Taylor Hackford Re-Elected as DGA President

DGA delegates also select new slate of guild officers and board of directors

Last Updated: June 25, 2011 @ 7:26 PM

Taylor Hackford was re-elected as president of the Directors Guild of America this weekend.

A slate of 140 delegates representing the guild's nearly 14,500 members also elected a new slate of officers and board of directors

Here's the DGA's full press release:

Taylor Hackford Re-Elected President

Of the Directors Guild of America

National Board, Slate of Officers Also Elected

LOS ANGELES – Director Taylor Hackford was re-elected President of the Directors Guild of America by acclamation at the Guild’s National Biennial Convention held today at DGA National Headquarters in Los Angeles.

Additionally, 140 delegates representing the 14,500 members of the DGA elected a new slate of officers and members of the National Board of Directors. 

Hackford, who joined the DGA in 1974, was first elected President in 2009.  He began his service to the Guild as a member of the Special Projects Committee and served as chair of the DGA PAC and co-chair of the PAC Leadership Council (together with Paris Barclay).  He was elected to the Western Directors Council in 1996, became a member of the National Board in 2002 and was elected Third Vice President of the National Board in 2005.  He has also served on the Creative Rights Committee and currently co-chairs the DGA Task Force on Social Responsibility.

In 2007, the Guild honored Hackford with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership.

“It is my honor to accept once again the position of President of the Directors Guild of America in this, our 75th anniversary year,” said Hackford.  “This is the greatest distinction anyone can have in this town.  I am so proud to be a member of this Guild and to be part of the leadership, and I can promise you that, as I have in the last two years, I will work as hard as I possibly can to represent our members and fight for their creative and economic rights – whether that be at the bargaining table, on the set or in Washington, DC.” 

“I’ve been proud to serve by Taylor Hackford’s side for the past two years,” said Steven Soderbergh, who placed Hackford’s name in nomination.  “People don’t realize how much work, time and dedication it takes to do this job – it’s not easy by any means – and I have no doubt that Taylor will continue to serve the members of this Guild with the same passion and skill that he’s already given to us for the last two years.”

Soderbergh was re-elected National Vice President; Gilbert Cates, who formerly served two terms as DGA president, was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer.

Also elected were First Vice President Paris Barclay; Second Vice President William M. Brady; Third Vice President Betty Thomas; Fourth Vice President Gary Donatelli; Fifth Vice President Thomas Schlamme; Sixth Vice President Vincent Misiano; and Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Scott Berger.  A complete list of the new officers and board members is below.

In more than 35 years as a director, Hackford has helmed an extensive list of feature and documentary films. His feature films include An Officer and a GentlemanAgainst All OddsWhite NightsEverybody’s All-AmericanDolores ClaiborneThe Devil’s AdvocateProof of LifeRay and Love Ranch.  His documentaries include Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock n’ Roll andWhen We Were Kings.  He is currently preparing to shoot Parker from a novel by Donald Westlake. Hackford was nominated for a DGA Award and an Academy Award for best director for An Officer and a Gentleman in 1983 and for Ray in 2005.  He won the Academy Award for live-action short Teenage Father in 1979.  Hackford also won a Grammy for the soundtrack to Ray.

Complete List of DGA Officers and Board Members


Taylor Hackford

National Vice-President

Steven Soderbergh


Gilbert Cates

Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

Scott Berger

First Vice-President

Paris Barclay

Second Vice-President

William M. Brady

Third Vice-President

Betty Thomas

Fourth Vice-President

Gary Donatelli

Fifth Vice-President

Thomas Schlamme

Sixth Vice-President

Vincent Misiano

Board Members

Michael Apted

Kathryn Bigelow

Stephen Glanzrock

Lesli Linka Glatter

Cleve Landsberg

Michael Mann

Donald Petrie

Scott L. Rindenow

Liz Ryan

Ed Sherin

Jesus Treviño

Associate Board Members

Alan Curtiss

Duncan Henderson

Dennis Mazzocco

Barbara Roche

Mary Rae Thewlis

Alternate Board Members

Laura Belsey

Theodore Bogosian

Jon Favreau

Victoria Hochberg

Rod Holcomb

Jeremy Kagan

Randal Kleiser

Linda Laundra

Garry Marshall

Oz Scott

Millicent Shelton

Michael Zinberg

Second Alternate Board Members

Lee Blaine

Tim Engle

Julie Gelfand

Kathleen McGill

Jennie O’Keefe

Joyce Thomas