Assistant director worked on 'Ice Castles,' 'CHiPs'

Veteran assistant director and unit production manager Cheryl Downey has been named this year’s recipient of the Directors Guild of America’s Frank Capra Achievement Award.

Downey, unit production manager on “Becker” and a DGA national board member since 1985, will be honored at the 52nd annual DGA Awards on March 11 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Downey began her career in 1975 when she graduated from the DGA’s Assistant Directors Training Program. Since then, she has worked as an assistant director on features including “Night Mother,” “Four Friends” and “Ice Castles”; on telefilms and pilots including “One Child,” “Ghost Dancing” and “Winds of Kitty Hawk”; and on TV series “Hawaii 5-0,” “Crisis Center” and “CHiPs.”

Her work as a unit production manager includes the TV series “Dear John,” “Duck Factory” and “Built to Last” and the TV movie “Nothing Personal.”

Downey has also been a member of the guild’s AD/UPN council since 1976 and has been a DGA Foundation Trustee since 1990.

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