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Paris Barclay Elected First African-American President Of Directors Guild Of America (DGA)

by Sergio
June 22, 2013 11:09 PM
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Paris Barclay
Paris Barclay

Today at the Directors Guild of America’s National Biennial Convention today in Los Angeles, veteran TV director and producer Paris Barclay (Sons Of Anarchy, Glee along with some 130 other TV episodes and series), was elected President of the DGA.

He is the first African-American director ever to hold the title.

The outgoing DGA president, Taylor Hackford, said about Barclay, that “There are few members who have served the Guild as thoroughly and in as many capacities as Paris Barclay – and all while maintaining an impressive career as one of the most active television directors in the business I’m thrilled to see him take his place as the next DGA president and I know he’ll do a terrific job navigating the DGA through whatever terrain may lie ahead.”

In addition, past DGA president, Michael Apted, said that, “Paris’ qualifications for DGA president are exceptional. His understanding of the issues facing directors and their teams is outstanding and his ability to resolve problems and create solutions is beyond compare.”

And director Steven Soderbergh, who seconded Barclay for nomination, stated that, “This is a great moment for our Guild; Paris will be a phenomenal leader as we move into the future.”

After he was elected, Barclay addressed the members in which he said that he was “profoundly honored to be elected President of the DGA.  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 legendary leaders of the DGA like Frank Capra, Robert Wise and Gil Cates."

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  • JennyinLA | August 1, 2013 10:15 PMReply

    Nov. 5, 2010, was the ONLY day I thought America had turned a corner. Then, the nightmare. White citizen hate, rage, ignorance and cowardice came FRONT & CENTER. It's all over the Internet. Joblessness for Black Americans hasn't been this bad since 1940s. We've lost homes, jobs, faith. Then Zimmerman, black NFL player does 2 years for shooting HIMSELF? Zimmerman got pulled over yesterday, speeding with a gun. Cop said, "I'm letting you off with a warning, Chief'" So I give up. Let the Mexicans, the Illegals hope for the best. Adios!!! Taking my 3.8 from UCLA to another country.

  • sthn | June 23, 2013 10:39 PMReply

    Sorry, but how come I feel he should say, 'Clean. Cool. Refreshing. The uncola! Crisp and clean and no caffeine. Never had it. hahahaha Never will!

  • ScriptTease | June 23, 2013 12:11 PMReply

    I hope I'm still alive to see the day when topics such as this don't matter. Topics like this are a thing of the past. "Paris Barclay Elected President Of Directors Guild Of America (DGA)" I just thought I'd add my two cents to the conversation.

  • Sweeta | June 24, 2013 9:38 AM

    Unfortunately, entry into the conversation is at least 5 cents and a little more common sense. The fact that it has taken a 77-year old organization that long to elect a Black President indicates that the topic is, in fact, NOT a thing of the past. Try again elsewhere, please.

  • CareyCarey | June 23, 2013 11:25 AMReply

    "Who knows which previous DGA presidents might have been closeted since its creation back during the 1930's?" ~ The gossip hound Sergio M.

    But Sergio, surely you know who they are, don't you? You seem to have an inside source to all things homosexual. I mean, in your own words you said, half of all black pastors are gay and the other half are sleeping with female members of the congregation, so I can't help but believe that you know something or someone who most of us do not.

    But hey, I know one past DGA president who wasn't putting his underwear on backwards. Well, you probably already know this but when Taylor Hackford was making Ray, it was said he was dipping in the honey pots of one or two of those lovely brown female actresses. But like I said, you probably already knew that but tell us about those closeted previous DGA presidents.

  • Sergio | June 23, 2013 8:01 AMReply

    Well technically he's the first openly gay one. Who knows which previous DGA presidents might have been closeted since its creation back during the 1930's?

  • sosgemini | June 23, 2013 12:01 AMReply

    Isn't he the first lgbt president as well?

  • Starchild | June 23, 2013 12:13 AM


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