The Directors Guild of America has tapped Larry Auerbach, Jeremy Kagan, Stephen Glanzrock and Peery Forbis as recipients of this year’s special recognition awards.
Kudos will be presented at the DGA’s 56th annual awards gala Feb. 7 at the Century Plaza Hotel.
“The strength and unity of the Directors Guild, as well as the future of our industry, depends on the dedicated service and accomplishments embodied in these four very special award winners,” said DGA prexy Michael Apted. “They are the people who toil behind the scenes to ensure that the economic and creative rights of their peers are protected and that the future is secure for all of us. They are the real heroes of our organization.”
Auerbach will be given the Honorary Life Member Award. The DGA cited his service for many years on the DGA National Board, including as national VP, stints on the Eastern Directors Council, and work as a trustee of the DGA-Producer Pension and Health plan, serving three times as chairman.
Auerbach was hired to direct “Love of Life” in 1951 and has been directing daytime serials since. He received a Daytime Emmy Award for direction in 1983-84 of “One Life to Live.”
Kagan, who helmed “Heroes,” “The Big Fix” and “The Journey of Natty Gann,” will receive the Robert B. Aldrich Award. He has worked extensively on the special projects committee, succeeding Robert Wise as chairman in 2000, and has also served for more than 15 years on the Western Directors Council as well as the National Board.
Glanzrock was tapped to receive the Frank Capra Achievement Award, presented to an assistant director in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the DGA. He’s worked for more than 30 years and served as an associate member of the DGA National Board for the last two years; he’s serving his seventh full term as a member of the Eastern AD/UPM Council and has held the position of chairman for the past six years.
Glanzrock’s credits as an AD include “King Kong,” “The Man in the Glass Booth” and “The Godfather, Part II.”
Forbis was chosen for the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, given to an associate director, stage manager or production associate. He has worked as associate director at every DGA annual awards dinner since 1987 and served as an associate national board member, a delegate to the DGA National Convention and as a member of the Western AD/SM/PA Council.
Forbis’ credits include the features “Dave” and “Pretty Woman” and the series “Hill Street Blues,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “Life Goes On” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”