U.S.: Paris Barclay Named First African-American DGA President

Paris Barclay is the first African-American named president of the Director's Guild of America. (Google Images)

Paris Barclay is the first African-American named president of the Director’s Guild of America.
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Shadow and Act is reporting that veteran television director and writer Paris Barclay has been named president of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA). He is the first African-American to be named to this position in the history of the organization. Sergio writes:

“The outgoing DGA president, Taylor Hackford, said about Barclay, that ‘There are few members who have served the Guild as thoroughly and in as many capacities as Paris Barclay – and all while maintaining an impressive career as one of the most active television directors in the business I’m thrilled to see him take his place as the next DGA president and I know he’ll do a terrific job navigating the DGA through whatever terrain may lie ahead.’”

Barclay’s directing credits include “Sons of Anarchy,”  “Glee,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NYPD Blue.” He has served four terms on the national board as first vice president and has co-chaired the guild’s Diversity Committee since 2004.

Richard Verrier of the Los Angeles Times reports that Barclay is humbled by this honor. He writes:

“‘I am profoundly honored to be elected president of the DGA,’ Barclay said to delegates at a union convention in Los Angeles on Saturday. ‘The DGA has worked for more than three-quarters of a century to advance the creative and economic rights of directors and their teams, and I look forward to continuing this strong tradition of service. As the son of a glass blower and a tile maker from Chicago, I am extremely humbled to have the honor to serve in the footsteps of the legendary leaders of the DGA like Frank Capra, Robert Wise and Gil Cates.'”

To learn more about Paris Barclay, visit Shadow and Act.

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