DGA slates eight for fifth annual Honors

Celebs, pols, school to receive kudos

HOLLYWOOD — The Directors Guild of America has tapped Jonathan Demme, Robert De Niro and Bertrand Tavernier; Paramount Studios chairman Sherry Lansing; producer Lorne Michaels; California Congressmen Howard Berman and David Dreier; and Florida State U.’s film school for recognition at the fifth annual DGA Honors.

The event, to be hosted by Dave Chappelle, will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York on Sept. 29.

“DGA Honors is a true demonstration of how individuals and organizations can assist in the integrity, growth and preservation of the film and television industry,” said DGA prexy Michael Apted. “This year’s honorees are extraordinary examples to us all.”

Past recipients include Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Sydney Pollack, Spike Lee, Robert Altman, Bob Shaye, Jeff Bewkes, Jane Alexander, Sen. Ted Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), AFL-CIO president John Sweeney and Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees prexy Tom Short.

DGA national veep Ed Sherin said, “By gathering more than 750 top leaders to celebrate those individuals whose work profoundly influences, touches and shapes our lives, DGA Honors becomes, for one September evening, the New York nexus of entertainment, business, labor and politics.”

Berman, a Democrat, and Dreier, a Republican, were selected due to their ongoing support of legislation to address the problem of runaway production, an issue described by the DGA as its top legislative priority.

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