Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Documentaries and Commercials for the year 2008

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January 9, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA: The Directors Guild of America today announced the Guild's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Documentaries and Commercials for the year 2008.

The winners will be announced at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.


Movies for Television

BOB BALABAN
Bernard and Doris
(HBO)

Mr. Balaban's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager/First Assistant Director: Glen Trotiner
  • First Assistant Director: Stephen A. Glanzrock
  • Second Assistant Directors: Roger MacDonald Lee, Eric Lasko
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jonathan Yevin

This is Mr. Balaban's first DGA Award Nomination.


TOM HOOPER
John Adams
(HBO)

Mr. Hooper's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Karyn McCarthy, David Coatsworth
  • First Assistant Directors: Artist Robinson, Mark McGann
  • Second Assistant Directors: Deanna Stadler, Noreen Cheleden
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Jai James, Ruben Rios II

This is Mr. Hooper's first DGA Award Nomination.


KENNY LEON
A Raisin in the Sun
ABC

Mr. Leon's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: John M. Eckert

This is Mr. Leon's first DGA Award Nomination.


JAY ROACH
Recount
HBO

Mr. Roach's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
  • First Assistant Director: Michael Hausman
  • First Assistant Director/Second Assistant Director: Peter Thorell
  • Second Assistant Director: Tudor Jones
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Rob Dickerson Jr.

This is Mr. Roach's first DGA Award Nomination.


MIKAEL SALOMON
The Andromeda Strain
A&E

This is Mr. Salomon's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for The Company in 2007.


Dramatic Series Night

DAN ATTIAS
The Wire - "Transitions"
HBO

Mr. Attias' Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Nina Noble
  • First Assistant Director: Eric Henriquez
  • Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Tim Blockburger

This is Mr. Attias' third DGA Award nomination and all in this category. He was previously nominated for Six Feet Under - "Back to the Garden" in 2002, and for The Sopranos - "46 Long" in 1999. 


PARIS BARCLAY
In Treatment - "Alex: Week Eight"
HBO

Mr. Barclay's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Joanne Toll
  • First Assistant Director: Michael Allowitz
  • Second Assistant Director: Chamonix Bosch
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Shea Farrell
  • Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Kevin Turley

This is Mr. Barclay's eighth DGA Award nomination. In 1998 he won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night for NYPD Blue -"Heart and Souls." He was nominated in 2005 for House - "Three Stories;" in 1996 for ER - "Ask Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies;" in 2000 for The West Wing - "The Portland Trip;" in 2001 for The West Wing - "The Indians in the Lobby;" and in 2002 for The West Wing - "Debate Camp." This year, he is also nominated in the Comedy Series category for Weeds - "The Three Coolers."


JACK BENDER
Lost - "The Constant"
ABC

Mr. Bender's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Pat Churchill
  • First Assistant Director: Richard Peter Schroer
  • Second Assistant Director: Carla Bowen
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Norman Kali

This is Mr. Bender's second DGA Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Lost - "Through the Looking Glass" in 2007.


ALAN TAYLOR
Mad Men - "The Mountain King"
AMC

Mr. Taylor's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Dwayne Shattuck
  • First Assistant Director: Sean Hobin
  • Second Assistant Director: Lisa Rowe
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jonathon Miller

This is Mr. Taylor's second DGA Award Nomination. He previously won in the category for Mad Men - "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Pilot) in 2007.


MATTHEW WEINER
Mad Men - "Meditations In An Emergency"
AMC

Mr. Weiner's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Dwayne Shattuck
  • First Assistant Director: Nina Jack
  • Second Assistant Director: Xochi Blymyer
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jonathon Miller

This is Mr. Weiner's first DGA Award Nomination.


Comedy Series

PARIS BARCLAY
Weeds - "The Three Coolers"
Showtime

Mr. Barclay's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Leslie D. Waldman
  • First Assistant Director: Eric Jewett
  • Second Assistant Director: Amy Hughes
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Steve Dudycha
  • DGA Trainee: Gary Cotti

This is Mr. Barclay's eighth DGA Award nomination. In 1998 he won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night for NYPD Blue -"Heart And Souls." He was nominated in 2005 for House - "Three Stories;" in 1996 for ER -"Ask Me No Questions, I'll Tell You No Lies;" in 2000 for The West Wing -"The Portland Trip;" in 2001 for The West Wing - "The Indians in the Lobby;" and in 2002 for The West Wing - "Debate Camp." This year, he is also nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for In Treatment - "Alex: Week Eight."


JULIAN FARINO
Entourage - "Tree Trippers"
HBO

Mr. Farino's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Wayne Carmona
  • First Assistant Director: Vernon Davidson
  • Second Assistant Director: John Labrucherie
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Clark Credle

This is Mr. Farino's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Entourage - "One Day in the Valley" in 2006, and for Entourage - "Exodus" in 2005.


PAUL FEIG
The Office - "Dinner Party"
NBC

Mr. Feig's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Robert Rothbard
  • First Assistant Director: Kelly Cantley
  • Second Assistant Director: Jennie O'Keefe
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jasmine Alhambra
  • DGA Trainee: Alicia Cho

This is Mr. Feig's first DGA Award Nomination.


