Third annual helmers' awards on hold
The Directors Guild of America, making good on its pledge to go ahead with one of its prime events, has rescheduled its DGA Honors for June 9 in Gotham.
The guild originally planned to hold the event Nov. 17 but announced two weeks ago that it had been postponed indefinitely due to the need for members to work on disaster-relief efforts connected to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The guild’s national board has donated $100,000 to relief efforts.
The third annual event, still skedded to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria, will honor filmmaker Spike Lee, TV news exec Don Hewitt, former National Endowment for the Arts chief Jane Alexander and Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker, Marcie Bloom and Tom Bernard.
DGA prexy Jack Shea said, “We have rescheduled the DGA honors in an effort to show our continued support for New York City, its businesses and our members in the New York film and TV community.”
Lee also issued a statement Wednesday, saying: “The DGA’s decision to postpone the honors dinner was a difficult one, but one made out of respect at a difficult time for both honorees and attendees. I am pleased that the DGA on behalf of its members and this year’s DGA Honors award winners have decided to make a $100,000 contribution to the Sept. 11 Fund of the United Way.”