Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Categories of Dramatic Series Night, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Daytime Serials, and Children's Programs for 2004

DGA 57th Annual Awards 2004

January 11, 2005

LOS ANGELES, CA - Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted and Awards Committee Chairperson Howard Storm today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for 2004 in the television categories of Dramatic Series Night, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Daytime Serials and Children's Programs. The winners of all five categories will be announced at the 57th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

"The 2004 DGA Television Nominees represent the broad range of excellence found in television directing today," said DGA President Michael Apted. "Through the vast reach of television, these twenty-five directors and their teams have used their skills to craft compelling stories to entertain an increasingly diverse, sophisticated and global audience. I'd like to commend them on their superb work and congratulate each of them on their nominations."

2004 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

J.J. Abrams J.J. ABRAMS
Lost (Pilot, Part 1)
ABC
  • Unit Production Manager: Jean Higgins
  • First Assistant Director: Mary Ellen Woods
  • Second Assistant Director: Sally Sue Beisel-Lander
  • Second Second Assistant: Bobbie Blyle

This is Abrams' first nomination.

Christopher Chulack CHRISTOPHER CHULACK
ER ("Time of Death")
NBC
  • Unit Production Manager: Tommy Burns
  • First Assistant Director: Princess O'Mahoney
  • Second Assistant Director: Ronan O'Connor
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Tony Eng, Deborah Greaney

This is Chulack's fourth nomination. He has won the DGA Award in the Dramatic Series Night category twice: in 1996 for "Fear of Flying" (ER) and in 1995 for "Hell and High Water" (ER). He was also nominated in 1997 for "Fathers and Sons" (ER).

Walter Hill WALTER HILL
Deadwood (Pilot)
HBO
  • Unit Production Manager: Gregg Feinberg
  • First Assistant Director: James Hensz
  • Second Assistant Director: Kenneth B. Roth
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kevin Turley

This is Hill's first nomination.

John Patterson JOHN PATTERSON
The Sopranos ("All Due Respect")
HBO
  • Unit Production Managers: Ilene S. Landress, Scott Hornbacher
  • First Assistant Director: Michael DeCasper
  • Second Assistant Director: Kristin Cameron Bernstein
  • Second Second Assistant Director: John Silvestri
  • DGA Trainee: Charlie Foster

This is Patterson's third nomination. He won the DGA Award for Dramatic Series Night in 2002 for "Whitecaps" (The Sopranos) and was nominated in 2000 for "Funhouse" (The Sopranos).

Tim Van Patten TIM VAN PATTEN
The Sopranos ("Long Term Parking")
HBO
  • Unit Production Manager: Henry J. Bronchtein
  • First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
  • Second Assistant Director: Noreen Cheleden
  • Second Second Assistant Director: John Silvestri
  • DGA Trainee: Charlie Foster

This is Van Patten's fourth nomination. In 2003, he won the DGA Award in the Comedy Series category for "Boy Interrupted" (Sex and the City). In 2002, he was nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for "Whoever Did This" (The Sopranos). This year, he is also nominated in the Comedy Series category for "An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux" (Sex and the City).

2004 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Bryan Gordon BRYAN GORDON
Curb Your Enthusiasm ("The 5 Wood")
HBO
  • Associate Directors: Dale Stern, Tim Gibbons
  • Stage Manager: Jonathan Harris

This is Gordon's second nomination. He won the DGA Award in 2002 for "Special Section" (Curb Your Enthusiasm).

Charles McDougall CHARLES McDOUGALL
Desperate Housewives (Pilot)
ABC
  • Unit Production Manager: Charles Skouras, III
  • First Assistant Director: Thomas Burke
  • Second Assistant Director: Walter Parry, Jr.
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Michael Melamed

This is McDougall's first nomination.

Arlene Sanford ARLENE SANFORD
Desperate Housewives ("Pretty Little Picture")
ABC
  • Unit Production Manager: Charles Skouras, III
  • First Assistant Director: Warren Turner
  • Second Assistant Director: Anne Berger
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Michael Melamed
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Tara Nicole Weyr

This is Sanford's first nomination.

Tim Van Patten TIMOTHY M. VAN PATTEN
Sex and the City ("An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux")
HBO
  • Unit Production Managers: Jane Raab, Margo Myers
  • First Assistant Director: Bettiann Fishman
  • Second Assistant Director: Peter Soldo

This is Van Patten's fourth nomination. In 2003, he won the DGA Award in the Comedy Series category for "Boy Interrupted" (Sex and the City). In 2002, he was nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for "Whoever Did This" (The Sopranos). This year, he is also nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for "Long Term Parking" (The Sopranos).

Robert Weide ROBERT B. WEIDE
Curb Your Enthusiasm ("The Carpool Lane")
HBO
  • Associate Directors: Dale Stern, Tim Gibbons
  • Stage Manager: Jonathan Harris
  • Second Stage Manager: Mark Hansson

This is Weide's first nomination.

2004 Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Musical Variety

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Ron de Moraes RON de MORAES
Great Performances (Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival)
PBS
  • Associate Director: Laura Lyons
  • Stage Manager: Peter M. Margolis

This is de Moraes' first nomination.

Jerry Foley JERRY FOLEY
Late Show with David Letterman (Episode #2187)
CBS
  • Associate Directors: Randi Grossack, Jessica Santini
  • Stage Managers: Biff Henderson, Frank Comito, Mark Dicso

This is Foley's sixth nomination, all for Late Show with David Letterman. He was nominated in 2002 for episode #1876, in 2001 for episode #1634, in 2000 for episode #1527, in 1999 for episode #1294, and in 1998 for episode #958.

