Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2004

DGA 57th Annual Awards 2004

January 13, 2005

LOS ANGELES, CA - Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted and Awards Committee Chairperson Howard Storm today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2004. The winner will be announced at the 57th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

"It takes a skilled filmmaker to tell a compelling story in under sixty seconds," said DGA President Michael Apted. "These five directors have done just that - using talent, craft and a creative imagination to provide us with some of the most innovative storytelling out there today. Congratulations to them all."

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Dante Ariola DANTE ARIOLA
Production Company: MJZ

Circus, Stella - Lowe London

  • First Assistant Director: Scott Thaler

Urban Legend, Levi's - BBH New York

  • Unit Production Manager: Natalie Hill
  • First Assistant Director: Steven Fernandez

Money Tree, Barclay's - BBH London

  • First Assistant Director: Steven Fernandez
  • Second Assistant Director: Stephen Killebrew

This is Ariola's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in 2002 and 2000 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.

Fredrik Bond FREDRIK BOND
Production Company: MJZ

Cherry, Three - WCRS London

Jelly Fish, Three - WCRS London

  • Unit Production Manager: Susan Levin
  • First Assistant Director: Chuck Conner
  • Second Assistant Director: Mark Frishman

The Other Game, Nike Euro - Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam

This is Bond's first nomination.

Andrew Douglas ANDREW DOUGLAS
Production Company: Anonymous Content

Feel It, Renault - Publicis

  • First Assistant Director: Craig Pinckes
  • Second Assistant Director: Paul Schmitz

The Air, Price Waterhouse Coopers - Hill Holiday

  • First Assistant Director: Steve Carmendy
  • Second Assistant Director: Ethan Ross

New Day, Barclay's - Venables, Bell & Partners

  • First Assistant Director: Steven Carmendy
  • Second Assistant Director: Roger Barth

Hat, Microsoft - McCann Erikson

  • First Assistant Director: Ian Brister

This is Douglas' first nomination.

Jim Jenkins JIM JENKINS
Production Company: Hungry Man

Antlers, Discovery Channel - nicebigbrain

Milk Truck, Discovery Channel - nicebigbrain

  • First Assistant Director: Pierre Cailliarec
  • Second Assistant Director: Ralph Laucella

Dance Party, Nextel – TBWA Chiat Day

  • First Assistant Director: Ken Licata, Jr.
  • Second Assistant Director: Martin Obysovsky

Strange Fruit, TBS - Publicis

  • First Assistant Director: Pierre Cailliarec
  • Second Assistant Director: Trent De Haan

This is Jenkins' first nomination.

Noam Murro NOAM MURRO
Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks

Carry, Adidas - TBWA Chiat/Day San Francisco

  • First Assistant Director: Gary Feil
  • Second Assistant Directors: Robert Kay, Brian Stevens, James Veal

Glen, Starbucks - Fallon, NY

  • First Assistant Director: James Giovannetti
  • Second Assistant Director: Susie Balaban

Toy Boat, eBay - Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

  • First Assistant Director: Gary Feil
  • Second Assistant Directors: Robert Kay, James Veal

This is Murro's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in 2003 and 2002 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.

Contact
Lily Bedrossian -
Director of Media Relations
(310) 289-5334
lbedrossian@dga.org