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DGA Announces Television Nominees, Including ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Directors

Big names like Reed Morano, Amy Sherman-Palladino, the Duffer brothers, Jean-Marc Vallee, and Barry Levinson picked up nods from the guild.

"Big Little Lies"

“Big Little Lies”


Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme today announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2017. “Directors are driving the push to more distinctive television, eye-catching commercials and powerful documentaries,” said Schlamme in an official statement. “From 30-second spots to multi-hour mini-series, the nominees across these nine categories are leading that charge. We are proud to honor the tremendous range of excellence found in the projects nominated today.”

Big names like Reed Morano, Amy Sherman-Palladino, the Duffer brothers, Niki Caro, Jean-Marc Vallee, and Barry Levinson picked up nods from the guild, along with a number of noms for series like “Game of Thrones” and “Master of None.”

The winners will be announced at the 70th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Check out the full list of television nominees below, including the full listing of each nominee’s directorial team (as applicable), as provided by the DGA.


The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things,” “Chapter Nine: The Gate” (Netflix)

The Duffer Brothers’ Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Timothy Lonsdale
  • First Assistant Director: Richard Denault
  • Second Assistant Director: John R. Bonaccorse
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: David Champion, Robert S. Hoffman
  • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Clayton Thompson, Tyler Smith

Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Offred” (Hulu)

Ms. Morano’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Joe Boccia

Jeremy Podeswa, “Game of Thrones,” “The Dragon and the Wolf” (HBO)

Matt Shakman, “Game of Thrones,” “The Spoils of War” (HBO)

Alan Taylor, “Game of Thrones,” “Beyond the Wall” (HBO)

Mr. Taylor’s Directorial Team:

  • First Assistant Director: Toby Ford
Behind the scenes, "Stranger Things"

Behind the scenes, “Stranger Things”

Jackson Lee Davis / Netflix


Aziz Ansari, “Master of None,” “The Thief” (Netflix)

Mr. Ansari’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Gwen Bialic, Igor Srubshchik
  • First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
  • Second Assistant Director: Ellen Parnett

Mike Judge, “Silicon Valley,” “Server Error” (HBO)

Mr. Judge’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Tyler Romary
  • First Assistant Director: Nick Mastandrea
  • Second Assistant Director: Heather Wagner‑Wang
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Chris Riddle
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Gordon Freeman

Melina Matsoukas, “Master of None,” “Thanksgiving” (Netflix)

Ms. Matsoukas’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Gwen Bialic, Igor Srubshchik
  • First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
  • Second Assistant Director: Ellen Parnett
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Dustin Bewley
  • Location Manager: Julie Sage

Beth McCarthy-Miller, “Veep,” “Chicklet” (HBO)

Ms. McCarthy‑Miller’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: David Hyman
  • First Assistant Director: Dale Stern
  • Second Assistant Director: Jeff Rosenberg
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Yarden Levo
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Chalis Romero

Amy Sherman-Palladino, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Ms. Sherman‑Palladino’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Frank Covino, Dhana Rivera Gilbert
  • First Assistant Director: Mariela Comitini
  • Second Assistant Director: Soren Miltich
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kyle Burstein
  • Location Manager: Michael Buonanno
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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

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Scott Frank, “Godless,” (Netflix)

Mr. Frank’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Alton Walpole, Michael Malone
  • First Assistant Directors: Aldric La’auli Porter, Eric Henriquez
  • Second Assistant Directors: Eric Glasser, Kevin O’Neil
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Jai James, C.J. Neels, Ronan O’Connor
  • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Kathryn Olguin, Jessica Richey, Joe Bufalino

Barry Levinson, “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)

Mr. Levinson’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Amy Herman, Joseph E. Iberti
  • First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
  • Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jakub Porembski
  • Location Manager: Andrew D. Cooke

Kyra Sedgwick, “Story of a Girl” (Lifetime)

Jean-Marc Vallee, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Mr. Vallée’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Barbara A. Hall, G.D. Fienberg
  • First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
  • Second Assistant Director: Christine Danahy
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Bob Riley
  • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Bryan Landrine, Rob Burgess, Allison Rushton, Mallory Squeo

