Gene Reynolds, nearing the end of his second term as president of the Directors Guild of America, said Tuesday he would not seek re-election in June.
Reynolds said his decision was motivated in part by an informal tradition that DGA presidents serve only two terms.
“I will not run again,” Reynolds said. “Four years is a great deal to give. It is a marvelous experience, and it has been a very challenging four years with two very constructive administrations.”
A handful of DGA members are said to be considering running for the post.
“We have some wonderful, experienced and extremely capable people to run,” Reynolds said. “I am just delighted to see them stepping forward.”
Reynolds, a former child actor who is most noted for directing and serving as executive producer on “MASH” and “Lou Grant,” was first elected to his DGA post in 1993 and re-elected in ’95.
Reynolds presided over the DGA during its negotiations for a new contract with producers last year, as well as the transition in the Guild’s national executive director from Glenn Gumpel to Jay Roth.
Among Reynolds’ goals have been to demonstrate the benefits of Guild membership to young filmmakers, and the DGA has since expanded its presence at Sundance, among other efforts.
Reynolds also led the challenge when the Writers Guild of America made its bid to abolish possessory credits and to gain a view of the final cut. Those issues are expected to come up again when the WGA negotiates a new TV and theatrical contract next year.
Reynolds and John Rich were honored in 1993 with the DGA’s Robert B. Aldrich Award, for outstanding service to the Guild. As president, he has maintained a daily schedule at the Guild offices.
“He has been a dedicated, intense and very hard worker for the DGA,” said Screen Actors Guild president Richard Masur. “Knowing what it is like to do this job, I salute him.”
A new president will be elected at the Guild’s national convention in June.
Reynolds has continued to direct occasional episodics during his tenure, including “Lois and Clark.” His other credits include “Hennesey,” “My Three Sons,” “Hogan’s Heroes” and “Room 222,” which earned him his first Emmy in 1970. He went on to win five more: three for “MASH” and two for “Lou Grant.”