The Directors Guild of America has tapped Mary Rae Thewlis (“The Americans”) and Tom McDermott (“The Young and the Restless”) for special awards at the 68th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 6 at the Century Plaza.
Thewlis will receive the DGA’s 2016 Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the DGA.
McDermott will receive the DGA’s 2016 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, given to an associate director or stage manager in recognition of service to the industry and to the guild.
“Mary Rae Thewlis and Tom McDermott personify the DGA ethos: distinguished work and dedicated service,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “We honor their many achievements and contributions to the Guild, and extend our deepest gratitude for their dedication to helping protect and promote the creative and economic rights of our members.”
Thewlis has been a DGA member since 1993 and began her career as a trainee in the DGA Assistant Director Training Program, where she worked on features including “The Age of Innocence” and “Honeymoon in Vegas.”
Since 2013, she has worked as a unit production manager and producer for the FX series “The Americans,” and prior to that, for more than 13 years on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” She has also been a national board member since 2005 and served on the DGA Negotiations Committee for the 2001, 2011 and 2014 negotiations cycles.
McDermott is the son of two actors – Tom McDermott and Mary Hayden – and joined the guild in 1984 as a stage manager. He’s worked on “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “The Today Show,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” Super Bowls XXX and XXXII, the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, the 1997 World Series and several NBA Finals.
In 2001, he became the full-time stage manager for “The Young and the Restless.” He currently chairs the DGA’s Western AD/SM/PA Council.