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Paris Barclay Elected DGA President

TV director succeeds Taylor Hackford

TV director Paris Barclay has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Taylor Hackford.

Barclay was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles. He’s the first African-American to serve as DGA president.

“I got surprisingly emotional about it when I was giving my acceptance speech,” Barclay told Variety.

Hackford announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term in accordance with the DGA tradition of presidents only serving two terms. The well-liked Barclay has  served eight years as  First VP and six years as Third VP.

Barclay also told Variety that other DGA members such as Steven Soderbergh and former president Michael Apted have been urging him in recent years to consider becoming president. “As time went on, I began hearing that from more and more people,” he added.

Apted made the nomination Saturday and Soderberg seconded it.

Barclay asserted that he will maintain the tradition of the DGA president being a working director — in his case as the executive producer of the sixth season of “Sons of Anarchy.” Once that season’s shooting is completed, he plans to continue directing episodes of other series that interest him along with a feature film.

Barclay joined the DGA in 1992 and became a member of the African American Steering Committee in 1993. He’s also served on the Western Directors Council for 16 years and received the guild’s Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service in 2007.

“I am profoundly honored to be elected president of the DGA,” said Barclay in his acceptance speech. “The DGA has worked for more than three-quarters of a century to advance the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams and I look forward to continuing this strong tradition of service. As the son of a glass blower and a tile maker from Chicago, I am extremely humbled to have the honor to serve in the footsteps of the legendary leaders of the DGA like Frank Capra, Robert Wise and Gil Cates.”

Barclay has directed over 130 episodes of TV, including “Sons of Anarchy,” “Glee,” “Smash,” “House,” ” Cold Case,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “In Treatment,” “The Good Wife,” “CSI,” “Lost,” “The Shield,”  “The West Wing,” “ER”  and “NYPD Blue.” He’s also been a director-producer on “Sons of Anarchy,” “In Treatment,” “Cold Case,” “City of Angels” and “NYPD Blue.”

Barclay has received 10 DGA award nominations and won the DGA award for a 1998 segment of “NYPD Blue.” He’s also won two Emmys for the police procedural.

Vincent Misiano was elected National VP and Apted was re-elected secretary-treasurer. Also elected were Betty Thomas as First VP; Gary Donatelli, Second VP; Thomas Schlamme, Third VP; Jace Alexander, Fourth VP; Jon Favreau, Fifth VP; John LiBretto, Sixth VP; and Scott Berger, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.

Board members elected Saturday include Hackford and Steven Spielberg along with Lesli Linka Glatter,   Brooke Kennedy, Cleve Landsberg, Mimi Leder, Don Mischer,  Donald Petrie,  Scott L. Rindenow,  Liz Ryan and  Mary Rae Thewlis.

Alternate board members tapped include Jon Avnet, Laura Belsey,  Karen Gaviola,  Todd Holland,  Randal Kleiser,  Michael Mann,  Jonathan Mostow,  Matthew Penn,  Rosemary Rodriguez,  Millicent Shelton,  Jesus Trevino and  Michael Zinberg. Associate board members elected were Alan Curtiss, Duncan Henderson,  Dennis W. Mazzocco,  Kathleen McGill and Barbara Roche.

Among the key issues facing the DGA leadership this year will be prepping for negotiations for its master contract. The DGA board selected Apted and Schlamme in February as co-chairs for its negotiating committee.

Barclay said Saturday the DGA has not yet set a timetable meeting with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a successor deal to its current master contract, which expires on June 30, 2014. SAG-AFTRA shares the contract expiration while the Writers Guild of America’s current deal expires on May 1, 2014.

“We’re still a few months away from anything definite with negotiations,” he added. “The negotiating committee has not met yet.”

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