Paris Barclay Re-Elected President of Directors Guild

Paris Barclay
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Paris Barclay has been re-elected to a two-year term as the 25th president of the Directors Guild of America.

Barclay, 58, was selected Saturday at the DGA’s member convention at its Los Angeles headquarters.

The election was not a surprise. He had told Variety earlier this year that he would probably seek re-election, saying at the time, “I enjoy a lot of what the president does. I’m likely to continue.”

DGA presidents typically serve two terms, as was the case with Barclay’s predecessor, Taylor Hackford, and they tend to continue working in the industry on projects while in office. In Barclay’s case, he executive produced the last season of FX’s drama “Sons of Anarchy” and is working with FX on “The Bastard Executioner” from Kurt Sutter’s script.

In 2013, Barclay became the DGA’s first African-American president and its first openly gay president. He’s said that he’s working toward expanding the DGA diversity provisions in TV to cover work in feature films.

The DGA has nearly 16,000 members. It’s in the first year of a three-year deal on its master contract with film and TV producers that will expire in June, 2017.

“I’m honored to be re-elected President of the Directors Guild of America,” said Barclay. “We continue to advance a vision first conceived by masters of our craft nearly 80 years ago, and while our mission remains the same, we’re part of an industry and world changing at the speed of light. I’m proud to serve alongside the Guild’s newly elected leadership to protect the creative and economic rights of our members. It’s the most challenging, most complex, and ultimately the most rewarding thing I have ever been asked to do.”

Barclay served four terms on the National Board as First Vice-President, beginning in 2005, and served an additional three terms as Third Vice-President from 1999 to 2005. He was honored with the DGA Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 2007 for his history of service to the Guild, which began soon after he became a member in 1992.

“This is a demanding job and Paris navigates it all with knowledge and skill – as a negotiator, a policy advocate and a master of the craft,” said newly re-elected Third Vice-President Thomas Schlamme, who placed Barclay’s name in nomination.

“We’ve all benefited from Paris’s service to the DGA, which is immeasurable,” said newly re-elected Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted. “I am immensely proud of the work this Guild has achieved, and look forward to working with Paris and the newly elected board for the coming term.”

He also won two Emmy Awards for “NYPD Blue” for his direction and received six additional Emmy nominations for producing and directing.

Vincent Misiano was re-elected to serve a second term as National Vice-President; and Apted, a past-DGA President, was re-elected to serve a third term as Secretary-Treasurer.

Also elected were First Vice-President Betty Thomas; Second Vice-President Jace Alexander; Third Vice-President Thomas Schlamme; Fourth Vice-President Rosemary Rodriguez; Fifth Vice-President Jon Favreau; Sixth Vice-President John LiBretto; and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Berger.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Greg Gorden says:

    Paris is a fine person and a great president for the guild!

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