Seven are first-time nominees

First-time nominees dominated the Directors Guild of America selections for daytime serials and children’s programming, taking seven of the 10 nominations announced Wednesday.

Rookie honorees in the daytime category included Noel R. Maxam for “The Young and the Restless,” the only show to receive two nominations this year, along with Albert Alarr for ABC’s “Port Charles” and Herbert D. Stein for NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

Jill Mitwell, director of ABC’s “One Life to Live” received her fourth nomination in the daytime serials category, and Kathryn Foster was selected for the second time for CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” Mitwell won the category in 1993, and Foster won in 1996 with Mike Denny.

Children’s programming

Mitchell Kriegman received his second nomination for an episode of Disney’s “Bear in the Big Blue House.” Kriegman won last year for the same series. Other children’s programming nominees include Bruce Leddy for Fox’s “CinderElmo,” Randall Miller for ABC/Disney’s “Wonderful World of Disney,” Amy Schatz for HBO’s “Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepy Tales” and Jonathan Winfrey for Nickelodeon’s “Skeeter.” All are first-time nominees.

DGA President Jack Shea and Awards Chairperson Howard Storm announced the nominations. Winners will be revealed March 11 at the 52nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

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