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Television Nominees for the Directors Guild of America Awards, Announced Jan. 11, 2011

MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

MICK JACKSON
Temple Grandin
(HBO)

Mr. Jackson’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
· First Assistant Director: Philip Hardage
· Second Assistant Director: Shawn Pipkin
· Second Second Assistant Director: Kayse Goodell and Richard E. Chapla Jr.
· Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Glen Moorman

This is Mr. Jackson’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He is a three-time winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series with Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995), Tuesdays With Morrie (1999), and Live From Baghdad (2002).

BARRY LEVINSON
You Don't Know Jack
(HBO)

Mr. Levinson’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
· First Assistant Director: Timothy Bird
· Second Assistant Director: Deanna Leslie Kelly
· Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew Mason

This is Mr. Levinson’s fifth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature film in 1988 for Rain Man, and was previously nominated in that category in 1990 for Avalon and in 1991 for Bugsy. He was also nominated in the Dramatic Series category in 1993 for his Homicide: Life on the Street episode “Gone for Goode.”

DAVID NUTTER AND JEREMY PODESWA
The Pacific, “Basilone”
(HBO)

Mr. Nutter’s and Mr. Podeswa’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Cherylanne Martin
First Assistant Directors: Sean Cameron Guest, Darin Rivetti, Toby Pease
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
This is Mr. Nutter's fourth DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated this year in the Comedy Series category in for his Entourage episode "Lose Yourself.” He was previously nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for his The Sopranos episode "Join the Club" in 2006 and in the Comedy Series category in 2007 for his Entourage episode "The Resurrection.”

This is Mr. Podeswa’s first DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated in this category for The Pacific, “Home.”

JEREMY PODESWA
The Pacific, “Home”
(HBO)

Mr. Podeswa’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Cherylanne Martin
First Assistant Director: Sean Cameron Guest
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
This is Mr. Podeswa’s first DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated in this category with David Nutter for The Pacific, “Basilone.”

TIM VAN PATTEN
The Pacific, “Okinawa”
(HBO)

Mr. Van Patten’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Cherylanne Martin
· First Assistant Director: Sean Cameron Guest

This is Mr. Van Patten's seventh DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series in 2004 for his Sex and the City episode "An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux," and in 2003 for his Sex and the City episode "Boy Interrupted." He is a four-time nominee in the Dramatic Series category for his work on The Sopranos with “Whoever Did This" in 2002, "Long Term Parking" in 2004, “Members Only" in 2006 and "Sopranos Home Movies" in 2007.

DRAMATIC SERIES

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

JACK BENDER Lost, “The End, Part 1&2”(ABC)

Mr. Bender’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Mary Courtney
First Assistant Directors: Richard Peter Schroer, Noga Isackson
Second Assistant Directors: Joyce McCarthy, Wainani Young Tomich
Second Second Assistant Director: Norman Kali
This is Mr. Bender's fourth DGA Award Nomination and all in this category. He was previously nominated for his work on the series Lost with "Through the Looking Glass" in 2007, "The Constant" in 2008, and for "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2" in 2009.

ALLEN COULTER
Boardwalk Empire, “Paris Green”
(HBO)
Mr. Coulter’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Joseph Iberti
First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Assistant Director: Tim Blockburger DGA Trainee: Jessica Pollini
This is Mr. Coulter’s fifth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Dramatic Series category in 1999 for his The Sopranos episode "College" and in 2000 for his The Sopranos episode "The Night in White Satin Armor." He was also previously nominated in the Comedy Series category for his Sex and the City episode "Cockadoodle-do" and in 2001 for his Sex and the City episode "Defining Moments."

FRANK DARABONT
The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye” (Pilot)
(AMC)
Mr. Darabont’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Steph Accetta
First Assistant Director: K.C. Colwell
Second Assistant Director: Karen Davis
Second Second Assistant Director: John Bonaccorse

This is Mr. Darabont’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Feature Film category for The Green Mile in 1999 and for The Shawshank Redemption in 1994.

JENNIFER GETZINGER
Mad Men, “The Suitcase”
(AMC)
Ms. Getzinger’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Dwayne Shattuck
First Assistant Director: Nina Jack
Second Assistant Director: Karen Radzikowski
Second Second Assistant Director: Rachel Caproni
This is Ms. Getzinger’s second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category in 2009 for her Mad Men episode “The Gypsy and the Hobo.”

MARTIN SCORSESE
Boardwalk Empire, “Boardwalk Empire”
(HBO)
Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Harvey Waldman
First Assistant Director: Chris Surgent
Second Assistant Director: Takahide Kawakami
Second Second Assistant Director: Patrick McDonald
Additional Second Assistant Director: Sal Sutera DGA Trainee: Jamiyl Ihsaan Campbell
This is Mr. Scorsese's eighth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature film in 2006 for The Departed, and was previously nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Aviator (2004). In 1999 Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala and he won the DGA's highest artistic honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award (for distinguished achievement in film direction) in 2003.

