DGA to honor Apted with Aldrich Award

Shapiro, Zwerman, Nelson also earn lifetime kudos

Michael Apted will receive the Directors Guild’s 2013 Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership.

“The service and dedication of our members is our guild’s greatest strength, and no one embodies these qualities more than Michael Apted,” said DGA prexy Taylor Hackford of his predecessor. “Michael has packed more guild service into the 15 years since he was first elected to the Western Directors Council than most can do in an entire career. He is unflagging in his leadership and steadfast in his devotion to our guild, and we are proud to honor him.”

Apted will be honored at the Feb. 2 DGA Awards along with Eric Shapiro, Susan Zwerman and Dency Nelson.

Shapiro will receive the lifetime achievement award in News Direction, while Zwerman has earned the Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the guild.

Nelson will be presented with the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, bestowed upon an associate director or stage manager in recognition of service.

“When we honor lifetime achievement and outstanding dedication and contribution to the guild, we pay homage to the qualities upon which our guild was founded — distinguished craftsmanship and service,” Hackford said. “Eric Shapiro’s lifetime of excellence in news direction began when he joined the DGA as a young production associate in 1965, and nearly 50 years later, it is our pleasure to recognize the man who has directed the coverage of every major news event of our generation.

“Susan Zwerman and Dency Nelson represent the highest examples of guild service through their dedication, advocacy and representation on behalf of their fellow members, all while maintaining active, successful careers in their chosen fields. We are privileged to benefit from their service.”

Filmmaker Milos Forman was previously announced as the recipient of the DGA’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Picture Direction.

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