A graduate of the University of Denver, Dean Zanetos is a film and television producer and director who also served for eight years as director of video production for the Sonoma Jazz Festival. In addition to producing Movies of the Week for both ABC and NBC, Dean Zanetos produced The Robert Guillaume Show.
Robert Guillaume‘s first acting credit was in the 1966 TV movie Porgy in Wien and he was later cast in episodes of Sanford and Son, All in the Family, the Jeffersons, and Good Times. He received his first big break in the TV series Soap, in which he played Benson DuBois for three seasons. The character received its own spin-off series, aptly titled Benson, which ran from 1979 to 1986.
Although his next project, The Robert Guillaume Show, lasted only one season in 1989, it has maintained a favorable rating on the Internet Movie Database, a testament to its long-term appeal.
Following The Robert Guillaume Show, the veteran actor continued to appear in episodes of popular TV series such as A Different World, Saved by the Bell, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Guillaume was nominated for three Golden Globes throughout his career. He passed away on October 24, 2017 at 89 years old.
Annual Producers Guild Awards
Dean Zanetos has held a number of roles in the entertainment industry, ranging from producer and director to screenwriter and director of photography. Supplementing his varied experience, Dean Zanetos maintains membership with professional organizations such as the Producers Guild of America (PGA).
The 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards is scheduled for January 20, 2018, at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. One of the highlights of the event is the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, which is considered a strong indicator of which film might win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Beyond honoring the industry’s best producers from the past year, PGA hands out lifetime achievement awards in both film and television. Past recipients of awards like the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television and David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures include J. J. Abrams, Clint Eastwood, Lorne Michaels, and Steven Spielberg.
While nominees for this year have yet to be announced, PGA did announce Donna Langley will receive the Milestone Award, which is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. Ms. Langley has served as chairman of Universal Pictures since 2013 and has overseen production of some of the studio’s most successful film franchises.
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
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.