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."