DGA honorees

Jerry H. Ziesmer, Joseph R. Aceti, Donald Jacob

Frank Capra Achievement Award

A guild member since 1969, Ziesmer receives this annual honor recognizing career achievement for assistant helmers and unit production managers. Before pursuing an active role with the DGA — he served as chair of the guild’s AD/UPM/TC council from 1993-96 — Ziesmer established himself as a top feature film assistant director, working with such notable helmers as Sydney Pollack on “The Way We Were,” Mark Rydell on “Harry and Walter Go to New York and “The River,” Frances Ford Coppola on “Apocalypse Now,” Mel Brooks on “History of the World: Part I,” Brian DePalma on”Scarface,” and Cameron Crowe on “Say Anything,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”

Lifetime Achievement in Sports Direction

In a TV sports directing career that spanned four decades and all four major broadcast networks, Aceti’s resume includes six Olympics and three World Series, as well as the famous 1975 “Thrilla in Manila” bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, among more than 80 boxing matches. He also directed ABC’s iconic “Wide World of Sports” for a decade. Aceti joined the DGA in 1967.

Franklin J. Shaffner Achievement Award

An active guild member since 1978 — shortly before he was hired by CBS as a stage manager on “The Young and the Restless” — Jacob receives the honor recognizing the work of associate directors and stage managers. His “Y&R” helming team has been tapped more than a dozen times for DGA kudos, winning the daytime trophy in 1996. Jacob has also been active in the past seven org network negotiations.

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