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DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

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The 70th Directors Guild of America awards has nominated five directors for their commercial work in 2017

DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme has announced the DGA’s 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. “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. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

The winners will be announced at the 70th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Here are the nominees for the ‘Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials’ category:

Martin de Thurah (Epoch Films)

Festival, StubHub – Goodby Silverstein
First Assistant Director: Charles Conner

Machines, StubHub – Goodby Silverstein
First Assistant Director: Charles Conner

Mad World, WealthSimple – WealthSimple In House
First Assistant Director: Jey Wada
Second Assistant Director: Curtis Smith

This is Mr. de Thurah’s second DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials in 2013 for The Man Who Couldn’t Slow Down (Hennessy VS) and Human Race (Acura MDX 2014).



Alma Har’el (Epoch Films)

Love Without Bias, P&G – Wieden + Kennedy
First Assistant Director: George Miles Johnstone

This is Ms. Har’el’s first DGA Award nomination.


Hoffman / Metoyer (MJZ)

Anthem, KitchenAid – DigitasLBi
Second Assistant Director: Frankie Pagnotta
Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Ross

Go Further, Ford – GTB
First Assistant Director: David Webb
Second Assistant Director: David Marnell
Second Second Assistant Director: Jeff Tavani

This is the first DGA Award nomination for Mr. Will Hoffman and Mr. Julius Metoyer.


Miles Jay (Smuggler)

Alive, Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones – Grey
First Assistant Director: Gareth Moses

Calling JohnMalkovich.com, Squarespace – John X Hannes

Who is JohnMalkovich.com?, Squarespace – John X Hannes

This is Mr. Jay’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2015 for It Can Wait (ESPN).


Isaiah Seret (Biscuit Filmworks)

Growing Up, Samsung Galaxy – Wieden + Kennedy Portland
First Assistant Director: Howell Caldwell
Second Assistant Director: Ben Randolph
Second Second Assistant Director: Shauna Frontera


I Love You, Samsung Great – Wieden + Kennedy Portland
First Assistant Director: Brian Stevens
Second Assistant Director: Steve Bagnara


Never Too Composed, Kohler – DDB Chicago
First Assistant Director: Eric Topp
Second Assistant Director: Rob Nia

This is Mr. Seret’s first DGA Award nomination.