DGA Announces 2001 Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in TV Categories of Dramatic Series Night, Comedy Series & Musical Variety

DGA Awards

February 5, 2002

Directors Guild of America President Jack Shea and Awards Committee Chairperson Howard Storm today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for 2001 in the television categories of Dramatic Series Night, Comedy Series and Musical Variety. The winners will be announced at the 54th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 9, 2002 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 2001 are (in alphabetical order):

ALAN BALL
Pilot - Six Feet Under • HBO

Unit Production Manager: Robert Del Valle
First Assistant Director: Alan Connell
Second Assistant Director: Jack Steinberg
Second Second Assistant Director: Ruby Stillwater
DGA Trainee: Craig Amendola

This is Ball's first DGA nomination.

PARIS BARCLAY
"The Indians in the Lobby" - The West Wing • NBC

Unit Production Manager: Neal Ahern
First Assistant Director: Andrew Bernstein
Second Assistant Director: Catherine Bond

This is Barclay's fourth DGA nomination, all in this category. He won the Award in 1998 for his direction of the NYPD Blue episode, "Heart and Souls," and was also nominated in 1996 for the ER episode, "Ask Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies," and in 2000 for The West Wing's "The Portland Trip."

STEVE BUSCEMI
"Pine Barrens" - The Sopranos • HBO

Unit Production Manager: Scott Hornbacher
First Assistant Director: Michael DeCasper
Second Assistant Director: Scott Schaeffer
Second Second Assistant Director: Noreen R. Cheleden

This is Buscemi's second DGA nomination. He was nominated in this category in 1998 for his direction of the "Finnegan's Wake" episode of Homicide: Life on the Streets.

STEPHEN HOPKINS
Pilot - 24 • FOX

Unit Production Manager: Cyrus Yavneh
First Assistant Director: Cliff Lanning
Second Assistant Director: Hilbert Hakim
Second Second Assistant Director: Michael Winter

This is Hopkins's first DGA nomination.

THOMAS SCHLAMME
"Two Cathedrals" - The West Wing • NBC

Unit Production Manager: Neal Ahern
First Assistant Director: Douglas S. Ornstein
Second Assistant Director: Dylan Massin

This is Schlamme's seventh DGA nomination. He is a three-time winner of a DGA Award: He won the Award in the Comedy Series category for his direction of Sports Night in 1998 (Pilot) and in 1999 ("Small Town"), and in this category for The West Wing episode, "Noel," in 2000. He was also nominated in 1996 and 1997 for episodes of Tracey Takes On... and in 1999 for the Pilot of The West Wing.

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2001 are (in alphabetical order):

JAMES BURROWS
"Bed, Bath & Beyond" - Will & Grace • NBC

Unit Production Manager: Tim Kaiser
First Assistant Director: Dale White
Second Assistant Director: Caryn Rae Schick
Technical Coordinator: Russell D. Sherman

Burrows has now been a DGA Award nominee eighteen times, all in the Comedy Series category. He is the most nominated director in DGA Awards history. Burrows has won the DGA Award four 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 won the DGA Award in 1993 for directing the pilot of Frasier, was nominated in 1995 for the Friends episode, "The One With the Birth," and in 1997 for the pilot for Dharma and Greg. From 1998-2000 he was nominated for directing episodes of Will & Grace, winning the award in 2000 for his direction of the episode, "Lows in the Mid-Eighties."

ALLEN COULTER
"Defining Moments" - Sex and the City • HBO

Unit Production Manager: Jane Raab
First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
Second Assistant Director: Mark Garland
Second Second Assistant Director: Jennifer Loeb

This is Coulter's fourth DGA Award nomination and second in this category. He was previously nominated in 1999 for the "College" episode of The Sopranos, and was a dual-nominee last year for "The Night in White Satin Armor" episode of The Sopranos and the "Cockadoodle-do" episode of Sex and the City.

