Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay announced the recipients of two special DGA Awards recognizing extraordinary contribution to the guild. Lee Blaine and Vince DeDario will be honored at the 66th Annual DGA Awards on Jan. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Blaine will receive the DGA’s 2014 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the guild.
DeDario will receive the DGA’s 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an associate director or stage manager in recognition of service to the industry and the guild.
“The strength of the DGA is built upon the commitment and dedication of our actively working members to giving back through service to the guild,” said Barclay. “Both Lee Blaine and Vince DeDario have been staunch advocates and proud representatives of their fellow guild members, and they’ve done it while maintaining successful, demanding careers.”
In addition, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will receive the DGA’s 2014 Diversity Award.
Since joining the DGA in 1990, Blaine has worked on thousands of commercials, hundreds of music videos and the occasional feature or television show. He became active in guild service over 15 years ago when he joined the Western AD/UPM membership committee in 1997. Since then, he has dedicated his service at the DGA to increasing the profile and participation of DGA members working in commercials. In 1999, he was elected chair of the Western AD/UPM commercial committee, a position he held for 13 years. Blaine was also elected as an alternate on the Western AD/UPM council in 1999 and as a second alternate to the national board in 2005, positions he continues to hold today.
Blaine has served four times on the commercial contract negotiating committee and five times as a delegate to the guild’s biennial national convention, in addition to positions on the AD/UPM administrative committee, the navigating the DGA committee and the information committee. In 2002, Blaine moderated the AD/UPM mentor committee’s “Meet the Commercial Producers” event. For the past two years, he has participated in the interview process for Western commercial trainee program applicants, and he was a speaker at the 2012 commercial trainee orientation.
DeDario began his career as an associate director in Los Angeles at ABC in 1969, joining the DGA and working on game shows, variety programs, daytime dramas, news and sports programs before becoming the associate director on American Bandstand in 1974. A few years later, DeDario moved to New York and joined ABC Sports, where he spent the next three decades working on the broadcasts of the biggest sporting events including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, Monday Night Football, the World Series, the Indianapolis 500, the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, the Tour de France, America’s Cup, the Ironman Triathlon and the New York City Marathon.
DeDario’s service to the guild began in Los Angeles as a member of the Western AD/SM/PA council in the 1970s. He continued his service after moving to New York as a member of the Eastern AD/SM/PA council for the past decade. With his long experience as an associate director working in sports, DeDario served several times as an informal advisor to the staff and network negotiations committees on issues of sports jurisdiction. He has long been an active mentor to DGA members working in news and sports and often provided guidance and advice to members with questions about their rights and working conditions.
Nominations for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film will be announced on Jan. 7. Nominations for achievements in television and commercials will be announced on Jan. 9, and nominations for documentaries will be announced on Jan. 13.