DGA Announces 1998 Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary and TV Categories of Daytime Serials and Children's Programs

DGA Awards

February 8, 1999

Directors Guild of America President Jack Shea today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for 1998 in Documentary and the television categories of Daytime Serials and Children's Programs. 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 Documentary for 1998 are (in alphabetical order):

JERRY BLUMENTHAL, PETER GILBERT & GORDON QUINN
Vietnam: Long Time Coming
Seventh Arts Releasing

This is all three directors' first DGA Award nomination.

MATTHEW DIAMOND
Dance Maker
Four Oaks Foundation and Long Legs, Inc.

This is Diamond's third DGA Award nomination, and second this year. He won the Award in the Musical Variety category in 1995 for Some Enchanted Evening, Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II, and was nominated again in that category this year for Savion Glover - Stomp, Slide & Swing in Performance at The White House.

SUSAN LACY
American Masters, "Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note"
Thirteen/WNET, PBS

This is Lacy's first DGA Award nomination.

NIGEL NOBLE
Great Performances, "Porgy and Bess: An American Voice"
Mojo Working Productions, PBS
Associate Director: Ed Dessisso

This is Noble's first DGA Award nomination.

KYRA THOMPSON
Dying to Tell the Story
Turner Original Productions/Gamma Prods. Inc., TBS

This is Thompson's first DGA Award nomination.

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

JOSEPH BEHAR
General Hospital ("The Bacchanalia" [Episode # 2580]) - ABC
Associate Director: Christine Magarian, Ron Cates
Stage Managers: Craig K. McManus, Kathleen Rene Ladd, Douglas Jon Hayden
Production Associate: Jeffrey David Rabin, Brooke Eaton

This is Behar's fourth DGA Award nomination. He won a DGA Award in 1961 for directing Ernie Kovacs Special, and was nominated in 1993 and 1995 for directing episodes of General Hospital.

NANCY ECKELS
The Bold and the Beautiful (Episode #2942) - CBS
Associate Directors: Cynthia J. Popp, Catherine Ann Sedwick, Jennifer Hodill
Stage Managers: Laura Yale, Lisa Winther-Hudson, Douglas Jon Hayden

This is Eckels' first DGA Award nomination.

SALLY MCDONALD
The Young and the Restless (Episode #6437) - CBS
Associate Directors: Betty L. Rothenberg, Noel R. Maxam, Daniel J. Brumett
Stage Managers: Donald E. Jacob, Randall Hill, Brett Warren
Production Assistants: Jennifer Scott, Nora E. Wade

This is McDonald's first DGA Award nomination.

JILL MITWELL
One Life to Live (Episode #7761) - ABC
Associate Directors: Owen Renfroe, Jamie Howarth
Stage Managers: Alan P. Needleman, Cynthia Flood Jacobsen
Production Associates: Mary M. Ryan

This is Mitwell's third DGA Award nomination. She won the award in 1993 in this category and was nominated again in 1996, both times for directing episodes of One Life to Live.

JAMES N. SAYEGH
One Life to Live (Episode #7572) - CBS
Associate Directors: Owen Renfroe, Suzanne E. Flynn
Stage Managers: Ray Hoesten, Alan P. Needleman
Production Associates: Mary M. Ryan, Teresa Anne Cicala

This is Sayegh's first DGA Award nomination.

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for 1998 are (in alphabetical order):

ALLISON GRODNER
"Smoking: Truth or Dare?" (The Teen Files) - Syndication

This is Grodner’s first DGA Award nomination.

VICTORIA HOCHBERG
"To Honey with Love" (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids) - Disney

This is Hochberg's third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award in 1987 for the Afterschool Special "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story," and again in 1989 for the Wonderworks episode "Jacob Have I Loved."

MITCHELL KRIEGMAN
"Love is All You Need" (Bear in the Big Blue House) - Disney
Associate Director: Dean Gordon
Stage Manager: Henry Neimark

This is Kriegman's first DGA Award nomination.

STUART MARGOLIN
The Sweetest Gift - Showtime
First Assistant Director: Tony G. Lucibello

This is Margolin's third DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in 1991 for his direction of the Northern Exposure episode "Goodbye to All That," and won in 1996 for the children's program Salt Water Moose.

RON OLIVER
"Cry of the Cat" (Goosebumps) - Fox

This is Oliver's second DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category last year for the Goosebumps episode "The Perfect School."

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