George C. Wolfe, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)

Mr. Wolfe’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Kathryn Dean, Patricia Doherty Hess
  • First Assistant Director: Chris Surgent
  • Second Assistant Director: Takahide Kawakami
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kevin Breen
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    “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

    Quantrell D. Colbert/HBO


Andre Allen, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “#2061” (TBS)

Mr. Allen’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Jeremy Hardwick, Pat King
  • Stage Manager: Laura Mack

Paul G. Casey, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “#1527” (HBO)

Mr. Casey’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Stacy Talbot
  • Stage Managers: Patrick Whitney, Brian Anderson

Jim Hoskinson, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Joe Biden/Elton John” (CBS)

Mr. Hoskinson’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Yvonne De Mare, Karen Yaeger
  • Stage Manager: Mark McKenna, Jeff Leib, Susan Schroer

Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” “Host: Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Mr. King’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Bob Caminiti
  • Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly

Paul Pennolino, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “French Elections” (HBO)

Mr. Pennolino’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Elliot Mendelson
  • Stage Managers: Mark McKenna, Susan Schroer


Stan Lathan, “Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin” (Netflix)

Mr. Lathan’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Sara Niimi
  • Stage Manager: Rob Sellers

Linda Mendoza, “Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honoring David Letterman” (PBS)

Ms. Mendoza’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Dora Mendoza, Kelly Hernacki
  • Stage Managers: Arthur Lewis, Mark McKenna, Lou Moore

Paul Pennolino, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” (TBS)

Mr. Pennolino’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Jeremy Hardwick, Mike Walker, Libby Minarek, Jonathan Harris
  • Stage Managers: Laura Mack, April Smith, Kenyon Noble

Amy Schumer, “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” (Netflix)

Glenn Weiss, “The 89th Annual Academy Awards” (ABC)

Mr. Weiss’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Eve Adair, Susan Kopensky, Lori Margules, Robin Mishkin Abrams, Michael Polito
  • Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Rita Cossette, Dave Cove, John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Chris Hines, Alissa Levisohn Hoyo, Arthur Lewis, Roxanne Lozano, Ron Paul, Tammy Raab, Jason Seligman, Jackie Stathis, Cheryl Teetzel‑Moore, Debbie Williams, Ari Woog
"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee"

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”

Myles Aronowitz/TBS


Hisham Abed, “Encore!,” “Pilot” (ABC)

John Gonzalez, “Live PD,” “Episode 50” (A&E)

Mr. Gonzalez’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Janine Devito
  • Stage Manager: Jeff Buda

Brian Smith, “MasterChef,” “Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Shucks” (FOX)

Mr. Smith’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Anna Moulaison
  • Stage Managers: Drew Lewandowski, Brady Hess

Adam Vetri, “Dare to Live,” “Chainsmokers” (MTV)

Mr. Vetri’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Ian Blankenship

Kent Weed, “Spartan: The Ultimate Team Challenge,” “Season Premiere” (NBC)

Mr. Weed’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Ben Simms
  • Stage Manager: Dave Massey


Niki Caro, “Anne with an E,” “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny” (Netflix)

Benjamin Lehmann, “The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special” (HBO)

Mr. Lehmann’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Yori Tondrowski, Frank Campagna
  • Stage Managers: Anne Marie Dentici Gammon, Shawn Havens, Theresa Anderson
  • Location Managers: Steven Carbajal, Jillian Stricker

Lily Mariye, “Just Add Magic,” “Just Add Meddling” (Amazon)

Ms. Mariye’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Pixie Wespiser
  • First Assistant Director: Gregory Guzik
  • Second Assistant Director: Darrell Woodard
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Tara Nicole Tjahjadi

Alison McDonald, “An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life” (Amazon)

Ms. McDonald’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Richard G. King
  • First Assistant Director: Otto Penzato
  • Second Assistant Director: David Berke
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Yarden Levo

Matthew O’Neill and Thalia Sodi, “15: A Quinceañera Story: Zoey” (HBO)

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