- Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
- LOS ANGELES
Don Mischer will be the recipient of the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction.
Thomas Schlamme, president of the DGA, said, “Don’s mastery of directing live events is a sight to behold: a fast-paced symphony of meticulous planning and on-the-spot decision-making that brings our nation’s greatest cultural events into our living rooms. And he does it all with grace and confidence. For decades, Don has captivated generations of audiences with our shared moments – from the Oscars and Super Bowl half time shows to the Olympics and President Obama’s historic inauguration. His skill as a director captures a range of human experiences which transcend the present, creating lifelong memories for audiences around the world. Along the way, he’s picked up a record 10 DGA Awards, countless industry awards and nominations for his outstanding work, and the admiration of his peers and colleagues. But that still wasn’t enough for us. We couldn’t be more proud to present Don with our Guild’s highest honor in television for his enduring contributions.”
Mischer will be the fourth recipient of the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction. The award was created by the DGA Board of Directors in 2014, joining the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction as the two highest honors bestowed by the Guild. Winners are nominated by a blue ribbon committee of prominent television directors and approved by the present and past presidents of the Guild. Television-directing icons James Burrows and Robert Butler received the inaugural honor in 2014, and commercial directing great Joe Pytka received the award in 2016.
The honor will be presented to Mischer at the 71st Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.
For the second year in a row, Mischer will also serve as Awards chair for the event.