Paris Barclay has been re-elected president of the Directors Guild of America. The two-time Emmy winning director was elected to a second two-year term “by acclamation” today at the guild’s biennial convention, which was held at the DGA headquarters in Los Angeles.
Some 138 delegates representing more than 16,000 guild members also elected a new slate of officers and board members. As is its custom, the DGA would not say whether any of the other races were contested, or how many votes each of the candidates received.
Barclay, who joined the guild in 1992, had served as the guild’s third vice president from 1999 to 2005, and as its first vice president from 2005 until he was elected president in 2013. The only black president of a Hollywood union, Barclay began more than 20 years of service to the guild as a member of the African American Steering Committee in 1993.
“I’m honored to be re-elected President of the Directors Guild of America,” Barclay said in a statement. “We continue to advance a vision first conceived by masters of our craft nearly 80 years ago, and while our mission remains the same, we’re part of an industry and world changing at the speed of light. I’m proud to serve alongside the Guild’s newly elected leadership to protect the creative and economic rights of our members. It’s the most challenging, most complex, and ultimately the most rewarding thing I have ever been asked to do.”
“This is a demanding job and Paris navigates it all with knowledge and skill -– as a negotiator, a policy advocate and a master of the craft,” said newly reelected third vice president Thomas Schlamme, who placed Barclay’s name in nomination.
“We’ve all benefited from Paris’s service to the DGA, which is immeasurable,” said newly reelected secretary-treasurer Michael Apted. “I am immensely proud of the work this Guild has achieved, and look forward to working with Paris and the newly elected board for the coming term.”
Barclay has directed more than 150 episodes of television, including The Bastard Executioner, Manhattan, 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. In addition to episodic directing, Barclay is currently a director-producer for The Bastard Executioner and previously for Sons of Anarchy, In Treatment, Cold Case, City of Angels and NYPD Blue.
Barclay has received 10 DGA Award nominations for Outstanding Direction in Comedy and Drama Television. He became the first director in the history of the Guild to receive a comedy and a drama nomination in the same year, two years in a row (In Treatment and Weeds in 2008; In Treatment and Glee in 2009). He won the 1998 DGA Dramatic Series Award for his NYPD Blue episode “Heart and Souls” featuring the death of Jimmy Smits’ character Bobby Simone.
He also won two Emmy Awards for his direction of NYPD Blue and received six additional Emmy nominations for producing and directing. Additionally, Barclay received multiple NAACP Image Awards, four Peabody Awards, two Humanitas Prizes and countless other recognitions. He began his career in advertising working as a creative executive, and then segued into directing commercials and music videos for artists including Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan and LL Cool J.
Barclay, a graduate of Harvard College, is married to his husband, Christopher Barclay, and has two sons.
The following officers were elected to serve alongside Barclay: Vincent Misiano was re-elected to serve a second term as National Vice-President; and Michael Apted, a past-DGA President, was re-elected to serve a third term as Secretary-Treasurer.
Also elected were First Vice-President Betty Thomas; Second Vice-President Jace Alexander; Third Vice-President Thomas Schlamme; Fourth Vice-President Rosemary Rodriguez; Fifth Vice-President Jon Favreau; Sixth Vice-President John LiBretto; and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Berger.
Full roster follows:
Lesli Linka Glatter
Mary Rae Thewlis
Alternate Board Members
Associate Board Members
Duncan S. Henderson
Dennis W. Mazzocco
Second Alternate Board Members