DGA Announces 1998 Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in TV Categories of Dramatic Series Night, Comedy Series and Musical Variety

DGA Awards

February 2, 1999

Directors Guild of America President Jack Shea and Awards Committee Chairperson Howard Storm today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for 1998 in the television categories of Dramatic Series Night, Comedy Series and Musical Variety. The winners will be announced at the 51st Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 6, 1999 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night for 1998 are (in alphabetical order):

PARIS BARCLAY
"Hearts and Souls" (NYPD Blue) - ABC
Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Doherty
First Assistant Director: Dennis White
Second Assistant Director: Suzie Pelissier

This is Barclay's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in 1996 for the ER episode "Ask Me No Questions and I'll Tell You No Lies."

STEVE BUSCEMI
"Finnegan's Wake" (Homicide: Life on the Street) - NBC
Unit Production Manager: James Finnerty
First Assistant Directors: Frank Ferro, Ivan Fonseca
Second Assistant Director: Miles Perman

This is Buscemi's first DGA Award nomination.

CHRIS CARTER
"Triangle" (The X-Files) - FOX
Unit Production Manager: Mark R. Schilz
First Assistant Director: Arthur Anderson
Second Assistant Director: Laura Nisbet

This is Carter's third DGA Award nomination. He was nominated for directing episodes of The X-Files in 1995 ("The List") and 1997 ("The Post-modern Prometheus")

ADAM DAVIDSON
"Under the Influence" (Law and Order) - NBC
Unit Production Manager: Jeffrey Hayes
First Assistant Director: Rebecca Saionz
Second Assistant Director: Stuart Feldman

This is Davidson's first DGA Award nomination.

MARK TINKER
"Danny Boy" (NYPD Blue) - ABC
Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Doherty
First Assistant Director: Karen Gaviola
Second Assistant Director: Suzie Pelissier

This is Tinker's seventh DGA Award nomination. He has previously been nominated for the St. Elsewhere episodes "Sweet Dreams" (1984), "Afterlife" (1986), "Weigh In, Way Out" (1987), and "The Last One" (1988), as well as the NYPD Blue episode "A Death in the Family" (1996) and the pilot for Brooklyn South (1997).

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 1998 are (in alphabetical order):

JAMES BURROWS
Pilot (Will & Grace) - NBC
Unit Production Manager/First Assistant Director: Dale White
Second Assistant Director: Caryn Rae Shick
Technical Coordinator: Russell D. Sherman

Burrows has now been a DGA Award nominee fifteen times, all in the Comedy Series category, tying him for first place on the all-time list with George Schaefer. He has taken home the trophy three times. Burrows’ first nomination came in 1981 for the Taxi episode "Jim the Psychic." He was a ten-time nominee and two-time winner for Cheers, in 1982, 1983 (winner), 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 (winner), 1991 and 1992. He also won in 1993 for directing the pilot of Frasier, and was nominated again in 1995 for the Friends episode "The One With the Birth," and in 1997 for the pilot for Dharma and Greg.

PAMELA FRYMAN
"Two Girls for Every Boy" (Just Shoot Me) - NBC
Unit Production Manager/First Assistant Director: Jean M. Kaye
Second Assistant Director: David Larson
Technical Coordinator: Jim Rose

This is Fryman's second DGA Award nomination. She was nominated in 1997 for the Frasier episode "Halloween (Part I)."

KELSEY GRAMMER
"Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz" (Frasier) - NBC
Unit Production Manager: Bill Carroll
First Assistant Director: Katy Garretson
Second Assistant Director: Marc Stirdivant
Technical Coordinator: Jim Rose

This is Grammer's first DGA Award nomination.

TODD HOLLAND
"Flip" (The Larry Sanders Show) - HBO
Unit Production Manager/First Assistant Director: Richard Wells
Second Assistant Director: Diana Williams

This is Holland's fourth DGA Award nomination, all for directing episodes of The Larry Sanders Show. His previous nominations were in 1994 ("The Mr. Sharon Stone Show"), 1995 ("Arthur After Hours") and 1996 ("Everybody Loves Larry").

THOMAS SCHLAMME
Pilot (Sports Night) - ABC
Unit Production Manager/First Assistant Director: Steve Burgess
Second Assistant Director: Elena Santaballa
Technical Coordinator: Dana DeValley

This is Schlamme's third DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in 1996 for the Tracey Takes On... episode "Tracey Takes On... Romance" and in 1997 for the Tracey Takes On... episode "1976."

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 1998 are (in alphabetical order):

MARTY CALLNER
Jerry Seinfeld "I'm Telling You for the Last Time" Live on Broadway - HBO
Associate Director: Christine Clark Bradley
Stage Manager: Randall Gladstein

This is Callner’s first DGA Award nomination.

MATTHEW DIAMOND
Savion Glover - Stomp, Slide & Swing in Performance at The White House - PBS
Associate Director: Rae Kraus

This is Diamond's second DGA Award nomination. He won the Award in this category in 1995 for Some Enchanted Evening, Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II.

GERARD FOLEY
Late Show with David Letterman (Episode #958) - CBS
Associate Directors: Randi Grossnack, Jessica Santini
Stage Managers: James "Biff" Henderson, Arthur "Corky" Ramirez

This is Foley's first DGA Award nomination.

LOUIS J. HORVITZ
70th Annual Academy Awards - ABC
Associate Directors: Christine Clark Bradley, Kathleen Marie Fortine, Allan Kartun, Debbie Miller, Michael Polito, James Tanker, Sharon Taylor
Stage Managers: Denny Barry, Steve Burgess, Rita Cossette, Mervin Hawkins, Garry W. Hood, Alissa Levisohn, Peter M. Margolis, Gary Natoli, Dency Nelson, Vincent Poxon, Jason Seligman, Doug Smith, Ken Stein, David Wader, Debbie Williams

This is Horvitz's fifth DGA Award nomination. He won the Award in this category in 1997 for The Kennedy Center Honors and was also nominated in 1985 (Live Aid Concert), 1993 (The Kennedy Center Honors) and 1995 (Sinatra: 80 Years My Way).

PAUL MILLER
The Tony Awards - CBS
Associate Director: Christine Clark Bradley, Debbie Miller
Stage Managers: Andrew Feigin, Jeffry Gitter, Garry W. Hood, Arthur Lewis, Gary Natoli, Henry Neimark, Lauren Schneider, Doug Smith

This is Miller's second DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category in 1990 for the premiere of In Living Color.

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