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DGA taps trio to receive lifetime nods

Ziesmer, Aceti, Jacob feted by Guild

The Directors Guild of America has tapped Jerry H. Ziesmer, Joseph R. Aceti and Donald Jacob to receive DGA Awards recognizing lifetime career achievement and contributions to the guild.

Kudos will be presented at the 58th annual DGA Awards Dinner on Jan. 28 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Ziesmer will receive the Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an assistant director or unit production manager. He’s been a DGA member since 1969 and has over 40 feature credits, including “The Way We Were,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Scarface,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Almost Famous.”

Aceti will receive the lifetime achievement award in sports direction. He worked on the 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1992 Olympic Games; the 1990, 1991 and 1992 World Series; ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” with some 300 shows as the coordinating director; and 80 major boxing matches.

Jacob will receive the 2006 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award for an associate director or stage manager. He joined the DGA in 1978 and was hired by CBS network as a staff stage manager and has worked on “The Young and The Restless” along with an array of news, variety, dramatic and game shows.

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