DGA Study Highlights Record Number of Minority First-Time TV Directors


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Dean Zanetos is a film and television producer, screenwriter, and director, who also serves as the chairman of Broadcast 3DTV. Supplementing his professional pursuits in the creative arts, Dean Zanetos holds membership in the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Comprising more than 16,000 members, the DGA is the leading professional organization for film and television directors. For over two decades, the DGA has been promoting diversity among working directors. The guild recently released a study that revealed the fruits of those efforts.

Since 2009, the DGA has been issuing annual surveys to examine and understand trends in first-time director hires for television series. The survey results showed that over the past eight years, the percentage of ethnic minority first-time directors has more than doubled, from 12 percent in 2009 to 24.9 percent in 2016. The largest increase was from 2015 to 2016.

Similarly, 32 percent of first-time hires in 2016 were women, which is the highest percentage since the figures were first tracked in 2009. The previous high was 24.1 percent, which was recorded in both 2012 and 2015. In addition to the surveys, the DGA has led various diversity initiatives over the past 30 years, including ongoing meetings with networks and studios as well as collective bargaining gains requiring studios to operate diversity programs.


Directors Guild of America Elects New President

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A television and film producer and director, Dean Zanetos’ credits include various ABC movies of the week and popular television series such as Battlestar Galactica and Cliffhangers. Supplementing his professional experience, Dean Zanetos is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

This past June, 147 delegates of the DGA convened at the organization’s headquarters to elect Thomas Schlamme president of the DGA. Schlamme, a Guild National Board member since 2005, previously served as third vice president as well as co-chair of the 2014 and 2017 Negotiating Committee. Additionally, he’s a founding member of the Leadership Council, a part of the DGA Political Action Committee, and is a longstanding member of both the Western Directors Council and Creative Rights Committee. He has been a DGA member since 1978.

Outgoing president Paris Barclay called Schlamme a “leading television director who has helped shape the very landscape of the medium,” while others lauded his expertise in new media and innovative distribution methods.

Schlamme’s television credits include Spin City, Boston Public, The West Wing, and Friends, as well as Tracey Takes On . . ., for which he earned an Emmy Award. He also directed feature films So I Married an Axe Murderer and Miss Firecracker. He has won nine Emmy Awards and three DGA Awards throughout his career.

Broadcast 3TV – Bringing High-Quality 3D Images to Any Device

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Dean Zanetos

Over the last three decades, Dean Zanetos has directed and produced a number of series and films, including Voyagers, Cliffhangers, and Battlestar Galactica. Dean Zanetos leverages his experience to serve as chairman of Broadcast 3TV.

Based in Burbank, California, Broadcast 3TV allows television viewers to watch 3D content without special glasses. The company holds several patents for its technology, which produces flawless 3D images that viewers can see from any angle on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Broadcast 3TV’s technology even allows viewers to watch content converted from 2D to 3D. With the use of the company’s special screen protector and an application that interacts with the protector, users can view high-quality 3D images on their device. Further, they can do so without storing an excessive amount of data on their device, due to the company’s proprietary encoding sequence.

In addition to providing 3D films and series, Broadcast 3TV allows users to experience video games and sporting events in 3D. Users can access the company’s technology for a one-time fee for the screen protector plus a low monthly subscription fee. To learn more about the company’s offerings, visit B3DTV.com/index.html.

Misfits of Science, Campy 1980s Science Fiction

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Misfits of Science
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Broadcast 3DTV CEO and chairman Dean Zanetos has a varied career in film and TV, having worked as a director of photography, producer, and screenwriter on many projects. Dean Zanetos produced the pilot of the NBC TV show Misfits of Science.

The TV show aired 16 episodes starting in 1965 and starred a young Courtney Cox as a teenage mutant named Gloria with the power of telekinesis. Together with Johnny B, who has the power of lightning in his hands, Gloria works with Dr. Billy Hayes and his partner Elvin, a scientist who can shrink himself down to a tiny size, to fight crime. The characters work for an American think tank called Humanidyne trying to do good despite their evil boss, who tries to sell dangerous superweapons to the American government.

The show has a rating of 7.4 from IMDB and 7.7 on TV.com, a DVD of the full series was released in Germany, and clips are readily available on YouTube. Having fit well into the campy, fantasy and science fiction trends of film and TV in the 1980s, and involving the still-resonant basic idea of the comic book X-Men, the show maintains a small following of people who love it earnestly or nostalgically today and continue to write blogs and histories of it online.