Directors Guild to Honor Michael Apted, 3 Others With Lifetime Awards

Michael Apted, Eric Shapiro, Susan Zwerman and Dency Nelson will be honored at the 65th DGA Awards on Feb. 2, 2013

Michael Apted, Eric Shapiro, Susan Zwerman and Dency Nelson will be honored with awards for career achievement and service to the DGA at the 65th Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

"The service and dedication of our members is our Guild’s greatest strength, and no one embodies these qualities more than Michael Apted,” DGA president Taylor Hackford said while announcing the awards Wednesday. 

Camera Press/Charlie Gray“Michael has packed more Guild service into the 15 years since he was first elected to the Western Directors Council than most can do in an entire career. He is unflagging in his leadership and steadfast in his devotion to our Guild, and we are proud to honor him, through this award, for the extraordinary commitment and service he has graced us with these many years.”

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Apted (photo, right) will receive the DGA’s 2013 Robert B. Aldrich Award, for extraordinary service to the guild and its membership.

Shapiro will receive the DGA’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction.

Zwerman will receive the DGA’s 2013 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry.

Nelson will receive the DGA’s 2013 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of service to the industry.