TV Legends James Burrows and Robert Butler to Receive Inaugural DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Television [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
TV Legends James Burrows and Robert Butler to Receive Inaugural DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Television [WATCH VIDEO]
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Directors Guild of America announced the first recipients of special DGA Awards, recognizing extraordinary contribution to the Guild. Celebrated directors James Burrows and Robert Butler will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Read on for further details.

The award is given for outstanding ciontribution in Television Direction in honor of each director’s pioneering career. Jane Lynch will return to host the 67th Annual DGA Awards for the second year in a row. Click here to know more about key dates leading to the event.

Burrows has directed many shows. Some of which are “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Friends,” “Will & Grace,” “Mike & Molly, “Better with You,” “The Millers,” “Sean Saves the World,” and “Friends with Better Lives.”

Well-known composer, director and writer Burrows has been nominated for 21 times for Directors Guild of America awards and 43 times for a Primetime Emmy for an Emmy Award every year between 1980 and 2005, excluding 1997.

Burrows won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series four times: "Cheers" (in1983 and 1990), the pilot of "Frasier," (1993) and "Will & Grace," (2000). He also bagged the Primetime Emmy for directing five times. Burrows joined the DGA in 1974, and since 2001, he has served as a trustee of the Directors Guild Foundation.

Robert Butler, on the other hand, is the mind behind the evolution of one-hour drama series. Butler’s influence and contribution is remarkable and immeasurable towards television and film Industry. Butler joined the DGA in 1959 and served 11 successive terms on the DGA National Board from1985. In 2001, the DGA honored Butler with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in recognition of his decades of service to the Guild and its membership.

He has directed actor Kurt Russell in four Walt Disney movies, including “Guns in the Heather,” “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes,” “The Barefoot Executive” and the 1997 film “Turbulence.” He is best known for his work in television, where he directed the pilots for a number of influential series including “Star Trek,” “Hill Street Blues,” Star Trek,” “Hogan's Heroes,” “Batman, “The Blue Knight,” “Hill Street Blues, “Remington Steele,  “Moonlighting, “Sisters” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Butler has also directed episodes for many other shows, including “I Spy, “Blue Light, ” “The Invaders, ” “Gunsmoke, ” “The Outcasts,” Mission: Impossible,” “Kung Fu,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Columbo: Publish or Perish,” “Columbo: Double Shock” and “Midnight Caller.”

Butler won two Emmy Awards for outstanding directing for the “The Blue Knight” pilot and the “Hill Street Blues.”  He has also won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series in 1973 for “The Waltons” and again in 1984 for the “Hill Street Blues” pilot. In 2014, Butler's work was the subject of a career exposition at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Other two recipients of special DGA awards are: Phillip Goldfarb will receive the DGA’s 2015 Frank Capra Achievement Award. Julie Gelfand will receive the DGA’s 2015 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.

Nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film will be announced on Jan. 13, 2015.  Nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials, and Documentary will be announced on Jan. 14, 2015.

BMW is the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of the 67th Annual DGA Awards.  The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Online voting for the 67th DGA Awards Nominations is now open. The deadline to vote is Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. PST.

That’s it for the scoop on the Directors Guild of America Awards nominations. Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates.

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