Directors Guild of America
After serving in the United States Army, Dean Zanetos started out as a cameraman and then worked his way up to become a notable director and producer of films and television shows such as Cliffhangers, Voyagers, and Battlestar Galactica. Dean Zanetos maintains membership in the Directors Guild of America.
With a membership of more than 17,000, the Directors Guild of America defends its members’ rights at both the artistic and legal levels. The Guild also manages state-of-the-art theater facilities in New York City and Los Angeles.
Both theater facilities have become known across the industry for their quality film screenings with the latest digital video projection and sound systems and seating designed for optimal viewing and comfort. In addition to film screenings, the theaters provide an ideal venue for business presentations, conferences, and lectures.
For more information about the Directors Guild of America and its theater facilities, visit www.dga.org.
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.