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DGA Elects First African American President: TV Director Paris Barclay

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 22, 2013 at 10:30PM

As television becomes more prominent and significant in the entertainment world, so the new head of the DGA comes from that medium. TV producer and director Paris Barclay ("Sons of Anarchy," "In Treatment") was elected President of the Directors Guild of America at the Guild's National Biennial Convention on Saturday at the DGA national headquarters in Los Angeles. Replacing outgoing President Taylor Hackford, Barclay is the first African American to head the DGA. Steven Soderbergh, in seconding past-president Michael Apted's nomination stated, "This is a great moment for our Guild; Paris will be a phenomenal leader as we move into the future."
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Complete List of 2013-2015 DGA Officers and National Board Members is below:


Paris Barclay

National Vice-President

Vincent Misiano


Michael Apted

Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

Scott Berger

First Vice-President

Betty Thomas

Second Vice-President

Gary Donatelli

Third Vice-President

Thomas Schlamme

Fourth Vice-President

Jace Alexander

Fifth Vice-President

Jon Favreau

Sixth Vice-President

John LiBretto

Board Members

Lesli Linka Glatter

Taylor Hackford

Brooke Kennedy

Cleve Landsberg

Mimi Leder

Don Mischer

Donald Petrie

Scott L. Rindenow

Liz Ryan

Steven Spielberg

Mary Rae Thewlis

Alternate Board Members

Jon Avnet

Laura Belsey

Karen Gaviola

Todd Holland

Randal Kleiser

Michael Mann

Jonathan Mostow

Matthew Penn

Rosemary Rodriguez

Millicent Shelton

Jesus Trevino

Michael Zinberg

Associate Board Members

Alan Curtiss

Duncan Henderson

Dennis W. Mazzocco

Kathleen McGill

Barbara Roche

Second Alternates

Lee Blaine

Timothy G. Engle

Julie Gelfand

Louis J. Guerra

Jennie O'Keefe

Bill Miller

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.