Paris Barclay Re-Elected DGA President: National Board and Officers Elected

Paris Barclay portrait by Jeff Mosier

June 27, 2015

Los Angeles — Director Paris Barclay was re-elected President of the Directors Guild of America by acclamation at the Guild’s National Biennial Convention held today at DGA National Headquarters in Los Angeles.

Additionally, 138 delegates representing more than 16,000 members of the DGA elected a new slate of officers and members of the National Board of Directors.

“I’m honored to be re-elected President of the Directors Guild of America,” said Barclay. “We continue to advance a vision first conceived by masters of our craft nearly 80 years ago, and while our mission remains the same, we’re part of an industry and world changing at the speed of light. I’m proud to serve alongside the Guild’s newly elected leadership to protect the creative and economic rights of our members. It’s the most challenging, most complex, and ultimately the most rewarding thing I have ever been asked to do.”

Elected to his first presidential term in 2013, Barclay served four terms on the National Board as First Vice-President, beginning in 2005, and served an additional three terms as Third Vice-President from 1999 to 2005. He was honored with the DGA Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 2007 for his history of service to the Guild, which began soon after he became a member in 1992. The following year, Barclay became a member of the African American Steering Committee. He has served on the Western Directors Council for 18 years, where he first joined as an alternate in 1997, and was elected a full Council member in 1999.

“This is a demanding job and Paris navigates it all with knowledge and skill – as a negotiator, a policy advocate and a master of the craft,” said newly re-elected Third Vice-President Thomas Schlamme, who placed Barclay’s name in nomination.

“We’ve all benefited from Paris’s service to the DGA, which is immeasurable,” said newly re-elected Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted. “I am immensely proud of the work this Guild has achieved, and look forward to working with Paris and the newly elected board for the coming term.”

Barclay’s service to the Guild has included the chairmanship or participation in numerous committees. He co-chaired the African American Steering Committee from 2000-2002, and co-chaired the Guild’s Diversity Task Force from 2004-2013. Barclay has served on the Single-Camera Creative Rights Negotiating Committee since 1996, and created and coordinated the Single Camera Directors Prep Program in 2001. As former chair of the DGA Political Action Committee, Barclay has helped the DGA maintain an engaged and effective presence in Washington, D.C. He is also a trustee of the DGA Foundation.

Barclay has balanced his Guild service with a robust directing career. He has directed more than 150 episodes of television, including: The Bastard Executioner, Manhattan, Sons of Anarchy, Glee, Smash, House, Cold Case, NCIS: Los Angeles, In Treatment, The Good Wife, CSI, Lost, The Shield, The West Wing, ER and NYPD Blue. In addition to episodic directing, Barclay has been an active Director-Producer, currently serving in that role for The Bastard Executioner and previously for Sons of Anarchy, In Treatment, Cold Case, City of Angels and NYPD Blue.

Barclay has received ten DGA Award nominations for Outstanding Direction in Comedy and Drama Television. He became the first Director in the history of the Guild to receive a comedy and a drama nomination in the same year, two years in a row (In Treatment and Weeds in 2008; In Treatment and Glee in 2009). He won the 1998 DGA Dramatic Series Award for his NYPD Blue episode “Heart and Souls” featuring the death of Jimmy Smits’s character Bobby Simone.

He also won two Emmy Awards for his direction of NYPD Blue and received six additional Emmy nominations for producing and directing. Additionally, Barclay received multiple NAACP Image Awards, four Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes and countless other recognitions. He began his career in advertising working as a creative executive, and then segued into directing commercials and music videos for artists including: Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan and LL Cool J.

Barclay, a graduate of Harvard College, is married to his husband, Christopher Barclay, and has two sons.

The following officers were elected to serve alongside Barclay: Vincent Misiano was re-elected to serve a second term as National Vice-President; and Michael Apted, a past-DGA President, was re-elected to serve a third term as Secretary-Treasurer.

Also elected were First Vice-President Betty Thomas; Second Vice-President Jace Alexander; Third Vice-President Thomas Schlamme; Fourth Vice-President Rosemary Rodriguez; Fifth Vice-President Jon Favreau; Sixth Vice-President John LiBretto; and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Berger.

(A complete list of the new officers and board members is below.)

DGA Officers 2015-2017

  • President, Paris Barclay
  • National Vice President, Vincent Misiano
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Michael Apted
  • Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, Scott Berger
  • First Vice-President, Betty Thomas
  • Second Vice-President, Jace Alexander
  • Third Vice-President, Thomas Schlamme
  • Fourth Vice-President, Rosemary Rodriguez
  • Fifth Vice-President, Jon Favreau
  • Sixth Vice-President, John LiBretto

DGA National Board Members 2015-2017

  • Karen Gaviola
  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • Brooke Kennedy
  • Cleve Landsberg
  • Michael Mann
  • Don Mischer
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Scott Rindenow
  • Liz Ryan
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Mary Rae Thewlis

Alternate Board Members

  • Jon Avnet
  • Gary Donatelli
  • Valerie Faris
  • Zetna Fuentes
  • Todd Holland
  • Ron Howard
  • Nicole Kassell
  • Randal Kleiser
  • Jonathan Mostow
  • Kimberly Peirce
  • Donald Petrie
  • Bethany Rooney
  • Millicent Shelton
  • Ondi Timoner
  • Carl Weathers
  • Glenn Weiss
  • Michael Zinberg

Associate Board Members

  • Alan Curtiss
  • Julie Gelfand
  • Duncan Henderson
  • Dennis W. Mazzocco
  • Kathleen McGill

Second Alternate Board Members

  • Lee Blaine
  • Tim Engle
  • Keith Greer
  • Louis Guerra
  • Jennie O'Keefe
  • Barbara Roche

DGA National Board 2015-2017

Board 2015

L-R Front Row: Barbara Roche, Julie Gelfand, Jonathan Mostow, Louis Guerra, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Berger, Liz Ryan, Bethany Rooney, Karen Gaviola, Kimberly Peirce, Ondi Timoner, and Second Vice-President Jace Alexander. Middle Row: Carl Weathers, Fifth Vice-President Jon Favreau, Michael Mann, DGA President Paris Barclay, Millicent Shelton, Fourth Vice-President Rosemary Rodriguez, Tim Engle, Zetna Fuentes, Brooke Kennedy, and Michael Zinberg. Back Row: Lee Blaine, Gary Donatelli, Cleve Landsberg, Jon Avnet, National Vice-President Vincent Misiano, Dennis W. Mazzocco, Kathleen McGill, Mary Rae Thewlis, Alan Curtiss, Scott Rindenow, Don Mischer, Third Vice-President Thomas Schlamme, and Duncan S. Henderson.

(Not Pictured: Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted, First Vice-President Betty Thomas, Sixth Vice-President John LiBretto, Board Members Lesli Linka Glatter, Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg, Alternate Board Members Valerie Faris, Todd Holland, Ron Howard, Nicole Kassell, Randal Kleiser, Donald Petrie, Glenn Weiss, and Second Alternate Board Members Keith Greer and Jennie O’Keefe.)


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