The Directors Guild has set Thomas Schlamme and Marie Cantin for its 2017 special DGA Awards recognizing extraordinary contribution to the guild. The pair will be honored at the 69th annual DGA Awards on February 4 at the Beverly Hilton.
Schlamme, a six-time Emmy winner who is the DGA’s Third Vice President and has been on the guild’s National Board since 2005, will receive the Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to the guild and to its membership. Cantin will get the Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the DGA. She has since served consecutive terms on the AD/UPM Council West in various elected positions and served on the Negotiations Committee for the three most recent negotiations cycles, including next year’s.
“From the boardroom to the bargaining table, Thomas Schlamme exemplifies the service and dedication upon which our guild was founded – all while maintaining a successful and demanding career,” DGA President Paris Barclay said. “For more than a decade and a half, we have all benefited from his laser-focus on the creative and economic rights of directors.”
Barclay added: “Since the moment she was elected to her first guild post in 2003, Marie Cantin has been a staunch advocate and proud representative of her fellow Guild members who have also benefited tremendously from her unwavering commitment to education.”