of the Women’s Steering Committee where she helped launch the DGA’s first peer-to-peer mentorship program for women, The WSC Squad. 

 

Millicent SheltonMillicent Shelton
Lessons in Chemistry, “Poirot” (Apple TV+)

Unit Production Manager: Chris Hayden
First Assistant Director: Kristofer Kolpek
Second Assistant Director: Deborah Chung
Second Second Assistant Directors: Gabriella Vidal, Jake Halstead

In addition to her work on Lessons in Chemistry, Shelton’s directorial credits include the feature End of The Road; the pilots for the series Run the World and Awkward; episodes of The Morning Show, Truth Be Told, The Night Agent, P-Valley, The Equalizer, Locke & Key, Titans, Run the World, 9-1-1, Black-ish, Sorry for Your Loss, The Walking Dead, Manifest, Insecure, Preacher, Luke Cage, Empire, Star, Jessica Jones, Ballers, Supergirl, Shots Fired, Scandal, Rosewood, The Flash and The Bernie Mac Show; and over 100 music videos. She was the first African American woman to receive a primetime Emmy nomination for her “Apollo Apollo” episode of 30 Rock and won a Peabody Award for an episode of Men of a Certain Age. A DGA member since 2000, Shelton currently serves as the Fifth Vice President of the Guild and is a member of the Western Directors Council. 

 

Sarah Adina SmithSarah Adina Smith
Lessons in Chemistry, “Her and Him” (Apple TV+)

Unit Production Manager: Steven Brown
First Assistant Director: Kristofer Kolpek
Second Assistant Director: Deborah Chung
Second Second Assistant Directors: Gabriella Vidal, Jake Halstead

In addition to her work on Lessons in Chemistry, Smith’s directorial credits include the features Birds of Paradise, The Drop, The Midnight Swim and Buster’s Mal Heart; and episodes of Looking for Alaska, Hanna, Legion, Room 104 and Wrecked. She joined the DGA in 2014. 

 

Nzingha StewartNzingha Stewart
Daisy Jones & The Six, “Track 10: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” (Amazon)

Unit Production Manager: Michael Nelson
First Assistant Director: Anna Notarides
Second Assistant Director: Samantha Hollingsworth
Second Second Assistant Directors: Tarin Squillante, Jeff Tavani, Alex Lee Bonner, Matthew Kramer
Location Manager: Batou Chandler

In addition to her work on Daisy Jones & The Six, Stewart’s directorial credits include the feature Tall Girl; the movies for television Love by the 10th Date and With This Ring; the pilots for From Scratch, Cross and Me/We; episodes of Inventing Anna, Maid, Black Monday, Little Fires Everywhere, A Million Little Things, Station 19, Good Girls, For The People, Grey’s Anatomy, Step Up: High Water, Scandal, Major Crimes, How to Get Away with Murder, The Catch, K.C. Undercover, Pretty Little Liars and The Game; and over 100 music videos and ad campaigns for major brands. She has been a DGA member since 2013. 

 
Jon AvnetJon Avnet (Moderator)
Avnet is widely known for his landmark work in film and television, having directed, written and/or produced more than 100 films, movies for television and episodic series. His directorial credits include the features Three Christs, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes, Up Close & Personal and Fried Green Tomatoes; the movies for television Have a Little Faith, Bunker Hill and Between Two Women; and episodes of Sneaky Pete, Justified, Boomtown and Call to Glory. He was nominated for the 2001 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Miniseries for Uprising and again in that same category for his 2007 mini-series The Starter Wife. A DGA member since 1984, Avnet currently serves as a member of the DGA National Board, on the Western Directors Council and as a Trustee on the Pension & Health Plan. After previously serving as Co-Chair on past DGA Negotiations Committees, he served as Chair of the DGA Negotiations Committee in 2023. 
 


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photos by Elisa Haber

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