Longtime Kennedy Center kudos producer succeeds Storm

The DGA has chosen Michael Stevens to chair the 65th annual DGA Awards, which are set for Feb. 2.

A longtime director, producer and writer, Stevens has more than 30 primetime event and concert specials to his credit. He has produced and written for the Kennedy Center Honors since 2002, winning Emmys in 2009-11, and also wrote and produced President Obama’s inaugural celebration in 2009.

“Michael directed and produced seven stellar short films celebrating the guild’s 75th anniversary,” DGA prexy Taylor Hackford said. “They beautifully recounted the key game-changing moments of guild history for our membership, our community and the public at large. Michael’s proven talent in live-event production will be a tremendous asset.”

Stevens, the grandson of three-term DGA prexy George Stevens — who was one of the first DGA service award recipients at the guild’s inaugural dinner in 1948 — and son of DGA member and AFI founder George Stevens Jr., was also nominated for a 2011 DGA Award for directorial achievement in a TV movie or miniseries, for “Thurgood.”

“It is an honor to have received (the) invitation and continue my family’s service to the Guild,” said Stevens. “Recognition from your peers, based on mastery of technique only, is what makes the DGA Award unique, and I will do all I can to support its standing in our community.”

Stevens succeeds Howard Storm, who chaired the dinner for 17 years.

“Howard played a significant role in developing the DGA Awards dinner into the tremendous celebration that it is today,” Hackford said. “We couldn’t have done it without him.”

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