Rodney Mitchell to ankle post

Rodney Mitchell is retiring from his post as Directors Guild of America assistant exec director as of April 21.

Mitchell began his career at the DGA in 1994 and has been responsible for handling new and growing areas, such as gaining jurisdiction over reality television. To date, the DGA has organized more than 500 shows in the reality genre.

Mitchell also negotiates individual new-media contracts and special agreements such as the NFL Network on basic cable. He’s also been staff liaison to the diversity committees, has staffed the Directors Ethics Committee and the San Francisco Coordinating Committee and handles negotiations and addresses grievances on behalf of members working in networks news on the West Coast.

Mitchell’s participated in multiple negotiations cycles. Prior to joining the DGA, he was an executive at the Screen Actors Guild for 14 years.

“I am deeply grateful to Rodney for his dedication to this organization and everything he has done over the years to keep our Guild strong,” said DGA national exec director Jay D. Roth in making the announcement Tuesday. “His work has been truly invaluable.”

Mitchell’s departure comes two week after the DGA announced that Warren Adler, its longtime No. 2 exec, would retire April 1.

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