MICHAEL ENGLER
"My Motherboard, My Self" - Sex and the City • HBO

Unit Production Manager: Jane Raab
First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
Second Assistant Director: Mark Garland
Second Second Assistant Director: Jennifer Loeb

This is Engler's first DGA Award nomination.

TODD HOLLAND
"Bowling" - Malcolm in the Middle • FOX

Unit Production Manager: James Simons
First Assistant Director: Cynthia Potthast
Second Assistant Director: Matt Marshall
Second Second Assistant Director: Algric Leo Chaplin

This is Holland's sixth DGA nomination, all in this category. He was nominated in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1998 for his direction of episodes of The Larry Sanders Show, and was nominated last year for directing the pilot of Malcolm in the Middle.

MICHAEL PATRICK KING
"The Real Me" - Sex and the City • HBO

Unit Production Manager: Jane Raab
First Assistant Director: Bettiann Fishman
Second Assistant Director: Paul Burke Pedreira
Second Second Assistant Director: Jennifer Loeb

This is King's first DGA nomination.

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 2001 are (in alphabetical order):

JERRY FOLEY
Late Show with David Letterman - #1634 • CBS

Associate Directors: Randi Grossack, Jessica V. Santini, Louise Galante
Stage Managers: James "Biff" Henderson, Arthur "Corky" Ramirez, Frank Comito

This is Foley's fourth DGA Award nomination in a row, all for directing episodes of Late Show with David Letterman.

JOEL GALLEN & BETH McCARTHY-MILLER
America: A Tribute to Heroes • Multiple

Associate Directors: Wendy Charles Acey, Stefani Cohen
Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Christopher J. Kelly, Arthur Lewis, Lynn Finkel, Alan Breton, John Esposito, Rita Cossette, Denny Barry, Lionel Pasamonte, Harve Levine

This is Gallen's first DGA nomination, and McCarthy-Miller's third nomination. McCarthy-Miller was nominated in 1999 for the 25th Anniversary episode of Saturday Night Live, and won the Award in 2000 for her direction of the Val Kilmer/U2 episode of Saturday Night Live.

LOUIS J. HORVITZ
The Kennedy Center Honors 2001 • CBS

Associate Director: James Tanker
Stage Managers: Garry W. Hood, Douglas Smith, Dency Nelson, Arthur Lewis, Edward Ray, Andrew Feigin

This is Horvitz's eighth 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), 1995 (Sinatra: 80 Years My Way), 1998 (70th Annual Academy Awards), 1999 (71st Annual Academy Awards) and 2000 (72nd Annual Academy Awards).

BARBRA STREISAND and DON MISCHER
Barbra Streisand "Timeless" • FOX

Associate Directors: Laura Lyons, Michael Polito
Stage Manager: David Wader

This is Streisand's third DGA nomination, and second in this category. She was nominated for her feature film direction of The Prince of Tides in 1991, and won the DGA Award in 1994 for the direction of the musical/variety program, Barbra Streisand: The Concert (directed for television by co-winner Dwight Hemion).

This is Mischer's 14th nomination. He has won the DGA award eight times, the most of any director: in 1978, 1979 and 1980 for The Kennedy Center Honors, in 1982 for Shirley MacLaine - Illusions, in 1984 for Baryshnikov by Tharp with American Ballet Theatre (co-directed with Twyla Tharp), in 1985 for Motown Returns to the Apollo, in 1989 for Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America, and in 1996 for Opening Ceremonies: Atlanta Olympic Games. He was also nominated in 1979 for The Third Barry Manilow Special, in 1980 for Goldie and Liza Together, in 1982 for The Kennedy Center Honors, in 1983 for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and in 1987 for Made in the USA with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

GLENN WEISS
The 55th Annual Tony Awards • CBS

Associate Directors: Gregg Gelfand, Robin Mishkin-Abrams
Stage Managers: Garry W. Hood, Gary Natoli, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Andrew Feigin, Nancy Kolomitz, Annette Powlis, Peter Epstein, Lauren Schneider

This is Weiss's first DGA nomination.

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