COMEDY SERIES

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

STEVE LEVITAN
Modern Family, “Hawaii”
(ABC)
Mr. Levitan’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
· First Assistant Director: Alisa Statman
· Second Assistant Director: Helena Lamb
· Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew Heffernan

This is Mr. Levitan’s first DGA Award nomination.

BETH McCARTHY MILLER
30 Rock, “Live Show”
(NBC)
Ms. McCarthy Miller’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Diana Schmidt
Associate Directors: Stefani Cohen, Bob Caminiti
Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk
First Assistant Director: James E. Sheridan
Second Assistant Director: Jennifer Truelove
This is Ms. McCarthy Miller's seventh DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category in 2007 for her 30 Rock episode "Somebody to Love" and in 2008 for 30 Rock - "The Reunion Episode #304". In 2002, she won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Musical/Variety for America: A Tribute to Heroes (co-directed with Joe Gallen). She was twice nominated in that category in 2003 for her Saturday Night Live episode “Christopher Walken & The Foo Fighters,” and in 1999 for the 25th Anniversary episode of Saturday Night Live. McCarthy-Miller won her second DGA Award in 2000 for her direction of her “Val Kilmer/U2” episode of Saturday Night Live.

RYAN MURPHY
Glee, “The Power of Madonna”
(FOX)
Mr. Murphy’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Kenneth Silverstein
· First Assistant Director: Leo Bauer
· Second Assistant Director: Amy B. Hughes
· Second Second Assistant Director: Michael Crotty
· Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Kathryn Tucker
· DGA Trainee: Mark Ballou

This is Mr. Murphy's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Comedy Series category in 2009 for his “Pilot” episode of Glee.

DAVID NUTTER
Entourage, “Lose Yourself”
(HBO)
Mr. Nutter’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Wayne Carmona
First Assistant Director: Gary Goldman
Second Assistant Director: John LaBrucherie
Second Second Assistant Director: Aaron C. Fitzgerald
This is Mr. Nutter's fourth DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated this year in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category with Jeremy Podeswa for his “Basilone” segment of The Pacific. He was previously nominated in the Dramatic Series category for his The Sopranos episode "Join the Club" in 2006 and in the Comedy Series category in 2007 for his Entourage episode "The Resurrection.”

MICHAEL SPILLER
Modern Family, “Halloween”
(ABC)
Mr Spiller’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
· First Assistant Director: Alisa Statman
· Second Assistant Director: Helena Lamb
· Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew Heffernan

This is Mr. Spiller’s first DGA Award nomination.

MUSICAL VARIETY

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

DON ROY KING
Saturday Night Live With Betty White
(NBC)
Mr. King's Directorial Team:Associate Directors: Bob Caminiti, Stefani Cohen, Michael Poole
Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly
This is Mr. King's fourth DGA Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for the Justin Timberlake episode of Saturday Night Live in 2009, for the Alec Baldwin episode of Saturday Night Live in 2006, and again for Saturday Night Live in 2008.

LINDA MENDOZA
Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at The White House(PBS)

Ms. Mendoza’s Directorial Team:Associate Directors: Dora Mendoza, Kelly Hernacki
Stage Managers: Arthur Lewis, Lou Moore, Loretta Jones McClurkin
This is Ms. Mendoza’s first DGA Award Nomination.

JOHN C. MOFFITT
Bill Maher "...But I'm Not Wrong"
(HBO)
Mr. Moffitt’s Directorial Team:Associate Director: Sandra Restrepo Considine
Stage Manager: Andrea Naier
This is Mr. Moffitt’s first DGA Award Nomination.

CHUCK O'NEIL
Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
(Comedy Central)
Mr. O'Neil's Directorial Team:Associate Director: Paul A.J. Pennolino
Stage Managers: Craig Spinney, Mark McKenna
This is Mr. O'Neil's seventh DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, all for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

GLENN WEISS
64th Annual Tony Awards
(CBS)

Mr. Weiss' Directorial Team:Associate Directors: Gregg Gelfand, Robin Abrams, Ricky Kirshner
Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Dean Gordon, Phyllis Digilio Kent, Arthur Lewis, Joey Meade, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elyse Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider
This is Mr. Weiss' seventh DGA Award nomination. He won the Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007 for The 61st Annual Tony Awards; and was previously nominated in this category in 2008, 2006, 2005, 2002 and 2001 all for the 62nd, 60th, 59th, 56th and 55th Annual Tony Awards.

REALITY PROGRAMS

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

HISHAM ABED
The Hills, “Episode #601”
(MTV)

This is Mr. Abed’s first DGA Award Nomination.

EYTAN KELLER
The Next Iron Chef, “Episode #301”
(Food Network)

Mr. Keller’s Directorial Team:Segment Director: Stephen Kroopnick
Stage Managers: Tom Borgnine, Seth Mellman
This is Mr. Keller’s second DGA Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2009 for episode “201” of The Next Iron Chef.

BRYAN O’DONNELL
Private Chefs of Beverly Hills: Challah Back
(Food Network)

This is Mr. O’Donnell’s first DGA Award Nomination.

BRIAN SMITH
Master Chef, “Episode #103”
(FOX)

Mr. Smith’s Directorial Team:Associate Director: Anna Moulaison
This is Mr. Smith’s first DGA Award Nomination.