- BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
For the second consecutive year, Kim Gehrig of Somesuch has won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award recognizing Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials, This time around, during a gaka awards ceremony on Saturday evening (2/10) at the Beverly Hilton, Gehrig earned the Guild honor on the strength of two entries: "Run This Town," a client-direct spot for Apple; and Expedia's "The Travelers" out of Wieden+Kennedy.
Last year Gehrig became just the second woman director to win the DGA's spotmaking award. The first was Melina Matsoukas of PRETTYBIRD three years ago. Now Gehrig becomes the first woman to win the honor twice.
In her acceptance remarks, Gehrig thanked the DGA for making her "feel so supported," her collegues at Somesuch, including company founding partners Sally Campbell and Tim Nash, and first assistant directors David Webb and Zaida Fakih who worked, respectively, on "Run This Town" and "The Travelers."
Gehrig also expresed gratitude to her fellow nominees in the commercials category: Martin de Thurah of Epoch Films; Seb Edwards of Park Pictures; Craig Gillespie of MJZ; and Andreas Nilsson of Biscuit Filmworks. She credited all their work with inspiring her,
Gehrig additionally gave a shout-out to Greta Gerwig, who was in the audience as a DGA Award feature film nominee for Barbie. Gehrig thanked Gerwig for being a major source of inspiration to her and many others.