Bruce Gowers BRUCE GOWERS
Genius: A Night For Ray Charles
CBS
  • Associate Directors: Laura Lyons, Paige Rabban Hadley, Leslie Wilson
  • Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Valdez Flagg, Harve Levine, Dency Nelson, Jacqueline Stathis, Debbie Williams

This is Gowers' second nomination. He was also nominated for Fleetwood Mac Reunion Special in 1997.

Louis J. Horvitz LOUIS J. HORVITZ
The 76th Academy Awards
ABC
  • Associate Directors: James Tanker, Ron Andreassen, Mike Polito, Richard Preuss, Deborah Read, Sharon Taylor, Christine Bradley, Timothy H. Kettle, Barbara J. Roche, David Kelmachter, Anne Rickey, Lauren J. Singer, Ronni Fisher, Christine Clark
  • Stage Managers: Garry W. Hood, Denny Barry, John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Jeffry Gitter, Gary Natoli, Dency Nelson, Vincent Poxon, Jason Seligman, Rob Sellers, Jr., Doug Smith, Jacqueline Stathis, David Wader, Steve Burgess, Eric Tignini

This is Horvitz's twelfth DGA Award nomination. He received his first in 1985 for Live Aid Concert. He was nominated again in 1993 for The Kennedy Center Honors, in 1995 for Sinatra: 80 Years My Way, and in 1997 for The Kennedy Center Honors, for which he took home the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety. He received his next three DGA nominations for The 70th Annual Academy Awards, The 71st Annual Academy Awards and The 72nd Annual Academy Awards. He garnered another nomination in 2001 for The Kennedy Center Honors, and again in 2002 and 2003 for the 74th and 75th Annual Academy Awards, respectively.

Chuck O'Neil CHUCK O'NEIL
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Comedy Central
  • Associate Director: Paul A.J. Pennolino
  • Stage Manager: Craig Spinney

This is O'Neil's second nomination. He was nominated for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2003.

2004 Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Daytime Serials

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Bruce Barry BRUCE BARRY
Guiding Light (Episode #14,321)
CBS
  • Associate Director: Tracey Bryggman
  • Stage Managers: Ann Vettel, Adam Reist
  • Production Associate: Jan Conklin

This is Barry's fifth nomination for Daytime Serials. His previous nominations – in 2000, 1996, 1995 and 1993 – were all for episodes of Guiding Light.

Joseph Behar JOSEPH BEHAR
General Hospital - Episode #10,461 ('The 25 Million Dollar Auction')
ABC
  • Associate Directors: Chris Magarian, Ron Cates, Penny Pengra, Pete Fillmore
  • Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Kathy Ladd
  • Production Associates: Didy Van Cleave, Lisa Kaseff, Christine Cooper

This is Behar's fourth nomination for General Hospital; his previous nominations were in 1998, 1995 and 1993. Behar won the DGA Award (pre-category) for Ernie Kovacs Special in 1961.

Christopher Goutman CHRISTOPHER GOUTMAN
As The World Turns (Episode #12,166)
CBS
  • Associate Director: Jennifer Pepperman
  • Stage Managers: Nancy Barron, Jennifer Blood
  • Production Associate: Jennifer Schacor

This is Goutman's second nomination. He was also nominated in 1997 for episode #10,446 of As the World Turns.

Brian Mertes BRIAN MERTES & MATT LAGLE
Guiding Light (Episode #14,322)
CBS
  • Associate Director: Ilene K. Frankel
  • Stage Managers: Ann Vettel, Adam Reist
  • Production Associate: Charles Grayauskie

Mertes was also nominated in 1993 for Guiding Light, episode #11563. This is Lagle's first nomination.

Conal O'Brien CONAL O'BRIEN
All My Children (Episode #8,768)
ABC
  • Associate Directors: Barbara Simmons, Shirley Simmons, Anthony Pascarelli
  • Stage Managers: Rusty Swope, Penny Bergman, Martin Fritz, Brekeller
  • Production Associates: Jennifer Minda, Marika Brancato

This is O'Brien's second nomination. He was previously nominated in 2000 for All My Children, episode #7,969.

2004 Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Children's Programs

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Duwayne Dunham DUWAYNE DUNHAM
Tiger Cruise
Disney Channel
  • Unit Production Manager: Sanford Hampton
  • First Assistant Director: Mark Hansson
  • Second Assistant Director: Jeff Shiffman
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Notarides

This is Dunham's first nomination.

Stuart Gillard STUART GILLARD
Going to the Mat
Disney Channel
  • Unit Production Manager: Donald Schain
  • First Assistant Director: Matias Alvarez
  • Second Assistant Director: Miriam Footer
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Christopher Barnes

This is Gillard's first nomination.

Paul Hoen PAUL HOEN
Searching for David's Heart
ABC Family
  • Unit Production Manager: Iddo Lampton Enochs
  • First Assistant Director: Ann C. Salzer
  • Second Assistant Director: Batou A. Chandler
  • Second Second Assistant Director: George Bott

This is Hoen's second nomination. He was previously nominated in 2000 for "Take My Sister ... Please" (Even Stevens).

Jeremy Kagan JEREMY KAGAN
Crown Heights
Showtime

This is Kagan's first DGA Award nomination in a directing category. He was the 2004 recipient of the DGA's Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to the Directors Guild of America and to its members.

Lee Rose LEE ROSE
Jack
Showtime

This is Rose's first nomination.

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