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,...
TV may often be viewed as a writer’s medium, but Barclay is one of the most prolific TV directors with a background in writing. He’s also a veteran series producer, including stints on “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Bastard Executioner,” “In Treatment,” “NYPD Blue” and “Pitch.”
“Even if the script is not good, we can come in and save the baby,” Barclay told Variety in 2013 regarding the role of the TV director. “The director’s job is like being an obstetrician.”
The former president of the Directors Guild of America, Barclay says the DGA continues to turn the heat up on diversity with studios and producers.
“We are continuing to push for our members getting into the mainstream,” says Barclay, the first openly gay and first African-American DGA president. “The studios are well aware that we are clanging that bell.”
Barclay began his career working for producer John Wells on the 1992 drama “Angel Street” and directed the 1996 feature film “Don’t be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” before joining Steven Bochco on “NYPD Blue,” where Barclay won Emmys for directing episodes in 1998 and 1999.