BETH McCARTHY-MILLER
30 Rock - "The Reunion Episode #304"
NBC

Ms. McCarthy-Miller's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Diana Schmidt
  • First Assistant Director: Stephen Lee Davis
  • Second Assistant Director: Bellamy Forrest
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kerry McCrohan
  • Second Second Assistant Director/Location Manager: Chris George

This is Ms. McCarthy-Miller's sixth DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category in 2007 for 30 Rock - "Somebody to Love." In 2002, she won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Musical/Variety for America: A Tribute to Heroes (co-directed with Joe Gallen). She was twice nominated in that category in 2003 for the Christopher Walken & The Foo Fighters episode of Saturday Night Live, and in 1999 for the 25th Anniversary episode of Saturday Night Live. McCarthy-Miller won her second DGA Award in 2000 for her direction of the Val Kilmer/U2 episode of Saturday Night Live.


DON SCARDINO
30 Rock - "Do Over"
NBC

Mr. Scardino's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Diana Schmidt
  • First Assistant Director: Stephen Lee Davis
  • Second Assistant Director: Bellamy Forrest
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kerry McCrohan
  • Second Second Assistant Director/Location Manager: Chris George

This is Mr. Scardino's third DGA Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in the Musical/Variety category for Tracey Takes On Vegas in 1997, and Tracey Takes On New York in 1993.


Musical Variety

BRENT (BUCKY) GUNTS
Opening Ceremony Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games
NBC

Mr. Gunts' Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Carol Larson, Brian Orentreich
  • Stage Manager: Steve Hollander

This is Mr. Gunts' first DGA Award Nomination.


LOUIS J. HORVITZ
The 80th Annual Academy Awards
ABC

Mr. Horvitz's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Richard A. Preuss, Rita Rogers-Blye, Greg Fera, Tim Kettle, Mike Polito, Deborah Read, Sharon Taylor, Anne Rickey, Ronni Fisher, David Kelmachter, Lauren Singer.
  • Stage Managers: Garry W. Hood, Denny Barry, Rita Cossette, John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Arthur Lewis, Dency Nelson, Ron Paul, Vince Poxon, Jason Seligman, Rob Sellers, Jr., Doug Smith, David Wader, Erik Kunzelman.

This is Mr. Horvitz's 14th DGA Award nomination, all in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 1997 for The Kennedy Center Honors. He received his first nomination in 1985 for Live Aid Concert. He was also nominated for The Kennedy Center Honors in 1993 and 2001. He was nominated in 1995 for Sinatra: 80 Years My Way; and received DGA nominations for The 70th, 71st, 72nd, 74th, 75th, 76th, 77th and 79th Annual Academy Awards.


DON ROY KING
Saturday Night Live
NBC

Mr. King's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Bob Caminiti, Stefani Cohen, Mark Jankeloff
  • Stage Managers: Gina Rositano, Chris Kelly

This is Mr. King's second DGA Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for the Alec Baldwin episode of Saturday Night Live in 2006.


CHUCK O'NEIL
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - #13107
Comedy Central

Mr. O'Neil's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Paul A.J. Pennolino
  • Stage Manager: Craig L. Spinney

This is Mr. O'Neil's sixth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, all for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.


GLENN WEISS
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards
CBS

Mr. Weiss' Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Gregg Gelfand, Robin Abrams, Ricky Kirshner
  • Stage Managers: Garry W. Hood, Peter Epstein, Lynn Finkel, Arthur Lewis, Rose Riggins, Lauren Class-Schneider, Andrew Feigin, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Cindi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Anthony Mirante

This is Mr. Weiss' sixth DGA Award nomination. He won the Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007 for The 61st Annual Tony Awards; and was previously nominated in this category in 2006, 2005, 2002 and 2001 all for the 60th, 59th, 56th and 55th Annual Tony Awards.


Reality

TONY CROLL
America's Next Top Model - "1002"
CW

Mr. Croll's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: John Downer

This is Mr. Croll's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Shooting Sizemore - "Episode 101" in 2007; and won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement Reality Programs Award for Three Wishes - "Episode #1, Pilot" in 2005. (The award was a tie with J. Rupert Thompson who won for Fear Factor - "Heist Fear Factor, Season 6 Premiere.")


SCOTT MESSICK
Pros vs Joes: Season 3 - "301"
Spike

Mr. Messick's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Andrew Nelson
  • Stage Manager: Patrick Richmond

This is Mr. Messick's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Pros vs. Joes - "Episode 201" in 2007.


J. RUPERT THOMPSON
Estate of Panic -
"102, That Sinking Feeling"
SCI-FI

This is Mr. Thompson's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Fear Factor - "Military Fear Factor, Season Finale" in 2006; and won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2005 for Fear Factor - "Heist Fear Factor, Season 6 Premiere. (The award was a tie with Tony Croll who won for Three Wishes - "Episode #1, Pilot.")


BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER
The Amazing Race - "Episode 1303"
CBS

This is Mr. van Munster's fourth DGA Award nomination in this category. He won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement Reality Programs Award for The Amazing Race - "Episode #1110" in 2007; and was previously nominated for The Amazing Race - Episode #102" in 2006 and for "Episode #805" in 2005.


KENT WEED
I Survived A Japanese Game Show -
"A Long Way From Home"
ABC

Mr. Weed's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Patrick Richmond

This is Mr. Weed's first DGA Award nomination.


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