‘Sons of Anarchy’ director Paris Barclay DGA president

Director Paris Barclay (Sons of Anarchy) was elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Taylor Hackford.

Deadline.com reported that Barclay was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles. Barclay is the first African-American elected as DGA president.

Barclay’s directing credits include “Sons of Anarchy,” “In Treatment,” “The Good Wife,” “CSI,” “Lost,” “The Shield,” “The West Wing,” “ER”, “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.

“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.”

Barclay joined the DGA in 1992 and became a member of the African American Steering Committee in 1993.

Vincent Misiano was elected National VP and Apted was re-elected secretary-treasurer. Also elected were Betty Thomas as First VP; Gary Donatelli, Second VP; Thomas Schlamme, Third VP; Jace Alexander, Fourth VP; Jon Favreau, Fifth VP; John LiBretto, Sixth VP; and Scott Berger, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.


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