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.


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